A look inside the minds of Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
Mega food celebrity Anthony Bourdain and Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert’s bromance continues with a wacky and wonderful trailer for a slasher film that will likely never get made. Watch in full below as Ripert kicks some ass and takes some names in “32 Yolks to Slaughter.”
After some 30 years, Noho Star and Temple Bar to depart NYC this year
Citing “economic” reasons with the city, Noho Star and Temple Bar have indicated they will close on December 31. Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York notes that late restaurateur George Schwarz — the guy behind Elephant and Castle and reviving Keens — opened the duo in the 1980s.
Eleven Madison Park architect says renovation was mad stressful
The architect in charge of the Eleven Madison Park renovation said that the job was “one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done.” Brad Cloepfil was an EMP regular who doesn’t usually work on restaurants. Designing a restaurant is different from designing a building, he says, because every detail matters. “I think of it more as stage design,” he tells the Times. “There’s architecture of the space — after that, it’s entirely different.”
Lower East Side pizza stalwart will return
Longtime Lower East Side pizzeria Rosario’s Pizza is on its way to being back open, following a closure by the Department of Health in September. After receiving 46 violation points, the 54-year-old shop closed for some repairs and renovations and should reopen this week.
John Travolta is a dining boss
Actor John Travolta stopped by Italian restaurant Serafina Always at 33 East 61st Street over the weekend. The kitchen was actually closed — but that was not deterrence. Page Six reports that the manager reopened it just for Travolta, who was “superfriendly” about the whole thing.
Danny Meyer gets the 60 Minutes treatment
Anderson Cooper gave hospitality guru Danny Meyer the doc treatment this weekend with a segment that was apparently two years in the making. The profile looks at Meyer’s obsession with “fine-casual” (his mash-up of fine dining and fast-casual), his newer no-tipping policy, and his hospitality mantra. “Everyone on Earth is walking around life wearing an invisible sign that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ And your job is to understand the size of the font of this invisible sign and how brightly it's lit.”
Coffee nerds to open a Brooklyn cafe
Gowanus is getting a coffee infusion with a 2,700-square-foot cafe headed to 573 Sackett Street. Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists comes from Australian company Di Bella Coffee and will serve drip coffee and espresso drinks, plus light cafe fare, in the 40-seat space. Below, watch how third wave coffee came to be.
Le Turtle launches lunch
Le Turtle, the weird — in a good way — Lower East Side French newcomer in 2016, is adding lunch to its repertoire as of Tuesday, October 10. The first lunch service, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is a pay-what-you-want situation with all proceeds benefitting the Red Cross for hurricane relief. The full menu is below, including today’s truncated version for the benefit.