On New Year's Eve, we might have more in common with our chef than it seems. We've both been planning for an indulgent evening involving a multi-course prix fixe, we both know exactly what we'll be wearing (down to the shoes), and we both wholeheartedly intend to pop a bottle of bubbly at midnight. ... More >>
There's no doubt about it -- birthdays look a little better, corner-bending lines are more forgivable, and lengthy weddings are worthy of a "'til last call" attendance because of that beloved baked good: cake. There's endless room for innovation with this sweet staple: It can be a single sheet or fi ... More >>
Finding the courage to say goodbye is often difficult to muster, but for Georgette Farkas, proprietor of the much-anticipated Rotisserie Georgette (14 East 60th Street), bidding adieu to superstar chef Daniel Boulud was the single hardest thing she's ever done.
Sink your teeth into this baby -- if you can afford it. Sometimes you have to have a hamburger. The fries don't even have to be that great. In NYC, the burger is probably the most ubiquitous meal available -- ahead of pizza, falafel, salad-bar salads, sushi, and a dozen others you can find anywher ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds mostly hits and a few misses at the recently reopened St. Anselm: "The appetizers were terrif... Which is not to say a steady hand always rested on the tiller of the restaurant." Sam Sifton approves of Danji: "Hooni Kim, who opened this place in Decembe ... More >>
A Brooklyn DA dropped all charges against both Lucali pizzaiolo Mark Iacono and alleged assailant Benny Geritano due to lack of cooperation from both witnesses. [NY Post] Jake Klein, who previously apprenticed under Masaharu Morimoto, is taking his Caribbean- and Southeast Asian-style cookin ... More >>
The New York Times today has a long, interesting, and inadvertently humorous account of the professional breakup between Laurent Tourondel and Jimmy Haber, the owner of BLT Group, and it reads like a lost episode of Divorce Court.
The man, the brandWho would have thought the acronym BLT would be so controversial? Really, can you really own the trademark to the ubiquitous sandwich? Apparently so. Crain's delves into the legal battle between chef Laurent Tourondel and his ex-business partner Jimmy Haber. The Frenchma ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyBright lights, big city. But where to eat?The Village Voice's Obie Awards are on Monday, celebrating the best Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater. So what better time to take in a variety of shows and performances? Yet the Theater District can be confusing culinary wate ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds that "the food runs from inspired to terrible" at Coppelia; Lauren Shockey drinks the Kool-Aid at the Brooklyn Star. Sam Sifton awards The National Bar and Dining Rooms one star: "[The décor] is appetizing, as it happens: it is the sort of restaurant w ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. American Trash, a biker bar located on the Upper East Side, is closing after 22 years in business. [Grub Street] The East Village pizzeria Apizza has shuttered. It tweeted its permanent closur ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema reckons that Strong Place "might be the most perfect evocation of the Brooklyn bistro to date." Sarah DiGregorio finds that the food at Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant "is a testament to all the many wonderful things one can make with humble cuts of meat, lentil ... More >>
Laurent Tourondel is being sued by the BLT Restaurant Group for the menu at his new Hamptons burger joint being too similar to the BLT concept. [NY Post] White Castle is looking to launch three new concepts: a barbecue restaurant, a pressed-club-sandwich spot, and an Americanized Asian noodl ... More >>
Laurent TourondelA few months after Laurent Tourondel split from the company that bore his initials, Crain's has a closer look at what precipitated the chef's seemingly abrupt departure from the BLT Group.
entertainment-link.comMmmm, pop-ups.To mark the occasion of Fashion Week, an event not normally associated with caloric intake, Bon Appétit is opening its annual pop-up café in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall from Sept. 12 through 16.
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David Amorelli, who once helmed the kitchen at his own midtown brasserie, Cité, and later worked under David Burke and Laurent Tourondel, is now the executive chef at Parlour Midtown, a new place billing itself an "Irish-style gastro-steakhouse." Amorelli's inaugural menu includes contemporary take ... More >>
Christopher Lee of Aureole and the creators of TLC's American Chopper have joined forces to open Orange County Choppers Roadhouse, an 8,500-square-foot "restaurant, bar, microbrewery, gaming, hospitality, retail and entertainment experience" in Newburgh, N.Y. [Zagat Buzz] Laurent Tourondel ... More >>
Rodelio AglibotLess than a month after Laurent Tourondel announced his departure from the BLT Restaurant Group, the company has announced that it will be joining forces with Chef Rodelio Aglibot to develop a number of Asian concepts, including a grill and gastropub that will pair Agilbot's "i ... More >>
Morning-after munchies brought to you by Tabasco.Not feeling so hot this morning? Nothing chases away a hangover like a stiff drink and greasy meal. Get your fill of at least one of these today at a pop-up food truck manned by Laurent Tourondel, now just of BLT Market. Tabasco has teamed up w ... More >>
What will Lauren Tourondel find next?Back in September, Laurent Tourondel was in the midst of a global BLT expansion, opening BLT Steak outposts in Hong Kong and Waikiki and planning a BLT Burger for Hong Kong. Now, it looks as though he's got some other plans on his plate....
Laurent Tourondel is continuing his expansion across the globe: having first gone international in January with a BLT Steak in Hong Kong, he's opening a BLT Steak in Waikiki next month, and then heading back to Hong Kong to open a BLT Burger in December 2010, according to his reps. All told, ... More >>
Bravo TVOh, those French and their talent for deadpan drama. What we Americans express with operatic levels of emotion, the Gauls communicate with a sniff, a raised eyebrow, an indifferent shrug. That may be why the decision to have a panel of intractably French chefs judge last night's gusta ... More >>
The semifinalists for the illustrious James Beard awards have been announced, with a quite a few hometown favorites in the lot, including Dan Barber and Tom Colicchio in the the Outstanding Chef category; Babba and Jean George for Outstanding Restaurant; Corton, Momofuku Ko, and Scarpetta for ... More >>
Fulton [205 East 75th Street], a new restaurant from Joe Gurrera of Citarella, is slated to open this Wednesday. It's named after the old downtown fish market and will feature a seafood-heavy menu by Chef Jeremy Culver, formerly of Park Avenue Cafe and Gramercy Tavern. [FitR inbox] The winner of Bo ... More >>
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