Posts for December 4, 2012

More Pitas, Please

Boston Restaurant Talk lets us know that Pita Downtown will probably replace Andale, which closed last week. Apparently Pita Downtown is affiliated with the equally creatively named South End Pita and Mass. Ave. Pita. Look for falafel, hummus, shwarma and more at 125 Summer St. soon. [BRT]

UBurger Plans to Expand to Faneuil Hall

Clearly unfettered by the Five Guys explosion and the onslaught of Shake Shack, chainlet UBurger has announced plans to move into the old Red Sky space at 16-18 North St. across from Faneuil Hall, reports Adam's Hospitality.

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Trader Joe's Butter Chicken Recalled for Listeria

Best left in the office fridge.Photo: Jacksonville Observer

Maybe think twice before packing a microwave lunch tomorrow: 4,865 pounds of Trader Joe's butter chicken with basmati rice have been recalled for possible listeria contamination.
The potentially tainted chicken was distributed primarily in the Northeast, with 17 stores in Massachusetts receiving the innocent-seeming, 12.5-ounce boxed lunch in question. Yum.

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Famed Italian Winery Hit by Vandals Destroying $25 Million Worth of Wine

Gianfranco Soldera

A highly respected winery in Tavernelle, Italy, south of Montalcino, was the target of a calculated attack on its cellars this week that may have been an act of revenge by rival winemakers who were tired of being bad-mouthed. Case Basse di Soldera is a top producer of Brunello di Montalcino, with bottles of their last vintage (2006) selling for around $300 apiece, and as the New York Times reports, vandals succeeded in opening up vats containing six years' worth of vintages and dumping the wine out onto the floor. The motive for the crime? Estate proprietor Gianfranco Soldera maybe kinda needed to be put in his place.

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Breaking: Donald Trump Given ‘Highest Rated Sanitary Award’ in New York

The laconic entrepreneur just tweeted some excellent, if unanticipated news: "Just won the highest rated sanitary award in NY—an A--& the food is great also. Trump Grill/ 57th & 5th." That's right, things may still be a little bit stanky in Vegas, but today, a new high bar has been set over on Fifth Avenue, and it all happened during a routine health-department inspection. According to the NYC Department of Health, his restaurant joins a small-but-prestigious list of only 18,824 other spots to receive "A" grades. Remember this day, people, and never stop dreaming. [realDonaldTrump/Twitter, Earlier]

Is Hockey Killing Boston's Restaurant Biz?

The Globe has a downer story today about the National Hockey League lockout. What do the Bruins have to do with dining out, you ask? Well, the cancellations mean that restaurants lose between $850,000 and $1 million per game.

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The 2012 Grub Street Gift Guide: 29 Gift Picks for Food Lovers of All Sorts

If you're reading this, your gift-giving list this year probably contains at least a couple of food-loving people you just know would love ... something. But there's so much clutter — and so many useless kitchen tools — that finding a real gem of a present can turn into a chore. Rest easy, though: Grub Street turned to some of the country's best chefs, bartenders, and restaurant owners to see which gifts they'll be giving (or hoping for) this year. From simple $6 stocking stuffers all the way up to the best (and no doubt most expensive) knives imaginable, we've got you covered at every level.

Watch Alinea Take Over Eleven Madison Park, and Vice Versa

We had the good fortune to hang out behind the scenes of the great and ambitious switcheroo between the Chicago restaurant Alinea and New York's Eleven Madison Park earlier this fall, and now here's a companion music video, produced by Alinea to commemorate the occasion. It gives some sense of the logistical hurdles — and a healthy dose of the inherent frenzy — involved when one fine-dining restaurant steps outside of its comfort zone, travels 800 miles, and settles right now into another kitchen.

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag