Archive for February 29, 2016

Rainbow Doughnuts Will Temporarily Distract You From the Ennui of Modern Life in the Big City

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Source: Eater NY

No word yet on whether the bakery is also offering rainbow doughnut holes.

People lined up for rainbow bagels, and so Moe’s Doughs in Greenpoint decided to start making and selling rainbow doughnuts. Food Baby approves of these colorful cake doughnuts. It looks like a chocolate-covered variety is available in addition to the plain version — you might call that one a surprise-inside rainbow doughnut. People have not started lining up for these suckers yet, but that could change at any minute. Moe’s sold out of them on the first day.  New York hasn’t reached its …

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Boston Chef Busted With a Ton of Drugs at Canadian Border

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Source: Grub Street New York

Maslow, when he’s just high on life.

Tim Maslow, a Momofuku Ssäm Bar alum currently up for a James Beard award, may unfortunately have to add convicted felon to that list. The Boston-based chef was in Canada this weekend for a Montreal cooking festival, but on his way back Friday night, he got busted by Vermont border patrol for carrying 22.5 pounds of marijuana edibles, plus some other “controlled substances.” There were four other people in the car with him, but police tell the Boston Globe that Maslow immediately claimed the drugs all belonged to him and was “very cooperative” …

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Appeals Court Puts Temporary Hold on NYC Salt Labels

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Source: Grub Street New York

Not so fast.

The debate over whether adding salt warnings to restaurant menus has been nothing if not interesting. Health officials, you’ll recall, want warnings next to chain-restaurant menu items that contain at least a day’s worth of sodium, which the FDA defines as 2,300 milligrams. The National Restaurant Association, the main industry-trade group, says the warnings will be bad for business and will lead to warning fatigue among diners. But five days ago, a state judge denied the National Restaurant Association’s lawsuit to block the warnings, meaning things would proceed accordingly and the warnings would go into effect tomorrow. …

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Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail’s John Fraser

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Source: Eater NY

Greenwich Village has a new vegetable option

Here is a look around chef John Fraser’s Nix, which opens opens tonight in Greenwich Village. Fraser has teamed up with former Conde Nast editorial director James Truman to open this casual vegetarian restaurant. Chipotle founder/co-CEO Steve Ells is also a partner.  Fraser is tinkering with the menu up until the very last minute, but expect dishes like shitake mushrooms “cacio e pepe,” house-made naan with dips, wood-roasted broccoli rabe, and carrots cooked in a style that’s reminiscent of cashew chicken.

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Starbucks’ First Italian Stores Will Open in 2017

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Source: Grub Street New York

Like this, just with green aprons and a mermaid.

Starbucks has finally announced a solid timetable for its first Italian location: Sometime in early 2017, “Italian Roast” will be a phrase that likely describes not only a coffee sold by the chain, but also the act of a person in Milan talking about the new store. CEO Howard Schultz has been fantasizing about opening in Italy ever since 1983, when he had an experience in a Milan coffeehouse so amazing, it left him “shaking.” He’s always said Starbucks happened because of that trip, and now as a thank-you, Italians …

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The Pour: How to Pick a Wine Store

Source: NY Times Food

The best way to drink better bottles is to cultivate a relationship with a good shop.

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Inside the Collapse of Fairway, New York’s Favorite, Failing Grocery Store

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Source: Grub Street New York

The chain was poised for blockbuster growth. Now it’s millions of dollars in debt.

In July of 2011, Fairway Markets held the grand opening of its Upper East Side store, the eighth location of the beloved, New York-based grocery chain. The occasion was marked with lines of customers stretching down East 86th Street, waiting hours to buy some olive oil, or maybe some fresh-roasted coffee beans — even though the original location, which sold the same products, was just across Central Park. By the time Fairway’s 15th outpost opened in Lake Grove, Long Island, in 2014, the growing empire …

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McDonald’s Clarifies It’s Not Selling Horse Burgers in Kazakhstan

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Source: Grub Street New York

The Golden Arches are getting planted in new turf, and this time it’s off in faraway Kazakhstan. After “years of debate,” the chain finally expects to open 15 locations in the coming months, the first of which is a state-of-the-art behemoth that seats 200 in Astana, the nation’s capital. The chain’s Kazakh franchisee, Kairat Boranbayev, told a Russian news channel that people can expect locations to have the standard stuff — Big Macs, McNuggets, and whatnot — but …

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Harris Salat & Tadashi Ono Raise the Curtain on Sushi Ganso Tonight

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Source: Eater NY

This is the third restaurant in the Ganso family.

The team behind the Ganso restaurants is debuting a third outpost tonight with Sushi Ganso, a 36-seat restaurant near Barclays Center. Restaurateurs and cookbook authors Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono have brought on chef Tomo Hayashi, who’s previously worked with Ono at Matsuri and at the Michelin-starred Sushi Azabu. Besides sushi and sashimi, Sushi Ganso offers small dishes like ankimo, steamed monkfish liver in yuzu ponzu, and uzaku, freshwater eel rolled in a cucumber. Hayashi will also be offering a daily omakase. The restaurant will be connected to its neighbor, Ganso …

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Front Burner: Antico Noè Panini From Florence Now Sold in New York

Source: NY Times Food

Also, a Vermont cheesemaker is selling pork; a new whiskey from South Africa; a large griddle from Colombia; and more.

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Recipes for Health: Cabbage and Potato Gratin Makes a Rich Vegetarian Meal

Source: NY Times Food

The cabbage becomes meltingly tender and sweet when given enough time in the oven (or in a frying pan), and the potato supplies the bulk.

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Take a Tour of Cafe Altro Paradiso, an Italian Stunner on Spring Street

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Source: Eater NY

Ignacio Mattos and Thomas Carter’s sequel to Estela is now open for business

Here is a look at Ignacio Mattos and Thomas Carter’s Cafe Altro Paradiso, now open on Spring Street. The Italian-influenced follow up to critical darling Estela is one of the most anticipated openings of the season. Will it measure up to its older sibling? Will it make the critics swoon and inspire a presidential visit?  All will be revealed in the fullness of time. Check out the menu here, take a look around the space below, and if you happen to stop by this week,

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Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum Serves Kugel, Shakshouka, and Pretzel Bagels

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Source: Grub Street New York

The Anne: wild Western nova smoked salmon, smoked yellowfin tuna, sable, smoked brook trout, and wild Alaskan salmon roe.

It’s an exciting time for 102-year-old Russ & Daughters: Owners Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper have opened a location on the Upper East Side, and they also have plans to expand to Brooklyn for the first time ever. At the former, inside the Jewish Museum, there’s both a 60-seat, sit-down restaurant and a take-out appetizing counter.

As with Russ & Daughters Cafe, both the design and the menu draw heavily from the original location on Houston …

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What to Cook: 8 Recipes for Now

Source: NY Times Food

A Reese’s peanut-butter-ectomy and weeknight dinner possibilities.

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Slate Nightclub Slashing, Escuelita Shutters, and More Intel

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Source: Eater NY

The Butterfly space hits the market, again, plus more restaurant news from around NYC.

Two men were slashed outside of Slate nightclub near the Flatiron on Sunday morning. Slate’s bouncer booted two unruly customers from the club. Those guys later got into an argument with a man walking down the street that ended with one of the club patrons slashing the passerby on the hand. Another reveler that was booted from the club tried to intervene, and he too got slashed. Both victims were treated at Bellevue. No arrests have been made.

Escuelita, a long-running Latin …

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