Review – Mission Chinese Food NYC (Grand Opening)


Chef Danny Bowien is quickly rising amongst the transplant Chef world, making his presence known with tons of media coverage. We picked up an issue of Bon Appetit to check out the latest ongoings in the food world. Low and behold, there’s Danny again headlining the magazine with Andrew Knowlton reflecting on their recent trip to eating up Chengdu. They even have a book out publishing their recipes. With much fanfare surrounding the opening, we wanted to satiate our need to know why the SF mainstay is much heralded…. Continue reading

First Look: Ristorante Aglio

It’s not often you find a restaurant group that excels at what they do. Let’s face it: fusion makes cuisine that much harder to pull off. From the same peeps that brought Greenwich Grill and Sushi Azabu spawns Ristorante Aglio. Where? On 277 Church Street. Yes, you read right. On a street riddled with misses [ahem, Stuzzicheria, Da Mikele, Kori, Matsugen (R.I.P.)], the odds are highly stacked against them. Primarily known for car traffic vs pedestrian traffic, you have to give people a reason to walk this street. How does Aglio rank?

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Event – Wong Friends & Family SEP6-7 – we’ll be there


UPDATE: A hodge podge of Asian influences is the first thing we noticed upon glancing the Friends & Family menu. While nothing is particularly a reach, the menu is safe, but in a good way. The lobster egg foo young reminded us of a sisig, minus the acid. The Cornelia drink was a great Signature Cocktail and epitomizes the arrival of Fall weather. PICS HERE

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Event – Parked! 30+ Food Trucks @ South St Seaport AUG20

On top of our 30+ food trucks we’ll have a beer garden, a mainstage with incredible bands and DJs, face painting, cooking demonstrations and a playground on site for kids, and you can even buy a PARKED! pass which gives you reduced price food at the trucks and one free drink!
Want to see which trucks are going to be there?  Check the list out HERE

Event – Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival JUL23 (updated)

L: Torrisi Bakery, R: Grilled Pork Belly from ‘wichCraft

RECAP: Ever eat on a frisbee before? Governor’s Island was full of tents chock full o’ food on Saturday. Our favorites? Definitely the Chocolate Bouchons from Bouchon Bakery, The Blackberry Rose Pops from People’s Pops, and the Ham and Cheese sammich from Gramercy Tavern. We loved how Eco-Friendly the waste was. Enough of what we think, onto the mouth-watering pictures… PICS HERE

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Event – NY Truckcrawl JUL20 – we’ll be there (updated)

L: Wall Street Burgers Truck, R: Wall Street Burgers slider w/ curly fries

RECAP: DishcrawlNY presented their first TruckCrawl, starting off at USQ West & 17st. Green Dishcrawl pins (below) were handed out to identify those with the group.  Regularly $26, a special free code was given to Elite Yelpers in hopes of gaining exposure on this new venture. There were roughly 20 with the group, but none looked like the paying kind. Th

The first pit stop was the Wall Street Burgers Truck (above). The owner told us he quit his Wall Street job to start this truck with his wife, thus the name. Slider portions were handed out to us with curly fries. They claim to use grass fed angus, but we felt the burger was overdone. We like the concept of empowering ‘foodies’ with what’s considered good vs paid critics doing so. However, we disliked the constant filming of ‘DishCrawl TV’ without prior notice/waivers given.

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Stuff to do this Weekend and Beyond JUL8-14

T G I F, baby! We are excited about hosting our Heatgasm dinner on Saturday! There are also lots of Festivals going down this weekend. Check them out if you’re not at the beach sipping on coladas…

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Event – Milk Street Cafe Opening Bell Ceremony JUN23 – we’ll be there

RECAP JUNE23: The red carpet was rolled out for Opening Day of the Milk Street Cafe, formerly Mangia. Coffee and cookies (pictured) were gratis from 10am-11am, while other food items and beverages were available for purchase. To give you an idea of these ‘Wall Street’ prices, a Rainbow Roll will set you back $10.50, a Roast Turkey Sandwich $10.95, and a Bowling Green Salad also $10.50. Here’s the front cover of the Breakfast Menu. If you plan on getting your grub on here, be sure to bring some cash..or an expense account. PICS HERE

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Event – Dine Around Downtown @ CMP JUN14 (updated)

RECAP – Just got back from the Nomfest. There were almost 50 food vendors present on this brisk day. As expected, the Surf N’ Turf booths fared better than others, with lines amassing 30+ at any given time. We caved and tried a little of everything, but mostly land and sea creatures as well. Fizzy Lizzy, Kitchenette, and Ciao Bella were on hand for drinks and desserts. PICS HERE

Here’s what we ordered…

Sequoia – Cold Seafood Salad ($6)

Sequoia – 4 Jump Shrimp Cocktail ($5)

Mark Joseph’s Steakhouse – Bobby O. Mini Burger ($3)

Mark Joseph’s Steakhouse – Sizzling Canadian Bacon ($3)

SouthWestNY – Acapulco Ceviche, Tostones (fluke, shrimp) ($6)

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Total: $23

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Event – LTO NYC presents Ayinde Howell ‘WildFlower’ PopUp Dinner JUN10-12

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Interested in a Detox or Plant-based PopUp Dinner? Chef Ayinde Howell is featured next for 3 days, so get in where you fit in. BUY TIX.

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Section 2 of the High Line Is Now Open JUN8

Running between West 20th and West 30th Streets, Section 2 will double the size of the High Line when it opens on June 8.

When Section 2 opens to the public, visitors will find a new a temporary public plaza below the High Line at the northern terminus. For the summer of 2011, The Lot will be home to new public amenities for park visitors, including food trucks, beer and wine, public art, free events, family activities, and more. To inaugurate the space, AOL will debut Rainbow City, a collection of colorful, inflatable sculptures by FriendsWithYou, and Colicchio & Sons will open The Lot on Tap, a new outdoor bar, Woo Hoo!

South entrance of Section 2: on W20th St. off of 10 Ave.

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Event – Lower Feast Side x Hester Street Fair Opening Day MAY7

UPDATE JUNE 6: Starting Sundays on June 12…

Hester Street Fair Invites You to Play Ping-Pong and Eat Pofferjtes

UPDATE MAY6: The Hester St. Fair kicks off its season tomorrow Saturday, May 7th – and the Lower Feast Side Food Festival is a big part of it.

It’s part of the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas going on downtown all weekend.  Half of the market will be devoted to food, and the other half will be filled with a shopper’s paradise.  Over 60 food and goods vendors will be there for opening day! 

WHEN: Opening Day—Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 10am-6pm.  The Hester Street Fair is open ONLY SATURDAYS, and as always, FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

WHERE: The Hester Street Fair located on the corner of Hester and Essex Streets. F, J, M, Z stops to Delancey and East Broadway.

FOOD MARKET: Arancini (Risotto Balls), Cheeky Sandwiches, Roni Sue’s Chocolate, An Choi, Fat Radish, Mighty Balls (Gourmet Meat Balls), Girl Next Door Baked Goods, First Prize Pies, Lucky Penny Bake Shop, Macaron Parlour, Melt Bakery (Ice Cream Sandwiches), Sigmund Pretzelshop, Herbin Spoonful (Caramels and Gourmet Sauces), La Newyorkina (Mexican Paletas-nominated for Beard Book Award), Bao Bing (Taiwanese Shaved Ice with Handmade Toppings), Spatzi (Homemade Granola), Milkmade Ice Cream, Dolce Nonna (Italian), Signature Blends (Tea), Luke’s Lobster, La Sonrisa (Empanadas), The Stand NY (Fresh Lemonade), Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale and Bao by Bruce Cost (Berkshire Pork Buns), Bocce’s Bakery (organic, natural treats for man’s best friend), Wonder City Coffee and Donut Bar, King’s County Jerky, and the Dumpling Diva.

All we can say is WOW!

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Deal – Free East River Ferry via NY WaterWay JUN13-24

Free Ferries, A Special Summer in the Hot Sun in the City - SoHo & TriBeCa - Real Estate - NYC
NY Waterway Ferry, Jersey Journal, File Photo

Thx to NearSay for this..

When the weather is this hot, the best place to be is on the water, and New York is surrounded by water.  Most days, we have to pay to be on the water, but for a few days this June, starting on June 13th, continuing through June 24th, for two weeks, from that June Monday to that June Friday, the operators of the new ferry service on the East River will offer the rides, FREE.  

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Deal – Free Scoop @ Stellina MAY22

 

UPDATE MAY23: A meltdown, literally. Runny gelato is not our idea of an ideal freebie. When we asked why the gelato was so runny? Instead of an apology, all we got was an excuse: ‘It’s supposed to be a little softer than ice cream’. Errr O.K.! The mango was barely edible and the dark chocolate? More like churros con chocolate dip, minus the churros. Fuggedaboutit! Super sludgy, inedible. Better to not serve than to serve crap, Yoda say. We had a much better experience when we paid. Our advice: Focus on quality before getting greedy. Further expansion plans including a Steak House here. HUGE FAIL. Congrats to Stellina on making it on our SAVE YOUR MONEY list.

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Event – Make-A-Wish Foundation Gala @ Cipriani Wall St JUN16

 An Evening of Wishes – Annual Gala
Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Metro New York

June 16, 2011
6:30p.m. – 10:30p.m.
 
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55 Wall Street
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Plywood: Forcella, Rosarita, Frankies West, Five Guys All Coming Soon MAY13

Here’s a list of Eateries opening soon in a neighborhood near you…

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Event – Midtown Lunch Fifth Birthday Party JUN11

MidtownLunch to throw their 5yr Anniversary in June11 12-3PM @ City Winery, $55. Proceeds go to a  good cause. BUY TIX

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