Archive for July 26, 2017

This Real Ranch Dressing Is Fantastic on Just About Everything

Source: Grub Street NY

Homemade ranch dressing is infinitely better than store-bought: It’s free of artificial ingredients — especially if you make your own mayonnaise — and the flavor is much fresher and brighter. It’s also endlessly versatile, and you can mix in other ingredients as you see fit. (I’ve included a few below.) The …

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Another Longtime Downtown Restaurant Will Shutter Tonight

Source: Grub Street NY

Once upon a time in 1985, an influential restaurant called Arizona 206 helped make southwestern food the thing in New York. A few years later, a red-headed kid named Bobby Flay would crash the scene with Mesa Grill. And before those restaurants, there was the Great Jones Cafe, …

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Dumbo’s Next Restaurant With a Crazy View Is From Grand Army Team

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Source: Eater NY

Celestine will serve food from across the Mediterranean and Middle East | Yet another big restaurant will land on the scenic Dumbo waterfront this year — Celestine, a new project from the restaurateurs behind Brooklyn favorites like Grand Army and Mile End. Similar to other hot debuts this year like Cecconi’s, Celestine will feature some major views of the Manhattan skyline and the bridges when it opens this fall. It’s on the ground floor of 1 John Street, a new residential building to the east of the Manhattan bridge. It will seat 65 inside and another 40 outside. Mediterranean …

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Lyft Drivers Really Hate the New Taco Bell Drive-through Feature

Source: Grub Street NY

Lyft drivers aren’t as thrilled as taco enthusiasts about “Taco Mode,” the ride-hailing app’s new collaboration with Taco Bell. The new feature, scheduled to debut in the next year, would allow for riders, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., to request for their driver to stop at Taco Bell. The …

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Hotel Henri Gifts Chelsea With a Top Floor Speakeasy

Source: Eater NY

And cocktails from a Milk & Honey vet | Another New York hotel is behind a swanky new cocktail bar: Chelsea’s Hotel Henri from Wyndham is debuting its top-floor speakeasy Sir Henri. It comes on heels of another top-floor hotel speakeasy at the Mandarin, The Office, from Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas that opened last month.

Headlining the cocktail program is Milk & Honey vet Gil Bouhana, who has put together drinks like the Honey’s Alright, a mix of ginger bourbon, vermouth, muddle cantaloupes, lemon, and honey, served inside a honeydew melon. The menu of snacks hails from Brad …

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Sen Sakana Is Your New Big-Money Destination for Peru’s Japanese-Fusion Cuisine

Source: Grub Street NY

New York has its fair share of Peruvian spots, from the roast-chicken and ceviche specialists to Williamsburg’s more inventive Llama Inn. More scarcely represented is Nikkei, the cuisine of the country’s Japanese diaspora. A blend of Japanese and Peruvian ingredients, techniques, and flavors, it could be very briefly found …

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Rest of World Simply Cannot Get Enough of Japan’s Kit Kats

Source: Grub Street NY

People are so enamored of Japan’s legendary collection of unusual Kit Kat flavors that Nestlé Japan is opening a second factory to keep up with the “booming demand” for the bars, which come in chocolate, obviously, but also strawberry, edamame, grilled potato, sake, and wasabi, to pull at random from …

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The Battle of Instagram-Era Doughnuts

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Source: Eater NY

Beautiful creations, disastrous results | This year, two doughnut bakeries have debuted with what appears to be a similar purpose: to produce beautiful, photo-friendly creations made by name-brand chefs.

There’s Du’s Donuts, the Williamsburg shop from the chef with a mad-scientist rep Wylie Dufresne, and then there’s Sugar Factory Artisanal Donuts Coffee and Bar, from a restaurant embraced by celebrities. To beef up the food world cred, Sugar Factory brought on chef Max Santiago, who helped launch the upscale doughnut craze in Miami. Doughnuts from the two bakeries are totally different, though both feature striking colors, elaborate …

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The Wild, Police-Blotter Adventures of NYC’s ‘Pizza Nazi’

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Source: Eater NY

Whitney Aycock is the Rockaway’s beloved anti-hero | An offshoot of the now-closed Whit’s End in Rockaway, Slice O’ Whit was shuttered by authorities earlier this week, marking the second time the popular but polarizing restaurateur Whitney Aycock has been forced out of a location in less than a year — a timeline marked by a string of bizarre headline-grabbing incidents and related court battles. Aycock — dubbed the “Pizza Nazi” of Rockaway Beach — announced the closing of his beachside spot Slice O’ Whit at Jacob Riis Park on Monday, telling followers on social media that “the small simple-minded …

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There’s Another New Iron Chef Series, and Thank God, the Chairman Is Back

Source: Grub Street NY

It seems like just yesterday that Stephanie Izard was churning her way to victory with chicken-liver ice cream on Iron Chef Gauntlet, and already there’s another new Iron Chef spinoff. This one is called Iron Chef Showdown! The new series is a “fresh take” on Iron Chef America, which …

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Meat Distributor Ends Relationship With Ottomanelli Over Hate Crime Charges

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Source: Eater NY

The incident involving a noose continues | Because a butcher at West Village institution Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market allegedly handed black delivery man Victor Sheppard a noose in April, Sheppard’s former employee has cut ties with the butcher shop. Bronx meat distributor Mosner Family Brands issued a statement announcing it had ended the relationship and condemned the act. The action comes after Mosner fired Sheppard for failing to show up to work two times. Initially, Mosner offered Sheppard counseling and disability leave, but Sheppard’s lawyer Wylie Stecklow said at the time that Sheppard “could not return to that environment” where …

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What to Cook: Crushed Tomatoes

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Source: NY Times Food

When tragedy befalls your garden, move forward: Start with some spaghetti carbonara, and move into other comforts.

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The Absolute Best French Toast in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

French toast is a dish that can sound staid and boring: good when it’s properly made, but ultimately just an easy way to use up day-old bread — sweet and straightforward and lacking exciting potential. But the chefs of New York should never be underestimated — and nor, they’ve proven, …

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The Grill Lands on Best New Restaurants in America List 2017

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Source: Eater NY

Eater’s roving critic Bill Addison says it’s both excessive and smashing | The Major Food Group’s luxe, mid-century debut in the former Four Seasons space The Grill is one of 12 new restaurants across the country that impressed Eater’s roving critic Bill Addison this year. It’s the only restaurant in New York to make the list. Addison spends all year touring the country and trying the best of what the U.S. has to offer. Dinner is the move there, he writes, and it’s both “excessive” and “smashing.” The critic explains his choice: | It’s obvious from this list, and lists before …

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Great Jones Cafe Shuts Down Its Jukebox After 34 Years

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Source: Eater NY

The lease expired on the space | After 34 years in the neighborhood, NoHo old-timer the Cajun-Creole Great Jones Cafe — known for its offbeat jukebox and giant portions — has closed. EV Grieve reports that the lease expired, though behind that simple answer is a little more drama. According to former longtime general manager and co-owner Bill Judkins, he had been forced out of the restaurant in March after 26 years. Judkins reportedly wanted to stay the course in a stand against gentrification, but his partners wanted to change along with the neighborhood. After Judkins left, four employees allegedly …

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