Archive for May 31, 2014

Downtown Italian Cookbook Features Recipes from dell’anima, L’Artusi and L’Apicio

Source: Eater NY 

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Creative apartment cooking doesn’t have to mean controlling how much seasoning you put in your ramen. Joey Campanale and Gabe and Katherine Thompson (the team behind dell’anima, L’Artusi, and L’Apicio) are publishing their first collection of recipes from their restaurants, according to Eater. Amazon describes Downtown Italian as “100 contemporary Italian-inspired cocktails, antipasti, pastas, main courses and desserts—made approachable for the home cook.” The release date is in October but the book is available for pre-order at Amazon now.

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Fonda Restaurant Opens Chelsea Location

Source: Eater NY

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New Yorkers have grown quite fond of Fonda Chelsea. This is the third outpost of this concept from chef Roberto Santibanez, according to Eater. Fonda fans can expect to find menu favorites such as duck zarape, carne asada tacos and braised chicken and mole tacos at Fonda Chelsea, as well as their famous guacamole served with hand pressed tortillas that has been quickly becoming the island’s favorite summer appetizer. Keep Fonda Chelsea on the radar because later this season the spot will start serving lunch on Fridays.

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Contemporary Mexican at Black Ant in the East Village

Source: Eater NY

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Japanese Restaurant MaisonO Calls It Quits

Source: Eater NY

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MaisonO, the Nolita Japanese restaurant, has thrown in the towel. Restaurateurs Lou Ceruzzi, Matt Abramcyk and Serge Becker opened MaisonO last July with acclaimed chef Tadashi Ono heading the kitchen. Though most critics skipped this one, the restaurant generated some good buzz online. The MaisonO restauranteurs plan to reopen in the space and bring a new restaurant to the neighborhood, according to Eater.

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Torrisi Team Brings Dirty French to The Ludlow

Source: Eater NY

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The Torrisi team brings France to the Lower East Side. Dirty French which is Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone and Jeff Zalaznick’s newest venture, will be located in The Ludlow, according to Eater. The French Bistro is supposed to soft open in July and serve dishes such as lamb carpaccio with apricots and goat cheese, and roast chicken served with crepes.

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Punch Mondays at the Ace Hotel

Source: Grub Street New York

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The Ace Hotel knows how to start the week off right. The hotel’s Lobby Bar has debuted Punch Mondays. According to Grub Street guests can order a glass of the week’s featured punch at the bar for $14. Punch me, this can’t be real!

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Jim Meehan Joins Tasting Table As Drinks Editor

Source: Grub Street New York

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Jim Meehan of PDT has joined the Tasting Table as drinks editor. According to Grub Street he’ll be giving, “tips, recipes and thoughts on everything related to cocktail culture and the well-curated drinking life.” Meehan is already coming out of the gate hot with his very summer appropriate drink made from cassis, Byrrh and wheat beer. We like him already!

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Roberta’s Pizza Pop-up in Rockaway Beach

Source: Eater NY

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Anyone who visited Madison Square Eats can vouch for the fact that Roberta’s was by far one of the more popular stands there. The Roberta’s team was rumored to be opening a brick and mortar pizza shop in Rockaway Beach, but it looks like this location might just be their pop-up pizza stand. Roberta’s had supposedly signed a lease to take over the abandoned 96th Street property, according to Eater, but looks like it’s just a pop-up for now.

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Après Closes After Three Weeks

Source: Eater NY

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Could this be the summer of shutters? First The Gallery at Villard Michel Richard, then Manon, and now Après has closed after just three weeks. Après’ OpenTable page went inactive and the answering machine says that Après has “permanently closed,” according to Eater. The shutter came as a shock since the East Village eatery had new chef Mazen Mustafa in the kitchen who has previously worked as Paul Liebrandt’s right hand man at Corton.

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BLT Fish, Creator of the $160 Sandwich

Source: Eater NY

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Just in case you have the type of disposable income to drop $160 on a lobster roll, head over to BLT Fish. This weekend they’ll start serving their first class lobster roll, which is topped with almost two pounds of lobster meat, fancy French butter, Siberian Osetra caviar and gold leaf, according to Eater. Chef Luke Venner said, “People wear a Cartier watch, so I thought, ‘Why not make a gold-label lobster roll?” Thanks chef, but Luke’s fares just fine for this wallet.

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Chef Gordon Finn’s Paccheri at Ristorante Morini

Source: Eater NY

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Want the richness of lasagna but the lightness of a summer pasta dish? Chef Gordon Finn dishes to Eater how to make Paccheri all’Amatriciana, the hot dish at Ristorante Morini at the moment. Finn swears the dish is much lighter than it appears and says the dish is perfect for the warmer months. “With all that tomato in there it is nice and bright and not too heavy. There is also not a lot of pork in there. Just enough to give it a nice smoky flavor,” he said. Finn makes the pasta in house and works it by hand until it reaches a sandy consistency.  Paccheri is a bit longer and thicker than rigatoni, making it the ideal type of pasta for a dish that spends time under the broiler. The dish is then tossed with ragu, layered into a dish, topped with breadcrumbs and imported mozzarella di bufala, then popped into the salamander until it comes out bubbling.

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Phrostie Buzzkill

Source: Grub Street New York

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Remember that super illegitimate drink Phrosties, that even your little sibling could order via Instagram? Senator Chuck Schumer  is cracking down on the fun technicolored slushies and even getting the State Liquor Authority investigating the situation as well. When Anthony Bourdain was asked what his position was on this very important political matter he said, “I’m not really good with spirits, but if this came in a wine flavor I would probably be right there.” Vinter Kyle MacLachlan was also all for the unregulated sale of alcohol, according to Grub Street.

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Melissa Clark’s Spring Asparagus Soup

Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

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If this endless winter has taught us something, it’s how to make a killer soup. Melissa Clark for the Times has the perfect springtime soup recipe that is simple and delicious. Asparagus soup is a prime example of root-to-fruit cooking. The recipe uses the bottoms for the stock, the middles for the soup itself and the top of the asparagus to garnish. Add in some chicken stock, herbs, cooked asparagus, and push it all through a blender until there is a creamy and textured broth. Butter some toast, or top a crostini with some fresh ricotta and herbs and you have a fresh bright dish that tastes of spring!

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Le District, a “French Eataly” Coming to Hudson Eats

Source: Eater NY

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All-star food court, Hudson Eats is getting fancier by the minute. At a media preview of Hudson Eats, a pamphlet handed out revealed plans for a Le District, according to Eater. Le District is an Eataly-esque French market and restaurant in Brookfield place.

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Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Co. Opens in Carroll Gardens

Source: Grub Street New York

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Looks like A.B. Biagi isn’t the only one with a hot ice cream sandwich. Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Co. which opens in Carroll Gardens will apparently have “Barnburners,” hot ice cream sandwiches made from “shells” that are stuffed with ice cream and toppings and pressed to heat and seal, according to Grub Street. Will the hot ice cream sandwich be this summer’s new Cronut?

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