Archive for January 31, 2016

La Chine Might Not Be the Apotheosis of Chinese Fine Dining, But It Has Its Moments

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Source: Grub Street New York

2 Stars | La Chine.

There is an eternal, somewhat doomed sense of hope among the Beijing or Sichuan or Cantonese food snobs I know that one of these days, or even one of these decades, a truly exceptional high-end Chinese restaurant will land unexpectedly in our midst, like some gilded star craft from outer space. This restaurant will not be the clubby, overpriced satellite of some formerly Michelin-praised joint in London or Singapore. The noodles and dumpling skins will be hand rolled in-house, instead of trucked in from some market downtown. The menu will be filled with stately renditions of old and …

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Wine Here! A Football Bud Gets Competition

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Source: NY Times Food

Wine sales have been steadily growing faster than beer sales, especially around Super Bowl time.

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After Cozinha Latina Split, Shanna Pacifico Lands at Extra Fancy

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Source: Eater NY

The chef heads about a mile north to Williamsburg.

Last week, opening chef Shanna Pacifico left Cozinha Latina in Greenpoint along with restaurateur Josh Cohen (Anella) and bar manager Brett Helms (previously of Uncle Boons). Shanna and her associates didn’t see eye-to-eye with the owners about the food and overall vibe of the restaurant. Now, Brooklyn Mag reports that Pacifico has landed at Extra Fancy in Williamsburg along with Cohen. Pacifico will make some additions to the menu, including some new bar bites for Extra Fancy’s forthcoming outdoor dining area. Before her stint at Cozinha Latina, Pacifico worked at …

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Why It’s (Finally) Time for Restaurant Workers to Celebrate the Holidays

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Source: Grub Street New York

At Dovetail’s holiday party, held in mid-January.

Most nights, the dining room at Manhattan’s Betony is a stately, ornate, double-height temple of haute cuisine, filled with crisply attired servers ferrying delicacies and fine wines to well-heeled customers. But one night earlier this month, the elegant room looked more like a piñata. “We had this giant balloon chandelier, like the squiggly kind,” says the restaurant’s chef, Bryce Shuman. “It looked like a giant Dale Chihuly sculpture with streamers flowing all the way to the floor.” Tables normally used for multi-course menus of artfully composed plates were instead pushed together and heaped …

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Ammon Bundy Finally Honored With His Own Doughnut

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Source: Grub Street New York

Ammon Bundy’s campout is over at the deserted Oregon bird sanctuary, but at least his stand for landownership has been suitably commemorated by a delicious doughnut. Voodoo Doughnuts, the Portland shop known for other cheeky, statement-making confections like the “gay bar doughnut” made with Froot Loops, has done some ace icing work on this square doughnut that it posted to its Instagram page on Wednesday.

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Ippudo Spinoff Kuro-Obi to Open Inside UrbanSpace Vanderbilt Next Week

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Source: Eater NY

You can add thick-cut bacon and parmesan cheese to the noodles.

Midtown’s wildly popular new food court UrbanSpace Vanderbilt is getting a stall from the Ippudo team next week. Kuro-Obi by Ippudo, as it’s dubbed, will specialize in chicken broth-based tori-paitan ramen, and the menu will also include a shoyu-based ramen as well.  The Ippudo team is also throwing some craziness into the mix by offering add-ons like Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, basil, and thick-cut bacon.  Noodle soups will be available to-go — a first for Ippudo. The new stall will replace Tyler Kord’s No 7. stand, which was always slated to …

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Andrew Silverman Moves City Crab, Plans New American Restaurant in Midtown

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Source: Eater NY

The City Crab restaurateur has been very busy lately.

Andrew Silverman is planning to open an American bistro at 1700 Broadway in late February. This is the space that housed his restaurant Maison for many years, as well as his short-lived Italian project, TorinoRendezvous will serve modern American cuisine like crispy duck and waffles with an orange truffle maple gastrique; cast iron chicken in a red curry marinade with market vegetables; and a lobster and mussel steam pot. Open 24 hours a day, it will have 65 indoor seats and 150 seats outside starting in the spring. Sam …

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Ojen, a New Orleans Favorite, Is Back in the Liquor Cabinet

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Source: NY Times Food

The anise-flavored liqueur, which originated in Spain, is now being produced in Louisiana.

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The 11 Best Bowls of Ramen in NYC

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Source: PureWow

Ready, set, slurp

You’ve got this whole winter thing down. Cute mittens? Check. Indestructible snow boots? Check. Steaming hot bowl of noodles? Right this way. Here are the 11 best bowls of ramen to slurp in Manhattan, Brooklyn and beyond.

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Aretha Franklin Is Coming for Patti LaBelle’s Pie Empire

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Source: Grub Street New York

May the best pie win.

The “respect” joke writes itself here, but Aretha Franklin is apparently launching her own line of desserts and packaged foods to presumably get a piece of frenemy Patti LaBelle‘s burgeoning boxed-pie empire. The internet was full of memes of Aretha scowling after LaBelle’s Walmart sweet-potato pies became the Tickle Me Elmo of Thanksgiving desserts, but Franklin stresses to Detroit’s Channel 4 that she’s obviously never tried one. She still throws a decent amount of shade, declaring: “Ms. Patti’s gonna have to move that pie to the side.” Franklin’s rival brand is still …

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A Good Appetite: Turning an Elegant Pasta Dish Child-Friendly

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Source: NY Times Food

Adding fontina and ricotta cheeses to pasta with wild mushrooms and rosemary, then baking it, makes an elegant dish gooey and golden. (Article plus video.)

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What to Cook: 13 Recipes for the Weekend

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Source: NY Times Food

From cassoulet to Nigella Lawson’s coffee walnut layer cake, here’s what to cook.

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Wealth Matters: Charity Wine Auctions Are More Than Parties

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Source: NY Times Food

A dinner, a brunch and a weekend auction at the Naples Winter Wine Festival will cost a couple $10,000, not counting what they might spend at the auction.

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Nishi’s Expanded Hours, Cabalito’s Second Location, and More Intel

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Source: Eater NY

Red Rooster is going to serve a special menu honoring black female chefs, plus more restaurant news from around NYC.

Nishi, the hottest restaurant on planet Earth, is now open seven days a week. Previously, Dave Chang’s Korean-Italian restaurant was closed on Sunday and Monday. The way things are trending….lunch might be on the horizon.  Stay tuned for any and all updates as they become available.

Earlier this week, Jimmy Fallon and his squad ate dinner in Mission Chinese Food’s subterranean dining room. By the end of the meal, Jimmy was singing Christmas carols and …

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Top Chef Recap: Finding Your Inner Caveman

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Source: Grub Street New York

“It should be like a murder scene!”

After last week’s soul-searching elimination challenge, in which Kwame forced himself to cook through the darkest period in his personal history and Jason was sent home for his autobiographical trout, this week takes us back to what really matters: getting a lot of likes on Instagram.

“Today’s Quickfire is all about the food porn,” purrs Padma, introducing the chefs to chef Jacques La Merde, an anonymous Instagram phenom who makes futsy, deconstructed dishes out of junk food, like a parody Phillip. “What’s up, bros?,” says voice-altered La Merde from behind a screen. …

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