Archive for April 29, 2016

Boat Bars Are Back For The Season

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Source: Eater NY

Lobster rolls, raw oysters, cocktails, and more can now be eaten right on the water

It’s time to drink and eat on the water again. Restaurants and bars on barges and boats are slowly reopening for the season. Already, The Frying Pan at Pier 66 in Chelsea has been open for a couple weeks. North River Lobster Company in Hell’s Kitchen, which first debuted a couple years ago, has also started sailing and serving its lobster rolls and fish tacos. People looking for a more upscale experience can try out the lobster company’s new floating restaurant Fish Bar, a …

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Here’s What to Expect When Alinea Reopens

The mastermind.

Source: Grub Street New York

Chicago’s famed Alinea has been closed since January 1, and as chef Grant Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas operated pop-ups in Madrid and Miami, they also set in motion the plan for Alinea 2.0. The Times has a nice preview of what will happen when the restaurant reopens in the coming weeks.

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Eaters’ Journal: Randazzo’s, Wildair, Russ & Daughters, Sons of Thunder, and More

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Source: Eater NY

Field notes from Eater editors about recent meals around New York City

Turntable 5060: Craving Korean fried chicken — you know, the kind with the spicy coating, sometimes with a crackly sweetness to it — but not wanting to drag ourselves up to Koreatown, a friend and I stopped by Turntable 5060 in the East Village late on a recent evening. The place is a bit off-putting from the outside, looking a little like a boarded-up gang clubhouse. The inside is more like a radio repair shop from the 1940s. Many of the wicker chairs have backs, and most …

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Raccoon Lodge Closing on June 30

Time to say good-bye, at least to the original.

Source: Grub Street New York

Despite facing certain doom, Tribeca dive Raccoon Lodge has managed to stave off closing since it was announced last May that its building would be razed. But the bar’s reign of boilermakers will finally come to an end on June 30, at least at 59 Warren Street. A Community Board 1 agenda reveals that an applicant called “20 Lodge Associates LLC” applied for nearby 20 Warren Street, but under the guise of “Raccoon Saloon.” So is this Raccoon Lodge 2.0? Tribeca Citizen speculated it might be, but a commenter who goes …

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Starbucks’s Plan to ‘Revitalize’ Ferguson Might Actually Work

The new location, in the flesh.

Source: Grub Street New York

So far, Starbucks’s various social causes have mostly led to a lot of cringing. Solving racism by writing on cups didn’t work out, telling underpaid baristas to “be very sensitive” to angsty Wall Street stockbrokers didn’t go over super well either, and a campaign to wipe out youth unemployment likewise fell a little flat. It’s no surprise, then, that people had their doubts when the chain said last year that it would help “rebuild and revitalize” Ferguson, at the time still reeling from months of racial unrest, by benevolently giving the town its …

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High Line Adjacent Bar Alta Linea Reopens For Season Next Week

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Source: Eater NY

It’s about time for frozen negronis again

Alta Linea, the High Line Hotel’s outdoor restaurant and bar from Joe Campanale, will reopen for the season early next week, this time with a spruced up menu from chef Francis Peabody. Peabody, an alum of dell’anima and Mission Cantina, will be cooking up dishes like bruschetta with ricotta mousse and acacia honey, arancini with white bolognese and spring peas, and a cheeseburger with San Marzano jam and fontina. Campanale is once again overseeing the summery drinks menu, bringing back the frozen negroni and adding a frozen cocktail with lemon sorbet, limoncello, vodka, …

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A New Alinea Plans to Serve Emotions as Well as Entrees

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Source: NY Times Food

The acclaimed Chicago restaurant prepares to reopen with a fresh face and a theatrical outlook.

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Pizza Delivered in a Box Made of Pizza Changes Everything

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Source: Grub Street New York

Pizza that tastes like the box is the worst, but flip that around and you’ve got yourself a divine act. Sean Berthiaume, co-owner of Vinnie’s, the same pizzeria that invented Pizza Inception (a pizza slice that comes with smaller pizza slices on top), achieved brilliance yet again during an apparent slow period Wednesday afternoon.

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A Good Appetite: Green Garlic Gives Tabbouleh a Punch of Spring

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Source: NY Times Food

It may not be as intense as mature garlic, but it’s got the freshness of youth on its side.

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City Kitchen: The Brilliant Red Salmon That’s Worth the Splurge

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Source: NY Times Food

Wild Pacific salmon has an exquisite flavor and velvety texture — and it’s sustainable.

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A Report From Beetle House, Casella in the Catskills, and More Intel

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Source: Eater NY

The Vinny’s crew makes a pizza box out of pizza, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

— To kick off this Friday in late April, here is a report from a reader named Justin about Beetle House, the new Tim Burton-themed bar on East Sixth Street: “As I walked into Beetle House last night, Beetlejuice was leading a sing-a-long of ‘Shake, Shake, Shake Senora’ to a very happy crowd. I thought we hit the jackpot, walking in at the perfect time – but no, they played the song three times during the 20 minutes we were there. …”

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What to Cook: What to Cook This Weekend

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Source: NY Times Food

Take on a monster of a sandwich, just don’t leave out the mayonnaise.

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Two Men Indicted in Massive French Laundry Wine Robbery

Will TK break out one of those world-class bottles to celebrate?

Source: Grub Street New York

Thomas Keller got most of his fancy wine back last year, and now the cops may have found the men who raided his cellar. Alfred Georgis and Davis Kiryakoz, from Mountain View and Modest in Napa Valley, respectively, were arrested on Wednesday and charged in federal court in connection with the 2014 theft of world-class wine from Thomas Keller’s flagship French Laundry. Accused of transporting the pricey, rare wine stolen across state lines, the men face one count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods and two more counts …

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Inside Barano, Chef Al Di Meglio’s Ode to Southern Italy

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Source: Eater NY

One of the spring’s most anticipated restaurants opens tonight

For several years, Al Di Meglio cooked rustic Italian food at Rubirosa on Mulberry Street. The critics largely ignored this restaurant, but the chef’s pastas, fish, and meat dishes were just as good as the popular thin-crust pizzas, if not better. And now, Di Meglio has found another home for his seasonal Italian fare at Barano, a new restaurant in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge at 26 Broadway. The menu is partially inspired by Ischia, the small island off the coast of Naples where Di Meglio’s grandmother grew up. …

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Lucky Peach’s Chris Ying Follows Strangers for Late-Night Papas Rellenas

“I co-wrote the Mission Chinese cookbook, and I love the place and the people there deeply.”

Source: Grub Street New York

It was a good week for the editor-in-chief of Lucky Peach: Chris Ying led his team to victory at the James Beard Foundation’s Media Awards, winning for Food Blog and Publication of the Year. Ying celebrated by eating two plates of barbecue ribs, as well as birthday cake, but that’s hardly the most exciting part of this week’s Grub Street Diet. Ying traveled to Mexico, where he enjoyed papas rellenas and “the greatest burger on the planet,” and feasted in Toronto and …

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