Can Chipotle Make a Comeback by Offering Desserts?


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It’s no surprise to anyone that Chipotle has had a hard time recovering sales after the infamous E. coli/Norovirus/Salmonella scandal. They have struggled with sales and gaining their customer loyalty back. However, an earnings call with investors this past Tuesday shows several new items that could help the struggling Chipotle. The chain is now testing the idea to add two new desserts to the menu; no specific details were released. The chain could also be getting a new face lift with a new restaurant design which has already been implemented in certain locations. New technologies for ordering was another item on the agenda at this investor call. Several new ordering options could soon hit stores as soon as January. These include table top ordering, pick-up time technology, and a new way to order and pay without even downloading an app. Lastly, Chipotle plans to end their investment with the growing Asian-Inspired concept, ShopHouse. However, plans are being made to investment in other concepts such as, Pizzeria Locale and Tasty Made. Will these changes be enough to help Chipotle get back on their feet and become a brand we can all trust again? Read the full story here.

April Bloomfield’s White Gold Opens Tomorrow


Tomorrow April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman will open their boutique butcher shop on the Upper West Side. The butcher shop will be offering select takeout snacks tomorrow, and the full service restaurant attached will open next week. The impetus for this move comes from the already staggering amount of burgers being produced by the duo’s currently operating restaurants. It has been estimated that the Spotted Pig serves 75,000 burgers a year alone. This move will give more control over the entire burger supply chain. You can also find White Gold’s burger meat at Salvation Burger and the Lobby Bar at the Ace Hotel.


You can read more about the butcher shop and restaurant here.

Alamo Drafthouse to Open in Downtown Brooklyn


Do you enjoy a night out at the movies, but hate overpriced popcorn, soda, and candy? You’re in luck! Texas cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse will open its long-awaited location in Downtown Brooklyn on October 28th. Located in the City Point complex, the Alamo Drafthouse will offer patrons full dining and bar opportunities during their movie watching experience. The food menu features appetizers, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, and desserts. The drinks menu features everything from cocktails, craft beer, wine, and mocktails for children. The Drafthouse is within reasonable walking distance of neighborhood favorite Cobble Hill Cinema and the United Artists location – both on Court St. To this point, the Alamo Drafthouse CEO recently spoke about this opening, stating that he believes NYC is still in need of more theater screens.


You can read more about the opening here.

A Fire in Winter — Hot Pot

hot-pot-taipei-taiwan-taihodien-restaurant-8Do you know what dish is the most popular in the cold winter in worldwide now? I know its hot pot. It consists of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat (usually they are beef or lamb), leafy vegetables, fish balls, baby sausages, wontons, egg dumpling, seafood and so on. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. You can find really good hot pot stores at Chinatowns in Manhattan and Flushing. The price is very good, usually for a small handful ingredient the price is between $3-$8. If you want to know informations for the hot pot, please click here.


Joy Luck Place — New Dim Sum place near Chinatown

dsc02213-1024x684Dim Sum is the most famous in a long list of dishes in a Hong Kong meal. The newest addition to NYC Dim Sum offerings is Joy Luck Place. The name may be a reference to the Amy Tan novel, Joy Luck Club. It is located at 98 Mott St, very close to Chinatown in Manhattan. In recent years, dim sum has become more and more popular in North America area. Joy Luck place offers impressively shaped, bite-size portions of dumplings, spring rolls with lightly seasoned fillings of meat, seafood and vegetables. Fluffy buns with various filling and glutinous rice – all get deliciously steamed. These small dishes will definitely be a big surprise, and just ignite the taste buds. In addition, the price is very reasonable. Plates are priced at $2.25, $2.75, or $3.25 depending on the size. Delicious food and reasonable prices give you a good reason to visit this store, if you want to get more information, please visit here

Ten Restaurants That Changed America


Yale historian Paul Freedman has released his newest book this year, Ten Restaurants That Changed America. Freedman synthesizes historical analysis, contemporary sources, and interviews in order to offer the reader an insight into how these household names developed and affected the American gastronomical landscape. With an introduction by Danny Meyer, this book offers much to those interested in American restaurant history. With colder weather approaching, its important to have a page-turner handy for those gloomy fall and winter days.

You can find out more about the book over at the WSJ.

Sleek Dumpling Options Popping Up Downtown


For years cheap dumplings have been a staple of NYC’s Chinatown. Prosperity Dumpling – which recently relocated from Eldridge St. to Bensonhurst in Brooklyn – long offered 5 for $1 dumplings to hungry patrons with little money to spare. Vanessa’s Dumpling House, which has two locations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn, likewise offers 4 dumplings for $1.50. Recently though more expensive options have been popping up. Nom Wah Tea Parlor offers Dim Sum offerings at its tiny walkup counter on Kenmare St. for those who wish to spend a bit more. Additionally, Mimi Cheng’s opened a location on Broome St. which offers composed Bento boxes for hungry lunchers looking for tasty dumplings. Seemingly the market will support both kinds of establishments serving different types of dumpling seekers.

You can read more about these two recent openings here.