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If all goes as planned, Kenshiro Uki of the L.A.- and New Jersey–based manufacturer Sun Noodle will soon open a version of his wildly successful Ramen Lab with chef Shigetoshi "Shige" Nakamura, at 70 Kenmare Street this February. Plans for the tiny Nolita space include fourteen counter seats and an open kitchen, which means a much shorter commute for the throngs of ramen fiends who wanted in on the perpetually sold-out series, which was held in a nondescript industrial park across the Hudson. "Rather than ask people to come to Teterboro," explains Uki, "we had this opportunity to make it more accessible, and increase the kinds of ways people think about ramen. We see it as an education-driven place." If any of this brings to mind images of wizened old ramen lecturers and treatises on the elasticity of gluten, you should probably read on.
"It's like jazz," says David Chang.
Say, what's the appropriate amount to tip Jeeves — a week's pay, or a small gift and $50 cash?Photo-illustration: Rick Gomez/Corbis (Chauffeur)
The folks at CNBC noticed that McDonald's corporate posted a comprehensive guide to tipping all sorts of service people that pretty much no McDonald's employee can afford to employ — personal trainers, massage therapists, au pairs, landscapers — on its McResources website, the same portal that unhelpfully instructed workers to sing happy songs to get through periods of stress and break food into tiny pieces during times of diminishing grocery budgets. (Fitness trainers should get "the cost of one session" at the holidays, just FYI.)
What about the housekeeper?
Extra Fancy's punch is definitely good for your health.Photo: Courtesy of Extra Fancy
When you were a kid, this was the time of year that you came in from the snow and drank as much hot chocolate and warm cider as you could get. But since you're a grown-up, your warming beverages can have the added benefit of containing booze, too. Bars all over town get this, and they are happy to help you out by serving hot cocktails like bourbon-spiked tea, gin-and-honey punch, and malted hot toddies to keep you warm and cozy. We've rounded up fourteen strong ones, straight ahead.
Hot coconut milk! Vietnamese coffee with brandy!
Thanksgiving has come and gone, but of all people, perhaps Lindsay Lohan should be thankful. After moving on from 19-year-old Liam Dean, Lohan hung out at Finale with her potential new boyfriend, 18-year-old Michael Neeson. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio spent quality time with his new girlfriend at Artico, while newly single Orlando Bloom dined out with his son. This, and more, straight ahead.
Which HBO cast ate at Lafayette?
Seinfeld, at Buon Italia in Chelsea Market.Photo: Melissa Hom
"When I met Jerry he’d never really known anyone who’d cooked," says Jessica Seinfeld, whose latest book is the Can't Cook Book. "It’s just something I’m naturally comfortable with. I can zone out and relieve stress." There's another reason the mother of three prefers cooking for her family when it's dinnertime: "We are kind of very sarcastic, and — how do I say this? — we kind of antagonize our kids, and our mealtimes are kind of a battlefield. So it’s not the greatest thing in the world to be out to dinner." But Seinfeld still managed to hit Charlie Bird this week ("I've been there so many times), grab some midday meals, and get not one but two Thanksgiving dinners on the table. Read it all in this week's Grub Street Diet.
"Sundays are the days we completely Jew-out..."