Mergers and Acquisitions
Vox Media is reportedly buying online media company Curbed.com L.L.C., and the two companies are already celebrating in style – over fried chicken and pork buns.
The New York Times broke word yesterday that the digital media company would acquire Curbed and its three web publications, which report on real estate, dining and Read More
King Midas seemed pretty upset about turning his food to gold, but Serendipity 3 owner Stephen Bruce has no idea why. The emperor of ice cream swears the edible gold flakes on the restaurant’s $25,000 frozen “haute chocolate” dessert are delicious.
“It actually tastes beautiful; you don’t know you’re eating it; it just melts Read More
Sundaes and Cones
95 East 10th Street
Need a kick in the tastebuds? Go over to the East Village hotspot that’s known for its cool treats. Sundaes and Cones claim they’re “Committed to providing our customers with an experience of something new.” The wasabi isn’t as overpowering as you might expect, but, if Read More
It’s getting hot in these kitchens!
British chef Kyle Connaughton is suing Chipotle and its CEO Steve Ells for allegedly involving him in a scheme to steal Momofuku chef David Chang’s noodle-bar concept.
In court documents obtained by The Observer, Mr. Connaughton claims that he was drafted to Read More
Remember Locanda Verde? It’s still downtown, it still has delicious, affordable food, but it might as well be Sardi’s for the amount of coverage it gets. The Dutch displaced it, and now Lafayette will displace The Dutch. They all have the same universally respected chef, Andrew Carmellini, and are owned by an experienced and well–funded restaurant group, so they will be fine.
But go visit some of the hot restaurants of 2009, like Matsugen and Mia Dona and Adour and Allen & Delancey and RUB and The Tasting Room and Centro Vinoteca and Irving Mill. Or rather don’t, because they’re all out of business, and got that way fast as a result of a brutal food-media climate dominated by online outlets. For the sake of convenience, I will call them “blogs,” but they’re really news-driven niche sites for foodists, which is to say, almost everybody these days.
Food and Beverage
It was in a cozy Brooklyn hideaway, Night of Joy, that we met our first female sommelier. Theresa Paopao had a deck of tarot cards, and we had begged her to give us a reading. (Which came out all swords, something Ms. Paopao claimed that she had never seen before; hurriedly shoving her cards back into a deck and shifting her chair slightly away from us.) We assumed that she was just another Williamsburg hipster.
“Actually, I’m the wine director for Momofuku,” Ms. Paopao told us. We gasped, audibly shocked into silence as if she had just casually dropped that she was a lumberjack or ran an advertising agency.
“But you’re a woman!” we sputtered.
C IS FOR COOKIE
Last night’s Opening Ceremony party at the Ace Hotel for Fashion’s Night Out is certainly deserving of its own report, which is coming shortly. The most coveted item of the night, however, may be the hippest cookie in the universe.
Momofuku chef David Chang’s planned iPad app will take a deep dive into a bowl of ramen, reports Nick Fox at Diner’s Journal.
The ramen is interactive! Clicking on the image triggers videos, recipes and graphics–such as a tour of a Japanese ramen factory; a talk by Curious Cook’s Harold McGee, who appears Read More
Former Momofuku partner Joaquin Baca says that his promising Williamsburg restaurant Brooklyn Star, which was shuttered earlier this year due to a fire, will return at a new space before the holidays.
Brooklyn Star quickly made a name for itself with homey vegetable dishes, made-to-order cornbread and Dr. Pepper-brined ribs. At Momofuku, the Texan Baca Read More
Momofuku chef David Chang appears in the September Vogue, wearing a white apron and sitting on a bench with a flock of models.
He looks so sad! Perhaps they were not the most receptive audience for his many meat products. Read More