“100% price transparency, while great on restaurant websites, doesn’t necessarily make for more enjoyable meals. Eating out would be pretty miserable if the price of your hay-smoked squid steak were etched onto the reclaimed driftwood it was served on, if waiters gave lectures on Champagne markups while pouring $75 glasses of bubbly, and if iPads were affixed to each table displaying a course-by-course feed of how much we’ll owe American Express in 30 days.”
That’s from my Eater review of Ma Peche, which shows us how dinner can sometimes be more pleasant when we’re not always 100% clear about prices. The downside of course is that dinner becomes more expensive (Source: Eater).

Here's Another (Three Michelin-Starred) Restaurant That Will Make You Pay Before You Eat!4

Alinea & Brooklyn Fare are the only two three-Michelin starred restaurants in America that make you pay for the majority of your meal before you eat your meal. But it looks like we’ll get another entry to that category In Europe, at Madrid’s DiverXO, which is moving to the “Hotel NH Eurobuilding” (what a name!) in July. Chef David Muñoz says he’s adopting a ticketing system as NO SHOWS are a problem. Check out the details right over here. 

“Unlike past Gelinaz! events which have gotten flack for their lack of female chefs and abundance of topless female servers, this event featured several female chefs in the kitchen including Gabrielle Hamilton, Rosio Sanchez, Christina Tosi, and Ana Ros.”
Props to Eater’s Hillary Dixler for scoping out the female chef scene over at last night’s Gelinaz! event at WD-50. For those who aren’t in the know, Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef at Prune, Rosio Sanchez is the pastry chef at Noma, Christina Tosi is the co-founder of Momofuku Milk Bar, and Ana Ros is the chef at Kobarid in Solvenia. Rock on. (Source: Eater). 
Danny Meyer’s The Modern has essentially eliminated its tasting menu and substituted it with a shorter, cheaper, prix-fixe menu. This isn’t because diners are spending less money. It’s because diners want to spend less time in the restaurant. Will other restaurants follow suit? Perhaps. 
Click through for my full essay on Eater.

Danny Meyer’s The Modern has essentially eliminated its tasting menu and substituted it with a shorter, cheaper, prix-fixe menu. This isn’t because diners are spending less money. It’s because diners want to spend less time in the restaurant. Will other restaurants follow suit? Perhaps. 

Click through for my full essay on Eater.

Male Chef Leaving Cafe Boulud, Will Be Replaced by Another Male Chef.4

Chef Gavin Kaysen, the talented chef of Cafe Boulud on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, will leave the Dinex Group to open up a restaurant in his hometown of Minneapolis. New York’s loss is Minnesota’s gain; I can’t wait to visit. Kaysen will be replaced by Cafe Boulud’s current chef de cuisine, Aaron Bludorn.

It would’ve been nice for the Michelin-starred venue to have replaced Kaysen with a woman, as there isn’t a single female executive chef at any of Boulud’s 10 restaurants in the U.S. or Canada. Of course, Jean-Georges Vongerichten doesn’t have any female chefs heading up his U.S. restaurants, nor does Stephen Starr nor David Chang nor John Besh nor others.

So technically speaking, Daniel is not an outlier. Carry on.

Women Rule the Kitchen, But Not the Best Ones4

WNYC’s Amy Eddings was kind enough to chat with me about my Bloomberg News & Bloomberg Pursuits stories about the lack of female top chefs throughout the U.S. restaurant industry.

Listen through for a proper shout out to Gordon Ramsay. Say what you will about the foul-mouthed Scot, but he’s done a better job at promoting women to head chef jobs than virtually any male chef in America.

Nineteen percent of New Yorkers surveyed by Gallup said they struggled to afford food at least once over the past year, compared with a nationwide high of 23% in West Virginia and 25.1% in Mississippi.
New York is on the higher end of the scale, with residents of Alaska and New Hampshire being the least likely to have a hard time with food costs. “Americans’ growing struggles to afford food may be linked to a rise in food prices across the country, particularly meat prices, while national incomes have largely flat-lined since the recession," Gallup wrote. Sad news.

Nineteen percent of New Yorkers surveyed by Gallup said they struggled to afford food at least once over the past year, compared with a nationwide high of 23% in West Virginia and 25.1% in Mississippi.

New York is on the higher end of the scale, with residents of Alaska and New Hampshire being the least likely to have a hard time with food costs. “Americans’ growing struggles to afford food may be linked to a rise in food prices across the country, particularly meat prices, while national incomes have largely flat-lined since the recession," Gallup wrote. Sad news.