Acclaimed Japanese Offal Chef Takashi Inoue Dies at 40

Source: Eater NY

His eponymous restaurant will remain open

Takashi Inoue, the chef behind the namesake Japanese grill spot in te West Village, died last Wednesday after a long respiratory illness, according to the restaurant’s Instagram account. He was 40 years old.

“At his passing, he was surrounded by his family and close friends at New York Presbyterian Hospital,” according to the post. The Hudson Street restaurant will remain open, according to Grub Street, which first reported on Takashi’s death.

Takashi was a fourth-generation Korean immigrant, born in Osaka, Japan. He opened his eponymous Hudson Village restaurant in April 2010 with ...

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JeJu Ups the Ante on Korean Ramen in the West Village

Critic Robert Sietsema takes a first look at Douglas Kim’s new restaurant

Since it was a porn bookshop a decade ago, the glassed-in storefront at the corner of Christopher and Greenwich streets in the West Village has been several restaurants. One was called Nighthawks and was tricked out to look like the inspiration for the famous Edward Hopper painting.

Don’t be fooled — the storefront is the wrong shape, and the actual source diner is a matter of debate. Now, happily, the space has been reopened as stylish Korean noodle parlor JeJu Noodle Bar, though the Nighthawks awning has been retained, as if the current owners believed the hype.

The inside radiates modernity, with dangling Edison bulb and a bar and prep area where the restaurant’s handsome china is stacked and backlit. Small tables scatter along the two street frontages, all furnishing views of the Village. Only the black-and-white honeycomb tiles on the floor suggest the antiquity of the premises.

JeJu Ups the Ante on Korean Ramen in the West Village

The place now serves the Korean version of ramen, known as ramyun. These wavy noodles are closer to those found in the plastic-wrapped packs loved by harried parents and college students, only denser and of higher quality. You won’t be disappointed with the noodles at JeJu. The menu is extremely spare, and the ramyun come in only three configurations, costing $16 to $17.50.

JeJu Ups the Ante on Korean Ramen in the West Village
Gochu ramyun at JeJu Noodle Bar

One narrow, dark, and tall bowl called “so-ramyun” features a beefy broth made from veal bones. Pieces of brisket and raw, well-marbled steak are dropped in the broth, with pickled garlic, fried garlic, and garlic oil ramping up the flavor. This is instantly one of the city’s best bowls of ramen. Another features a red pork broth that tastes like one of the chigae stews found in Korean restaurants, spicy and slightly tart. “Gochu ramyun” contains pork belly, white kimchee, and charred scallion oil. A third bowl is based on a chicken bonito broth harboring confit chicken and jalapeños.

The three soups are innovative, definitely Korean but also imbued with a distinctly international point of view via chef Douglas Kim. The apps are similarly creative. On a first visit, a friend and I tried the house chicken wings, five in number and tossed with pea pods, lettuces, and lime wedges into a colorful salad ($13). The fresh tofu called soondubu came in a sun-dried tomato broth. Bonus mussels tossed in might make you wish it were an entrée, while the classic cucumber kimchee has been turned into a full-blown app with a sour plum dressing and shiso leaves.

JeJu Ups the Ante on Korean Ramen in the West Village
JeJu Ups the Ante on Korean Ramen in the West Village
House chicken wings; soondubu at JeJu Noodle Bar

When I mentioned that this last dish is free in most Korean restaurants, by way of making conversation with the hostess, she replied, “Oh, this isn’t Korean food, it’s Korean-American food.” Point taken. While the food verges on the wonderful at JeJu, the service is currently a bit scattered. There’s no actual waitstaff. Only a hostess takes orders, and the dishes are delivered to the tables by the cooks, who temporarily abandon their stations to do so. On the other hand, your dish runner may turn out to be the chef himself. Tell him how much you like the food.

New York Chef and ‘Escoffier of Offal’ Takashi Inoue Has Died

Source: Grub Street NY

On October 11, chef Takashi Inoue of the West Village’s Takashi passed away at the age of 40. According to a statement posted on the restaurant’s Instagram account, he had battled an advanced respiratory illness, was hospitalized for the last six weeks, and died in the New York–Presbyterian …

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People Are Furious That Pizza Hut Took Two Weeks to Tell Anyone It Got Hacked

Source: Grub Street NY

Pizza Hut told about 60,000 customers over the weekend that they should start canceling their credit cards. Or, ideally, that they should have already canceled them. Hackers compromised the payment info for anyone who ordered either online or via the app between the morning of October 1 and midday …

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Hey, Look! A Cocktail Inspired by Beet Salads

Source: Grub Street NY

Bartenders look everywhere for drink inspiration, but a simple beet salad might not seem like the most obvious place to start for a new cocktail. Bartender Gn Chan, however, believes you can make a good, tasty cocktail with some of the salad’s basic parts, plus a little ingenuity and experience …

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Le Bilboquet Team Plans New French Restaurant on Upper East Side

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Partners behind the fancy UES mainstay are expanding

The partners behind fancy French UES restaurant Le Bilboquet are plotting another French restaurant on the Upper East Side together.

Billionaire Ron Perelman and restaurateur Philippe Delgrange will be opening a to-be-named restaurant at 27 East 62nd Street, between Madison and Park avenues. It’s on the first floor of a building Perelman purchased in 2014. The new spot will only be about 50 seats and will focus on the cuisine of Provence, according to insiders. Look for a February opening.

Perelman and Delgrange have been busy lately, with a splashy Hamptons offshoot ...

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In-N-Out Is Not Coming to NYC, Please Calm Down

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A Facebook event for the pop-up has 32K people interested in it

A Facebook event advertising an NYC pop-up for cult favorite West Coast burger chain In-N-Out has some 32,000 people interested in attending — but the company says it has nothing to do with it.

A rep for the chain says in a message that In-N-Out is not planning any events in New York. The organizer of the event, a group called “NYC Popups,” did not immediately respond to request for comment.

In-N-Out has previously done pop-ups in other cities, including London, Sydney, and Vancouver, where undreds ...

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At Least One Connecticut Restaurateur Is Sticking by Harvey Weinstein

Source: Grub Street NY

By now, the count’s up to dozens of actresses who claim Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and even raped them, and authorities in at least two countries have now launched investigations. But a Connecticut restaurant owner isn’t ready to condemn his friend’s alleged crimes just yet. Now …

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Man in Trump Hat Who Sued Bar for Discrimination Claims It’s a Spiritual Symbol

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The Happiest Hour is being sued by a MAGA hat-wearing man

A discrimination lawsuit against West Village burger and cocktail bar The Happiest Hour for allegedly denying service to a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat just took another turn.

The Daily News reports that Greg Piatek — the Philly man who claimed that the bar wouldn’t serve him because of his hat — now says his MAGA gear was not a political statement, but part of his “spiritual beliefs,” according to the suit.

Piatek claims that he wore the hat, which was sold as campaign gear from ...

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Will Amazon Kill Whole Foods’ Low-Priced 365 Chain?

Source: Grub Street NY

When Whole Foods opened the first of its 365 spinoff stores last May, it came with some big promises. In-store tattoo parlors ultimately didn’t make the cut, alas, but the company did say that 365 would be a nationwide chain where shoppers could find “a lot of other …

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Why Anthony Bourdain Ripped Into James Corden on Twitter

Source: Grub Street NY

On Friday night, James Corden took advantage of his platform at Los Angeles’s amfAR Gala to talk about Harvey Weinstein — by telling jokes about the movie mogul’s alleged decades of sexual assault and harassment. The British comedian cracked three jokes about the case, describing the room as “so …

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Old-School Seafood Restaurant Francisco’s Centro Vasco Closes Permanently — Again

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The nearly 40-year-old family restaurant in Chelsea has closed yet again

Francisco’s Centro Vasco — the family-owned Chelsea seafood restaurant that’s been around since 1979 — has closed permanently yet again.

Owners of the Spanish restaurant at 159 West 23rd Street, between 7th and 6th avenues, announced that they’d be closing in July, but shortly after, Javier Quintans changed his mind and reopened it in August.

But on Monday, the restaurant’s voicemail said that Francisco’s had closed permanently once again. A sign on the door also notes the restaurant’s closure, and the restaurant’s website and business Facebook ...

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IHOP Robbery Thwarted by Waiter Who Happens to Be a Frickin’ Third-Degree Black Belt

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Last week, three would-be burglars tried looting an IHOP off the highway in San Antonio. Unfortunately for them, Elijah Arnold was waiting tables that morning. The server tells local news station WOAI that “something just didn’t seem right” after the trio walked in. His sixth sense proved correct: Moments …

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Carbone Now Has Its Own Hip Gear at Kith

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Plus, DaDong reservations went nuts last week

Kith x Carbone

Uber hip streetwear brand Kith has partnered with Major Food Group’s Italian-American restaurant Carbone for some new gear. Kith’s founder Ronnie Fieg is apparently good friends with MFG’s Jeff Zalaznick, leading to a series of hoodies and t-shirts emblazoned with the names of Kith and Carbone. It’s yet another move in building up the myth of Carbone — the super exclusive and snazzy red sauce restaurant has also been immortalized in Drake songs. The clothes goes on sale on Monday at 11 a.m.

DaDong reservations fired up

People ...

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Starbucks, Please Don’t Terrorize the Nation With a ‘Zombie Frappuccino’ This Halloween

Source: Grub Street NY

Alas, it seems the curtain’s been pulled back on Starbucks’ terrifying plan for Halloween, better known in the industry as the easiest time of year to sell corny sweets. Per a blog run by an ex–Starbucks barista, the chain is going to capitalize this time around by plaguing the living …

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The Final Four Seasons Replacement Arrives Next Month With Over-the-Top Design

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The Lobster Club was designed by a fashion big wig

The Lobster Club — the final piece of Major Food Group’s takeover of restaurant spaces in the former Four Seasons — swings open on November 1st with black leather, red banquettes, and meals from breakfast to late night.

The restaurant will be going into the former Brasserie space at 98 East 53rd Street, helmed by the former chef behind Michelin-starred sushi restaurant Sushi Azabu, Tasuku Murakami.

WWD reports that the menu will be brasserie-style fare, but Japanese and lighter than The Grill upstairs. With Murakami’s experience, sushi ...

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