Showing posts with label Minetta Tavern. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Minetta Tavern. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Keith McNally 's Balthazar to Reopen

 




BALTHAZAR

Spring Street New York



Keith McNally's Grand French Bistro is wt to reopen after closing for a year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. McNally shuttered Balthazar on March 16, 2020 ... The popular New York City Eatery is set to reopen on March 24, 2021 ...  McNally's other restaurants Pastis and Minetta Tavern have both been open for several months now. Balthazar is set to reopen with outdoor seating structures created by American Express owned reservations company"Resy." You may have seen these structures at Carbone and other establishments in New York City. 

Balthazar is known for its grand brasserie / bistro ambiance where you can get superbly cooked French Classic dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon, French Onion Soup, Cote du Bouf, and their famed Fruits de Mer Tower of Shellfish.








MINETTA TAVERN

Another Great Restaurant by KEITH McNALLY

Macdougal Street at Minetta Lane

NY NY






Inside the new PASTIS

MEATPACKING DISTRICT

NEW YORK

ny Keith McNally





POSITANO






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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Caffe Dante Re Opens with JG MELON to Greenwich Village


BIG NEWS on MACDOUGAL STREET




Caffe Dante


 




The beloved Greenwich Village institution for 100 years,
the new CAFFE DANTE is open to open its doors on
Macdougal Street in New York's Greenwich Village where it 
operated for exactly 100 years before owner (44years) 
Mario Flotta called it quits in April 2015 and sold the
legendary caffe to new owners.

I just poped my head in there before and they look like they
ready to open any day now. Only thing is, although the place looks quite nice, it doesn't look like it will be anything like it was for some
100 years, which is a true and classic Italian Caffe that served 
New York's best cup of Espresso along with Cappuccino and 
Italian Pastries, Sandwiches, and homemade Gelato.
The new place looks like a cool new Italian Bar, or Wine Bar 
and not the type of place where a writer can go and linger
over a cappuccino for an hour while he bangs out his lates
novela. Actually, I've just heard that the new owner Linden Pride has
describe the new Dante as an Apertivo Bar celebrating the Italian
heritage of a New York institution. So statesthe mission statement on the new Dante's website.
Well, I'll find out soon when I go and chcek it out.




There's a picture of former owner Mario Flotta on the new Dante's website

whcih will no longer be called Caffe Dante, but DANTE NYC



PS .... In a post on Grubstreet, the articles headline is this;

"DANTE WILL BECOME a UNBEARABLE TRENDY 
SMALL-PLATES RESTAURANT"  end quote ...

Sierra Tishgart for Grubstreet March 25, 2015











JG MELON
in
GREENWICH VILLAGE





A CLASSIC JG MELON BURGER



Up Macdougal Street less than 100 feet from Caffe Dante comes
a big new suprise for New York and Greenwich Village as an
offshoot of the famed Upper East Side 's famed JG MELON
bar and Burger Joint will be opening shortly on the corner
of Macdougal & bleecker Streets. Yhis guy for one is huge fan
of JG Melon and their awesome Burgers and am looking forward
to a great classic on a corner that has one mediocre food
establsihment after te other for the past 30 years. JG Melon
with their great burgers and cool laid back ambiance will be
a welcome new neighbor.
And by the way, for this guy, JG Melon makes one of 
New York's Top Two Burgers along with The
Shake Shack, JG Melon and Shake Shack get my
# 1 and # 2 Votes ...






The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK



JG MELON BURGERS Are GREAT !

But The DUDE Prefers His

IN N OUT BURGERS

Learn How to Make Them
in
THE DUDES BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

"GOT ANY KAHLUA" ???







A Shuttered CAFFE DANTE

Ready to Spring into a New Chapter of Its Life

What Will It Be?








 JG MELON

The ORIGINAL

3rd Avenue at 72nd Stret, NEW YORK, NY


Danny Abrahms of The Mermaid & Red Cat
has partenered with longtime JG MELON Manager
Shaun Young to open a Greenwich Village outpost
of the famed JG MELON  ...

If all goes well, this Greenwich Village JG Melon offshoot
promises to be the 1st of many others. Maybe a bad thing?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pete Wells NY of TIMES Slams Shane McBride 's Food at Baalthazar .. Calling The Food MUNDANE




PETE WELLS SLAMS SHANE BcBRIDE






There is a limit, though, and Balthazar is approaching it. The cooking, under Mr. McBride, has become utterly mundane, a pretty but flavorless imitation of French food of the kind found at any generic fake bistro.




Balthazar Brasserie

Noho New York

by KEITH McNALLY

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New York 5 Best Burgers


SCHNIPPER'S Is # 1


SCHNIPPER CHEESEBURGER





JG MELON
Upper East Side Manhattan



JG MELON BURGER ROCK at SECOND BEST

"Some Would Say First. Even Me"





SHAKE SHACK BURGER # 3

"MANY SAY IT'S THE BEST"

We Wouldn't Disagree, But You Gotta Pick Some Kind
of Order .. Everyone Has Their Own Choices, and These Are Ours
"GUESS WHAT? We LOVE THEM ALL, and FEEL THEY'RE 
ALL # 1 The BEST, or DAM CLOSE To IT" !!!



The LUGER BURGER at PETER LUGER
The WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS STEAK HOUSE
Is a STEAL at Just $11.95
GET With THEIR FAMOUS BACON
"IT ROCKS" !!!



THE LUGER BURGER
With LUGER BACON & CHEESE

"DAM THAT BABY Is TASTY" !!!





photo DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE

MINETTA TAVERN

GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK


MINETTA BURGER

TAKE The "MINETTA BURGER Over The
More Famous BLACK LABEK BURGER ...

"IT'S BETTER" !!!
The MINETTA BURGER TAHT IS !!!

And IT'S CHEAPER To BOOT !!!

"TRUST Us On THIS ONE" !!!

..............................................................


NEW YORK'S 5 BEST BURGERS

1.  SCHNIPPER'S
2.  JG MELON
3.  SHAKE SHACK
4.  PETER LUGER
5.  MINETTA TAVERN


New York's 5 Best Burgers? Wow! Who are they? Who right? Who's Not? Yes, it's not easy, and who's to say who is the best, who's not, and that they are thee authority and decider of who is # 1 and Who's Not? Well, there are any number of people, magazines, newspapers, and other intitties doing articles, stories and what-not on the Best Burger or Best Burgers in town and around the country. It's a big and popular subject.
Well, this is just ours. Not seeing that his is the definative list and list to end all. It's just ours. And of these 5, we ourselves what put any number at the Top of The Heep, they're all great burgers.

THE SKINNY On EACH

SCHNIPPERS

Schnippers is awesome. They came on the scene a couple years ago. They didn't make all that much of a splash in the first year or year 1/2, but now? They've Splashed, and in quite a big way. They just opened their 3rd location in Manhattan and seems like their expansion will lead to any number across the country, alla Shake Shack. Spaeaking of Shake Shack, Schnipper's opened their first place less than 200 feet from Shake Shacks hugely famous Flagship Burger Joint (and 1st) at Madison Park at 23rd Street and Madison Avenue.

Anyway, the Schnipper Burger is awesome. The Schnipper Burger is a classic straight forward burger. It's 5 ounces, fresh beef (never frozen), cooked to perfection and seasoned perfectly. We love it, and think it taste exactlt as a burger should, with an emphasis on the tasty beef patty.

JG MELON

JG Melon is one great old institution up on 3rd Avenue at 74th Steet on New York's Upper East Side. The Melon is a cool classic old school bar, the kind that just can't be duplicated. Great natural vibe, and un-contived. And guess what? they've got one of New York top burgers, if not thee # 1 tops .. Some say, they are the best. Their Burger, and we wouldn't give them a fight on that. We love em too, and almost picked them for the # 1 spot on our list. What do you think.

SHAKE SHACK

A Great Burger! Some say the Best. We did too for some time, but we feeel that Schnipper's has edged them out. Though we wouldn't gie anyone a hard time if they Shake Shack is # 1 ... They're Buger is Classic, just the right size, seasoned and cooked to beautiful tasty perfection. We just Love Em.


PETER LUGER

The Luger Burger is awesome. It's quite tasty, and makes our top 5 list for it's tastieness and the fact that you can go into this Mecca of Steakdom and get a Burger for just 12 Bucks .. But you probably won't. You gonna want some cheese on that $1.50 and the Bacon ($4.25) is a "Must Have" at Lugers. If you go for Fries (Only $1.95), your burgers gonna cost you about $19.00
But hey, "It Peter Luger" and that's a bargain. 
You can only get The Luger Burger at Lunch, and we just love hopping over the Williamsburg Bridge every 2 or 3 months to get one. You will too.

MINETTA TAVERN

You can't beat the ambiance and History of Minetta Tavern .. This Historical Old Greenwich Village Haunt is cool as can be. And you'll feel you are too once and if you secure a seat inside. The master of the restaurant business in New York, Keith McNally rescued this great old joint, spruced it up just a bit, retaining its wonderful origianl decor, placed a couple great chefs at the helm and opened her up to rave reviews. The menu is French Bistro Steak House, with big juicy Steaks, Bistro Classics, and a pair of New York's Hottest and most loved burgers; The Famed Black Label Burger ($24.00) and The Minetta Burger ($16.00) .. The Black Label Burger is by far the most famous of the two, made with the Black Label Blend of Dry Aged Beef from famed New York Butcher Pat La Freida .. Dry Aged Beef may be great for Steaks, such as the ones so famous at Peter Luger and Minetta Tavern, but we feel that this beef doesn't translate so well to Burgers ... We prefer the Minetta Burger. How bout you?





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in
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

KEITH McNALLY Closing PAULINO


KEITH McNALLY 
CLOSING PULINO'S


PULINO'S CLOSING December 29, 2013

CHERCHE MIDI To Open
In Its Place

Shane McBride
of
BALTHAZAR
To HEAD KITCHEN




KEITH McNALLY
At HIS
MINETTA TAVERN
GREENWICH VILLAGE,  NEW YORK






Sunday, December 15, 2013

NEW YORK 'S BEST BURGER


WHITE MANNA
Hackensack, NJ
One of The NEW YORK Area's
BEST BURGERS
And Coolest All-Around Burger Experience
In The NEW YORK METRO AREA



NEW YORK'S BEST BURGER
SHAKE SHACK



SHACK BURGER
NEW YORK'S TOP BURGER





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THE ROLLING STONE




KEITH RICHARDS FAVORITE COOKBOOK
GOT ANY KAHLUA?
THE COLLECTED RECIPES of THE DUDE

"IT'S The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK"





Thursday, October 17, 2013

Keith McNally Closing Pulino




Keith McNally To Close Pulino's
A New Restuarant "Cherche Midi"
Will Be Opened in Its Place By McNally





Mr. McNally Will Be Doing What He Does Best
"FRENCH BISTROS"
Great Idea Keith



The Master of New York Restaurants "Keith McNally," forget it Drew "You Are Way Behind Keith," (Drew Nierporent), Mr. McNally will for the first time be shuttering a restaurant. Word has it that Keith McNally will be closing his Pizza Inspire Restaurant on the corner of Bowery and Houston "Pulino's" this January. McNally who has been a hugely sucessful restuarantuer since his opening of The ODEON in 1981, along with Cafe Luxenbourg, Nell's, Lucky Strike, Pravda, Balthazar, Schiller's, Pastis, Morandi, Minetta Tavern (my favorite for the past 3 years), and now we guess the unsucessful Pulino. Hey Keith, we love you, and I have been one of your biggest advocates, "Your a Genius" of the business, but lets face it, despite Morandi (which I never go to unless dragged there), "Italian Is Not Your Bag." Yes, Morandi is highly sucessful, but for me, a Italian-AMerican and someone who has been to Italy some 14 times, Morandi reminds me of a Italian Restaurant that would be in Disneyland, in-other-words, "Fake Faux Italian," and for me or anyone to say that about a Kieth McNally Restaurant, is not good. Morandi is for "non-Italian" Folllowers, and so too was and is "Pulino's." Lets get back to what mr. McNally is "Great" at, and that is French Bistros, which he does so well, brillantly in fact. From the Grand Bistro Brasserie Balthazar, to Pastis, and Luck Strike and soon to be Cherche Midi which we are sure will be wonderfu. "We're hoping anyway."
I's like to just mention someone who helped Keith McNally become the famed restaurantuer he is today. Let's remeber the Great Patrick Clarke who in my opinion was one of the Greates Chefs to ever don a Toque (Chefs Hat) in the great city of New York. Patrick Clarke was Keith McNally's first chef at his first restaurant The Odeon down on West Broadway in Tribeca. His food was marvelous, I know, I worked at Odeon and Luxenbourg for the man when I was a cook just starting out, a few years before I became a chef myself. Patrick was a black kid from Brooklyn who followed in hsi fathers and uncles footsteps as a chef. He attended New york Technical College Food & Restaurant program (as did I .. His uncle was 1 of my professors and cosuin one of my classmates). Patrick went on to study and work with Michel Guerard. Patrick came back to New York and was the Chef at the famed nightclub Regine's before being scoffed-up by McNally to head the kitchen at Odeon.  He was one of the Greatest Chefs in the history of New York, noone ever talks about him, so just wanted to give one of my idols a nod that he way more than deserves. Patrick Clarke passed away a few years ago at the age of 42 .. R.I.P. For those who really know about food and aren't one of the followers who go to places like Morandi, or watch thos "Horrible Food Host on The Aweful Food Network," they know of the Great Patrick Clarke, a "Real Chef" in every sense of the word.
So, yes Keith McNally is a master of the restaurant business and especially at creating wonderful French Bistros in New York. H e has great concepts, picks great locations, he actually creates neighborhoods like Tribeca and The Meatpacking District which were both dessolate and not very cool neighborhoods until McNally opened restaurants in Tribecca and the Meatpacking District. We look foward to Mr. McNally's Cherche Midi and wish him well. Bravo Keith!





Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The CRONUT Is GOING on SHAKE SHACK MENU ???

CROUNUT HOLE CONCRETE DAY
at SHAKE SHACK



Chef Dominique Ansel




Shack Burger


A Foodie's Dream, it said on the Shake Shack Website, speaking of what was billed as
Cronut Concrete Day at The Shake Shack Flagship Madison Square Park location on September 17, 2013 to Benifit The NY Police Widows & Childrens Fund and The Madison Square Park Conservancy. Uber-Hot Pastry Chef of The Moment, the creator of the Uber famous Cronut, Chef Dominique Ansel joined forces with Danny Myer and Shake Shack combining what is arguably New York's Best and most beloved Burger Joint, The Shack Shack with 2013's Hottest Food Item and story the Cronut which is Half Donut & Half Croissant into one tasty little pastry. New Yorkers line up for both. They are both super tasty items that are at the top of their games, and both democratically affordable for just about anyone, with a Cronut going for $5.00 and a Shack Burger at just about 5 Bucks as well at $4.90 ...  They are both as tasty as can be, and I will  go on record for about the 20th time right hear and now, since we're speaking of it, The Shake Shack Burgers are without a doubt New York's Best, A # 1, Best Burgers in Town .. I don't care if you say it's The Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern, "No Way," and actually thier less hyped Minetta Burger is the "better burger" at Minetta .. No, it's not The Brindel Burger which Josh Ozersky has now marked as his choice of NY'S # 1 Top Burger. No I like the Brindel Burger, but the Shack Burger has it beat for the true great American Burger. Yeah, I like the Burger at Peter Luger which is a sort of un-known secret and great value, but Shake Shack's Burger is better. I love PJ Clarke's and JG Melon is in my top 3 New York Burgers, but I'll still give an edge to Shake Shack. Well, there I go and said it again, Shake Shack Burger is the Best ..
Dam, I went off track there for a minute. Sorry, couldn't help it, when I'm on the subjects of Burgers and the awesome and wonderful Shake Shack.
Back to the Cronut and Cronut Concrete Day at the Shake Shack. The people at Shake Shack and Dominique Ansel, the Cronut Person put together a day to raise money for two great foundations, combining New York's Best Burger and NY'S Hottest new sweet dessert treat the Cronut. The Cronut offering was actually a collaborative effort combining Shake Shack's Butter Caramel Frozen Custard in a paper cup with Cinnamon Sugar Cronut Holes on top. Wow!
The day was a huge success with many happy fans of both items. And it has us wondering will Danny Myer be putting together a deal to bring the Cronut permanently to The Shake Shack? Hhmmm!!???? Would be interesting and quite wonderful. Time will tell ....




Daniel Bellino Zwicke






Thursday, June 13, 2013

OLD-TIME NEW YORK BARS

    Grand Daddy of All Old New York Bars 1.   McSorley's Old Ale House .. East 7th Street, East Village, New York 2.   Old Town Bar ... East 18th Street, Union Square, New York 3.   Pete's Tavern  ... Irving Place, Gramercy Park, NY, NY 4.   White Horse Tavern .. Hudson Street, Greenwich Village 5.    PJ Clarke's ... 3rd Avenue at 55th Street, Midtown, NY NY 6.    Ear Inn  .... Spring Street, Soho  7.    Fanelli's Cafe  ... Prince Street, Soho 8.    Peter McManus ... 7th Avenue at 18th Street, Chelsea 9.    Minetta Tavern .. Macdougal Street, Greenwich Village
PJ CLARKE'S
 
 
 
photo Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
WAVERLY INN
 
 
photo Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
WHITE HORSE TAVERN
 
 
 
 
PETE'S TAVERN
 
Gramercy Park
 
NEW YORK,  NY
 
Since 1864
 
photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
 
OLD TOWN BAR
 
FLATIRON NEW YORK
 
 
Inside The OLD TOWN BAR
 
18th STREET
 
between BROADWAY & PARK AVENUE
 
 
 
 
A Beautiful Watercolor Painting of FANELLI'S
 
 
 
FANELLI'S
 
Prince Street, Soho,  New York, NY
 
Since 1847 ???
 
 
 
MINETTA TAVERVN
 
Macdougal Street & Minetta Lane
 
GREENWICH VILLAGE
 
 
photo Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
PETER McMANUS
 
 
CHELSEA
 
New York, NY
 
 
La TAVOLA is NEW YORK ITALIAN
 
 
 
 
 
SECRET ITALIAN RECIPES
 
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
 
 
The COLLECTED RECIPES of The DUDE
 
by Daniel Zwicke
 
 

Monday, April 29, 2013

NEW YORK'S TOP BURGER?






New York's Top Burger? I big question and one that will get a number of answers and some heated debate. Is it The Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern? No way, and oh by-the-way, when it comes to Minetta and their Burgers, they have two the famed Black Label Burger and The Minetta Burger. Guess what? The Minetta Burger is much better.
New York's Best Burger, is it The Bistro Burger at The Corner Bistro which was voted new York's top Burger more than 30 and I would say is The babe Ruth of New York Burgers. Corner Bistro was thee Burger bar of Choice for a long time, way before the current Burger Craze which I think you can say satarted 5 or 7 years ago back around 2006  ... The Corner Bistro has been famous for it's burger since the 1970's ... The have a good burger, it's not great but good, but at just $6,50 and with $2.50 mugs of McSorley's Ale to go with it, the Corner Bistro, though no longer New York's Top Burger, it is though, New York's Top Burger & Beer Deal in the city.
New York's Best Burger, is it The Burger Joint? Nope, not even close. 
Well, I could go on even further  but I'll Spill The Beans here and now. New York's top Burger is at JG Melon. Or is it The Shake Shack. I don't know. Well, I do in a way. They're both # 1 in My Book. The Burger at JG Melon is awesome. It's tasty and quite possibly New York's Best, but then again I sometimes feel, it's Shake Shack. They're both excellent Burgers, that have  the true great burger taste. Both made from top quality meat and both cooked on Flat-Top Grills which is of utter importance in making a great burger. You can't make the Best Burger if you use a slotted grill or broiler to cook the burger. The Burgers must cook in their own fat on a Flat-Top Grill in order to reach the optimum tastiest burger taste possible. The burger needs to be completely browned and slightly crispy on every bit of surface on both sides of the burger. This browning  that caramelizes the beef and brings out all the tasty wonderful flavors can only be achieved in a Flat-Top Grill or pan. Those who use  a broiler or slotted grill will never acheive perfect bigger perfection no matter how hard they try, and the way that both the Shake Shack and JG Melon do. Shack Burger and JG Melon Burger are New York's Top and Best Burger, both tied for the Best.





BAR at JG MELON







BURGER 
SHAKE SHACK