Cuisine: Belgian, Gastropub
Price Range: Moderate
Murray Hill/Kips Bay
111 East 29th Street
(at Park and Lexington Avenue)
New York, NY 10016
Frosty goblets and freshly fried “frites” make Resto a perfect pick for an atypical night of cold beer and comfort food. The high pressed tin ceiling and textured plaster walls of Resto surround a long marble bar, which is complete with five dozen Belgian beers. The large variety of brews are served in their own kooky appropriated glassware, including a wooden contraption resembling something whittled in a high school shop class.
If you live in Clinton Hill, there’s a chance you’ve walked past the merchant-less garden stand set up on Franklin Avenue and Monroe. Basil, sage, fennel, lemongrass, and figs are all for sale, but here’s the twist- there’s no one selling them. A small sign on the stand indicates buyers to drop their money in the metal box, honor system style. It seems that the household responsible for the stand is the same one profiled in an April edition of the New York Times for its longstanding neighborhood history (the house was built in the 1860s.) All the herbs are a dollar, except for those pricy $2.50 figs, so stop by, take in some history, and take home some sage (but don’t forget to pay!)
There is now a fairly established trend in the current recession: a lot more people are dining at home, and thus shopping at supermarkets more often. So any help to make choosing our own food healthier for our bodies and wallets is appreciated.
However, the organization doing the research and setting the guidelines probably shouldn’t be funded by the companies making the food.
A new health program called Smart Choices, an independent organization funded by some of the largest processed food companies in world, is putting its stamp of approval on products that meet a conspicuous set of guidelines. The labels which have started appearing on the shelves of supermarkets are being heavily criticized as misleading consumers.
The New York Times reported that Smart Choices may be misleading consumers into viewing processed foods as equally healthy to fresh or natural food sources. The seal can still be obtained if an otherwise nutrition-less food has added ingredients like fiber or vitamins. Another critic said this practice could mislead consumers into thinking these foods are healthier than they really are. Smart Choices does not require the use of any whole grains in a product to get the “check” on the front of the box as long as a few choice ingredients are added during the food’s assembly.
The Shake Shack, the beloved Madison Square burger stand with the ridiculous queue, is apparently expanding to satiate double-stack hunger in the world.
Eater.com had the scoop, saying three new locations are slated for the city, several in major US cities, and eventual expansion to the Middle East, including Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
No official word from the Shake Shack owner Danny Meyer, but inside sources reported that international expansion is on the way.
Unfortunately for outer borough dwellers, it appears Dubai will get a Shake Shack before Brooklyn.
I suppose we all should have seen this coming. The Shake Shack’s popularity in New York could only lead to enfranchisement. Let the McShack Empire begin.
Coming soon to NYC: JoJo Energy Drink. Despite the absurd amount of energy drinks that presently fill our shelves, here comes another which promises to not only revitalize us, but to do it in a unique way. When you purchase a bottle of JoJo, it looks like a bottle of water with a little squirt bottle top. However, herein lies the key to what separates JoJo from the masses. Within said top lies a 'proprietary combination of nutrients, herbs, vitamins and amino acids’ which, when twisted, combines with the 100% natural spring water contained in the bottle, creating the energy drink.
The Bon Appetit Supper Club and Café, a week long event where master chefs from around the country gather and cook up dishes for the daily workers of New York’s midtown, is returning late September.
The pop-up structure on 57th street, near 6th Ave. will serve food to the public from 11am to 3pm centered on the theme of “Grown in Manhattan.” It is featuring cooks from local favorites like, WD-50, and Gramercy Tavern.
Aside from just a stellar menu cooked up by these master chefs, each day there will be a few demos for the public to see just how these dishes are created.