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Cipriani

  1. NewsFeed
    Cipriani Beats Out Waverly Inn As ‘Favorite’ Restaurant for1Oak and Marquee also rank highly, perhaps because of their publicists.
  2. NewsFeed
    The Rainbow Room Still Has It, Whatever ‘It’ IsIt’s old, it’s decrepit — but it’s still the Rainbow Room.
  3. NewsFeed
    Ciprianis Can Keep Liquor License, Must Cough Up $500,000The commissioner of the State Liquor Authority thinks it’s “very unfortunate.”
  4. NewsFeed
    Cuozzo: Losing Cipriani a ‘Calamity’ for New YorkMisplaced fears over the Cipriani’s impending doom.
  5. Mediavore
    Salmonella Costs Industry $100 Mil; Cipriani on the Way Out on Fifth AvenueFrench-Japanese fusion on the way to Charlton Street, kosher workers need protection, and more, in our daily news roundup.
  6. Mediavore
    Budweiser to Go Belgian?; More Legal Woes for CiprianisPlus where Tom and Padma watched the ‘Top Chef’ finale, Magnolia Bakery’s new breakfast eats, and more, in our morning digest of news and gossip.
  7. Mediavore
    Imagining Cipriani Without Liquor; Gael Greene’s Double Date’Top Chef’ might be heading north, Gael Greene’s double date, and more in our morning roundup of food news and gossip.
  8. NewsFeed
    Ciprianis May Lose Their Liquor License, FinallyThe Ciprianis’ nine lives at the SLA may have run out.
  9. NewsFeed
    Momofuku Ko Hoping to Open in Two Weeks; No Malice Palace PrevailsDuring last night’s CB3 meeting, partner Andrew Salmon would reveal only that Momofuku Ko will hit capacity at fourteen, with no waiters and with fixed menus changing daily. “You sit directly across from the cook,” Salmon told the board. He kept the “vaguely Asian” food quiet, conceding only that it would include “all local ingredients … all sustainable development.” Unfortunately, he didn’t take the time to make sure a petition was including in the application, so no motion could be passed. Projected opening date: two weeks’ time!
  10. Celebrity Settings
    Kobe Dines on Kobe at Kobe; Nobu Gives Manning a Standing OFashion Week brought the usual celebrity infestation to town last week for glitzy after-parties, but we’ve already covered those. The real question is, where did the “normals” catch a bite? And of course by normals we mean billionaires, Nobel Prize winners, and Super Bowl champs, all of whom made the scene this week.
  11. Mediavore
    DOA Makes You Wait Longer to Eat Frankenbeef; Find Dinner on FoodTubeThough the FDA approved the sale of meat and dairy from cloned animals, the Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to postpone introducing cloned animals into the food supply until they can calm retailers and overseas trading partners. [NYT] Related: FDA to Beef Industry: Send in the Clones The list of restaurateurs interested in snatching up Tavern on the Green when its lease expires at the end of the year has expanded to include heavyweights such as Danny Meyer, Drew Nieporent, and the Ciprianis. [NYP] The Great Restaurant Critic Notebook Caper of 2008 continues! With confirmation that it belongs to neither Frank Bruni nor Danyelle “Restaurant Girl” Freeman, the search for its owner goes on. [Eater] Related: So the Critic Left Her (?) Notes. So What?
  12. NewsFeed
    Meatpacking Moguls Remm, Birnbaum, and Rabin on How to Be CoolOur fave waitress Courtney Yates isn’t the only face Belvedere Vodka is using to try to look cool — the company, in association with UrbanDaddy, is running Web interviews with David Rabin, owner of Los Dados and Lotus, and Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, owners of Tenjune. Remm and Birnbaum don’t exactly steer toward the underexposed when asked for their favorite restaurants: BondSt, Nobu, Bar Pitti, Los Dados, Mr. Chow, the Spotted Pig, Pastis, Buddakan, Dos Caminos Soho, Cipriani, Butter, Rose Bar, and Waverly Inn.
  13. Ask a Waiter
    Andrei Bancea on Cipriani: You’ll Have to Speak to the OwnerAndrei Bancea worked at an Italian restaurant in his native Bucharest, Romania, before moving to Italy for three years and then to the United States, where he started work as a waiter at Downtown Cipriani and eventually moved on to the chain’s 55 Wall Street location. “It’s a very successful company in Italy, so it was a big opportunity,” he says. And a very successful company here, too, if you ignore the tax-evasion and sexual-harassment lawsuits! We asked Andrei what life is like on the inside.
  14. NewsFeed
    Looking at the Cipriani Sexual-Harassment Docs It’s hard out there for a Venetian millionaire. No sooner did the Cipriani boys get the all clear from their federal tax-evasion trial than a major sexual-harassment lawsuit came down upon their heads. Just in time for your weekend reading, Grub Street has acquired a copy of the legal documents; after the jump, allegations of systematic misogyny and insidious put-downs.
  15. Mediavore
    New Momofuku(s) Opening Next Week; Meryl Streep to Play Julia ChildMomofuku Noodle Bar 2.0 is set to open Tuesday, which by David Chang’s accounts should mean Ko will be raised in one night and ready by Wednesday in the original’s former space. [Eater] Related: Keeping Up With the Momofukus Food & Wine questions whether Meryl Streep can carry the role of their “Patron Saint” Julia Child, though they have hope from a scene in The Hours in which the actress “deftly separated egg whites from egg yolks by letting the whites run through her fingers.” [Mouthing Off/Food&Wine] Hudson Valley is the largest foie gras producer in the country so even though 15,000 breeding ducks were killed in a fire this week, it “shouldn’t seriously affect production,” says Frank Bruni. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
  16. The New York Diet
    Socialite, Designer Tinsley Mortimer Dines at Cipriani, Has a Soft Spot forThink it’s odd that party fixture Tinsley Mortimer was recently flown to China to attend Fendi’s runway presentation on the Great Wall? Actually, the socialite (and ambassador for Dior Beauty) is big in Asia — she’s hard at work designing the fall 2008 collection for Samantha Thavasa (clothes sold only in Japan; handbags sold on Madison Avenue) and is preparing for the spring launch of a new line called Riccimie by Tinsley Mortimer. That doesn’t mean she goes out of her way to eat exotic. “I have a really poor palate,” she confesses. “So I tend to eat a lot of crap.” So is it crap, or merely guilty pleasures?
  17. Mediavore
    Trans-Fats Fines Round One; Gordo Like BreastsOthers agree: The Ciprianis’ “deal was sugary enough to let the nattily dressed pair stride out of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo’s courtroom looking like the cats that ate the cannolis.” But they forgot to mention the bimbos in Lambos. [NYP] Related: Ciprianis Get Out of Jail, Open New Restaurant On the Ciprianis Cooking Pasta — and the Books! In his new book, Gordon Ramsay reveals the importance of private-equity firm Blackstone in his career, like the company’s bankrolling “the installation of a chef’s table, where … three women showed their appreciation by baring their breasts to the cooks after one convivial meal, he writes.” Way to keep it classy, Gordo. [Bloomberg] The first round of trans-fats fines, ranging from $200 to $2,000, have been issued to restaurants across the city including Little Guyana Bake Shop in Queens — whose owner “didn’t know [the new rules] applied to bakeries as of yet.” [NYP]
  18. NewsFeed
    Ciprianis Get Out of Jail, Open New RestaurantThe Cipriani luck is running strong today, and the troubled restaurant family should be standing drinks all around. This morning the New York Post carried notice of a new Wall Street Cipriani restaurant, frequented by models and high-rolling types. And this afternoon, the clan learned that CEO Giuseppe Cipriani and family patriarch Arrigo Cipriani will not go to jail for tax fraud! The pair pleaded guilty in July to filing false corporate returns and will eventually pay $10 million in fines and back taxes. Giuseppe got three years probation and Arrigo received a conditional discharge that allows him to maintain his residence in Italy. Oh, and there’s a new business monitor peering into the books for the next several years, but the liquor license is still good. The Cipriani diet remains risotto and Champagne, not bread and water. Ciprianis Sentenced on Tax Fraud Charges [Crain’s NY]
  19. The New York Diet
    Butter’s Richie Akiva Dines With Puffy, Cooks for the ‘Wifey’ Richie Akiva, owner of celebrity favorite Butter, tells us that he and his partner Scott Sartiano’s next project 1OAK is set to open at 453 West 17th Street on October 19. He won’t tell us much more: “I really want it to be a surprise. It’s going to change the face of nightlife in New York.” He’s also working on opening clubs in Los Angeles and Miami (the latter, we can report, will be an outpost of Butter). So when he’s not starving himself for the Jewish holidays or enjoying “wifey day” with his current girlfriend (past lucky ladies: Mary-Kate, Lindsay, Carmen Kass, etc.), where does he butter his bread?
  20. Mediavore
    Mob Associate Called CEO of Cipriani; Yet Another Fall PreviewColombo-crime family associate Dennis Pappas signed leases for Cipriani USA as the CEO of the restaurant group, but was surprisingly left off contracts submitted to the SLA. [NYP] By the time Craig Hopson unveils his new menu in January, One if by Land, Two if by Sea will have undergone a complete renovation, building on a color scheme of chocolate and watermelon. [Restaurant Girl] The fall openings include all the usual suspects. [Strong Buzz] Related: Where the Underground Gourmet Will Be Eating [NYM]
  21. Mediavore
    Ciprianis to Lose Liquor License; Market Table Coming in SeptemberThe State Liquor Authority is set to yank the liquor licenses from the Ciprianis, thanks to their felony tax-evasion conviction. Is this the end of their N.Y. operations? [NYP] Joey Campanero of little owl fame is planning on opening his new restaurant, Market Table, sometime in September. [Strong Buzz] The Moondance Diner has left the building. [Newsday] Related: Go West, Old Diner
  22. Mediavore
    The Upper West Side Arrives; Clone Restaurants FlourishThe Upper West Side is “Manhattan’s hottest restaurant neighborhood” with a confluence of good places from name chefs and anonymous but high-quality local eateries. The addition of Daniel Boulud’s new wine bar is just the icing on the cake. [NYP] If you like Peter Luger, Magnolia Bakery, or Pearl Oyster Bar, know that there are clones all over town. [TONY] The glories of hidden Queens range from an Argentine steakhouse with “insane” portions to an ancient ice-cream parlor in Jackson Heights. [NYP]
  23. Mediavore
    Ciprianis May Lose Fifth Avenue Lease; New York May Lose Iconic SignThe Cipriani family may lose the lease on its Fifth Avenue property because of their criminal case. [NYP] Just like the Moondance Diner, Jade Mountain’s iconic neon sign looks like it’s headed out of town. [Lost City] Will Goldfarb better get to work on that glyph, because apparently his new restaurant won’t be called Room 4 Dessert for legal reasons. [Eater] Related: Room 4 Dessert Is Dead, Long Live Room 4 Dessert
  24. Neighborhood Watch
    LeNell’s Looking to Open a Bar, In or Out of Red HookAstoria: Ovens being removed from Le Petit Prince sparks fears that the bakery will be closed permanently. [Joey in Astoria] Gramercy: The rooms at the Gramercy Park Hotel might start at $750 per night, but for the remainder of the summer, the third day is free and includes breakfast on the magically exclusive roof deck. [NewYorkology] Harlem: Doughnuts and dogs will both be present at St. Nick’s Dog Park Coffee Bark this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. [Uptown Flavor] Red Hook: LeNell Smothers is not only hunting for a new space for her bourbon-heavy liquor store, she also plans to open a (bourbon-heavy) bar right next to it. [Eat for Victory/VV] Meatpacking District: No word on the fate of Socialista now that its backers, the Cipriani boys, have pleaded guilty to evading $10 million in taxes. [NYT] Soho: A boutique hotel being raised at Broome and Thompson will feature a glass elevator that whisks guests from the street to an elevated lobby while simultaneously allowing them to point and laugh at nearby 60 Thompson. [Down by the Hipster]
  25. Mediavore
    The Pearl Oyster Suit Not Just About Lobster Rolls; Salman and Padma FinallyThere’s more to the Pearl Oyster Bar suit than the poaching of lobster-roll recipes or wainscoting; Rebecca Charles accuses Ed McFarland of what amounts to corporate espionage. [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Related: Ed’s Lobster Bar to Pearl Oyster Bar: Step Off! It’s finally official: Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi are bust-o. A source close to both suggests two of the possible reasons: Rushdie is “totally self-centered,” and Lakshmi “incredibly dull.” [Daily India] PDT’s combination of conspicuous secrecy and promotional exertion is basically ridiculous. “It kind of gives you the idea that you’re the only one who knows about a place. But once you look around and are like, ‘What are all these people from New Jersey doing here?’ — obviously, you’re not.” [NYP]
  26. The New York Diet
    Model-Heiress Lydia Hearst-Shaw Obsesses Over Sushi, Wears Caviar Lydia Hearst-Shaw’s profile has only risen since People Magazine named her one of its “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2004. After modeling for Prada, Bottega Veneta, Clinique, MAC cosmetics, and more, the Hearst heiress and Heatherette darling was recently photographed for German fashion magazine Tush: “I got to smear caviar on my face. They warmed up an artichoke in a microwave and made it a little wet and they took it apart and they pulled my hair back and clipped it all over my head, so I looked like one of those Cabbage Patch Kids. I definitely wasn’t smelling too great after.” Sensing her love of food, we met up with her at SushiSamba and asked her what she ate during the past week.