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Kutsher's. Underwhelming, although the veal tongue was an exception. The pastrami is absolutely shamed by Katz's, although I guess most pastrami is. Not the worst meal I've ever had but I doubt I'll go back. There may possibly be a curse on the space (previously Mai House.)
starbucks entering the juice game.
DIY kale chips rock
By Tiffany Hsu
February 27, 2012, 12:32 p.m.
Restaurant visits have fallen across the country since the recession, and the bulk of those lost customers – 87% – abandoned independent eateries.
Americans ate out 60.6 billion times last year, according to research company the NPD Group. That’s down from 62.7 billion in 2008 and flat compared to 2010.
Of the 2.1 billion visits lost, 2 billion would have been to independent establishments.
Instead, consumers are patronizing larger restaurant chains, which have added 4,511 units since 2009. But from fall of 2008, more than 7,000 independent eateries have closed. Last year alone, visits to chain restaurants were up 1% while meals at standalone businesses slumped 4%.
Small restaurant operations now make up 27% of the U.S. restaurant industry after steadily losing market share to chains.
“Independent restaurant operators have neither the money nor resources that the chains have,” says Bonnie Riggs, an analyst with NPD in a statement. “They lacked the marketing power to drive traffic and the monetary buffer to get through the difficult times during the past several years.”
dontcha hate it when...
"Places We Like: The Green Goddess (New Orleans)"
I bought a cast iron pan with a raised grill pattern in the bottom.
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a little tibet goes a long way.
"Jean Georges Vongerichten, who himself was in town to support his new J&G Grill at the St. Regis, told us he was also meeting with Wylie Dufresne about a new potential project. Vongerichten (a partner in wd~50) let slip, "Wylie has a new baby and wants to do something else." Phil Suarez, another wd~50 partner and Vongerichten's main backer, added that Dufresne is "looking aggressively" for a new space on the Lower East Side."
I had the quail “saltimbocca” at Coppa. Prosciutto and quail is a nice combination. I got to sample someone else's braised escarole side dish. Yum.
My new super lunch - sliced, raw brussels sprouts with lemon, s/p and one can of sardines in olive oil chopped in. Tasty.
please tell me "smorgas board" is a pun.
oregon's beaver mustards
Heart wine glass here
Ruth Reichl's roast chicken. i love how she says to trim all the fat. And then stuff it all under the skin on the breast. Can't wait to try it.