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Best Comfort Food in NYC

There are numerous new restaurants opening in New York City each month. While some diners will wait to see who makes the cut of being here in six months or a year, there are some that you need to check out immediately.

Cervo’s

Opening in 2017, Cervo’s on the city’s Lower East Side is one of the hottest tickets in town. It is hard to beat their Portuguese and Spanish favorites accompanied by a glass of natural wine. Make sure to leave room after the main entree for one of their fabulous custard desserts.

J.G. Melons

Since 1972, diners have been gathering at J.G. Melons on the city’s Upper East side for the best burgers and beers. Diners can expect to be greeted warmly, and get great service Be aware, however, this place accepts only cash helping to keep their prices more reasonable.

Peck’s Homemade
Pastrami on rye, matzo-ball soup and potato latkes are prepared daily using recipes passed down in Jewish families for generations. Diners are excited to find two locations now as the restaurant who has been located on Myrtle Avenue for years has now opened a new Willoughby location.

East Pole
When it is finally time for date night, then you need to consider dining on pub favorites with a Cajun twist at East Pole. Now, the company is opening a new fish bar featuring wild salmon rolls, shrimp, squid and other perennial favorites.

Pie N Thighs

If you find yourself craving your grandma’s fried chicken, then head to Pie ‘n’ Thighs. Their three-piece meal also includes delicious baked beans and complimentary cheese grits for a memorable meal.

Cabaret Law Repealed in New York City After 91 Years

New York City’s controversial Cabaret Law has been officially repealed by the New York City Council. The law that was originally passed 91 years ago made it illegal to dance in a New York City bar unless the establishment cleared a lot of red tape and paid a $1,000 fee to the city. While New York City has more than 23,000 bars and nightclubs, less than 2,300 hold cabaret licenses.

The repeal that was first proposed by Brooklyn councilman Rafael Espinal whose district includes D.I.Y. and other establishments around the city must first be signed by the mayor who made it public last month that he supported revealing the law. Owners will still need to make sure that security is top-notch at these facilities including having security cameras and security officers.

Many musicians including Buddy Holiday and Frank Sinatra have complained that the law hurt their business. While largely ignored during certain parts of the city’s history, the law was originally passed to help police officers control speakeasies during Prohibition. The law also limited the number of musicians that could perform on stage at one time to one or two.

Espinal and others have supported the law’s repeal since he got in trouble with it in 2013 when the police went out to investigate a noise complaint at his business. While Espinal is still angry about having to pay a fine after that night, there is little doubt that one of the reasons he strongly supports passing the law now is the interest in electronic dance music.

David Bouley Opens Bouley at Home

On November 2, 2017, David Bouley will open Bourley at Home. While diners will have to pay $225 for a place at one of eight settings every Thursday thru Saturday, they can expect to not be served by a waiter. Instead, guests will open a drawer near their seat to get their silverware. Chefs who will be working in an open kitchen will explain each food, and producers will explain how many of the foods are raised and prepared via video presentations. When it opens, the building which David Bouley calls an educational experience will also have a food lab, cooking school and bakery.

Diners in New York City may already be familiar with David Bouley as he used to own Burley’s. That popular New York City restaurant spun off Le Bernardin and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. David already owns Brushstroke,, Bouley Boutanical and Bouley Test Kitchen. Soon, diners will be able to eat lunch at the establishment for $75.

David says that he has traveled around the globe looking at ideas similar to this one. He says that it is loosely based on the Bulthaup’s test kitchens. Everything in the 16,000 square foot building will be healthy, for optimum benefit and enjoyed within a communal setting. The menu will focus on seasonal creation prepared without the use of preservatives. He hopes the move to the Flatiron district will help him teach others the importance of good foods within their diets. Many of the chefs who will prepare food at the five stations have worked for David Bouley in his former locations.While diners can just walk in when seats are available, the only way to get tickets is to go to their website as tickets will not be available at online sites.

A Sense of Deja Vu Reigns at the Loyal

Originality in the restaurant is always a prized component that helps set an establishment apart from its countless competitors. In the case of a new Manhattan place known simply as the Loyal, the basics seem to be sufficient enough, especially considering the pedigree of the individual running things.

That individual is John Fraser, who has three other restaurants dotted across the Manhattan landscape. Those other entities have all had a strong vegetable-friendly menu, with the Loyal offering at least a portion of that approach. However, meat-eaters will be amenable to trying something on the extensive menu, which can be washed down with ciders or plenty of locally-based beers.

Diners can be confused if they get dizzy trying to read the menu, primarily because everything is listed on a single page. Among the items that might catch the eye of those individuals are things like pumpkin ravioli, mushroom carbonara or a burger known as Loyale with Cheese. In the latter case, the distinct taste of duck fat is represented on the tater tots that come with the burger.

Located on Bleeker Street, the Loyal doesn’t always try to wow its audience, relying on traditional items like strip steaks and mutton chops to provide some comforting sustenance. Plus, the certain level of chaos that’s represented on the busy menu heightens things in a good way since the diner doesn’t always end up having the same experience with each visit.

Once that main meal has been completed, anyone that wants to try the dessert might not be overwhelmed by the level of originality in place or the size of the dessert portion. One positive aspect is that the desserts are delivered in quick fashion. However, the County Fair is something that manages to merge vanilla and fruit in a way that stands out.

There’s a Post About the Olive Garden in Times Square That’s Going Viral

There are a few restaurants across the country that are just staples that people love to eat at. These are restaurants that taste okay, have quick service, and friendly staff. Typically, these are restaurants that are trustworthy. You can go there and always know what to expect. There are never any surprises and it’s a great way to get what you’re craving. These restaurants are not restaurants that you typically frequent while on vacation. These are restaurants like The Olive Garden. A post has now gone viral on Reddit because of this.

According to GrubStreet, one Reddit user posted asking people to defend why they voluntarily ate at the Times Square Olive Garden. The reason the mystery perplexes so many is the sheer fact that it’s basically a nothing-special restaurant. It’s a chain restaurant that has average tasting Italian food at ridiculously expensive prices because it is New York. Perhaps the most perplexing part is why anyone would wait in a line that long, especially visitors when they can get the same food at home.

There are some locals in New York who like to argue that the Olive Garden in Time Square epitomizes New York at its absolute worst because it tricks those who don’t live there into paying more for something they can eat anywhere.

There have been a lot of different replies posted on Reddit as to why people frequent that particular Olive Garden. Many say that being in New York is an overwhelming experience and Olive Garden is something familiar and comforting to them. Other people say that after traveling far, they just want to grab food at the first place they see instead of scoping out something far and unfamiliar. A few of the responses ended up being snarkier, one person suggested that being in New York is so hard that people become homesick for things like the Olive Garden.

Katz’s Delicatessen Opens A New Take-Out Spot In Brooklyn

Being a big fan of delis in general, I’m glad I had the opportunity earlier today to read a current article regarding New York’s world-famous Katz’s Delicatessen.

The article tells how the current owner of the deli has decided to open a new takeout-only restaurant in Brooklyn. The opening of the new Katz’s location marks the first time the deli has expanded since opening in 1888.

The owner of Katz’s Deli, Jake Dell, explains that the new deli outpost represents growth, but he intends to maintain the same high level of quality control that is in place at the original location. Jake Dell is the grandson of a previous owner of the deli.

Mr. Dell mentions the economic realities of operating a restaurant such as Katz’s in today’s world. At his restaurant, the curing and smoking of meats is performed regularly, and at any given time, thousands of pounds of meat will be on hand.

If the price of meat goes up, Mr. Dell explains, he loses money. Because volume sales are needed, the location of the new restaurant works out well. Katz’s Deli now owns a 25-foot truck that is emblazoned with photos of Reuben and pastrami sandwiches. With the new delivery truck, the deli can efficiently deliver products from the original restaurant to the Brooklyn take-out spot.

Although the Brooklyn take-out location offers the same great food as at the original restaurant, Mr. Dell acknowledges that the format is not exactly identical to the original deli. With many customers of Katz’s Deli already coming from Brooklyn to purchase food to-go, the new location is a comfortable fit.

New York City Apex Of Gastronomics

Fall in Manhattan is arguably the most majestic time of year. October takes on its own special aura as the entire city starts to softly prepare for the holiday season, and where the skies turn just a little purple at dusk reminding us that Fall is indeed upon us. With Halloween just around the corner, and Thanksgiving only a few weeks later, New York City has a near-equal celebratory event that is held in October, this year from the 12th-15th: The New York City Wine and Food Festival (https://www.everfest.com/e/new-york-city-wine-food-festival-new-york-ny).

It is such a fun time of year, and there is probably not a better time to have this wonderful celebration of the panoply of true food artisans that inhabit the island. The wine is second to none, and as the entire event is sponsored by the Food Network, if you are a fan, you might see some of your favorite chefs showcasing their treats.

This is one of the nation’s most successful food festivals, and in a city of millions, rather fortuitous that the proceeds go to such an apropos cause that is in great need of all the support it can get.

In addition to the daily events, there are packages that include hotel accommodations for those that plan to make it a mini-vacation, and there is also an area on the website that is dedicated to what can be done during this festival for under $100. There are also day passes where one can gastronomically entertain themselves from dawn til’ dusk!

Rest assured, this entire event, albeit very food-centric, is not completely about consuming food. There are a number of workshops and seminars teaching skills to those interested in enhancing their understanding of food preparation.

Famished In Manhattan? Well, here’s Where You Can Grab A Bite

Ever heard of the dictum, “When in New York, eat what the New Yorkers eat?” Probably not. But that doesn’t mean that you should not make an effort to visit three of the most famous eateries Manhattan has to offer. Just like it is the case with many big cities in the world, the town is overflowing with all sorts of restaurants. But there is always a handful that stands out from the rest.

It is not unusual for a New Yorker to suggest an impromptu visit to the Public Kitchen whenever their tummies start to rumble. Apart from being superbly designed, the Public Kitchen is known for its sundry, delectable cuisines including rigatoni and smoked short rib with some nice potato salad on the side. If you want, you can also get their in-house favorite truffle pizza and live to tell the tale, passing it down from generations to generation.

Another eating Manhattan dining spot you ought to visit is Emily West Village. Owned by Emily and Matt Hyland, this is the place where pizza lovers flock in droves because, well, love comes in different shapes, sizes and slices of pizza, so they say.

The employees, just like the food they serve, are exciting and fun to be around. If you access the latest list of top rated eating spots in Manhattan following this link ( https://ny.eater.com/maps/best-new-new-york-restaurants-heatmap ), you will realize that the spot is ranked second most exciting place to eat when in Manhattan.

Last but not least, Alta is also another place that you want to check in for a quick bite. They seemingly have everything for every meal and time of the day. Some of the in-house favorite dishes include steak tartare, zucchini, mushroom quesadilla and chia oatmeal just to mention a few. So whether you choose to eat at Public Kitchen, Emily West Village or Alta, you can always look forward to good food, great vibes and well, a full tummy.

New York’s Famous Katz’s Deli Expands

Katz’s Deli has been a New York City staple for almost 130 years. Last year, Zagat’s rated Katz’s 4.5 out of 5 and named it the top New York deli. The deli moved once in 1917, but shockingly little has changed since. Their pastrami is legendary and sells by the ton every week.

The Katz family ran the deli from 1903 to 1988. At that time, with no descendants to take over, the owners sold it to the Dell family. In 2009, Jake Dell became operations manager and was recently promoted to owner at the age of 29. Last month, Dell did the unthinkable and expanded Katz’s.

In an interview with Grub Street, Dell explained the reasoning behind the expansion. As it turns out, Dell has no intention of trying to replicate the classic Katz’s experience. Instead, he orchestrated the opening of a take-out only location in DeKalb Market Hall to better serve patrons coming over the bridge.

The new location means that New Yorkers that are tired of rubbing elbows with tourists can get the location’s famed corned beef sandwiches without the ordeal of the original location. When asked if further expansions were possible, Dell played coy, saying, “People may not like this. How many restaurants fail in New York?”

When the interviewer pressed, Dell conceded that if the customers responded well to the take-out location, more locations were possible. Katz’s already has a 30,000sq ft distribution center that is shipping the deli’s famous pastrami to all 50 states.

Kubeh Ready to Tempt Those Middle Eastern Taste Buds

With the wide array of New York restaurants available, seemingly every international taste has been accounted for when it comes to dining options. However, Greenwich Village will now have a place that’s specifically focused on serving kubeh, the dumpling that continues to tantalize discriminating palates around the world.

 

The new restaurant, known simply as Kubeh, will be run by Long Island native Melanie Shurka and is located near 11th Street at 464 Sixth Avenue. It will serve the dumplings that are filled with bulgur wheat and semolina, with enhancements to flavor coming through the broth in which it’s served.

 

Shurka is looking to widen the dining options, which is why those getting a bite to eat will have five different forms kubeh and four different broths. This is a staple of the Middle East region of Levantine, which connects the nations of Jordan and Syria with Palestine.

 

A sampling of those possible options whet the appetites for those who enjoy exotic foods. Kubeh-based items like Kurdish siske in chicken broth or Syrian Codfish in a tomato, arak and fennel soup can be enjoyed with side dishes like haricot-vert salad that includes items like yogurt and dukkah or fried kibbeh with dill and sweet pea.

 

In the area of broths, some of those options include hamusta, which combines zucchini, lemon and Swiss chard or selek, which merges celery, herbs and beets.

 

Straying only slightly from the main dish, diners will also have the opportunity to try the kibbeh, which is similar in nature to kubeh. In this case, these tasty items are deep-fried concoctions that offer some added bite. If those aren’t to the liking of that diner, there’s always something like tahdiq or a bowl of sabich, the latter of which happens to be a favorite of Jews in Iraq.

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