Posts for November 6, 2012

Martha Stewart Ventures Into Sitcom Territory

Can't wait for this.

Gordon Ramsay is not the only TV food personality signing on to produce a fictional television series: Deadline reports (via Vulture) that Martha Stewart will produce Tao of Martha, which follows a "highly disorganized former party girl" who finds purpose in proper napkin-folding technique, true love at the specialty yarn-store parking lot, and heaven in a hot-glue gun. We're making those things up, of course, and plan on tuning into Fox next fall to find out how to really flip an omelette. [Deadline via Vulture, Earlier]

Le Castagne Offering Truffle Upgrades on Any Plate on the Menu

Funky fungi

Truffle season is upon us, and since unfavorable weather conditions in Italy put a pinch on this year’s harvest, we can expect the price on the typically costly fungal delicacy to be a higher than normal. Thankfully, Michael DeLone, chef at Center City’s Le Castagne is offering a chance for mere mortals to taste the funky fungi without the threat of missing a mortgage payment in the process. In addition to the over-the-top truffle-laden prix fixe menus he’s offering this week — there’s two dinner options priced at $125 and $350, plus a lunch dealy for $75 — DeLone will upgrade any dish from the restaurant’s a la carte menu with white or black truffle shavings for $50 or $35 (respectively) per plate.

Lotus Farm to Table Names New Chef

Ryan Sulikowski

Lotus Farm to Table, the 32-seat BYOB located in the western burbs burg of Media, PA, has appointed a new chef. His name is Ryan Sulikowski, and just prior to accepting the position, he worked on the line at Wilmington, Delaware’s Moro. As a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu at the Atlantic Culinary Academy in Dover, New Hampshire, Sulikowski honed his culinary skills at Bobo's 33 in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, and Zampa's Mediterranean Bistro in Epping, New Hampshire, before heading to farm-focused Clay Hill Farm in York, Maine. He replaces former chef Chris Allen, who came aboard following Michael Gilletto’s departure.

Alan Richman (Finally) Discovers Portland

He's a little behind the pack on this one, but GQ critic Alan Richman today is among the last critics in the country to decide that Portland, Oregon, is now "the most fascinating gastronomic city in America." Eric Asimov in the NYT declared Portland food's "golden age" to have begun five years ago, and US News & World Report named Portland the No. 1 city in the world for street food not long after. The exporting of Andy Ricker (Pok Pok) and Matthew Lightner (Atera) to NYC has only helped build the city's legend. Also, Andrew Knowlton at Bon Appétit has made sure to swing through the past few years for his Best New Restaurants list, crowning Luce one of his top ten this year. [GQ]

South Street’s Lorenzo and Son’s Pizza Finally Making Progress After Fire

There's still a long way to go.

Four months and change have passed since fire knocked South Street’s iconic Lorenzo and Son’s Pizza off the block, and sadly there’s been little progress made to bring the popular refuge for hungry, late-night drunks back to life. Well until now, anyway. Naked Philly’s eagle eyes spotted work going inside the burned-out slice spot. Apparently work is underway, and, boy what a job! All of the pizza shop’s equipment has been removed, as well as the rear wall, and part of the floor. The remainder has been stripped to the bones. The best estimate for Lorenzo’s big return is several months. Bummer indeed, but the most important thing is, it will indeed rise from its own ashes one day. [Naked Philly]

Earlier: Fire Strikes Lorenzo’s on South Street

No Reservations Ad Prompts Bourdain to Unleash Anti-Cadillac Twitter Bluster

More of a Chevy guy?Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Last night marked the series finale of No Reservations, but Anthony Bourdain isn't leaving the Travel Channel without pulling his own mini-version of a Keith Olbermann-style Twitter anti-corporation Twitter rant. The host took a break from live-tweeting during the episode to, once again, express his frustration over a promotional spot (which Eater has embedded at the bottom of this post) for Ann Romney's favorite car company.

"Greedy venal #travelchannel ad sales motherfuckers." »

Now Open: Rhino Bar, Serving Gastropub-y Fare ’Til Wee Hours in the Gayborhood

Rhino

With Fish relocated around the corner, the final piece to the 13th and Locust puzzle, Rhino Bar, was finally set into place yesterday. And the big picture it reveals is two separate restaurants — an intimate, 35-seat seafooder fronting the Locust Street side of the Independent Hotel, and a gastropub-y venture, serving food and drink into the wee hours on the 13th Street side. Mike Stollenwerk is the brains and brawn driving both concepts. Rhino features eight taps, tons of craft beer in bottles, cocktails, and some serious happy hour action. The menu is divided into “snacks” and “plates,” and this being a Stollenwerk jawn, it also has raw bar offerings. The kitchen will be open until 1 a.m. on weeknights, and 2 a.m. on weekends. Check the menu out straight ahead.

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Watch This Liquor Store’s Vodka Smolder and Explode

This display of Karkov vodka inside a Burnsville, Minnesota, liquor store was positioned underneath a ceiling fan and aligned with the shop's windows with such bizarro, Final Destination-esque perfection a few weeks ago that just the rising sun pouring through the vodka bottles set a fire that ignited the boxes. It took an hour and a half for the magnified sun to ignite the paper into a full smolder, but once it got going, tops blew off bottles, vodka geysers erupted, and twelve-foot flames shot through the air. "The firefighters were standing next to me like they were watching a new video game," the store's owner tells Fox. "They were going, 'This is so cool!'"


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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, But Will Flow Freely at McGillin’s Today

Who's your forefather?

You’ve braved the cold, the long lines, and more than a year of heated political bickering back and forth from both sides just to fulfill your most fundamental duty as a citizen of this country today. Now what? Well, surely our forefathers would’ve kicked back with a couple rounds of beers while awaiting the final tally of votes. And as a red-blooded American — provided you’re the drinking type — you should do the same. Appropriately enough, McGillin’s Olde Ale House, which has been watering the tree of liberty with perfectly pulled pints and well-poured cocktails since the year Abraham Lincoln was elected president, is offering Yards Brewing Company's Ales of the Revolution — General Washington’s Tavern Porter, Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale, and Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce — for $3 all day today. Go ahead and have a toast to democracy. Just don’t be a buzzkill and discuss politics, though.

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