Breaking: Chef Ilan Hall Brings Knife Fight to Brooklyn

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Former Top Chef champion Ilan Hall made waves in the Brooklyn dining scene earlier this summer, opening his restaurant, the Gorbals (98 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-387-0195), to positive reviews. Now he's bringing his show, Knife Fight, to Williamsburg as well.

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Here's Joey Chestnut Eating 61 Hot Dogs in a Single GIF

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Joey Chestnut proposed to his girlfriend on stage and then ate 61 hot dogs to win Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island for the eighth time in a row on Friday. Sonya Thomas couldn't win for a fourth time in a row as she lost in the women's competition to Las Vegas's Miki Sudo, who ate 34 hot dogs. Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith for the Village Voice.

See all the photos from yesterday's competition in our slideshow.

See also:
My 5 Favorite NYC Hot Dogs
NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs




Eat This Now: Orange Blossom Nougat With Pop Rocks

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The orange blossom nougat ($7) from Gastro Bar at 35th was one of the most unique desserts I've ever had. Served in a martini glass, the bottom is fresh orange juice made into a syrup. It's filled with chocolate mousse and brown sugar, finished with butter on top. Add on a dollop of whipped cream and then the final touch: pop rocks.

"My goal is to make people think and to make it a little bit whimsical," chef John Walsh says. "It's a little part of me that wants to have fun with the guest."

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A Slice of Taiwan with Food and Booze

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Clarissa Wei
Pork belly bao from Fun Buns NYC


By 7 p.m. on Friday, the atmosphere outside of the old firehouse on Lafayette was already beginning to look impatient. Bouncers checked for ticket confirmations and a long line of people wrapped around the building. This was TAP-NYC's first annual Taiwanese night market, and the event had been sold out for a solid week already. It was a three-hour festival of food vendors, raffles, and performances. The goal: to bring a part of Taiwan to New York City.


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Taiwanese Night Market Will Bring Bao and Beer to Your Evening

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If you wanted to sample honey jasmine cupcakes, pork-belly baos, and Taiwanese sausages without walking more than a couple of feet, the opportunity is finally here. Taiwanese cultural organization TAP New York is hosting a Taiwanese night market in Tribeca on Friday from 7 to 10 pm.


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GO Burger Expands Offerings

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Are the fish tacos a go at GO Burger?
​What happens when you get a restaurant that tries to cater to every taste, trend, and diner who may or may not swing through? You get Upper East Side burger joint GO Burger. The Second Avenue spot and it's roaming truck offshoot used to deal in meat patties. However, they've just announced a menu expantion that's taking their concept to another level.


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Empellon Soon to Be the Shuck Shack

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Lauren Bloomberg
Soon to be filled with the roar of slurping
In the nearly a year that it's been open, Alex Stupak and Lauren Resler's Empellon has really grown into its shoes. The tacos that fly out of the kitchen increasingly come in more interesting combinations -- see: sweetbreads with maitake mushrooms. The stack of warm tortillas that accompany the shishito fundido could easily be mistaken for a Mexican grandmother's. And although Chef Stupak wishes that less people would stuff themselves silly with chips and try the top-notch bunuelos instead, the restaurant remains packed every night, all night, seven days a week. So it comes as no surprise that, in addition to adding another restaurant, Empellon is tacking oysters onto their repertoire.

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Mile End Saves Your Sufganiyot Day

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Quentin Bacon
Boerum Hill gets a jelly belly.

While potato latkes -- pancakes -- are the most popular of the finger-licking foods consumed during Hanukkah, sufganiyot should be the jewel of the party. The jelly-stuffed doughnuts are über-popular in Israel, but haven't reached their full potential on our shores. Until now.

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Party Like a Culinista Parties Like the Ladies

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Not to be confused with Sandinista
There's been an influx of NYC female-fueled book publishing lately. From Village Voice critic Lauren Shockey's Four Kitchens to Restaurant Girl's (a/k/a Danyelle Freeman) Try This and the soon-to-hit-the-sales-floor book by Grub Street's Alyssa Shelasky, it seems like every skirt-wearing writer is getting publishing deals. Now another femme food writer, Jill Donenfeld, and her chef partner, Josetth Gordon, have hit the scene, this time with a fete-themed cookbook: Party Like a Culinista.

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Fairway Comes to Queens on November 16

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Lauren Bloomberg
Please cheese. Queens will dairy up like this Stamford locale.

Queens County is growing into a major culinary player. It has its own BBQ house (LIC's John Brown Smokehouse), a lauded fusion restaurant (Sunnyside's Salt & Fat), and now ... it's own Fairway Market.

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