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Pete Wells: Pork Is Only the Starting Point at Pig Bleecker

1 star | A Greenwich Village sibling of the Brooklyn restaurant Pig Beach impresses with seafood, sandwiches and, running through it all, smoke.

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (5.11.2017-5.14.2017)

Hello and welcome to ye olde weekend! Do you guys hate how much I say “ye olde” all the time? (I don’t really care either way and plan to continue using it regardless, but was just curious.) Anyway, lots happening the next couple of days! I’m going to be out of town for my niece’s […]

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Pete Wells: The Extras Are the Stars on the Korean Menu at Atoboy

2 stars | At his restaurant in NoMad, the chef builds excitement out of banchan, the little plates that usually come free.

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Hungry City: A Shrimp Cocktail With a Jumbo Jolt, at La Esquina in Queens

Potent tonics are the draw at a tiny in-store restaurant with a big name (La Esquina del Camarón Mexicano) in Jackson Heights.

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    Pete Wells: Pork Is Only the Starting Point at Pig Bleecker

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    NYC Best Weekend Bets (5.11.2017-5.14.2017)

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    Pete Wells: The Extras Are the Stars on the Korean Menu at Atoboy

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    Hungry City: A Shrimp Cocktail With a Jumbo Jolt, at La Esquina in Queens

Massive New Kitchen 21 Will Revive Coney Island’s Landmarked Childs Space

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Source: Eater NY

It houses five restaurants in one | Coney Island institution of yore Childs may no longer exist, but its iconic, landmarked frame lives on and will house Kitchen 21, a massive restaurant space with five concepts in one. Legends Hospitality (Yankee Stadium) and Craveable Hospitality Group (David Burke Kitchen) are reviving the space. Since the building is landmarked, extra attention had to be paid to the $60 million redesign, which architect Ewing Cole (Harrah’s, Yonkers Raceway) spearheaded. The building is next door to Ford Amphitheater, and thus music will be inspired by the acts there, which …

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Lunch at The Grill in the Former Four Seasons Kicks Off June 19

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Source: Eater NY

Can the Major Food Group crew keep the power lunch tradition going? | Mark your calendars: Lunch at Major Food Group’s The Grill in the former Four Seasons — which was, in case you forgot, the biggest power lunch space of the last century — officially has a debut date of Monday, June 19. Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick’s retro-American chophouse started serving dinner to the public earlier this month, with fancy antique cooking equipment and lots of tableside theatrics. It’s already been visited by a slew of celebrities and the who’s who of …

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Starbucks Is Testing Coffee Ice Cubes for Its Cold Drinks

Source: Grub Street NY

Nothing ruins a refreshing iced coffee like the ice cubes — give them time, and they give you slightly cool, coffee-flavored water. So hats off to Starbucks, which is trying to end that crime by testing its own coffee ice at about a hundred Baltimore and St. Louis …

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Public Kitchen Coming to the LES in June

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Source: Eater NY

It’s in Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel that will open with multiple restaurants | From the Studio 54 founder to an ex-con pardoned by Obama, hotelier Ian Schrager will open the New York branch of Public at 215 Chrystie Street, a hotel that houses a restaurant called Public Kitchen, a partnership with chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The hotel is taking reservations starting June 6, with a Public spokesperson confirming the restaurant’s opening the same day. Public cites a focus on health and wellness at the restaurant, with this all-caps description: “THE BEST OF ‘NEW YORK’ FOOD, ‘WORLD FOOD’ REALLY, …

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The Absolute Best Reading Series in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

New York is arguably the best book town in America, so a successful reading series here has to have that X factor: a combination of talent, venue, crowd, and most importantly, a skilled, if not fanatical, curator. The city’s still-thriving independent bookstores host readings all the time …

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Viand Diner Bucks the Trend With Second Location — and More Intel

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Source: Eater NY

Plus, a sixth location of Westville

Upper West Side diner to expand | At a time when they’re on the decline, a popular Upper West Side diner is reversing the trend and adding a second location. The 15-year-old Viand Cafe will take over 517 Columbus Avenue in addition to its original location in the Hotel Beacon. It’s a 1,850-square-foot space, with a nice, long 15-year lease. It’s good news in light of the fact that the Upper East Side location — a Michael Bloomberg favorite — shuttered in 2015.

Westville is now feeding its bountiful vegetables to FiDi worker …

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The Underground Gourmet Digest: The Best New Things to Eat Right Now, Ranked

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Source: Grub Street NY

1. Curry Cauliflower at Made Nice
8 W. 28th St., nr. Broadway; no phone | Many have tried to make healthy food fast, casual, and craveable, and many — make that most — have failed. Which is why we were gobsmacked by a visit to Daniel Humm’s new quick-service joint. …

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Alex Stupak Will Close Empellón Cocina This Week

Source: Grub Street NY

Alex Stupak opened Empellón Cocina, the second location of his local empire, in the East Village in 2012, less than a year after the West Village original. Since then the restaurant has seen a series of changes. Initially, Stupak made a statement by not even serving …

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New Restaurants Pop Up in East End

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Source: NY Times Food

More notable chefs and restaurateurs than ever are heading to the area, among them Galen Zamarra of Mas (Farmhouse) in Manhattan, Frank DeCarlo of Peasant, and Philippe Delgrange of Le Bilboquet.

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South Street Seaport’s Food Future, Explained

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Source: Eater NY

A breakdown of what to expect at the celebrity chef-filled pier | South Street Seaport has rebranded itself to Seaport District NYC and the identity change comes with a slew of new dining options. For months, news has been rolling out about big-name chefs signing deals deep downtown, and now, finally, some of those spaces are ready to open. The switch-up is courtesy of new ownership — The Howard Hughes Corporation, a publicly-traded real estate developer with apparently good taste in food. It’s spending a whopping $1.5 billion to redo the 400,000-square-feet of space with new restaurants, shops, and entertainment, …

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Of Course Trump’s D.C. Hotel Charges $18 for Avocado Toast

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Source: Grub Street NY

Earlier this week, the world finally learned why millennials aren’t saving any money: They’re eating too much avocado toast. This was revealed by Australian real-estate dude Tim Gurner, who despite being Australian admonished young people for “buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 …

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Schiller’s Was McNally Land for the Everyman

Source: Grub Street NY

Keith McNally had very little left to prove when he opened Schiller’s, on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow, in 2003. He’d already shown an oracle’s feel for the turning point of gritty downtown neighborhoods with the openings of the Odeon (Tribeca, 1980), Lucky …

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Off the Menu: Kitchen 21, Housing Several Restaurants, Opens in Brooklyn

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Source: NY Times Food

Manhattan chefs head for the Hamptons, Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Public Hotel, and other restaurant news.

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‘Modern Mexican’ Steps Into the Spotlight

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Source: NY Times Food

Mexican cuisine has made the leap to the global stage of fine dining, with chefs in Mexico and beyond producing creative, world-class food.

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Square Feet: Remaking Baltimore’s Waterfront, With a Splash of Whiskey

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Source: NY Times Food

With the help of a horse farm once owned by a Vanderbilt, the Under Armour founder Kevin Plank is restoring luster to Maryland traditions and landmarks.

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