Breaking: Pastis Will, Indeed, Be Forced to Relocate

Categories: Breaking News

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When Keith McNally indicated he'd have to close Pastis (9 Ninth Avenue) for a long remodel, rumors began swirling almost immediately that the restaurant titan would have to relocate the eatery. For his part, McNally remained steadfast that he'd reopen on the spot as soon as construction was finished.

But now we get word that he will, indeed, have to move.

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Stanton Street Kitchen Plots a Beer-Centric Restaurant on the LES

Categories: Coming Soon

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Stanton Street Kitchen via Facebook
Erik Blauberg got his first restaurant job at the ripe old age of 12, landing a gig as a pot-washer when a desperate owner needed help after a kitchen walk-out. He started learning to cook the next year, and that set the stage for a career that's included such prolific stops as Tavern on the Green, Bouley, and the 21 Club. For the past several years, he's been consulting all over the globe, and he launched a high-end culinary travel program to expose gastronauts to foreign delicacies. He's back in New York City now, though, and come mid-September, he'll open the Stanton Street Kitchen (178 Stanton Street), a beer-centric restaurant on the Lower East Side.

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Why Morimoto's Erik Battes Is an Iron-Willed Chef

Categories: Chef Interviews

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Paulo Salud
Morimoto (88 Tenth Avenue, 212-989-8883) executive chef Erik Battes tackles questions efficiently and articulately, his gaze never wandering, his answer never straying from the point, not even to embellish that point with more details. It takes about three exchanged sentences to understand that he's intense, focused, and driven, a perception he confirms when he reveals that he became a sous chef at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Perry St when he was 22 years old -- and chef de cuisine when he was 24 -- and when he says he loves Japanese food for the diligence and commitment engrained in its culture.

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How to Score a Presale Ticket to Our Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

Categories: Brooklyn Pour

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Laura June Kirsch
Each year in September, the Village Voice takes over Brooklyn's Skylight One Hanson (One Hanson Place, Brooklyn) and invites dozens of brewers to pour hundreds of craft beers for crowds of enthusiastic drinkers. It's always a good party, and it's an excellent opportunity to taste the exciting work of your local beermakers next to pours from across the globe.

We're excited to tell you that Brooklyn Pour is back for a fourth year: Consider this an official announcement of the festival's return -- and your invitation to secure your entrance before tickets go on sale to the general public.

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Grilled Octopus from Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

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Dish no. 65: Grilled octopus from Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna, (26-02 23rd Avenue, Queens, 718-777-5511)

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Trattoria Bianca Will Bring Casual Italian to Midtown South

Categories: Coming Soon

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Cooper's Tavern is becoming Trattoria Bianca this fall
Nearly 45 years ago, Joseph Baum, revered for his work with elaborate themed restaurants, and Michael Whiteman, founding editor of Nation's Restaurant News, created Baum + Whiteman International Restaurant Consultants, a company that's been behind such prolific New York projects as the restoration of the Rainbow Room and the creation of Windows on the World. Now, the company is working on a project on 35th Street and Eighth Avenue, turning Cooper's Tavern into Trattoria Bianca (481 Eighth Avenue), an informal trattoria meant to draw the neighborhood with simplicity and comfort on the plate.

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Champs Family Bakery Appeals to Vegans and Meat-Eaters Alike

Categories: Veggielante

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Tofu Benedict at Champs Family Bakery | Tara Mahadevan
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick.

Destination: Champs Family Bakery (176 Ainslie Street, 718-599-2743)

Neighborhood: North Williamsburg

Cuisine: Vegan diner

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Ogle This Food Porn From Jersey City's Project: EATS Food Festival

Categories: Photo Essay

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All photos by Emily Tan
Animals Food and Drink
Over the weekend, the hungry and thirsty masses filed into Jersey City's City Hall Plaza for Project: EATS, a food festival featuring more than 30 local vendors. After eating their fill of meatballs, pizza, and ice cream sandwiches -- and drinking frozen cocktails and sangria -- attendees hit the games court and played bocce, cornhole, and beer pong. Have a look at this food porn captured the day of the event.

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Union Square Mango Cart's Sliced Mango, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

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Dish no. 66: Sliced mango from the Union Square Mango Cart (14th Street between Broadway and University)

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This Week's Five Best Food Events

Categories: Events

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Courtesy Rhfv.org
Can't make it to Red Hook? Enjoy a class on pupusa making at the Bowery Culinary Center

Looking to challenge yourself? Check out food trivia, a class on pupusa-making, or a film about what makes specialty coffee so special -- other than your barista. Here are five events on our radar this week.

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