Maison Premiere’s Labor Day Party; Martha’s One-Year Anniversary

Maison Premiere will host a Labor Day party on September 1, with doors opening at noon for oysters, chilled seafood, cocktails, chef specials, and live music. It will be first come, first served, and reservations are also available for dinner service from 5 to 11 p.m., with cocktails until 2 a.m. [Grub Street]

Louro will host a Nashville-style hot chicken pop-up for one night only on August 11, with five seating times and some walk-ins accepted at the bar. The menu will include half or whole chicken in mild, hot, or extra hot and sides like deviled eggs, baked beans, and tomato salad. [Grub Street]

• On August 6, Martha will ring in its one-year anniversary with $1 Narragansett Tall Boys and $1 TSO chicken wings from 6 to 11 p.m. [Grub Street]

Riverpark will host its second Sous Chef Supper on August 12 at 7 p.m. The $95 per person, four-course menu includes pork loin with corn and okra succotash, cape gooseberry, and prosciutto crumble. More information here. [Grub Street]

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Watch a Bunch of Adorable Kids Freak Out Over Cow Tongue

You would think in this age of MasterChef Junior and kid chefs that more youngsters would be all about tapping into their inner Fergus Henderson, but the reactions to this giant slab of raw cow tongue presented on a platter would suggest otherwise. (The kid at the 57-second mark who says, "Now you get to look at it! Look at it!" while rotating the plate is definitely going to grow up to be a chef, though.) These kids shirk away from, then eat the mystery meat — "Needs a bit more salt" seems to be the most serious complaint. Straight ahead, watch one adorable kid hang his head in mock shame, then say, reluctantly, "That was so gross that I cannot even tell my mom."

"Eeeeewwwwwwwwwwwww." »

Someone Invented Ice Cream That Changes Color When You Lick It

Periwinkle, pink, purple.Photo: IceXperience/Facebook

Physicist turned wacky chef Manuel Linares has blown the internet's socks off with a color-changing ice cream made from "entirely natural ingredients." The invention was apparently his thesis for a master's degree he just picked up in the field of "Creating Artisan Ice Cream," issued by a Barcelona trade group called Asociación Empresarial Nacional de Elaboradores Artesanos y Comerciantes de Helados y Horchatas, which we're guessing is like the Ivy League of horchatas and ice cream.

It took less than a week to put together. »


You'd Have to Swim for 7 Hours to Work Off Cheesecake Factory's Most Unhealthy Dish

Heaping mounds of kcals.Photo: Cheesecake Factory/Twitter

This year's Center for Science in the Public Interest "Xtreme Eating Awards" names not one but three Cheesecake Factory dishes to its top nine list of the nation's most abominably calorie-laden chain menu items. The French Toast Napoleon's 2,900 calories are a solid 700 to 900 more than recommended for moderately active adults, and even a slice of the chocolate peanut-butter variety of the namesake cheesecake would require three and a half hours of aerobic exercise to eliminate. That's a lot of laps, but thrill-seekers can in fact do worse: An A.1. Peppercorn Burger, steak fries, and a Monster Salted Caramel Milkshake combo at Red Robin manages to amass 3,540 calories. [CSPI]

L.A.’s Ari Taymor to Host Dinner at Beach Plum Restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard

Ari Taymor.Photo: Melissa Hom

The Underground Gourmet’s favorite locavore kitchen on Martha’s Vineyard, Chris Fischer’s Beach Plum Restaurant, is hosting a series of intriguing dinners this summer. Unless you’re headed over on the ferry from Woods Hole right now, it’s too late to get to the Scribe Winery event tonight. But next up is hotshot Los Angeles chef Ari Taymor of Alma, who was a Food & Wine 2014 Best New Chef, and who will presumably forage the island like a bloodhound for good things to eat and will have the run of Fischer’s Beetlebung Farm for his $200 dinner on August 11. Call 508-645-9454 or visit the restaurant's website for reservations. [Related]

Tokyo Finally Has Its Very Own Final Fantasy Café

Date night!Photo: Courtesy of Game Watch Impress

Anyone in Tokyo who is sick and tired of Pikachuburgers can now enjoy this Moogle angel food cake at their very own Final Fantasy–themed restaurant. Eorzea is a joint venture between Pasela Resorts and Square Enix, the company that makes the video game, and it's apparently modeled around a locale called Carline Canopy from the current game, Final Fantasy XIV (yes, that many). The decor is part Aetherial Bladed Lantern Shields, part floating Moogles, one of whom must've lent its likeness for the dessert. No word on what the Texas toast with a pat of butter on mixed greens is doing there, but the menu offers the RPG's die-hard fans a unique chance to non-virtually savor cioppino-esque fish soup in thematic blue broth while sipping potion bottles through a sword straw. [Game Watch Impress, Related]

Chinese Hamburger Chain Will Open Enormous NYC Location to Compete With Shake Shack

Seriously, poppy seeds?

There's a requisite amount of flame-broiled hype mixed up in all of this, but something called Uncle Sam Fast Food, a Beijing-based Chinese hamburger chain, will open its first U.S. location at 307 Fifth Avenue in NoMad by the end of this year. It's just a few blocks away from Smashburger and Shake Shack, which it will apparently destroy, along with McDonald's and any other fast-food fool that deigns to stand in its way. The master plan includes serving "the perfect Chinese-American — or American-Chinese — burger," says the real estate executive who represented the lease on the immense, 5,600-square-foot space, adding, "It’s meant to be competitive level with Shake Shack." Perhaps in anticipation of its all-but-ensured market domination, the company also filed a trademark for the name "Uncle Sam's Famous American Burger." [Real Deal]

Homestyle Union Square Restaurant Chat ’n Chew Served Its Final Pork Chop

End of the road?Photo: Therese-Heather Belen

Word on the street is that Chat n' Chew, which opened 20 years ago opposite Union Square Cafe sporting old barn siding on its dining-room walls and a menu of things like chicken-fried steak, has closed for good. Chat 'n Chew was for years the self-proclaimed opposite of the more prevalent industry's "turn and burn" mantra, a place that deployed its "small town beanery" vibe to great effect in getting customers to stay a while or opt for a slice of Coca-Cola cake. The café was directly across East 16th Street from Danny Meyer's first restaurant, which will also close at the end of 2015 in advance of relocation. [Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, Related]

Watch Mario Batali and Mike Myers Play Beer Pong in Washington Square Park

Last week, Mario Batali's new Hulu show took him to the High Line, where he chummed it up with Jimmy Fallon. Here, the chef and actor Mike Myers get exclusive access to the top of the arch at Washington Square Park, which they follow up with a rather friendly (and oddball) game of beer pong back on the ground. Drinking game aside, watch as Canadian-born Myers professes his love for his home country and talks about his first New York food memory. "Ordering a mattress and ribs when I first got to New York, and the mattress beat the ribs," he says.

"You can still win! Right now!" »

McDonald’s Ordered to Pay $27 Million to Families of 2 Teens Who Died After Parking Lot Beating

McDonald's will appeal.

A jury has found McDonald's "97 percent responsible" for the deaths of two teenagers and ordered a $27 million settlement, over a Bryan, Texas, outlet's allegedly "lax" security. In 2012, a large group of people attacked 18-year-old Denton Ward in the parking lot at a location police say had racked up more than 200 complaints in three years; Ward and girlfriend Lauren Crisp, who was 19, fled but were killed in a collision after she ran a red light while trying to reach the hospital. A spokesperson for McDonald's says they "respectfully disagree with the jury’s verdict and will be appealing the decision." [Dallas Morning News, Bloomberg]


Bradley Cooper Toiled at Burger King to Prepare for His Next Role

He's mastered the Whopper.

The Guardians of the Galaxy actor spent a few hours working on the Whopper line at a London Burger King before returning to film scenes there on Monday. Cooper is starring in a movie that used to be Chef — at least, before Jon Favreau made a movie called Chef — and the setting makes sense because, in Steven Knight's script, the character Cooper plays, a once-great outcast chef returning to the scene, interviews line cooks for his comeback restaurant in the dining area of a fast-food spot and riffs on how much he admires the consistency of mass-produced hamburgers. "The aim was to learn the 'art of the flip,' which he nailed fairly quickly," a source said of Cooper's performance. "There was no real fanfare from him. You’d never know he was a big star by the way he spoke to people." We're just going to go ahead and speculate Cooper's onboard with upping the minimum wage of his fellow burger-flippers. [Mirror]

Lumpia Shack Snackbar Combines Fruit, Jelly, Sweet Potatoes, and Popcorn in This New Dessert

According to Neil Syham, chef-owner of the new West Village takeout shop Lumpia Shack Snackbar, you shouldn’t approach halo-halo without a game plan. He recommends you attack the Filipino shaved-ice drink-cum-dessert from the top down. “When you get to the middle, ” he instructs, “mix the ingredients on the bottom to create different flavors and textures with each bite.” The Tagalog name translates to “mix-mix,” an apt description of this colorful, cooling assemblage of fruits, jelly, tubers, dairy, legumes, and crushed ice. As befits a chef who has spent time in fine-dining kitchens, and who emigrated from the Philippines to New York when he was 5, Syham takes certain liberties with his rendition, which is loosely based on one he ate as a child and on summer vacations thereafter at Razon’s in Manila. That shop omits the standard sweet beans and chickpeas, and so does Syham. He also modernizes the recipe with siphon-aerated foams; swaps fresh local fruit for the canned, syrupy stuff; and tops it not with the traditional puffed rice but with popcorn—the contribution of a fellow vendor at Smorgasburg, where Syham debuted the dessert last summer.

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Cheeky’s Basement Restaurant; Miss Lily’s 7A’s Movie Night

• The recently reopened Cheeky Sandwiches will open another restaurant in the basement of its Lower East Side space. The new "cave" eatery will be like a "dark alley" but with a "slightly different" menu than the upstairs venue. [Bedford + Bowery]

• This Friday, August 1, Cemitas Mexican Sandwiches & Tacos will replace Yuji Ramen at Whole Foods Gowanus, bringing Smorgasburg favorites like carnitas and barbacoa tacos to the grocery store. [Grub Street]

Miss Lily's 7A's will host a movie night in Tompkins Square Park tomorrow, July 31, starting at 7 p.m. The restaurant will hand out free rainbow popsicles and jerk popcorn for moviegoers to enjoy while watching the Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come. [Grub Street]

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Dominique Ansel Will Sell These Canned Sundaes in the Hamptons This Weekend

The award-winning pastry chef behind deceptively ice-creamy waffles, calorific shot glasses, counterintuitive s'mores, perma-soufflés, and Cronuts has now come up with this sundae in a can. Because Dominique Ansel is an awesome person, 20 percent of the sales of this meringue-and-macerated-cherry-bedazzled thing will benefit City Harvest.

Only 500 will be made. »

Max Fish Makes a Triumphant Return to the Lower East Side This Weekend

The Fish is back.Photo: Max Fish/Facebook

One year ago, pretty much to the day, fabled Ludlow Street bar Max Fish closed its Parliament Lights-smoke-aged doors for good, a victim of ever-escalating rents. Owner Ulli Rimkus pledged to reopen in Williamsburg, but the bar's longtime proprietor seized an opportunity to rebuild the Fish on Orchard Street. Max Fish 2.0 opens Saturday, August 2, and will keep hours of 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., seven days a week. The cigarette-shaped light fixture that once hung outside near the awning is now enshrined safely inside, and Rimkus says the old, beat-up pool table will be back soon, along with a rotation of new artwork by locals. "I don’t want it to be a Max Fish museum," she says. [DNAinfo, Related]

Upper West Side Restaurant Corvo Bianco Has Closed

The white crow has flown for the last time.Photo: Melissa Hom

Voluminous Columbus Avenue restaurant Corvo Bianco, which opened a year ago with an ambitious-looking menu and acclaimed chef Elizabeth Falkner in the kitchen, has had a run of bad luck. The reviews were resoundingly not great, and Falkner, who replaced the Michelin-starred Andrea Cobbe, left in February. Its next iteration, with ex-Scarpetta chef Chris Wyman, didn't seem to fare so well, either; the restaurant is now closed, ostensibly for maintenance, and Eater hears a "big-name chef" is currently in talks for a reboot with restaurateur Luis Gonzalez. [Eater NY, Related]

McDonald’s Tells the Government It’s Pretty Sure Angry Employees Are Someone Else’s Problem

Next stop: McDonald's Drive in Oak Brook, Illinois.Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Corbis

In a ruling issued yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board announced that McDonald's Corp. can be considered a "joint employer" alongside franchisees when it comes to resolving labor-practice disputes. The decision came as part of a closely watched case brought by workers fired for unionizing, and the unprecedented move stands to broaden a previous interpretation of when, exactly, companies including Burger King and Yum Brands — whose stores are nearly all franchisee owned and operated — will be required to address instances of labor violations and lawsuits related to wages and discrimination. The fast-food giant, perhaps unsurprisingly, is trying to keep that franchisee-franchisor Great Wall in place.

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Here’s Nathan for You’s ‘Dumb Starbucks’ Episode in All Its Glory

The comedian Nathan Fielder is always trying to help the little guy — he once even came to a struggling liquor store owner's aid by providing a loophole that would allow him to sell alcohol to minors — and now here's the Dumb Starbucks episode everybody's been waiting for, which started as an attempt to help a small business owner get off the ground by pretty much wearing out the legal definition of "fair use" and parody. The behind-the-scenes stuff that went down in L.A. around the time of the Dumb Starbucks media frenzy is basically one ridiculous moment stacked on to something absurd, and so on. Watch Dumb Blonde Roast take on a life of its own, straight ahead.

The video. »

Journalists Subpoenaed in ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit

Slime me to the moon.

Back in March, a South Dakota judge couldn't really find anything frivolous about Beef Product Inc.'s small-nation-GDP-size $1.2 billion lawsuit against ABC News for its 2012 report, which introduced "pink slime" into the lexicon of grocery store shoppers and effectively devastated producers of what's technically known by the less-slimy industry name "lean finely textured beef." In addition to naming Diane Sawyer in its suit, BPI has now subpoenaed five food writers: Pulitzer-winning Times reporter Michael Moss, food-safety crusader Michele Simon, and three Food Safety News reporters.

"... a fishing expedition ..." »

Sam Sifton Will Edit the Times’ Newly Renamed ‘Food’ Section

He's back in a New York (Times "Food" section) groove.

Food writer, former restaurant critic, and noted Thanksgiving expert Sam Sifton has been appointed to food editor at the New York Times, a move he notes on Twitter makes him the first to hold the role since the Craig Claiborne era. Sifton currently presides over the recently-launched NYT Cooking section, a multimedia-heavy approach to home meals and entertaining, and in addition to renaming the paper's "Dining" section to the more straightforward "Food," there are other changes ahead: Current section editor Susan Edgerley will be the new deputy editor, and the combined new app-and-print section will "provide a central location for all Times readers’ cooking and dining needs." The full memo (via Capital) sent out by executive editor Dean Baquet is straight ahead.

"The section front for Dining will be rebranded as Food ... " »


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