Author Archives: Chris Crowley

James Beard Foundation Names José Andrés Its Humanitarian of the Year

Source: Grub Street NY

The James Beard Foundation has announced that celebrity chef José Andrés is the 2018 recipient of its James Beard Humanitarian Award. After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen served 3.3 million meals to the island’s people. The chef established 23 kitchens and fed …

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Starbucks’s New Color-Changing Cold Brew Is Basically a Caffeinated Lava Lamp

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After years of experiments in its labs and countless Frappuccinos lost to the cause, Starbucks has finally invented a drink that is basically a living GIF. Called Butterfly Pea Lemonade Cold Brew, the drink — brace yourself — changes colors courtesy of the chameleon-like butterfly-pea tea. This drink of …

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Here’s the Full Tasting Menu From Flynn McGarry’s Ambitious New Restaurant Gem

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Flynn McGarry is 19, and he’s opening his first restaurant, Gem, on the Lower East Side. The teen chef, for those unfamiliar with his story, has been in the public eye since he was just 11, when he began hosting dinner tastings at his parents’ Los Angeles home. His …

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The Most Inspiring Lines From Salt Bae’s ‘Sunday Routine’

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Living meme and sexy seasoning sultan Salt Bae has been Instagrammed roughly 2 billion times, but until now, one question has always remained: Does he speak? The answer, apparently, is yes, as the Turkish chef, who recently opened a New York outpost of his steakhouse chain Nusr-Et, is now …

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8 Restaurants Celebrating the Chinese New Year With Great Food

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Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year, and the celebrations will begin immediately: The first of two Chinatown parades will be tomorrow, followed by one in Flushing on Saturday and another in Chinatown on Sunday. Special-occasion restaurants, like dim-sum houses, will be mobbed as they always are, but many more casual …

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Here Are the 2018 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

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Gather around, chefs. The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for its annual restaurant and chef awards. Consider these lists the prelims: The lists will be trimmed down to a more selective group of finalists, but making it to the first round is an honor itself.

Noteworthy nominees from …

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David Tanis Is Now the Chef at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar

Source: Grub Street NY

This came out of left field. New York food writer David Tanis‘s next turn is as the chef at the Monkey Bar, former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter’s midtown restaurant. Of course, before becoming a writer and a New York Times columnist, Tanis was the head chef …

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Chipotle Announces Taco Bell’s CEO Will Run the Company

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Here’s an interesting development in the world of mass-market Tex-Mex-ish eating: Taco Bell CEO Brian “Foodie Experiences” Niccol will take over as CEO of burrito-war adversary Chipotle. Niccol replaces company founder Steve Ells as the CEO of the beleaguered burrito chain, which has struggled mightily following a variety …

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New York Baking Destination NY Cake Will Close at Its Current Location

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More than anywhere else in the city, NY Cake is the baking store in New York — a store from a bygone era before online retail, when wonderful shops specialized in comprehensively offering everything for one specific need. Whatever you needed for baking, NY Cake was your spot. But …

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Chloe Kim and the Undeniable Power of Breakfast Sandwiches

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Chloe Kim: Olympic gold medalist, snack aficionado, and the living embodiment of America’s food id. As you have no doubt heard by now, before embarking on her stunning victory lap in the women’s snowboarding half-pipe event, Kim faced an all too familiar predicament. She was coming down with a bad …

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New York Now Has an Entire Shop Devoted to Spicy Ramen

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At this point, it takes a lot to stand out in New York’s crowded ramen scene. Take the Lower East Side’s Mr. Taka chef Takatoshi Nagara and owner Takayuki Watanabe, who apparently took this to heart when they decided to open a second location. Instead of another version …

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Daniela Soto-Innes Sneaks Sorbet When Her Pastry Chef Isn’t Looking

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Daniela Soto-Innes, the very talented and relentlessly energetic chef de cuisine behind Enrique Olvera’s Cosme and Atla, never stops moving. She was tapped to run Cosme at the age of 24, and won a James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef the following year. Atla, of course, opened …

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All of Maine Rejoices After Lobster Emoji Is Made Official

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In what is definitely the biggest news to hit the state of Maine possibly ever, there will soon be an official lobster emoji. The story was reported by Portland, Maine news station WMTW following an announcement by the Unicode Consortium (the emoji-governing body), which says that it …

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Where to Eat on Valentine’s Day: Restaurants That Won’t Be Terrible

Source: Grub Street NY

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s a huge night for dining out, of course, but restaurants in New York aren’t all that easy to navigate on February 14. Many offer overpriced set menus and make other changes that generally turn the dining experience into something that’s less than …

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Here’s the Trailer for David Chang’s New Netflix Show

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David Chang is almost back on the food tube. The trailer for his new Netflix show Ugly Delicious dropped today, previewing appearances by chef Asha Gomez, food lover extraordinaire Eric Wareheim, Los Angeles Times critic Jonathan Gold, Chang’s mom, a chicken in a field, and others. The trailer …

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Brooklyn’s Esteemed Sahadi’s Market Will Expand for the First Time

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Sahadi’s is one of New York’s great legacy businesses, among the city’s best and most cherished markets. Originally opened in Manhattan in 1898, it’s been on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and an anchor of the local Middle Eastern community since 1948. For fans and regulars, it’s a veritable …

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Simon & the Whale Opens With Spaghetti Acqua Pazza

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As Gabe Stulman sees it, Simon & the Whale is his version of a neighborhood restaurant for 2018. Since Stulman made his name only opening neighborhood restaurants, it stands to reason that what he means is, he’s made the optimal version of the kind of casual, comfortable, nice-but-not-too-expensive spots …

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Anthony Bourdain Called Out Restaurant Critics — and the Critics Responded

In the current reckoning over sexism, gender inequality, sexual assault, and harassment, no industry is more deserving of scrutiny than restaurants. Hospitality workers file more sexual-harassment claims than workers in any other industry, and the question now facing critics is how to address these long-simmering issues in their reviews. …

Annicka Is a Greenpoint Grain-Bowl Spot With the Soul of a Butcher

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It seems that the owners of Annicka took a page out of the Burger King playbook — “have it your way” — for their new Greenpoint bar and restaurant. Opened by the people behind Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. and North Brooklyn Farms, it’s described as a …

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Why Chef Eric Korsh Is Excited to Cook at an Ambitious French Wine Bar

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Last week, chef Eric Korsh announced that he had left Danny Meyer’s North End Grill. In March, he will take on his new job as the executive chef of Racines, the Tribeca neo-bistro imported from Paris. The move felt surprising. Head chefs at Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group …

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13 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in New York City This February

Source: Grub Street NY

Every month in New York, there’s a bewildering number of new dishes to eat, drinks to imbibe, and food-themed events to attend. Often, the hardest part is just figuring out what’s really worth your limited time. So Grub kicks off each month with a curated collection of dishes, drinks, and …

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13 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in New York City This February

Source: Grub Street NY

Every month in New York, there’s a bewildering number of new dishes to eat, drinks to imbibe, and food-themed events to attend. Often, the hardest part is just figuring out what’s really worth your limited time. So Grub kicks off each month with a curated collection of dishes, drinks, and …

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Where to Eat on Sunday If You Don’t Want to Watch the Super Bowl

Source: Grub Street NY

For many restaurants, Super Bowl Sunday is the slowest night of the year. What that means is that for anyone who doesn’t care about football (or doesn’t mind watching it later on DVR), it’s also the best night to eat out. Plenty of otherwise-busy spots offer Super Bowl–free zones (and …

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Shake Shack Will Serve Breakfast Tacos for One Day Only

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Collab-happy burger chain Shake Shack has run its fair share of buzzy burger and sandwich specials, but this next one sounds particularly good. It’s a breakfast taco from Rosio Sanchez, the former Noma pastry chef and current chef-owner of Copenhagen taqueria Hija de Sanchez. Available for …

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Michelin Guide ‘Allows’ French Chef to Forfeit His Restaurant’s Stars

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All right then, fork them over. The powers-that-be at the always-controversial Michelin Guide has given in to a French chef’s desires to relinquish his restaurant’s stars and be dropped from the famous culinary guide. Back in September, Sébastien Bras — son of acclaimed chef Michel Bras — told the …

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