All over the city today, protesters were out in a full show of support for fast food workers in search of fairer wages and the right to unionize. For the second time in three months, the nationwide one-day strike brought rallies to fast food restaurants around the city. The Voice made it out to one ... More >>
Here's what's going on right now: Cooks are wearing construction helmets fitted with lights to work in the dark, or cooking by flashlight to serve free food. Restaurants without power are using barbecues to shift service to the streets, while mobile vendors park in the darkest shadows they can find, ... More >>
What if these establishments were moved into a food court -- with art and seating? I'm aware of all the arguments in favor of food trucks: 1. They allow entrepreneurs to start restaurant businesses with far less cash than a storefront requires. 2. They cost virtually nothing, rent-wise (though o ... More >>
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For New Yorkers who see city blocks packed with food joints every day, it's pretty evident that the restaurant industry is booming. Now the numbers are in: the National Restaurant Association reports that restaurants have added more than 560,000 jobs since the beginning of the economic recovery in M ... More >>
The people have spoken, and they want grades. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced the results of a poll that showed that most New Yorkers approve of the letter-grading system; they were later dismissed by restaurant owners who said that the survey had been conducted by a city institution-- CUNY's B ... More >>
How much are you willing to pay for a thick, juicy steak? That's the question the bosses at New York City's steakhouses have been turning over as they debate whether to raise the prices of their meats.
It's just one of those win-win-win kinda things. In 2010, the city began requiring restaurants in the city to post letter grades based on health inspections. That means that restaurants that score badly -- due to things like pest-conducive kitchens or inadequate hand-washing facilities -- have to ... More >>
A day after Mayor Mike Bloomberg held a press conference touting the successes of the city's letter grading system for restaurant health inspections, members of the City Council are saying that a majority of businesses don't actually like them. Bloomberg, alongside the city's health commissioner, ... 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.
It's no secret that the New York craft-beer scene has exploded in the last decade or so. With so many great local breweries (Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Kelso, Captain Lawrence), it stands to reason we'd also have a bunch of great beer bars. So, what makes for a good beer bar? A large select ... More >>
America's fast-food chains keep adding healthy options to their grease-stained menus, hoping that that their Southwest salads and grilled-chicken wraps will keep the nutrition police off their backs. Also, the people demand them! Except for not really, according to the Associated Press (via WaPo). W ... More >>
Brian Floyd, barman fundraiserThere's a lot of talk about tipping these days: how much is appropriate, when it should be withheld, how it should be divvied up. But a bartender in Brooklyn is throwing a kink into the conversation by giving his tips to charity. Brian Floyd of The Vanderbilt cre ... More >>
While efficacy of the Department of Health's restaurant letter grades is a matter of debate, the fact remains that restaurant owners are desperate to pass with flying colors. What will some owners do for an A? If you guessed subtly try to stuff $500 into an inspector's pocket, you are correct ... 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.
Soul DaddyJamawn Woods, Restaurateur No MoreSoul Daddy, the winning concept of America's Next Great Restaurant, has shuttered its third and final location, in Minnesota's Mall of America (the New York City location closed a few weeks ago). According to the company, "The restaurant simply was ... More >>
In addition to changing its decor to emulate the Home Depots farmhouses of Tuscany, Olive Garden is altering its beverage policy following an incident last month where a toddler was served sangria instead of orange juice. And the chain isn't alone: as Nation's Restaurant News reports, in the ... More >>
Last week, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez told us that she'd be taking part in a weekly female chefs series beginning next month at What Happens When. Now the restaurant, which just began its third movement yesterday, has coughed up some more details about the series, which will every Monday feat ... More >>
archidialog.comThe latest news from Danny Meyer HQ involves not the 804th location of Shake Shack but the Union Square Hospitality Group's new café at the Whitney, scheduled to open next month. Named Untitled, it takes inspiration from the "classic" coffee shops that once populated Madi ... 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.
Alfred EisenstaedtEarlier this afternoon, WNYC hosted Out From Behind the Apron, a forum for restaurant industry workers and veterans to discuss issues ranging from how new laws are changing the industry to their personal experiences serving the citizenry of New York. Hosted by WNYC's Kathlee ... More >>
indy.comJust like rhythmic gymnastics! What to do when you've got a scandal on your hands? Create a diversion of ridiculous proportions, of course! With recent raw sewage dumping charges looming overhead, T.G.I. Friday's has come up with a gimmick so lame it's almost painful to write-up.
Because untreated grease gives us all something to smile about!Here's yet another reason we find ourselves weary of the continuing existence of T.G.I. Friday's.
iboy daniel/FlickrKinda sums it all up.This hasn't been the best week for our nation's fast food chains: Yesterday, President Obama signed the new health care bill, which included legislation requiring any restaurant with at least 20 outlets to post nutritional information on their menus. Rig ... More >>
The owner of the Santa Monica restaurant that was the target of a sting operation conducted by the team from the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove has been arrested for serving whale meat. [AP] Chris Santos of Stanton Social shops for alternatives to traditional wooden knife blocks, which c ... More >>
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 light of Mayor Bloomberg's plan to cut our salt intake, just how much salt is in New York foods? Delicatessen's bagel and smoked salmon plate has 105 percent of the recommended daily intake, Char No. 4's lamb pastrami sandwich has 92 percent, but Sigmund Pretzel Shop's pretzels only have ... More >>
Norman Brinker, the casual dining pioneer who created Bennigan's and Steak & Ale, has died, reports Nation's Restaurant News.
midtownlunch.comNo more Kwik Meal salmon and tilapia for you!When it's not grossing us out, the Department of Health is breaking our freakin' hearts. Midtown Lunch learns that, due to a resolution adopted last year, as of next year, "No fish, shellfish, or any food consisting of or made with ... More >>
NNECAPA/flickrAs the economy has festered, fast-food and casual dining restaurants have been whipping out their mascara wands to class up their image while reassuring diners that the food is still cheap and the portions still monolithic. Burger King embarked on a bachelor pad-fabulous make-ov ... More >>
Olive Garden's lobster spaghettiSomehow, USA Today writer Jim Cox has managed to get Marcella and Victor Hazan to dine with him at Olive Garden--to test out the restaurant's claim that it offers authentic Italian food. How does it go? How do you think it goes? Tortellini in Bolognese, lobster ... More >>
"Vendrification" may have entered the edible lexicon, but just because a new, artisanally-inclined wave of food trucks is redefining the way people think of street food, fancier food isn't synonymous with fancier finances. To wit: as Midtown Lunch reports, Schnitzel & Things, the much-publici ... More >>
What's this city coming to when even dive bars have to start serving signature cocktails? "Well, we don't have to," says Mike Stuto, owner of Hi-Fi. "It's just about giving people what they want." Hi-Fi has been an East Village mainstay since it opened in 2002, at the height of New York's l ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesNovember 5, 1964, Vol. X, No. 3City Takes Tough Line Vs. CafesA crackdown on coffee houses in the crowded MacDougal Street area was ordered Monday night by City Corporation Counsel Leo Larkin. City action will take the form of permanent injunc ... More >>
Pop!The Times has an interesting article today comparing the restaurant industry to the real estate and financial sectors--there was a bubble, and yes, it burst. The article cites New York Department of Labor stats that show the restaurant industry gained 50,000 jobs in the last seven years, only to ... More >>
As Eater noticed yesterday, for those who can still afford it, New York is a playground of available reservations these days. This morning I got on Open Table to see what was available for tonight, party of two. Every restaurant I checked had availability. Interestingly, several restaurants, like Da ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 28, 1961, Vol. VII, No. 10 Coffee Houses 'Victorious' By J.R. Goddard Greenwich Village's entertainment-type coffee houses last week welcomed a new law which defines the establishments, provides them with special licensing, and rem ... More >>
The roaster itself is strangely compact at Roasting Plant Coffee When I was in California's Silicon Valley not too long ago, I couldn't help but notice that many of the coffee bars had their own roasters - blackened and ancient looking apparati whose flues snaked across ceilings. And, without getti ... More >>
If you want to know the history of gay bars in New York, just ask ME, honey. I was there when the first bottle of Poppers was inhaled back at the Garden of Eden, where the snake wore a really fierce headband and danced around to "Lady Bump" while trying to log on to manhunt. But after that, it's all ... More >>
In addition to food fights between the ROC-NY activists and restaurants, some of the activists are throwing rocks at each other
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