Author Archives: Rob Patronite,Robin Raisfeld

Wylie Dufresne Debuts Egg Sandwich Like No Other at Du’s Donuts

Source: Grub Street NY

As much as one would like to begin each and every day with a peanut-butter-and-yuzu doughnut, or maybe a kaffir-corn cruller, it’s undoubtedly a good idea to add a little non-doughnut variety to the morning meal.

So when Wylie Dufresne, that master of the immersion circulator and tabletop centrifuge, opened …

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aRoqa Brings Creative Indian Fusion to Chelsea

Source: Grub Street NY

Over the last decade, Delhi-born Gaurav Anand has brought Punjabi kebabs to Curry Hill at Bhatti Indian Grill, delivered Mughlai butter chicken to the Upper East Side at Moti Mahal Delux, and delved into sealed-lid dum pukht cookery at the Upper West Side’s Awadh. Now, at

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Greenwich Village Is Getting a Middle Eastern Dumpling Shop

Source: Grub Street NY

Melanie Shurka grew up on Long Island eating Israeli and Persian food based on recipes handed down from her grandmother, but she had never heard of kubeh, the Levantine dumplings made of semolina and bulgur wheat and served in broth. “I had an Israeli-Iraqi boyfriend when I was 16. He …

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The Hart’s Team Is Opening a Seafood-Heavy Portuguese Spot on the Lower East Side

Source: Grub Street NY

The Mediterranean coastline is diverse enough to inspire more than one kind of restaurant. And so less than a year after opening Hart’s in Bedford-Stuyvesant, partners Nialls Fallon and chef Nick Perkins will branch out into Manhattan with Cervo’s, slated to open in about a week and a …

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Fort Greene’s Lulu & Po to Close

Source: Grub Street NY

Matthew Hamilton’s lovely little restaurant, Lulu & Po, will close after dinner service tomorrow night. Hamilton’s kitchen specialized in small plates with a locavore spirit and a personal touch that we described in an Underground Gourmet review as “inventively composed, deftly assembled, and completely satisfying.”

L&P opened on …

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Could Sunchokes Be Your Next Vegetable Obsession?

Source: Grub Street NY

As wonderful and sexy as vegetables are now considered to be by the food cognoscenti, some are harder sells than others. Take, for instance, the sunchoke, a.k.a. Jerusalem artichoke. Gnarled and knotty and not much to look at, sunchokes possess a side effect that, despite their delicate flavor, has earned …

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The Absolute Best Hot Dog in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

Has there ever been a better time to eat a frankfurter? Feltman’s, the world’s first bunned wiener, is back where it belongs on Coney Island, right next to the Cyclone roller coaster. (A tip: ride first, then eat.) Thanks to the superb work of new-wave butchers, who buy hormone-and-antibiotic-free beef …

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Blue Hill’s Bone-Ash Cheese Is Now Available for Retail Sale

Source: Grub Street NY

Pound for pound — or, at a quarter-pound each, make that ounce for ounce — Saxelby Cheesemongers’ new Bone Char Pearl might be the poster cheese for this particular caseo-culinary moment. It’s got a chef collaborator (Blue Hill‘s Dan Barber, who commissioned it), a dedicated affineur (

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The Best New Burger in Town Is Lacquered With Fish Sauce and Topped With Radicchio

Source: Grub Street NY

Ignacio Mattos and his lieutenant, Anthony Coffey, have just expanded their lunch service to five days a week at Café Altro Paradiso, and to mark the occasion, they’ve added a burger. Ordinarily, this would not be a stop-the-presses moment. After all, a burgerless lunch menu these days is …

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The Underground Gourmet Digest: The Best New Things to Eat Right Now, Ranked

Source: Grub Street NY

1. Curry Cauliflower at Made Nice
8 W. 28th St., nr. Broadway; no phone

Many have tried to make healthy food fast, casual, and craveable, and many — make that most — have failed. Which is why we were gobsmacked by a visit to Daniel Humm’s new quick-service joint. …

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Daily Provisions Selling $1 Scoops of Salt & Straw Ice Cream This Thursday

Source: Grub Street NY

As mentioned earlier today, Salt & Straw lands in New York this week. The Oregon-based brand has ten shops spread throughout Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and is known for offbeat, inventive flavors that change every month. Daily Provisions will offer three: a …

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Daily Provisions Will Be Serving This Custom-Churned Rye Ice Cream This Summer

Source: Grub Street NY

Has there ever been a more New York ice cream than the one Portland, Oregon’s Salt & Straw has custom-churned for Daily Provisions, Danny Meyer’s new bakery and canteen? The rye flavor comes from bread that’s been crumbed and steeped; swirled strawberry jam and liquid poppy-seed …

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How the Shishito Conquered New York

Source: Grub Street NY

One recent evening, as we sat in the Tapas Bar at La Sirena, we pondered the surprising journey of the shishito pepper in New York — from somewhat obscure Japanese bar snack first cited in the Times in the 1990s, to tapas-bar sensation in the aughts, to, just …

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The Absolute Best Patty Melt in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

In its ideal form, a patty melt is a beef patty, Swiss cheese, and caramelized onions on griddle-toasted rye bread, and that’s it. The sandwich, it’s said, was invented in California sometime during the 1940s or ’50s at one of William “Tiny” Naylor’s coffee shops by Tiny himself — who, …

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Daily Provisions Launches Dinner Tonight With a Killer Patty Melt

Source: Grub Street NY

What may go unnoticed about Daily Provisions, Danny Meyer’s all-day canteen located next door to his Union Square Cafe, is that it was designed to be just as much a showcase for the Union Square Hospitality Group’s house-baked breads as it was to be a place …

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Atla’s Fish Milanese Is a Sleeper Sensation

Source: Grub Street NY

One thing Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes have been particularly vocal about regarding their new Mexican-inspired café, Atla, is that it’s not intended to be a destination restaurant but a neighborhood joint. The problem with this plan is that the chefs have created a menu full of dishes …

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A Look at the Grill at the Former Four Seasons, Opening May 2

Source: Grub Street NY

Venison Cumberland. Spring Chicken à la Queen. Lobster à la Newberg. Filet mignon Florentine. Avocado crab Louis. Must be some recipes from an old Charles Ranhofer cookbook. Or maybe it’s an early edition of The Joy of Cooking. No, wait, it’s the new menu from the Grill, Major …

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Two Café Altro Paradiso Vets Bring Chez Ma Tante to Brooklyn

Source: Grub Street NY

Chefs Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber cooked for the likes of Hugue Dufour and Jonathan Waxman, respectively, before working together in the kitchen of Café Altro Paradiso. Now they’ve teamed up with Brooklyn restaurateur Josh Cohen to remake Cohen’s former Jimmy’s Diner into Chez Ma Tante, which opens …

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Two Great New Noodle Shops Shine a Light on the Seldom-Seen Yunnanese Rice Variety

Source: Grub Street NY

New York’s noodle slurpers have long descended on the East Village block of First Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets, where any night of the week, you’ll see them pacing the sidewalk outside David Chang’s pioneering Momofuku Noodle Bar. These folks have been joined, recently, by starchy-food aficionados …

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The Absolute Best Egg Sandwich in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

Is there a more venerated New York sandwich than the bodega egg-on-a-roll, that whole-is-greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts marvel and bedrock of urban culinary life? As you might expect with something so vital to the city’s lifeblood, the sandwich has become inspiration for countless chefs. And whether or not you consider tinkering with the …

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The Arrival of Fresh Sauerkraut at abcV Is Groundbreaking

Source: Grub Street NY

Jean-Georges Vongerichten is no stranger to sauerkraut. The chef grew up in Alsace — “the sauerkraut capital of the world,” he says. “In the winter, we had it once a week.” But his mother’s choucroute garnie, the classic preparation cooked with goose fat and garnished with smoked and fresh pork, …

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Lalito’s Baby Steak Is All About Big Flavors in Small Packages

Source: Grub Street NY

For years now, everybody from Michael Pollan to the American Cancer Society has been telling us to eat less meat, and we seem to be listening. Last month, the Times reported the results of a Natural Resources Defense Council study citing a 19 percent drop in American beef consumption between 2005 and …

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Sara Jenkins Is Bringing Porchetta Sandwiches Back to the East Village

Source: Grub Street NY

Six months after Sara Jenkins’s Porchetta shuttered due to the usual business-down-rent-up reasons, it’s back in action. Beginning on Monday, the excellent purveyor of porchetta sandwiches will take up residence as a six-week lunchtime pop-up at Jenkins’s Porsena restaurant spinoff, Porsena Extra Bar.

All …

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Hundred Acres’ New Middle-Eastern Menu Will Be Previewed at a Pop-up This Weekend

Source: Grub Street NY

Ayesha Nurdjaja grew up in Gravesend, Brooklyn, with an Italian mother and an Indonesian dad, and spent about a decade cooking Italian food at places like Felidia and A Voce. Then she became the chef at Hundred Acres, which at the time was unreconstructed southern down …

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The Absolute Best Italian Restaurants in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

The problem with compiling a list of the best Italian restaurants in New York is that there may be more of them here than there are of them there, over in Italy. So we’ve taken the easy way out. We’ve narrowed down the field. We’ve eliminated from contention the great …

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