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New York's Long-Standing El Quijote Isn't Going Anywhere, Is It?

New owner vows to preserve restaurant's legacy
Jun 19, 2014 2:00 pm
Photo: Chris Goldberg on Flickr

So far, new owner Ed Scheetz has said all the right things about upholding "the signature look and feel of El Quijote (classic Spanish) while maintaining its authenticity and history." The proof, we suppose, will be in the paella.

Now Restaurants Are Keeping Tabs On Your Bathroom Breaks

A creepy admission from the hospitality sector
Jun 17, 2014 2:00 pm
Photo: Kevin Dooley on Flickr

No one has a reasonable expectation of privacy when dining in public, but who among us expects to have his every trip to the loo monitored by some shadowy spook with an attendance clicker? At Alinea in Chicago, your bathroom breaks are among many things the staff is taking notes on.

Mario Batali Is Starting A Production Company, With An R-Rated Name To Boot

Celeb chef to create new lifestyle shows
Jun 16, 2014 11:30 am

Chef Mario Batali is behind a new company that will create food and lifestyle programming targeted at millennials. His newest venture – a collaboration with OgilvyEntertainement – is titled ccMF Productions and will look to explore the human component of food and food production. It will be targeted at the younger generation. More information, after the jump.

Why We Like The 5:30 Reservation: Second Helpings At 10

Urbanites learn to embrace 'early-bird' dining
Jun 13, 2014 12:00 pm
Photo: Bob Jagendorf on Flickr

Customers are fed up with getting shut out of popular places during the peak period of 6 to 9:30 p.m. (also commonly known as dinnertime). "It doesn't matter if you call a month in advance," says one disgruntled diner. "They say, 'Do you want the 5:30 or the 10?'" We say: Do both.

Restaurant Reservations News: Priceline Buys OpenTable for $2.6 Billion

Travel booking site beefs up with OpenTable buy
Jun 13, 2014 9:43 am

Maybe those new services charging for primetime reservations are onto something. In a blockbuster deal announced this morning, ThePriceline Group will buy OpenTable for $2.6 billion in cash, or $103 per share. Details after the jump. 

Apparent 'Parmigianapocalypse' Perhaps Not So Apocalyptic

FDA downplays reports of cheese-maker crackdown
Jun 11, 2014 11:16 am

In a statement issued late Tuesday, the FDA emphatically denied taking any official policy against the centuries-old practice of aging cheese on wooden shelves. However, the agency also stated that it remained concerned about the safety of the practice.

Psy, Snoop Dogg And Riding The Seoul Train: 3 Korean Food References In 'Hangover'

The new 'Gangnam Style' teaches us jajangmyeon
Jun 9, 2014 11:30 am

Remember Korean pop star Psy? You know, of “Gangnam Style” — that song that has been played over two billion times on YouTube? Well, dude is back with a new song that was released during last night’s NBA Finals edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live. It’s a real banger, and stars Snoop Dogg who plays the role of Psy’s student. The lesson? How to drink and eat Korean style.

Everybody's A Critic (And Now, Everybody Can Be Treated Like One)

Restaurants are sharing intel on regular diners
Jun 4, 2014 2:01 pm

An Australian report this week highlights the various ways in which restaurants are using modern technology to spy—er, collect and share intelligence—on their customers. It’s a kind of surveillance formerly reserved for professional dining critics. Yelpers, beware.

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