Friday, February 17, 2012

Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri Event Today

Gambero Rosso is one of the leading publications for Italian Wines. Tre bicchieri (3 glasses) is the highest award given by Gambero Rosso.  All the tre bicchieri winners will be on offer today from 2-7pm at the Metropolitan Pavillion - 125 West 18th Street.

Registration is officially closed but to those who will be attending, (feedyourhorse included!), salute!

Here’s a rundown of participating wineries.

See you next week.  Enjoy your weekend.

Minetta Lane is in Michael Toscano’s Ear and in Gabe Stulman’s Eye

When Eataly opened at the end of August in 2010, Michael Toscano made the move from Babbo to head the stoves at Manzo, Eataly’s flagship resto.  After a year and a half he will pack up and take his knives to Perla, the new venture from West Village powerhouse Gabe Stulman.

Perla will open in the old Bellavitae space at 24 Minetta Lane.  Chef Toscano’s Italian cooking will fit into a traditional antipasti, primi, secondi Italian menu format.  The space boasts a wood burning, brick oven that will lend itself nicely to various roasts for two.

Along with Mr. Toscano comes a pretty all star staff.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Eataly Has a Case of the Monday’s

Rosso Pomodoro, the pizzeria at Eataly, will be sharing their oven starting next Monday.  Starting on the 20th, Pizza a Quattro Mani (pizza from 4 hands) will run for six weeks and feature a different pizzaiolo every Monday.  The first cameo will be Mathieu Palombino from Motorino.

Now the only question is, Pizza or Crab Monday?

Brushstroke Makes It Out Alive

GQ food fellow Alan Richman gives us his names out of a hat list of The Ten Best New Restaurants in America.  Brushstroke (#2), the masterful, Japanese spot from David Bouley, is the only one to make the list from NYC.

Michael Voltaggio’s L.A. restaurant Ink took the #1 spot.

Animal Collective’s Avey Tare Breaks Down this Year’s Citrus Season (Kind of)

Pitchfork brings us a remix from Avey Tare of Animal Collective.  The original song is called “Egyptian Peaches.”  Avey’s odd, choppy rework is called “Cold Oranges” and features strange samples of some guy talking about growing oranges in Claremont.  Weird.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Attack of the Batali Pang

Num Pang is a Cambodian sandwich shop with Greenwich Village (21 E 12th) and Midtown (140 E 41st) locations.  Today marks the start of the shops “Guest Chefs Give Back” campaign that sets to raise money for the New York City Food Bank and the Cambodian Children’s Fund.

Mario Batali is the first featured chef and his “Batali Pang”, available starting today, will run for the next month, through March 15th.  The sandwich is one of cotechino, which is a slow cooked Italian sausage, balsamic braised onions, Cacio di Roma cheese, and the rest of the fixens you’d find on a sandwich under the Banh Mi blanket; pickled carrots, cucumber, and cilantro.  It can be yours for $9.75 - 60% of that cost will head to above mentioned charities.

If the the cotechino is anything like the Prosecco braised version Batali’s Greenwich Village pizza spot Otto does for New Year’s, I’m there.  If it’s any different, I’m there.

Pete Wells Awards Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria a Very Appetizing 3 Stars

Pete Wells heads to Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria for this weeks review and leaves quite happy.  While the 3 stars put the restaurant at the same caliber as Babbo, Craft, Marea, and Gramercy Tavern, it also leaves many a bit concerned.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

Balaboosta is tucked into that hip wedge of New York known as Nolita.  It’s on Mulberry Street, on the same block as Torrisi and Parm.  Chef Einat Admony is serving a modern take on Middle Eastern food and it’s really good.