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UES French Favorite La Goulue Finally Shows Sign of Reopening

Plus, Cafe Orlin prepares to exit NYC

The old La Goulue
The old La Goulue
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Better late than never for La Goulue

It’s taken a few years, but La Goulue owner Jean Denoyer is keeping good on his promise to reopen the beloved Upper East Side French brasserie. Signage is now up at 29 East 61st Street for the restaurant, which will replicate the original with the same decor and same chef. La Goulue was open for over three decades before lease issues forced it out of its old spot on East 65th Street.

Cafe Orlin will soon be a mere memory

Thirty-six years in, the East Village’s Cafe Orlin is closing its doors, Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York reports. The last day will be October 15, after which a new restaurant may open in its place, Grub Street adds. The restaurant’s owner also owns the building, but is reportedly tired of running a restaurant.

Some of the “best” new nigiri in NYC

New York magazine critic Adam Platt is unusually happy at Ato, a French-Japanese tasting menu spot that recently opened in Soho. He awards it three out of five stars for “the combination of focused sensibility and small-scale, homespun style [that] makes the cooking feel like something you’d encounter down one of the more stylish culinary backstreets of Tokyo.” He even goes so far as to say that it’s “some of the best nigiri sushi ... that I’ve tasted all year.”

An open-faced cheeseburger with pickle slices and red onion
J.G. Melon
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UWS J.G. Melon is imminent

One of NYC’s most iconic burgers, J.G. Melon, is almost open at 480 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side. This third location has a sign in the window declaring “Any day now!” Stay tuned.

Plants are the hot new restaurant decor trend

Since restaurant design these days — bright pink abounds alongside cheeky neon signs — seems to be all about millennials, it makes sense that plants are the next step. The same week that the Washington Post declared houseplants to be a millennial thing, Edible Manhattan has a feature on all the plants filling up restaurants around town. Ms. Yoo, 49 Monroe, Olmsted, and Burger & Lobster are all mentioned.

NYC gets some love at the Tasty awards

Brooklyn’s Taste Talks handed out its annual awards, and New York has a few winners. Olmsted’s Greg Baxtrom nabbed Best New Chef: East, while Lilia scored Best New Restaurant: East. Finally, Outstanding Restaurant went to Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Kati Roll’s barbecue collaborations

The Kati Roll Company isn’t quite ready to let summer go, so it has teamed up with three barbecue spots for smoky kati roll collaborations in September. First up through September 17 is Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken — see how the chicken is made in the video below — with a chicken tender, tamarind date chutney, cucumber yogurt relish, red onion, mint, and cilantro wrap. Then, from September 18 through 24, Harry & Ida’s brings its smoked pastrami with Kasundi mustard sauce, yogurt, and green chilies, and buttermilk cucumber kraut. Finally, Randall’s BBQ gets a turn September 25 through 30 with a chaat masala-rubbed brisket burnt ends wrapped up with cumin, pickled bird’s eye chili, onions, mango, and and a chili chutney barbecue sauce.

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