A Sarcastic Appetite

Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of September 24
September 24, 2009, 8:03 am
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The Restaurant Round-Up is back with a vengeance this week, though I’m told it could use a little spicing up in the way of cowgirl-themed paraphernalia. I’d put it to a poll for you guys to see what you think, but I’ve never seen a group of individuals so wholly uninterested in answering one multiple choice question for fun (see: this), so I guess we won’t go there…

At any rate, I’m here to canvass the food blogs so you don’t have to. A few highlights:

Here’s a horrifying clip to start your morning off right: Guy Fieri, host of the inimitable “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” and owner of esteemed restaurants Johnny Garlic’s and Tex Wasabi, gets a bra thrown at him while on stage for a cooking demonstration. Seriously, I can’t even make this up.

The fall’s a busy time for restaurant openings; we’ve got Travertine from Top Chef alum Manuel Trevino, set to open October 6, the Standard’s new biergarten, open now, and the Park Avenue Cafe is now officially Park Avenue Autumn. Across the river, Armando’s is reopening in its original spot, 143 Montague Street, on Monday.

I did manage to make my way to the last of the MAD Crush pop-up wine events, but somehow missed this little number, courtesy of Wined & Dined: Bar Boulud does $29 tastings for 2 from 5-6pm, and again after 10pm. I know there are some iffy reviews out there, but if you sit at the bar and stick with the meats and cheeses, well, you can’t really go wrong.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Summer of 2009 was the summer of food trucks in New York, and the New York Times jumps on the bandwagon to review several. The Schnitzel & Things truck pounced on the opportunity, debuting a Schnitzel Burger yesterday that promptly sold out in 30 minutes. Midtown Lunch has the rundown.

Restaurant Girl tries Yerba Buena Perry and gives it a whopping four stars. Manchego croquetes, suckling pig, and watermelon fries? Ok, ok, I’ll bite…

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