For those who missed it, Eater held a Blogger Lounge at the Standard Hotel over the weekend to offer an oasis in the middle of the madness that was the New York City Wine and Food Festival. Dozens of chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert, and Andrew Carmellini, rolled through to chat about their latest projects, the Eater team live blogged it, and much fun was had by all. Here are just a few of the reveals from the weekend at the lounge and elsewhere:
· The unstoppable Michael "The Conquistador" Huynh revealed he's planning to open a burger shop, possibly named Baoger on the LES in the next month, he will ultimately have four O Bao noodle restaurants (the first one opens in Midtown in 10 days), his fish centric beer garden in Williamsburg will have a karaoke lounge in the basement and plans on paying for diners' Water Taxi fares, and he will open a fine dining spot on 62nd and 2nd Ave. Also, expect a Baoguette in Williamsburg, and probably 20 other neighborhoods, soon.
· Daniel Boulud confirmed he's taking over the Chase Bank space next to Bar Boulud and will be opening two venues—an ultra-casual take-away type affair and, next to it, a proper restaurant.
· Steve Hanson's Bill's Burger Bar is opening in a week and the burger, well it's fucking fantastic.
· Michael White mentions that Sam Sifton has only had a small part of the menu, though he's been in three times, and he and partner Chris Cannon confirm they've settled on opening a spot downtown (we're hearing it's in Soho).
· Andrew Carmellini has a year before he can work on another project, due to his contract at Locanda Verde, but he'd like to do a smaller, more intimate spot as either his next project "or the one after that."
· Morimoto's late night comfort food spot in the old Dennis Foy space in Tribeca will open in early 2010.
· Klee Brasserie's Daniel Angerer is planning a small sausage joint with the best Austrian sausages this city has ever known.
· Geoffrey Zakarian's The Lamb's Club, opening early next year, sounds gorgeous. Meanwhile David Rabin will reopen Double Seven in its new space in MePa by November or December.
· Aldea's George Mendes is still working on that food cart idea.
· Michael Psilakis is opening the greenest property in the world in Greece.
· Eric Ripert doubled marketing and his restaurant's visibility to ride out the recession.
See also Eater's coverage of the Burger Bash, Meatball Madness, and SWEET.
A big thanks for the sick transcribing skills of Eater interns Matt Duckor, Greg Morabito, and Gabe Ulla.
· All NYCWFF 2009 Coverage [~ENY~]