Rafael Marxauch, Myarchn.com
When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a matcha-centric cafe opens in Williamsburg, seafood makes its way to West Harlem, and three brothers are serving up their unique roasts in Brooklyn.
Bartender Joaquin Simo
Bartender Joaquín Simó received his first lesson in hospitality as a teenager while working as a parish secretary at his church. "The very first thing that Father Gerrardo taught me was not how to answer the phone or where the CCD registration forms were, but rather, how to prepare Cuban coffee for a parishioner if they accepted my offer to come inside," he explains. Since then, Simó has upheld a "customer comes first" mentality in every role he has taken on -- from opening shop at Death & Company to becoming a partner in both national beverage consulting group Alchemy Consulting and in East Village cocktail den Pouring Ribbons (225 Avenue B, 917-656-6788). "You can't say, 'I'm doing the mixology thing now, I'll get to the customer service later,' " he says. Here, we spoke with Simó about the beauty of a Cartesian plane, the satisfaction that comes with serving up a proper daiquiri, and why he wants his staff to read the sports page -- every darn day.
This week, Angelica Kitchen (300 East 12th Street, 212-228-2909) owner Leslie McEachern rang the digital alarm with an email informing patrons of the 38-year-old East Village stalwart's battle against raised rents, bemoaning that "Angelica's is at risk of becoming a casualty of the business climate and real estate market that has led to the loss of so many other beloved NYC restaurants." The answer, of course, is asses in seats. And in addition to asking customers to dine frequently, the restaurant will hold a series of Kitchen Table Talks to discuss the issue, which affects all business owners in the community. The first one takes place this Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Earlier in the year, we spoke with McEachern about Angelica's history, the decision to add wine and beer, and her outlook on the situation at hand.More »
Fall is the most glorious time of the year in New York City, so get out and enjoy the things that are going on around town. Start with one of these events.
Frying Pan via Facebook All aboard the Frying Pan for some thematic German drinking
On a recent Friday evening, assorted groups of people were waiting on the sidewalk, passing the time until their tables were ready. The crowd was mostly locals, though a few part-time models were standing just off the curb, next to a kid wearing a "Welcome to NYU" shirt, and his parents. This will almost certainly be your introduction to Cafe Mogador (101 St. Marks Place, 212- 677-2226).
One of New York's original coffee shops, Joe, is now offering three different Central American micro-lots every Monday and Saturday morning until sold out, but only at particular locations. As the name "micro-lot" implies, there are only so many bags of these unique coffees, so tasting these beans requires a little planning -- but Joe wants you to sip them all.More »
Astoria Restaurant Week launched with a party at Astoria Bank, where several of the nearly 50 participating restaurants offered guests a preview of what will be on offer from September 19 through 28. If you're curious about exploring this international neighborhood's culinary landscape, pick up a pass, which nets you special deals as well as prix fixe lunches and dinners. Astoria's a haven for enthusiastic eaters, thanks to micro-neighborhoods like Little Egypt, rustic Greek spots that have been around for ages, and dozens of newcomers each season; here are your best bets for dining well this week.
New York Dog House
We are, admittedly, suckers for behind-the-scenes tours, but Raaka (64 Seabring Street, Brooklyn; 855-255-3354), a bean-to-bar chocolatier that just opened a factory in Red Hook, really captured our imagination -- we have not stopped talking about chocolate since we traipsed around the facility last week. (Seriously -- just ask our friends, who just want to talk about the NFL's domestic violence scandals or the ebola crisis and instead are subjected to an unrelenting stream of consciousness about how chocolate is totally the next coffee.) So if you are at all interested in how things are made -- or if you want to eat some really good vegan chocolate -- you should head out to this place. It'll be worth your time.
All photos by Rob Christensen