NSync s Lance Bass Will Open a West Hollywood Restaurant

Rocco s Tavern gets West Hollywood planning commission approval
Last night, Rocco s Tavern won West Hollywood planning commission approval to open on Santa Monica Boulevard, according to Wehoville. NSync singer Lance Bass is a co-owner in the restaurant, which has other outlets in Culver City, Pasadena, Studio City, and Westwood. This West Hollywood expansion will also feature live music, which Bass will help book.
The building used to house a Citibank branch at 3,500 square feet, with room for an out... Read More...

60 Minutes Tackles Ken Friedman and Mario Batali s Misconduct Allegations Sunday

Anderson Cooper talked to people at the Spotted Pig for the segment
Disgraced NYC restaurateurs Mario Batali and Ken Friedman will be back in the investigative news spotlight this Sunday: Anderson Cooper will be interviewing restaurant workers who were sexually harassed or assaulted at the Spotted Pig for Sunday s episode of 60 Minutes " with particular focus on the behavior of Batali and Friedman.
It s the third segment in the CBS newsmagazine s episode this week, which will air at 7 p.m. on Sun... Read More...

How to Win 70 Free Pastrami Sandwiches From Factor s Famous Deli

Plus the return of Dessert Goals, and Dialogue s new pay scale
Create some pastrami envy
Pico Boulevard icon Factor s Famous Deli has turned 70 years young. To celebrate the restaurant threw a star-studded chef dinner on Tuesday night and is now opening things up to the general public with a series of big-deal giveaways. Starting yesterday and running through the end of the month, every in-store eater is entered into a raffle to win one of several daily $70 gift certificates, with one ultimate monthlong ... Read More...

After Ten Years, Camino Is More Itself Than Ever

Why do you think this restaurant has lasted for ten years?
Russ: We have some good people working here, whose whole motivation isn t just to make money, they want to do this thing, live a certain way. They want to use good products, and not buy environmentally damaging things.
Allison: I think there s some consistency in the values of this restaurant, not just in terms of the day-to-day operations but how people can live their lives. Chez Panisse was a great model, that s such a complete ecosystem and wa... Read More...

5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in NYC

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For wine, cheese, and charcuterie: Sandwiched in a sort of non-neighborhood north of Greenwood Cemetery and southwest of Park Slope, Bar Salumi is part wine bar and part bistro. In the former guise, it offers a nice selection of wines by the glass (including $9 glasses of rose and Prosecco) and a formidable selection of domestic and Italian charcuterie and cheese. Apart from that, graze on a large selection of pastas and small plates that can be quite large, including a big serving of roast porch... Read More...

Anthony Bourdain Slams Racist Lawyer, Who Faces Disbarment Calls After Restaurant Rant

New Yorkers are taking a stand against racism
Following a racist rant in which a Manhattan attorney threatened to call Immigrations and Customs Enforcement on restaurant workers speaking Spanish, New Yorkers are striking back.
Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg will be dealing with the consequences of his actions for a long time: His shared office space has kicked him out, reporters are tenaciously following him for comment, and a congressman has filed a grievance against him. Even food personality Anthony Bourdain ... Read More...

Founder of West LA s Iconic Breakfast Spot John O Groats Has Died

Robert Jacoby opened the Rancho Park restaurant in 1982
Robert Jacoby, who opened the now iconic breakfast and lunch restaurant John O Groats in West LA s Rancho Park neighborhood, died on May 16, 2018. The restaurant made the announcement on their Facebook page, with dozens of longtime regulars chiming in the comments with heartfelt thoughts for Jacoby and his family.
Robert and Angelica Jacoby opened John O Groats on the corner of Manning and Pico Boulevard back in 1982. The Jacobys also owned Bit O... Read More...

What s a Mega-Ritzy Restaurant to Celebrate on My Boss s Dime?

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I m going out with co-workers for a celebration dinner. There will be five of us, and the most senior person is paying. Her only limitation is that she wants the tables to have some space between them. I d like to use this opportunity to go somewhere delicious and cool " no need to go old school fancy. I m thinking of suggesting the Bar Room at the Modern, but I think it s too far east/too hard to get to. We will be coming from near Port Authority so the closer to 42nd and 8th, the bet... Read More...

Swanky Chinese Restaurant from Hong Kong Glides Into Le Cirque Space

Hutong will be the first U.S. restaurant for a big international restaurant group
An upscale northern Chinese restaurant with outposts in Hong Kong and London is making its way to New York City. International restaurant group Aqua founder David Yeo is planting his first U.S. restaurant in the former Le Cirque space, a high end place serving dim sum and roast duck called Hutong, according to the Post.
Aqua Restaurant Group " which has more than a dozen restaurants and bars across London, Hong Kong, and B... Read More...

Lawsuit Reveals Alleged Misconduct at West Hollywood Bar

Nicole S. via YelpYelp reviewer Nicole S. describes her incident with Micky s security
In 2013, nine former employees sued the bar, believing that their civil rights were violated in the form of, Lewd conduct, creating a sexually hostile work environment, racial discrimination and discrimination against heterosexual employees, and labor code violations, according to Wehoville. Alcoholic Beverage Control board also shut down the bar for 30 days in 2015 in order to investigate misconduct. Thomas s lawsu... Read More...

Trader Joe s New Soho Location Opens Today

Plus, a look at a Vietnamese restaurant in Besonhurst " and more intelSoho gets a Trader s Joe s today
Soho is now home to its very own location of grocery store Trader Joe s. The new outpost at 233 Spring St., between Varick Street and Sixth Avenue, opened this morning. The 19,000-square-foot space has a mural of a rooftop bar in Soho, 30 checkout lanes, and sells beer, though not wine. It s open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.Di An Di opens to public tonight
Stylish new Greenpoint pho restaurant Di A...

Stockhome Settles In for Swedish Candy and Kebab in Petaluma Next Month

Plus: How hard is it to start a vineyard in Napa? Hard.
Stock up at Stockhome
Roberth and Andrea Sundell, the couple behind Hayes Valley s Scandinavian restaurant PLJ, settle into their new downtown Petaluma business next month at 220 Western Avenue. The counter-service restaurant, Stockhome, will have food to eat in or take-out, and it s very Swedish " which also means it s heavily influenced by the Middle East. As that country s national Twitter account pointed out recently, Swedish meatballs, a ... Read More...

Famed Buffalo Chain Anchor Bar Literally Didn t Have Wings at Lunchtime Today

Angry diners were wingless for over two hours
Hungry diners were left bereft of wings on day two of the New York City debut of Anchor Bar, the iconic Buffalo bar widely credited with inventing the spicy, sauce-laden wings. The new franchise location at 327 West 57th St. near Eighth Avenue opened at 11:30 a.m. today, but turned wing-seeking customers away. The first plate did not appear until after 1:30 p.m.
Customers took to Twitter to express frustration that the one item the restaurant is known for was n... Read More...

10 Essential Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles, 2018 Edition

Ranking the best places for dim sum in San Gabriel Valley
If looking for the best dim sum restaurant in the Los Angeles area, merely searching for the best dim sum restaurant on Yelp might not be helpful. In a genre that's fiercely guarded by nostalgia and emotion, the question of which dim sum restaurant reigns supreme in Los Angeles is a subject of constant debate.
What's not debatable, however, is that the San Gabriel Valley is home to some of the best dim sum restaurants in the US " the sheer concent... Read More...

Bay to Breakers: Where to Refuel and Rehydrate Along the Race Course

12 spots to grab what you need
Brace yourselves: Bay to Breakers, SF s annual footrace/parade of drunk people in costumes is this Sunday. You re bound to work up a bit of a thirst and quite the appetite as you run/stumble from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach " or wherever it is you give up and lie down along the way. If it s just the essentials you re after, definitely consult this indispensable map of liquor stores near the route. Here we ve got some more and less elaborate places to stop for fuel a... Read More...

Comstock Saloon Adds Bonkers Brunch After Years of Creating Hangovers

Comstock Burger
Extremely importantly, there will be new brunch drinks on the menu as well from bar manager Anthony Cozeck. They run classic, including the ever-popular Irish Coffee and a Ramos Gin Fizz. For those going all in, the Mr. Bacon Old Fashioned will be your order, with bourbon, bitters, sugar, and candied pork belly.
Brunch launches June 9, and will be available Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.New Comstock Saloon Chef Wants You to Instagram This Unicorn Tuna Tartare ESF
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Eat and Drink Down Divisadero Street

Carnitas tacos, pepperoni pizza, and much more
Is it part of the The Panhandle, Western Addition, NoPa, DMV Heights, or Alamo Square? Whatever you call it, The Divisadero Corridor has arguably seen some of the most dramatic changes as a result of gentrification over the past decade. On any given night, you ll see hoards of cash-flush, starry eyed millenials piling up at Nopa for burgers, Bi-Rite for ice cream cones, and Bar Crudo for lobster bisque. To be clear: the neighborhood wasn t like this ten yea... Read More...

90s Food Critic Favorite Ping s in Chinatown Is as Good as Ever

Lobster e-fu noodles
One of the evening s highlights was bamboo pith and mushrooms served in a wok, with a flame underneath to keep the mixture bubbling. On a previous occasion, we enjoyed what in the late 90s was considered the restaurant s signature: a nest of e-fu noodles (symbolizing long life) with an entire fresh lobster that had been hacked and sauced. The waiter showed the lobster to us before it was whisked away to the kitchen for cooking.
In its day, the restaurant was responsible for other fi... Read More...

Arrested Development s Buster Bluth Gave Away Banana Sundaes in Burbank

NetflixBuster Bluth s prosthetic arm ice cream scooperA Totally Free Deadpool-Themed Bar Is Popping Up in Downtown LA ELAWander Around Inside LA s New Saved By the Bell Pop-Up Nostalgia Trip ELA

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Three Bars to Try This Weekend in Los Angeles

YelpThe Social List interior
When driving through Long Beach s busy 4th Street, The Social List catches your eye. There are floor to ceiling windows at this neighborhood joint, with a comfy dining room and outdoor patio. But the tiny bar is today s focus. The bartender will make excellent recommendations, but they have much to work with on the cocktail menu, including the Smugglers Cove with quality rum, apricot liqueur, pineapple syrup, bitters, and egg whites. The Social List s pride and joy is the whi... Read More...