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#1231683 2013 Spring Openings

Posted by joethefoodie on 29 April 2013 - 09:53 PM

Are we all atwitter about Eater's 20 hot new restaurants alleged to be opening soon?


Especially...Charlie Bird

the restaurant they have planned as specializing in "Italian-influenced American cuisine."


And this...The Fourth!

... "Union Square meets the 4th Arrondissement," and ... it's an American Brasserie with Italian touches.


Covers all the bases, doesn't it?

#1227419 Supper

Posted by joethefoodie on 28 March 2013 - 08:37 PM

Matzo ball ramen...




#1227025 Alder

Posted by joethefoodie on 27 March 2013 - 12:00 PM

In what could be one of the more interesting openings of the year, Wylie's new place.  I actually can't wait to try it - opening date is/was allegedly tomorrow.  Walk-in only for now.

#1226045 Tin Building/New Amsterdam Market News - Deal Reached

Posted by joethefoodie on 20 March 2013 - 06:24 PM

Good news, I think...


A short time ago, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a deal has been reached with the Howard Hughes Corp. creating a new food market inside the historic Tin Building.  The concession is part of a larger agreement paving the way for a Council vote today  green lighting the redevelopment of Pier 17. 

#1225771 Heritage Meats at Essex St. Market

Posted by joethefoodie on 19 March 2013 - 06:43 PM

I just happened to pop into Essex St. Market an hour or two ago and  saw this at Heritage Meats...




They had just gotten a delivery - half a red wattle pig weighing in at 220 lbs. It hadn't been butchered yet, but in the case they had Tamworth chops at $8/lb. - evidently their price for all chops.  A full sheet pan or more of cheeks was in evidence as well.


I bought 3 chops and cooked one up for lunch - wow...pure porky goodness with nothing but salt and pepper and a moderately hot cast iron pan.

#1225560 Help me plan a 1950s cocktail party

Posted by joethefoodie on 18 March 2013 - 04:48 PM

Martinis and manhattans.

#1225279 Metropolitans - 2013

Posted by joethefoodie on 15 March 2013 - 04:15 PM

And $138 million = 1 rib injury.

#1224273 French Food Is Back

Posted by joethefoodie on 08 March 2013 - 10:30 PM

Whew... and just in time...



That may be true, but nevertheless, it's almost as if late last year, the collective appetite of New York willed French food back into vogue. In October, Timescritic Pete Wells lamented that "bistro cuisine has fossilized" in New York while other cuisines pushed forward before declaring Calliope the spot that would kickstart a renewed bistro revolution. In December, New York's Adam Platt noticed that French food has "risen from the dead," citing not just Calliope, but also Boulud Sud and the NoMad as restaurants that were doing much to rejuvinate the classics. And now with a slew of new French spots either opened, or about to, it would seem that — yes — the genre is beginning a full-fledged comeback.


#1222542 Still Hurting Post Sandy

Posted by joethefoodie on 25 February 2013 - 05:21 PM

My friend Adam owns the Bridge Cafe, and man - the area is still struggling mightily...



#1221466 Acme Restaurant & Bar

Posted by joethefoodie on 19 February 2013 - 05:43 PM

When I lived in California, we used Everclear to make some damn good peppermint schnapps. You couldn't get Everclear in California, however; that required a trip to Nevada.

#1221418 NY Pitmasters Compete

Posted by joethefoodie on 19 February 2013 - 03:11 PM

Don't miss this...


There's been a lot of talk about brisket as New York experiences a great boost in barbecue talent. Taste the work of the city's pitmasters at Santos Party House during the second annual brisket contest. John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Daniel Delaney of BrisketTown, Matt Fisher of Fletcher's, Hugh Mangum of Mighty Quinn's, and others will compete for the title of "Brisket King." Tickets are $55 and guests will have two hours of unlimited brisket samples. 96 Lafayette St.



#1220339 Locanda, San Francisco

Posted by joethefoodie on 12 February 2013 - 11:11 PM

I always thought that Lupa was as close in feel and food preparation to a Roman trattoria (without getting into the distinction between a trattoria, osteria, enoteca, etc.) as any restaurant I'd visited in the States (admittedly, a small number, so there might be a restaurant somewhere in Idaho that's doing a great coda alla vaccinara; if so, my apologies).


Now, I think it's Locanda, from the same team that runs Delfina.  It's also a real cocktail place, with well-executed drinks from knowledgeable bartenders.


From the great pizza bianco at the start of our meal, to simply some of the best lamb I've tasted in a while, I wish I could dine here weekly.

#1217794 Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue

Posted by joethefoodie on 22 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

I looked at the online menu, and it doesn't seem expensive to me at all.


Has anyone bought a rack of ribs from a decent pig lately?  

#1215128 Olives (and English) Get a Smackdown

Posted by joethefoodie on 26 December 2012 - 04:58 PM

I think I ate at an Olives a decade or so ago, and it was awful.


Today, the Daily News only confirms what so many of us already know - English is a hack...


For all the personality and passion here, Todd English might as well be Betty Crocker.


Actually, Betty might be better...


After sipping from one of the most vile restaurant espressos ($5) I’ve ever sampled, I asked our server where Olives gets its beans. He conferred with an unseen manager, returning triumphant with the answer: “Arabica.” I gave up.


A hotel restaurant shouldn’t feel like one, especially in New York. English’s formula at Olives betrays a corporate hand at work, not a passionate heart. It might work in Las Vegas or on cruise ships, where he now has outlets. The Big Apple deserves better.

#1212861 Gigs

Posted by joethefoodie on 04 December 2012 - 12:40 PM

Graham Parker and the Rumour (w/Brinsley Schwartz!!) at the Society for Ethical Culture> I think I was the youngest person in the room)

I guess that means that you're a lot younger than me.

That was a very good show, and I followed it by heading to Huntington on Sunday night to see a split bill: GP and the Rumour sharing time with Ian Hunter and his band (most of whom are probably half Ian's age of 73). By the way, there are some rock and roll people who can still bring it at that age, and Ian is one of them.

As someone who has followed GP's career over the years (and don't believe the Times' piece where it says that Apatow is probably the only person who has bought every one of Graham's releases over the years), it was great to see him fronting the Rumour - (they had done a surprise gig two years ago at Lakeside Lounge in prep for the movie), but up until then Graham had always maintained that they would never play together again. Apatow's plea, plus a guarantee of a decent amount of change, probably changed all that.

GP and Elvis on the same stage - probably not. But as recently as a year or so ago, Nick and Graham shared a bill, and played a couple of songs together.