Best of the NYC Food Blogosphere: April 18-22 2011

Enoteca Maria's meatballs. Photo by L. O.Stabbing Sends Lucali Owner to Hospital, Temporarily Closes Pizzeria
A bizarre knife fight in Brooklyn last Friday sent Lucali owner Mark Iacono to the hospital and left another man, Benny Geritano, wounded. Gothamist’s Mark Johnston reported the early word that both Iacono and Geritano have been charged with attempted murder. Adam Kuban, of Serious Eats “Slice,” highlights speculation from various sources that Iacono and Geritano are longtime neighborhood acquaintances and may have been fighting over a woman. “There’s a note up at Lucali saying the pizzeria is closed but will reopen soon,” Kuban writes. “Let’s hope this mess gets sorted out and it does.”

Brownstoner: Brooklyn Flea Launching Giant Food Market
In a statement posted on Brownstoner Tuesday, Brooklyn Flea helmsmen Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby announced the launch of their new venture, a sister market—Smorgasburg, devoted entirely to food. Butler and Demby modestly describe the mega-bazaar, which opens May 21 in Williamsburg, as “the city’s largest outdoor food market.” About 100 food vendors and 20 greenmarket vendors are lined up for Smorgasburg’s debut.

Edible Manhattan: Help the New York Public Library Catalog Some Really Old Recipes
Rachel Wharton reports that the New York Public Library is looking for help in transcribing its collection of historical New York City restaurant menus. For more information or to volunteer, visit the NYPL’s “What’s on the Menu” project website.

Brooklyn Exposed: Five Forgotten Brooklyn Neighborhoods for Foodies
Katie Hoffman offers a round-up of must-try restaurants in oft-overlooked Brooklyn ‘hoods. The list has recommendations for Chinese in Dyker Heights, seafood in Sheepshead Bay and Moroccan in Bay Ridge, among other hidden gems.

Serious Eats: Making Japan’s Meat Monster Whopper at Our Local Burger King
Robyn Lee reports success in getting her local Burger King to recreate the “Meat Monster Whopper” available at Japan’s Burger Kings. The burger combines cheese, bacon, grilled chicken and an extra beef patty. “You can order a similar burger stateside if you just ask for the extra toppings on a regular Whopper—your cashier will just be more confused than one in Japan,” Lee writes. “How does it taste? Like a whole lot of fake-smokey tasting protein. Any chance that Burger King tastes better in Japan?”

Grub Street: Indian Taco Night Debuts at No. 7 in Fort Greene
Fort Greene’s No. 7 will offer Indian tacos next Monday night, Grub Street staffers report. On the menu: pork vindaloo and saag paneer with fresh chutneys and homemade corn tortillas. Incidentally, City Spoonful tried something similar in L.A. (where else?) a few years back, and we unreservedly endorse this latest fusion riff on tacos.

The Feed: A Definitive Guide to Lunch in NYC
Time Out New York’s reporters assemble a comprehensive guide to getting the most out of your mid-day meal—with recommendations for everything from delivery options to business lunches in more than a dozen Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods. The guide also ranks the best sandwiches, salads, high-end lunch deals and “lunch-only dishes” in the city.

This Weekend: Buddhist Missionary Society’s New Year Celebration
If you’re not celebrating Easter, take Eating in Translation’s recommendation and head to Jackson Heights, Queens this Sunday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for some amazingly authentic Burmese fare. The food is free, but would you really want stiff a bunch of Buddhist monks out of a donation? [Public School 222, 86-15 37th Ave.]

Foods of the Season: Passover and Easter
*Blondie and Brownie: Peanut butter hot cross buns recipe
*Bowery Boogie: Pickle Guys don gas masks and grind fresh horseradish for Passover
*Easter sweets: Italian sweet bread (colomba pasquale) from Gustiamo, egg-shaped bonbons and other chocolate confections from Chocolat Moderne and chocolate eggs from Café Kristall
*Edible Manhattan: Rachel Wharton on discovering the “mysteries” of matzo brei
*Edible Queens The Blog: A guide to hosting holiday gatherings in cramped city apartments
*Edible Queens: “Where to Celebrate Easter Sunday in Queens”
*Foodista: Homemade Passover candy and brutti e buoni
*Gothamist: “Easter Sunday Dining Options Worth Dying (And Rising Again) For”
*Latin Foodie: “Easter in a Bun”
*NJ.com: “More Easter Dining Options”
*Staten Island Advance: Lamb-roasting tips from Pamela Silvestri
*The Brooklyn Paper: Sarah Zorn’s Brooklyn matzo ball crawl

Dining Reviews: Our Picks of the Week
*Blondie and Brownie: Patacon Pisao (Elmhurst, Queens)
*BushwickBK: Café Ghia (Bushwick, Brooklyn)
*CHOW New York City Digest: Aicha (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn)
*Eating in Translation: Der Schwarze Kolner (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
*Eating the World in NYC: Mombar (Astoria, Queens)
*Feisty Foodie: Minar (Herald Square, Manhattan) and Mitsuwa Shopping Center food court (Edgewater, N.J.)
*Food Curated: Danny Macaroons (East Harlem, Manhattan)
*Food in Mouth: Tanoreen (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn)
*Gothamist: Mr. Robata (Midtown, Manhattan)
*KikaEats: Edi & The Wolf (East Village, Manhattan)
*Me So Hungry: Matouk’s Calypso Sauce at De Hot Pot (Flatbush, Brooklyn)
*Midtown Lunch: Schnitzel and Things’ eggplant schnitzel (Midtown, Manhattan)
*More Scrumptious Goods (MSG) Food Blog: Je’Bon’s “Ghost Street Hot Pot Party” (East Village, Manhattan)
*New York Street Food: Thelewala (West Village, Manhattan)
*NJ.com: Massimo Italian Deli (Kenilworth, N.J.)
*Serious Eats: Silver Bell Bakery (Corona, Queens) and Kyotofu’s soymilk soft-serve fro yo (Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)
*Staten Island Advance: Chinar (South Beach, Staten Island)
*Tasty Eating: Bombay Talk (Edison, New Jersey) and Inakaya (Midtown, Manhattan)
*United Nations of Food: Lahori Kabab (Murray Hill, Manhattan) and Cambodian Cuisine Torsu (food truck)
*World’s Fare: Tortas Neza (Woodside, Queens) and Ayada (Woodside, Queens)
*Yummy Brooklyn: A.O.C. Bistro (Park Slope, Brooklyn)

Other Food News & Features
*Bronx Foodie: “Demand It, and Seamless Web Will Come” (to The Bronx)
*Grub Street: “Shocker: Savoy to Close June 18 After Two Decades”
*Midtown Lunch: “Korilla BBQ Truck Number Two Coming Soon”
*New York Press: New York’s First Public Urban Farm Opens in Battery Park
*New York Street Food: “2011 Vendy Award Tickets Now on Sale”
*Our LIC News: Alobar, European Modern American Eatery, Planned for Vernon Blvd. in LIC, Queens
*Sunnyside Post: “Bliss Bistro, a Sunnyside Favorite, Closes”

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