Archive for March 31, 2016

Smorgasburg Returns To The Outdoors This Weekend With 25 New Vendors

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Source: Eater NY

Plus: a new location for the outdoor market

Smorgasburg is making its return for the summer season this weekend. On Saturday, the market’s Williamsburg outpost on Kent Avenue will open for its sixth year. And, replacing Sunday’s Brooklyn Bridge location, Smorgasburg is premiering in Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill on Sunday April 3. The outdoor market will be unveiling 25 new food vendors after holding its annual tastings earlier this year, from a Japanese dessert that looks like a literal raindrop to a German street food made with marinated meat on a spit. The team went through nearly 70 tastings after …

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TV Chef Anne Burrell Is Planning a Brooklyn Restaurant

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Source: Eater NY

It’s been years since she’s been active in New York City kitchens

Looks like food television personality Anne Burrell is planning a comeback to the New York restaurant scene. The chef has teamed up with West Village bar Daddy-O owner Phillip Casaceli for an American small plates restaurant at 196 Smith St. in Cobble HIll, according to DNAinfo. According to a presentation given to a local community board in a liquor license request, Burrell’s love for the restaurant world is “a passion that never left her.” The new restaurant would be a neighborhood place “with food that feeds your …

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‘Fancy’ Mall Chain Ruby Tuesday Accused of Systematically Underpaying Its Employees

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Source: Grub Street New York

Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday — remember it? — is in the news for one of the first times since pretending to blow up a competitor’s restaurant back in 2008, but this is for an even worse reason: A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of every server and bartender in the last three years claims the company saves money by forcing them to misreport hours and work off the clock. It’s technically legal for tipped workers, whose hourly pay is as little as $2.13 in some states, to spend up to 20 percent of their time …

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten is Planning a New Restaurant in LES

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Source: Eater NY

It’s an all-day Italian place

New York star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is planning a new Italian food restaurant in a hotel on the Lower East Side. The acclaimed chef’s name is tied to the Public Hotel development at 215 Chrystie Street, as Bowery Boogie first reported. It’s not a total surprise — his frequent partner Phil Suarez has publicly talked bringing the mega-chef to the hotel since last year. The massive project includes a market and coffee bar, a restaurant with wood-burning pizzas and pastas, and a garden with a bar, according to a preliminary questionnaire filed to …

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What to Eat at Madison Square Garden, 2016 Edition

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Source: Eater NY

Dining options inside the Garden

Madison Square Garden’s sprawling space boasts stands from an impressive list of chefs and restaurateurs, including Andrew Carmellini, Jean-Georges, Drew Nieporent, and David Chang. Options include everything from tacos to sausage, and fried chicken sandwiches to smoked brisket. Here’s a guide to eating at The Garden, with top picks and food by section.

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Manhattan Will Get Another New Jean-Georges Restaurant

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Source: Grub Street New York

Ever-busy empire-builder Jean-Georges Vongerichten is taking on more New York projects right now than an overcaffeinated version of the Major Food Group. Along with his long-in-the-works vegan restaurant, ABCV, and the 10,000-square-foot restaurant and 4,000-square-foot market he’ll bring to the South Street Seaport in 2017, it’s been revealed that Vongerichten will helm the food operations at Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel on the Lower East Side. This is a redux for the two power players: Vongerichten previously joined forces with Schrager for the Pump Room at the other Public Hotel in Chicago, …

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Going Down Under: A Visit to Manhattan’s Only Outback Steakhouse

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Source: Eater NY

New York City is missing some of the country’s most prominent fast food, casual, and fast-casual chains. We don’t have a Sonic Drive-In for example; no Carl’s Jr. or Hardees; no In-N-Out, Jack In the Box, Cracker Barrel, Golden Corral, Texas Roadhouse, or Cheesecake Factory — though one is imminent in a Queens shopping mall. Other chains have only a trace representation, as if offering us only a taste. In that category find Red Lobster, Red Robin, Chick-fil-A, Denny’s, and Outback Steakhouse. We’ve been seeing lots of Outback Steakhouse commercials on TV lately, even though we only have one …

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Compassionate Restaurant Owner Installs Street Fridge That Feeds Hungry People 24/7

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Source: Grub Street New York

A restaurateur in the Indian city of Kochi has devised a startlingly simple way to fight food waste and feed hungry people at the same time. The staff at the eatery, called Pappadavada, hooked a fridge up right outside its storefront and asked people to fill it with their leftovers — it’s easier than throwing their food in a trash they’ll later have to take out, and just requires some electricity and a twice-a-week cleaning by Pappadavada employees. The idea sprang into owner Minu Pauline’s mind after she chucked a bunch of …

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Where to Eat at New York’s Citi Field, 2016 Edition

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Source: Eater NY

The best places to eat this baseball season

Food options at Citi Field have been superior to other local sports stadiums for a while now, but for the 2016 season, the home of the Mets has really pumped it up. David Chang’s bringing his popular spicy fried chicken sandwich restaurant Fuku to Flushing for the season, along with Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar creations, and Danny Meyer’s going to start slinging pizza there as well. Plus, East Village and Smorgasburg favorite Dan & John’s Wings is bringing its beloved hot wings to the field for the first time. Here’s a …

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Here’s the New Japanese Water Cake That Will Debut at Smorgasburg

Kind of the exact opposite of a candy-coated milkshake.

Source: Grub Street New York

The home of the ramen burger will now serve as the American launchpad for Japan’s strangest dessert yet. When Smorgasburg’s outdoor markets return this weekend, it will mark the New York debut of mizu shingen mochi, a.k.a. the wobbly water “cake.” True to its name, the sweet actually looks like a suspended water drop, and, well, it pretty much is exactly that. First introduced two years ago by Kinseiken Seika Company, the confection is a variation on shingen mochi, a traditional dessert made from a very soft form of …

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Beloved Chinatown Standby 69 Bayard Replaced By Restaurant With Same Menu

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Source: Eater NY

Well that was fast

Just one month after beloved Chinatown restaurant 69 Bayard closed, a restaurant named Wing Kee has settled into its space, according to Bowery Boogie. Last month, the owners of the 80-year-old staple 69 Bayard decided to close as the lease was set to expire and the landlord increased the rent. Yesterday, the space officially reopened its doors under new ownership. Bowery Boogie notes that the menu at Wing Kee is largely the same as 69 Bayard’s and is still worthy of the cheap eats label. Even the kitchen staff is reportedly the same. And …

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Wine School: Your Next Lesson: Austrian Riesling

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Source: NY Times Food

Spring prompts a yearning for light, lively freshness.

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Wine School: Supple Richness in Age-Worthy Pomerol

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Source: NY Times Food

Discovering the value of exposure to air and decanting.

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Food Network Will Give Yelpers Their Own Show

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Source: Grub Street New York

Awful Yelpers do not need more incentive to think their thousand-word restaurant burns are making the hospitality industry a better place, but Food Network has nevertheless just given them a serious new platform. In the channel’s upfronts for new programming, it says it’s partnering with Yelp to do an entire show where chefs must grapple with Yelp’s worst reviews of their restaurants, so basically turning Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” segment into a full show. Called 12 Hungry Yelpers, after that classic courtroom nail-biter 12 Angry Men, the show will reportedly pick out terrible …

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Smorgasburg’s Outdoor Markets Return This Weekend

Lots to be excited about this year.

Source: Grub Street New York

Glance around outside and you will finally notice some of the first signs of spring. The sun sets later, flowers begin to blossom on trees, some dude on the street is wearing shorts even though it’s still a little too cold for them. And now the surest sign yet that summer is coming: Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea will unveil their outdoor markets for the 2016 season this very weekend. There is much to discuss, and — as it seems there always are within the ever-fluctuating world of the SmorgaFlea — many new …

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