Category Archives: Eater NY

NYC’s Newest Soup Dumplings Luxuriously Feature Black Truffle

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Shanghai Zhen Gong Fu, now open in Elmhurst, has a fine roster of Shanghai cuisine

Blissfully, Shanghai soup dumplings continue to spread across the city. In the 20 years since their popularization began, they’ve been incorporated into the dim sum menus at large Cantonese seafood restaurants like East Harbor and Jing Fong and can now be found at many Chinese (and even Thai) carry-outs. And the Shanghai restaurants where they first debuted have continued to multiply.

The latest is Shanghai Zhen Gong Fu in Elmhurst, Queens, located at 86-16 Queens Blvd, between Grand and 54th avenues. A stone’s throw from ...

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The New Upper West Side H Mart Is Full of Asian Splendor

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Plus, McSorley’s turns 164 — and more intel

Take a look at the newest H Mart

Asian mega-grocer H Mart has opened its second Manhattan location, and people are predictably excited. The new location at 110th Street and Broadway swung open its doors this weekend, with lines already forming and a five percent discount for the soft open. Pictures in West Side Rag show a large seafood section, ceramics, Asian beauty products, and lots of specialty produce such as jackfruit. Reports of the new store, however, don’t mention a food court section.

Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud to headline NJ ...

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New Sushi Restaurant Comes in Hot With $300 Aged Fish Omakase

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Sushi Noz, opening in March, will have a former Sushiden chef at the helm

From a successful Miami restaurateur comes new Upper East Side restaurant Sushi Noz, focusing on strict edomae-style sushi in a $300 omakase that will use old-school preservation and aging techniques. Former Sushiden chef Abe Nozomu (“Noz”) will run the kitchen in the space at 181 East 78th St., between Third and Lexington avenues, which previously housed Monte-Carlo (and Cucina Ciano before that).

Co-owner David Foulquier, who runs the popular Fooq’s in Miami and attended Tokyo Sushi Academy in Japan, and brother (and first-time restaurateur) ...

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Tender Greens Is (Barely) Ahead in the Race to Shovel Bland Salad in Your Face

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Critic Ryan Sutton takes a first look at the newly opened NYC location of the Danny Meyer-backed chain

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants,” is the Michael Pollan bromide that acts as an inspirational coda near the bottom of every receipt at Tender Greens, a lifestyle jargon spewing fast casual salad spot in Flatiron that, based on two early visits, serves one of the city’s best spicy fried chicken sandwiches — and some pretty spotty plant dishes.

There are 26 West Coast outlets of Tender Greens, whose “food revolution,” according to its website, started in 2006. The 27th ...

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NYC-Based Falafel Chain Wants to Unleash 100 Outposts Nationwide

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Hummus & Pita Co keeps the fast-casual pita trend going

New York chain Hummus & Pita Co wants to dominate the American-Mediterranean fast-casual market. In an interview with QSR Magazine, the company’s co-founder Dave Pesso announced that it has plans to open at least 100 franchised locations in 2018.

Currently, Hummus & Pita Co has just three locations, all in Manhattan. But there are three more restaurants in the works, though all outside of New York in Denver, Brookfield, Connecticut, and Holmdel, New Jersey. In addition to pita sandwiches, the fast-casual spot offers laffa — a Middle Eastern flatbread — ...

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Brooklyn’s All-Avocado Restaurant Plots New Location in Chelsea

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Avocaderia wants to take over NYC

Brooklyn’s first avocado bar is expanding to Manhattan. Less than a year after opening, Avocaderia has plans for a second location at the Terminal Warehouse in Chelsea, at 271 11th Ave., between West 27th and 28th streets.

Avocado shortages aren’t stopping the brand from expanding. The Italian avocado enthusiasts behind the avo-company, Francesco Brachetti, Alberto Gramini, and Alessandro Biggi, hope to turn Avocaderia into a full-fledged fast-casual chain, and they have some big investors to help make that happen. Biggi appeared on Shark Tank to pitch the all-avocado cafe in ...

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Asian Nightclub Circle Says Goodbye After a Decade in Times Square

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It’s the final weekend for the mainstay

It’s the end of an era this weekend as wildly popular Times Square Korean nightclub Circle closes for good.

The multi-level club at 135 West 41st St., between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, first opened in 2008 and has since been a nightlife mainstay for Asians and Asian Americans in New York City. Lines extend down the block every weekend, but it remained fairly unknown outside the Asian and Asian American community. The venue closes after business on Sunday, February 18th.

Inside, several levels are packed with tables, where servers bring plates of cut ...

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Inside the Ridiculous Sunday NYC Routine of Salt Bae

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Plus, the UWS H Mart looks close to opening — and more intel

A look at Salt Bae’s Sunday routine

The Times takes a look at the regular Sundays of Nusret Gökçe aka Salt Bae, as he lives in New York for his new Midtown Manhattan steakhouse, Nusr-Et — and it’s just as ridiculous as one might imagine. The butcher, who apparently has 13 children somewhere, has been staying in the Plaza Hotel. He works out for at least an hour in the morning — “I love myself. I want to look stronger and be better,” he says — ...

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Korea’s Popular Take on Sushi Arrives in Chinatown — and Other Cheap Eats

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Critic Robert Sietsema highlights some great affordable dishes around town

Three Great Cheap is a weekly series from critic Robert Sietsema that seeks to find and popularize New York City’s most interesting and inexpensive food in the five boroughs and beyond. Also consult the compact guide and map 60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC.


Kimbap New York

Korea’s Popular Take on Sushi Arrives in Chinatown — and Other Cheap Eats
Kimbap New York brings Korean sushi rolls to Chinatown.

Manhattan’s Chinatown continues to evolve, with more East Asian diversity than ever before. A recent addition to the collective menu is the Korean take on sushi known as kimbap ...

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What’s a Restaurant for a Visitor Who Hates Big Chains?

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In this Ask Eater, a tourist wants a true taste of New York eats

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.


Hey Eater,

I’m from Las Vegas and we have a LOT of the big name/popular restaurants (Momofuku, Halal Guys, Shake Shack) or restaurants that are owned by the same chefs/hospitality groups. I’d like to visit places that ...

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Bushwick’s Getting a Brewery-Restaurant Combo From a Hit Beermaker

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Braven Brewing is opening in the former Lantern Hall space

New York-based brewing company Braven Brewing is bringing a brewery and restaurant to Bushwick. Braven team Marshall Thompson and Eric Feldman have signed a long-term lease with M Properties Group for 52 Harrison Pl., between Morgan and Knickerbocker avenues. The 2,500-square-foot warehouse space currently holds Lantern Hall, which will soon vacate the space to make way for the Braven venture.

Braven first started in 2013 and currently only distributes beer within New York. Most bars in Bushwick carry the local brand, which includes an American IPA, a pilsner, a ...

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10 Premier Dim Sum Parlors in NYC

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Where to find the best Chinese small plates around

In some ways, dim sum is Chinatown’s most distinctive product. The term means something like “to touch your heart,” and consists of delicate dumplings, braised chicken feet, sweet fresh tofu, rice noodle rolls, fluffy bao, tiny custard pies, and other small dishes, many requiring extraordinary skill to make. Dim sum is principally a Cantonese and Hong Kong phenomenon derived from the ancient Silk Road tradition of eating small dishes with pots of tea. Here in New York City, dumplings often display a fine level of expertise, with thin skins and opulent ...

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James Beard Awards Surprises Include a Low-Key Harlem Fried Chicken Destination

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Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken is not like past JBF award nominees

The James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its restaurant and chef awards on Thursday, and per usual, New York had a fairly strong showing of candidates. Most of the nominees — like Alex Stupak of Empellon and Jody Williams at Buvette — are repeat contenders on the long list, but the 2018 nominees for New York had a few wild cards, too.

For one, Harlem destination Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken and its chef Charles Gabriel landed on the Best Chef: New York City semifinalist list.

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Dominique Ansel Strips the Cinnamon Roll Down to its Best Parts

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The viral pastry chef’s cinnamon bun riff is a winner

When considering the diverse topography and geology of a cinnamon roll, the novice would be well served to divide the pastry into four distinct sections. The first is the exterior crust, burnished and gently firm from the heat of the oven. The second is the mantle, a softer interior ring slicked with buttered cinnamon. The third is the core, a sugary artichoke heart where the spice paste is denser and the sweet bread is aggressively under-baked. The fourth and most obvious section is the icing, the snow capped peak on ...

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Williamsburg Diner Garden Grill to Close After 20 Years

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The owners of iconic bakery Peter Pan are the landlords of Garden Grill

Garden Grill, a greasy spoon staple on Graham Avenue in the eastern section of Williamsburg, will close on February 25 after 21 years in business. Owner Gus Karasakalides tells Eater the reason is a conflict with his landlord.

According to Karasakalides, landlords Chris and Donna Siafakes — who are also the owners of iconic Greenpoint doughnut shop Peter Pan — haven’t given him a lease in five years, making it impossible to plan for the future of the business. He says that while Siafakes raised the ...

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Here Are NYC’s 2018 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

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See who in New York caught national attention this year

The James Beard Foundation — organizers of one of the country’s most watched restaurant accolades — has announced award semifinalists for 2018. The nominees will be culled down on March 14th into semifinalists, but the long list is still worth examining to see who in New York is catching attention nationally. The final winners will be announced in Chicago in May.

Here’s the who made semifinalist list in NYC. Click here for the full national one.

Best Chefs in NYC

Greg Baxtrom, Olmsted
Emma Bengtsson, Aquavit
Rawia Bishara, Tanoreen
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Paowalla Is Pivoting to Focus Entirely on its Acclaimed Indian Breads

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Bombay Bread Bar will serve tons of stuffed naans, kulchas, and more by the end of the month

A year and a half after opening his Soho Indian restaurant Paowalla, chef-owner Floyd Cardoz will pivot the more formal space into a very casual bread bar serving the stuffed naans, kulchas, bhel puri, paratha, and more that gave the restaurant its acclaim. Bombay Bread Bar is in some ways a reincarnation of Cardoz’s old bread bar below the now-closed Tabla, the Times reports.

When Paowalla opened in July 2016, critics immediately gravitated toward the breads on the menu, with ...

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Chez Panisse Chef Tapped to Lead a Graydon Carter Restaurant

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Plus, three Brooklyn shutters — and more intel

Times contributor takes over Monkey Bar kitchen

City Kitchen columnist and former head chef of famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. David Tanis has been tapped as the new chef of Graydon Carter and Jeff Klein’s Monkey Bar. Tanis told the Times his food “will be straightforward and simply presented” and “that the menu would evolve, but would veer away from steakhouse fare and emphasize more salads, fish and vegetables with a seasonal focus using sustainable ingredients.”

Lots of closings, and an opening

Sunset Park coffee shop Parkette closed at the ...

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UWS Fine Dining Champion Tom Valenti Is Opening a New Restaurant

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But Oxbow Tavern will be pretty casual

Seminal Upper West Side chef Tom Valenti — the man often credited with bringing high-end dining to the neighborhood with restaurants like the now-closed Ouest — is coming back after close to a year out of commission.

The chef, who had a brief stint at Le Cirque last year, will be taking the range at a new restaurant called Oxbow Tavern, located at 240 Columbus Ave., between West 71st and 72nd streets, in the space of now-shuttered Cafe Tallulah. Valenti says he wants to open Oxbow Tavern as soon as the beginning ...

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Spicy Chinese Hit MáLà Project Lands in Midtown

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The dry-pot restaurant now has a lunch-friendly menu on 46th

The Midtown lunch crowd can now dig into tingly, spicy fare from MáLà Project, the East Village Chinese dry pot restaurant that’s constantly packed.

Restaurateur Amelie Ning Kang and chef Zilong Zhao opened the new outpost at 41 West 46th St., between Sixth and Fifth avenues, on Wednesday, offering the same popular create-your-own stir-fry and warm exposed brick decor of the downtown version.

The 74-seat Midtown location, though, is geared more toward office folk with a special lunch menu that has 10 set bowls for one person that cost ...

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Meat-Loving Brasserie Boucherie Sashays Uptown for Second Outpost

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The new location in Gramercy Park features a charcuterie counter

West Village French brasserie and steakhouse Boucherie has expanded to Gramercy Park with Boucherie Park Avenue South. The new location is also run by The Group, which owns Akashi and Dominique Bistro, and executive chef Jerome Dihui, who previously worked as chef de cuisine at Keith McNally’s now-shuttered Meatpacking bistro Pastis.

The new 222-seat space — located at 225 Park Avenue South, between East 18th and 19th streets — features standard Parisian brasserie decor like mosaic tile floors, wood-framed mirrors, and wooden tables, as well as ...

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People Are Literally Spending $45 on Gold-Painted Nutella for Valentine’s Day

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Food Instagrammers are going wild for a big chunk of the grocery store hazelnut spread

Welcome to Trendstoppers, a new column from Eater New York where the site’s staff examines the food and trends popping off on social media and decides — should you buy the hype?


Today, your Instagram feed will be beset with disembodied hands splitting open a giant heart-shaped bonbon. The captions will implore you to turn the sound on “for that satisfying crack” and almost certainly include some delightful gag about how “this is the only heart you want to break on Valentine’s Day.”

The bonbon ...

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Hell Is Trying Dine Solo on Valentine’s Day

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Singles gotta eat on a Wednesday, too

Planning a solo dinner for tonight seemed like it would be simple, at least at first. Like many New Yorkers, I’m extremely busy and dine out most nights of the week. So when I made a hump day dinner reservation at Momofuku Nishi for 6:30 p.m. — usually not exactly primetime time — everything seemed routine. The reservationist called a few days later to confirm that I still was having dinner with them. “Of course,” I said. “See you there.”

Then she dropped the bomb. “I also wanted to confirm that you knew ...

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Danny Meyer-Backed Chain Tender Greens Actually ‘Doesn’t Suck,’ Critic Says

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Plus, more tofu drama in Chinatown — and more intel

Critic praises Tender Greens

The Post’s Steve Cuozzo argues that Tender Greens is a “lunch salad spot that doesn’t suck,” defending the California-based, fast-casual chain and claiming they’re better than the other health-focused, veggie-centric grab-and-go places in the city, like Sweetgreen, Made Nice, Little Beet, and Dig Inn. “A $14.50 braised brisket sandwich sounds common but is anything but, thanks to creamy aioli and pea-shoot kimchee — both of which are made in-house,” Cuozzo writes. The NYC location of Tender Greens marks the brand’s east coast debut, and the company ...

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Inside Teen Chef Flynn McGarry’s Ambitious First Restaurant

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Gem, now partially open in LES, is filled with yellow tones

What does it look like when a 19-year-old opens a restaurant on the Lower East Side? Frankly, not that different from when any adult human opens a trendy downtown spot. Gem, at 116 Forsyth St. between Broome and Delancey streets, is the first restaurant for teen chef prodigy Flynn McGarrya chef best known as a media sensation who’s been called the “Justin Bieber of food” — and for his debut, he’s pushed out a 36-seat restaurant with lots of yellow tones and ‘70s vibes, designed with ...

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