It's not particularly surprising or original any more to talk about how terrible Black Friday is; it's materialistic, dysfunctional, and every year someone dies or is gruesomely injured; you can pretty much count on a video of a horrible stampede somewhere by about 9 a.m. Not even the Wall Street Jo ... More >>
Pop into the Jones Wood Foundry on any given afternoon or evening, and you might find a pair of neighborhood residents shuffling in for their regular table, a woman celebrating a promotion from the same perch she holds four nights a week, or a wine distributor putting away his portfolio so that he c ... More >>
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You probably suspected it already, but many national restaurant chains treat their workers badly. Two of the biggest abuses involve discrimination based on race and sex and something called "wage theft," which involves asking workers to do such odd tasks as sorting silverware, filling ketchup bottle ... More >>
Workers at the Capital Grille restaurants in Miami and Los Angeles have joined a growing class-action lawsuit against the chain's parent company, Darden Restaurants, over alleged racial discrimination, illegal labor practices and violations of state wage laws.
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema noshes on Jewish-American gems such as pastrami and gefilte fish at Tribeca newcomer Kutsher's. He especially enjoyed the starters and stews: "The matzo-ball soup ($11) is close to perfection, with a clear, light broth and crushed-cracker orbs of the 'big ball ... More >>
Padma Lakshmi, who hosted The Moth's storytelling event at Cooper Union Tuesday night, was reportedly paid to get off the stage due to a "grating" performance. [NY Post] The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and others are hopping on Michelle Obama's healthy-eating bandwagon and pledging to reduce ... More >>
Real people, real stories, real advertising dollars.Taking a page from the Olive Garden playbook, Red Lobster is has embarked on a campaign to make people think of it as something more authentic and less off-putting than it actually is.
Lab-grown artificial meat might sound gross, but it could reduce greenhouse gasses by 96% if used to replace conventional livestock. [The Guardian] What national chains do people love most? According to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, the Olive Garden and Red Lobster. [Chicago Trib ... More >>
Not exactly what Salazar had in mind.Ken Salazar, the Interior Secretary, has come up with a fun idea. Urban camping! Okay, the idea to camp in urban areas is not Salazar's per se, but he has just announced that Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn will be developed by the National Park Service to ... More >>
Perhaps because August seems to have arrived two months early, everyone is busy pretending they live in Maine. Or at least that's one way to explain the fact that not a day seems to pass without some sort of lobster roll-related news. And today is no exception.
Here is a rarely discussed fact: Put the word "adult" in front of most nouns, and they become sadder, a bit desperate, somehow clinging to a semblance of youth while at the same time inherently denying it. Rarely does the word "adult" help a noun, because if "child" or "teen" or "underaged" i ... More >>
flickr/KeithBurtisOrder! Order!D. Maimon Kirshenbaum, everyone's favorite suck-it-to-the-restaurant lawyer gets some more airtime, now because his law firm has sued so many people that restaurant kerfuffles are making labor law hot again!
Jacob B. asks: Where would you take someone who seems to generally prefer chain (or mini-chain) restaurants? Ideally on the Upper West Side, but I'm open to elsewhere in the city. Dear Jacob: A better question: Why does your friend like chain restaurants? Sure, maybe portion sizes are large ... More >>
Restaurant chains are being forced to change how they buy food to adapt to rising costs. Starbucks wants to team up with other companies to buy milk, sugar, and other essentials; Red Lobster and Olive Garden are moving to a system in which they buy only what they need. [Wall Street Journal] ... More >>
If you are reading this and haven't made any Valentine's Day dining plans, you are screwed. Unless you are one of the millions of Americans who apparently think that Olive Garden is a desirable destination for romantic dining.
Is butter the new hot condiment? If high-end restaurants in Asia are anything to go by, diners might soon expect to see a butter list with their meal. [Wall Street Journal] France is now McDonald's second biggest market next to the U.S. Across Europe, people are cooking less at home. [Wall S ... More >>
Power 105 Power Live, Featuring Rick Ross and Diddy Governors Island Sunday, August 22 The weather on Sunday in advance of Power 105's Power Live concert at Governors Island was fitting, considering its star attraction. There was a thick, slowing dampness in New York City yesterday--not so m ... More >>
A new iPhone app allows park-goers to order food from the green. CityMint has a GPS add-on that allows delivery people to locate customers anywhere in the park, forgoing the need for a fixed address. [NY Daily News] Jacques Torres may have pissed off Hershey's with his Champagne kiss, but Ge ... More >>
Sebastian MylanarskiHolly Miranda Known for being the face of Brooklyn rock act the Jealous Girlfriends, Holly Miranda quietly released her debut solo album The Magician's Private Library this past February. It's a washed-out, hazy record that has Miranda's airy voice sounding something like '80s 4 ... More >>
Between the alert Vietnam vet T-shirt vendor, the big good-looking cop on horseback, the detective who squeezed underneath the Nissan Pathfinder to read the VIN number that klutzy car-bomber Faisal Shahzad forgot about, the FBI agents who lost his trail, and the mayor who decided he'd deal wi ... More >>
Fast-food chains are recovering from a difficult winter of poor sales with the new season. McDonald's, Wendy's, and Domino's have all seen a spike since the start of spring. [Forbes] Meanwhile, Wall Street analysts say that the restaurant industry's recovery officially started in March, with ... More >>
A new study suggests that fast food makes people impatient. Researchers say it's impossible to know whether fast food causes the need for time efficiency or is just a consequence of it, but that it reinforces a focus on instant gratification. [FOXNews] A roundup of the city's tastiest egg di ... More >>
artwork_rebel/flickrThis may indeed be why you're fat.Every so often, Men's Health blesses us with a round-up of the "Best and Worst" foods in America, enlightening and often grossing out its audience with the revelation a single serving of most chain restaurant food has enough calories, sodi ... More >>
The food truck craze continues, with new trucks popping up regularly in New York and other cities, many serving increasingly gourmet food. But could the end of the trend be near now that Taco Bell has released its own truck? [NY Times] A vegan advocacy group is pushing for a New Jersey court to ord ... More >>
Starbucks plans to launch a healthy new menu later this month that will feature baked goods without high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, as well as salads and other items. The new menu will be advertised with the slogan "Real Food. Simply Delicious." [Reuters] If you think a Big Mac has ... More >>
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