October 2016

October 25, 2016

Spectacular sweetbread dish (with corn and aji dulce) by Negro Piattoni at his pop-up with Joint Venture at Fitzcarraldo in Brooklyn. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Greetings from New York, which kicked in some nippy and chilly fall weather this week, brrrrr (tonight’s gonna drop to the 30s!). I’m still here eating and drinking and jazz clubbing and museum-ing and walking my way briskly through the city and kicking up leaves until the last minute, when I board a plane back to SF on Sunday afternoon. Yup, next week I’ll be trading slices for tacos as my core food group. It seemed like a good time to drop my second installment of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan this year, check it out in the new yawker.

Of course the big news in SF today is the Michelin star ratings, you can read the complete list of winners here. Congrats to Quince, who made it to the three-star pantheon, although why Atelier Crenn isn’t in there yet, I will never understand. The meal I had there this spring was fantastique. Read more in today’s column.

Since it’s World Pasta Day, it feels very timely with this exciting piece of news I want to share: after last month’s successful SF Amatrice fundraiser we hosted at 54 Mint, we had both participating restaurants (Delfina, Locanda, Octavia, Montesacro, 54 Mint) and friends (Pizzalina) generously add the funds they raised from their own restaurant amatriciana specials into our overall event and silent auction proceeds, which brings the total to $26,246 that we all raised for Amatrice. We are donating it directly to the town this week through our connection with the mayor. Incredible! I’m so impressed with how much we were able to raise together through everyone’s generosity. Grazie, tutti!

A presto!
Marcia Gagliardi

October 18, 2016

One of the many magic sunsets from my window in Brooklyn. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Sounds like you guys had quite the downpour over the weekend! Well, at least the sun is back out, so you’ll want to head over to Tartine Manufactory for some soft-serve, more on that in today’s column. It’s 81 degrees in New York (whut), and while I had some big plans to write even more today, I just have to go outside for an afternoon walk before temps slip back into the 50s for good this month. Unbelievable! 81. I’ll take it.

I’m here in New York for two more weeks—I have reached my halfway mark in my month in Brooklyn and don’t want this autumn adventure to end! Finally checked out the Cloisters, what a beautiful spot!

Last week’s NYC culinary highlights included dinner at the new Fish Cheeks (a seafood-focused Thai place that is proudly pad thai-free—I have three words for you: coconut crab curry!), trying the udon at Japanese import TsuruTonTan, and celebrating my friend’s 50th birthday at City Island in the Bronx (trust, I was soaking in his Bronx Irish family’s accent like a piece of bread in some clam chowder).

There’s also a fantastic Japanese speakeasy in the back of Walter’s here in Fort Greene, Karasu, where I got to visit my old SF bartender amigo Thomas Waugh. Donburi? More like don-purrrri.

This weekend I had a blast dancing to DJ Harvey at Output again, but man, I really put the hurt on myself—4am last call can be dangerous. Fortunately Caviar rescued me the next day with this beauteous amatriciana pizza from Pizza Superstar (use my special code for $10 off your first two deliveries). Bonus points: they had bottled Mexican Coke. I swear, that stuff is the magic hangover crusher.

One more quick note: congrats to The Morris for opening last night! Release the foie gras dumplings. You can read all about it in my piece on tablehopper.

If any of you New York pals will be at the StarChefs International Chefs Congress (starts Sunday!), let me know! Otherwise, I’ll see all of you virtually next Tuesday, ciao ciao!
Marcia Gagliardi

October 11, 2016

Spicy miso-chicken ramen with Sapporo noodles, roasted pork belly, chile-infused ground pork, ajitama egg, and greens at Ganso. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Greetings from Brooklyn, gang! Fort Greene, to be exact. Loving the neighborhood where I am staying this month. It’s full of trees, brownstones, and a great mix of people, and there’s a store with a display of cream cheeses like an ice cream shop. I have been here a week, and have been exploring all over the city, from listening to Rebecca Solnit speak about her latest atlas, Nonstop Metropolis: New York City, in the Upper West Side, to tracking down some incredible ramen nearby. I’ll be here until October 30th; follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for my NYC dispatches.

Since I went dark last week (and it’s a good thing I didn’t plan on sending out a column since the Wi-Fi was knocked out on my Virgin America flight), this week’s missive covers a LOT of catch-up.

I’d also like to include a link to a story I wrote for Blackboard Eats about SF restaurants that give back through charitable programs and more. Always happy to see the big-hearted generosity of the restaurant community.

Have a great week, catch you later! Excuse me while I go chase some fall foliage.
Marcia Gagliardi

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