Posted on | November 24, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
I really don’t know that much about macarons besides that they’re sweet and (if done well) delicious, so I was pleased when the team behind Macaron Parlour invited me to a preview event. Opened by husband and wife team Christine Ha & Simon Tung (both with a baking background), they started out at the Hester Street Fair in 2010. This is their first brick and mortar shop & is located in the former Chocolate Library space. Read more
Posted on | November 16, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
Avenue C restaurants take a beating (NY Daily News)
Percy’s Tavern owner robbed at gunpoint (EVGrieve)
Kasadela starts fund to rebuild after Sandy (Grub Street)
Veselka sued over broken tooth (Local East Village)
Union Market opens on Avenue A & Houston (Bowery Boogie)
Maiden Lane coming to former Life Cafe space (EVGrieve)
Table Verte opens (Inside New York)
Posted on | November 16, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | 1 Comment
I might be a city kid, but I love Texas BBQ as much as the next man. When I heard about this guy, Daniel Delaney & his pop-up BBQ joint Brisketlab, I knew I had found the promised land. After travelling around the country & producing the video blog VendrTV, Delaney found his calling with brisket. He started by hauling a 18 foot smoker & a truckload of Texas oak from Austin to New York & hosted supper clubs in his Brooklyn backyard. He and partner Hunter Augeri eventually started Brisketlab in April 2012 as an opportunity to see if a brick & mortar location would work. Read more
Posted on | November 14, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
I woke up today to find Pete Well’s NY Times Dining Section review of Guy Fieri’s Time Square restaurant featured heavily in my Twitter feed. My dislike of ‘Chef‘ Fieri (real name: Guy Ramsay Ferry) is well known to most. Maybe it’s the stupid haircut, the backwards glasses, his choice of adjectives, his inability to eat with his mouth closed or his general douchebaggery, but I just have it in for him. So, you can imagine that I read the scathing review of his 500 seat catastrophe with some delight.
In the form of 50 questions (trust me, I counted them) & a final ‘Thanks’, Mr. Wells systematically demolishes the restaurant noting “how very far from awesome the Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders are” and asks if he has tried “that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste? The watermelon margarita? Any idea why it tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde?”
I honestly think this is one of the best (or at an absolute minimum, the most entertaining) restaurant reviews & I hope that it’ll end up in Dianne Jacob’s next edition of Will Write For Food. Maybe it’s a bit over the top, but odds are that Mr. Wells hit the nail on the head in regards to the food they serve. All that having been said, I do applaud his show Diners, Drive-ins & Dives which brings to light restaurants & restaurateurs serving honest food that we would otherwise never hear about. Even in my contempt for the man, there’s a silver lining.
Perhaps Anthony Bourdain put it best during his roast at the NY Wine & Food Festival: ”You dropped a 500-seat deuce on Times Square.”
I can’t wait to see what Mr.
Fieri Ferry has to say about this.
Update: Check out Helen Rosner’s (Saveur) take on Fierigate.
Posted on | November 14, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
Food to Eat, an online food ordering service, has organized an East Village food crawl to benefit bars & restaurants affected by hurricane Sandy this Saturday November 17th starting from 12-4pm. a $10 ticket (available here) will get you access to 19 locations serving either free tastings or items at a discounted price & entry to an after party & raffle at Kafana. 100% of the proceeds will be going to the participated businesses (Eventbrite does charge an additional $1.54 processing fee).
Participating businesses include: Mercadito, Idle Hands Bar/That Burger Tent, Yaffa Cafe, Royale Bar, Cafecito & Sons of Essex. A full list is available below. Read more
Posted on | November 12, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | 1 Comment
Well it’s that time of year again when I trying to put into words the amazing food that I’ve eaten at Fourth Arts Block’s annual tasting tour. Superstorm Sandy put a wrench in the works, so coverage is a bit later than usual this year, but well worth the wait.
As with last year, things kicked off In Extra Place at 1pm with a short line to pick up or wristbands, map, spork & complimentary bottle of Nika Water (100% of profits go to charity). Wanting to make full use of the day we arrived early & there wasn’t much of a line. This was my 3rd event (I have the sporks to prove it!), so I was pretty well versed in the process & planned out a very efficient route to visit all 12 participating restaurants. Now onto the food: Read more
Posted on | November 8, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | 1 Comment
It seems that in the wake of Superstorm Sandy (& the Nor’easter currently bring freakishly cold weather to NYC) the city has really pulled together in support of those that lost their homes & livelihood.
Russ & Daughters, quite possibly NYC’s most famous appetizing store, will be hosting a Red Cross fundraiser tonight in conjunction with the Astor Center. There are two 75 minute tastings (starting at 6:00 & 7:30 this evening). On the menu:
Buckwheat Blini, Smoked Trout Mousse, French Trout Roe
Billecart Brut Champagne
Hand-Sliced Gaspe Nova Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Corn Rye
Compass Box Scotch Whisky
Smoked Salmon Tartare, Crème Fraiche, Endive
St. Germain Cocktail
Tickets are $45 and 100% of the ticket sales going to the American Red Cross.
Astor Center: 399 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10003
Posted on | November 7, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
Tickets go on sale for Immaculate Infatuation’s 3rd Annual Turkey Leg Ball this Thursday. Hosted at Hudson Terrace (the same space as last year) on the west side on November 28th, I’m sure it’ll be a night to remember.
Posted on | November 6, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | 1 Comment
This Thursday (11/8/12, from 7-9pm), the Bowery Culinary Center at Whole Foods Market will be hosting a chef demonstration & tasting to benefit Fourth Arts Block.
“The Lower East Side is undoubtedly one of NYC’s top culinary destinations, and Whole Foods Market’s Bowery Culinary Center is providing delicious proof with this benefit class by spotlighting recent neighborhood newcomer Mexicue. We’ll also sample the culinary creations of Tony Limuaco, longtime LES fermenting expert and author of Kimcheeliscious. Come celebrate LES cuisine with us!
On the Menu: Green Chili Mac & Cheese; BBQ Beef Brisket Sliders with Guacamole and House-Made “Mexican BBQ” Sauce; Scratch Kimchi Biscuits (with Dehydrated Kimchi Powder); Kimchi Empanadas; Korean-Style, Kimchi-Marinated Fried Chicken.
Tickets: $35. All proceeds go to FABnyc.”
Whole Foods Market: 95 East Houston St
Posted on | November 4, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | 1 Comment
Please help GrowNYC spread the word that there will be a mega greenmarket open this Sunday in the East Village. Stuytown Greenmarket farmers will be joining the Tompkins Sq. Greenmarket (E.7th and Avenue A) tomorrow, Sunday. The market will be open from 8am until 6pm. EBT/Food Stamps/Debit/Credit, and WIC & FMNP checks accepted.
I’ll be heading over there shortly!!!« go back — keep looking »