ReBar Owner Jason Stevens’s Prison Sentence; Charlie Palmer’s Crimson & Rye Opens

• Jason Stevens, reBar's former owner, has been sentenced to tax fraud and grand larceny. Stevens will serve three to ten years in prison for stealing $200,000 in sales tax, and he also admitted to failing to collect $1.2 million in sales tax. [Real Deal, Related]

• Tonight, Charlie Palmer's Crimson & Rye opens to the public. Located in the Lipstick Building at 198 East 54 Street, the restaurant has a craft cocktail bar and a menu that includes shared plates like corn pancakes with caviar. [Grub Street]

The Musket Room has a new summer bar snacks menu, with bites like buffalo sweetbreads and bone marrow with uni and orange. [Grub Street]

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Jerk Chicken Ramen With Scotch Bonnet Chili Paste Sounds Very Spicy

In the grand tradition of Dassara's matzo ball variety and, well, thousands of other noodle bowls that don't adhere strictly to the holy ramen quadrumvirate of tonkostsu, shio, shoyu, and miso comes this jerk chicken version now being served as a special at Miss Lily's 7A Café. The soup at the East Village offshoot of Miss Lily's also contains jerk pork belly, soy-marinated ackee, and chili paste made from fermented scotch bonnets. It's $15 and is available Mondays starting tonight, then goes until supplies run out, and you're probably going to need a fresh juice to go with that.

Tennessee Steakhouse Joins the Hot New ‘Guns Welcome’ Trend

No shoes, no gun, no service?

Those Elvis theme nights probably do all right, but Shiloh Brew & Chew, a "family-style" steakhouse in Tennessee, really scored with locals when it prominently put a "Guns Are Welcome" sign in the window. It's a big boon for business so far, says owner Sharma Floyd, with lots of fringe benefits: "I lost a whole group of motorcyclists because they thought I didn't allow weapons," Floyd says. Those bikers are presumably back, as well as the Guns & Ammo contingent.

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Tips for Jesus Leaves Lucky New Orleans Server $10,000 Tip

Wait, that's the Customer Copy.Photo: TipsForJesus/Instagram

A member of the global anonymous monster-tipping syndicate TipsForJesus has outdone him or herself by leaving a really big gratuity at Galatoire's in New Orleans's French Quarter. The group's $9,000 bill was pretty mammoth on its own, too, though, meaning past tip percentages were technically more generous. Still, it may set the group's record for total haul. In the future, though, benefactors may want to double-check which slip they're scrawling out for the rest of the world to marvel upon — this time, they filled out the "Customer's Copy." [Instagram via Eater]

Veselka’s 54 Minutes of Insanely Cheap 1954 Menu Prices Happens Wednesday

These potato pancakes cost 50 cents, but only for less than an hour.Photo: Melissa Hom

Beginning on Wednesday night a 6 p.m. sharp at Veselka, that 24-hour bastion of carbohydrate glory on the corner of Second Avenue and East 9th Street, management will roll out a menu of 10-cent coffee and 60-cent borscht, just like it did in 1954. The throwback continues apace with $1.50 pierogies, $1 blintzes, stuffed cabbage at bargain-basement prices, discount egg creams, and more, and the catch is that the deal will only last for 54 minutes, meaning you've got to get in and order your mushroom-barley by 6:54 p.m., when the deal ends. So maybe call that cab now or go pitch a tent in the East Village. In the interim, check out your options, straight ahead.

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Ice Cream Shop’s Planned Parenthood Benefit Met With Deluge of Threatening Phone Calls

Uh-oh.

Two-year-old Portland, Oregon, shop What's the Scoop? received a series of threatening phone calls and messages, apparently from anti-abortion activists, after it announced proceeds from its limited-edition "Rose City Revolution" would go toward Planned Parenthood. The business regularly donates to various charities and nonprofit organizations, but last week its proprietor found that its Planned Parenthood flavor — honey-vanilla with rose petals — had prompted an atypical glut of complaint calls, as well as an outpouring of shock, hate, and bad puns on Twitter.

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Burmese Pop-up Now Serves Vegetable Fritters and Shave Ice at a Street Fair Near You

Pea parathas, soft spring rolls, and some eye-popping "Burmese frozen delights" are now being sold on Saturdays at a variety of locations through Manhattan under the nom de pop-up Burmese Bites. The proprietors of the new stand, which Eating in Translation says is an extension of operations at the Myanmar Baptist Church fun fair, seek to rectify a shortage of Burmese food in the "street food industry." The city has few full-fledged Burmese restaurants anyhow, another reason why the debut is pretty exciting. [Official site via Eating in Translation]

Williamsburg Residents Not Exactly Flocking to Their Brand-New Starbucks

The scene this morning.Photo: Julia Reinstein

Williamsburg's first Starbucks opened this morning at 6 a.m. sharp, and Grub Street stopped by to check out the scene — or rather, the lack of one.

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FDA Actually Has to Warn People Not to Eat Pure Powdered Caffeine

The FDA has issued a sternly worded safety advisory about anhydrous, or powdered caffeine, after a teenage boy from Ohio died in May from an overdose. "The difference between a safe amount and a lethal dose of caffeine in these powdered products is very small," a FDA spokesperson told the AP, unlike, say, the espresso content in those alarmingly sized Starbucks monstrosities. A teaspoon of powder, described as "nasty" tasting even in one of its more positive reviews, contains the caffeine equivalent of 25 cups of coffee. [AP]

Brooks Headley’s Veggie Burger Pop-up Was a Huge Success

Headley in action last night.Photo: Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

At 5 p.m. yesterday, a line stretched down Eldridge Street, people waiting upwards of an hour to get into the space that recently housed Family Recipe. "What's going on?" a passing cyclist asked at one point. "Veggie burgers!" was the response — perhaps not the one the cyclist was expecting. Of course, these weren't any old veggie burgers; they were the new, much-hyped creation of Del Posto's James Beard Award–winning pastry chef, Brooks Headley.

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McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut Served Meat in China That Expired a Year Ago

Add a little of this with a little of that.

Outrage in China has made an investigative report by Dragon TV — which shows Shanghai Husi Food Co., a major meat supplier for the above brands, creating something you might call "recycled" meat, by mixing nauseatingly old patties and chicken with new material — the top trending story on Weibo, China's Twitter. The companies have apologized and say they removed affected menu items, though that hasn't necessarily stopped people from trying to order them. [Reuters, Quartz]

Two Manhattan Five Guys Locations Are Now Testing Milkshakes

The Five Guys on West 42nd Street and another on 34th Street have branched out, along with select locations in New Jersey and Virginia, into the brave new world of serving milkshakes. The base flavor is vanilla, but a lineup of ten mix-ins includes sour cherries, bacon, malted milk, and coffee. As it is with its free-toppings-heavy hamburger menu, the chain's angle on milkshakes is that you can add as many mix-ins as your stomach can handle. [Midtown Lunch via Eater]

07/20/14

Drew Nieporent’s Batard Is Already Showing Quite Well

BâtardPhoto: Sarah Silberg/New York Magazine

Summer is usually the slow, sleepy season for big-city gastronomes, a time to sample “handmade” ice creams, sip craft-beer shandies, and quibble over the merits of your favorite hot dog or fish taco under the shade of the nearest tree. But these days, notable new restaurants seem to be popping up around town like proverbial lemonade stands. Ivan Orkin’s excellent three-star ramen joint recently opened, and so did the newly revamped, slightly less excellent version of Tavern on the Green. The food blogs have been abuzz lately with breathless news about the prime-rib burger at Cherche Midi, Keith McNally’s new bistro on the Bowery, and the local Francophiles in my neighborhood can barely contain their excitement about Carlos Suarez’s new Provençal-themed restaurant, Claudette, which opened this May in a perpetually doomed space just above Washington Square.

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07/18/14

Carvel’s 80-Cent Cone Celebration; Ridley Scott Plans a Marco Pierre White Biopic

• Carvel, which turns 80 this year, is directing customers to its Facebook page, where they can print out coupons to get an 80-cent cone of vanilla, chocolate, or the chain's new Nutella soft-serve this Sunday only. [Grub Street]

• More proof that everything's coming up mozzarella: Obicà will open its newest, cheese-filled bar on Monday, July 21 at 928 Broadway in Flatiron. [MadParkNews]

• Dan Silverman launches Sunday Supper at the Regency Bar & Grill this weekend. The menu includes oxtail agnolotti with celery, pignolis, and currants, and striped bass with beans and heirloom tomatoes. Pastry chef Jeff Sytsma's dessert is vanilla buttermilk panna cotta with peach Melba sorbet and raspberries. The cost is $50. [Grub Street]

Dipping noodles at Ramen.Co, a lottery-winning restaurant owner ... »

2 Bros. Pizza Closed in the East Village

The Second Avenue branch of 2 Bros. Pizza has apparently shut down. Workers were spotted hauling its ovens out the front door and otherwise dismantling its fixtures this afternoon. This may mean the neighborhood's notoriously cheesy $1 slice wars are finally coming to an end. Update: Despite the ongoing skirmishes and anti-slice crusades, a report from the front intimates that 2 Bros. is remodeling and will reopen soon as Two Bros. 2.0. [EV Grieve, Related]

Fishmonger Releases 75-Year-Old, 18-Pound Lobster Instead of Letting Someone Eat It

No one holds Luke Oceanwalker upside-down by his tail. No one!Photo: Harborside Fish Market Facebook

Lots of people wanted to buy and cook the lobster the guys at Mullaney's Harborside Fish Market in Scituate, Massachusetts, had taken to calling Luke, especially during Independence Day weekend. But after careful consideration, proprietor Joby Norton decided to let the crustacean go. Fishmongers were unsure of Luke's exact age but posited he was around 75 years old, and in any event, he's not telling. So after some mingling with the chix, Luke hitched a ride on a fishing boat far out beyond Scituate Harbor late last night and is now safely back home, where he will no doubt begin plotting his revenge on his "benevolent" captors. Or maybe he'll just munch on some clams and sea urchins. [Mullaney's/Facebook, Patriot-Ledger]

Cocktails Made With Energy Drinks Make You Want to Drink More

Gives you a hangover.

It sounds like common sense, but now there's a scientific study that suggests there's a good chance that the fruit-juice-sweetened vodka (or rum) and Red Bull cocktail you order as a pick-me-up might compel you to order way too many more fruit-juicy Red Bull and vodkas. "Caffeine, being a stimulant, tends to bring out the stimulant effects of alcohol intoxication," they write, explaining that people who drank the energy-drink-laced cocktails were more likely to say their drink tasted better than folks who got vodka, juice, and traditional soda, and the Red Bull contingent also expressed a "greater urge for more."

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UrbanSpace Will Open 12,000-Square-Foot Market Near Grand Central

A WNYC report on the rise of food halls like Hudson Eats, Gotham West Market, Berg'n, and Claus Meyer's forthcoming Nordic behemoth in midtown also reveals that UrbanSpace NYC is working on a year-round, 12,000-square foot market "across from Grand Central Station." It will debut sometime in the winter of 2015 with around 25 vendors, "mostly food." This one sounds a lot like the "artisanal food market" near the Vanderbilt Avenue Pedestrian Corridor that was announced in March. [WNYC, Related]

President Obama Admits to Losing His Mind Over Chips and Guacamole

We knew it.

Today at Kids' State Dinner, an event held at the White House to promote nutrition and healthy eating, President Obama discussed his favorite foods. "Basically, if there is a bowl of good chips and guacamole," he started to say, before being cut off by First Lady Michelle Obama. "He loses it," she interrupted, just before the president confirmed what the Hass Avocado Board has no doubt been waiting to hear for the last six years from the noted barbecue and sashimi enthusiast. "I lose my mind," said President Obama. "I lose my mind." A few minutes later, FLOTUS revealed her "obsession" for French fries before delivering a followup that no doubt sent a profound ripple of fear straight through the headquarters of the Idaho Potato Commission. "I’m making a vow," she said. "I’m going to take a break from French fries." [WP, Related]

Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Elan, Nightingale 9, 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.

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