Thursday, February 23, 2012

Let the Countdown Begin; Back Forty, Back Thirty-Nine, Back Thirty-Eight…

Peter Hoffman’s Back Forty West is going to open next thursday, March 1st.

Back Forty West will first be open for breakfast and lunch.  As Grubstreet points out, a new bar and a smoker have been added to the former Savoy space and dinner will come later in the month with a focus on one pot dishes. 

Does that mean feedyourhorse got its cassoulet wish?

Fonda East Village Now Open

Roberto Santibanez, the man behind Park Slope’s Fonda, opened a Fonda outpost in the East Village and hopes to get the same neighborhood vibe as the Brooklyn locale.

Originally slated for a February 21st open date, Fonda opened for dinner yesterday.  Brunch plans are in the near future.

40 Avenue B (btwn 3rd and 4th)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Frank Bruni Profiles the Ever Popular Alex Stupak

Alex Stupak is the executive chef/owner of Empellon Taqueria and Empellon Cocina.  Neither place is a year old, though both are bringing  plenty of buzz and a new vision of Mexican cuisine to New York City.

Former NYTimes restaurant critic Frank Bruni profiles the chef and takes us through his brief (Stupak is only 31) career, which apparently started with getting yelled at for putting cream in scrambled eggs when he worked at Denny’s.

I’ll Have a Shack Burger and a Star, Please

It sounds like Pete Wells got up on the wrong side of the bed before he wrote the  Shake Shack review.  He left the house with a star in his pocket and decided he’d give it to the Danny Meyer chain.

The Shake Shack empire has brought hundreds of jobs to NYC.  Positions that are filled mostly by the city’s youth, a point that has worked for and against the burger chain as Pete Wells marks inconsistency as the recurring theme.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

James Beard 2012 Semifinalists Announced This Morning

The long list of semifinalists for the James Beard Awards was revealed today.  It will see a significant chop next month in Vegas and leave us with the finalists for the ceremony to be held Monday, May 7th at Lincoln Center.

Isa, Tertulia, and Tremont get nods for best new restaurant.

Exciting rising star chef nominees in Emma Hearst (Sorella), Max Sussman (Roberta’s), Jesse Schenker (Recette), and Noah Bernamoff (Mile End).

Dale Talde 2.0 Opening (Sometime) Before Summer

The new Dale Talde restaurant, set to occupy the former Aunt Suzie space in Park Slope, is going to be mullet friendly.

It doesn’t look like it will take an Asian lean.  Talde says, “At the end of the day, I’m just an American chef.”

Windows are covered and construction has started at the still nameless space.  It should be open by summer.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Patsy Grimaldi to Occupy Original Grimaldi’s Space

Patsy Grimaldi has left a long trail in the history of New York City pizza.  It started in the 40s, when he learned how to make pizza under his uncle up in Harlem.  A legal battle in the 90s lead to the current Grimaldi’s name and the end of the decade, 1998, saw Patsy Grimaldi’s retirement from the pizza world.  A decision that never stopped haunting him.

Unpaid rent forced Grimaldi’s out of the original 19 Old Fulton Street space at the end of last year.  They opened their new location half a block away, at 1 Front Street.

Patsy Grimaldi saw this as a perfect chance to come out of retirement.  He plans to open Juliana’s, a name attributed to his late mother, in the original Grimaldi’s location at 19 Old Fulton Street in DUMBO, BK.

Make pizza, not war.

Cabbie Didn’t Realize Hearth Doesn’t Have a Drive-Thru Window

These photo’s come to us via chef Marco Canora over at Hearth.  Apparently a cab decided to crash into the restaurant last Friday around 11pm.  A tweet from the chef tells us, “Thankfully, no one was hurt.”