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Lidia Bastianich ‘Needs to Have her Hands Close to the Ground’ — in Queens

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Her 30-year-old garden and the dishes it inspires | Queens isn’t known for its gardens but Lidia Bastianich has maintained her own in the borough — Douglaston, to be specific, her residence of 30-plus years. It’s here that she’s planted an heirloom garden, shaped by her growing up in Istria, formerly Italian, now Croatian, across the water from Italy-at-large. While what she’s growing may not be served at her restaurants for volume and logistics sake, it has inspired the menu at her restaurants like Felidia, that’s been open since 1981. Italian gardens aren’t a run-of-the mill tomatoes, squash, and herbs. …

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New Upscale Thai Joins Williamsburg Dining Scene

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Thaimee is now open for dinner | The new Thai restaurant in the McCarren Hotel & Pool in Williamsburg is now open: Thaimee at McCarren, which offers an eight- and a ten-course tasting menu, as well as dishes la carte, start serving dinner on Thursday.

Here, chef Hong Thaimee and her business partner Matt Bruck, a consultant turned restaurateur, are labeling the cuisine “true Thai” — an effort to emphasize authenticity. Thaimee grew up Chiang Mai and worked at Jean-Georges’ Perry Street before opening East Village restaurant Ngam. This is her third solo restaurant, located at 160 North …

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Pizza Takes Over NYC — and More Coming Attractions

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Plus, a wine bar expands in Hell’s Kitchen

Conveyor belt pizza | Hot on the heels of its Nomad opening, D.C.-based pizza chain &pizza adds a second NYC location in Noho at 740 Broadway. It’s the 23rd location overall of this slickly branded pizzeria that offers unlimited toppings on pizzas cooked in conveyor belt ovens. Tuesday, October 3 is when this locations opens.

A wine bar expansion tear | Go-to wine bar Bar Veloce is on a hot expansion streak, adding new locations in Hell’s Kitchen at 862 Ninth Avenue, DNAinfo reports, as well as one in the West Village …

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Taco Bell Will Open 50 NYC Locations in Next Five Years

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Five of them will be ready by early next year | A big wave of CrunchWrap Supremes and chalupas is rolling into NYC: Taco Bell is planning to open at least 50 more locations in the five boroughs by 2022 — including five that will open by early next year. Those five will debut in Greenwich Village near NYU (647 Broadway), Times Square area, Prospect Park South (1034 Flatbush Avenue), Bed-Stuy (491 Nostrand Avenue), and in Corona, Queens — a rendering of which is pictured above. They’ll all serve alcohol, except for the one in Queens. It’s a huge change for …

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Cruising Astoria’s Hot Brunch Scene: 6 Worthy Destinations

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Bloody marys, barbecue, baklava pancakes, and more | New York City certainly has its famed brunch destinations: The sidewalk cafes of Hudson Street in the West Village come to mind, and so do the more eclectic Amsterdam Avenue brunch spots on the Upper West Side. But over the last few years, a hot new destination has emerged in Astoria, Queens along 30th Avenue.

The underpinnings were certainly there, with an increasingly diverse population of young residents, plenty of large corner restaurant spaces with outdoor seating, and what must be cheaper rents than many other well-traveled and easily accessible parts of …

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New Greek Steakhouse Focuses on the Meat in a Stunning Space

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Merakia: Greek MountainThief Spithouse + Steak is now open in Flatiron | Is this the year’s most perplexing name yet? No, that honor goes to XYST, but Merakia: Greek MountainThief Spithouse + Steak comes pretty damn close. Named for revolutionary fighters in 1821’s Greek War of Independence who stole livestock and spit-roasted them, the restaurant opens today in Flatiron, in a high-ceiling, brick-walled, stone-cold-stunner of a space. This temple to meat takes over the old Kat & Theo space, from the same owners Renee and Andreas Typaldos. That concept wasn’t quite catching on, though, so Andreas tapped into his Greek …

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Ramen Lab Hosts Acclaimed Tokyo Ramen Chain Through the Month

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Plus, Spike Lee wades into the Summerhill controversy

Spike Lee is not a fan of that fake bullet-hole bar | Filmmaker Spike Lee, known for his work about Brooklyn, is not on board with Summerhill, the Crown Heights bar whose owner falsely claimed the restaurant had bullet holes. “What’s wrong with that lady?” he tells Gothamist. “It’s what I’ve talked about before — people are moving into these neighborhoods with no respect for the culture, and that’s a brazen example of it.”

Acclaimed Tokyo ramen visits NYC | Wildly popular Tokyo ramen chain Mensho — whose first U.S. location in SF draws hours-long lines — has been hanging out at Ramen Lab in Nolita this week and will be there until the end of the month. Mensho owner Tomoharu Shono is offering three kinds of tori paitan ramen, which has a chicken soup base. See the full menu here. …

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Emily Pizza Embroiled in Blogger Spat

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It’s not pretty | The husband-and-wife team behind popular pizzerias Emily and Emmy Squared, Matt and Emily Hyland, called for a boycott of a local hotel that is working with a blogger who they say dined and dashed at Emily. The Hylands posted a screed on Instagram on Wednesday calling for the boycott of The Williamsburg Hotel, angry that the business was collaborating with the blog The Gone Cat and its writer Haya Zoubi on a pop-up at the hotel with drinks and DJs. The couple has had a tiff with the blogger that stretches back to 2014, …

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Filipino Taqueria Joins the Upper East Side

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The fast-casual Flip Sigi will be the neighborhood’s only Filipino spot | The Upper East Side will no longer be a Filipino food desert with the addition of Flip Sigi, a counter-service Filipino taqueria from 2nd City chef Jordan Andino. Opening Saturday, September 16, Flip Sigi will serve Andino’s signature Instagram-friendly tacos, burritos, poke, bao, and noodles that feature Filipino flavors. New to this location is the “Filipino Underground Crunchwrap,” a play on Taco Bell’s popular crunchy griddled burrito wrap, this one with braised short rib, fried tortilla, kimchi fried rice, Mexican cheese, shredded lettuce, and salsa. The full …

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What’s a Date Bar That Doesn’t Scream, ‘I’m Trying Too Hard?’

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In this Ask Eater, a reader feels that spark and wants to do right by it | Hi Eater, I’m looking for a great spot for a second date — the type of place youd go to with someone after you know that youre into them and there

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Massimo Bottura’s Cooking in NYC — But It Costs $5K

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Or just buy a plane ticket to Italy for dinner at Osteria Francescana | Forget Noma’s $2k dinners — the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce is charging a whopping $5,000 for the privilege to eat dinner prepared by World’s Best Restaurant chef Massimo Bottura in New York City: It’s an invite-only, black-tie event in December in collaboration with The Promotion Factory and marketing experience agency GR8. Actor Chazz Palminteri will play host both nights, which starts with a private ferry ride and a brief tour of Ellis Island, followed by a Champagne reception and dinner. Those lucky enough to score an invite …

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Mexican Barbecue Spot Brings a Dose of LA Cool to Brooklyn

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Claro has an outdoor, wood-burning hearth | When I visited L.A.’s Salazar in Silver Lake last year, I could only hang my head in despair: New York City had nothing quite like the outdoor Mexican barbecue, sprawled among the trees and swooping arterial roadways, with the wafting smell of wood smoke and charred meat. Well now we have something like it, with added advantages. Occupying the former Pines space, a rib’s throw from the Gowanus Canal, Claro bills itself as Oaxaca-inspired. If it were a more pure Oaxacan restaurant, it would fulfill a longstanding gap in our Mexican restaurant options. It’s …

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Grey Dog Cafe Makes a Cameo in the ‘Broad City’ Premiere

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In the show, Ilana worked at the West Village location | TV’s brashest best friends in Broad City made their return last night for the fourth season, and it turns out, NYC cafe The Grey Dog played a starring guest role in the uniting friendship of Abbi and Ilana. The flashback episode went to 2011, when Abbi and Ilana met after Ilana swiped Abbi in the subway. It goes through two alternative timelines of their friendship: In one, Ilana — who is notoriously bad at jobs — works at the Grey Dog location at 49 Carmine Street, and as Ilana and …

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An Eater’s Guide to Manhattan Date Spots

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First date, ten-year anniversary, and everything in between | Picking the perfect venue for a date is tricky. There are countless factors to consider, like neighborhood, price, and the ever-elusive vibe. Basically, the location should be an extension of the impression a person would like to convey — and that’s a tall order. Since Manhattan is filled with restaurants and bars that span these categories, Eater is here to offer a guide to the ultimate date spots in Manhattan. This guide is a highly opinionated collection of places to wine and dine a Bumble match, girlfriend, or potential bae. It’s …

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Tsukiji Will Soon Provide Newark Airport’s Sushi

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Grab-and-go sushi in the revamped Terminal C | As part of the massive overhaul in dining options in Newark Airport Terminal C, Tsukiji Fish Market and Sushi will open this fall, a grab-and-go spot from food provider OTG, stocked with fish flown in via United Airlines from Japan’s famed Tsukiji — the world’s largest fish market. “OTG’s buyers will hit the market before dawn to select the best fish at peak freshness,” according to a statement from OTG and United. It’ll fly out hours later on a nonstop Newark flight, where upon its arrival, “OTG’s sushi chefs will prepare it for …

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