Extended Cubano Voting!

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EfV Headquarters were hit with some gnarly pipe-related structural damage yesterday, and we apologize for going missing as a result. We have decided to give you all a little more time to vote for New York's best cuban sandwich. Take the weekend to entertain Thomas Vicari's challenge and sample the Casa Havana version, or just drop us an email (foodblog@villagevoice.com) or comment below with your favorite.

The polls now close at midnight on Sunday!

Getting Out the Cubano Vote

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Havana Chelsea's Cubano was widely adored, but it is no more.

Time is running out to exercise your right to vote in EfV's Cubano contest. The polls close on Thursday night, so drop us an email (foodblog@villagevoice.com) or comment below and tell us where you satisfy your Cuban sandwich cravings now that so many favorite spots have disappeared from our fair city. Results and analysis on Friday.

How to Make Coffee at Home, From an Expert

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Ever since we met Dan Griffin, the manager/consultant/director of coffee at Williamsburg's new, super serious coffee-shop, El Beit, where I sampled their delicious coffee, my own morning mug has seemed lacking. So I got Mr. Griffin to give a few pointers, for us common folk who may not have access to the $11,000 machine he loves the most, the Clover.

From the master:

For making coffee at home several factors are key:

  • Always use fresh roasted coffee, between four to 14 days out of the roaster.

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    The State of the Ball-Field Vendors, Plus a Ceviche Exclusive

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    It may be wicked cold out, but if the Red Hook "Ball-field" vendors are going to be in action this summer, the time has come for them to fight for it. Cesar Fuentes, Executive Director of the Food Vendors Committee of Red Hook Park, gave us a full update on the situation.

    In a nutshell, the Park's Department has issued a Request for Proposals, and meeting its guidelines would be expensive. As Fuentes put it, "It is more fitted for a corporation than a group of artisan food vendors." In addition, the proposals are due in just ten days. But if they can make it happen, the permit would be good for six years, and the operation may eventually be open full-time (all week, all year). There is competition for the permit, but at this point, it doesn't seem to be fierce. The vendors' greatest opponents remains the Parks Department and the Department of Health.

    The only detail about the next season that's official is the sad news that Victor Rojas, the ceviche man whose stand was usually the furthest west on Bay Street, has decided to bow out already because of financial concerns. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the effort doesn't disintegrate before February 22, when the proposal is due.

    Let's break it down, shall we?

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    Valentine's Day is Only for Lovers at Prune

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    We love Gabrielle Hamilton's dueling Valentine's Menus—one for lovers and one for cynics. But this year, we're all united at Prune, with just one menu (after the jump).

    For the cynics, last year, the chef put forth some Pasta Puttanesca (whore sauce), some cold pork shoulder with tonnato sauce, bitter greens with a broken vinaigrette sauce, and for dessert: "coffee and cigarettes." The menu for Cathy-types was also half the price of the lover version, which was, as it is this year, $69. Bah-ha ha. (The cynics menu was also a much shorter price-fix affair).

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    How Long Can You Eat?

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    The kids over at 826NYC's drop-in tutoring program have started an awesome blog, "Fish Slaps a Baby", which focuses on issues like wrestling, penguins, rock n' roll, transformers, and, uhhh, wrestling. But it's also interactive. On the right side of the page are polls for readers to answer. There are currently six days left to answer one that asks: "How long can you eat?"

    Sixpoint Beer Menu at Jimmy's

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    If you are a fan of Sixpoint beers, as we are, you might want to reserve your Monday night for a special event at Jimmy's No. 43. A beer-intensive pre-Valentine's event will feature a menu inspired by/the Brooklyn beers. Several dishes use Sixpoint beers as a cooking ingredient.

    Full details after the jump.

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    Super Fat: Where to Watch the Returns While Eating Jambalaya

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    Get your beads ready, people—and your Obama pin or whatever. To celebrate Super Fat Tuesday, South 4th Bar and Cafe, in Williamsburg, is serving up home-made jambalaya, Abita beer, and the election returns on a projection screen. The best part might be that the jambalaya is free and the beers are $3. According to the dude on the phone, one of the proprietors makes a kick-ass jambalaya, and there's a great neighborhood vibe. The food will appear around 7PM, and we can't imagine that will last long.

    Super Fat Tuesday:
    South 4th Bar

    90 South 4th Street (at Berry)


    (718) 218-7478

    Rice Balls at TKettle, Still no Action at BBQ Chicken

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    BBQ Chicken, the Korean fried chicken chain, remains dark at the Saint Marks location. When we asked Andy Pan, who owns TKettle and has "partnered" with BBQ Chicken at this joint location, about it on Friday, all he could say was "It's killing me softly." Seriously, that's what he said. The space, which, you may recall, was formerly dirty, dirty Dojo, still hasn't gotten the OK from the building inspector to have Con Edison install the gas. The details of the plumbing problem are a mystery to us, but Pan assured us the place will open. We'll continue to check in and keep you posted...

    But the difficulties on the left side of the shop, which are clearly weighing on Pan, could be something of a blessing in disguise. The lack of chicken forced him to get a little creative and add food to the menu at TKettle, his bubble tea shop, which occupies the right side of the space. Of course, that's why we got the fantastic dumplings from the dumpling lady of Queens.

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    Wine Swap Tonight, Plus Free Snacks

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    If you are the kind of wine drinker who knows what she likes, but only when she tastes it, you might want to start frequenting the Lower East Side wine bar, Tre, on Monday nights. Owner/sommelier Guido Vennitucci has a clever deal, the wine swap. You bring in any European bottle you enjoy, and he trades it for a similarly-priced recommendation of his own. In addition, swappers get free appetizers.


    173 Ludlow Street

    (212) 353-3353

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