Category Archives: New York

The Trick to Ugly Baby’s Addictive Deep-Fried Sea Bream

Source: Grub Street NY

Ugly Baby, a new Thai restaurant in Carroll Gardens, has quickly gained a reputation among the chile-pepper cognoscenti for serving food that is off-the-Scoville-charts hot. But not every dish on the menu is designed to blow the top of your head off. Take, for instance, this deep-fried whole …

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#SitOutSantaCon Campaign Asks Drunk Santas If They’re Cool Ruining Christmas for Kids

Source: Grub Street NY

New Yorkers, it’s time to activate the Early SantaCon Warning System — the annual slosh-fest returns on Saturday.

Most rational beings, of course, hate the festive event that lays siege to New York and a growing list of other defenseless cities worldwide, but this year, a Manhattan ad agency …

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Franny’s Replacement Fausto Is Here and Keeping Things Italian

Source: Eater NY

Joe Campanale opens the restaurant this weekend in Park Slope

Park Slope-Prospect heights favorite Franny’s may have closed its doors four months ago, but its 348 Flatbush Avenue space remains Italian as wine-focused newcomer Fausto opens this Saturday, December 9.

The restaurant comes from previously West Village-oriented restaurateur Joe Campanale (formerly of L’Artusi, Dell’anima, Anfora), alongside chef Erin Shambura, who served as executive chef at L’Artusi. As Campanale previously has said, Fausto walks a line between sophisticated and casual — no tablecloths here, and it’s the sort of space that can cover a glass of wine and a small ...

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Leyenda Turns Plantains Into Magic With Mofongo

Source: Eater NY

Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix’s cocktail bar serves a stellar Puerto Rican staple

Buy, Sell, Hold is a column from Eater New York’s chief critic Ryan Sutton where he looks at a single dish or item and decides whether you should you buy it, sell it (or just don’t try it at all), or hold (give it some time before trying).


Leyenda — unlike more recent big name openings — is not a cocktail bar where a few cocktails will cost as much as a tasting menu. It’s a pan-Latin bar in Carroll Gardens where technically brilliant cocktails cost $12 ...

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Real-life Sopranos Club Busted for Mafia Ties

Source: Grub Street NY

Satin Dolls — the Jersey Meadowlands strip club Sopranos fans instantly recognize as Bada Bing! — is in deep not-fictional trouble with state Attorney General Christopher Porrino. He and New Jersey’s Division of Alcohol Beverage Control have told the club to cease live entertainment and surrender its liquor …

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Where To Eat On Christmas Day In New York City

Source: Eater NY

From lavish tasting menus to BYOB hand-pulled noodles

For those forgoing the trek home for the holidays or a peak season getaway — and skipping the seasonal airport pandemonium in the process — there’s an array of solid choices for dining out on Christmas Day. (The same goes for out-of-towners angling for a festive, special-occasion dining experience while in NYC.) Options vary from a classic Yuletide menu, a Jewish-Chinese family-style feast, a warming and homey brunch, or simply something that’s delicious and actually open for business on a rare quiet day in the city.

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Beyond Meat Is Tripling Production Capacity of Its Plant Burger

Source: Grub Street NY

Burger disrupter Beyond Meat says it’s raised another $55 million in funding — enough to triple the production capacity of its “bleeding” meat alternative that’s seemingly already everywhere.

Beyond and rival Impossible Foods both continue to see phenomenal amounts of success in a market where the previous …

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Sietsema’s 15 Best Dishes of 2017

Source: Eater NY

From cheesy breads to stellar burritos, Eater’s senior editor talks favorites from the year

Painful as it was to pick the ten worst dishes of 2017, doing the opposite is a joyous activity. The best part about being a restaurant critic is stumbling on a dish that is really delightful — one that stimulates the senses and leads you to attack it rather than just eat it. If that dish is found in an unexpected place, or features unfamiliar ingredients and techniques, all the better. Here are the 15 best things I ate this year.

Sietsema’s 15 Best Dishes of 2017

Millet Congee at DaXi ...

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Chefs Are Lining Up to Help José Andrés Feed Displaced California Wildfire Victims

Source: Grub Street NY

Hunger-relief machine José Andrés announced yesterday that, oh by the way, he’s also now feeding people displaced by Southern California’s wildfires. In the last 48 or so hours, he’s helped assemble a team he says will serve 2,000 meals a day. The fires began this week and have

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What Went Down on Last Night’s Top Chef

Source: Grub Street NY

The moment has come. The moment is here. The moment is the new season of Top Chef. This year, we’re headed to Denver, Colorado, culinary capital of the Rockies (possibly true) and home to this recapper’s favorite fast-casual noodle company, Noodles & Company (definitely true). Chefs from all over the contiguous 48 …

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Drunk Santas Flood NYC Saturday for SantaCon

Source: Eater NY

Plus, TK Kitchen closes after 10 years — and more intel

SantaCon’s back this weekend

Drunk bros decked out in holiday gear will pack the streets from East Village to Midtown on Saturday for the annual shitshow called SantaCon. A full rundown of the 50-or-so bars that the pub crawl will be hitting can be seen on this website. Every year, participants in the crawl donate some money to charity, but that’s never quite been enough to combat its image as a menace to New York City streets. This year, an ad agency even used its bad rep to ...

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‘Pizza Is Life’ for Writer Stephen Satterfield

Source: Grub Street NY

After building a career as a food writer and media producer at Food52, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Civil Eats, Stephen Satterfield this year launched a print magazine, Whetstone, that explores the origins of ingredients. This week, while putting the finishing touches on the second issue, Satterfield …

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Sunday Routine: How Peter Zaharatos, Chocolate Artist, Spends His Sundays

Source: NY Times Food

The owner of SugarCube, a dessert shop in Long Island City, shops for Greek ingredients and plays violin with his children in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

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DaDong Is a Splashy Shrine to Roast Duck, Straight From China

Source: Eater NY

Michelin-starred duck makes its NYC debut this weekend

New York is no stranger to Peking duck, so the arrival of DaDong — a roast duck chain in China that has some Michelin-starred locations — has locals appropriately amped for this more upscale entrant: 2,500 reservations disappeared as soon as they were available, booking the restaurant through February. As of December 8, those few lucky New Yorkers will be among the first to get a taste of the signature crispy exterior and juicy meat when DaDong opens in Midtown at 3 Bryant Park near 42nd Street.

Chef-owner Dong Zhenxiang (“da” ...

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What’s an Affordable French Bistro Still Worthy of a Celebration?

Source: Eater NY

In this Ask Eater, a woman wants an affordable treat

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 looking for a cozy French restaurant that doesn’t completely break the bank to celebrate my boyfriend finishing his first semester of law school. He loves French food, but it’s been tricky to find a place that’s somewhere between ...

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Sietsema’s 10 Worst Dishes of 2017

Source: Eater NY

From greasy grilled oysters to brisket ravioli, here’s what Eater’s senior critic really despised this year

That time of year has come again to praise the year’s good food and damn the bad. Well, this is the damning part, featuring the worst things I ate this past year, things that etched themselves into my nightmares and still provoke a gag reflex. Ironically, many of these dishes are from otherwise good — or even great — places, making the fall from grace they represent even more painful. This year many of my worst food experiences came in the ubiquitous food courts, ...

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Restaurant Chain Fires Waiter for Posting Customer’s Anti-Gay Receipt on Facebook

Source: Grub Street NY

Customers are livid at a restaurant chain — once voted ESPN’s second-best sports bar — after it fired a waiter who publicized a homophobic receipt. Hickory Tavern has two dozen locations in three states, but started becoming sports bar non grata in the Charlotte suburbs last weekend after …

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Why Everyone Is So Excited for DaDong’s New York Opening

Source: Grub Street NY

DaDong goes through a lot of ducks. Specifically: DaDong serves 1,387,000 Peking ducks per year at the restaurant chain’s ten locations in Beijing, four in Shanghai, and two in Chengdu, including the original location in Beijing, a restaurant that Dong Zhenxiang ran for ten years before buying it and reopening …

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