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
Translation: If you miss your Acela, you can’t hop on the next one because you lose ALL YOUR MONEY.
Just felt like saying that. Carry on.
Sometimes it can be very hard to tell whether the NYC Department of Health wants to protect the consumer or whether it just wants to levy fines against a high profile restaurant and make an example out of a spotless three-Michelin-starred kitchen for no good reason. It’s pretty absurd.
That’s one of the more clever reader comments from my Eater column on vaping-while-dining. Of course, for this all to happen, we would need to both legalize marijuana AND overturn the ban on e-cigarettes in restaurants.
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.
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 represent only six percent of the head chef positions at 15 prominent U.S. restaurant groups.
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.
Pouring free Champagne is not how to fix an overpriced restaurant, as I explain over at Eater. Villard Michel Richard serves what is likely NYC’s most expensive four-course menu, at $150. We’re calling this one a SELL & a BAD DEAL.
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.
Do you know the difference between Bar Pizza and Roman Pizza? Are you familiar with the incongruous shape of a New Haven Pie? Did you know that Chicago Deep Dish Pie has a New England analogue of sorts? Well, Mr. Nick Solares will set you STRAIGHT with his comprehensive pizza guide for Eater. You’re welcome. (Photo Credit: Nick Solares/Eater).
Our own Paula Forbes crunched the numbers over at Eater. Check it out.
These bespoke text-message notifications will exponentially reduce the amount of time you spend hitting refresh on OpenTable. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these alerts might make impossible tables even more impossible by increasing the pool of diners seeking such impossibility. That’s the tradeoff. Or something like that. I’d say pick your poison, but your poison has really been picked for you.