Here’s an 8,000-Calorie Breakfast That Requires a Signed Waiver to Eat

No, seriously, there isn't room for all that.Photo: Bear Grills/Facebook

The fry-up, with its eggs and bread and beans, is a real gut-buster of the British breakfast already, but a north England café called Bear Grills — get it? — has now created one so intense and gimmicky that owner Mark Winder makes intrepid customers sign a waiver absolving the restaurant of damages "arising from any injury received or incurred" through any attempt to finish it.

There's a kids' version. »

Celebrity Chefs Gina and Pat Neely Are Divorcing

They've been married for 20 years.Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

Gina and Pat Neely, the hosts of the Food Network's Down Home With the Neelys and restaurateurs behind Neely's Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side, announced Friday that they will divorce after 20 years of marriage. People reports the pair's split in the most celebrity-chef-like way possible, noting that in the past year Gina gravitated toward a "weight-loss challenge" sponsored by George Foreman Grill, while Pat pursued a separate opportunity doing food and cooking videos with Family Dollar.

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Enrique Olvera’s Anticipated Restaurant Cosme Now Accepts Reservations

Cosme’s hamachi tiradito.

We've been looking forward to Cosme, the first New York restaurant from the Mexico City-based chef Enrique Olvera, for a while, after hearing about plans for "single-origin" tortillas and uni tostadas served with smoked tomatillos. Now here's news that the virtual reservations line has opened up, and the restaurant appears to be taking names for à la carte service from October 28 onward. Bring on the mezcal-and-chile-pepper-spiked clam chowder. [Official site via Eater, Related]

Hong Kong McDonald’s Rolls Out a Mysterious ‘Batman’ Burger

There are Squeezy Cheesy Fries under that utility belt.Photo: jc1593/imgur

It may not be the most thematically cohesive bit of fast-food merchandising, but maybe the Batman Double Diner Beef Burger is clearly the stunt hamburger Hong Kong needs now? Blissfully unconnected to either the TV show Gotham or the 2016 movie sequel, the Hong Kong McDonald's burger arrives on the scene immediately following the end of a terrible food-supply scandal. Perhaps the fast-food chain realized the only way to trump Burger King Japan's horrible-looking black cheeseburger was by bringing in the Dark Knight himself. In any case, very few things scream "vigilante justice" louder than Squeezy Cheesy Fries with a Sparkling Green Apple Tea on the side.

You've Gotham be kidding me ... »

Grand Banks Will Close Out the Season With Hot Toddies, Clam Chowder, and $1 Oysters

This boat is going on hiatus in one months' time.Photo: Melissa Hom

New York's premier oyster bar on a boat will batten down the hatches and do all kinds of other nautical things right after October 31, when the Sherman Zwicker goes on hiatus for the colder months. Partners Mark Firth, Adrien Gallo, Miles Pincus, and Alex Pincus say there are some renovations planned for the historic fishing schooner, which has been docked in Tribeca all summer, so it'll sail up the Hudson. For the final few weeks, however, they're adding an oyster happy hour and some new dishes.

Clam and chorizo chowder. »

This Restaurant Gives a Gun Discount to Customers Who Prove They’re Armed

It's family night!

Gun-loving and food-establishment-owning Louisiana resident Kevin Cox is running a special deal at his place, Bergeron's Boudin & Cajun Meats of Port Allen, which rewards his like-minded customers: If you pack heat in addition to eating it, he says, you'll get a 10 percent discount on all your sausage, stuffed hamburger, and po' boy needs. "I just need to see a weapon. I need you to be carrying a gun," he says.

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How Nobu’s Most Famous Dish Helped Launch a Global Restaurant Empire

Still miso-glazed after all these years.Photo: Courtesy of Nobu

This year, Nobu's flagship location in Tribeca celebrates its 20th anniversary. It's hard to believe, but there was once a time when every metropolis in the world didn't have a Nobu outpost. It may be equally hard to believe there was also a time when the restaurant's signature black cod with miso hadn't become an international phenomenon. Yet there were signs two decades ago, when the very first Nobu opened at 105 Hudson Street: The soy-slicked fish was a must-order, called out even in the restaurant's earliest reviews. A kind of fame ensued, and today, black cod with miso is essentially shorthand for the Nobu empire itself. But in fact, as chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his famous partners expanded the restaurant portfolio from one to two to a dozen, and now, some thirty-plus Nobus, it happened that miso black cod wasn't simply delicious, it also turned out to be the ideal dish to help launch a global brand.

"Certain dishes are like the obelisk in 2001: A Space Odyssey ..." »

Here’s Where to Get Free (or Very Cheap) Coffee Today

The best part of waking up is either free or doesn't cost a lot today.Photo: Shutterstock

Normally, we have a very low tolerance for fake national food holidays, but we can't ignore the crucial fact that many, many cups of coffee today are discounted or complimentary because it's "National Coffee Day." Predictably, it's mostly chains going in on this, but here you go.

Go to it. »

The Amy’s Baking Company Couple Is Back, Threatening to Stab Someone

They were doing so well up until now.Photo: FOX

Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares may be over, but Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, the proprietors of the Scottsdale restaurant featured in two of the show's nuttiest episodes ever, are apparently still causing trouble and making headlines for everything except for their food. Details are sketchy, but witnesses say that a drunk customer provoked the husband-and-wife restaurateurs and was asked to leave the restaurant. He did, but the altercation spilled out onto the sidewalk, and Samy charged at the customer with a knife. "You're going to go to jail for the rest of your life," an onlooker said. "Think about what you're doing."

The video, straight ahead. »

09/28/14

Restaurant Review: At elan, Downtown-Dining Pioneer David Waltuck Dates Himself

Photo: Sarah Silberg/New York Magazine

If you’d asked me a decade or so ago to identify the most likely survivors from the generation of “superstar” chefs who roamed the city’s fine-dining landscape like dinosaurs before the great gourmet apocalypse, David Waltuck would have been right at the top of the list. After all, he was incorporating fusion ingredients from the markets in Flushing and Chinatown into his cooking while David Chang and Danny Bowien were still shooting spitballs in grade school. In addition to his considerable skills as a classical chef (at Chanterelle), he’s also an accomplished bistro cook (at Le Zinc), and if you’re looking for a primer on the Great Kitchen Slave Revolution, a good place to start is Waltuck’s durably excellent cookbook Staff Meals, which was published in 2000 and contains seminal chef-savvy recipes for now-trendy comfort-food specialties like burgers, fried chicken, and even a corn dog.

"...begins in a promising way but loses a little of its creative steam..." »

09/26/14

Some Brave Soul Vowed to Spend 49 Days Eating Nothing But Olive Garden Pasta

"No man's hand will stay my fork," the blogger says.Photo: Courtesy of All of Garden

Earlier this month, a lucky writer who goes by "Vino" managed to sidestep all of the black market fakes to score one of Olive Garden's vaunted Never Ending Pasta Passes. The chain issued only a thousand, and at $100 a clip, they entitle bearers to vast amounts of pasta bowls in various permutations, plus unlimited Coca-Cola soft drinks. Naturally, Vino set out to document seven straight weeks of eating nothing but the stuff on the punnily named All of Garden. Less than a week in, it's clear that the blogger has in fact embarked on the journey of a lifetime.

"I felt I could do it better than anyone." »

The Restaurant From Mystic Pizza Apparently Owes $100K in Back Wages

$5.69 an hour would've been pretty good back then.Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Though it's been a tourist attraction for decades, the last time anyone really cared about the real-life Mystic Pizza was when it was the backdrop to the cult classic that made Julia Roberts's career and put Matt Damon in icky green lobster parts. Lately, however, it seems that things haven't been so great for people who make and serve the pies: Connecticut says the popular spot in the old sea town of Mystic, Connecticut, has withheld wages from employees for more than two years.

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You Can Buy the Post Office’s Famous-Chef Stamps Today

Photo: United States Postal Service

Food-loving philatelists, today's the big day: The Postal Service has released five classy Forever stamps honoring legendary chefs who were "early — and ardent — champions of trends that many foodies now take for granted."

Hell yeah, Edna Lewis. »

Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Estela’s VIPs, Excellent New Pizza, and More

Photo: iStockphoto

Each week, Grub Street surveys the entire restaurant landscape of New York City, crunches the numbers, and comes up with this: the most-talked-about, must-visit places in the city. They might be new, or they could be older places that have gotten a recent jolt of buzz. No matter what, these are the restaurants where you should make a point to eat sooner rather than later.

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World’s Most Awesome Woman Celebrates 102nd Birthday With White Castle Blowout

At least once a month for 70 years, Long Island resident Madeleine Turpan has been to White Castle, eating square sliders and meeting "a lot of good friends." So naturally that's where family and friends brought the cake and balloons yesterday to celebrate her turning 102 years young. The store rewarded her loyalty by officially inducting her into the chain's "Cravers Hall of Fame," a designation she probably earned several decades ago. Besides having a good red wine with dinner, the former dietician says the secret to longevity is to "[e]at properly, it's very important," with White Castle being "where the good proper food is."

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Hillary Clinton Fund-raises at ACME; Leonardo DiCaprio Parties at Space Ibiza

Clubbing, again.Photo: Tom Meinelt/Splash News/Corbis

It was a big week for politicos, athletes, and the usual celebrity suspects on the New York dining scene. Hillary Clinton headlined a fund-raising dinner at Acme, Leonardo DiCaprio stopped by Space Ibiza the night before the People's Climate March, and Kevin Durant partied with Chrissy Teigen and Julianne Moore. Read it all, straight ahead.

Obamas at Estela. »

City’s ‘First Bar for Pregnant Women’ Is, Thankfully, Just a Publicity Stunt

What fun.

Over in the East Village, where any given proprietor's battle to score a liquor license can routinely rage for months at a clip, someone has brazenly put up signage and an application notice for Gestations, New York's "first bar that lets you drink for two." Call the listed number and you'll get a message advertising " trimester specials," and a clear hint that Gestations is apparently more about kamikaze marketing than actual Kamikazes. "Visit us on October 25 at 504 East Fifth Street before that water breaks," the message says.

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Closed Doughnut Shop Mysteriously Promises to Reopen Without ‘the Skunk’

Stores and restaurants can suddenly close for any number of reasons, so it's hard to know what really happened at the Inwood outpost of Twin Donut Plus, a chainlet perhaps best known to Cronut-knockoff connoisseurs as the home of the TwiNuts. These things happen, right? Well, things get a little more interesting when you see the sign that was spotted taped to the window yesterday.

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Norah O’Donnell Loves Bacon and Baklava

"More bacon for me!"Photo: John Paul Filo

!+[sponsored-jack-daniels]The day starts early for Norah O'Donnell: As the co-host of CBS This Morning, she's up at 3:30 a.m. to get ready in time for the show. Yet O'Donnell, who's married to restaurateur Geoff Tracy, still finds time to make food a top priority, especially bacon. "My family and I are kind of obsessed with bacon," she says. "We even have a license plate that says 'bacon' on it. It might be getting out of hand." Of course, this week she also made time to check out an Italian restaurant in her neighborhood and fly to Aspen for a weekend trip that included a dinner catered by David Chang — read it all in this week's Grub Street Diet.

"Rosé is never out of season in my world." »

09/25/14

Marilyn Hagerty’s Long-Awaited Applebee’s Review Is Finally Here

Get the Chicken Oriental Salad, she says. But the smaller size.

Let's face it: Although we learned that Marilyn Hagerty's local Ruby Tuesday was "very adequate" back in February, the elderly North Dakota newspaper columnist and author is still best known for her viral Olive Garden review from 2012. Her straightforward and downright humanistic approach to giant, faceless chain restaurants is still very much intact, and now Hagerty's new Applebee's review, however laconic, is bound to take off.

"Just right." »

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