Legacy Records' Easy Victor Cafe

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Legacy Records' Easy Victor Cafe

One of the most thoughtful things an expensive restaurant can do is open up a cafe inside, transforming a space that people might use once a month (or not at all) into a place folks can visit everyday. This is what makes Easy Victor Cafe, a hangout for coffee and pastries, such a nice addition to Legacy Records, Robert Bohr and Ryan Hardy’s Italian restaurant on the southern edge of Hell’s Kitchen. Read More…

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Is Organic Food Over?

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Is Organic Food Over?

Talk to farmers like the ones at the protest, and “organic” is a lifestyle that involves a philosophical understanding of the relationship farmers (and all people) have to the earth; talk to a Whole Foods supplier and “organic” is a value-add that means a higher price on the shelf. Talk to a consumer, and organic is now simply confusing. As corporations rush in to make a buck, some farmers are pushing back — and fighting for the soul of organic food. Read more…

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17 Comforting Hot Pot Places in NYC

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17 Comforting Hot Pot Places in NYC

Gather a group to dip meats and veg in bubbling vats of broth…

Cold weather calls for hot pot, a dish with Chinese and Mongolian origins thought to date back at least 800 years — and by some estimates, closer to 2,000 years. The warming, communal meal focuses on big vats of boiling broth, with raw meats (often including offal cuts), vegetables, and noodles of choice dipped in.

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NYC RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

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NYC RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

The iconic Chelsea restaurant the Red Cat shuttered after almost two decades in business, and owner and chef Jimmy Bradley says he’s “ready for a change.”

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EFFECTIVE PRE-SHIFT RITUALS

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EFFECTIVE PRE-SHIFT RITUALS

Before guests arrive, there’s a lot to be done. Despite the long to-do lists, managers insist on some time off to bring the team together to focus everyone on the upcoming service. Besides discussing the usual topics – specials, menu changes, new staffers – they often use the time for richer rituals.  

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HOW RESTAURANTS APPEAL TO GROUPS

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HOW RESTAURANTS APPEAL TO GROUPS

In this social sharing age, contemporary hospitality leaders have learned the value of welcoming formal ensembles with open arms. And because most of the groups meet on a standing date every week or month, restaurant staff can count on that ongoing revenue. Employing tools like OpenTable’s data-driven technology and the virtuosity of customized service, the following masters share how they attract and keep regular groups coming back.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PARTNERING WITH AN INFLUENCER

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PARTNERING WITH AN INFLUENCER

It’s no surprise that influencers, or accounts that have thousands of followers, are now partnering with chefs and restaurants to share pictures of their dining experiences with their hungry followers. Restaurants are even inviting groups of influencers in for a meal in the hopes that they’ll share a picture of a dish with their hungry followers. These partnerships can be beneficial to both the restaurant and the influencer when done right. Here are a few things to think about before partnering with an influencer.

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Out With The Old and In With The New

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Out With The Old and In With The New

Autre Kyo Ya, the more casual sibling to Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Kyo Ya, looks like it’s closed permanently. The French-Japanese spinoff opened in 2015 and was intended to take inspiration for more Western styles of cooking. Owner Tony Yoshida also owns Sunrise Market, popular cocktail speakeasy Angel’s Share, and hot new Brooklyn food hall Japan Village. Over on the LES, Thai rolled ice cream spot Juicy Spot shut its doors.

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