Category Archives: Grub Street NY

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

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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

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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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Tesla Is Trying to Add Convenience Stores to Its Charging Stations

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

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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:

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

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

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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

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

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

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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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That Controversial Crown Heights Bar Finally Took Down Its Bullet-Hole Wall

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Crown Heights “boozy sandwich shop” Summerhill has been a flash point in the conversation about gentrification in New York since July, when its owner Becca Brennan sent out a press blast advertising a cocktail in front of a wall with what she claimed were bullet holes. Local protesters demanded …

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Nom Wah Tu Wants to Serve Late-night Dim Sum

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After 95 years on Doyers Street, Nom Wah started what is, comparatively, an expansion tear two years ago. Owner Wilson Tang opened just its second location in Philadelphia in 2015, then the brisk business Nom Wah Nolita in 2016, and the Canal Street Market stall Nom Wah …

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McDonald’s Might Try to Sell Amazon Its Old Headquarters Outside of Chicago

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The sleepy Chicago suburb of Oak Brook says it’s got just the thing to beat the approximately 90,000 other cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters. Since 1971, the small Illinois village of 7,883 has been the work home of thousands of McDonald’s corporate employees, but the burger chain …

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New Yorkers Are Getting a 5-Story Chick-fil-A That ‘Pays Homage’ to 9/11

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Chick-fil-A has quietly resumed its Gotham-wide expansion tear. It’s been over a year since its last location opened, New York’s third that invaded the Queens Center food court, setting off multiple boycotts and a public censure by Mayor de Blasio. Undaunted by that cool reception, …

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The Absolute Best Bar on the Upper West Side

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With its proximity to Central Park and its myriad cultural institutions, it’s a mystery why the Upper West Side hasn’t quite caught up when it comes to nightlife. But the neighborhood does have something for every taste. If you happen to be ogling dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

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Reynard’s New Chef Is Retooling Both the Restaurant’s Food and Its Culture

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Since opening Diner in 1998, Andrew Tarlow has built a restaurant empire that’s arguably defined Brooklyn. He added Reynard to his roster in 2012: a 100-seat restaurant inside the Wythe Hotel that’s bigger than all of his other places combined. It earned one-star reviews and …

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Ex-Employee Claims Shake Shack Let Sick Workers Serve Food

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A disgruntled ex–Shake Shack employee has filed a lawsuit alleging that one of the chain’s New York locations repeatedly turned a blind eye to workplace-safety violations, and that he got fired for asking his manager about this. Derrick Via worked for the company from 2012 to 2017, and transferred …

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Researchers Are Now Finding ‘Shocking Numbers’ of Microfibers in Shellfish

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Canadian marine biologists have given seafood lovers yet another reminder that those $2 happy-hour oysters probably include microplastics as a bonus accoutrement, whether you requested them or not. A Vancouver Island University team studying shellfish in the Pacific Northwest spent the last year doing a “crime lab”–level …

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Chipotle Will Dump Chorizo to Focus on Its Subpar Queso

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Chipotle has bad news for that tiny sliver of customers who crave authentic Mexican burrito meat, but want it covered in America’s most infamous cheese sauce. To free up space for the queso it added to the line last week, “Chorizo is going away,” spokesperson Chris Arnold informs

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Clinton Quietly Supported Comet Ping Pong After the ‘Pizzagate’ Shooting

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After that ludicrous fake-news story last fall that claimed the Clinton campaign was secretly enslaving children in the backrooms, inspiring a North Carolina man to drive into D.C. and shoot up the restaurant, what Comet Ping Pong definitely did not need was a visit from Hillary Clinton. …

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Uncle Boons Sister Is a Fast-food Version of Uncle Boons

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“Whenever my mom visits New York from Thailand, she threatens to open a restaurant called Uncle Boons Sister and put us out of business,” says Ann Redding, co-owner of Nolita’s Uncle Boons, which she actually did name after her mother’s brother. Her mother’s joking, of course, but she’s also too …

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A New Roman Restaurant Is Pushing Pinsa Instead of Pizza

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Beverage manager Michael Schall, chef Michele Baldacci, and sommelier Rocco Spagnardi aren’t the most famous names in New York food. But their hugely popular Locanda Vini e Olii is a neighborhood restaurant anyone would be happy to have nearby. Tomorrow, the trio will bring some of that charm to …

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Foie Gras Gets a Redesign at The Pool

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When is terrine of foie gras not terrine of foie gras? When it’s molded to resemble the Swiss cheese Tête de Moine, twice frozen, power-drilled down its center in order to fit onto the rustic cheese-slicing gizmo called a girolle, and shaved into dozens of razor-thin petals to form what …

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Unauthorized Stranger Things Pop-up Gets Cheeky Letter From Netflix Warning, ‘Don’t Make Us Call Your Mom’

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Earlier this summer, two Chicago nightlife impresarios who are super into Stranger Things decided to turn one of their bars into the Upside Down, only instead of being a scary alternate reality where you might encounter a Demogorgon, it was just an incredibly elaborate pop-up serving Eggo waffle–garnished cocktails. …

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Chefs Aren’t Happy Federal Judges Upheld California’s Foie Gras Ban

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The future’s not looking great for foie gras in California. Fans of the controversial delicacy got dealt a new blow on Friday, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said it was okay to reinstate a ban, first passed in 2004, that a lower court first overturned in …

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Amazon Is Quietly Seizing Control of Booze Delivery Now, Too

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Amazon’s tentacles are extending even further into booze delivery, a realm known for giving almost every would-be “disrupter” a headache, thanks to all the legal and logistical problems associated with shipping alcohol. Just to scratch the surface: USPS won’t deliver at all, and UPS and FedEx will, but only …

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