Starbucks to Cut Prices, Increase OdorsLook for price drops and better smells at Starbucks after today’s annual meeting. The stuttering chain is losing sales to McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, and former CEO Howard Schultz has returned to lead Starbucks to ubiquitous glory once again.
Niagara Will Be Meeting Your Pizza NeedsThe food and drink arrangement at Niagara was always pretty much a simple one: You go to Niagara, drink, writhe around downstairs in one of its subterranean caverns, then, after more drinking, cap the night off with a barely edible slice from Sal’s next door. Now Niagara owners, Motherfucker promoter Johnny T and D Generation front man Jesse Malin, have integrated the process by taking over their next-door pizzeria. The new pizza canteen, whose name was still being decided upon at the time of this writing, will also benefit from Niagara’s liquor license — not to mention its exhausted, famished customers. Expect to pick up a slice by the end of next week.
Williamsburg’s First Cocktail Palace Is Revealed
Eater must’ve spotted us at Hotel Delmano on Friday because they took a break from their holiday yesterday to post interior shots of Billyburg’s first cocktail palace, from the owners of Union Pool. We might’ve done the same — that’s how impressive this place is — but we confess to being too hung-over from one too many elderflower tequila gimlets, which is what happens when you ask the barkeep there to make you something with tequila. That and a tequila with grenadine and bitters made “by hand” (hence the moniker “Delmano”). As for the cocktail list, the Commandant’s Cocktail is the only original one and the most expensive at $14 (it contains pear cognac, Cointreau, lemon juice, and green chartreuse), but mixologist Jeff Hanson’s $9 to $12 renditions of the Last Word, Corpse Reviver No. 2, the Hemingway Daiquiri, and the Seelbach Cocktail are plenty revelatory.
At the End of the Day, Nicole Kaplan Likes Ring Dings
We told you on Wednesday that Nicole Kaplan was leaving Del Posto for the Plaza, and today we can tell you why: She’s not crazy about cooking Italian food. “I guess I just missed my style; I wasn’t loving Italian food as much as I thought I would. My style is American food with a strong French–training influence.”
Mondrian Will Bring a ‘Glamorous Restaurant’ to ChinatownAstoria: Pita Pan at 37-15 30th Avenue has opened in its new space; plans for further expansion include rooftop dining. [Joey in Astoria]
Boerum Hill: Trader Joe’s poised to open its second New York store in the former Independence Savings Bank building at the juncture of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue. [Brooklyn Eagle]
Chinatown: A Mondrian hotel at 150 Lafayette Street planned for 2009 will feature a “glamorous restaurant” and a ballroom. [NYP]
Clinton Hill: Thursday, July 12, iCi hosts the Art of Taste, an evening of food education and dining with the ladies of Green Gourmet. [Clinton Hill Blog]
Lower East Side: Brick-oven pizzeria Chickie Pig’s is opening this weekend. [Eater]
Midtown East: Some first-class summer specials are to be had in the streets of midtown right now, including Milant Gourmet Deli’s gazpacho — only available through August. [Midtown Lunch]
Upper East Side: Best Cellars poured its chilled wine for customers for free during yesterday’s blackout, and Tasti D-Lite gave away ice cream. [Newsday]