Navigating Great Coffee Shops In NYC

Levi Dalton and Marguerite Preston of Eater have compiled a list of 21 great coffee shops in New York. This city has an abundance of quality coffee, but an overwhelming amount of coffee shops which can make it difficult to navigate. This list of coffee shops points out the best hand-made cappuccinos, great drip and bright espressos.  A few of these coffee shops include:

  • Abraço: 86 E 7th St: Known for having one of the best drip coffees in the city as well as quality baked goods. Tip: Try the olive oil cookie.
  • Hi-Collar: 214 E 10th St: Great coffee shop for coffee aficionados where the menu prompts the guest to choose bean type and brew style
  • Devoción: 69 Grand St, Brooklyn: Outpost of a Colombian roaster serving good espresso and drip, great decor and atmosphere with live wall
  • Fair Folks & A Goat: 96 W Houston St: Known for calm, quiet vibes with a particularly great cold brew

For the complete list of 21 great coffee shops in New York City compiled by Eater, click here

Tipped Wage To Increase Significantly

The Department of Labor Acting Commissioner announced today that he will be following the suggestions of the Wage Board to increase the cash wage for tipped workers from $5.00 to $7.50 effective December 31st, 2015. Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association voiced her strong opinion on the subject by stating, “It’s troubling that the Acting Commissioner ignored legislative precedent and the pleas of nearly 1,000 hospitality industry representatives who asked him for a moderate increase phased in over time…By rubberstamping an extreme, unprecedented 50 percent increase it becomes hard to believe New York is really ‘Open for Business.’”

The tip credit for food service workers has historically been between 60-70 percent of the full minimum wage. Seventy percent of the current minimum wage is $6.13. This increase raises the percentage to an unprecedented high of 83 percent. To learn more about the issue and to stay informed on all the developments, visit the New York Restaurant Association here.

The Chocolate Expo In Garden City!

The Chocolate Expo is one of the largest chocolate events in the U.S., offering tastings & sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses and wines from roughly 50 local, regional and international vendors. The event will take place in Garden City, New Jersey on March 1st from 10AM-7PM at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Aside from the combination of chocolate and food, the expo also has unique exhibits, performances, demonstrations and celebrity appearances.

For a list of the participating vendors at the March 1st Expo, click here. The Chocolate Expo supports local foods & farming and regularly invites farms to participate and encourage other vendors to use locally-sourced ingredients, whenever possible. For more information about the Chocolate Expo, visit their website here.

The Elm In Williamsburg Is Closing

The Elm in Williamsburg has been open for nearly three years and unfortunately will be officially closing this coming Sunday. When the restaurant originally opened in August 2013 inside the King & Grove Williamsburg hotel, chef Paul Liebrandt believed the restaurant would serve as a ‘gateway’ for a clientele dissimilar to that of Corton.

The food and coffee at The Elm were highly praised including a three star rating from Adam Platt, however there was something about the atmosphere that never really jived. Chef Paul Liebrandt has mentioned that he would like to undertake another fine-dining restaurant project, so perhaps this may be the push to do so. For more information on the closing of The Elm in Williamsburg, click here.

New Dinner Menu At El Rey Luncheonette

Nicholas Morgenstern’s El Rey Coffee Bar and Luncheonette on the Lower East Side has started serving dinner! The small space’s kitchen is run by executive chef Gerardo Gonzalez who is known for his ‘SoCal, neo-hippie, veggie-centric-but-not-vegetarian’ style. The new dinner menu includes vegan chicharrones with hot sauce, cashew crema and chamoy sauce, octopus salad with black salsa, charred radicchios with ricotta, hazelnut and mint and papas bravas with pickled pineapple hot sauce.

Morgenstern was inspired by the tapas style service of Bar Jamón. El Rey Luncheonette is also pushing toward organic and biodynamic wines. For more information on the new dinner menu including photos of the new dishes, click here

Melt Shop & The Little Beet To Expand In LI

The Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall in Long Island will be welcoming two newcomers this week: Melt Shop and The Little Beet. Melt Shop has a few outposts in New York City and one in the works in Washington D.C. set to open this week, so this is not a new feat for owner Spencer Rubin. This will be a new endeavor however for Franklin Becker’s The Little Beet. A few months ago Becker opened the sit-down version, Little Beet Table, on Park Avenue between 23rd and 24th St.

Both brands are moving into the large shopping mall outlet at Roosevelt Field as a way to expand the brands. Becker is also currently working on a steakhouse concept. The foot traffic at Roosevelt Fields Mall is very heavy, and the current chains at the mall such as Houston’s and Seasons 52 do very well. These two fast casual concepts will surely soon become go-to’s for shoppers looking to grab a quick bite at a fair price. To read more, click here.

NYC Port Authority To Open Specialty Food Shops

In order to improve traffic flow in New York City’s bus terminal, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey decided to choose Cushman & Wakefield Inc. and JRT Realty Group INC to help the station undergo a $90 million makeover which will lease and market the 150,000 square foot retail space as well as a 13,000 square foot space on ninth avenue near the terminal. This renovation will not only improve traffic flow but will also make the terminal that much more accessible to commuters.

The existing tenants will need to update their spaces to match the new and modern feel. Steven Soutendijk, Cushman & Wakefield’s executive director has said the existing tenants will be investing in remodeling their locations with higher standards to match the new specialty food shops and vendors that will enter the space. The new retail food options will not only attract commuters, but may also bring in a lunch or dinner crowd from nearby residences and offices. To read more about Port Authority bus terminal’s future food retail makeover, click here



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