Category Archives: New York Food

Restaurant That Killed Patron With Peanut Allergy Sends ‘Apology’ Email Advertising New Desserts

Source: Grub Street NY

Watch out for nuts in the “exhilarating” new desserts.

It took almost a month, but Jaipur Spice, the British restaurant whose owner sneaked peanuts into the curry to save money, has finally said how sorry it is for killing an allergic customer. Okay, no, it didn’t do that at all — the joint’s actually just issued a crass plug for its food and merely couched it as an apology. In owner Mohammed Zaman’s absence (as he’s now busy serving six years in prison), his son Emraz popped off an email to Jaipur’s mailing list promisingly titled “Our Apology,” ...

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Former Fatty Crab King Zak Pelaccio Opening a New Hudson Restaurant With Malaysian Food

Source: Eater NY

He hasn’t cooked the Malaysian food he became known for in a while

Chef Zak Pelaccio — formerly of Fatty Crab and currently at James Beard Award-winning upstate restaurant Fish & Game — is getting back into cooking Malaysian food. The chef gained acclaim for Southeast Asian food a decade ago, and since leaving Fatty Crab in 2011, he’s moved away from it, as a report from the Times says. He originally stayed away after leaving Fatty Crab because he thought it would be “poor taste” to immediately open something similar. But now, years later, he and Fish ...

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Stephen Starr and Daniel Rose’s Le Coucou to Trip the Light Fantastic Starting Next Week

Source: Eater NY

One of the biggest restaurants of 2016 is almost here

The paint is almost dry on the walls of Le Coucou, a restaurant from two industry heavy-hitters. In one corner, we have Stephen Starr, a man with a knack for creating both outlandish theme canteens, and high-gloss chef-driven restaurants. And in the other corner, we have Daniel Rose, an American-born chef who earned heaps of praise for his vegetable-forward cuisine at Spring in Paris.

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Taco Bell Employees Attack Littering Customers With a Knife and Boiling Grease

Source: Grub Street NY

One of the teens’ battle wounds.

Littering isn’t cool, but it probably doesn’t deserve the Middle Ages–style punishment a group of teens claim they received at a Houston Taco Bell. They say angry employees spit on them, then stabbed them, then ultimately burned them with boiling oil after they chucked a bottle out of their car window in the drive-through. As usual with fast-food brawls like these, the carful of teens didn’t exactly respond with Gandhi-like nonviolent resistance, but community activists yesterday asked police “what’s taking you so long” to arrest the workers responsible for this “insanity.”

Naturally, both sides ...

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New York City’s Hottest Pizzerias, Spring/Summer 2016

Source: Eater NY

Here are the hottest pies in town

While it seems that we already have an abundance of pizza options here in NYC, not just representing our own clearly defined style, but also numerous regional variations, there’s always room for more. Case in point: Detroit-style, a form heretofore unknown in NYC but now represented by Emmy Squared. The new pizzeria from husband and wife team of Matt and Emmy Hyland tops our list of hottest new pizzerias in NYC, but things don’t cool off at all as we make our way from there. We have pizza from renowned chefs like ...

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World’s Worst Dine-and-Dashers Leave Daughter Inside Restaurant

Source: Grub Street NY

“This check is a lot more than my allowance … “

The customers who tried beating their check but mowed over their waitress in the parking lot have a close competitor for all-time most horrible dine-and-dashers: this Canadian couple who ran up a $135 tab at a restaurant in Manitoba and made a run for it, but left behind a pretty damning bit of evidence — their 10-year-old daughter. Authorities rounded them up a few blocks away, maybe because the wife had this sudden feeling they’d forgotten something and insisted they pull over? As everyone’s by now suspected, police say ...

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Hao Noodle and Tea Is the American Debut of a Veteran Chinese Restaurateur

Source: Grub Street NY

Traditional appetizers include sweetly smoked bone-in sole with sweet-and-sour soy sauce.

New York’s Chinese-food scene is nothing if not vibrant, but it’s not every day a veteran restaurateur from the People’s Republic decides that, for her next act, she’ll open a restaurant in New York. Chongqing, Sichuan, native Zhu Rong is a New York rookie, but she opened the first of her Yuxiang Renjia restaurants back in 1998, launching ten locations before selling the business in 2006. Two years later, she branched out with Madam Zhu’s Kitchen, which now has six locations in Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. Now, Rong ...

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Canadians Tell Burger King’s Bros to Diversify Their All-Male Board

Source: Grub Street NY

Time for some Burger Queens.

Burger King is learning firsthand that putting your company entirely in the hands of men is not the Canadian way of running a business. A large group of shareholders in Restaurant Brands International, the parent company created by the chain’s 2014 acquisition of Tim Hortons, say there’s way too much testosterone on the company’s all-male board, which they, as a Vancouver-based group, see as a national embarrassment.

Burger King — a company already run by “a bunch of kids,” somewhat fittingly — made the very tax-advantageous move across the border after forming RBI with ...

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Jackson Hole UWS Location Closes After More Than 40 Years: Report

Source: Eater NY

It was an Upper West Side diner institution

The Upper West Side of local diner burger and diner chain Jackson Hole has closed after more than 40 years in business, according to a report from West Side Rag. The neighborhood blog spotted a sign on the papered up windows at the restaurant at 517 Columbus Ave., announcing the closure and thanking locals. “It is with great regret that we have decided to close our doors after 42 years in business,” the sign says. “Thank you for all your support and great memories.”

Jackson Hole, known for its burgers, has ...

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Ichimura Eyes Leonard Street., Oiji to Host Honey Butter Chip Stand, and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

A breakfast taco stand is coming to Brooklyn Heights, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

Eiji Ichimura, the chef at David Bouley’s Ichimura at Brushstroke, is planning to open a new sushi restaurant at 69 Leonard Street. At last night’s CB1 meeting, chef Ichimura and a partner explained their plans to open a 10-seat sushi parlor called Ichidan in the space. The team agreed to a 12:30 a.m. closing time Sunday through Thursday, and a 1:30 a.m. closing time on Friday and Saturday. Presumably, the restaurant will open after phase two of the Great Bouley Shake-Up ...

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Samson’s, The Norm, August Laura, Aunt Ginny’s, and More Open

Source: Eater NY

Plus: Biscuits out of a window on the Upper West Side

1) Elmhurst: The team behind popular Thai restaurant Ayada recently took over a former barbershop next door, expanding its space and doubling its seating. Owner Kitty Thammasat is using one kitchen for both spaces and is still serving dishes like larb, som tum, duck pad Thai, and pad see ew. Future expansion plans include a backyard garden and sidewalk seating in the future. Status: Certified Open; 77-08 Woodside Avenue, 718-424-0844

2) Carroll Gardens: Frankie Rodriguez and Alyssa Sartor — veterans of Death & Co. and The ...

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Keurig Finally Admits $300 Soda Machines Were a Terrible Idea

Source: Grub Street NY

It reportedly only sold a few thousand.

Some would argue they saw this one coming, but Keurig has finally pulled the plug on its prohibitively expensive, quite unpopular DIY soda-maker. The company says the device, called Kold, “didn’t fully deliver on consumer expectations, especially around size, speed and value.” In what feels like an even greater insult to its creator, Keurig even says it will buy the blasted things back from anyone silly enough to have purchased one.

The end of Kold means layoffs as well — 130 workers who produced the machine’s pods at a facility in Vermont. ...

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Dunkin’ Donuts Facing Backlash After Worker Ridiculed Chinese Customer’s Accent

Source: Grub Street NY

Dunkin’ Donuts is suffering a PR nightmare of gigantic proportions right now, all because it won’t apologize for a racist employee’s mistreatment of a customer. Back on Memorial Day, Peiyin Shih tried ordering a glazed chocolate doughnut from a Dunkin’ Donuts in Forest Hills, Queens, and had this incident unfold:

She speaks in accented English, which was apparently a comedic goldmine for the employee on duty. “Yaibur C.” apparently insisted it’s store policy for customers to “say the whole name” of whatever they’re ordering. Shih says she told him, “You just want to make fun of me,” and demanded he ...

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Reviews for La Sirena, Freek’s Mill, Babu Ji, Indian Accent, and More

Source: Eater NY

Ryan Sutton gives two stars to the pizza and wine selection at Pasquale Jones. Here’s a roundup of the rest of this week’s big reviews: 

Yesterday’s review from Pete Wells left the restaurant critic wondering if La Sirena’s palatial size lead to mistakes like an allergy scare at the critic’s table. Still, Wells sings the praises of chefs Josh Laurano and Michael Laiskonis: “In Michael Laiskonis’s desserts, there’s nothing but sophisticated pleasure. The baba is a citrus-soaked spongecake turned pink with Campari. The semifreddo looks like a baked alaska, a hedgehog of browned meringue around blood orange sorbet ...

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‘Butcher Knife Bandit’ Robs His 7th Fast-Food Joint in Queens

Source: Grub Street NY

“Looking for somebody to cut that sandwich?”

Diners in Queens might want to be on the lookout for a man with a large knife. Police have yet to catch the “butcher knife bandit” they say is behind a month-long string of fast-food heists, even though his MO involves carrying around a pretty conspicuous weapon. According to NYPD, he’s knocked off 7 spots in the borough, and another 17 out on Long Island, pocketing somewhere between $300 and $500 each time. In the city so far, he’s hit two Dunkin’ Donuts locations, four Subways, and a Carvel, which means he’s ...

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Gowanus Darling 2 Duck Goose Reopens As ‘Hey Hey Canteen’ Tonight

Source: Eater NY

On the menu: a fried chicken sandwich with a ramen crust

Shuttered Cantonese restaurant 2 Duck Goose starts its new life as Hey Hey Canteen tonight. Owner Kay Ch’ien closed 2 Duck Goose last fall to rework the menu and hopped off to Asia to gather inspiration for Hey Hey Canteen. The result: a smorgasbord of Asian-inspired dishes like sesame peanut noodles, lemongrass chicken wings, eggplant fries, and a caesar salad made with chrysanthemum leaves. Executive chef Carlos Barrera, who previously worked in the kitchen at 2 Duck Goose, also offers a fried chicken sandwich with a crust made out ...

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Reader Report: La Sirena Staff Is Now Ultra-Cautious About Allergies

Source: Eater NY

An Eater reader shares a story from a recent meal at Batali & Bastianich’s new restaurant

The most surprising detail in Pete Wells’s two-star review of La Sirena is an anecdote about an allergy scare, wherein his son was served a previously disclosed allergen. It’s the kind of scenario restaurants worry about constantly, one servers are quizzed on daily during pre-shift in hopes of avoiding any version of the situation that happened to Wells. On a later visit to the restaurant, the critic notes that staff was hyper-sensitive to taking care of any allergies. And now an Eater reader ...

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Here are Food & Wine’s Best New Restaurants for 2016

Source: Grub Street NY

High Street on Hudson makes the cut.

Today Food & Wine unveiled its second annual list of the ten places that restaurant editor Kate Krader is most psyched about. On this year’s list, New York is represented by High Street on Hudson, the Philadelphia import New York‘s Adam Platt awarded with three stars earlier this year. Other big names on the list include fellow former “Best New Chef” alumni Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson’s fast-food operation Loco’l; New Orleans Israeli spot Shaya, which is having a banner year; and Cala, the Stateside debut from ...

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The Modern Plans Major Revamp, White Gold Targets August Opening Date, and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

The African Food Fest is coming to Brooklyn Navy Yard, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

Danny Meyer’s two-Michelin star Midtown restaurant The Modern is closing for a revamp on August 8. When is reopens on September 14, the restaurant will no longer have a wall between the kitchens that service the barroom and the dining room — it will be one kitchen. The restaurant is also getting a new chef’s counter with seating for four to six people, but chef Abram Bissell tells the Times that “it will not have a tasting menu.” Flo Fab ...

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Washington, D.C., Is Latest City to Pass a $15 Living Wage

Source: Grub Street NY

Another victory to celebrate.

Fast-food workers in the nation’s capital have a big pay raise coming their way. Lawmakers voted unanimously Tuesday to up the city’s minimum wage to $15. The move will put D.C. among the handful of places (Seattle, New York, and California) where low-income earners are promised the so-called “living wage.” Mayor Muriel Bowser, one of the bill’s key backers, has promised to sign it when it reaches her desk, probably later this summer. The raise takes the usual format of a multiyear phase-in; here, the timeline will turn thousands of restaurant ...

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