Posts for December 28, 2012

JP Morgan Chase Throws Revel a $150 Million Lifeline

RevelPhoto: Revel

So it’s looking like Revel will make it through to 2013. The embattled mega-resort and casino, which admirably opened with the mission of shaking up Atlantic City’s nickel-slots and all-you-can-eat buffet status quo with multiple celebrity chef-driven restaurants (including three from Jose Garces), has been struggling to stay afloat since opening last spring. Today it received a $150 million lifeline from JP Morgan Chase to help cover the costs for operations and pair down mounting debt, NBC Philly reports. This is the second time in the casino and hotel’s nine months of existence that it’s required a cash infusion.

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Tashan Presents New Years Day Brunch With the Mummers Parade

Looking for a way to quell that hellacious hangover, and take in as much of the New Years Day’s Mummers Parade? You’re in luck. Tashan, which is situated practically at mumming ground zero on South Broad Street, will be open and serving brunch on the first day of 2013. The bar will begin pouring drinks promptly at 11 a.m., and a brunch menu will be on offer until 2:30 p.m. After that, the everyday bar and dinner menus will go on.

Cafe Estelle’s Marshall Green Turning Up Soon in NoLibs

The former home fo Jerry's Bar

Perhaps one of the greatest restaurant tragedies suffered in 2012 was the closing of Cafe Estelle after a fruitful five year run. Chef Marshall Green, who cultivated a loyal following with his creative culinary vision, and over-the-top brunches, chose not to renew the cafe’s lease, and was cagey about where he would surface next. Now there’s word that Green will head the kitchen at Jerry’s Bar, the divey NoLibs watering hole that’s been undergoing renovations since closing last year. Name, opening date and details of the concept remain up in the air. [Meal Ticket]

Earlier: Get To Cafe Estelle While You Still Can

Here’s How Dining Changed Across Grub Street USA in 2012

Ramen: no longer only big in Japan.Photo: Jakob N. Layman/Time Out New York

New York critic Adam Platt's Where to Eat 2013, which is on newsstands this week, breaks down some 60 clutch recommendations based on the thousands of restaurant meals Platt has eaten and the emerging trends — like the sudden flourish of small Italian places and resurgence of old-school French — he's noticed along the way. While we look forward to the New Year, we figured it'd be an ideal time to take one good look at how dining changed everywhere else in 2012.

Ramen, ramen, ramen. »

Sofia’s Pop-Up Preview Taking Reservations For New Years Eve

Christopher LeePhoto: Patrick McMullan

Sofia’s, or at least the forthcoming East Passyunk Avenue restaurant’s “phase one” pop-up preview, will begin seating guests on New Years Eve. We told you last week that New York export, and former Striped Bass chef Christopher Lee is behind the reboot of the once lukewarm neighborhood spot known as Salt + Pepper, and the re-do would come in two parts. First with a pop-up — happening, sort of, now — and then an official opening in late-winter 2013, after interior renovations are complete. For New Years Eve, Lee, his chef de cuisine (and right-hand at Striped Bass) Oris Jeffers, and partner Joe Massara are offering several options for revelers.

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Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

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    “Pizza is alright”

    The food is alright... there honestly is no "atmosphere" since it consists of just an oven, two small tables and a television.

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    “Everything a restaurant should be!”

    Others talk the talk, Derek has always walked the walk.

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    “My other spot”

    When it comes to the generals...(chicken that is) they'll make you sign up for recruitment


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