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[Via Carota in the West Village, a fine place for dinner or lunch this weekend.]
[Via Carota in the West Village, a fine place for dinner or lunch this weekend.]
Daniel Krieger

— Here is the food equivalent of that blue striped dress:

[Robert Sietsema]

Do you think peas belong in guacamole? Or do you think those little green pods somehow ruin the creamy splendor of mashed up avocados?

People have a lot of opinions about this recipe, which was inspired by a popular dish served at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC Cocina. Even President Obama chimed in yesterday:

Although pea-guacamole is the Internet's food fixation du jour, people have actually been debating its merits ever since ABC Cocina opened over two years ago. In July of 2013, Robert Sietsema included it on his list of "culinary crimes," with a plea for Vongerichten to"fix the damn thing!"

— Times Square's infamous steam table Chinese restaurant Midtown Buffet closed recently, because you didn't love it hard enough:

[Photo by Robert Sietsema]

The air in here was a thick, hot, and full of life, like the rainforest.

— New York now has a "superfood ice cream shop." But for how long?

— Pitchfork just published its hot take on James Murphy's new wine bar, The Four Horseman. The conclusion:

We're all getting free music—streaming or pirated—enabled by this, to the point we don't really care about corporate sponsorships anymore. Let them take care of it. That’s the lay of the land. So is it really so bad/weird/wrong or such a big deal at all when a venerable artist like Murphy tries to—in essence—underwrite himself, selling luxury items and fancy food and wine? At least Murphy knows who all his friends are. And at his wine bar, he can see all of them tonight.

For the record: Investing in small a Brooklyn wine bar is not exactly a get rich quick scheme. But more power to James Murphy. The world needs more neighborhood wine bars.

— Here's a handy guide to the millionaires throwing the biggest, most obnoxious parties in The Hamptons this summer.

— Terminal 5 at JFK now has an open-air rooftop garden where you can eat Blue Marble ice cream.

— A Georgian bakery recently opened across the street from Bar Jamon in Gramercy, serving khachapuri, salads, and sandwiches. Toné Café is the Manhattan spinoff of a venerable Brighton Beach bakery/restaurant:

[Photo by Nick Solares]

— A new vegetable farm has sprouted on a patch of land between the Domino Sugar Factory and the Williamsburg Bridge. At the end of the month, The Farm on Kent will host a three-course dinner.

— The Tribeca location of Baluchi's is closed for good. The people of Tribeca must now choose a new go-to Indian restaurant for take-out.

— Superiority Burger — the hottest fast-casual vegetarian sandwich restaurant from a former indie band drummer/James Beard Award winning pastry chef of early summer 2015 — reopens tonight after a two-day punk rock siesta.

— And finally, just in time for the long summer weekend, here are some grilling strategies from Marta's Nick Anderer:


29 East 29th Street, Manhattan, NY 10016 (212) 651-3800 Visit Website

ABC Cocina

38 E 19th St., New York, NY 10003 212 677 2233

The Four Horsemen

295 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 599-4900 Visit Website

Superiority Burger

119 Avenue A, Manhattan, NY 10009 (646) 422-7707 Visit Website