Posts for February 16, 2012

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos Coming Monday; Snack Box Times Square Folds

East Village: This little piggie requires reservations, 72 hours ahead. Daniel Boulud's East Village sanctuary of meat, DBGB, now offers a suckling pig feast for you and up to eight friends for $495. Sides and baked Alaska are included, and a beer option is $200 or à la carte. [VV]
Just in time for Mardi Gras, enjoy the fruits of a gumbo cook-off between pros and amateurs at a benefit for Chefs for the Marcellus on February 19 at Jimmy's No. 43. They'll be using ingredients from the Marcellus Shale region as they raise money to protect the area from hydrofracking for natural gas. It's $20 at the door for unlimited tastings and a cash bar. [Grub Street]
If you're not already Linsane from hearing "Lin" added to every possible word in the English language, perhaps it's time to take your Lin obsession to another level. Eat a curried pork sandwich with jalapeños, aioli, and pickled daikon-carrots named after Lin at BaoHaus — "The Taiwanese Te-Bao." And bask in the restaurant's alleged shrine to the NBA superstar while you're there. [Eater NY]

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Two-Buck Chuck Turns Ten; The ‘Sideways Effect’ Abates

"I've been told I have a 'Sideways Effect' on the ladies."

• It's the tenth anniversary of Two-Buck Chuck! Fred Franzia says that sales of TJ's cheapest wine have helped increase the overall American wine market by 5 percent. [Press-Democrat, Shanken News]

• We may think we're big drinkers in this country, but according to some rankings by the World Health Organization, the U.S. doesn't even crack the top 50 in terms of per capita alcohol consumption. Still, Americans, on average, each drink 94 bottles of wine a year. [LiveScience]

• The "Sideways Effect," which boosted the prices and popularity of California Pinot Noir beginning with the movie's release in 2004, is finally abating; for the first time in seven years, Pinot prices sank. [Decanter]

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Madam Geneva Has Given Herself a Food and Drink Makeover

New menu at classic hang.

AvroKO has redone the food and drinks menu at Madam Geneva with Naren Young (the brains behind the booze at The Dutch, Locanda Verde, and Saxon + Parole) at the helm of the South East Asia–inspired cocktail list, and a new menu of bar food by Brad Farmerie. The all-gin cocktail selection includes drinks like punch, served in antique glass bowls, accompanied by food like Forever Crisp chicken wings, Szechuan-style. Expect a new D.J. deck, too, featuring a musical line-up that includes Naren’s wife, Kimiko, a resident D.J. at “Sleep No More."

New Menu [PDF]

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City Bakery Gets (Even More) Earthy With Their Famous Hot Chocolate

Try the new cocoa!

For the first time in twenty years, Maury Rubin of City Bakery (and Birdbath Green Bakery) is experimenting with his hot cocoa, using single-origin chocolate, which means, "the cocoa beans came from a single farm and farmer, which in the big, bad global chocolate world, is extremely rare." Called the Honduran Hot Chocolate, the drink, described as "sweet and rich and a little brutish ... a gorgeous deep/chocolate/red-umber," is at the store now. [City Bakery Daily]

Tables Available at David Burke Kitchen, Lowcountry; Within the Hour at Bar Americain

It's 4 p.m., and that means it's time to play Two for Eight. We just asked ten restaurants the best time they can squeeze in a couple for dinner; you need only make your chosen reservation. (As always, we make the calls but don't guarantee the results.)
Today: Comfort Food

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Study: Restaurants Treat Female Employees Even Worse Than They Treat Dude Employees

Anyone who’s ever served time in the hospitality trade’s trenches knows that it can be thankless, grueling work. Now a new study conducted by the Restaurant Opportunities Center, the same organization whose supporters sucker punched Mario Batali in New York and helped push through the controversial gratuity protection law in Philadelphia, indicates that as bad as the work and conditions may be, women take the worst of it.

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The James Weird Awards: Exploding Pig Poo and Antifreeze Smoothies

Sour Patch-packaged weed is a real thing, which we learned about this week. Also real: McBaguettes, a Bon Rappetite cookbook, and a few other odd occurrences of note, which we've helpfully compiled in the James Weird awards, straight ahead.

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Mike D on His Wine-Blogging Hiatus, and Making Wine Writing More Fun

Michael Diamond: The country's 1er wine-blogger-slash-music-icon.

When Mike D's wine-blogging career kicked off last year, it attracted some attention, not only because it was, you know, a wine blog from one of the Beastie Boys, but also because the MC's wine knowledge was surprisingly impressive. (His notes on a 2002 Henri Boillot Corton Charlemagne: "The color has budged from pale straw to slight gold, it is still not giving much away, like it was a few years ago".) But lately, D's wine blog has gone quiet. So when we saw him at a Fashion Week after-party for Proenza Schouler at Le Baron, we asked what was up.

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IACP Award Finalists Announced

Eater National has a first look at the finalists for this year's IACP Awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Congrats to all the finalists, and especially to Gilt Taste, which is nominated for approximately one zillion awards, and friend of Grub Street Alex Van Buren, whose New York Chow Report is nominated in the Televised Culinary Series alongside two hosts who have a little experience working in TV, Jacques Pépin and Ming Tsai. [Eater]

Five Napkin Burger’s First Downtown Location Opens Next Week

Chic bistro comes to Union Square.

Union Square has been abuzz with anticipation, and now Five Napkin Burger is ready to open its fourth New York City location at 150 East 14th Street on February 20. Expect the usual indulgences, plus three new burgers (avocado-ranch burger, barbecue burger, mushroom-blue-cheese burger). Also, on opening day, the restaurant will offer 14-cent wings to celebrate the 14th Street location.

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Will NYC’s Most Coveted Restaurants Make Exceptions to Their Reservations Policy for Manning, Lin, or Neither?

No dinner at Masa.

Just last night, a downright euphoric Marcus Saumuelsson told Grub Street that Jeremy Lin had made a reservation at Red Rooster, but after reading this hilarious prank pulled by Deadspin — where they made faux reservations at New York's most impossible restaurants for Eli Manning and Jeremy Lin — we feel a little bit bad about it! But not bad enough to ignore how hilarious it is to see that Blue Hill will open a table for Manning, not Lin; ABC Kitchen and Del Posto give Manning preference, too; Nobu bends over backwards for either; and Brooklyn Fare categorically doesn't give a shit. [Deadspin]

First Look at Super Linda, a Matt Abramcyk, Serge Becker, Richard Ampudia, John Martinez Joint

Nightlife magic-makers Matt Abramcyk and Serge Becker have some of the city's most exclusive spots under their belts (the Beatrice Inn, La Esquina) and now they've combined forces — along with Bar Bruno's Richard Ampudia — to open Super Linda, a bi-level Tribeca bar and restaurant. The name in Spanish translates roughly to "gorgeous," and the place is a looker, from the 85-seat lower-level dining room to the 30-spot El Jockey Lounge, decked out with horse-racing paraphernalia. The menu from chef John Martinez (Tiny's) hews Latin American, as do drinks: beers from various South American Countries, and, of course, margaritas. See it all straight ahead in our slideshow.

Menu [PDF]

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Jaguars 3, a Jungle-Themed Restaurant and Nightclub, Opening This Month

Into the wild.Photo: Courtesy of Jaguar 3

Jaguars 3, a new three-tiered venue decorated with fake palm trees, life-size elephants, zebras, and lions, and other dramatic safari-chic design, is opening on February 22 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The restaurant opens first, with the bar following shortly thereafter, and the nightclub officially launching March 1. Italian Chef Rocco DiLullo, from Hotel Cipriani in Venice, will offer a highly Cipriani-influenced menu — including the Carpaccio di Cipriani’s, a filet mignon carpaccio dish passed to Di Lullo by father Cipriani himself, and modern Italian dishes like Pappardelle al Tartufo. So get your gear on, and party hard.

Jaguars 3, 225 47th Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), Sunset Park, 347-457-6544

The Swimsuit Model Dessert Survey

Last year, we thought it'd be fun to ask the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models where they go when they want to pig out. (Because, well, why not?) This year, we've got dessert on the brain, so Grub Street once again dutifully braved the issue release party at Crimson to ask the ladies what they go for when they need a sugar fix. Check out the results, straight ahead.

GQ Ranks the Country’s Best New Restaurants, Richman Trashes Husk

Do not serve this man fried chicken skins.

It's that time again: GQ unveils its always-a-little-perplexing list of the country's best new restaurants. Taking the top spot this year: L.A.'s ink, helmed by Michael Voltaggio. The pick is certainly less confounding than last year's selection, Lincoln, which underwhelmed New York's critics. Surprisingly, if the scattered bylines are to be believed, GQ critic Alan Richman only picked five of the ten restaurants on this year's list, but it's nevertheless rounded out by picks that are both expected (like Grant Achatz's Next), and some that are less so.

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Top Chef Recap: Padma’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain

It sure doesn't look like Texas.Photo: Virginia Sherwood/Bravo

Did you think that last night was the penultimate episode of this season of Top Chef? Guess again! It was the first of millions of episodes that Bravo will force us to watch to find out who won this godforsaken season. The final spectacle kicked off in British Columbia at the location of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, where the chefs were sent to the top of a mountain and pushed off and buried in an avalanche, the end! Oh, no, sorry, we let our fantasies get the best of us with 58 minutes of episode left. But who can blame us when the actual dialogue at the beginning of this episode included lines like, "look at this tree" and, "there is a lot of wind and snow"? Actual. Dialogue. If this show wins another Emmy, we will go bury ourselves in an avalanche.

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Iconic Gloria Pizza Makes a Comeback in Queens

Gloria gets her groove back.

Grimaldi's, DiFara, Keste ... with all the pizza philosophizing, many have forgotten about Gloria Pizza, the Flushing pizza legend that closed twenty years ago, which New Yorkers went absolutely nuts for. And now, it's back. Thomas Zaremba, whose father-in-law opened the original Gloria, is reopening the shop next month in a new location next to the Midway Theater in Forest Hills. Whether it will be as sublime as the slices of the sixties is still TBD, but Zaremba is just happy to be back on the map. [NYDN]

Sour Patch Weed

In more favorite-foods-bought-at-CVS news, the NYPD raided a Brooklyn narcotics ring, discovering crack cocaine, guns, and a sweet amount of marijuana packaged in Sour Patch wrappers. And while we're talking munchies, Kellogg, proprietor of Cheez-It, has bought Pringles. [NYP]

Food Network Host Busted for Recipe Rip-offs; Charting the World’s Water Use

• Busted: Food Network had to axe a show called Dessert First after execs discovered the host had been ripping off her recipes from other, more famous, chefs. [NYP]

• Probably the best headline you'll read all day: "Hot Dog Chef Charged with Bank Heists". [Charties Valley Patch]

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