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What’s a Chic Downtown Restaurant For a Celebratory Steak?

Source: Eater NY

In this Ask Eater, a manager wants a place to treat her industrious team

Welcome to Ask Eater, a column from Eater New York where the site’s editors, reporters, and critics answer specific or baffling restaurant requests from readers and friends. A new question and answer will run every Thursday. Have a question for us? Submit your question in this form.

Dear Eater,

I’m a manager working at a company in the Financial District, and I need a nice place for dinner for me and two co-workers. We’re celebrating a hard-earned work success so want to treat ourselves. ...

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Construction Paused on Part of Bourdain Market Site After Elevator Pins Worker

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The worker has “life-threatening injuries”

Work has partially stopped on the pier of Anthony Bourdain’s planned high profile food market after a faulty elevator sent a worker to the hospital with major injuries.

The worker was on a construction elevator at Pier 57 when it suddenly broke and pinned him to a wall — ultimately sending him to Bellevue hospital with “life-threatening injuries,” according to DNAinfo. He was last listed in critical condition. Eater has reached out to FDNY for an updated status on his condition.

On Wednesday, the Department of Buildings issued a partial stop work on ...

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Will the East Village Mom-and-Pop Proposal Actually Help Restaurants Stay Open?

Source: Eater NY

Restaurateurs weigh in

East Villagers looking for more independent businesses will gather on Wednesday night to talk about a dramatic new zoning proposal aimed at altering the neighborhood — specifically, Community Board 3 wants fewer chains, more mom-and-pops, and a limit on the number of bars and restaurants per block.

It’s just a proposal for now, and according to a City Planning Commission spokeswoman, CB3 hasn’t even submitted an application, yet. A major zoning change like this requires a lengthy process with steps like more community meetings, an environmental study, and engagement with City Council and the Borough President. ...

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The Grill’s Bid for Power Lunch Will Have Rib-Eye Cheeseburgers and Custom Old Bay

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Reservations are now live for lunch

Reservations are now live for the June 19 debut of lunch at The Grill, the retro-American chophouse from Major Food Group in the former Four Seasons space — aka the most major power-lunch restaurant of the last century.

The menu will be similar to the dramatic dinner one, though several new lunch items will be added. Mario Carbone, the chef manning this kitchen, will be serving a cheeseburger made with rib-eye, American cheese, and “a baked to order bun,” according to MFG’s Jeff Zalaznick. Other new, more lunch-friendly dishes will include ...

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Brooklyn Fare Alum Starts Japanese Tasting Menu in LES Next Week

Source: Eater NY

The eight-seat Bar at Uchu also has an extensive Japanese whiskey list

The tiny LES Japanese restaurant that was previously planned for sushi chef David Bouhadana will instead soon open as a Japanese whiskey bar with a chef who’s an alum of Brooklyn Fare.

The eight-seat Bar at Uchu, at 217 Eldridge Street, debuts next Tuesday, June 13th with a kaiseki tasting menu from chef Samuel Clonts, who previously worked at the three Michelin-starred Brooklyn Fare. Here, the kaiseki — the name for the traditional Japanese seasonal tasting menus that have existed for centuries — will use at ...

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Chef of Michelin-Starred Luksus Is Getting Into the Gelato Game

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Noma alum Daniel Burns’ next project is Burns Gelato

The chef of shuttered Michelin-starred restaurant Luksus has plans for his next act — a gelato company called Burns Gelato.

Chef Daniel Burns ended his critically-acclaimed Nordic tasting menu restaurant in popular Greenpoint beer bar Tørst at the end of last year, and at the time, said he would be working on new projects, including collaboration dinners. (Tørst remains open, offering different food.) Now, he’s posted a cryptic Instagram photo debuting Burns Gelato, only saying that it’s “coming soon.”

coming soon!!! @burnsgelato :))

A post shared by daniel burns ...

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Dominique Ansel Now Shilling Big Cookie With Spreadable Oreos

Source: Eater NY

This guy is certainly not afraid of corporate

Dominique Ansel excels at many things: making pastries, creating viral sensations like the Cronut, and capitalizing on all that to make some sweet, sweet cash. The latest case in point: Ansel has teamed up with corporation Nabisco for an Oreo cookie spread.

The spread is only being offered at Ansel’s Soho bakery at 189 Spring Street as a promo for the #MyOreoCreation competition, and it contains milk-flavored ganache, as well as a dark chocolate ganache with the chocolate cookie part of Oreos. Ansel’s non-Cronut viral hit, the milk ...

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Legendary Sparks Steak House May Shutter at the End of Summer

Source: Eater NY

Owner Michael Cetta blames a rent hike and says he would want to reopen elsewhere

Sparks Steak House — one of the longest-running old-school New York steakhouses — might be saying its goodbyes this summer due to a rent hike.

The Post reports that owner Michael Cetta may need to leave the 210 East 46th Street space by the end of August if he can’t reach a deal with landlord Durst Organization, the same real estate firm that manages One World Trade. He claims Durst wants an 100 percent increase in rent. Durst did not immediately respond to a ...

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Alert ‘Twin Peaks’ Fans: Kyle MacLachlan Will Pour You Free Rosé Friday Night

Source: Eater NY

And he’s signing bottles

Expect Lynch fanatics to pack the sidewalk Friday as Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan sets up shop to pour free rosé at a Flatiron wine store.

The actor — who has been making wine for more than a decade — will be signing bottles of his Blushing Bear Rosé, the newest wine in his Pursued by Bear collection. People can also taste that wine, as well as three other rosés from Washington, for free at the event at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits.

The wine store, located at 5 West 19th Street, will likely be ...

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NYC Nightlife Mogul Joins Lawsuit Against Trump for Ethics Violation

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It’s the same suit that restaurateurs like Tom Colicchio have endorsed

Prolific New York nightclub, restaurant, and hotel entrepreneur Eric Goode of Ludlow Hotel, B Bar, and Waverly Inn has joined a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump’s involvement in hotels puts other businesses at a disadvantage.

The hotelier and restaurateur, who’s also an avid environmental conservationist, is a new plaintiff in the ethics lawsuit that government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics filed earlier this year, according to the new report from the Times style section. It’s the same one that restaurant union Restaurants ...

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Photogenic All-Pink Restaurant Does Not Want to be Photographed, Thanks

Source: Eater NY

East Williamsburg restaurant Carthage Must Be Destroyed has a strict no-photo policy

Apparently not all pink, built-for-Instagram restaurants want to be ‘grammed — or at least, not unless it’s on their terms. East Williamsburg/Bushwick cafe Carthage Must Be Destroyed is awash in the ever-popular color for restaurants aimed at the fashion set, but the restaurant has implemented an intense policy limiting what visitors can photograph.

In fact, diners at the Australian cafe are greeted with both a menu and a separate sheet of paper entirely dedicated to a strict photo policy: no photos of the restaurant, no photos of ...

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TV Chef Anne Burrell’s Brooklyn Restaurant Is Now Open to the Public

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Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge serves Mediterranean food in Cobble Hill

Spiky-haired TV chef Anne Burrell has opened the doors of her first standalone restaurant Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge.

The television personality co-owns the Cobble Hill restaurant at 196 Smith Street with Phil Casaceli, who’s the proprietor at West Village bar Daddy-O. She hasn’t been in an NYC restaurant kitchen in nearly a decade.

Burrell posted on Instagram about the restaurant’s opening over the weekend and has already highlighted the burger and tater tots, though the overall vibe of the menu is supposed to ...

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Indian Hit Babu Ji Reopens Tonight Near Union Square

Source: Eater NY

It closed its East Village location earlier this year during a wage lawsuit

Australian-Indian critical hit Babu Ji is officially back in business. The East Village restaurant known for an eclectic menu and reasonably priced tasting menus shuttered in March amid wage lawsuits, but just as quickly as they left, husband-wife owners Jessi and Jennifer Singh will bring back Babu Ji near Union Square on Tuesday night.

They’re taking over the former All’onda space at 22 East 13th Street — a storefront that Ed Schoenfeld was previously going to take over for a restaurant called The Mess. ...

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Park Slope Cafe Blasted For Bathroom Sign Depicting Peeping Tom

Source: Eater NY

Clever Blend owner Luca Tesconi says his customers don’t find it offensive

A new coffee shop in Park Slope is under fire for a sign on the bathroom door that depicts a man peering into the woman’s bathroom — with locals saying that it promotes sexual harassment.

Clever Blend opened at 97 5th Avenue back in April, but this week, people have been posting one-star reviews to Yelp and blasting the coffee shop on Instagram for the sign on the bathroom door.

One one-star review said the customer told the barista that the sign was “totally out of touch,” but ...

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What You’ll Be Eating at Big Apple Barbecue Block Party 2017

Check out the full menu for the summer’s biggest barbecue event

Summer’s almost here, meaning the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is just a couple weeks away. This year, the Madison Square Park event — which remains one of the country’s biggest barbecue gatherings — will be on June 10 and June 11, and today, the organizers have offered a rundown of what the 15 pitmasters will be serving so barbecue fanatics can plot their weekend.

The full menu from pitmasters across the country is below.

A couple people to note: A big pitmaster to watch this year will be Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que from Decatur, Alabama. He’s one of the only pitmasters to participate in the event all 15 years, but this year is particularly special after he won the Memphis in May barbecue contest last weekend. It was his fifth win — more wins than any other pitmaster in the history of the competition. In New York, he will be serving pulled pork sandwiches with a spicy mustard coleslaw.

South Carolina whole hog legend Rodney Scott of Scott’s Bar-B-Que returns to the event this year, but this time, he will be making St. Louis-style ribs. And Atlanta-based Texas-style barbecue favorite Fox Bros will be at the event for the first time, serving brisket and jalapeno-cheddar sausage.

East Village southern restaurant Root & Bone will be selling side dishes for the first time at the barbecue, including corn on the cob with corn bread butter puree.

As always, all the pitmasters set up around Madison Square Park, and it’s free for people to show up and hang out at the event, where there will be live music. Each plate of barbecue will cost $12. People can also avoid the inevitable lines at the popular event by paying for a FastPass, which allows up to two people to access express lanes at every station. Each one costs $150 and comes with $125 credit for food, drink, and merchandise over the weekend.

Check out the full menu here:

Jean Paul Bourgeois, Blue Smoke, New York, NY: brisket burnt ends, chipotle barbecue sauce, summer corn salad

Joe Duncan, Baker’s Ribs, Dallas, TX: St. Louis ribs with jalapeño coleslaw

Billy Durney, Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn, NY: smoked beef short ribs with pickles and onions

Jonathan Fox & Justin Fox, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Atlanta, GA: brisket & jalapeño-cheddar sausage with potato salad

Ash Fulk, Hill Country, New York, NY: brisket with house pickle

Sam Jones, Skylight Inn / Sam Jones BBQ, Ayden, NC: Eastern North Carolina whole hog sandwich with sweet slaw

Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que, Decatur, AL: pulled pork sandwich with spicy mustard coleslaw

Pat Martin, Martin’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville, TN: West Tennessee whole hog with coleslaw

Mike Mills & Amy Mills, 17th St. BBQ, Murphysboro, IL: Baby back ribs with tangy pit beans

Gary Roark & Leslie Roark Scott, Ubon’s Barbeque, Yazoo City, MS: Mississippi chicken wings & sausage with bloody Mary cucumber salad

Scott Roberts, Salt Lick BBQ, Driftwood, TX

Drew Robinson, Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q, Birmingham, AL: Smoked pork hot links with pimento cheese

Rodney Scott, Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, SC: St. Louis ribs with cole slaw

John Stage, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, New York, NY: St. Louis ribs with beans

John Wheeler, Memphis Barbecue Co., South Haven, MS: baby back ribs with beans


Original Fried Pie Shop, Texas: apple, peach, blackberry, apricot, and cherry pies

Sugarees, Mississippi: caramel, rainbow, red velvet, strawberry, and chocolate cake

Milkshakes from F’real


Breezy Seamore’s Cruises Into Chelsea With Seafood And Rum Bar

Source: Eater NY

The beachy Nolita restaurant opens its second outpost

Restaurateur Michael Chernow’s stylish Nolita seafood restaurant Seamore’s has extended its signature summer whites to Chelsea.

A new 70-seat location of the restaurant opened at 161 8th Avenue this week, serving a similar menu of seafood, fish tacos, and salads. Christopher Cryer, executive chef at the downtown location, created the menu here, too, adding several new items like a hard shell poke taco with passion fruit and quinoa puffs, a fish burger with jalapeno mayo, and a Nicoise salad. Seamore’s Chelsea will also have a vegan coconut and pink lemonade ...

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Danny Meyer-Backed LA Chain Tender Greens Takes Over Former Craftbar Space

Source: Eater NY

It is expected to open this winter

The Flatiron Craftbar space that chef Tom Colicchio left due to a major rent hike will soon instead be home to the first East Coast location of Danny Meyer-backed fast-casual chain Tender Greens.

News came out Wednesday that the LA-based company offering entrees, soups, and salads had signed a lease for its first NYC location — a move that comes about three years after Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group signed on as a minority investor.

Thursday, the chain announced that they’d be moving into the former Craftbar space at 900 Broadway ...

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‘Breaking Bad’-Inspired Cocktail Bar in an RV Will Pop-Up in NYC This Summer

Source: Eater NY

The bar ABQ previously did stints in London

Apparently people can’t get enough of bars and restaurants themed around “Breaking Bad,” the AMC show about chemistry teacher turned meth dealer that ended four years ago. London-based company Lollipop is bringing its Walter White-inspired cocktail bar pop-up ABQ to New York this summer, and close to 1,500 people have reportedly already signed up.

The bar, which has popped up in the UK for the last two years, is set in an RV, just like White’s meth lab in the show. Up to 30 people at a time can enter, where ...

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Former Philippe Chow Restaurateur Bets Big on Fast-Casual Satays

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Stratis Morfogen is opening three Skinny’s Satay this year

A founder of Chinese-ish celebrity hangout Philippe Chow is betting that masses wanting to eat a version of the restaurant’s signature dish — satays.

Stratis Morfogen, now an owner at Chinese restaurant Jue Lan Club and the forthcoming Carmelo Anthony restaurant “Mr. Big Shot” made his career as the restaurateur behind the upscale Philippe Chow. He’s no longer involved in the restaurant, but his newest venture is a fast-casual restaurant called Skinny’s Satay that will be primarily selling a version one of Philippe Chow’s most popular dishes, the chicken satay.


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Danny Meyer-Backed Fast-Casual Chain Tender Greens Plots First NYC Outpost

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The lunch chain will be in Flatiron

The Danny Meyer-invested Southern California-based healthy eating chain Tender Greens is finally making its way to New York City. Commerical Observer reports that the fast-casual salad restaurant, where former fine dining chefs run the kitchens, has signed a lease in Flatiron.

The exact location of the first New York outpost, expected to open in late 2018, is not yet out. More locations of Tender Greens are expected to follow. Eater has reached out to Meyer and Tender Greens for further information.

Tender Greens first opened in the Los Angeles area in ...

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Wahlberg Brothers Unleash Burger Monstrosity Wahlburgers on UES

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The first Manhattan location is now open

The notoriously mediocre burger chain Wahlburgers from the singing-acting-reality star Wahlberg brothers now has a location in Manhattan. The newest outpost of the restaurant with a TV show made its debut earlier this month at 1633 Second Avenue on the Upper East Side. Brother Donnie Wahlberg — the one who was in New Kids on the Block — has already made an appearance. Mark, the more famous brother, hasn’t been spotted yet, and Paul, the third brother, is the chef for the chain.

It’s the second New York City location for the ...

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Meet E.A.K. Ramen, the Japanese Chain Trying to Make Waves in the U.S.

Source: Eater NY

It serves iekei-style ramen, a tonkotsu-shoyu blend

New York’s crowded ramen market will have a new player to try starting next week as E.A.K. Ramen — an American outpost of a prolific Japanese chain — makes its debut in the former Kin Shop space in Greenwich Village. It’s part of a larger plan to convince Americans that the restaurant’s style of ramen, called iekei, should be the next big ramen obsession.

The original Japanese name of the chain is Iekei Ramen, named after the style of broth that’s a blend of fatty pork-based tonkotsu and the chicken and soy-based ...

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Most Baffling NYC Chef of the Aughts Michael Bao Resurfaces in Saigon With Tacos

Source: Eater NY

He is still really ridiculous

Perpetual restaurant opener and one of the most incomprehensible New York City chefs of the post-recession 2000s Michael Bao Huynh has apparently made good on his promise to open a restaurant in Vietnam and now has a taco stand in Ho Chi Minh City. Although many of his NYC restaurants (both opened and never-opened) had “Bao” puns in the names, his newest spot is called MexiTacos.

Online magazine Taste has an interview with Bao, and as it turns out, the absolutely ridiculous chef is still pretty much out of control.

Bao opened ...

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Sugar Factory Is About to Roll Out Doughnuts from a Hot Miami Chef All Over NYC

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Baker Max Santiago had a cult following

Celebrity favorite sweets chain Sugar Factory is about to open a slew of standalone doughnut shops with pastries from a Miami chef with a crazy cult following.

The Drake- and Kardashian-approved chain will start by opening a nearly 80-seat Upper West Side doughnut bar called Sugar Factory Artisanal Doughnut and Coffee Bar at 1991 Broadway and an outpost in the Gansevoort Market. The UWS location will open in June says a spokesperson, with plans to open several more doughnut and coffee bars across the city.

All creations will be by Max Santiago, ...

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HIV-Positive Ex-Server Sues Buddakan For Discrimination

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Stephen Starr’s restaurant group denies the claims

A former server at restaurateur Stephen Starr’s pan-Asian clubstaurant Buddakan is suing the restaurant group for discrimination — claiming that he was fired for being HIV-positive.

Jack Mountford filed the lawsuit last week alleging that new management at the Meatpacking District hot spot treated him with “hostility” when they found out about his HIV-positive status, according to the lawsuit. They then claimed that Mountford charged a diner twice for a bill and fired him last June, although the former server says he frequently “dominated sales contests” and had never made an ...

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