It's been a decade since Shake Shack (23rd and Madison Avenue) first planted permanently in Madison Square Park, unleashing its burgers and Concretes on an unwitting public and inspiring a frenzy that created a global empire. Next week, it'll celebrate the milestone by turning out a different specia ... More >>
Thomas Keller of Per Se squinted at a monitor at last night's James Beard Foundation Awards as it aired a live feed of the stage at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall just before Daniel Humm announced the award for Outstanding Chef. "I see two medals," Keller said. "It must be a tie!" If anyone cou ... More >>
And they already have more than Ikea on Super Bowl Sunday. (Yes, that tired joke again.) See, I went to a Florida LGBT tourism reception the other night at Humphrey's at the Eventi Hotel and was told by Richard Gray of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau that the number one air route in Ameri ... More >>
A great source tells me that workers and/or busy bodies were shooed away from the pool area of Miami Beach's Standard Hotel recently by emphatic security people. Turns out it was because a glamour couple was doing it in the wa-wa.
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Eric Cantor met his wife in a liberal hotbed. The Republican House majority leader apparently went on a blind date with his wife, Diana, at The New Deal, a now-defunct SoHo restaurant with an FDR motif. As detailed by the Observer, the fiscal conservative told the Association for a Better New York ... More >>
photo by Liz BarclayGoing to Miami.It's that time of year again, when the food media begin to obsess and chitter over the restaurants set to open in the fall. Among the forthcoming newcomers is more than a handful of foreign transplants, restaurants from other countries that hope to translate ... More >>
Ed Bryan, celebrating his ultimate beingnessWhile we wait for tomorrow's update in our big countdown, we have a tale today that takes us to the upper end of Scientology's vaunted "Bridge." It involves a man who, according to L. Ron Hubbard's original precepts, should be nearly superhuman, a ... More >>
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opentable.comThe product of blood, sweat, and tearsIt's almost time for the Oscars. That is, the Oscars of the food world: the James Beard Foundation Awards. Today marked the announcement of the restaurant and chef semifinalists, who were chosen from a record 28,000 online entries. Finalists ... More >>
I'm hearing that everywhere that has Plum TV--which covers style, glamour, and lifestyles--will soon have a Plum magazine, from Aspen to New York and beyond. Resorts and metropolises alike will be greeted with their own Plum magazine, courtesy of Miami Beach publishing titan Jerry Powers. S ... More >>
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Will the spirit of James Beard smile upon New York chefs?The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Awards today, kicking off the food world's very own Oscar season scrum. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 21,000 online entries; th ... More >>
In the hopes of achieving a smaller carbon footprint, Coca-Cola has debuted its new "plantbottle," a new packaging material made partly from plants. It has the same weight, feel, chemistry, and function as a regular plastic bottle. [Wall Street Journal] A Four Seasons insider offers some ins ... More >>
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 >>
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Shake Shack's future Miami homeBefore it travels to the Middle East, Shake Shack will test the tepid waters of Miami. According to a release, Danny Meyer is planning to bring his burgers and shakes to the city in the spring or summer of 2010, as part of a posh residential and "curated retail" ... More >>
Dressed for success: Lynch. Photo by Carol RoseggJane Lynch has elevated a bunch of Christopher Guest comedies with her sly wit and now she's the anything-goes cheerleading coach on Glee, not to mention popping up in an off-Broadway play by Nora and Delia Ephron. She's everywhere like crabgra ... More >>
Yay, we're number one -- not only in road rage and marijuana arrests, but in air travel delays! "The New York metropolitan area stands in its own category when it comes to poor on-time performance," says a new Brookings Institution report. We have the worst arrival delay percentages (30 per ... More >>
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