Archive for November 28, 2014

The Shuka Truck Coming to Midtown on Monday

The Shuka Truck Coming to Midtown on Monday

Source: Eater NY

There’s a new food truck slated to hit the pavement on Monday. The Shuka Truck, a new food cart dedicated to the Israeli/Tunisian dish shakshuka (eggs cooked in a piquant tomato sauce) will be posted at 32 Street and Park Avenue, according to Eater.

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Simon Oren Planning to Open a Spanish Restaurant in Old SushiSamba Space

Simon Oren Planning to Open a Spanish Restaurant in Old SushiSamba Space

Source: Eater NY

Restauranteur Simon Oren, the man behind L’Express, Five Napkin Burger, Marseilles and French Roast is planning to open a Spanish restaurant in the former SushiSamba place. According to Eater, he’s still developing the concept, but he’s hoping for a spring opening.

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Dimes Could be Planning Another Chinatown Offshoot

Dimes Could be Planning Another Chinatown Offshoot

Source: Eater NY

Could Dimes’ house made hot sauce be popping up at more than just their Chinatown location? According to Eater, on the Community Board 3 agenda is a liquor license application for “Dimes Superette” on 49 Canal Street (a space that currently houses Cochinita Dos). There have been whispers of a new Dimes project in the works, so this very well could be it.

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Here Comes the World’s First Vegan Butcher Shop

Here Comes the World's First Vegan Butcher Shop

Source: Grub Street New York

If Gimme Lean sausages are right up you’re alley, next time you’re in Minneapolis, visit the world’s first vegan butcher shop. Brother/sister team Aubry and Kale Walch will serve up “meats” just like a typical butcher shop, except it will all be vegan, according to Grub Street. Expect a cold case of ribs, jerky, pepperoni, bologna, and Italian sausage, a rotating special that might be chorizo or Andouille sausage, plus vegan cheeses, breads, and marinades.

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Uncle Boons’ Chef Ann Redding Could be Opening a Restaurant Right Around the Corner

Uncle Boons' Chef Ann Redding Could be Opening a Restaurant Right Around the Corner

Source: Eater NY

Looks like Uncle Boons‘ chef Ann Redding is eyeing a spot right around the corner. According to Eater, an Ann Redding is on schedule at Community Board 2’s meeting to apply for a liquor license at 8 Spring Street.

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D.B.A. Is Closing Its Brooklyn Outpost this Sunday

DBA in Williamsburg to Shutter this Sunday

Source: Eater NY

The good times will not continue to roll at D.B.A., a New Orleans-themed bar, in Williamsburg. They will serve their last brew this Sunday after the Saints-Steelers game. According to Eater, the East Village location doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

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Momofuku Ko 2.0 Opens Friday

Momofuku Ko 2.0 Opens Friday

Source: Grub Street New York

After much preparation and anticipation, David Chang’s Ko 2.0 is finally here. Grub Street has the basics of what you should know:

• For the time being, Ko will be open from Wednesdays through Sundays, dinner only.

• Ko 2.0 has 40 seats, with 22 at the counter and others spread out at two tables and the bar.

• There’s a private dining room.

• The kitchen will do its best to accommodate special diets, including vegetarian and gluten-free.

• Each meal is about 17 courses, or “servings.”

• A meal is now $175 and there’s a $155 beverage pairing.

• “Momofuku Ko now allows non-flash photography.”

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Spike Hill in Williamsburg will likely Shutter this December

Spike Hill in Williamsburg will likely Shutter this December

Source: Eater NY

Kiss honey mustard chicken wings and cool band performances goodbye, because it looks like it’s the end of the road for Spike Hill in Williamsburg. The music hall has been a mainstay of Bedford Avenue for quite some time now, but according to Eater, the building is under contract and will likely close in “early December,” an employee says.

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Sietsema Finds Taiwanese Dim Sum in Flushing

Sietsema Finds Taiwanese Dim Sum in Flushing

Source: Eater NY

If you can find it in yourself to make the trip over to Queens, some great dim sum is in store for you. Robert Sietsema for Eater recently visited Main Street Impreial Taiwanese Gourmet, and stumbled upon the best kept Taiwanese dim sum secret in Flushing. Some of Sietsema’s favorites were Tainan rice cake (sticky rice with mushrooms and “pig parts”), minced pork over rice, an oyster omelet with baby oysters and steamed baby spinach, and a ba wan which is sort of like a pork meatball.

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Maria Loi has Plans to Turn Seasonal into a Greek Spot

Maria Loi has Plans to Turn Seasonal into a Greek Spot

Source: Eater NY

Greek food goddess Maria Loi, is taking over the kitchen at Seasonal (the Michelin-starred Austrian restaurant) and turning it into a Greek concept. Loi told Eater, “We are very close to a deal for me to operate the place; it’s 99 percent there,” she adds, “They have a fantastic stove Wolfgang brought from Europe, and when I saw it I couldn’t believe it was in the middle of Manhattan. I can cook real Greek food there.”

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Tips on How to Set the Thanksgiving Table

Tips on How to Set the Thanksgiving Table

Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

Thanksgiving is practically here, and if you’re not swamped with last minute ingredient runs or reading and rereading how long to cook an X pound turkey, then pour some time into your table setup. Sam Sifton for the Times, has some pointers from the pros that will surely knock your Thanksgiving feast up a notch. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the old with the new, the patterned with the solids, the pricier fabrics with the dollar store finds. And most importantly, set the table early so you’re not running around last minute while trying to juggle kitchen tasks too.

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Here’s a Spoon that Adjusts to Hand Tremors

Here's a Spoon that Adjusts to Hand Tremors

Source: Grub Street New York

While some of us take slurping down ramen for granted, it’s not as simple a task for someone who suffers from severe tremors. Luckily, Lift Labs- a Google acquired company, has solved all of that with their no-spill spoon. According to Grub Street, it works like this: if a hand tremor moves the spoon to the right, the spoon will physically move to the left. Soon there will be fork and knife attachments as well.

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After 26 Years, Benny’s Burritos will Close on Saturday

After 26 Years, Benny's Burritos will Close on Saturday

Source: Grub Street New York

Benny’s Burritos proved that a dingy hole-in-the-wall is not a prerequisite to serve cheap, good Mexican food. So it is with great sadness to report that the 26-year-old East Village mainstay will close on Saturday. According to Grub Street, a takeout window will still exist at the back of the space, but as of now there is no word on whether the landlord will sign another restaurant to operate out of the soon-to-be former Benny’s.

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Academia Barilla Looking to Open Second Location in Bryant Park

Academia Barilla Looking to Open Second Location in Bryant Park

Source: Eater NY

Now that Olive Garden’s bottomless breadsticks are on the fritz, it looks like Barilla is taking that as a sign to pounce. Academia Barilla, a fast-casual concept from the dried pasta company, is planning to open a second restaurant. According to Eater, they’ve settled on a space in Bryant Park. Hopefully, they’ve worked out the kinks since when Steve Cuozzo visited.

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Dirt Candy 2.0 is Almost Here

Dirt Candy 2.0 is Almost Here

Source: Eater NY

Dirt Candy 2.0 is so very close to opening. Eater reports that according to her latest Instagram update, she’s only about six weeks away from opening the new and bigger version of Dirt Candy. She also adds that she expects to open up reservations in January.

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