Xi’an Famous Foods is giving away free food for its FiDi opening
The beloved hand-ripped noodles of Xi’an Famous Foods have made their way downtown, with a new Financial District location opening Friday, November 30. The shop will be giving away one free dish to customers who follow the chain on any social media, and then share the promotion on their own profiles. The free food will flow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until supplies last at the restaurant’s new location at 8 Liberty Place, between Broadway and Nassau Street. This is the 14th location of the homegrown Chinese noodle chain.
Two openings and a coming attraction
Colombian coffee shop Devoción has opened a Manhattan location at 25 East 20th St., between Broadway and Park Avenue in Flatiron. The company runs two cafes and a roaster in Brooklyn, and its newest location is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Japanese steakhouse import Ikinari Steak continues its NYC domination, debuting an 11th Manhattan location Thursday, November 29, at 205 Bleecker Street, near Sixth Avenue. The ambitiously expanding chain will serve a special of 10 ounces of ribeye for $20 on opening day. Montreal-style bagel shop Black Seed Bagels will open a location in Brooklyn early next year at 125 Court Street, between Atlantic Avenue and State Street in Cobble Hill. Executive chef Dianna Daoheung will helm the kitchen, which will dish out wood-fired bagels, sandwiches, and pastries at this fifth location.
Three NYC restaurants land on Esquire’s Best New Restaurant in America list
NYC’s Atomix, Don Angie, and Misi landed on Esquire’s list of Best New Restaurants in America — and although Misi, the Brooklyn pasta restaurant, drew in mixed reviews from local critics, its chef Missy Robbins nabbed the “chef of the year” award. Robbins was commended for making the “very most of minimalism” at Misi with its “vital vegetable dishes” and many pastas. Atomix, on the other hand, was praised for chef Junghyun Park’s “reverent and radical” interpretation of Korean cuisine. Meanwhile , Don Angie tied with Che Fico in San Francisco for standout Italian.
Pricey white truffle season is back
It’s white truffle season, and they’re in abundance this year, popping up in several restaurants across the city from Manhattan’s high-end seafood spot the Pool to Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s — which is offering a $300 dinner centered on black and white truffles on Monday, December 3. Leading importer Urbani Truffles USA says the truffles cost only half of what they did last year thanks to an abundant crop, yet the price cut isn’t always reflected on restaurant menus, the New York Post reports. Places are charging about $7 per gram of white truffles, which can add an extra $60 to $125 onto whatever dish they’re embellishing.