Category Archives: Grub Street NY

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup Is Hot, Heady, and on the Rise in New York

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If you’re up on your Asian noodle soups, you know that New York has entered its niu rou mian phase. If not, and you require proof, you need only toddle down 7th Street in the East Village any Wednesday through Sunday between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m. That is …

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Top Chef Is Going to Kentucky Next Season

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There are still four more episodes left for Top Chef: Colorado, but Bravo has already announced the location for the show’s next season. Top Chef‘s 16th season will take place in the Bluegrass State. Particularly, they’ll be setting up shop in the cities of Louisville and Lexington, and around …

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Flippy the Burger-Flipping Robot Just Secured $10 Million in Funding

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It’s not exactly HAL 9000 or Wall-E, but Flippy the robot does leave an impression, as it hauntingly scrapes burger patties off a flat-top grill. It has apparently left an impression on investors, too. The maker of Flippy, Miso Robotics, announced today that it secured $10 million in …

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8 Restaurants Celebrating the Chinese New Year With Great Food

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Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year, and the celebrations will begin immediately: The first of two Chinatown parades will be tomorrow, followed by one in Flushing on Saturday and another in Chinatown on Sunday. Special-occasion restaurants, like dim-sum houses, will be mobbed as they always are, but many more casual …

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Here Are the 2018 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

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Gather around, chefs. The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for its annual restaurant and chef awards. Consider these lists the prelims: The lists will be trimmed down to a more selective group of finalists, but making it to the first round is an honor itself.

Noteworthy nominees from …

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McDonald’s Will Remove Cheeseburgers From Happy Meals

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McDonald’s is bowing to pressure from critics who say Happy Meals still have too many calories, even after the chain banished sodas, shrunk fry sizes, and gave kids apple slices. The company announced today that it’s radically reconfiguring the options children have to choose from, theoretically …

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Charlie Bird Team’s Hudson Yards Project Opens Softly Next Week

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If you’ve eaten at Charlie Bird or Pasquale Jones, you’re familiar with the Delicious Hospitality Group’s operating procedure: the local and seasonal Italian-inspired food, the hip-hop-heavy playlists, the wine program that offers most bottles by the half as well, the mysteriously weightless Zalto stemware, the tip-included service.

Many …

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Panera’s Valentine’s Day Promotion Is a Spectacular Disaster

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Today, Panera Bread is offering what you might call an ambitious Valentine’s Day promotion: Propose to your valentine in a café during store hours today, and tweet about it, and your name goes into a drawing for a free Panera-catered wedding. Yes, you read that correctly: Proposing in Panera, …

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J. Kenji López-Alt’s Restaurant Is Very Close to Opening — and They’re Hiring

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Things are moving along swimmingly for J. Kenji López-Alt’s real-life beer hall. The prolific chef-scientist and James Beard–winning Food Lab author thrilled fans when he announced last summer that he was, at last, wading into the restaurant biz. Ever since, he and his two Bay Area partners have been …

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The Tater-Tot Nachos at Rose’s Speak for Themselves

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Rose’s is known for having one of the best burgers in Brooklyn, but that definitely does not make it a burger joint — in fact, some of the other menu items are the bar and grill’s true stars. Take, for example, the tater-tot nachos (a.k.a. “tachos”) that tick all …

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The Absolute Best Tacos in New York

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We endured an irrationally exuberant era of high-end fusion tacos in the early 2000s, dark days of tortillas slicked with bespoke cremas, and stuffed with luxury tokens like “Kobe” short ribs and bluefin tartare. Our newer, ascendant glut of ambitious Mexican food is a welcome sign of …

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Blue Apron Lost at Least 250,000 Customers Last Year

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Once Blue Apron’s stock started trading last summer for less money than one of its meal kits, it was clear that the company had problems. To keep in Wall Street’s good graces after its IPO, the start-up cut costs, announced a new East Coast distribution center, and …

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David Tanis Is Now the Chef at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar

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This came out of left field. New York food writer David Tanis‘s next turn is as the chef at the Monkey Bar, former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter’s midtown restaurant. Of course, before becoming a writer and a New York Times columnist, Tanis was the head chef …

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Chipotle Announces Taco Bell’s CEO Will Run the Company

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Here’s an interesting development in the world of mass-market Tex-Mex-ish eating: Taco Bell CEO Brian “Foodie Experiences” Niccol will take over as CEO of burrito-war adversary Chipotle. Niccol replaces company founder Steve Ells as the CEO of the beleaguered burrito chain, which has struggled mightily following a variety …

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Slice, Everyone’s Sixth-Favorite Soda From the ’90s, Is Back — Sort Of

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You remember Slice, right? Maybe? The erstwhile fruit-flavored soda line is the latest addition to the slew of throwback soft drinks (Surge, Clearly Canadian, Crystal Pepsi) that have lately enjoyed something of a rebirth. But it won’t be exactly as you remember it (provided you remember it …

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Applebee’s That Racially Profiled Customers Will Close for a Bit to ‘Regroup’

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Applebee’s is temporarily shutting down a Missouri location after staff harangued two totally innocent black customers who a server claimed had dined and dashed the night before. Alexis Brison says that she and a friend were shopping at a mall in Independence on Saturday, got hungry, and stopped at …

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New York Baking Destination NY Cake Will Close at Its Current Location

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More than anywhere else in the city, NY Cake is the baking store in New York — a store from a bygone era before online retail, when wonderful shops specialized in comprehensively offering everything for one specific need. Whatever you needed for baking, NY Cake was your spot. But …

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The White House Compared Its Proposed Food-Stamp Program to Blue Apron

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The White House has announced President Trump wants to swap federal food stamps for a “Blue Apron–type” program that would just mail out a box of canned goods to low-income families. The administration pitched its plan — described by media as “one of the biggest shake-ups” proposed to …

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Chloe Kim and the Undeniable Power of Breakfast Sandwiches

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Chloe Kim: Olympic gold medalist, snack aficionado, and the living embodiment of America’s food id. As you have no doubt heard by now, before embarking on her stunning victory lap in the women’s snowboarding half-pipe event, Kim faced an all too familiar predicament. She was coming down with a bad …

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How to Pair Wine With Your Valentine’s Day Chocolate

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The best part of Valentine’s Day, of course, is the chocolate, which you will possibly — probably? — be tempted to try with a little bit of wine. Chocolate, however, is surprisingly difficult to pair with wine because it’s inherently bitter. Think of cocoa powder as the tannin of chocolate, …

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A Server Quit After His Restaurant Booted a Customer for Wearing a ‘F*ck Trump’ Shirt

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Some Dallas brunch-goers on Sunday were treated to an eventful day’s start when a man nonchalantly wandered in wearing a “Fuck Trump” T-shirt. Andy Ternay of course knew (could say hoped) that his expletive-laced anti-Trump shirt might offend some of First Watch café’s other guests — “Fuck you for …

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New York Now Has an Entire Shop Devoted to Spicy Ramen

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At this point, it takes a lot to stand out in New York’s crowded ramen scene. Take the Lower East Side’s Mr. Taka chef Takatoshi Nagara and owner Takayuki Watanabe, who apparently took this to heart when they decided to open a second location. Instead of another version …

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Jamie Oliver’s Restaurant Empire Is Reportedly $100 Million in Debt

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In 2014, Jamie Oliver, an eternally optimistic chef, announced rather ambitious global-expansion plans for his Jamie’s Italian restaurant chain, but almost none of it ever materialized. In fact, he’s lately been shuttering his flagship restaurant brand’s worst-performing outposts. And now a new report in the Sun says that the …

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Good-bye to the Bait & Tackle, Red Hook’s De Facto Living Room

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The Bait & Tackle opened in 2004, when opening something in Red Hook seemed both insane and revolutionary. It was the brilliantly bad brainchild of Barry O’Meara, who owned it until last call on January 27, and his friends Edie Stone, Derek Van Duzer, and Jason Carty. They simply wanted …

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Parents Are Boycotting the Peter Rabbit Movie for Mocking Food Allergies

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James Corden’s Peter Rabbit isn’t killing it so far with audiences — the new film version of the furry children’s book bunny has been decried as “violent” and a “narcissist.” This Peter is also allegedly a “food allergy bully”: The film came out this weekend, and groups

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