Category Archives: New York

2 Hidden, Cheap Restaurants in the Garment District, Revealed

Source: Eater NY

Loading dock restaurants still thrive

Sandwiched between Broadway and Ninth Avenue just south of Times Square, the Garment District seems like a throwback. Freight trucks idle in the streets as workers push garment racks, zig zagging around traffic. Storefronts and second-floor lofts sport painted windows that offer buttons, trimmings, and zippers, and everything seems covered with a permanent patina of grit.

2 Hidden, Cheap Restaurants in the Garment District, Revealed

One of the long-time features of this region is its hidden restaurants. These were often located next to the loading dock in buildings dating to the 1920s, and were accessed via a freight entrance, often without a sign advertising ...

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Eleven Madison Park Joins Instagram, Gets 14K Followers in a Day

Source: Eater NY

Plus, an ambitious taqueria opens in East Harlem

Welcome to Instagram, EMP

Eleven Madison Park has ceremoniously joined Instagram and raked in almost 14K followers in less than 24 hours. The debut is part of the rollout for the revamped World’s Best” restaurant on track to open later this fall. “It took us a while to get with the times, but I’m excited to announce that as of today @elevenmadisonpark is finally on Instagram,” partner Will Guidara wrote on his own account. “Follow along over the next few weeks as we reopen the restaurant and start to show ...

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Cosmopolitan Editor Michele Promaulayko Dines at Lilia, Il Buco, and the Office

Source: Grub Street NY

Since taking the helm of Cosmopolitan almost exactly one year ago, Michele Promaulayko’s days have been “kind of crazy.” As the former editor-in-chief of Women’s Health and Yahoo Health, Promaulayko believes in the power of kombucha and adaptogens and punishing exercise classes, but she lets her guard down …

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St. Louis Police Union Urges Harassment of Critical Pizzeria Owner

Source: Grub Street NY

When St. Louis cop Jason Stockley was acquitted in the shooting of Anthony Lamar, it sparked protests over police violence in the city. Prosecutors had argued Smith’s killing was premeditated murder, and Mayor Lyda Krewson said in a statement that she was “appalled” by the verdict. Police clashed …

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East Village Local Sues to Ban Bottomless Brunch

Source: Eater NY

Robert Halpern says it promotes noise and “uncivil behavior”

An East Village local is so sick of boozy brunch, he’s suing to nix it throughout the state. Robert Halpern is going up against the State Liquor Authority in hopes of get rid of a legal loophole that allows restaurants to serve unlimited booze during brunch hours, according to The Real Deal.

The suit, filed on Wednesday, argues that the number of liquor licenses in East Village has gotten out of control. The proliferation of restaurants serving bottomless brunch has led to “more noise, more crowds, and more uncivil behavior,” the ...

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Tesla Is Trying to Add Convenience Stores to Its Charging Stations

Source: Grub Street NY

Soon, you may have a reason to visit one of Tesla’s spooky-looking charging stations. Obviously, it won’t be to recharge your Model S’s battery, on account of you not having a $70,000 Model S, but Tesla thinks you might still stop by if there were cold drinks and …

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Inside Sugarcane, Miami’s Clubby Import to the Dumbo Waterfront

Source: Eater NY

The colorful space has one stellar view

In reverse of the current trend of New York restaurants setting up shop in Miami, the beachside city has sent NYC one of its most popular homegrown restaurants: Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. Now open at the Empire Stores complex in Dumbo, this cavernous space — with its high ceilings, see-and-be-seen banquettes, and Sushi Samba ownership — distills the experience of Miami right at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, with a view of the NYC skyline.

Here, 11,000 square feet with an additional 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio are segmented into sections with ...

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Pete Wells Probes Yelp For Help, He Says

Source: Eater NY

He’s a restaurant critic at the Times

Pete Wells, restaurant critic at the storied Times, absolutely thinks user-generated review website Yelp is a useful way to examine restaurants. Despite Yelp’s reputation in the culinary world as being filled with misinformed amateur critics, Wells says in a personal tech column at the Times that he looks at the site a lot because he’s “convinced there’s valuable information in there.”

In fact, people posting reviews to restaurants serving Asian cuisine might be the food experts Wells relies on as a starting basis of information. It’s not that Yelp isn’t without its ...

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Fast-Casual Chain Chili’s Happily Demystifies Health Care for People on Twitter

Source: Grub Street NY

Late last night, Twitter user @subtlerbutler went on a rant, seemingly about websites like Quora or Yahoo Answers, where people crowdsource their problems and wait, rather than ask a live human being:

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What’s a Celebratory Restaurant That Feels like Old School New York?

Source: Eater NY

In this Ask Eater, a reader wants to bring mom back to good ‘ol times

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.


Hi Eater,

My mom lived in NYC in the late 1950’s, and I’ll be bringing her here for her birthday in March. Do you have suggestions for a dinner for two at a place that reflects ...

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Death Wish Coffee Is Recalling Bottles Over an Actual Risk of Death

Source: Grub Street NY

Turns out, a name like “Death Wish” can really backfire under certain circumstances: The “world’s strongest” coffee that notoriously markets its blend of joe as risky enough to require a warning label has had to recall bottles of its Nitro Cold Brew from stores because there’s a chance …

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David Chang’s Delivery Service Ando Opens Real Life Store

Source: Eater NY

Ando has a Pret-like restaurant in Union Square

Momofuku kingpin David Chang’s delivery-only restaurant Ando is no longer delivery only. This week brings the opening of a fast-casual storefront near Union Square at 31 West 14th Street, between Sixth and Fifth Avenue.

Taking a drastic turn from its birth last year as a virtual restaurant, this full-blown restaurant debuts with an expanded menu of breakfast offerings and even chairs. To eat here, diners must get up and walk in, interact with a real, live human being, and carry their food themselves. Breakfast will not be available on weekdays ...

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Is Italian Food the Next Frontier of Fast-Casual Eating?

Source: Grub Street NY

Pity Sbarro. The Brooklyn-born chain has been operating for more than half a century, but its days as a food-court mainstay might be numbered. All across the country, even as the market becomes more saturated, restaurateurs and titans of industry are gunning to create the next fast-casual behemoth — and lately, …

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Albertsons Is Buying Meal-Kit Start-up Plated

Source: Grub Street NY

More “disruption” is coming to the chaotic grocery industry, and this time, it’s a move by America’s second-chair conventional grocer, Albertsons. The chain of 2,300 supermarkets — almost 500 fewer than Kroger — says it’s buying Plated, a meal-kit service that 10 percent of Americans have heard of, but …

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Eleven Madison Park Renovation Reveals Building Secrets

Source: Eater NY

Plus, a refugee food and arts Fest near the U.N.

Secrets of Eleven Madison Park

As the EMP team gears up for reopening the Manhattan flagship after being closed for renovations over the summer, co-owner Will Guidara drops architectural details, like this clock from 1929. Stay tuned for more as the restaurant gears up for the fall reopening.

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Outdoor Barbecue Spot Pig Beach Spreads Into Sprawling Indoor Space

Source: Eater NY

The popular outdoor Gowanus barbecue restaurant is now winter-friendly

Constantly packed outdoor Brooklyn restaurant Pig Beach will soon be translating its barbecue and picnic vibes to a monster indoor space that will keep this summer-only spot open year-round.

Chef Matt Abdoo and his partners have taken over a 7,000-square-foot indoor warehouse space right next to its outdoor area at 480 Union Street, near Bond Street, in Gowanus. It will open next week, and after that, the outdoor portion will only be accessible by walking through the indoor one.

The indoor space will seat more than 170 people and serve a ...

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Inside Leah Cohen’s Asian American Pub in Jersey City

Source: Eater NY

Piggyback Bar is the chef’s second NYC-area restaurant

Jersey City’s increasingly hot dining scene is getting a new addition from Pig & Khao chef Leah Cohen. Opening Thursday, September 21, Piggyback Bar is a casual Asian American tavern with a whimsical menu and killer Manhattan views.

Since Piggyback is a bar, the food is appropriately light-hearted, with mash-up dishes like a mapo chili dog, disco “phories” that include a pho gravy, and a kimchi pulled pork sandwich. Cocktails are similarly Asian-inspired, like one with Thai chili-infused tequila, watermelon juice, and manzanilla sherry. There are 12 beers on tap and ...

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USDA Warns That Millions of Pounds of Fake ‘Organic’ Imports Are Pouring Into U.S.

Source: Grub Street NY

The “USDA Organic” label on your produce aisle might not be as advertised. The inspector general released an audit yesterday that lights into agency officials tasked with overseeing organic standards. It investigated how good a job they’re doing with ostensibly “organic” imports, and found that it’s way too lax. …

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Zabar Family Faces Backlash for Planned New Chinatown Business

Source: Eater NY

Locals say it will be too disruptive for the small street

Looks like Chinatown isn’t quite as welcoming as the Upper East Side for the Zabar family. A block association called the Chinatown Core Block is fighting against Oliver Zabar’s bid to serve alcohol for a new location of beer bar Eli’s Night Shift at 54 Mulberry Street, south of Bayard Street.

The proposed business is an all-day operation. Baked goods and coffee would headline during the day, and the space would transition to craft beer and cocktails at night. Requested hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday ...

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Restaurants And Bars Score a Friend in City Hall

Source: Eater NY

The newly created Office of Nightlife is supposed to advocate for bars and clubs

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday night, a new city agency exists solely dedicated to partying. Mayor Bill de Blasio officially signed the Office of Nightlife into existence at a showy press conference — Ramones drummer Marky Ramone was in attendance — at the House of Yes in Bushwick, the Post reports.

The Office of Nightlife was formed to help navigate concerns between residents, bars, and restaurants, as well as serve as advocates on behalf of restaurants and clubs in regard to permitting and other regulations. It’s ...

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Federal Court Says San Francisco Can’t Require Health Warnings on Soda Ads

Source: Grub Street NY

A federal court has killed San Francisco’s controversial soda-ad warning labels, ruling in a unanimous decision yesterday that forcing brands to put them on advertising violates the First Amendment. In their decision, judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals argued that free speech gives soda-makers the …

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