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Trend Spotting: Soft Serve

Posted on Aug 17, 2017 in Trendwatch

Considering its inherent associations with smoke-belching Mr. Softee trucks, and corporate franchises such as Carvel and Dairy Queen (not to mention that it’s typically a pre-mixed, highly-processed, low quality product, composed of up to 60% air), soft serve has long been low on the totem pole on the ice cream world — it’s somewhat nostalgic and satisfies a sugar craving, but generally nothing to get roused about…

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Gourmet Gossip: August 2017

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening or devastating closing, which is why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites, from a double-your-pleasure oyster debut from the Grand Banks team, to the unveiling of an all-Cheetos (you better believe it) eatery…

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It’s All About the Lettuce at Local Leaf

Local Leaf

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a shocking chef shuffle, or a must-try dish. We’ve got the scoop on Blue Ribbon Bakery’s unexpected shutter, Rebelle’s brunch collaboration…

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Gourmet Gossip: July 2017

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from a famous pizzaiolo expanding his reach, to a game changing eatery shutting its doors.

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Gourmet Gossip: June 2017

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from an enterprising new “grocerant” in FiDi, to an actual, sit-down restaurant from the Smorgasburg team.

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Oceana Opens a Poke Outpost

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting, Trendwatch

Assumed the poke craze was finally slowing down? Think again — if anything, it’s just attracting higher-end proponents. Witness the Livanos hospitality group, behind the Bill Telepan-helmed Oceana, which is sticking with its fresh fish theme at Oceana Poke…

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Gourmet Gossip: May

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — time to pour one out for Craftbar, Bouley and Po.

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Gourmet Gossip: April 2017

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from a stylish “Spanish” bar from an Ai Fiori chef, to a sad adieu to Semilla.

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Spotlight on NYC’s James Beard Award Nominees, 2017

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 in Food Awards, Gourmet Gossip

While the Oscars can sometimes seem self-indulgent (do millionaire actors really need accolades for playing dress-up?), its restaurant industry-equivalent, the James Beard Awards, are easier to endorse — being an opportunity to show appreciation for overworked, underpaid, nose-to-the-grindstone chefs. So here’s a peek at who’s up for this year’s honors from NYC…

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Trend Spotting: Gruel is Cool

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in Food Spotting, Trendwatch

Until very recently, porridge has conjured up exclusively dreary, Oliver Twist images. Yet seemingly suddenly, gruel is the epitome of cool everywhere from ABCv to Chinese Tuxedo, Claus Meyer and more…

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Gourmet Gossip: March 2017

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, closing, or shocking chef shuffle. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from Grant Achatz’s thrilling migration from the Windy City to the Big Apple to Ivan Orkin’s surprising fascination with pizza…

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Gourmet Gossip: February 2017

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, closing, or chef shuffle. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from the announcement of this year’s James Beard Award noms to the opening of the Golden Girls Cafe…

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“Single Concept” Trends Again with Cookie Dough and Congee

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a shocking chef shuffle, or a must-try dish. We’ve got the scoop on Blue Ribbon Bakery’s unexpected shutter, Rebelle’s brunch collaboration…

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Gourmet Gossip: February 2016

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, closing, or shocking chef shuffle. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from a summertime shakeup at EMP to the debut (we mean it this time!) of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s vegetarian abcV…

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Gourmet Gossip: January 2017

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a devastating closing, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from Le Cirque’s celeb chef coup to John DeLucie’s diner takeover…

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Food Trends to Look Out For in 2017

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 in Trendwatch

Trends on the rise generally experience a slow burn — what may seem like mere coincidence one day (a handful of restaurants serving fried chicken sandwiches, for instance), may become an omnipresent, city-wide craze the next. So based on a few early adopters, these are the subtly flickering food movements we expect to catch fire in 2017, to a macabre obsession with charcoal, to a wave of meatless meat products.

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Gourmet Gossip: December 2016

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great restaurant city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting opening, a devastating closing, or shocking chef shuffle. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from April Bloomfield’s Midtown burger return and upcoming Brooklyn expansion to Gabriel Stulman’s first sortie, into the lucrative land of hotel dining…

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Gourmet Gossip: November 2016

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or pop up. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites! From the launch of Keith McNally’s glittering Augustine, to a Danny Meyer takeover in Bryant Park…

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Trend Spotting: Nashville Takes NYC

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in Trendwatch

NYC had a Southern-fried revolution years ago — and now eateries serving green tomatoes and biscuit and gravy are as commonplace as pizza parlors and Chinese takeout spots. But things have taken a hyper-regional turn with the rise of Nashville cuisine; starting with a major, local obsession with hot chicken, and expanding precipitously from there.

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Gourmet Gossip: September 2016

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a shocking chef shuffle, or a must-try dish. We’ve got the scoop on Blue Ribbon Bakery’s unexpected shutter, Rebelle’s brunch collaboration…

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