Grand Banks Boat Returns Next Tuesday

1451064622024.jpegFew things say warm weather is coming like outdoor dining. Or, even better, outdoor dining by the water. Or, if you really want to up the ante, dining on the water. Of course, the options for the latter are limited, but next Tuesday Grand Banks will return to Tribeca’s pier 25 with not just drinks but their full food menu as well.

Grand Banks is a seasonal restaurant located on a historic fishing schooner. They opened in 2014 to quick success, with lines occasionally extending down the pier to grab a seat for lobster rolls, fried oysters and the full bar menu. This year they are accepting reservations, so anyone headed out for an adventurous first-date meal need not worry to much about being stranded on the pier. There’s also a selection of new dishes, including friend Montauk blowfish tails and pan roasted oysters with bacon and ramps.

Click here for more information, or to make a reservation.

Google Translate Celebrates Its Birthday Downtown Pop-up

unnamed.jpgWe’re always excited to see what comes out of the marriage of food and tech, and the latest event may be unexpected but it’s certainly exciting. Next Friday, April 15th, Google Translate will host a 4-night long pop-up restaurant in honor of their 10th birthday, called the Small World Pop-Up. According to their website, “Languages from around the world will be your guide as our guest chefs take you on a journey through the lens of food — our universal language.” Guests will use Google translate to order their food from chefs Gerardo Gonzalez, JJ Johnson, Danny Bowien, and Einat Admony (each chef has a different day, and is partnering with friends from the industry to handle drinks and service).

Unfortunately, reservations for the dinners are already taken, but it’s nice to know that one of the biggest tech giants in the industry is acknowledging what we’ve always known to be true: that #everyonespeaksfood.


4/18: Submit Your Bids for a Mobile Food Stand in the Battery

The NYC Parks Department has put out a request for bids for the operation of six mobile food concessions in the Battery in Manhattan. Details are below!

In accordance with Section 1-12 of the Concession Rules of the City of New York, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (“NYCDPR”) is issuing, as of the date of this notice, a Request for Bids (RFB) for the operation of six (6) mobile food concessions within the Battery, Manhattan.
Hard copies of the RFB can be obtained, at no cost, commencing Monday, March 28, 2016 through Monday, April 18, 2016 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and Holidays, at the Revenue Division of NYCDPR, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.   All bids submitted in response to this RFB must be submitted by no later than Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
The RFB is also available for download, commencing on Monday, March 28, 2016 through Monday, April 18, 2016 on Parks’ website.  To download the RFB, visit, click on the link for “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” and, after logging in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFB’s description.
For more information, contact Glenn Kaalund at (212) 360-1397or VIA email at Thank you.

La Newyorkina Set to Open This Summer


We’re excited to announce that good colleague and friend Fany Gearson, the chef and co-owner of Dough and mastermind behind Mexican sweets maker La Newyorkina, will be opening an ice cream shop of the same name this summer. Although some may be craving the refreshing treats already in this Spring weather, hopefully the months will fly by until June or July, when La Newyorkina will open at 240 Sullivan Street. The shop will be a “celebration of Mexican sweets,” says Gearson, who grew up in Mexico City.

One thing is for sure – the options available will keep guests coming back well into Fall and Winter. Expect over 15 types of ice cream and slushy, at least 30 flavors of paletas, fruit flavored chamuyadas (imagine the best slushy you’ve ever had), and a brand new frozen treat for Gearson: the nieve de garrafa, a delicate frozen custard churned with a paddle.

We’d like to offer our congratulations to Fany, and look forward to visiting with joy and excitement.

To read more, click here.



Sushi Zen Closes Amid Plans to Reopen with 3 Times the Space

image.jpgMidtown staple Sushi Zen first opened its doors in 1983, when sushi was still considered an adventurous choice for Times Square dining. In the years since, more and more upscale sushi restaurants have joined the scene, and raw fish has fully entered the mainstream (arguably ushering in the next-wave poke trend). Sushi Zen, run by head chef Toshio Suzuki, nevertheless remained a favorite, earning some celebrity chef fans like Michael Anthony and training others like Masaharu Morimoto in the traditional Edomae style of sushi making.

Now, Sushi Zen has shut down operations at it’s original location at 108 West 44th. There were plans in the works to reopen three blocks north at 114 West 47th Street, a move predicted as early as March of last year, with a new space significantly larger at 6,500 square feet. It now looks like that new space will not pan out.

Although New Yorker’s may now balk at paying more than $25 for their sushi entree, Sushi Zen was a staple that consistently earned high marks from critics.

To read more, click here.

Cafe Altro Paradiso Now Open


Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos, the team behind the critically acclaimed Estela on Houston street, is already having a busy year. They’re in the midst of preparations to open a branch at the new Metropolitan Museum outpost, Met Breuer, and just opened the doors of their latest project – Cafe Altro Paradiso.

The original Estela made a name for itself by taking the traditional tapas bar formula and tweaking it slightly, increasing the size of the dishes to a just-big-enough-to-share size. The new restaurant, which the team claims will be a largely traditional Italian cafe, has big shoes to fill – but guests can expect that there will be some fresh ideas in play on the menu of pasta dishes, Italian wines and seafood.

Cafe Altro Paradiso is located at 234 Spring street. They are taking reservations and accepting walk-ins beginning this week

To read more, click here.

Batali and Bastianich’s La Sirena Now Open


Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, the team behind Babbo Ristorante and Lupa Osteria Romana in the West Village, has finally opened their latest project after a series of delays. The new restaurant is La Sirena, and it’s being billed as a modern Italian trattoria, falling somewhere between the casual Lupa and and upscale Babbo. 

La Sirena is located in the Maritime hotel in Chelsea, in a huge space with both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu features a wide selection of antipasti and main courses like spicy octopus and braised beef short rib, but Batali and Bastianich still expect pasta to be one of the biggest sellers.

For now the restaurant is only open for dinner, but lunch, brunch and breakfast are also in the works.

To read more, click here.


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