Madoff's Mets Tickets Hit Ebay

cityfile · 04/08/09 06:12PM

Bernie Madoff's tickets for the Mets season opener at Citi Field next week are now on sale on eBay. Just a few rows from the field! Access to the Delta Club and free parking included! Low reserve! Cash, money order or certified bank check, please. [Ebay]

Stocks Slip, Summers in the Spotlight

cityfile · 04/06/09 05:32AM

• Wall Street retreated this morning after a four-week rally amid concern about the banking sector and after IBM's attempt to buy Sun unraveled. [WSJ, CNN]
• The latest Washington official facing questions about potential conflicts of interest: Larry Summers, who collected $5.2 million in 2008 working one day a week for D.E. Shaw before joining the administration. [NYT]
• Tim Geithner says that the Obama administration is prepared to oust top financial executives if their firms require more public aid. [FT, DB]

Eating & Drinking: Tuesday Edition

cityfile · 03/31/09 03:03PM

• The Mets put on a "showcase" today of the "award-winning roster of dining options" available at Citi Field, one which "scintillated the senses" and "is sure to be one of the biggest hits of the year." Had enough yet? [Mets]
• Rumor has it that David Graziano and David Cabo, two of the dudes behind Pink Elephant and Bagatelle, are taking over the old R&L/Florent space. [GS]
• What's the appropriate tip on a drink, $1 or 20? Frank Bruni explains. [NYT]
• If you walk by Monkey Bar tonight, you may find it open for business. [Eater]
Terrance Brennan's Artisanal is hosting a grilled cheese contest. [TFB]
• A roundup of some Easter and Passover dining options. [Zagat]
• '21' is extending its Restaurant Week prix fixe through Labor Day. [Eater]
• What does every product claim it contains antioxidants these days? Because gullible people buy them based solely on the label, of course. [Atlantic]
• A Brooklyn fast food joint has renamed itself "Obama Fried Chicken." [TSG]

Eating & Drinking: Monday Edition

cityfile · 03/30/09 02:41PM

• Monkey Bar doesn't open for another week—and good luck getting it once it does—but The Feed nabbed a copy of the menu at a friends-and-family dinner on Friday night. You know, just in case you're interested to see what Graydon Carter's friends will be eating for the next few months. [TONY]
• For its part, Eater has a sketch of where the important and not-quite-as-important will be seated once Monkey Bar opens. [Eater]
• A Shake Shack does not appear to be destined for Central Park, alas. [GS]
• Shake Shack is, however, open at Citi Field, and served up people who attended the Georgetown-St. John's game yesterday. [NYM, NYDN]
• A fire will keep David Rabin's Los Dados closed for at least a week. [Eater]
• In this week's issue of New York, Adam Platt gives Chelsea's Txikito and the Flatiron district's Bar Breton one star apiece. [NYM]
• Bob Lape is signing off after more than 20 years of food reviews. [Crain's]
• It was six years ago today that the smoking ban went into effect, FYI. [EVG]

The Diminishing Returns of Populist Outrage

Owen Thomas · 03/19/09 02:02PM

Everyone's mad about banks spending bailout money! It's outrageous that anyone would take taxpayers cash and then actually use it. These whiffs of populism are like nitrous — a brief thrill that accomplishes nothing.

Eating & Drinking: Thursday Edition

cityfile · 02/19/09 03:30PM

Keith McNally's revamped Minetta Tavern will open in March. [Eater]
• Le Cirque will extend its Restaurant Week menu till the end of the year. [GS]
• The South Beach Wine & Food Festival starts tonight, in case you happen to be in Miami or you're looking for something to do the next few days. [Eater]
• Some say NYC nightlife has been a bit bleak this Fashion Week. [Zagat]
• Pink Elephant was the top grossing club in NYC in 2008. [GoaG]
• A blogger is trying to go a week without buying any food. Related: eGullet is hosting a challenge called "A Week Without Shopping." [ABroadrview, NYT]
• More on what Danny Meyer has planned for Citi Field. [TFB]
• Starbucks' new line of instant coffee? Not that bad, reportedly. [AdAge]

Eating & Drinking: Wednesday Edition

cityfile · 02/18/09 04:52PM

• Payard Patsserie was shut down by the Dept. of Health today. [Eater, NYT]
• Susur Lee's Shang only earns one star from Bruni in today's Times: "The magic that Mr. Lee reputedly made in Toronto hasn't followed him here." [NYT]
• Is chef Damon Wise saying goodbye to Tom Colicchio's Craft empire? [NYO]
• More mixed reviews for L'Artusi in the West Village. [Bloomberg, TONY]
• Is Anita Lo's Annisa up for sale? [Eater]
Drew Nieporent is joining Danny Meyer at Citi Field. [Crain's]
• Is foie gras torture? Not so much, says Sarah DiGregorio of the Voice. [VV]
• Be on the lookout for new Heinz ketchup labels! [NYT]
• What's on the menu for dessert tonight? Breakfast, naturally. [NYT]

Bloomberg Wins on Willets Point

cityfile · 11/12/08 02:49PM

It looks like Michael Bloomberg has won the battle to redevelop Willets Point in Queens. The City Council will officially vote on the matter tomorrow, but key members of the Council announced earlier today that they'd reached an agreement on the outstanding issues that had thus far kept the plan in limbo. Which means by 2013 several thousand New Yorkers will get to watch the Mets play ball at Citi Field without getting off their living room couches. [NYO]

Graydon Spurns Craft

cityfile · 07/10/08 06:04AM
  • Graydon Carter has backed out of hosting Vanity Fair's next Oscar party at Tom Colicchio's LA iteration of Craft because he doesn't like the Century City complex spot's "corporate feel." Laurent Tourondel's BLT on Sunset Strip will probably host the celeb-glutted affair instead. [P6]