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.

Momosan Ramen Opens in Murray Hill

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has just opened the doors of his first ramen restaurant, Momosan Ramen and Sake, located in Murray Hill. The new restaurant will be focused as much on Sake as on Ramen, with 13 different options by the glass and several sake-based cocktails. The ramen on the menu is fairly traditional, with an emphasis on tonkotsu and chicken ramens with traditional toppings, although the menu promises quality, including a secret recipe by which Morimoto’s noodles are more resistant to becoming soggy (or “Nobiru”). Appetizers include pig’s ear, pig’s foot, and two kinds of pork belly, plus a few non-porcine options as well.

Of course, there are no shortage of ramen options in the city, but any celebrity chef will have a certain opening bump. Momosan’s closest competition will be Ramen Takumi, on 34th and 3rd avenue.

To read more, click here.

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.


What’s happening in Stadiums, the Unexpected Food Frontier

citi_field_fuku1.0.jpgAs baseball season gets underway, more and more attention is being drawn to an often overlooked part of the stadium experience: the food. It may take awhile to overcome associations with dry pretzels, standard-issue hot dogs and over-priced beer, but at least a few stadiums are trying to bring fans a better dining experience.

The clearest example is Citi Field, where (beginning April 8th), you can get David Chang’s Fuku fried chicken sandwich. The Fuku stand with have the spicy sandwich, as well as fries, Fuku fingers, and Milk Bar cookies. Yankee’s fan? Not to worry, Yankee stadium has new treats in store as well, including egg creams from Linda’s Brooklyn Style Egg Creams. If you’re into indulging as much as possible at the ball park, they’ve got plenty of artery-clogging specials as well.

This may still not compel non-baseball fans to sit through a full game, but it’s certainly an added bonus for those already heading out to a game.

4/2: Smorgasburg is Back

JvP_092714_1132_print.jpgWith the return of Spring comes the return of outdoor markets, and April 2nd/3rd is the first weekend you can catch Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea, now in Fort Greene, Dumbo, Williamsburg and Prospect Park. Smorgasburg, which began as a spin-off of the Brooklyn Flea and now includes 100+ local and regional food vendors, is open Saturdays in East River State Park at Kent Ave. and N. 7 St., and Sundays in Prospect Park at Breeze Hill (both days from 11 to 6). Brooklyn Flea itself has two additional locations. The markets will be open rain or shine, but fingers are crossed that April showers bring May flowers (and sunny days) soon.

Vendors can still apply to be part of both markets for the season. For more information, click here.


Ando, the (Other) Delivery-Only Option from David Chang


Photo via Diane Bondareff/Associated Press


David Chang’s investment in delivery app/storefront-less restaurant Maple is well publicized, but the Momofuku chef and CEO has no interest in stopping there. Chang recently announced the advent of a new delivery-only restaurant joining the Momofuku empire – this one known as Ando, completing the homage to instant-ramen inventor Momofuku Ando.

Ando should debut in Spring in Midtown East, with a mobile ordering platform and delivery by UberRush. Unlike Maple, Ando food will veer away from the healthy, veggie-heavy options and more toward original comfort food inventions. Many of the recipes are collaborations between Chang himself and J.J. Basil (formerly of wd~50), like Chicken Cheesesteak with homemade American cheese sauce. There will also be cookies from  Milk Bar‘s Christina Tosi, and possibly secret items like a fried chicken bucket that can be unlocked from the app.

Chang is adamant that Ando is just another Momofuku restaurant, even if the servers have to go a little further to reach the guests. With a different aesthetic and options, he hopes that competition with Maple will be limited – and mobile restaurants will become just one more way to get the Fuku-fix.

To read more about Ando, click here, and check back later this week for a spotlight on Maple.

New Pop-Up Wine Bar Evening With…

No, we didn’t trail off in the middle of the title; Evening With…  is the name of a new pop-up wine bar now open two nights a week above Greenwich Project, at 47 West 8th street. The pop-up was started by Nick Boccio and Carmine DiGiovanni and it will feature a rotating cast of NYC sommeliers, beginning with Chad Walsh (formerly of The Dutch).

The wine list will change each week, as will a selection of small plates ranging from $8-$20. The roster for future weeks includes noted sommeliers like Pascaline Lepeltier of Rouge Tomate, Laura Maniec of Corkbuzz, and Hristo Zisovski of the Altamarea Group (along with his wife, who will be collaborating on the cheese pairings). Guest Sommeliers have the 55-seat room from 6 to midnight each Sunday and Monday. A select number of wines will be available by the glass, although most will be rare or older vintages available by the bottle.

To read more, click here.