Archive for December 31, 2016

Carnegie Deli Shaped More Than a Neighborhood

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Source: Eater NY

If you could look into the minds of the grieving, what would you see? Happy memories of the deceased? Bewilderment and grief? A desire to see, feel, or touch a loved one for the last time? Like paying respects to the recent-deceased, the surviving friends and family of Carnegie Deli stood waiting for seats or takeout in lines that snaked down 7th Avenue on Friday afternoon. Despite the crowd and freezing temperatures, people shared stories and memories of the restaurant, as they waited to experience the place before it closed at the end of service. Dressed in a tan coat …

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Sunday Routine: How Hemant Mathur, Indian Restaurateur, Spends His Sundays

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Source: NY Times Food

Mr. Mathur tries to get away from his restaurant work, but it rarely works. When he can, he likes to kick back with his wife and daughter for Bollywood-style TV programming.

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NYC Headline Predictions For 2017

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Source: Eater NY

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, writers, and experts. This year, we asked the group eight questions running the gamut from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers. Their answers will appear throughout the week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. We’ve heard about the top standbys, hot newcomers, best dining neighborhoods, words of the year, surprises, grievances, and best meals. Now it’s time for headline predictions for 2017. Please add your own …

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Your New Year’s Resolution? Make These Muffins

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Source: NY Times Food

Rich, tasty and somewhat virtuous, morning glory muffins are a fine January treat.

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5 Drinks to Try Right Now in New York City

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Source: Eater NY

Here are some drinks to try over the holiday weekend ahead

For One Last Taste of Fall… | Head to: Lalo, former El Rey chef Gerardo Gonzalez’s hip California-styled café that doesn’t shy away from unsung flavor mashups.

Drink: Milk Punch ($13, pictured above), the classic clarified milk drink, is spiked with rum and bourbon, reminding us through star anise and persimmon of the season that just passed. | Head to: Speedy Romeo, the unfussy pizza joint — which now counts two locations …

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11 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in January

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Source: Grub Street NY

Every month in New York, there’s bound to be a bewildering number of new dishes to eat, drinks to imbibe, and food-themed events to attend. It would be impossible to pack in every single thing each month, and the hardest part often is just figuring out what’s really worth your …

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A Golden Age for American Whiskey Writers

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Source: NY Times Food

It’s a good time to be a writer covering bourbon, rye and other American whiskeys.

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The 12 Days of Poke: Chikarashi on Canal Street

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Source: Eater NY

Eater’s senior critic concludes his survey of NYC’s trendiest dish | On the Twelfth Day of Poke, My True Love Gave to Me… Sichuan Chili Salmon at Chikarashi: An editor friend has been telling everyone who’ll listen how good Chikarashi is, a Chinatown place that produces what it calls “chef-driven poke.” My Scottish salmon came slathered with an orange dressing that imparted a burn to my lips, and a mellow glow to my stomach. Indeed, it was the best poke I’d tried so far, and left me eight more combinations to test in the coming months. Happy New Year! …

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Restaurant Workers in 19 States Are Getting New Year’s Raises

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Source: Grub Street NY

Considerable pay raises await millions of American restaurant workers when they show up for work in 2017. According to the AP, hourly pay in the new year will increase for minimum-wage earners in 19 different states, plus there are another 22 cities around the country that are also …

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A Good Appetite: Grain Bowl? Salad? Farro and Squash Can Go Either Way

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Source: NY Times Food

A dish of farro, roasted winter squash and feta can be a meatless main course or hearty side dish.

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D.C. Restaurant Won’t Add Trump to Its World-Famous Presidential Mural

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Source: Grub Street NY

Mama Ayesha’s is a restaurant in D.C. best known for its giant wall mural that drops the eatery’s founder in the middle of every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower, including the only one who’s ever resigned in utter disgrace. It’s exhaustively patriotic, in other words — it’s set …

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The Last-Minute Guide to a Stress-Free New Year’s Dinner

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Source: Grub Street NY

New Year’s Eve is supposed to be fun, but in reality, it’s usually a night filled with social anxiety, scrambling to make decent plans, or resigning yourself to ridiculous cover charges at overpacked bars. But rest assured: You can have a great night, even if you still have no idea …

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Le Train Bleu, the “Secret” Train Restaurant in Bloomingdales, Closes

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Sadly, one of my favorite spots in the city closed on Wednesday.

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Le Train Bleu was the not-so-secretsecret” restaurant in Bloomingdale’s.  It was designed to look like an old rail dining car and was named for the famous train of the same name (not the restaurant in the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris).  In a lot of ways, it was one of those restaurants that time apparently forgot — the experience was probably the same a month ago as it was when it opened in 1979, and the same people likely still worked there.  About half of the patrons were tourists, but the regular clientele — now in their 70’s and 80’s — were probably the same too.  And the food was always good, though not spectacular.  Still, it was just one of those places that you love to be.

While it was only a block from my apartment, I didn’t go often because it was seemingly never open (it closed at 5:00 every day).  But it will nonetheless be greatly missed, and I’m glad I got one last lunch on its final day.  It was as good as it ever was until the end.

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: It’s Biscuit Time

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Source: Grub Street NY

Do you know the legend of the Top Chef birthday curse? It’s that if it’s your birthday, you get eliminated. Today, it is Silvia’s birthday. “Happy birthday!” says Silvia’s mother, in Italian. “I feel nervous!” says Silvia, in English. Ultimately, though, she decides she is probably fine because one of …

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Trilobites: A Universe of Bubbles in Every Champagne Bottle

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Source: NY Times Food

Researchers studied bubbles from the grapevine to the glass, learning more about their properties and how that effervescence affects flavor.

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