Posts for May 4, 2012

Locanda Vini e Olii’s Next Wine Dinner Celebrates Le Marche; Alton Brown Will Light Up Empire State

•As promised, Brooklyn Winery unveils its 1,000-square-foot Atrium this Sunday. Formerly the courtyard, the glass-topped space will play host to live music, a spring menu, and half off some housemade wines from 1 to 4 p.m. [Grub Street]

•If you follow soccer, you know the UEFA Champions League Final* are on May 19. If you don't, you're just as welcome to join the party at Blaue Gans for the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich kick off. [Grub Street]

Five Leaves unveils a new spring menu that reads like a bite of countryside ... grilled lamb with ramp sauce, seared scallops with rhubarb and purslane, braised rabbit and shitakes ... [Grub Street]

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Underground Eats to Inhabit ‘Sleep No More’ Space

Underground Eats and Marc Murphy are throwing a food event sure to raise the bar, called "Absurdity at the McKittrick Hotel" (i.e. home of the one and only Sleep No More), on June 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with prices at $175 for regular admission and $250 for VIP. Expect major theatrics, great food, and "nooks and crannies" to "breed wonderment and titillation." Suckling pigs and nudity are also mentioned. Contact:

What to Eat at Harry’s Italian Pizza Bar, Opening Monday in BPC

You know that breezeway between Murray and Vesey streets in Battery Park City? Well if you pass through there starting Monday, wafting savory smells will be evident: The Harry's team is opening a pizzeria up there. The group already owns three other pizza joints, and this one features square pies, as you can see here, with pastas and classic entrees like chicken parm. It's open daily for lunch and dinner, till late (1 a.m. weekdays, 2 a.m. weekends, and Sundays till midnight). See menus below.

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Dumbo Girlfight at Superfine Sounds Super-Gnarly

Trouble under the bridge.

Apparently, the party-promoting scene in Dumbo (we didn't even know there was one?) is getting pretty dangerous. Some innocent girl-on-girl flirting at Superfine and Galapagos Art Space resulted in someone getting a cigarette flicked in the eye and then her face bashed to the ground. Both girls turned themselves in to the authorities in the end. [Daily Mail UK]

How Does Alton Brown Really Feel About Foie Gras?

"We make our cows stand knee-deep in crap, shove our chickens in cages smaller than cereal boxes, and you want to complain about foie gras?" —Alton Brown, host of the James Beard Awards next week, on the foie-gras-gate. [Alton Brown/Twitter]

Where Danny Meyer Eats for Under Two Bucks, and Other Affordable Finds

My little dumpling.

In case Anthony Bourdain's favorite food hangs don't excited you, here's a super-comprehensive list on where chefs eat for cheap. Who knew that when Daniel Boulud is not out hunting, he's gathering soup from Hale & Hearty? Meanwhile, Danny Meyer is having creamy slaw at Old Town Bar and eating "yummy pork and chive dumplings at Tasty Dumpling in Chinatown," where he says, "Dumpling is for dump with respect to decor," but the food wows him for $1.50. [Bloomberg]

Daniel Boulud Unwinds by Hunting, Racing, and Bunking Up With Eric Ripert

Daniel Boulud is definitely a workaholic, but when he's not in his whites, he seems to have a lot of hobbies, such as: biking, car-racing, hunting, the opera, gallery-hopping, eating at Aldea, drinking at Employees Only, and sleepover parties at Eric Ripert's Hamptons house. [WSJ]

Angelina Jolie Taps Jamie Oliver to Help Her Put on Some Pre-Wedding Pounds

Poor Angie. She's so svelte! So fragile! So engaged to Brad Pitt! Which means that she needs to flesh up in time for her wedding, lest she flash that waify Oscars leg. Naturally, she did what every bride does when suffering from a troubling attack of thinness: She called Jamie Oliver for recipes.

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LiLo and Samantha Ronson Get Down at Le Baron; Channing Tatum Break-dances at Southern Hospitality

Happy 32nd!

Spring is the season of new love (Kimye) and rekindled flames (LiLo and Samantha Ronson!). The pair reportedly flirted and held hands like the good old days while out at Le Baron early this week. And while half of Hollywood was at the White House Correspondents' dinner in Washington last Saturday, plenty of celebs stuck around NYC, like a break dancing Channing Tatum. All this action and more in our weekly roundup of celebrity settings.

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What to Eat at Reynards, Now Serving Locavore Grub in Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel

For the past few weeks, the Wythe Hotel's restaurant, Reynards, has been quietly serving Andrew Tarlow and Sean Rembold's (Marlow & Sons, Diner) special brand of thoughtful locavore grub. This week, they added lunch, and now Reynards is ready to reveal itself to the world. The loftlike dining room features original brick, scuffed wooden ceilings, and jutting steel columns from the cooperage the place once was. Outside is spacious patio that will open soon for outdoor dining, and brunch should launch this weekend. "We took into account the day-into-night effect," said Tarlow, of the large-windowed space (with original glass) that's sunny during the day and ambient at night. Chef Rembold is cooking most of the food in a wood-burning oven, and the whole-animal approach is in effect here too: If you order lamb, you might end up with, say, shoulder, chops, or sausage, depending what's left. The menu changes daily, with seasonal fare like radishes, toast, and ramp butter, or whole trout with dandelion greens and bacon. See the lovely space and menu below.

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The Fifteen Most Gloriously Dramatic Fights Between Restaurant Owners and Food Critics

This week, John Mariani and Joe Bastianich set off the sort of war of words that makes covering the food world's every breath ultimately worthwhile: Bastianich called the critic a "condescending prick" in his new book, Restaurant Man, and Mariani hit back in the New York Post by calling Joe "vile," insisting he lacks "balls," which Joe claims Mariani once "cut off" (at least they agree on one thing). But this dance is nothing novel, as chefs and critics have rubbed each other the wrong way plenty of times in the past in a flurry of public threats, full-page ads, identity exposures, and ousters that are almost as ugly as the chef-on-critic violence in the film Bitter Feast. Here we have a look back on fifteen of the most notable, drama-filled squabbles that have gone down between chefs and their critics in years past. Enjoy.

Watch David Bouley Make Paella Primavera

First we showed you Mr. Chocolate making sinful truffles, then came Jean-Georges and his electric greens; today's video from the New York Culinary Experience features David Bouley and his healthy paella, presented with his signature calm, quiet Zen. Ohm-azing.

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Courtney Love Is Hooked on Chicken Potpie and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

"Fuck chocolate. Kurt hated chocolate, too — that was one of the things we had in common."Photo: Melissa Hom

"I'm not a foodie," Courtney Love tells Grub Street, "but I am a foodie." And so begins the amazing and exasperating New York Diet tell-all, as Love weaves in and out of the Fred Torres Gallery (where her racy-femme show, "And She's Not Even Pretty," is getting rave reviews), subsisting on Dean & Deluca takeout, daily cake deliveries, gallons of lemon water, and anything by Mario Batali, whom Love calls "the only friend you really need." Read on as Love takes less of a what-I-ate-this-week approach to her New York Diet and instead freely reflects on her body, refrigerator, testosterone levels, and "fuckin' Portandia-like" mixology skills.

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