Maysville’s Derby Party; Take Root’s Spring Menu

Maysville will host a Kentucky Derby party on May 3 with a $75 per person barbecue feast complete with deviled eggs, crispy grits, and more. Call 646-490-8240 to book. [Grub Street]

Take Root has launched its new spring menu. Offerings include sweetbread with onion and honey, duck with morels and lobster, and monkfish with liver and speckled lettuce. [Grub Street]

• On April 27, the bloggers from Thug Kitchen will take over the Cinnamon Snail food truck for the day to serve a special menu, with all proceeds going to City Harvest. Catch the truck in front of Brooklyn Brewery. [Grub Street]

Ikea Plans to Serve Vegetarian Meatballs

The new meatballs roll out next year.

Following its dark horse meatball days of 2012-13 and its subsequent announcement of "farm to fork" traceability standards, Ikea says it'll roll out brand-new vegetarian (but not vegan) meatballs next year to offset the hefty carbon footprint of its regular Swedish meatballs, which are made from beef and pork. "A chicken meatball and a veggie ball are under development and will complement our [standard] meatball offer next year," a company spokesperson told the Telegraph. In addition to their sustainability factor, the new varieties speak to the overall enduring power of the Ikea meatball — including, apparently, the equine kind. "We had people begging us to put them back on the menu whatever was in them," an executive said. [Telegraph UK, Related]

Watch Emma Montero Sullivan Tell the Story of Long Island Bar

We were already fans of Joel Tompkins and Toby Cecchini's cocktail-oriented reboot of the old neon-fronted Long Island Bar in Cobble Hill, which reopened last fall after a six-year closure. This video, in which former proprietor Emma Montero Sullivan describes the bar's early days, makes us love the place even more. "Every holiday, every birthday, every going-away party was celebrated here," she says.

"Wonderful years I had here ... " »

Restaurant Swears It Didn’t Pick Penis Logo on Purpose Even Though Anyone With Eyes Can See the Logo Is Clearly a Penis

Seriously, the owners are really going to say they didn't know this looked like a dong? Even if that were true, wouldn't somebody point it out, say, during the first week?

Really? »

Nespresso Agrees to Stop Hating on Competitor’s Single-Serve Coffee Pods

Invasion of the pod people.

The most significant barrier to entry in the single-serve coffee game right now is probably the fact that its two largest companies — Nespresso and Keurig — manufacture machines that reject competitors' pods. Yesterday, however, a French court sided with with two of those rejects, D.E. Master Blenders and Ethical Coffee Company (the only maker of Nespresso-compatible capsules that are biodegradable), by saying it's not alright for Nespresso to include labels that warn users about other brands' pods, or to keep modifying machines to make them fit awkwardly.

Billions of dollars. »

It’s a Good Year for Easter Candy

Go beyond the chocolate bunny — or not, that's fine, too — with this lineup of next-level candy and sweets from places like Dominique Ansel Bakery, FP Patisserie by François Payard, and Bouchon Bakery. Or splurge for the $1,200, 11-pound tableau from La Maison du Chocolat. There's even some gluten-free and vegan picks from BabyCakes on the list. [New York]

General Mills Says on Second Thought, Facebook Users Can Sue After All

Hamburger Helper: He's been burned one too many times.

Well, that didn't last long: General Mills is taking a few steps back from its revised new legal policy, reported in yesterday's Times, which seemed to signal all consumers forfeited their rights to sue if they simply "engaged" with things like the company Facebook page or "liked" a photo. A spokesperson now clarifies: "No one is precluded from suing us merely by purchasing our products at the store or liking one of our brand Facebook pages." The way one is precluded, apparently, is by "subscrib[ing] to one of our publications or download[ing] coupons." Clears things up, right?

Let's get ready to arbitrate! »

Vidalia Onion Situation in Georgia Is Getting Real Intense

"Customers are going to get good, sweet Vidalia onions, and get them before next week." —Farmer Delbert Bland, who began shipping crops earlier this week in defiance of an official state government request. [AJC, Related]

Chobani Adds Savory Dips and Yogurty Desserts to Product Line

The Greek yogurt titan isn't going to let a Whole Foods rebuff and a bunch of party-pooper customs officials ruin its low-fat, high-protein parade: The company is setting sail for yogurty new frontiers with the introduction of Chobani Oats, which consists of its product blended with fruit and oats. Also coming up is Chobani Indulgent, which is some kind of dessert, and later this year, there's going to be a line of Chobani-branded savory dips, bringing everyone a little closer to a world where one can have yogurt in one form or another for every meal of the day. [AP/Crain's, Related]

The Musket Room Hires Eleven Madison Park’s Becca Punch As Pastry Chef

Punch's new chocolate torte with praline and burnt orange.

Grub hears that the Musket Room, one of a select few new restaurants to invest in a full-blown pastry program, has hired Eleven Madison Park's Becca Punch to join chef Matt Lambert and his team. She replaces Rob Rohl, the restaurant's opening pastry chef, who departed this spring. Punch's new desserts, like honey sponge with blueberry-and-buckwheat custard, are already on the menu.

Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Huertas, Racines, and More

Photo: iStockphoto

Each week, Grub Street surveys the entire restaurant landscape of New York, crunches the numbers, and comes up with this: A list of the most-talked-about, must-visit places in the city. They might be new, or they could be older places that have gotten a recent jolt of buzz. No matter what, these are the restaurants where you should make a point to eat sooner rather than later.

Read more »

What to Eat at Racines, a Paris Wine Bar That Just Opened in Tribeca

Squid à la plancha.Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

This week, David Lanher opened the first Stateside outpost of his beloved Parisian wine bar, Racines, on Chambers Street. He's collaborating with Chambers Street Wines owner David Lillie, Provence-born sommelier Arnaud Tronche, and Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Duca, most recently of L'Instant d'Or in Paris. The well-edited food menu includes French dishes like veal tartare with warm mayonnaise, Mangalitza pork with pig's feet croquettes and ramps, and for dessert, poached pear with buckwheat ice cream. The extensive wine list focuses specifically on natural, organic, and biodynamic wines from small-scale French producers (and, even better, glasses start at $9). Take a look, straight ahead.

Casual vibes. »

High-School Seniors Invent a Better Ketchup Bottle

Ketchup Boy says: "I approve of this."

A pair of enterprising high-school students in Kansas, Tyler Richards and Jonathan Thompson, have created a fairly simple but definitely ingenious fix for the watery goo that sometimes propels out of ketchup bottles, ruining hamburgers and then some. Given the science-project prompt, "It really bugs me when …" the seniors designed what they're calling "The 'Shroom," a device embedded in the cap shaped like an upside-down mushroom. A basin collects water as ketchup, and ketchup alone, squirts out a siphon in the center. It's apparently "based on the Pythagorean cup idea," they explain, also known as "the same principle that toilets work off of." The duo estimates it would cost 23 cents per bottle, but that consumers would be willing to pay up to $3 for the convenience. The guys are hopefully next working on a way to prevent ketchup bottles from being used as non-lethal weapons. [Kansas City Star, Related]

Sarah Jessica Parker Eats Porchetta at Osteria Morini; Katie Holmes Enjoys Kingside’s Cheeseburger

Lady who lunches.Photo: Raymond Hall/GC Images

This week, Derek Jeter took the next step in his relationship with Hannah Davis at the Lion, Katie Holmes kicked back at Kingside, and Taylor Swift and Seth Rogen partied together after Saturday Night Live. This, and more, straight ahead.

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NYC Bars Take Drastic Measures to Cope With Rising Lime Costs

The price of limes has jumped nearly 500 percent.Photo: Shutterstock

In this age of bespoke cocktails, it's almost unimaginable to think that a bar could go without a staple ingredient like limes. But as prices climb ever higher — one owner told us his costs jumped almost 500 percent — that's the measure that some places have taken to combat increased costs. Other bars are resorting to slightly less drastic means, cutting lime juice with lemon, using pre-bottled juice, or simply waiting for customers to ask for lime garnishes (and charging accordingly). Here's how 11 spots are dealing with the limepocalypse right now, but this is only going to get worse in the run-up to Cinco de Mayo, so if you have your own lime-juice horror story, send an email here and let us know; we'll keep this post updated accordingly.

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Starbucks Will Open in Original Bleecker Street Records Location

A little bit punk and a little bit frappuccino.Photo-illustration: photo, Robert K. Chin

A recent real-estate industry notice indicates the lease on the 1,500-square-foot space was signed earlier this month, and the storefront at 239 Bleecker Street that was home to Bleecker Street Records will next become a Starbucks. The vinyl store thrived for more than two decades in its West Village home, but was forced to move to 188 West 4th Street after the landlord reportedly increased the rent to $27,000. (Nearby Bleecker Bob's, a favorite of Joey Ramone's, was not as lucky this time last year, when it closed forever to make way for an incoming frozen-yogurt store.) A spokesperson for the coffee chain, which now has more than 280 locations in the city, confirms 239 Bleecker will open this summer. [Real Deal]

Andre Braugher Eats ‘Really Quickly,’ Ends the Day With Hershey’s

"If you don't eat quick enough, you don't get seconds."Photo: Liz Clayman

Most actors would use a hiatus from an Golden Globe-winning sitcom for some downtime, but Andre Braugher, who plays Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is instead working on his first theatrical producing effort. His play, Oni Faida Lampley's semi-autobiographical Tough Titty, premieres on April 23 at the Paradise Factory. Braugher's busy, but this week, he still found time to sit down for dinner at Esca and Saxon + Parole, find a perfect hot and crusty baguette, and eat sushi while driving. Read it all, straight ahead.

"It's an art: eating sushi while you drive." »

Here’s the Cover for Dominique Ansel’s Cookbook (Plus: Free Cronuts)

Celebrate with a free Cronut, why don't you.Photo: Simon & Schuster

That was fast: Last August, it was announced that pastry chef Dominique Ansel was writing a cookbook, just a scant three months after the debut of Cronuts, and now we have the cover. The dramatic shot of flour, along with Ansel's hands, is an interesting choice, considering how most cookbooks go for extreme close-ups on chef's faces, or heavily stylized food shots.

What's this about free cronuts? »


Food Book Fair’s Pop-up Store; Spring Dishes at Five Leaves

Five Leaves has a new spring menu from chef Ken Addington, featuring dishes like paprika-crusted chicken and a housemade cavatelli. There is a new spring cocktail list, too, which will include a grapefruit margarita and brandy colada. [Grub Street]

• The Food Book Fair will begin tomorrow with a pop-up bookstore in the Wythe Hotel. Find cookbooks and other food-related literary fare through Sunday, April 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. [Grub Street]

Chipotle Plans to Raise Menu Prices This Spring

Based on previous discussions between executives, the whole enchilada is likely going to increase between 3 and 5 percent, which isn't a lot to pay for all that sustainability, right? The changes, which the AP reports are the chain's first in three years, should begin hitting menu boards within the next month and will be in full effect by the summer. Hopefully by that time, the drug-cartel-induced lime shortage will have fizzled out and no one will even think of bringing up the "guacapocalypse." [AP, Related]


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