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Because we could all use a feel-good story right now

Posted by Bea Davis on Apr 2, 2020 11:29:08 AM

How this Brooklyn chef turned his restaurant into a food bank.

Greg Baxtrom, chef and partner at the Brooklyn restaurant Olmstead, teamed up with the folks at Thrillist to talk about the great work he's doing to help the local community.

Read the article and watch the video here.

Support the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation here.

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Topics: New York City, Videos

The food world remembers Floyd Cardoz

Posted by Bea Davis on Mar 25, 2020 3:03:15 PM


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"Floyd Cardoz, the pioneering Mumbai-born chef behind critically-acclaimed NYC restaurants Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar, has reportedly died from complications related to COVID-19, according to Indian publication Scroll.in. He was 59 at the time of his death.

Cardoz admitted himself to a hospital in New York shortly after his return from India on March 8, according to his Instagram account. He wrote in the post that he was feeling feverish and had admitted himself into a hospital in the city as a precautionary measure. The Hunger Inc., the hospitality company that he founded, put out a statement on March 17, confirming the news of his hospitalization.

The chef was a force in New York’s restaurant community — making his mark on the dining scene in 1998 with the groundbreaking Tabla, a fine dining Indian restaurant opened in partnership with Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality group. It debuted at a time when the higher end culinary scene had few Indian restaurants and was a critical hit, receiving three stars in the New York Times. A cult favorite, the restaurant closed in 2010 but to this day is remembered as one of New York’s greatest restaurants, particularly known for its bread.

He also opened Meyer’s North End Grill, and then went on to open several of his own restaurants in both India and New York, which were also well-received. In Mumbai, he had the Bombay Canteen and Goan restaurant O Pedro , while in New York, he had Paowalla in Soho, a space that he eventually turned into a lively and colorful restaurant called Bombay Bread Bar. It closed just last year."

Topics: New York City, Restaurant News

A Sunday in the Life of Sother

Posted by Bea Davis on Mar 4, 2020 10:36:00 AM

How does Sother Teague spends his Sundays?

Sother Teague is a fixture in the NYC bar scene - not only in his own bars, and not only when he's working. The NY Times recently published a great look at how this self-titled "Creative Drunk" spends his day off. Not surprisingly, it's in bars.

Check it out... How a Downtown Bar Baron Spends His Sundays

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And if you're interested in diving deeper into the world of cocktails and mixology, check out Sother's podcast "The Speakeasy" on Heritage Radio Network.

Topics: New York City, Mixology

Tourism Booms In New York City

Posted by Bea Davis on Sep 24, 2013 8:49:00 AM

According to Crain's New York Business 2013 Stats and The City, tourism continues to grow strongly throughout New York City.  Average annual hotel occupancy rates finished 2012 at 87.5%, 12% higher than 2002.  These numbers are even more impressive when you consider that the number of new hotel rooms on the market has increased by 24% since 2008, totalling nearly 106,000 rooms available.  The average daily hotel rate stands at $281, up 44% since 2002.


The city hosted 52 million tourists last year, up 129% since 2003.  John F. Kennedy International Airport launched 402,000 flights, up 43% since 2003.  


Who visits NYC?  The top ten foreign origins for NYC tourists were:

  • China
  • Brazil
  • Argentine
  • Australia
  • Mexico
  • Middle East
  • France
  • Russia
  • Eastern Europe
  • India
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And where do they visit once here?  The top five tourist destinations are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, National September 11th Memorial and Museum, Empire State Building Observatory, and the Museum of Modern Art.  [Crain's New York Business]

Topics: Hotels, New York City