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Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Emily, aRoqa, E.A.K., and More

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Welcome to Grub Street’s weekly survey of the most-talked-about, must-visit restaurants in New York City. The list below features spots both new and old ranked according to one important, ever-fluctuating (and admittedly subjective) metric: Who has the most buzz? Perhaps a famed chef has taken over the kitchen, or there’s …

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Why One of New York’s Most Respected Chefs Decided to Expand to Long Island’s North Fork

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For nearly two decades, Frank DeCarlo has run Peasant, the Elizabeth Street Italian restaurant with a wood-fired oven and a very devoted following. While DeCarlo has expanded, he’s hardly an empire builder. In fact, a new restaurant opening in a couple weeks will be only his third. That restaurant,

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The 2017 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award Winners Include Ghaya Oliveira, Le Coucou, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and More

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Tonight, the country’s best chefs and most accomplished restaurant owners — along with a healthy percentage of the food media — gathered for the James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant Chef Awards. Held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, this year’s ceremony included a wide range of winners …

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Adam Platt and Jerry Saltz on Susan Cianciolo’s Run Restaurant Untitled

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For three nights this week, artist Susan Cianciolo collaborated with Untitled chef Michael Anthony and chef de cuisine Suzanne Cupps on a project titled Run Restaurant Untitled. Described as “an immersive event for the senses, [where] Cianciolo transforms the restaurant into her vision of a communal …

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Why Did New York’s Most Innovative Chef Swap Fine Dining for Doughnuts?

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Wylie Dufresne has made a doughnut that tastes like a campfire. Technically, it’s a s’mores doughnut, topped with crushed Golden Grahams and the kind of tiny, dried marshmallows you find in a Swiss Miss packet. The defining feature, though, is the chocolate glaze, which Dufresne first smokes, and that’s the …

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How Eleven Madison Park Became the ‘Best’ Restaurant in the World

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In 2012, a New Yorker profile laid out the ways in which Daniel Humm and Will Guidara were changing Eleven Madison Park — the restaurant they’d bought from their previous employer Danny Meyer the year before — to help its performance on the annual World’s 50 …

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Eleven Madison Park Tops the 2017 Ranking of the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’

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Today in Melbourne, Australia, chef-world heavies gathered for the announcement of the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Since it debuted in 2002, the list has steadily gained both authority and notoriety in the restaurant industry (it has also spawned several offshoot awards), but it nevertheless …

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Pre-Batched Martinis Are Surprisingly Controversial. They’re Also Vastly Superior

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As if we don’t have enough to worry about in the world, now even the fabled martini — a thing that exists mostly to help everyone forget about their problems — is causing trouble. A Times report reveals that, as part of the new …

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The Absolute Best Tuna Tartare in New York

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Tuna tartare? Really? Hear us out: Any food can have a moment — remember rainbow bagels? — and tuna tartare had the moment to end all moments. The simple seafood prep dates back at least 40 years, and it essentially defined dining in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Now, …

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Chef Mark Ladner Will Leave Del Posto

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One of New York’s most celebrated restaurants — and its most prestigious Italian restaurant — is getting a new chef. Mark Ladner, who has run the kitchen at Del Posto since it opened in 2005, will leave next month to focus full-time on an idea he …

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Chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske Eat All Their Meals Together

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The food world is full of famous partnerships: Batali and Bastianich, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, McCormick & Schmick, Mike & Ike — the list goes on. But perhaps no food duo spends more time together than Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske, the chefs behind New York’s Contra and …

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Chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske Eat All Their Meals Together

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The food world is full of famous partnerships: Batali and Bastianich, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, McCormick & Schmick, Mike & Ike — the list goes on. But perhaps no food duo spends more time together than Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske, the chefs behind New York’s Contra and …

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Restaurant Game Set to Change Forever When ‘World’s First’ Combination IHOP-Applebee’s Opens Next Year

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Restaurants, and specifically restaurant chains, have had a rough go of it lately, with many also-rans closing shop or otherwise entering financial-crisis mode. Even the major players have to figure out new ways to attract Americans who are now content to eat a diet that consists …

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Renowned Journalist and Restaurant Critic A.A. Gill Has Died

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A.A. Gill, the celebrated British critic who is perhaps best known in New York as an enemy of Gordon Ramsay’s and the man who once compared DBGB’s Vermont sausage with cheese to “eating an infected toe,” died over the weekend at the age of 62. As the BBC …

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Danny Meyer’s New Union Square Cafe Will Open Next Week

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The last several months have seen a steady stream of new stuff that manages to also be comfortingly familiar. A Tribe Called Quest released its first record in two decades. (So good.) The year’s hottest Christmas present is a retro Nintendo system. (Tecmo Bowl!) And the …

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Wylie Dufresne Will Be a Guest Chef at the NoMad Bar for 6 Weeks

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“Where’s Wylie?” asks Daniel Humm, the chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad. Humm, along with his business partner Will Guidara, are sitting at the NoMad waiting for another celebrated chef, Wylie Dufresne. It’s clear that Humm, who in his spare time

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The ‘Sophia Loren’ Is New York’s Most Elegant New Sundae

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Chefs use all sorts of inspiration for dishes. It might be something as simple as an ingredient they want to feature, or a painting that prompts a new style of presentation. For a new dessert at Leuca, the brand-new Italian restaurant in Brooklyn’s William Vale hotel, …

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It’s Time to End National Food Days

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The act of opening Twitter each morning brings with it a special set of concerns. Is some dude randomly harassing you? (Likely.) Did Donald Trump get up at four in the morning to write something horrible? (Also likely.) And the worst: Will it end up being some kind of dumb …

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Brooklyn Has a New Destination for Wood-Fired Pizza and Natural Wine

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When opening a restaurant that you hope will become a neighborhood destination, it helps to offer a few things you know people love: well-made cocktails, some nice beers, a welcoming atmosphere that’s anchored by a big warm oven, straightforward seasonal dishes that can be enjoyed by groups of various sizes, …

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Brooklyn Has a New Destination for Wood-Fired Pizza and Natural Wine

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When opening a restaurant that you hope will become a neighborhood destination, it helps to offer a few things you know people love: well-made cocktails, some nice beers, a welcoming atmosphere that’s anchored by a big warm oven, straightforward seasonal dishes that can be enjoyed by groups of various sizes, …

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader Made the Perfect Prestige Food-Porn Parody

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These are boom times for lovers of beautiful documentaries about tremendously talented, existentially enlightened chefs. The phenomenon gained steam with the worldwide success of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which spun off the Chef’s Table series, and now everyone’s Netflix recommendations are filled with these films:

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Is This Sprinkle-Topped Blue Cheese the Goofiest New Dessert in Brooklyn?

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“We were trying to figure out a composed cheese plate,” says chef Brian Leth of his purposefully concise dessert menu at Faun, the now-month-old Italian restaurant in Prospect Heights. “It was my sous-chef’s idea — let’s put some sprinkles on it.” It’s an outlier on the …

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Is This Sprinkle-Topped Blue Cheese the Goofiest New Dessert in Brooklyn?

Source: Grub Street NY

“We were trying to figure out a composed cheese plate,” says chef Brian Leth of his purposefully concise dessert menu at Faun, the now-month-old Italian restaurant in Prospect Heights. “It was my sous-chef’s idea — let’s put some sprinkles on it.” It’s an outlier on the …

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Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Agern, Paowalla, Aska, and More

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Welcome to Grub Street’s weekly survey of the most-talked-about, must-visit restaurants in New York City. The list below features spots both new and old ranked according to one important, ever-fluctuating (and admittedly subjective) metric: Who has the most buzz? Perhaps a famed chef has taken over the kitchen, or there’s…More »

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Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Agern, Paowalla, Aska, and More

Source: Grub Street NY

Welcome to Grub Street’s weekly survey of the most-talked-about, must-visit restaurants in New York City. The list below features spots both new and old ranked according to one important, ever-fluctuating (and admittedly subjective) metric: Who has the most buzz? Perhaps a famed chef has taken over the kitchen, or there’s…More »

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