Popular Japanese robata grill cookery adds ramen and lunch
Tetsu — the more casual Japanese restaurant from famed sushi chef Masa Takayama of the three-Michelin-starred Masa — is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting today. The popular restaurant, known for its robata-grilled Japanese dishes, is also introducing ramen to its menu. There will be a pork chasu with miso broth option and a short rib shoyu with yuzu zest option.
New York magazine critic steps into the shark-infested waters of Salt Bae criticism
“Nusr-Et is more of a theatrical happening than a real restaurant, and like it or not, we are all part of the show,” writes New York mag critic Adam Platt. He was, of course, mixed on the food, describing the lokum — an onion-marinated Turkish meat dish — as “tender, and properly milky” but the mashed potatoes as chalky and the tomahawk steak as “puny and roughly 100 percent overpriced.” But he ultimately concludes it may have all been worth it for the ’grams.
Now-closed Hudson Diner staff has relocated to another diner
The West Village’s 23-year-old Hudson Diner closed in late January without a word as to why, and one longtime regular posted a thank-you note to the window. Jeremiah’s reports that the owner and most of the staff are now working at Moonstruck Diner at 250 East 58th St. at Second Avenue. Diners are a rapidly endangered dining genre in New York City; the last couple of years have seen the closure of a handful of these old-school establishments.
Two NYC chefs team up for a meatball collaboration
The Meatball Shop co-founder chef Daniel Holzman and The Crown founder chef Dale Talde have joined forces to launch two collaborative dishes that are available for a limited time at their respective restaurants this month. Through February 14, The Crown — which is located on Hotel 50 Bowery’s rooftop — will serve Holzman’s take on duck ramen, featuring duck meatballs, foie, and bean sprouts, served with a side of Japanese cole slaw. Then, from February 15 through the 29th, the LES location of The Meatball Shop will serve Talde’s take on a lion’s head meatball hero with pickled kohlrabi and black pepper sauce, served with a side of green papaya and apple salad.