Jeffery Chodorow is about to breathe new life into his historically troubled venue at 68 West 58th street. You may recall it went through three variations as Mix, the first two French, the last Italian. From the snack in-box, the press release for the grand debut on Monday.
As I’ve done zero recon on this one, I’ll just pass along the full, unadulterated press release. For the over-zealous or those with lots of free time at work, you can compare and contrast the press release to the media coverage that should hit in the next couple weeks. Sound fun? Holler back if you’d like to see more unadulterated press releases in the future.
If a trip to Masayoshi Takayama's super-star sushi counter Masa is on your holiday wish list, you'll need to save some extra yen for the trip. Recently the price went up to $400 per person (from $350) for the omakase tasting menu - beverage, tip and tax not included. Note that, in spite of the price, now is the time to go because fish is best in the colder months. It's also the beginning of the season for that ultra-rare wintertime delicacy, and I don't mean white truffles (yawn). Fugu, known to gaijin as blow fish, is in season now until February.
In other Masa news, sources say the shogun was recently scouting in London. He's also been out in Las Vegas on a similar mission. It looks like 2007 may see an expansion of Bar Masa (the less-expensive sushi and small plate bar concept) beyond the mall. It'll be interesting to see how multiple units work in a practical sense, because Masa-san is the only one who has the top-secret rice recipe. He, and he alone, makes the rice.
One of the things I enjoy most about my blog snack is the limitless un-editorialized space it provides at the slightest whim. It's nice to be able to tell people - say what you want, for as long as you want, and I can run the entire story sans edit. In this post, I give you an email from Ariane Daguin, founder and owner of D'Artagnan, purvey of foie gras and more recently, defender of Gotham's right to eat the fat liver.
Now to the email, unedited so that you can read, discuss and decide for yourself.
Your help is urgently needed BEFORE Tuesday to stop the ban of foie gras forever!
Alan Gerson, NYC downtown councilman, is introducing a ban on foie gras this week. To keep access to foie gras possible. please read the foie gras facts below and call, email, or fax your New York Councilman and all the New York State Legislators you know, to tell them to put a stop to the anti-foie gras campaign BEFORE Tuesday, November 28.
You will find all the facts about foie gras and its production below for use in your communications. Thank you very much for helping to fight those who want to make some of the best food in the world illegal.
More details and factoids from the email after the jump
As you dust off the giant turkey platter and the pilgrim salt and pepper shakers, here's an old holiday chestnut from the corner table days, "give 'em what they want." It is a cautionary thanksgiving tale for aspiring gourmands who have grandiose plans to cast aside the classics in favor of fancy cooking. Beware of any recipes that are not printed on the back of the box.
Danny Meyer and Michael Romano have inked a deal with Japanese restaurant group Wondertable to take their beloved Union Sqaure Cafe east - asfar east as Tokyo. Union Square Tokyo is set to open Spring 2007 in a new Roppangi-esque development called Tokyo Midtown. It will be modern fine dining with the signature seasonal American menu. Note thatit is both the first offshore deal for the Union Square Hospitality Group and the first franchise. Wondertable will own the restaurant and USHG will provide consulting on menus, staff, enlightened hospitality, and, of course, the use of the trademarked name.
My recent blog negligence has been due to a hectic dead-lines and travel schedule. Whist waiting in airports to fly, I've been reading Hipster Haiku by Siobhan Adcock (Broadway Books $9.95). Have enjoyed it immensely and wondered, should I start sna-iku? Here's two for the road...news breaking tomorrow.
Today I bring you a little mixed bag of news from tvland. (Mario roast recap post coming as soon as I get the photos.)
This week, the final episode of the second season of Bravo’s Top Chef is being shot in Hawaii. The Top Chef is being chosen as you read, although the broadcast schedule is only up to episode four. Sources say that they managed to keep a lid on all the information last season with a very serious confidentiality contract (or you get fired) signed by everyone, everywhere involved in the project. Assume the same legalese is in effect this season –which makes it a great challenge to see if anyone out there has the scoop?
Recall the summertime news of Rocco Dispirito shooting a reality show pilot for A&E?The concept: Rocco goes into people's kitchens and helps them with some culinary quandary or special event. Rocco’s 911, if you will. Said pilot has been shot, according to sources on the production. The subject of Rocco’s culinary makeover is a woman who owns a speed dating service, but ironically is single and sans date. Apparently, the moral of the story is "nothin’ says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven." Sources say A&E loves the pilot and is expected to pick up the series as soon as they can figure out the time slot. Seems they can’t decide if it’s a daytime lunch show or prime time dinner theatre.
I dropped in to BLT Burger on Friday night to see what the all hubbub is about. I was impressed with the controlled chaos, as the staff seemed to be effectively and sweetly corralling the crowds of burger-lovers. And said burgers? 100% meaty deliciousness. I'm always amazed at how well this Frenchman channels Americana.
If you'd stopped by on Friday afternoon, you may have encountered a 'closed' sign.You may have panicked and wonder 'what the....?' BLT Burger is supposed to be open without interruption. According to LT (Laurent Tourondel), between dinner service Thursday night and lunch service on Friday, they served close to 400 people. No small feat considering the place has about 44-seats. They were forced to close Friday afternoon because they ran out of food. They needed a few hours to put together the mise-en-place for Friday night. Crazy.
470 Sixth Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets. 212.243.8226.
I've been shamelessly posting on tomorrow night's roast of Mario Batali, mostly because it benefits the Food Bank for New York City, and also because it will not be recorded or rebroadcast - and is a kind of once-in-a-lifetime event. Here're a couple of last minute details I picked up over the weekend.
1. According to roast etiquette, anyone up on the dais (or in the building) is fair game for roasting and jibing. Seemingly everyone should be prepared to get it, as good as they give it.
2. Last minute addition to the roaster line-up: Rocco Dispirito.