food 01.26.04

Eat This New York

Eat This New York is a documentary film, produced and directed by Andrew Rossi and Kate Novack, that follows two young restaurateurs, Billy Phelps and John McCormick, as they take an old check-cashing shop in Williamsburg and turn it into the restaurant Moto, 394 Bway [Division/Hooper] Bklyn 718.599.6895. It is not, as you might imagine, an easy ride.

Threaded throughout the movie are various food industry veterans, including Daniel Boulud, Danny Meyer, Keith McNally, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Ruth Reichl, and the insufferable Tim Zagat. Deftly contrasted are the struggles of the two fledglings with the commentary from their established counterparts.

The well-received film (it has appeared at a number of film festivals) will have its in-theatre debut this coming Friday at Cinema Village.
A N'awlins native lets us know that Jacques-imos ("my favorite restaurant in New Orleans," she says) will be opening a New York outpost, complete with swamp murals, on Columbus and 77th, in the old Spazzia site. Look for Creole classics and what may turn out to be the best fried chicken on the UWS.

Another new Creole contender is Natchez, 31 2nd Ave. [1st/2nd] 212.460.9171, where a bowl of the gumbo is an ideal counterpunch to winter.

About our praise for Cooking With Jazz, a reviewer for another publication took strong exception: it was, she wrote, "the most bizarre restaurant meal I have ever sat through."

A nicely rendered mini-review from another reader: Chestnut, 271 Smith [DeGraw] 718.243.0049. D'lish food. Interesting but not weird. Moderately priced. I have actually traveled from Manhattan for it. Three times. Monkfish wrapped in pancetta, grilled sweetbreads with pistachio relish, and burgers. So the gamut is covered. The chef, David Wurth, used to be the chef at Savoy in Soho. The food is as good, a little simpler and about a third less. They make everything themselves, from the potato chips and baked olives at the bar to the herbed butter served with olive oil drizzled over it. Lovely room, nicely lit. It's up the block from Halcyon which makes a perfect place to hang out if you have to wait for a table or afterward for a beer.

Ben & Jerry's
Inevitable, probably. Ben & Jerry's has introduced a line of lower carb ice creams. There are three so far: chocolate (11g of carbs in a half cup, 4 net carbs), vanilla Swiss almond (also 11g, 2 net carbs), and Half Baked, which mixes chocolate and vanilla ice creams with fudge brownies and cookie dough (18g, 5 net carbs). Here's a full list of B & J's new flavors.

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