Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Last-Minute Saturday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

Know where you’re eating tonight?

Eater scanned through all NYC restaurants on OpenTable and Resy with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here’s the best of the bunch:

Open Table

· Lavagna (7:00, 8:30)  
· Lincoln Ristorante (8:30, 9:00) 
· Boulevard Bistro (9:30) 
· Pig and Khao (5:45, 6:30) 
· Khe-Yo (9:00, 9:15) 
· Kin Shop (8:45, 9:00) 
· Betony (8:00, 8:15)
· Huertas (6:00, 9:00)
· Navy (6:15, 6:30)


· Barchetta (7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00)
· Aldea (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· Scarpetta (7:30, 9:30)
· Toro (8:00)
· Blenheim (8:00)
· Alder (8:00)
· Piora (7:30)

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Birdbath Bakery’s West Village Location Hasn’t Paid Rent Since August

Source: Eater NY

The bakery never opened, but still owes the landlord $65,000 in unpaid rent.

It looks like the West Village outpost of Birdbath Bakery (which never opened, but has been under construction since July) is having problems keeping up with the rent. Here’s a letter from the bakery’s landlord, courtesy of a tipster, which was posted on Birdbath’s window on Thursday. It claims that the restaurant owes more than $65,000 in rent and has three days to pay up.

According to this letter, Birdbath stopped paying rent over the summer, right around the time the chain’s Third Avenue location ...

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Black Tree Gets Approval For Liquor License, Despite Protesting NIMBYs

Source: Eater NY

But this approval is conditional on Black Tree limiting its hours of operation.

Just like in January, LES’s Black Tree met some serious opposition in getting a liquor license for its proposed Williamsburg outpost at last Wednesday’s SLA meeting. Co-owner Macnail Sillick maintains that this new outpost of Black Tree will be “a restaurant first“— he has plans for the space that include an elaborate chef’s table tasting menu and house-made soft serve. The problem is that there are already 13 existing licenses within 500 feet of the Black Tree space, so this opposition isn’t personal. According to Williamsburg resident Denny Tomkins: they aren’t ...

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Venetian Snacks, An Ecuadoran Dinner, and a Couple of New Brunches to Try

Source: Eater NY

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:

6987257689_5bcbc6e695_b.0.jpg1) Cicchetti Sundays
When: Tomorrow
Where: Hearth
What: Head to Hearth this Sunday for the restaurant’s new dinner series inspired by the snacks of Venice. The three course dinner includes baccala mantecato fritters, beef tartare, lamb ribs, and hazelnut cannoli. Dinner is $50, and an extra $20 will get you beverage pairings.


2) Ecuadoran Dinner
When: Tomorrow
Where: Jimmy’s 43
What: Humberto Guallpa, the chef of Calle Dao, is hosting a $45 5-course Ecuadorian dinner at Jimmy’s 43. The menu includes ...

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“we are guaranteeing that the beer will be ice cold” Garden District opens at Noon!

Source: PoPville

14th and S Street, NW

Despite the cold in the air, another annual sign that spring is around the corner from Garden District (formerly Standard):

“in the fall we said we would re-open for the spring on march 1st, but this year we’re going to do even better than that.


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Pizza Studio opening March 5th – free pizza to 1st day customers

Source: Dining Dish

This is a cut and paste from a press release. Not normally my style but today it is.  
Pizza Studio will open its doors to the public on Thursday, March 5 in Charles Village at 3201 St. Paul Street, bringing its personalized, innovative menu of gourmet pizzas to the Baltimore area.  In celebration of the grand opening of the brand’s first Maryland location, Co-Founders Samit Varma and Ron Biskin will be giving away free pizza to customers throughout the first day of service.
Starting at 11am each customer will receive a complimentary 11-inch pizza of their choice featuring the restaurant’s unique selection of artisanal crusts, specialty sauces, freshly grated, shaved and crumbled cheeses, and an array of seasonings. Diners can top the light and crispy pizzas with an assortment of over 35 high quality ingredients including nitrate-free pepperoni, spicy pork sausage, sweet chicken sausage, smoked ham, and an assortment of fresh and roasted vegetables.
In addition, each guest that signs up for Pizza Studio’s loyalty program on Thursday, March 5, will be eligible to win 1 of 100 giveaway prizes.  Selected at random, 5 guests will win free pizza every week for a year (52 total).  Other gifts include $100, $50 and $25 gift cards and a free pizza on a return visit.
Just a stone’s throw away from Johns Hopkins University, Pizza Studio is partnering with a number of student-run charitable groups for opening day, including the JHU chapter of Best Buddies, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and the Dance Marathon. In lieu of paying, guests are encouraged to donate as much as they can to the organizations of their choice. Pizza Studio will also make a donation to the charity that raises the most money that day.
Pizza Studio will be open daily from 11am to 10pm, with extended late night hours to midnight on Friday and Saturday; online ordering will be available for those on-the-go by visiting
The Pizza Studio Promise
At Pizza Studio, you can “Create Your Masterpiece. Let your inner chef run wild with an unlimited selection of premium toppings, limited only by your culinary imagination and creativity.  Every customer is treated with genuine hospitality. We value your business and vow to support your community.

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Check out Baltimore City restaurants that are extending Restaurant Week

Today officially wraps of Baltimore City Winter Restaurant Week and like other Restaurant Week promotions some restaurants have chosen to extend the promotion. Considering the weather issues we have had in the past two weeks, many have missed their reservations so here is the list:

·         Apropoe’s

·         Canton Dockside

·         Chiapparelli’s

·         Caio Bella Ristorante

·         Da Mimmo Finest Italian Cuisine

·         Heavy Seas Alehouse

·         Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

·         Maggie’s Farm

·         Matsuri Japanese Restaurant

·         Mother’s Federal Hill Grille

·         OZRA

·         Phillips Seafood Baltimore

·         Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant

·         Supano’s Steakhouse

·         Tapas Adela

·         The Rowhouse Grille

·         Verde

·         Ware House 518 Restaurant & Bar

Diners can check out any additional restaurants at the Absolutely Febulous Website This website will be live until March 8th. Diners should contact the restaurants directly for the specific dates of the restaurants participation.

Where to buy Huntsman Game’s squab, pheasant and quail

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Squab, quail and pheasant can be special ordered from the following retailers. Huntsman Game usually sends squab and quail to them New York dressed, that is, plucked only, with head and feet intact. If you want the birds eviscerated (they come with neck and giblets), specify that when you place your order.Read full article >>

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Wonkblog: Why dessert is disappearing from America’s dinner tables

Source: Washington Post Food Section

If you eat dessert at home, after dinner, you’re not alone. But soon you might be.Only 12 percent of dinners eaten at home in the United States ended with something sweet last year, the lowest reading in more than 30 years, according to data from market research firm NPD group. Just 10 years ago, in 2004, 15 percent of families indulged after the main course. And 28 years ago, in 1986, the number was nearly 25 percent.Read full article >>

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Sligo Cafe could use a few chart-toppers on its playlist

David Galinsky spent the past 25 years or so in the music business, working as an agent, as a manager and for a record company. Early last month, after a stint in the office of a Maryland developer, he opened a place to eat. Carved from a former audiovisual store in Silver Spring, the 60-seat Sligo Cafe is named for the street it’s on.Read full article >>

When chefs want squab or yak or even guinea pig, this is the man they call

Source: Washington Post Food Section

The texts and calls don’t stop coming as Javier Arze tries to give a tour of his giant Lorton warehouse, the home of Huntsman Game, his wholesale specialty food and game business. “The quail come from Richmond, Virginia,” he answers one caller. “We raise those birds, so we control the whole breeding process. We don’t give them protein pellets. These birds actually fly. They are $4.75 apiece. I can send you a sample if you’d like to see it.”Read full article >>

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New name for Vito, but the quality endures

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

There have been a couple of changes lately at the old Vito’s Cafe, a sterling Italian restaurant in a shopping center on York Road in Cockeysville. Last summer, the family-owned establishment, which had been a BYOB, got a license to serve wine, beer and liquor. And more recently, the restaurant,…

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Monkey Business Goes Sour

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

FroYo and Cupcake business goes belly up

Gainesville, Georgia-based Sweet Monkey Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes has seemingly ceased all operations.  The franchise concept started in Gainesville in 2011.  While the Gainesville location on Dawsonville Highway is no longer listed on the company’s website, three other locations in Buford, Cumming, and Atlanta at Emory Pointe are.  Despite their presence on the website, all locations have closed. Strangely, in the case of the store at Emory Pointe, there is no signage alerting patrons to the closure and the store looks like it could reopen at any time.  While there is ...

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New name for Vito, but the quality endures

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

There have been a couple of changes lately at the old Vito’s Cafe, a sterling Italian restaurant in a shopping center on York Road in Cockeysville. Last summer, the family-owned establishment, which had been a BYOB, got a license to serve wine, beer and liquor. And more recently, the…

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New name, for Vito but the quality endures

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

There have been a couple of changes lately at the old Vito’s Cafe, a sterling Italian restaurant in a shopping center on York Road in Cockeysville. Last summer, the family-owned establishment, which had been a BYOB, got a license to serve wine, beer and liquor. And more recently, the…

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New name for Vito in Cockeysville but quality endures

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

There have been a couple of changes lately at the old Vito’s Cafe, a sterling Italian restaurant in a shopping center on York Road in Cockeysville. Back last summer, the family-owned establishment, which had been a BYOB, got a license to sell wine, beer and liquor. And more recently, the…

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The Camlin and Pilar Cuban Debut Brunch Tomorrow; Le Fond’s Beer Dinner

Source: Eater NY

Plus, a grilled cheese pop-up.

WILLIAMSBURG — Mandy Oser and Amorette Casaus new wine bar The Camlin is debuting its brunch this weekend. Expect corned beef hash, a chopped salad with roasted butternut squash, cauliflower, kale, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries. Bloody Mary’s and mimosas are $6. Check out the full menu below. [EaterWire]

GREENPOINT — Le Fond is hosting a five course beer tasting dinner with Greenpoint Beer on March 11. Dinner is $65 (or $60 for a vegetarian option), which includes the beer pairings. Call the restaurant at 718-389-6859 or email for reservations. [EaterWire]

BED-STUY — Pilar Cuban ...

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Logo Throwdown: Geno’s Steaks Updates Its Logo

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

genos-steak-pollPhiladelphia’s cheesesteak culture traditional so it counts as news when one of the original cheesesteaks changes bread, ketchup or in this case, logo. After 48 years of using the same basic logo, Geno’s Steaks is showing something new. The new logo features a clean block font with the tagline, “Philadelphia Original” below.

POLL: Which logo do you prefer?

More Foobooz cheesesteak coverage.

The post Logo Throwdown: Geno’s Steaks Updates Its Logo appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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Mussels Shortage; Farewell to Truffles at Poste

Source: Eater DC

Plus, a Sweetgreen sort-of controversy.

ATLAS DISTRICT— There’s a mussels shortage due to cold waters. That means places like Granville Moore’s may actually run out of mussels this weekend. [WCP]

CONTROVERSIES— Sweetgreen has come under fire a little for a photo series it shot depicting school lunches around the world. The lunches were inspired by international menus, but actually photographed by the salad chain. [AV]

PENN QUARTER— Poste is hosting a Farewell to Truffle dinner tonight and tomorrow. It’s $59 (more with wine pairings) with dishes like wagyu beef tartare and a black truffle souffle. [EaterWire]

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Pappy Hour; Junction Funktions; Las Brasas Move

Source: Eater Atlanta

Get a taste of Pappy at The Pinewood.

DECATUR — The Pinewood is partnering with Decatur Package Store to host two “Pappy Hour” Pappy Van Winkle bourbon tastings on March 14 and March 21. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., look for passed small bites, a Pappy 10-year Old Fashioned; and abbreviated pours of Pappy 10-year, 12-year, 15-year, and 20-year. Tickets for each event are $104.49 and available online. Proceeds will be donated to Poverty Is Real. [EaterWire]

WESTSIDE — JCT. Kitchen & Bar is launching its live music series, Junction Funktions, on March 21. Indianapolis Jones will provide ...

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Plan Ahead for Einat Admony and Anita Lo’s Awesome Passover Dinner

Source: Grub Street NY

Power chefs.

This year, for her annual Passover Seder dinner at Balaboosta, Einat Admony is bringing on a guest chef: Annisa‘s Anita Lo. Together, they’ll cook dishes like duck-matzo-ball soup, beef brisket with red dates and harissa, Chinese broccoli, and butternut squash with Asian tahini — a fusion of their two styles of cooking.

The dinner’s not until April 6, but tickets are on sale now ($181, with the service-charge included). There’s only one seating, at 6:30 p.m., and all guests will be seated at one big table, family-style. When it comes to Jewish holidays, it doesn’t get ...

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Opening Alert: Garden District’s Reopening is the First Sign of Spring

Source: Eater DC

They’re not only opening — they’re opening early.

There may be snow on the ground, but that won’t stop Garden District. The patio-only restaurant, known for its beers and barbecue, was slated to reopen Sunday. Instead, they’ll do it a day early and open up Saturday.

The team is firing up the smoker tonight and opening the gates tomorrow at noon. To celebrate its fifth anniversary in the neighborhood, they’ll be offering $5 Hofbraus and bratwursts all season during the 5 p.m. hour Monday-Friday, too.

The beer garden closed for the winter December 8. When it reopens, it will bring with ...

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UPDATE: Ryan Miller OUT at Momofuku

Source: Eater NY

Miller ran the culinary lab at Momofuku for years, but things are going in a new direction.

Eater hears that there may be some major shifts happening in the Momofuku empire. Ryan Miller, who ran Kaizen Trading Co, the culinary lab that developed the group’s famed Hozon sauce and has been rapidly expanding to sell things like Ssäm Sauce, is no longer part of the Momo empire. Miller and David Chang have worked together for almost five years, but now Miller’s name has been erased from the Momofuku website.

Paul Carmichael, executive chef at Ma Peche since fall 2011, ...

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