• R&R: Die Koelner Bierhalle will host its first Radeberger & Reggae tomorrow, December 12. There will be specials for the pilsner and classic reggae on the speakers. [Grub Street]
• Miranda — a Williamsburg restaurant that combines Latin American heritage with Italian culinary techniques — celebrates its fifth anniversary with $5 beer, wines, and cocktails. Lunch and dinner, Monday, December 17. [Grub Street]
• Man of the people: Micah Fredman, a 25-year-old line cook at Gramercy Tavern, won the favor of the 400-plus attendees at the Fourth Annual Latke Festival. The panel of judges chose Balaboosta. [DNAinfo]
The Health Department's back in action.
Trade Bleecker Street crowds for French small plates.Photo: Roxanne Behr
It's that time of year when you realize there are only two weeks left until Christmas, and you've got to brave the crowds to get a gift for everyone on your list. And whether you're throwing elbows at Bloomingdale's or waiting in line for an iPad mini, you'll need to refuel. We've got you covered: We surveyed all of the city's retail-heavy neighborhoods and put together plans based on available time, ensuring that even the most harried of shoppers will be able to find some decent sustenance.
Got ten minutes to spare?
He ain't heavy, he's my rib cage.Photo: Hannah Whitaker
Yesterday, we reported that, citing the threat of E. coli, the City of Westminster may make the extraordinary move of banning restaurants from serving rare and medium-rare hamburgers. The move stems from a court case brought on by central London restaurant Davy's, which is fighting in High Court for the right to serve undercooked beef. Food-safety experts fear E. coli, which isn't definitively destroyed at temperatures below 160 degrees, will sicken diners, while restaurateurs say that an imposition of strict guidelines will "destroy the burger industry." So, how rare is too rare? Butcher and Meat Hook co-owner Tom Mylan tells us we're asking the wrong question.
Why In-N-Out is all good.
Is that glass half-full?Photo: Nicoloso/Corbis
Whither Bloomberg's soda ban? While companies (predictably) head to court to prevent the ban from even happening, Bloomberg might want to look to the demise of a similar health initiative in Denmark, of all places.
"The idea was straight out of Economics 101."