Archive for July 31, 2015

Minimum Wage Raise Will Only Raise Big Mac Prices by About 22 Cents

Minimum Wage Raise Will Only Raise Big Mac Prices by About 22 Cents

Source: Grub Street New York

Despite where you stand on the minimum wage raise debate, the argument of significant rise in food cost should be discounted. According to Grub Street, a study conducted by Purdue University researchers reveals that a $15 an hour wage hike should only increase the price of menu items by an estimated 4.3 percent which means that a Big Mac will go up from $5.23 from $5.45, a Filet-o-Fish’s price will rise from $4.96 to $5.17, and a Chick-fil-A sandwich will cost $4.17, as opposed to $4.

 

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Flynn’s is Not Child Friendly, and Say Business is Better Than Ever

Flynn's is Not Child Friendly, and Say Business is Better Than Ever

Source: Grub Street New York

Babies beware- not all restaurants are child friendly. In fact, one restaurant, Flynn’s, in Australia has banned kids under 7 according to Grub Street, their business is doing just fine. It’s actually doing better than ever. Flynn’s is all sorry not sorry about it, posting on Facebook and telling people to bring their nice, behaved dogs.

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The Peter Luger Burger is Simple and Beautiful

The Peter Luger Burger is Simple and Beautiful

Source: Eater NY

 Ramen burgers and veggie burgers are all the rage, but sometimes good meat is all you need to make a good burger. Which brings us to the Peter Luger burger. Nick Solares for Eater got tasked with the “job” of reviewing the simple patty and says:

“The Peter Luger burger is made primarily of prime grade chuck, the foundation of any great patty, buttressed with the dry aged trimmings from the short loins from which the restaurant’s iconic porterhouses are fabricated. “We don’t disclose the breakdown of the burger,” says Berson when queried on the fat-to-lean percentage or the quantity of the dry aged component.”

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Babu Ji Introduces New Kulfi Flavors Tomorrow

Babu Ji Introduces New Kulfi Flavors Tomorrow

Source: Grub Street New York

If you can manage to pull yourself out of your air conditioned apartment, head over to Babu Ji to get their killer kulfi pops. According to Grub Street, the modern Indian restaurant will introduce two new flavors starting tomorrow: coconut-ginger and chai made with equal parts cinnamon and clove.

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America’s Last Dunkin Donuts Diner to Close

America's Last Dunkin Donuts Diner to Close

Source: Grub Street New York

Not sure that this Dunkin Donuts diner will be missed, as it seems like no one has really heard of it before. But according to Grub Street, the last one in America, which exists somewhere near the bottom of Florida, will close tomorrow. Owner Dan Bowers’s says that while the diner is historic, it has fallen behind the times and “doesn’t have the equipment to offer customers what other modern locations do.”

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Whole Foods Opens More Affordable Spinoff in L.A.

Whole Foods Opens More Affordable Spinoff in L.A.

Source: Grub Street New York

Whole Foods has a cool new (cheaper) sibling, and she goes by the name 365. According to Grub Street, the first location will open in L.A.’s Silver Lake area and will be competitively priced with Trader Joe’s.

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Cubana Cafe to Return Next Week

Cubana Cafe to Return Next Week

Source: Eater NY

Brooklyn’s Cubana Cafe will officially return sometime next week, according to Eater. A peak past the newspaper covered windows reveals that the inside has been spruced up and there is a sign outside that even promises that the restaurant will serve the same food, plus an “American brunch with Latin flavor.”

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Coffee Stains Made into Art

Coffee Stains Made into Art

Source: Grub Street New York

Next time you get yelled at you for not using a coaster, just show aforementioned ignoramus coffee stain art! According to Grub Street, artist Guilia Bernardelli creates pictures out of coffee stains, painting animals, cityscapes, and famous entertainers.

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Easy Grilled Clams and Mussels Recipe for Summer

Easy Grilled Clams and Mussels Recipe for Summer

Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

Grilled seafood isn’t just restricted for tuna and salmon. Give shellfish a chance on the grill and you’ll never want to cook them any other way. Melissa Clark for the Times has a grilled clams and mussel recipe with a garlic, almond and mint sauce. Get the recipe here.

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McDonald’s Rolls Out Gourmet Breakfast

McDonald's Rolls Out Gourmet Breakfast

Source: Grub Street New York

McDonald’s is going to make you love them whether you want to or not. And how will they do that? Apparently they think by rolling out a “Gourmet Breakfast.” According to Grub Street, the breakfast has five options:

“Café Breakfast” (toasted sourdough, bacon, pork sausage, scrambled eggs, wilted spinach, grilled tomatoes, and a hash brown), a Bacon and Egg Roll on brioche, a very hip Avocado Smash, Belgian waffles with yogurt and fruit, and corn fritters that come with feta, avocado, grilled tomatoes, and spinach.”

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Sessanta is Serving Up Nutella French Toast for Breakfast

Sessanta is Serving Up Nutella French Toast for Breakfast

Source: Eater NY

If Nutella French toast is the stuff your winter body dreams are made of, head over to John McDonald’s Italian restaurant in the Sixty Soho, Sessanta, where they now serving breakfast daily from 7 to 11 a.m. According to Eater, the menu includes juices, a summer frittata, Nutella French toast and a breakfast sandwich with prosciutto.

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Yip’s Midtown Chinese Buffet Shutters

Yip's Midtown Chinese Buffet Shutters

Source: Eater NY

R.I.P. Yip’s, the cheap Chinese buffet in Midtown. According to Eater, a staff member says the location on Beaver Street in the Financial District will stay put, but the owner won’t be renewing the downtown location.

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BLT Bar & Grill Shutters this Friday

BLT Bar & Grill Shutters this Friday

Source: Eater NY

BLT Bar & Grill downtown is shuttering. According to Eater, an ESquared representative says: “After a successful five year run, Esquared Hospitality will not be renewing its lease for BLT Bar & Grill at W New York – Downtown.” For now it looks like ESquared will just be busy opening an upcoming BLT Steak and a vegan restaurant and veggie burger spot called by Chloe with Chloe Coscarelli in the kitchen.

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Kimchi Problems Arise in China and South Korea

Kimchi Problems Arise in China and South Korea

Source: Grub Street New York

Fermented cabbage is not to be taken lightly- South Korea and China certainly aren’t. According to Grub Street, South Korea used to export lots of kimchi to China, until a few years ago when the Chinese government decided to reclassify the ancient recipe as a “pickle.” As commercial pickles are apparently required in China to be sterilized and low in bacteria and according to Grub Street, kimchi sales were  blocked because of the food’s high bacteria content, and exports to China plummeted.

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Vito Schnabel Works His Magic for Major Food Group

Vito Schnabel Works His Magic for Major Food Group

Source: Eater NY

Vito Schnabel is the networking king. The art dealer and son of painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel is a strong force behind the Major Food Group/The Four Seasons deal. Schnabel is mutual friends with Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen and one of the Torrisi boys, Jeff Zalaznick. According to Eater, Schnabel is the reason Aby and Zalaznick got to know each other, and now Rosen is partnering with the Major Food Group in the as-yet-unnamed 2016 revamp of The Four Seasons space.

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