Alain Ducasse Has Designs on LCB’s Midtown West SpaceAstoria: Sai’s Organics health-food store will open a new location that incorporates a wellness center, and they’re hiring. [Joey in Astoria]
Bensonhurst: Do Carluccio’s heroes have a right to be famous? Has anyone heard of them? [Brooklyn Record]
East Village: A sake retailer is moving in on East 9th Street. [Down by the Hipster]
Flatiron: Charlie Palmer shuts down Kitchen 22. [Eater]
Fort Greene: Pequeña chef and co-owner Johannes Sanzin, who also partners in Olea and Maggie Brown, is developing a space on Fulton and Clinton Avenue for an unknown restaurant. [VV]
Midtown West: Our Insatiable Critic’s new blog breaks news that Alain Ducasse cohorts claim to have secured the low-rent space of Department of Health–shuttered Brasserie LCB. [Bite]
Upper East Side: There’s apparently something sacred about staring at bodega workers just trying to have dinner in peace. [The Upper East Side Informer]
Williamsburg: An Austro-Hungarian biergarten — huge, with a restaurant — is in progress on North 3rd Street! [A Test of Will]
Chef Leaving Aureole — Just After Valentine’s Day!Friday is the last day for Dante Bucozzi, the Aureole chef whose Italian cooking kept the restaurant popular after its New American heyday under Charlie Palmer and then Gerry Hayden. Bucozzi will be opening an eatery in Cleveland, his hometown. “It was a situation I couldn’t say no to,” he tells us. “The restaurant [I’m taking over] was an institution. We’re going to call it Dante and reopen after Labor Day.” Aureole’s corporate chef Tony Aiazzi will be promoted to Bucozzi’s spot.
New Cookbooks You Might Actually Open
Back in the day, of course, most kitchens could get by with a single massive reference tome; as the Times just pointed out, it was often Joy of Cooking. Now so many cookbooks come out every season that you could spend your entire grocery budget on them. Here are an exceptional handful by New York chefs or celebrities that have come out this fall.
Back of the House
Keller Starred, Ramsay Scarred — Palmer Just Plain Buttered Up• After chilling poolside with Charlie “Sturdy, Masculine” Palmer, Brendan Vaughan gives the restaurateur turned Vegas hotelier a royal buttering. [Esquire]
• Does Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen rage stem from daddy issues? [Bloomberg]
• Michelin sizes up the West Coast, and Killer Keller becomes the second chef to hit the Deuce (two three-star restaurants, that is). [NYT]
• Bringing it back home: The lil’ guys behind S’MAC are thinking “mac and cheese is going to be the new pizza.” [NYP]