Category Archives: Eater NY

2 Hidden, Cheap Restaurants in the Garment District, Revealed

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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

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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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East Village Local Sues to Ban Bottomless Brunch

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

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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

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

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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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David Chang’s Delivery Service Ando Opens Real Life Store

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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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Eleven Madison Park Renovation Reveals Building Secrets

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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

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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

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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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Zabar Family Faces Backlash for Planned New Chinatown Business

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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

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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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Wylie Dufresne’s Dad Finally Opens His Long-Awaited Sandwich Shop

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Byggyz on the Lower East Side has been six years in the making

Six years in the making, quirky sandwich shop Byggyz — from renowned molecular gastronomy chef Wylie Dufresne’s dad Dewey Dufresne — has opened on the Lower East Side.

It’s a streamlined operation with just four sandwiches on the menu, of which the signature is the “byggybeef” with braised beef short rib, American cheese, hot peppers, pickled vegetables, pomegranate demi-glace, and “Xxollent sauce,” which is just mayo, mustard, and sweet peppers. There’s also a pork, turkey, and tuna take; the full menu is below.

Naturally, Wylie is taking ...

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Fake Bullet-Hole Crown Heights Bar Plasters Over Controversial Wall

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Summerhill covered up the hole-ridden walls Tuesday night

Following protests, boycotts, and social media backlash, Summerhill in Crown Heights has plastered over the controversial hole-ridden wall that the bar originally claimed came from bullet holes.

The bar and sandwich shop, located at 673 Nostrand Avenue, ignited a controversy earlier this summer when it sent out a press release highlighting fake bullet holes in its walls as “Instagrammable.” Owner Becca Brennan has faced a lot of heat since then, initially refusing to cover over the wall, saying she wanted to “keep the integrity of a 100-year-old building.” She pushed back at ...

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J.G. Melon’s Iconic Burger Now Sizzling on the Upper West Side

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The third location of the restaurant opened this week

The legendary griddled burgers of J.G. Melon are now heating up the Upper West Side. The third location for the storied Upper East Side restaurant made its debut this week at 480 Amsterdam Avenue, at 83rd Street, as first spotted by West Side Rag.

The outpost, run by franchisers Danny and Steve Abrams, has more than 50 seats and offers the same menu as the Greenwich Village location, including the classic cheeseburger, a turkey burger, roasted chicken, and salad nicoise. The decor also similarly maintains the old-school restaurant vibes ...

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West Village Butcher Pleads Guilty to Handing Black Delivery Man a Noose

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He got three days of community service for the hate crime

The West Village butcher who handed a black delivery man a noose earlier this year has pleaded guilty as part of a deal that took away the incident’s hate crime status. Joe Ottomanelli will serve a grand total of three days of community service for disorderly conduct, with the potential to have his record wiped clean, the Post reports.

In April, Ottomanelli handed Victor Sheppard a noose while saying, “If you ever have any stress, just put it around your neck and pull it. I could even help you ...

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Wylie Dufresne’s Wd~50 Pop-Up Tickets Are Now Live

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Plus, Daniel Humm’s take on Italian-American food is back

Tickets live for Wd~50 pop-up

Reservations are now open for chef Wylie Dufresne’s stint at the South Street Seaport Food Lab, where he’ll be reviving dishes from his famed restaurant Wd~50 that shuttered in 2014. The molecular gastronomy pioneer will be serving dishes like a scrambled egg ravioli with charred avocado and hamachi and a duck breast with curds n’ whey, sweet potato, and rice noodle. He will have four seatings a night from September 29th through October 11th. Tickets cost $125 per person and include a copy of ...

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Harold Dieterle’s Gluten-Free Italian Restaurant Has Arrived

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Tali & Tali Dolce is serving lunch

Gluten-free eaters have a big new restaurant to try with the opening of Tali & Tali Dolce, an entirely gluten-free Italian restaurant, bar, bakery, and ice cream shop from chef Harold Dieterle that has officially debuted in Kips Bay.

Tali focuses on the savory side of things, with tons of dishes that aren’t usually associated with gluten-free eating. Pastas and panino headline the slim menu, which is filled out with salads and soup. See it in full below. Over at Dolce, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and more all get the gluten-free treatment, too. ...

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Chick-fil-A’s New FiDi Location Will Be a Five-Story Behemoth

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It’s the chain’s third location in NYC

Southern fried chicken sandwich chain Chick-fil-A’s third Manhattan location will be the biggest outpost of the restaurant in the country — with a whopping five levels, including a rooftop terrace with a view of One World Trade.

Word’s been out since 2015 that the company planned to open at 144 Fulton Street, between Broadway and Nassau Street, but this week, the chain announced that the more than 12,000-square-feet location is the largest one it’s ever built. It will open in 2018.

The restaurant takes over the whole building and will have floor-to-ceiling ...

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Uncle Boons Sister Starts Dishing Thai Takeout This Weekend

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See the full menu from Ann Redding and Matt Danzer here

Uncle Boons Sister — the casual takeout restaurant from the Michelin-starred team at Uncle Boons — starts serving simple Thai fare in Nolita this weekend.

Chef-owners Ann Redding and Matt Danzer have created a menu that’s different from Uncle Boons. Here, the tiny counter-service space at 203 Mott Street, near Spring Street, has dishes like pad Thai, fried chicken with an herb salad and sticky rice, beef short rib with a basil stir fry, and tom yum soup with oxtail. See the full menu below.

The menu is divided ...

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Pete Wells Fanboys Over East Village Fixture Prune

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Two stars for Gabrielle Hamilton’s NYC classic

While attempting to distance himself from onetime friend and longtime colleague chef Gabrielle Hamilton, New York Times critic Pete Wells simultaneously fanboys over the Prune owner and Times columnist in his latest review of the longtime East Village restaurant. He starts off the two-star judgment with a pile of disclosures about how he and Hamilton have both worked and played together but haven’t in a while. (His interactions these days with Hamilton are limited to him drooling over the writing in her column.)

With that out of the way, Wells ...

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Mark Ladner Wants Pasta Flyer to Be the McDonald’s of Pasta

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Cheap, fast, and accessible

Former Del Posto chef Mark Ladner and partner Nastassia Lopez would like to clarify something about their new restaurant Pasta Flyer: It’s not like other “chef-driven” casual restaurants even though Ladner spent 12 years at one of the most upscale Italian restaurants in the city. It’s not fast-casual, and it’s not for “foodies,” Ladner says. Pasta Flyer, instead, is in the same genre as McDonald’s and Taco Bell. It’s fast food — and that’s what they’re calling it.

Pasta like a spaghetti or fusilli with marinara cost as little as $6 a bowl at Pasta ...

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Korean Barbecue at Cote Stands Up Against Any Steakhouse in Town

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Three stars for the Flatiron newcomer

In the basement of Cote — the Korean-American steakhouse that opened in Flatiron in June — a curated locker filled with meat sits behind a giant plate glass window. USDA prime strips, tomahawks, and porterhouses rest on steel racks or dangle from hooks. The cuts are marked by tags that flutter like a swarm of moths, each one denoting how long it has been dry-aging.

The room glows red. Owner Simon Kim says the red lighting makes the “meat look sexier,” which is only partially accurate; the steaks aged for half a year look ...

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Lilia Chef Plots Second Williamsburg Restaurant

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Missy Robbins is taking on space at the Domino Sugar Refinery complex

Lilia chef Missy Robbins will open a second Williamsburg restaurant in the high-profile Domino Sugar Refinery revitalization. Robbins is staying mum about the details, but the Post reports she will take over about 4,000 square-feet of the $3 billion, 11-acre compound.

Robbins is celebrated for her pasta-making skills, which she refined at A Voce before striking out on her own with Lilia. That restaurant debuted as an industry darling, drawing in celebrities galore. It earned two stars from Eater critic Ryan Sutton and three from Times critic ...

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