Umami’s New Burger; Pierre Loti Opens in Park Slope

Epicurious has launched a special newsstand print edition and a new app, the latter of which features 31,000 recipes and voice activation that enables users to control the screen without touching, allowing for hands-free usage while cooking. [Grub Street]

Pierre Loti Wine Bar & Restaurants first Brooklyn location opens in Park Slope today. The restaurant will serve Mediterranean-inspired fare and is open for dinner and weekend brunch. [Grub Street]

Buddakan will host a dumpling-making class on February 8 at 1 p.m. The class, which costs $85 per person, includes an interactive lesson, a tour of the kitchen, and brunch. The menu's online; reservations can be made by calling 212-989-6699. [Grub Street]

Top Chef winner and Los Angeles restaurateur Michael Voltaggio has designed a special burger modeled after a Monte Cristo for the Umami Burger chain. It's a beef patty topped with Gruyère fondue and prosciutto, and it's served on a custard-soaked-and-fried burger bun dusted with powdered sugar. $1 from each burger will be donated to the Los Angeles Mission, and will be available at all Umami Burger locations nationwide starting on January 28 for a limited time. [Grub Street]

Former Grub Street editor Josh Ozersky penned yet another screed against Brooklyn's inferior dining scene (compared to Manhattan's) and has now been threatened with "beat downs." [Bedford + Bowery]

Mandarin Oriental Paris chef Thierry Marx is hosting a dinner series at the Mandarin Oriental New York from January 28 to February 1. The meal will feature a prix fixe menu with dishes like cuttlefish tagliatelle and ravioli with haddock. Tickets are $195 per person for three courses, or $250 for five courses. [Grub Street]