Category Archives: Grub Street NY

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

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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

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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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Real-life Sopranos Club Busted for Mafia Ties

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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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Beyond Meat Is Tripling Production Capacity of Its Plant Burger

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

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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

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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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‘Pizza Is Life’ for Writer Stephen Satterfield

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

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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

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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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Chipotle Will Try Giving Its Queso Away for Free

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Chipotle has announced a fitting holiday promotion: Wear an ugly sweater into Chipotle, and the burrito chain will publicly embarrass you further by including a free side of the new queso everybody keeps mocking. It’s a one-day-only event — December 12. The company says that anyone who orders …

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Starbucks Releases Strategic Holiday Frap That’s Both Instagrammable and Christmassy

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Critics convinced that Starbucks is morphing December 25 into a combo Chrismahanukwanzakah/International Refugee Day, you lose: Probably thanks partly to your whining, the coffee chain has squeezed one final, unnecessarily photogenic drink into the final weeks of 2017, and it’s a literal Christmas Tree Frappuccino.

Available starting …

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Where to Feast on the Seven Fishes in New York

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Christmas is approaching, which, if you are Italian-American, might mean one very important thing: It’s time to eat a lot of fish. The Christmas Eve tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a seafood-packed dinner of dishes like salt cod, fried calamari, and many other dishes. The best …

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Sushi Nakazawa Sued for Mishandling Tips

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Sushi Nakazawa has been hit with a class-action lawsuit filed by Maimon Kirschenbaum, the lawyer who has sued everyone from Mario Batali to Keith McNally over labor and wage issues. The lawsuit (view it here) — which Kirschenbaum sent to Grub — names co-owners Alessandro Borgognone and chef …

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The Brooklyn Heights Social Club Combines Cocktails With Stunning City Views

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Restaurateur Matt Abramcyk (Beatrice Inn, Tribeca’s Smith & Mills) was seeking to partner with a hotel when an opportunity presented itself: Food and beverage operations at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which opened in February. His partnership with Eddie Bilowich (1 Oak) includes the stunning tenth-floor lounge and rooftop bar, …

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Here’s Another Look at How Far Restaurants Go to Trick Influential Food Critics

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Hell hath no fury in fine dining like an executive chef with a one-star review. The Washingtonian has published a long profile of critic Tom Sietsema, less about him as the Washington Post‘s 17-year food critic than as the enemy in restaurants’ midst; it traces the craziest things …

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Big Food Is Removing Salt and Sugar From Products — But They Aren’t Getting Healthier

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This is going to sound so unlike the global food conglomerates, but it seems they’ve found a way to produce ostensibly “healthier” products that aren’t actually any better for you. The trend for years has been reformulating packaged foods so that they appeal to the modern woke consumer — …

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Oreo’s Mystery Flavor Is a Soul-Crushing Disappointment

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Rule No. 1 of mystery flavors is that they should contain, you know, at least a kernel of said mystery. For instance, Airheads’ White Mystery bars could be anything, and that’s probably for the best. But Oreo’s recent Mystery Flavor, which was worth a lot of money …

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The Absolute Best Knish in New York

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The knish, when you really stop to think about it, is a pretty hilarious food: Eastern European–Jewish in origin (the word is Yiddish), it’s basically a dense ball of mashed potato (or some other, usually at least partially starchy ingredient) encased in fairly thin pastry when baked, and thicker pastry …

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Hao Noodle and Tea Expanding With Chinese Drinking Food Restaurant

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Hao Noodle and Tea was one of 2016’s biggest hits, serving a style of modern, pan-regional Chinese food that hadn’t been seen in New York. New York‘s Adam Platt named it one of 2017’s Best New Restaurants, saying it offered this city its “first window into this brave new …

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11 Seasonal Holiday Bars to Warm You Up This Winter

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For more picks of the season — from where to eat to what to give your favorite home cook — check out New York‘s Holiday Guide.

Sleyenda at Leyenda; 221 Smith St., nr. Butler St., Carroll Gardens; 347-987-3260
Superstar bartender Ivy Mix knows that to make the season merry, just add …

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Since 1995, Restaurant Workers Have Filed More Sex-Harassment Claims Than Employees in Any Other Industry

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Here’s a reality check for anybody who wants a better grasp of what women working in restaurants are up against: BuzzFeed News has published literally every single sex-harassment claim filed between 1995 and 2016 with the EEOC, the federal agency that enforces workplace discrimination and harassment …

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Arby’s Is Reportedly Building a $2 Billion War Chest to Buy Even More Restaurant Chains

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Call Buffalo Wild Wings Arby’s $2.9 million appetizer. Last week, word dropped that it was acquiring the 1,200-location wings chain, but now Axios warns that this was merely step one of “much greater acquisition plans.” Parent company Roark Capital is reportedly amassing $2 billion that it can fling …

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Taco Bell Finally Gets Its Act Together and Tests French-Fry-Stuffed Burritos

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No Mexican staple is safe once Taco Bell’s R&D team discovers a new ingredient (one word: Doritofied), so it should surprise no one that burritos are already being colonized by the French fries used in the chain’s nachos mash-up. It seems they’ve stuck the leftovers …

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Salt Bae Just Opened a Miami Restaurant, and He’s Already in Trouble

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The first U.S. restaurant by Nusret Gökçe — you know him as Salt Bae — opened in Miami last month, and that’s only brought the living internet meme more attention. Not all of it has been good: Miami residents pumped to have a chef beloved by the …

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Why It’s Harder Than Ever to Open a New York Restaurant

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For 25 years, Stephen Hanson was one of the biggest names in New York restaurants. Under the umbrella of his B.R. Guest restaurant group, he opened massive, and massively hyped, restaurants like Dos Caminos, Ruby Foo’s, Blue Water Grill, and Michael White’s Fiamma. By 2012, he …

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