Posts for June 19, 2013

Red Rooster’s Spiked Snow Cones; Maison Premiere and Fatty ‘Cue’s Fourth of July Parties

Red Rooster is now serving spiked snow cones. For $12, try flavors like tres leches, with shaved white chocolate and Blackwell Jamaican rum, and lemon bourbon basil, served with a candied poached lemon slice. Nonalcoholic versions are available for $6. [Grub Street]

The Strand Smokehouse is sponsoring an all-female meat eating competition on Sunday, July 7, at 6 p.m. For $15, the first ten women to sign up will each get one and a half pounds of brisket and other meats. The first woman to finish her mound of meat — using only her hands — without throwing up for five minutes afterward will win the “Barbecue Beast” title. The faint of heart may prefer to munch on Smokehouse bacon-wrapped hot dogs and pulled-pork nachos at the kickoff of the weekly outdoor movie screening in Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park on July 3 at 7 p.m. [Grub Street]

• Space is still available for Ivan Ramen’s Chef Dinner at the Brooklyn Kitchen at 9 p.m. this Saturday. Ivan will discuss his approach to Japanese comfort food and prepare a six-course tasting menu. $150 per person. [Grub Street]

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Dunkin’ Donuts Introducing Gluten-Free Doughnuts This Year

You still have to watch out for the half-eaten ones, though.Photo: Leslie Balla

In a somewhat surprising move, Dunkin' Donuts chief executive chef Stan Frankenthaler announced plans to roll out a gluten-free cinnamon-sugar doughnut and gluten-free blueberry muffins at stores across the country this year, Bloomberg reports. Frankenthaler confirmed that the no-gluten products will be "packaged separately" to avoid contact with gluten, which is pretty much everywhere else inside Dunkin' Donuts stores, so while those with celiac disease will not be able to eat these things, those with mild sensitivities will soon be returning to the chain's stores and will be able to witness Strawberry Coolatta meltdowns and innovative coffee-pot self-defense strategies in all their zany splendor. [Bloomberg, Related]

Watch David Levi Introduce Vinland, His Hyper-Regional Maine Restaurant

New York native David Levi has been planning to open a restaurant that champions very small-scale food systems in Portland, Maine, for some time. He trained everywhere you might expect, first cutting meat with Dario Cecchini in Italy, then staging at Fäviken in Sweden and Noma in Copenhagen. Vinland will follow guidelines similar to the ones made popular by Sean Brock at Husk, which means everything on the plate — from the meat to the fish, from the mushrooms to the blueberries to the sumac — will come from local farms or will be foraged or extracted from the wild. (Salt included, says Levi.) The wines will be from small producers, and the beer will be the only thing on the menu containing gluten. Check out the project's Kickstarter, straight ahead.

Why yes, there is a manifesto. »

Negronis, Batman, and Naked Women

"Red wine, Scotch, tequila. Not at the same time. If I have to drink a cocktail, I'd go for a Negroni: It's three alcohols in one cocktail, so it hammers you right away." —Eric Ripert reveals his drink(s) of choice, as well as his love for superheroes and naked women, in this week's 21 Questions. [DI]

Massive New Italian Restaurant and Club Headed to East 58th Street

The bar at B & Co.Photo: Courtesy of B. & Co.

Max Burgio, who ran Float in Times Square and then the private club upstairs at Cipriani in Soho, is striking out on his own. The Palermo native was initially in talks with Roberto Cavalli about doing a café. When that didn't work out, Burgio met Fabio Briatore, the entrepreneur who owns the full-fat Billionaire Club in Sardinia, about opening in New York, but ultimately decided to go with his own concept. And what a concept it is.

Too bad Stefon retired, because this is New York's hottest club. »

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Opens in Brooklyn Tonight

Meat sweats.

Grub Street hears that, as of 5 p.m. today, the 180-seat outpost of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is finally opening at 604 Union Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues). Expect the same great wings, ribs, and brisket, plus a few menu items that are unique to this location: Breakfast All Day (a smoked-brisket-and-poblano hash with a sunny-side-up egg), the Ode to Domolise (a sandwich of brisket, beef gravy, and Swiss cheese), and the F.G.T.V. (fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, cabbage, and chow-chow). There will also be Brooklyn beers on tap, Brooklyn Brine pickles, and drinks from Brooklyn Soda Works. Boom!

Breadwinner: Let’s Make This Baguette Bag a Real Thing

It really is kind of stylish, right?Photo: Courtesy of CYAN

This baguette bag, which seems equal parts Amélie and American Apparel, does not yet exist, but it should. It's the work of Ukraine-based designer Victoria Panyukova, who writes that "your trip home from the bakery will never be the same" once the bag is in play. This comes across like a bit of a threat, of course, but we'll take it anyhow because the baguette bag is 100 percent cotton, and not only does it have a magnetic closure for easy bread access, it also has a "special inner layer that strengthens the shell," meaning it deters crust damage. Most of all, it's stylish and will eventually be produced in four colors. Or hopefully, at least.

The strap is adjustable, people. »

Washington Post Critic Takes Down Euro Import La Tagliatella in Brutal Review

Unlimited soup, salad, and confusion.

Tom Sietsema writes in the Washington Post that his local Arlington location of expansion-happy Euro-chain La Tagliatella makes him wish there were such a thing as "hazard pay for restaurant critics." The Poland-based restaurant specializes in "strangely ham-heavy" Neapolitan pizzas, behemoth plates of pasta, and salads like the house Caesar, which seems to be made with exactly zero of the classic ingredients and comes with a "choice of six dressings, including a honey and pistachio vinaigrette that goes down like melted baklava and tastes even more out of place when Dean Martin is belting out 'Volare' in the background." Verdict? "Someone needs to put a stop to this threat to our nation." The funniest restaurant review you'll read all day is here. [WP]

Cobble Hill Grocery Store Pits Celery Stalks Against Incoming J.Crew

After twelve years in business, Pacific Green has been told to pack up its awnings and vacate its retail space at the corner of Court Street and Pacific in Cobble Hill to make room for a swanky, new two-level J.Crew shop. The greengrocer and corner store's owners have approached its landlord with an offer to pay a higher rent in exchange for an extended lease, but the landlord has so far refused, which is why local resident Carl Foner has started an online petition beseeching the clothing retailer to drop its Court Street plans. The bid to save Pacific Green has almost reached its goal of 1,000 signatures. []

6 Things to Know About the World Food Prize’s Politics

In bed together.

Each year, the World Food Prize Foundation awards a quarter-million dollars to someone who's improved the quality, quantity, or availability of food. It sounds like a nice, fair idea, but Mother Jones reports that the prize's "recipients have been champions of exactly the kind of industrial-scale agriculture that is the livelihood of the award's corporate backers." The U.S. government supports this not-so-democratic selection process: The State Department hosts the announcement ceremony, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the World Prize Foundation "consult regularly together." Here are some things to keep in mind before the recipient is announced this afternoon.

Monsanto is a donor, of course. »

Paula Deen Reportedly Planned a Wedding With Waiters Who Looked Like ‘Slaves’ [Updated]

Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

The flamboyant television food personality and enthusiastic pusher of an inane new line of pointless butter spreads allegedly admitted to telling racist jokes, using the N-word regularly, and — wait for it — enlisting "black men to play the role of slaves at a wedding" she was planning. All of these awful new Paula Deen factoids and more are courtesy of Radar, which reportedly had access to a deposition that was videotaped last month in conjunction with the sexual harassment charges levied against Deen's brother Bubba by former Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House general manager Lisa Jackson last year.

Waiter-slaves? How special is that? »

Proposals Sought for New Restaurant Coming to Pier 26 on the Hudson

It will look something like this.Photo: Courtesy of Hudson River Park

A large new restaurant with killer views of Hudson River Park and the choppy gray-green river itself is coming to Tribeca, it turns out. Hudson River Park Trust has issued an RFP for the under-construction building at Pier 26, which is being used these days for the most part to host special events but is the future home of an elegant pavilion building next to the boathouse. Once completed, it'll boast tall windows on three sides, large sliding glass doors that open on to the river, and multiple outdoor seating areas for al fresco dining.

Seafood restaurant? Beer garden? »

The Other Critics: Wells Reviews Kajitsu; Almost Everyone Else Files on Lafayette

Two stars for Kajitsu.

This week, Adam Platt visited ABC Cocina, awarding it two stars. "This new Jean-Georges-Kluger ABC outlet is not quite as tight and focused as their original collaboration," Platt says, "but when you factor in the range of the food and the myriad boozing opportunities, you could argue that it's a good deal more fun." Where did the other critics dine this week? Three (three!) reviewed Lafayette. Read on for their reactions, straight ahead.

"... drew uninhibited moans of bliss." »

Wolfgang Puck Trains Jon Favreau on the Sauté Station

The summer of Jon Favreau infiltrating professional restaurant kitchens to learn how to cook fancy food continues. Last night, The Hollywood Reporter notes, the actor and director got some pan-seared salmon lessons from Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air during a $190 per person, seven-course tasting menu dinner. (Roy Choi and David Chang also contributed courses.) Favreau has also been gleaning skills from the Kogi chef-owner in preparation for his role in the upcoming Chef, which will also star Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, and Scarlett Johansson. From the sound of it, the actor's time on the line is paying off, and apparently his spot prawns are pretty spot-on.

Salmon, skin side down. »

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