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  1. openings
    The Rise of the GastrotavernAt Inga’s Bar and several other recently opened places, New York’s oldest style of restaurant gets new life.
  2. Turned Tables
    Here’s How Dining Changed Across Grub Street USA in 2012Foie gras was banned in California. Everything else was a blur.
  3. Empire Building
    Another Hurdle Cleared For Dinerman’s East Passyunk Ave. GastropubThe local zoning committee gave the project the go-ahead.
  4. Coming Soon
    ‘Upscale’ Gastropub In the Works For East Passyunk Ave.Though details are few, the project’s announcement was met mostly with applause.
  5. Lists
    Vetri’s Alla Spina Tops GQ’s List of ‘HottestNow the buzz is blowing up outside of the 215.
  6. The Other Critics
    Looking Back: The Other Critics Digest the Year That WasPlus what to drool over in 2012, and more, all in our weekly critics’ round-up.
  7. FYI
    No It’s Not Breaking Bad, It’s Alla SpinaThe dinner, which sold out almost immediately, previewed dishes to be featured on the Alla Spina menu.
  8. Mediavore
    Health Inspectors Egged On by Peeved PA Secretary of Health; Russian Troops WerePlus: Food takes center stage at British pubs as beer sales drop and alcohol taxes increase; and Houlihan’s is closed after a kitchen fire, all in our morning news roundup.
  9. Openings
    New Gastropub The Rockefeller Should Fit Nicely Into Hermosa BeachThe restaurant urges you to “Buy American” and is generally big on chest-thumping patriotism.
  10. Closings
    Say So Long to Fork & BarrelAfter just a few short months, the well-received East Falls gastropub is tapped out.
  11. Empire Building
    Fairfax Gets a Fat Dog, Open TomorrowThere’s even space on the wall for a photo of your own dog, which might help you start a conversation at these communal tables.
  12. Coming Soon
    Blind Pig Signals a Gastropub Glut in NoLibsThe Blind Pig will bring yet another gastropub to the NoLibs area.
  13. Coming Soon
    Fork & Barrel Owners Are on a RollThe owners of the well-received East Falls gastropub have their sights set on Center City for their next project.
  14. Openings
    Dandelion Gives a Specific Date and Time for Its Opening, Which Might Just MeanThe latest update on Starr’s long-awaited pub comes with a new date and, get this, a specific time.
  15. Openings
    The Dandelion Now Opening on December 29The opening date of Starr’s pub gets pushed back again.
  16. Empire Building
    A Little Starr Is BornThe latest addition to the Starr empire is a baby boy.
  17. Openings
    Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant Is Now OpenThe 75-seat Old City gastropub features a comfort driven menu and local and craft beers.
  18. Chef Shuffle
    Starr Appoints a Chef for His Unnamed PubThe new chef has British roots.
  19. Openings
    Gastropub Theater Will Open in Dumbo on FridayAre hipster movie theaters the new hipster bowling alleys?
  20. Openings
    Brit Gastropub Waterloo & City Opens Tonight in Culver CityChef Brendan Collins unveils his British gastropub for dinner.
  21. Mediavore
    KFC Criticized For ‘Cure’ Campaign; Revisiting the History of the Po’BoyIs shilling fried chicken to combat cancer appropriate and who invented the po’boy?
  22. Mediavore
    Raw Milk Debate Heats Up; Chicago Featured in ‘Best Food Ever’Plus: Business booms for chain restaurants, gastropubs expand, KFC questioned about charity.
  23. Mediavore
    Former Le Cirque Chef Dies; Chain-Restaurant Business UpPlus: a pitch for the next El Bulli, and the origins of the po’ boy, all in our morning news roundup.
  24. Mediavore
    Cahill’s Smoothie Past; Chain Business RisesPlus: a pitch for the next El Bulli, and the po’ boy’s origins, all in our morning news roundup.
  25. Mediavore
    Farmers’ Markets Are a Learning Opportunity; Chain Business on the RisePlus: a pitch for the next El Bulli, and the origins of the po’ boy, all in our morning news roundup.
  26. Openings
    What to Eat at Cooperage, Now Open in the Curtis CenterBreakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinking are all on tap.
  27. Slideshow
    The West Village’s Scottish Gastropub, Highlands, Opens TonightA preview of the food to come, including cullen skink and authentic haggis.
  28. Chef Shuffles
    Top Chef’s CJ Jacobson Joins The YardA Santa Monica gastro-pub signs on a Top Chef alum to their kitchen.
  29. Empire Building
    What to Eat at George Abou-Daoud’s New Restaurants, Coming in FallThe onwer of The Bowery and The Delancey is back with two new NYC-centric eateries.
  30. Openings
    Highlands Will Bring Scottish Food and Drink to the West VillageSmoked haddock and boutique gin come to the former P*ong space.
  31. Openings
    A Look Inside the Clerkenwell, Launching Brunch TomorrowA photo tour and a glimpse at the menu.
  32. Polemics
    Question: ‘Should Fine Dining Die?’A look at the pros and cons of the disappearing haute establishment.
  33. Openings
    Fort Greene’s New GastropubBrooklyn Public House opens Sunday.
  34. Openings
    Minetta Tavern Opening SoonAnd the new Seymour Burton is opening soon, too.
  35. Openings
    Stitch Owners Open Houndstooth Pub, Snow Patrol Lends Rock CredThe Spotted Pig it ain’t, but hey, it’s a new burger-and-beer option in the garment district.
  36. NewsFeed
    Gastropub Trend Winds South, Touching Down in Orlando Soon Orlando is a swell place to travel (preferably in a cherry-red Corvette) if you’re craving hash browns all-the-way at Waffle House, but what about Floridians who want a taste of the big city? Until recently, a restaurant called Babbo (unrelated) was one of their only options, but now it’s being renamed Nonna! (Too confusing?) Don’t worry — this fall comes The Ravenous Pig: An American Gastropub, opened by a student at New York’s own Culinary Institute of America (or so the place’s MySpace page seems to indicate). Could this be the most egregious Spotted Pig knockoff since Chodorow’s ill-fated Spotted Dick? Either way, the Orlando Weekly hilariously assures: “If ‘gastropub’ sounds unappetizing, never fear. It just means upscale food served in a relaxed, pub-like setting.” And with that, Orlando’s culinary innocence is dead. What’s Cooking [Orlando Weekly] Profile: The Ravenous Pig [MySpace] Related: The Pig and the Pudding [NYM]
  37. Openings
    Greenwich Village to Get Another Gastropub, If You Want to Call It ThatThe definition of a gastropub, as Adam Platt points out in his E.U. review this week, is open to question. But there’s no doubt that even the most broadly defined one is an upgrade over a bar with bad food, or no food at all. The Half-Pint, on West 3rd Street, will soon be pouring hand-drawn cask ale and over 60 kinds of bottled beer for NYU students and other locals, as well as administering a better-than-it-has-to-be food program. Chef-owner Mark Whelan’s menu includes fried Wisconsin cheese curds, crusted yellowfin tuna over salad, and some creative rethinkings of familiar bar standards, such as a ground-bratwurst burger, and a Reuben pizza with French dressing, sauerkraut, pastrami, and Swiss cheese. (For our part, we plan to stick to cask ale and traditional bar pies with Esposito sausage and cremini mushrooms. At least for the first few pints.) The Half Pint is slotted to open Memorial Day weekend. The Half-Pint, 76 W. 3rd St., nr. Thompson St.; no phone yet. The Half Pint menu
  38. Neighborhood Watch
    Vendors at Red Hook Ball Fields Postpone OpeningBrooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Pigfest, a major outdoor barbecue event at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, is slated for May 12. [The Food Section] Financial District: Front Street sees the soft opening of New Zealand gastropub Nelson Blue. [Eater] Midtown West: Haven’t made it to Insieme? Jason Perlow’s photo-essay chronicles, in loving and lingering detail, every course at Marco Canora’s new restaurant. [Off the Broiler] Landmarc at the Time Warner Center makes a mean-looking burger. [Gothamist] Red Hook: A new stoplight at the intersection of Van Brunt and Sullivan streets should help ease traffic caused by Fairway. [The Brooklyn Paper] Opening day for the ball fields’ food stands has been postponed, for one more week! [Gowanus Lounge] Flatiron: Eleven Madison Park declines to keep their trial pastry chef, Richard Bies; until they hire a permanent replacement for Nicole Kaplan, Daniel Humm himself is handling the dessert program. [Grub Street] Related: Nicole Kaplan Ditching Eleven Madison Park
  39. In the Magazine
    Gold St. and Zipper Tavern Bring Much-Needed Help to Their Neighborhoods Rob and Robin bring good news to two very underserved neighborhoods in this week’s Openings. The diurnal financial district gets a 24-hour brasserie complete with sushi bar in Gold St. Meanwhile the West Thirties, the grim border area between Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea, welcome Zipper Tavern, a legitimate gastropub with its own house-made charcuterie. We assume the view of passing tumbleweeds out the windows only adds to the atmosphere. Openings: Provence, Resto, Gold St., Zipper Tavern
  40. In the Magazine
    Resto: Belgium Beyond Beer and WafflesNot shown: 56 other beers.Photo: Bumblebee Studios for New York Magazine In this week’s Openings, Rob and Robin announce the birth of Resto, a new Belgian gastropub on Park Avenue South. The menu, newly added to our vast database, is ambitious: Aside from 60 Belgian beers, there are spiced lamb ribs and beef-cheek carbonnade along with other promising signs such as a frisée salad made with guanciale (the Roman jowl bacon more commonly seen in carbonara) and a fluke with sunchokes, caper berry, and beurre noisette. Add to that the dessert tasting menu of up to sixteen different kinds of Belgian chocolate and we’re sold. The place is pretty cool-looking, too. Restaurant Openings: Provence, Resto, Gold St., Zipper Tavern [NYM]
  41. Mediavore
    John’s Is Back, If Not Better Than Ever; Colors in the RedDon’t worry about Lonesome Dove’s Tim Love. He’s doing fine back in Texas. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram] John’s reopens, none the worse for wear after their brief run-in with the Health Department. [amNY] Colors, the cooperative founded by former Windows on the World workers, continues to struggle with the economic realities of opening and running a Manhattan restaurant. [NYT]
  42. Openings
    Park Slope Gastropub Serves Guinness on Tap — and as a Foam! A few months ago, we alerted you that the “gastropub” phenomenon, deftly explored by Rob and Robin, was infiltrating Park Slope. Well, on February 21 the eagle lands in the form of Alchemy, the love child of former Lucky Strike barkeep Kevin Read and Jared King, previously a chef at Peacock Alley, Windows on the World, and Oceana. Their collection of antique jars isn’t the most impressive in town (guys, how could you let Simon Hammerstein beat you? Those things come so cheap at the Seventh Avenue flea market), but the menu, available for you here exclusively, is nothing to scoff at. Hanger steak served with bone marrow? Scallops with acorn-squash purée and Guinness froth? Cuttlefish with chorizo-oil mayonnaise? O’Connor’s across the street better step up its game — bar nuts ain’t going to cut it anymore. —Daniel Maurer Earlier: The Slope Gets Gastropub — With Garden, Perfect for Six Months From Now