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Hungry City: The Smoky Allure of Lebanon Wafts Through Wafa’s Express

At a small restaurant in East Williamsburg, the usual Middle Eastern dishes turn intense: brighter, earthier, smokier, creamier.

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Pete Wells: Parts Are Greater Than the Sum of the Chicken at Torishin

3 stars | At a yakitori restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, each bit of the bird, cooked separately, has a different pleasure to offer.

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What’s In Your Fridge: The Small Mammal House

Words by Kaylee Dugan Photos by Clarissa Villondo D.C. is a magical place. There are corners of this city where you can experience things you would never get an opportunity to see anywhere else. Whether it’s the Kennedy Center putting on a breathtaking opera or being able to revel in the awe of an exhibition […]

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Pete Wells: Adventure (Try a Goat’s Head?) Is Still on the Menu at Babbo

2 stars | Mario Batali’s Greenwich Village perennial has kept its robust style but lost a bit of the old finesse.

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    Hungry City: The Smoky Allure of Lebanon Wafts Through Wafa’s Express

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    Pete Wells: Parts Are Greater Than the Sum of the Chicken at Torishin

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    What’s In Your Fridge: The Small Mammal House

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    Pete Wells: Adventure (Try a Goat’s Head?) Is Still on the Menu at Babbo

Author Stephanie Danler Drinks Butterbeer, Manzanilla Sherry, and Lots of Campari

Source: Grub Street NY

Since Sweetbitter was published last May, it has gone on to become a best seller. It’s one of the few books to truly capture the frenetic experience of working in the restaurant industry (the protagonist is a server at a place that bears a close resemblance to the …

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Balthazar: A Day in the Life

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Source: Eater NY

Live updates from a day’s service at the iconic 20-year-old Soho French brasserie | Friday, April 21 is officially Balthazar Day here at Eater NY — follow along all day as we plant ourselves at the iconic Soho brasserie, which turns 20 years old today. To commemorate the occasion, the editors, reporters, and other Eater staff will be spending the whole day at a table in the restaurant liveblogging the event. We’ll be visited by a slew of staff from the restaurant — including several people who have worked there for all 20 years! — and will be talking what’s old, …

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Baristas Are Having Meltdowns Over Starbucks’s Unicorn Frappuccino

Source: Grub Street NY

Yesterday was Unicorn Frappuccino D-day at Starbucks, which meant an unstable amount of Instagramming, and tons of baristas who’ll never again see the words “Unicorn Dust” without twitching involuntarily. The drink is only available until Sunday, so that’s causing Frap fanatics to go on …

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There’s a GoFundMe to Send This Popular Halal-Cart Worker on Vacation

Source: Grub Street NY

On Tuesday, the New York Times ran a long slice-of-life story on a man named Kabir Ahmed, who is one of 10,000 food vendors in the city. Writer Tejal Rao followed him from Queens to near the World Trade Center, where he sets up shop at 7 a.m. …

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You Could Find the Perfect Doughnuts at Du’s, Wylie Dufresne’s New Shop

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Source: Eater NY

They’re primed to take over your life | When Wylie Dufresne says he’s always wanted to open a doughnut shop, it’s not entirely a surprise. Throughout his career, the chef has displayed creative tendencies and a curiosity that lead to new versions of iconic dishes like Wd~50’s eggs Benedict. In fact, come to think of it, Du’s Donuts and Coffee makes perfect sense. Since closing his sophomore restaurant Alder in August 2015, Dufresne has consulted for restaurants like Soho Tiffin Junction and collaborated with chef friends like Dominique Ansel. He’s also spent a block of time quietly perfecting a doughnut …

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Adam Platt and Jerry Saltz on Susan Cianciolo’s Run Restaurant Untitled

Source: Grub Street NY

For three nights this week, artist Susan Cianciolo collaborated with Untitled chef Michael Anthony and chef de cuisine Suzanne Cupps on a project titled Run Restaurant Untitled. Described as “an immersive event for the senses, [where] Cianciolo transforms the restaurant into her vision of a communal …

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Stoner Holiday Unleashes Food Mash-Ups Horrors

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Source: Eater NY

Plus, one chef is serving a cannabis tasting menu | It’s 4/20, aka the fake holiday for stoners everywhere, and restaurants are taking the opportunity to sling out the crazy food mash-ups that perhaps would be somewhat déclassé any other day of the year. They are also arguably still kind of silly today. Montreal-inspired smoked meats shop Mile End is cooking up a burger with latke on top and an “inside out poutine,” where grilled cheese has been formed into a cone and stuffed with french fries. It’s topped with the gravy and looks ridiculous.

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Hungry City: Tastes of Chile at La Roja de Todos in Queens

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Source: NY Times Food

Vania Isler, the owner’s daughter, steers the unfamiliar toward dishes “you can find only here,” like pastel de choclo, a casserole topped with a charred crust of corn and basil.

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Exploring How Balthazar Became One of NYC’s Essential Restaurants

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Source: Eater NY

ENY will be liveblogging on the restaurant’s 20th anniversary | The Page Six rumors are true— Eater New York’s viewing the world through a golden-toned and brass lens this week as we plant ourselves at iconic Soho brassiere Balthazar all day on Friday in celebration of the restaurant’s 20th anniversary. The legendary French restaurant from Keith McNally opened on April 21, 1997 and was the hottest spot in town for years. Over time, it’s warm interior and classic brasserie fare reverberated to restaurants across the city, and 20 years later, Balthazar is still one of New York’s essential restaurants. …

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Pith and Its Young Chef Move Out of Columbia’s Dorms

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Source: NY Times Food

Jonah Reider turned his college room into a hot New York restaurant. Post-graduation, he is back in a Brooklyn townhouse, with bigger fish to fry.

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Salt Bae’s Restaurant Is in the Design Phase

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Source: Eater NY

Expert salt sprinkler Nusret Gökçe is moving ahead with his Midtown spot | Has Salt Bae found a designer for his restaurant? At the very least, he’s met with Glen Coben of Glen and Company Architecture about his restaurant opening in the CBS building (60 W. 53rd Street) in what had been China Grill. When Turkish chef and internet sensation Nusret Gökçe, was seen around town ostensibly securing details for the opening of Nusr-Et, he apparently met with the architect behind some of the city’s most high-powered, vast restaurants. Coben has worked on restaurants like Alex Stupak’s ambitious Empellon Midtown

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New York Bakers Plan a ‘Day Without Bread’ to Protest Immigration Crackdown

Source: Grub Street NY

Add a day of no bread to previous 24-hour stints without immigrants, women, and bodegas that protesters hope will somehow help frustrate President Trump’s xenophobic policies. It’s set for tomorrow, and the plan, according to labor advocacy group Brandworkers, is for New …

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Aska Is the NYC Pick for Best Restaurant in America, Says GQ — and More Intel

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Source: Eater NY

SF’s Nopalito pops up at Threes Brewing tonight plus more NYC news

— Brett Martin’s Best Restaurants in America runs today in GQ, a list of ten spots with Aska in Brooklyn representing his NYC pick, which Eater critic Ryan Sutton awarded four stars. “There’s a tragic, wan aspect to Aska’s Swedish-born chef, Fredrik Berselius, as though he were an art student or a Goethe hero,” writes Martin. “You want to buy him a sandwich and a ticket for a roller coaster. Amazing, then—especially in the genre of multi-course tasting menus that can so easily turn into an endurance …

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People Want the FBI to Give McDonald’s Workers the Facebook Killer’s Reward

Source: Grub Street NY

American citizens really, really want the eagle-eyed McDonald’s employee who helped catch Facebook killer Steve Stephens to be rewarded for her heroism. The worker was on drive-through duty at her Pennsylvania store at the time, and immediately recognized Stephens, who’d been on the lam …

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The Absolute Best Kids’ Play Space in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

Let’s not sugarcoat the play-space situation: None offer peach bellinis or Petee’s pie (although somewhere really should — please?). Essentially, they’re places where you let your kid run wild while you bang out work emails and beg nannies for sage advice. But a few of them are …

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