Archive for August 31, 2017

Louche Celeb Chef Todd English Plots Yet Another Food Hall

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Source: Eater NY

The Chelsea project will have Asian, Mediterranean, and European fare | Is another Todd English food hall on the way? Looks that way, according to DNAinfo, which reports that the bad boy celebrity chef is looking to open one in the old Il Bastardo space at 191 Seventh Avenue in Chelsea. English’s reps confirm to DNAinfo that English is looking into the space for a food hall with coffee, breads, pastries, cold-pressed juice, and Asian, Mediterranean, and European fare. He’ll be looking to serve alcohol too, but getting a liquor license in that space has previously been problematic for others. …

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Underground Tokyo Record Bar Blasts the Beats Starting Tonight

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Source: Eater NY

With Japanese food and drink | Air’s Champagne Parlor in Greenwich Village will have a secret downstairs bar starting tonight, one where record music blasts over the speakers accompanied by sake cocktails and an izakaya-style set menu. Tokyo Record Bar is owner Ariel Arce’s downtown New York take on a genre of record bars in Tokyo, where thousands of records line the wall alongside impressive whiskey collections. It’s inspired by Tokyo but not intended to be an exact replica of the ones in Japan. Here, diners each choose a song that will create a custom vinyl playlist nightly. It will …

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Wine School: Your Next Lesson: Blaufränkisch From Austria

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Source: NY Times Food

These excellent reds deserve to be better known. They are spicy, fruity and subtle, but for now seem to have attracted only a small following.

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Wine School: Godello, a Case Study in the Character of Wine

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Source: NY Times Food

Fans of this Spanish wine, short on modern history, are still determining what makes it distinctive.

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A New Brooklyn Gallery Gives Chefs a Stage to Experiment

Source: Grub Street NY

All chefs must balance their creative impulses with the harsh reality of doing business in New York, which starts with finding a space and paying astronomical rent. A pop-up gallery meets café in Park Slope, named Wifey, aims to shine a light on that struggle for the city’s creative …

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Rachael Ray’s Foundation Donated $1 Million to Help the Pets Displaced by Harvey

Source: Grub Street NY

Veteran dog chef Rachael Ray is making sure there’s enough support for all of Harvey’s furry victims. Estimates right now vary, but by Monday, large cities like San Antonio say they’d already taken in hundreds of displaced pets, some of which are being sent to shelters as far …

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Zabar Family Plans to Open Its Craft Beer Bar in Chinatown

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Source: Eater NY

The Zabar family is expanding the empire | The Zabar family may be opening a second location of its craft beer bar Eli’s Night Shift in Chinatown — an offshoot of an expanding father-son empire that includes Eli’s-branded markets and bars but not the famed UWS Zabar’s grocery store. The new Eli’s Night Shift would be located at 54 Mulberry Street, according to Bowery Boogie. It’s a follow-up from the Upper East Side original outpost that Eli, 73, and son Oliver Zabar, 25, opened in 2015. This follows news that the father-son duo are planning an all-day bakery and …

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How New York Restaurants Are Pitching In on Harvey Relief Efforts

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Source: Eater NY

Here’s how to help | Last weekend, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, largely affecting the Rockport, Port Aransas, and Houston areas. To aid in recovery efforts, New York area restaurants are doing their part to raise money for those affected.

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Get Ready for ‘Organic’ Doritos

Source: Grub Street NY

USDA-certified organic Cheetos and Doritos may sound like something out of the next dystopian Margaret Atwood novel, but the future of Whole Foods–friendly junk food is actually here now in the form of Frito-Lay’s latest snack line, Simply. Parent company PepsiCo has been on an all-natural kick for a …

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EMP Summer House Shuts It Down With Leonardo DiCaprio

Source: Eater NY

It’s the last weekend for the Hamptons pop-up | The season-long Hamptons pop-up EMP Summer House from the Eleven Madison Park team will have run its course come Monday, September 3. But don’t think for a second that the faux casual restaurant will go quietly: None other than Leonardo DiCaprio toasted the space, the Post reports, and who knows who will show up to pay their respects during this weekend’s final hurrah. The Amex-only hot spot had a good run, selling out most of its tenure — despite a pricey no-show policy of $50 per person forfeited — and collaborating …

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Fung Tu Serves Its Final Modern Chinese-American Meals Tonight

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Source: Eater NY

The space will become Nom Wah Tu next month | Tonight is the last night to dine at Fung Tu, the critically-acclaimed Chinese-American restaurant from chef Jonathan Wu and restaurateurs Wilson Tang and John Wells. After tonight, the restaurant at 22 Orchard Street will be flipping the space into a new restaurant in the Nom Wah Tea Parlor empire. Nom Wah Tu, a small plates and dumpling restaurant, will open in the space later next month. Fung Tu has been in the Chinatown-Lower East Side space for nearly four years. By the restaurant’s second year, critics started to …

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Hungry City: An Egg Is More Than Just an Egg at While in Kathmandu

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Source: NY Times Food

A Nepali restaurant in Queens plunks its breakfast on a pancake, and blurs the border with American cooking.

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Bakers Trapped by Harvey for Two Days Spent It Making Bread for Thousands of Storm Victims

Source: Grub Street NY

Volunteers are now queuing in insane lines to help Harvey victims, but four employees at a Houston bakery jumped right into action this weekend — they single-handedly cranked out multiple tons of bread to donate to people affected by the storm. The reason these Good Samaritans were able …

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What’s a Diet-Friendly Steakhouse That’s Still a Treat?

Source: Eater NY

In this Ask Eater, a reader wants a celebration but not a guilt trip | Welcome to Ask Eater, a column from Eater New York where the site’s editors, reporters, and critics answer specific or baffling restaurant requests from readers and friends. A new question and answer will run every Thursday. Have a question for us? Submit your question in this form.

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The Grill Coasts Through Review Season With High Honors

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Source: Eater NY

Plus, most diners still make reservations by phone

>Cuozzo angles for insiders at The Grill | Steve Cuozzo wraps up the review season for The Grill in his “insider’s guide to the new Grill at the old Four Seasons,” proclaiming that Aby Rosen and Major Food Group have “rescued the storied venue from its mausoleum-like air and liberated it for the living.” He says the rebirth will “win over doubters” who either hated the place as well as those who feel that “no reboot could measure up.” …

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