Archive for September 30, 2014

Brunch at Berg’n

Brunch at Berg'n

Source: Eater NY

 Brunch no longer has to be boring mimosas and eggs benedict. Berg’n will debut its brunch this weekend (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with specials from its vendors like a carbonara pizza or a truffled egg pie from Pizza Moto. There is also egg, cheese, and kimchee toast at Asia Dog, and a breakfast ramen burger at Ramen Burger, according to Eater.

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New Rule Covers Thousands of Food Service Workers

New Rule Covers Thousands of Food Service Workers

Source: Eater NY

Good news for food service workers. According to Eater, Mayor Bill De Blasio signed an executive order that will allow thousands of previously exempt workers to be covered under an expanded minimum wage law. The change should reach around 18,000 workers in the next five years, several thousand of whom will be fast food workers.

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Things Aren’t Looking Good For Daniel

Daniel Off to a Rough Start

Source: Grub Street New York

Daniel is off to a rough start. According to Grub Street, Daniel Boulud’s Daniel went from three stars to two on the Michelin rating. Last summer the Time also knocked a star off its rating, and this past spring, Daniel dropped from No. 29 to No. 40 on that global 50 Best Restaurant List.

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Eataly Plans to Expand Downtown

Eataly Plans to Expand Downtown

Source: Eater NY

Things are looking spiffy for Eataly. According to Eater, the somewhat smaller outpost of Mario Batali’s Italian food mecca is opening about a year from now at 4 World Trade Center.

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Pete Wells Awards Two Stars to Keith McNally’s Cherche Midi

Pete Wells Awards Two Stars to Keith McNally's Cherche Midi

Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

This week, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells reviews Cherche Midi, which restaurateur Keith McNally opened in June on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery. Wells calls the restaurant a “thorough repudiation of the downtown scene.” It has no music in a neighborhood known for restaurants that subject diners to throbbing beats with dinner. But it doesn’t stop there:

It isn’t just music that’s missing. There’s almost no view of the street. Tapas, shared plates, tasting menus, wine pairings, “Chef recommends,” two-hour waits for a table the size of a chessboard — no, none of that. Nor did Cherche Midi’s servers try to tell me “how the menu works,” as if it were some complicated and expensive piece of machinery that I was likely to break.

It’s not just the vibe that’s different. As Wells notes, “[a]t Cherche Midi, two men, Shane McBride and Daniel Parilla, share the work and the credit. As a result, perhaps, their cooking is almost egoless; it’s not about what they want. It’s about what you want, especially if that happens to be red meat and French wine.” In fact, Wells finds that “Cherche Midi is so good with beef that even the best of the other main courses may register as a half step down.” Also, “[h]ere and there, the kitchen tends to overembellish.” However, service is good, managing “to be everywhere without crossing the line to helicopter waitering,” as is the decor, which Wells calls “lovely.”

Overall, Wells awards Cherche Midi two stars and names it a “Critic’s Pick.”

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to Reopen in Battery Park City

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to Reopen in Battery Park City

Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

The New York Times reports that Joel Robuchon is planning a comeback. The chef is returning to New York with a new L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Battery Park City. The Manhattan branch of the high-end chain — which has locations in Paris, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo — has been sorely missed since it closed at the Four Seasons hotel in the summer of 2012. The new version will be located in Brookfield Place (250 Vesey Street) and will span 11,000 square feet, giving it room for a bar and lounge in addition to the table and counter space found at the other locations. There will also be an outdoor area for drinks and small plates.

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PepsiCo Plans to Patent Granola Bars Stuffed with Pop Rocks

PepsiCo Plans to Patent Granola Bars Stuffed with Pop Rocks

Source: Grub Street New York

This week in terrible patented ideas, PepsiCo wants to patent granola bars stuffed with Pop Rocks, according to Grub Street. For that extra pop, the company plans to  sell a healthy-ish granola bar sold with some sugary, carbonated land mines embedded right in there. Ew.

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The Last-Minute Reservation Guide: September 30

Source: Eater NY

Eater scanned through all the restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight.

· Old Homestead (8:00)
· Café Boulud (8:30, 9:00)
· Le Bernardin (10:00)
· L’Ecole (8:00)
· Betony (9:30)
· Gotham Bar and Grill (7:30, 8:30)
· La Grenouille (10:00)
· 15 East (9:30)
· Bâtard (9:00)
· Piora (8:00)
· The Gander (8:00)
· Jones Wood Foundry (8:00)
· Lure (9:00)
· Lafayette (8:00)
· All’Onda (8:00)
· Blenheim (6:45,8:30)

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Could Popcorn Be the Next Artisan Wave?

Could Popcorn Be the Next Artisan Wave

Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

Looks like corn is the next “big thing.” According to the Times, Glen Roberts, who founded Anson Mills in South Carolina, sells almost 400 pounds of Appalachian heirloom sweet flint popping corn a week. Chefs are his biggest customers, drawn in part by his corn’s sweet, slightly floral taste. “Popcorn is a product that comes from a seed that you can make in your own home and customize,” Said Melissa Abbot, the vice president of culinary insights fro the Hartman Group. And that’s just what the company is doing.

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Michelin Guide Updates Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens Restaurants

Michelin Guide Updates Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens Restaurants

Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

 As of yesterday the 2015 New York City Michelin Guide has upgraded Aquavit, Blanca and Ichimura to two stars, up from one star last year, according to the Times. There are 20 places newly anointed or promoted with more than half in Brooklyn and Queens.

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Rage Against the Machine Rages Against a Cafe

Rage Against the Machine Rages Against a Cafe

Source: Grub Street New York

Apparently Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist raged against a cafe. The Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe was at capacity, however, and had quite the queue backed up outside already, so its doorman, “who’s told bigger rock stars than him no,” informed Morello they’d just have to wait their turn like everybody else. Upon hearing the news, the guitarist pulled out his phone to vent.

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Mei Jin Ramen and Dessert Bar Opens on UES

Mei Jin Ramen and Dessert Bar

Source: Eater NY

 There’s a new ramenya in town, and it goes by the name of Mei Jin Ramen and Dessert Bar. The place is on the Upper East Side, according to Eater and offers Japanese curry and several appetizers including fish cake tempura and shishito peppers.

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8,000 Calorie Breakfast that Requires Diners to Sign Waiver Before Digging In

8,000 Calorie Breakfast that Requires Diners to Sign Waiver Before Digging In

Source: Grub Street New York

An England cafe called Bear Grills has an 8,000 calorie breakfast that requires diners to sign a waiver before eating it. The breakfast is called the Hibernator and is about the size of a small child…really. According to Grub Street, here’s what’s in it: four fried eggs, eight “rashers” of bacon, eight sausages, four hash browns, a cheese omelette made of four more eggs, four waffles, four pieces of toast, four pieces of fried bread, four pieces of black pudding, two ladlefuls of beans, tomatoes, and mushrooms, french fries, and a hideously overkill 32-ounce milkshake.

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The Last-Minute Reservation Guide: September 29

Source: Eater NY

Eater scanned through all the restaurant on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight.

· élan (9:15)
· Osteria Morini (7:45, 8:15)
· Carbone (6:15, 9:45)
· Betony (7:30, 8:15)
· Le Bernardin (9:45)
· Brushstroke (8:00)
· Pure Food and Wine (6:30, 9:00)
· The Modern (6:30, 8:15)
· 15 East (6:30, 9:15)
· The John Dory (6:15, 9:45)
· Del Posto (9:30)
· Porter House New York (8:00)
· Telepan (8:00)
· Per Se (8:30, 9:15)

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Celebrity Chef Couple Gina and Pat Neely Are Divorcing

Celebrity Chef Couple Gina and Pat Neely Are Divorcing

Source: Grub Street New York

After years of turning up the heat in the kitchen together, Gina and Pat Neely, hosts of the Food Network show Down Home With the Neelys and the restauranteurs behind Neely’s Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side, announced that they are divorcing after 20 years of marriage. The two will continue to run their restaurant together, but according to Grub Street, the two will focus on their individual brands.

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