Archive for June 30, 2017

Rehabbed Mas (Farmhouse) Reopens Saturday One Year After Fire

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Source: Eater NY

Galen Zamarra’s 13-year-old restaurant is back | James Beard winner, chef-owner Galen Zamarra, will reopen Mas (Farmhouse) tomorrow in a total revamp of his 12 year-old restaurant, a year after it was shuttered by a fire.

With narrower tables, the space is less “claustrophobic” and there’s more soundproofing, Zamarra says. But he kept a lot of the original design, like a farmhouse table in the middle of the space and banquettes on the side. The core of the restaurant will remain largely the same, which includes a regularly changing menu of American and French dishes, which in the past …

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Look Inside The Office, Alinea’s Ultra-Luxe First NYC Venture

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Source: Eater NY

The speakeasy opens tonight, with The Aviary to follow | Now five years in the making, Chicago’s Alinea group makes its New York City debut tonight at the top of the Mandarin Oriental with the speakeasy portion of its experimental cocktail bar, The Office. In Chicago, The Aviary is the Alinea for cocktails, with the team throwing its Michelin power into the architecture of drinks, with accompanying food. Chef-owner Grant Achatz boils it down by describing the interplay between the two bars as The Aviary being “the future” and The Office “the past.” “The Aviary is parallel to Alinea …

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Check Out a Cool 3-D Art Installation That Pays Tribute to NYC’s Immigrant Street Vendors

Source: Grub Street NY

New York City’s street food would be a bunch of overly chewy pretzels and meh-tasting hot dogs if not for the vibrant community of immigrant vendors running the carts. Sadly, these hardworking individuals are generally underappreciated for their role in creating one of the city’s most iconic cultures.

To …

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Michelin-Starred Piora Is Temporarily Closing

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Source: Eater NY

The chef-partner is decamping for the West Coast | Tomorrow night after service, Simon Kim is temporarily closing the Michelin-starred Piora, the restaurant he opened with Chris Cipollone, who is leaving New York to work on the West Coast. Kim will continue to operate the newly opened Cote in Flatiron, the Korean steakhouse he opened in early June at 16 West 22nd Street. The plan is to hire a new head chef for Piora and to revamp the menu for a late-summer reopening. Cipollone, meanwhile, has not revealed yet where he’s landing or what his plans will be. Could …

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Red, Wet and Bitter … but Not Campari or Aperol

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Source: NY Times Food

The traditional aperitivos have been joined by a new generation of rivals, including several from America.

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Wahlberg Brother Tips $500 After His Posse Bombards Waffle House at 2 A.M.

Source: Grub Street NY

Workers at a Maryland Waffle House admit they weren’t thrilled when a “big old bus” pulled into their parking lot at 2:15 a.m. on a quiet Monday, but if you have to serve a party of eight in the dead of night, it could be much worse than an …

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The Alinea Team’s First NYC Bar Is Officially Open

Source: Grub Street NY

Tonight, after years of toying with the idea of expanding to New York, Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas will open the doors to one half of their first project here. The Chicago-based duo will start with the Office, their fancy _faux_-speakeasy that, unlike an actual speakeasy, accepts table reservations through …

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Will Weed Cafés Stop the Pot Industry From Stealing Colorado’s Restaurant Workers?

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Source: Grub Street NY

With marijuana now a billion-dollar enterprise, Colorado’s hospitality-industry workers are at a crossroads: Keep working in food, where the pay is low, the hours are long, and the kitchens are sweltering and full of harassment, or take a job in the state’s burgeoning weed business. Salaries could start …

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When Yotam Ottolenghi First Fell for Berries

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Source: NY Times Food

The chef, who grew up among only the figs and pomegranates of the Middle East, now uses berries in “absolute abundance.”

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City Kitchen: Eggplant Favorites, Rooted in Sicily

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Source: NY Times Food

Pasta alla Norma, caponata and eggplant parmigiana: All hail from Sicily, where it’s hard to imagine the cuisine without the humble eggplant.

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Wealth Matters: How Much for This Jeroboam? For This Famous Chef? Food Festivals Lure the Wealthy

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Source: NY Times Food

Rubbing elbows with famous foodies is part of the allure of the spring and summer food festival circuit, where access is sometimes auctioned off.

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What to Cook: What to Cook This Weekend

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Source: NY Times Food

Why not go big with a cookout just a few days before July 4, and save the big day for hot dogs?

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Luke From Gilmore Girls Is Launching His Own Coffee Line

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Source: Grub Street NY

Seven years of watching Rory and Lorelai get their coffee fix at Luke’s Diner has spawned fans spanning generations, something made even clearer when mobs across the U.S. descended upon the 200 Gilmore Girls pop-ups Netflix served free coffee in last fall. Clearly a man who understands the uncaffeinated …

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Does Anyone Actually Like Blue Apron?

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Source: Grub Street NY

Meal-delivery pioneer Blue Apron hit the stock market yesterday with a thud, its shares rising moderately, only to close where they opened at $10. This unceremonious debut wasn’t unexpected. The company slashed its IPO by a third following Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, causing speculation that a …

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Miami’s Wildly Popular Sugarcane Readies for August NYC Debut

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Source: Eater NY

Renderings have a very Miami feel | Essential Miami restaurant Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill will be the latest restaurant to join the new Empire Stores complex in Dumbo, following the recent openings of Cecconi’s and VHH Foods. After an initial “early summer” estimation, the opening has been pushed back to August, but new renderings reveal what to anticipate. CetraRuddy Architecture shows the 11,000-square-foot clubstaurant — it’s now managed by the same company that owns SushiSamba — will have a Miami feel, with bright colors and low lighting, helped along by views of Manhattan’s skyline and the Brooklyn bridge in the …

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