Posts for May 15, 2012

Littleneck Team Opening the Pines; L’Asso EV Adds Lunch

• The restaurant gurus behind Littleneck are opening a new restaurant down the block called the Pines. According to Eater, their chef Alan Harding will also be a part of the collaboration, but the head chef is to be Angelo Romano, formerly of Roberta's, Lupa, and Masten Lake. [Eater NY]

Kutsher's Tribeca is now delivering for lunch and dinner via SeamlessWeb or by calling the restaurant at 212-431-0606. Just in time for summer, Kutsher’s has also added some additional menu items, which include some traditional favorites like pan-roasted organic salmon, barbequed beef flanken, and Creekstone Farms dry-aged prime bone-in rib eye. L'chaim! [Grub Street]

• The Inaugural Preakness Party at Siro's will bring authentic horseracing culture to the Manhattan restaurant scene on this Saturday with a special $3.75 menu of bar bites including flatbread pizza, chicken tenders, jalapeño poppers, and handcut fries. Siro will also have a happy-hour special of half off all drinks from 3 to 7:30 p.m., and if Siro's winning pick, I'll Have Another, wins the race, everyone will receive another round of drinks on the house. [Grub Street]

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Truck Crash Spills 36,000 Pounds of Yogurt on I-88

Oops! Around 10:30 p.m. last night, a truck full of Chobani Greek yogurt overturned on a stretch of I-88 near Binghamton, spilling 36,000 pounds — that's eighteen tons, or 576,000 little cups — of the stuff all over the highway. [WBNG via NYDN]

Michael Anthony Relays Emotional Details of His Open-Heart Surgery

"There was very little time to spend with my wife, no chance to see my children and no second option. Strange how a lifetime is ultimately translated into only minutes — clarified, distilled, precise and yet unfair." —Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern on his sudden open-heart surgery. [CNN]

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How Bad Can Eating at Your Desk Really Be?

Not actually lethal.

Have you heard? If you eat at your desk, something you might be doing right this very moment, you could be doubling your risk of developing fatal blood clots. So says a new study, maybe, possibly. But we've been hearing for years about how bad eating at your desk is, and yet Americans, including us, continue to do it with alarming frequency, yet here we are. Alive and free of blood clots. So we're calling bullshit.

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Asia de Cuba Up for Auction

If you have sentimental memories from the decade and a half that now-closed Asia de Cuba was tops on the haute Asian scene, you might stop by 237 Madison tomorrow when the restaurant's contents get auctioned off. Tables, bar stools, and Jade stoves will be on the block; no word on the two-story waterfall picture. [Amodeo Auctions]

Food Trucks Park It in Soho

Hello, lunch.Photo: TJ Kosinski

Our friends at Midtown Lunch have the exciting news that a new food-truck court has formed in Soho, at the corners of Varick and Grand (not the best lunch territory normally). Even in the rain today, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Mexico Blvd., Kimchee Taco Truck, and Milk Truck are offering their wares — hurry, and maybe you can still grab lunch. [Midtown Lunch]
Update: Now Midtown Lunch has it that the lot is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Masa Takayama Likely Doing Teppanyaki in Tribeca

Rumor has it that Tetsu, the latest restaurant from Masa's Masa Takayama could be teppanyaki style "à la Benihana" and like his latest in Vegas. Another rumor is that the restaurant could be in the World Financial Center. [Tribeca Citizen]

Girl in Leopard and Ketchup Looking for Crif Dogs Crush

There's a million of these things out there, but this missed connection seemed extra, um, special: "Met outside Crif Dogs and walked from St Marks to 20th Street really late at night/early morning. Had a photo session w/ a homeless man. I bought cup noodles from him. I was wearing a black and yellow leopard print dress and ketchup on my face ... " [EV Grieve]

Protein Shakes: Lady Gaga Debuts Meat Dress 2.0

Most singers just butcher the National Anthem.Photo: Terry Richardson

Does this mean Gaga might finally be running out of ideas for crazy outfits? She donned a new-look meat frock in Tokyo last night for her Born This Way Ball and tweeted a photo to her 24 million followers.

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United Noshes Supper Club Has Served Meals From 34 U.N. Countries (and Counting)

United and noshing.

Ever wondered what a nun fart tastes like? Just ask Jesse Friedman and Laura Hadden, who made the pets de nonne for dessert at the Chadian edition of their supper club of sorts, United Noshes, on Sunday. Now ten months into their five-year mission to cook one meal from all 193 U.N. member countries — plus Palestine and Holy See (Vatican City) — the couple has raised more than $6,000 for the World Food Program USA from guest donations, helped by a dollar-for-dollar match from Google (Friedman's employer).

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Cornelius Gallagher on Dragonfly, Asian Travels, and Eating Pork Knuckles in a Shanghai Strip Joint

Gallagher, at work in Vietnam.Photo: Courtesy of Cornelius Gallagher

In April, Cornelius Gallagher opened Dragonfly on the Upper East Side. The opening was a homecoming of sorts for the chef, who first garnered acclaim during his time at the original Oceana. But it's been six years since he left the restaurant. Roughly eighteen months ago, while traveling through Asia, Gallagher fell so in love with the food that he made it the focal point of Dragonfly's Asian–influenced menu. We caught up with the chef to see how his first month in business has been, and to get his take on the trip that changed his career.

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Post Office Owners Planning Another Restaurant and Bar for the ‘Burg

Mmm, escargot.

Grub learns that the owners of Bukowski-homage whiskey den Post Office are planning a new one, most likely called OTB, for 141 Broadway in south Williamsburg. Beverage-wise, OTB will focus on emerging distilleries, wineries, and breweries. Post Office chef Sam Glinn will head up a full kitchen here, turning out a seafood-leaning menu including escargot and fried clams and oysters. Look for an early fall opening.

Bowery Diner Is Now 24 Hours

Back when Mathieu Palombino's Bowery Diner opened we were promised 24-hour service, and now Bowery Boogie brings word that those hours started last night. You can booze it up till 1 a.m. during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends, according to the "After Hours" menu, which sticks mostly to breakfast (some cream-filled French toast?) and done-up burgers. [Bowery Boogie]

Stiffed: Eleven Celebrities Who Are Terrible Tippers

When celebrities hit restaurants, they're marked diners. Servers and other customers will inevitably report on a famous person's dinner out, which is why plenty of celebs know that leaving a big tip can turn into good P.R. Unfortunately, some celebs just haven't gotten the hint. (Even Grub Street, during our table-waiting days, once got stiffed by a Hollywood hot shot.) So we've put together this list of stories about stingy celebs. Think of this as part fun, part public service. When these boldfaced names walk into your restaurants, you'd be better off letting someone else handle the table.

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Despite Bankruptcy and Eviction, Mickey Mantle’s Stays in the Game

Mickey Mantle's can strike out all it wants, because the restaurant's customers and investors just won't let it close. What was meant to be a farewell party — which is usually what happens when restaurants get evicted for not paying rent and filing for bankruptcy — turned into a revival party Monday night as friends of the restaurant raised enough money to keep business in play. [NY1]

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