Author Archives: Stefanie Tuder

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The Aviary’s Melbourne-Inspired Breakfast Will Be One to Watch

Source: Eater NY

Grant Achatz doles out the details

Turns out Alinea Group’s highly anticipated New York City debut is sooner than previously thought: The Office, the speakeasy portion of experimental cocktail bar The Aviary, will open in July, followed by the namesake Aviary in August or September.

The Aviary’s Melbourne-Inspired Breakfast Will Be One to Watch
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Grant Achatz

Chef-owner Grant Achatz — you may recognize him from his turn in 2016 on Chef’s Table , his several James Beard Awards, or perhaps his four Michelin stars — has been flitting back and forth between NYC and Chicago to prepare for the opening, ...

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The Jersey Shore’s 25 Most Essential Restaurants

Source: Eater NY

Taylor ham, Italian ice, and raw clams — from Long Branch to Cape May

Too often, restaurants down the Jersey Shore take advantage of a captive audience and the result can be less-than-stellar food. But when a shore restaurant nails it, the results are a sublimely specific combination of no-bullshit service, simple, spot-on food, and lovingly worn-in environs that any Jersey boy or girl has grown to appreciate.

These 25 restaurants are absolutely essential to the Jersey Shore. From footlong hot dogs in Long Branch to bright red lobsters in Cape May, these are the places it would be ...

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Dave Chang Reaches Peak Cool Kid With Nike Momofuku Collab

Source: Eater NY

Limited-edition sneakers of his very own

You know you’ve made it when Nike asks you to collaborate on a limited edition sneaker. Induct Momofuku maestro David Chang into that hall of fame, since his personal shoe drops on Thursday, June 22.

The reigning sneaker company hooked up with Chang through his cousin, who has worked at the company for a while. Momofuku has catered Nike events through the years, and its senior creative director was one of Noodle Bar’s first customers.

“This is all so crazy! I’ve looked up to Nike as a brand and company for years,” Chang ...

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The Aviary Goes Full ’90s Hotel Bar for NYC Debut

Source: Eater NY

The first rendering for speakeasy The Office reveals a bit of what to expect

Take a good, close look at the official rendering of what to expect at the upcoming opening of The Office, the smaller, speakeasy portion of The Aviary, Chicago’s top cocktail bar that is set to debut in the Mandarin Oriental this summer.

Designed by Tihany Design, the firm behind Per Se, Daniel, and Aureole’s decor, it’s reminiscent of hotel bars of yore. It’s a curious stylistic choice for a cocktail bar known for its experimental drinks, though one that might be trending right ...

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Staten Islanders Boycott Bakery After Veteran Fundraiser Criticism

Source: Eater NY

The owner of Dominick’s Bakery & Cafe has since apologized

Staten Island’s Dominick’s Bakery & Cafe is being boycotted after owner Dominick DeLillo complained on Facebook about a nearby veteran benefit event. Sunday was the the SSG Michael Ollis Memorial 5K Run/Walk, a benefit for veterans in honor of a fallen soldier, which caused several streets to shut down for part of the day, including Dominick’s.

Faced with almost no business, DeLillo took to Facebook. “Guess there are no businesses in new dorp that prepares all week for Sunday! What a fucking joke,” he wrote on the business’ social media ...

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Bill Murray Crashes Brooklyn Restaurant Opening to Everyone’s Delight

Source: Eater NY

He’s everywhere, folks

The brand-new Cecconi’s, with its tony views and Soho House connection, was the place to be last night — especially since everyone’s pal Bill Murray randomly showed up.

Bill Murray Crashes Brooklyn Restaurant Opening to Everyone’s Delight
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Cecconi’s lobster spaghetti

The Post reports that Murray just happened to be walking by when he saw the opening night festivities, which included lobster spaghetti and lots of drinks. He sat on the patio chatting with guests, while other celebs like actor Matthew Rhys and British soccer player Gary Lineker mingled around, too.

It’s starting to be Murray’s thing to assist with Brooklyn openings ...

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Masaharu Morimoto Sued by Business Partner — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, DeKalb Market Hall sets an opening date

The latest lawsuit involves chef Masaharu Morimoto

“Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto is in hot water after a former business partner has sued him for cutting him out of the profits of a deal. The suit alleges that Rowen Seibel used his connections to help Morimoto open in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand last year, but that Morimoto cut him out of the deal after Seibel was arrested for a $1.3 million tax evasion scheme in 2016, the Post reports. Though the issue is with a Las Vegas restaurant, the suit was filed in ...

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Yelp Calls Out Xi’an Famous Foods for ‘Shady’ Review Incentives

Source: Eater NY

Owner Jason Wang says it’s a misunderstanding

Three out of 12 Xi’an Famous Foods Yelp pages currently have a pop-up alerting users to the possibility of incentivized reviews. The pop-up, on the 54th Street, 34th Street, and Saint Mark’s Place pages, warns, “We caught someone offering up cash, discounts, gift certificates or other incentives in exchange for reviews about this business,” and links to a photo of the practice.

Yelp Calls Out Xi’an Famous Foods for ‘Shady’ Review Incentives
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The pop-up
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The linked photo “evidence”

Owner Jason Wang explains the situation as a misunderstanding. The fast-casual Chinese restaurant chain uses consumer experience management app Tattle, ...

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Rosemary’s Owner Adds Fourth West Village Restaurant to His Repertoire

Source: Eater NY

Carlos Suarez is building a mini empire in the neighborhood

Carlos Suarez’s Casa Nela restaurant group is adding a fourth restaurant to its spread of Rosemary’s, Claudette, and Bobo. Because the West Village has treated him so well, the neighborhood is naturally home to number four, which will be at 1 Perry Street.

Suarez is keeping quiet on what the concept will be, but based on his usual handiwork, one can expect some straightforward, crowd-pleasing fare in a lovely setting, likely Italian or French. The 1,500-square-foot space originally ran $150 a square foot, but it’s unclear ...

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NY Baker Turns Internet Troll Comments Into Cake — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, a third NYC Junior’s opens tomorrow

Internet trollers, beware this pastry chef

Jamie Oliver’s comment on Oprah’s instagram post about harvesting dill. #trollcakes

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Kat Thek might be a genius — her new baking endeavor turns Internet troll comments into cake, making people literally eat their words. Thek takes orders here starting at $30 per brownie cake, then sends the cake to the commenter.

Third NYC Junior’s opens tomorrow

Since reportedly raking in $24 million a year at its Times Square location, Junior’s is doubling ...

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Korean Barbecue Gets the Michelin Treatment at Cote

Source: Eater NY

Look for a lower level speakeasy with street food later this year

Simon Kim, owner of Michelin-starred Piora in the West Village, has used that team to focus on beverages and points of service at the newly opened Cote in the Flatiron. But this restaurant — a Korean steakhouse serving chophouse classics, dry-aged beef, and dishes like bibimbap — is his baby.

“I’ve always wanted to do a Korean thing. As a Korean with a Korean chef, I don’t need to look elsewhere at what other people are doing. I just need to look at what my grandparents used ...

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Olmsted’s Greg Baxtrom Has Another Restaurant in the Works

Source: Eater NY

The best neighborhood restaurant of 2016 is furthering its Prospect Heights footprint

Sirens: Olmsted’s chef-owner Greg Baxtrom is opening a second restaurant in the neighborhood. Since its debut a year ago, Olmsted has become the neighborhood restaurant we all dream of, with its backyard garden, ambitious, affordable food, and sustainable values.

Now, Baxtrom has taken over the space across the street — 626 Vanderbilt Avenue — for a to-be-decided restaurant, according to his rep. But if the liquor license application (which got approved) is to be believed, then it will be a 75-seat French bistro with a full ...

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Eleven Madison Park’s Closing Rager Was One Hell of a Party

Source: Eater NY

EMP shut it down right with Questlove, Champagne showers, and more

When the “World’s Best” restaurant closes, apparently the only way to do it right is with a massive blowout — which was exactly the scene late Sunday night at Eleven Madison Park, which has officially closed for a gut renovation. Owners Daniel Humm and Will Guidara made sure to mark the occasion with what can only be described as a rager.

Highlights included none other than Questlove playing DJ for the evening, Humm spraying the packed, rowdy crowd with champagne, an entire pig for the eating ...

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Dollar Oyster Deals in NYC, Mapped

Source: Eater NY

Why pay more when there are so many available?

Since oysters are a luxury good and can fetch upwards of $4 for a loner, it’s a pleasure to find bivalves available for a dollar each — albeit mostly East Coast, often Blue Points, which can be perfectly lovely. Deals often run during off times, like early happy hours or Saturday afternoons, but some do exist at prime times. Here now, a guide to where to find dollar oysters in New York City, mapped for your slurping ease.

Note: This map is arranged from north to south, and strictly includes ...

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Fuku Wall Street’s Menu Has a Handful of Healthier Options

Source: Eater NY

Kale salad and pulled chicken bowls hold it down

It’s under two weeks until fast casual fried chicken sensation Fuku makes its Wall Street debut, so friends and family test meals are currently under way. Eater happened to stumble into one, catching a peek at the latest menu and space under Momofuku’s growing umbrella.

New to this location’s menu are items with a healthier focus, clearly meant to play to the working lunch crowd. A baby kale salad with fried chickpeas, puffed rice, pickled red onions, and radish in a yuzu vinaigrette leads that charge, but there’s also a ...

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DOH Temporarily Shutters Fraunces Tavern and E.A.K. Ramen — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, new details on The Aviary’s debut

The Department of Health doesn’t mess around

Historic Financial District bar — it opened in 1762! — Fraunces Tavern has been temporarily shuttered by the Department of Health. Though owners are saying it’s due to structural issues with the old building, which may certainly be true, the DOH scorecard also points to a myriad of sanitary violations such as vermin, flies, improper food holding temperatures, and inadequate worker cleanliness. Management says the bar should reopen on Friday.

And another DOH shutter right now is for newbie E.A.K. Ramen, whose rep points to ...

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Fast-Casual Chinese With Noodle Bowls and Bing Headed to Columbia

Source: Eater NY

The Yale-born Junzi Kitchen is expanding

The first New York location for fast-casual Chinese restaurant Junzi Kitchen will open on June 21 near Columbia University. The New Haven-based restaurant was conceived by Yale grads Yong Zhao, Wanting Zhang, and Ming Bai with chef Lucas Sin, who created a Northern China-based menu of noodle bowls and bings in the first location in 2015.

Fast-Casual Chinese With Noodle Bowls and Bing Headed to Columbia
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A noodle bowl

Junzi Kitchen has a Chipotle-like menu, with either a bing or noodles as the base, with various meats, vegetables, garnishes, and sauce options to mix in. The full menu for ...

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6 New Blue Bottles Will Flood NYC

Source: Eater NY

Coffee and liege waffles for everyone

San Francisco-based coffee chain Blue Bottle is on an East Coast expansion tear, with six new locations set to debut across New York City. That will give the coffee nerd favorite a grand total of 15 stores in NYC alone, as soon as this coming fall.

The World Trade Center Memorial location (55 Cortlandt Way #1400) will be the first to open this summer and it has been given an “unobtrusive” design (above): That means 30-foot ceilings with almost entirely glass walls and Blue Bottle’s signature blonde wood and whiteness.

Grand Central (60 ...

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Warriors Star Kevin Durant Is an Investor in The Grill

Source: Eater NY

The celebrity connections continue at NYC’s hottest spot right now

Layers keep peeling back to reveal more about The Grill, the Major Food Group restart of the Four Seasons’ Grill Room, with the Post now reporting that Warriors champ Kevin Durant has a stake in the business.

Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman have a piece of the pie, which cost a grand total of $30 million to renovate along with sister restaurant The Pool. Seemingly no expense has been spared, with Tom Ford-designed $6,000 uniforms and $10,000 trolley carts, where service captains debone Dover sole, plate ...

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Nas Has Quietly Become a NYC Food Promoter

Source: Eater NY

He’s conveniently also an investor in Sweet Chick

With an album in the works, rapper Nas is on a public relations tour, and while the focus should probably be on his music, it’s food that comes up over and over again. In a New York Times profile, Nas — who is an investor of trendy chicken and waffles purveyor Sweet Chick — seems to have more interest in Pearl’s Bake & Shark, a Caribbean restaurant in Williamsburg, than he does in his album.

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Brooklyn Pizza Hit Emily Aims Big With New Pies in Manhattan Starting Tomorrow

Source: Eater NY

Emily and Matt Hyland introduce some New York-New Haven hybrids in the West Village

After three years of growing a following for its regionally noncommittal pizza and saucy burger, Clinton Hill’s Emily is making a big move to the West Village. This second location opens Wednesday, June 7, with a slightly different style of pizza than in Brooklyn, plus the addition of 3⁄4-inch-thick Grandma-style spies.

There’s no Detroit-style in sight, the pizza that inspired a location of its own at Emmy Squared in Williamsburg and that Eater critic Ryan Sutton called “so gosh darn amazing.” It would make sense ...

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Ichimura Chef Indefinitely Steps Aside for Health Issues

Source: Eater NY

A rotating group of chefs will take over in his absence

A little more than four months after its splashy opening, pricey sushi spot Ichimura is without the chef that gives it its name. Due to health issues, chef Eiji Ichimura has taken a leave of absence, owner Idan Elkon tells Eater.

A rotating group of sushi chefs will be covering for him while he’s gone. They have not yet been announced. It goes into effect this Friday, June 9, and Elkon notes that this is a temporary arrangement.

In anticipation of the undoubted disappointment from diners, Ichimura has lowered ...

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Yes, Restaurant Critics Are Served Better Food Than You

Source: Eater NY

Chefs will sweat over the tiniest details to give a reviewer the perfect plate

Everyone’s suspicions were just confirmed: Some restaurants save the best food for critics. Longtime Union Square Cafe line cook Armen Stevens wrote an essay for Grub Street that explores how USC approaches critics, in which he revealed that the kitchen reserved the best parts of each dish for the critics.

Danny Meyer’s baby, Union Square Cafe, recently reopened in its new location a tad further north, and so the critic march restarted, with Eater’s Ryan Sutton, the Times’ Pete Wells, and NY mag’s ...

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A Guide to NYC’s Food Halls

Source: Eater NY

Mapping the city’s food hall explosion

The last few years have seen a rash of new food halls spreading across New York City, rapidly multiplying the affordable fast-casual options in the area. But more doesn’t always equal better, so follow this guide to the best of the food hall options closest to you at any given time.

Note: this map is arranged geographically.

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Martha Stewart’s Date Stuck Her With the Bill at Le Bernardin

Source: Eater NY

Guess no one’s immune to a bad date

It’s usually restaurants that have to deal with dining and dashing, but a recent date left lifestyle queen Martha Stewart having to foot the bill. It happened at three Michelin-starred Le Bernardin, no less, where picking up the tab is no small feat — unless, perhaps, you’re Martha Stewart.

Still, she rightfully found the experience “extremely rude,” as she told Town & Country:

I went to the lounge area at Le Bernardin with this guy. He had to go somewhere afterward, and I had to go somewhere after. It ...

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