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Vegas, Vegas, It's a Helluva Town

Tired of going away for a weekend and having that vacation spot feel, you know, different from home? Then it's your lucky day. Because God forbid Las Vegas should have any indigenous cuisine, Grub Street's Daniel Maurer broke news yesterday that potentially three more noted New York restaurateurs will be joining the other big-name, franchised eateries in Sin City. Soon, it seems, you'll be able to gamble and ogle showgirls (do they even still have showgirls in Vegas?) while dining Terrance Brennan's Artisanal, Jeffery Chodorow's Asia de Cuba, or François Payard's Payard Patisserie. Grub Street's got the details. Terrance Brennan to Make Vegas Just a Little Bit Cheesier? [Grub Street] Chodorow and Payard May Also Ride Gravy Train to Vegas [Grub Street]

Someone Please Keep Diane Sawyer Busy

Diane Sawyer will take over World News from Charlie Gibson after the presidential election, but how will she entertain herself till then? Frank Capra wanted to make a sequel to It's A Wonderful Life. Rod Stewart told Rolling Stone his daughter has a serious liver condition from partying too hard; she denies it. The owner of Cafe Fuego in the East Village, who's also the boyfriend of Halle Berry, behaves just like all the ill-behaving ex-boyfriends of Halle Berry. Billionaire Russian heiress Anna Anisimova ditches New York for the warmer climes of L.A., plans to start a perfume company. Stephen Baldwin misbehaved on an airplane. Denis Leary made fun of Mel Gibson at the New York Comedy Festival. Borat had a few issues at the Wellington Hotel when he stayed there while filming a scene for his movie. Peter Cook still likes 'em blonde. The makers of a documentary about the difficulties American soldiers after having readjusting to life at home are unable to get the Armed Forces to show it. Stylist Rachel Zoe angered Tom Ford when she left a dinner party he was throwing in L.A. Liz Smith has some advice for Britney Spears: Go on Oprah and tell the world, "I was unconscious for two years." Evidently, Paula Abdul is Jewish.

And Adam Platt Saw the Beef, and It Was Good

New York is teeming with big-deal new steakhouses these days, and New York's venerable restaurant critic, Adam Platt, has been eating at most of them. Thinking of adding your own offering to the meaty mix? Absolutely free of charge, Platt tells you how to do it right. Over on Grub Street, it's the Gobbler's Nine Commandments of New York Steakhouses, running from the first course ("Thou shalt serve a crappy shrimp cocktail") to the last ("Thou shalt serve very large, though tedious desserts"), with many stops along the way. What are the other seven commandments? Check them out on Grub Street. The Nine Steakhouse Commandments [Grub Street]

Another Openin'

It's all openings all the time, it seems, at Grub Street this morning. Fatty Crabber Zak Pelaccio isn't going national, Josh Ozersky reports, but he is going international — taking over an Alain Ducasse restaurant in London and launching a Malaysian place there. Rob and Robin, meantime, bring news that carb impresario Maury Rubin is expanding his empire with two new Manhattan branches of Birdbath, his ecofriendly bakery. And Josh also has word of changes in Michael Psilakis's Greek-food empire, including the reinvention of one restaurant and the creation of another. It's all on Grub Street. Zak Pelaccio Opening New Restaurant — in London [Grub Street] Ecofriendly Bakery Suddenly Bent on World Domination [Grub Street] Michael Psilakis Aims for A-List With Midtown Opening [Grub Street]

Mario Batali, Slowly Roasted

We confess we've been a bit confused all along about why there was a big-deal celebrity roast scheduled for Mario Batali: Aren't these sorts of things usually reserved for comedians? We always thought so. But somehow last night's for-charity skewering of the chubby chef at Capitale became one of the big high-profile parties of the week. Roasters included Sarah Silverman, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and Anthony Bourdain. Josh Ozersky was there, too, and he reports the night's best jibes at Grub Street. Mario Batali Is a Kobe Human, and Other Great Lines From His Roast [Grub Street]

Condos and Beer (Which Could Well Be New York's New Motto)

Bed-Stuy: A new wave of Bed-Stuy condos go where no condos have gone before. (East, of course). [Brownstoner] Boerum Hill: Mmmm, beer: Cask Ale Festival kicks off at the Brazen Head on Atlantic Avenue. [Brooklyn Record] Soho: Bedbugs chase Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson from Greene Street. [NYP] Financial District: A 24-hour diner will invade Gold Street in January. As if bankers don't just order in, anyway. [MetroNY] East Village: "Loanshark Bob" Marion returns to Avenue A after years of absence. Hooray. [Neither More Nor Less]

Daniel Picketed!

When you drop $216 on dinner for two – that's with one drink and a tip, of course – you naturally expect what Zagat reviewers have dubbed a "luxurious temple" of "fine dining" where the "flawless" New French fare is "enthralling," the wines "wonderful," service "seamless," and the "exquisite room" "adorned with gorgeous flowers." What you might less expect, however, is a "labor war" "brewing" "out front." But that's just what diners at Daniel – a 28/28/28, if you're keeping track at home – discovered when they arrived Tuesday night. Grubbie Josh Ozersky explains that Mr. Boulud is battling a group called the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, and he lays out the terms of the battle on Grub Street. Daniel Under Attack! (Again) [Grub Street]

When Chefs Wish Upon a Star...

Allons, enfants de la patrie, le jour de Michelin est arrivé! That's right, enfants, the new New York Michelin rankings came out yesterday, and it's good to be Per Se, Le Bernardin, or Jean Georges — the city's only three-star establishments. There are plenty of reasons for people to be happy, but also plenty of things to grumble about. Down on Grub Street, Josh Ozersky gives his take on the red book's choices — and he gets some chefs, including starry Eric Ripert, to weigh in, too. Michelin's Explosive New Red Book [Grub Street] Chefs Curse, Bless New Michelin Guide [Grub Street]

Gramercy Bookkeeper Goes to Prison, Inhospitably

"Service is delivering on your promise," famously friendly restaurateur Danny Meyer recently told New York. "Hospitality is making people feel good while you're delivering on that promise." So here's an etiquette question: What's the proper protocol when you're about to be sent to prison for embezzlement? Meyer's former Gramercy Tavern bookkeeper, Sandrene Austin, helped herself to an estimated $275,000 in the nearly two years she worked for him, skimming a few hundred bucks each week and covering the discrepancy by inflating the number of gift certificates redeemed. The five-and-a-half-months pregnant 28-year-old was sentenced to three years in jail yesterday, as the Post reported. But here's the beauty part: She could have gotten off without any jail time if she'd just shown remorse and returned the money. Why didn't she do that? Because she'd purchased a Queens home for herself and her family with the money, and the family didn't want to sell the house. After all, without it, how could they be hospitable? — Doree Shafrir Pub Bookkeep Thief Gets 3 Yrs. [NYP] Danny Meyer Walks Into a Pub [NYM]