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Fairway Upper West Side Does Food Demos Saturday

Fairway Upper West Side. Photo: Courtesy of Fairway.

If you’re shopping at Fairway Saturday, you can get free samples and watch some demos by the supermarket’s chefs and other food experts. No, there’s no demo of how to avoid mixing it up with the market’s famously aggressive shoppers.

The program takes place from 11am to 3 pm at the Upper West Side store  (2127 Broadway at 74th Street).

Here’s what’s on tap:

Michael Lewin—cookies.

Hannah Howard—cheeses

Benny Lanfranco—international coffees

Ray Venezia—Hereford shell steaks

Vinnie Olivieri—asparagus pasta

Produce—Uncle Vinnie’s green salads

Lori Levy—pancakes with maple syrup

Will Sneddon—shrimp salad

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Upper West Side: Key West Diner Reopens as Manhattan Diner on Upper Broadway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tina Fey graces the wall of the Manhattan diner. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Garish appears to be the decor of choice for any diner that’s located on Broadway between 94th and 95th streets. Manhattan Diner, a remake of the venerable Key West Diner, hews to that course with a mishmash of blues, reds and yellows, evoking an 80s disco down on its luck. (This new Manhattan Diner is also a replacement for the old Manhattan Diner at 77th and Broadway, according to MyUpperWest; yes, it’s confusing.)

The look is a bit jarring, but that’s OK.  It’s a diner. A huge blow-up photo of Tina Fey hangs on the wall.Wonder if she goes there for a quick omelet before work?

I loved the feel of the old spot. All those 1970s faux-tropical pinks and turquoises, not to mention the flamingos. It was a great piece of kitsch.

Manhattan Diner, Broadway, Upper West Side. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

A major improvement is the food. Of the three diners in the neighborhood run by the same owners–Metro, City and Key West–Key West was the weakest on the good eats scale. The grilled cheese was fine, but not as oozingly tasty as up the street at the Metro Diner. That situation has been remedied! Now, you can get a grilled cheese and tomato (the acid test for an establishment calling itself a diner) that’s overflowing with melted cheese and grilled to perfection.

“Business is just OK,” the manager told me. “I don’t think people know we’re here,” he said.

Now you do. Can’t speak for the food other than the grilled cheese but Yelpsters have given it a thumbs up.

Manhattan Diner (the old Key West Diner)

2532 Broadway
Between 93rd and 94th streets
New York, NY 10025

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Chock Full o’Nuts Restaurant: Date Nut Sandwiches Like the Old Days

Chock Full o'Nuts Coffee Shop. Photo: Chock Full o'Nuts.

I know it’s hard to pass up Eataly for the humble Chock Full o’Nuts restaurant next door on 23rd Street. But when you’ve had your full of pasta and salumi, a Chock Full o’Nuts date nut sandwich is a great all-American comfort food chaser.

I had tried the place right after it opened. and the last time I was there, the date nut bread was a huge disappointment—pale and tasteless it barely resembled the treat I remembered from the countless times I stopped by there with my mother.

A few weeks ago, I decided to give Chock Full o’Nuts another try. This time, it was a direct trip down memory lane. The date nut bread was rich, dark brown and just sweet enough. It tasted exactly as I remembered. And it was filled with just the right amount of cream cheese to add a slightly tart accent to the iconic sandwich.

So if you’re in the mood for a bit of food nostalgia—or you’ve never tried this American classic—give high-toned Italian a break and sidle over to  the counter at the Chock Full o Nuts.

Chock Full o’Nuts
119 East 23rd Street
NY 10010
(212) 228-9620

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NY Coffee and Tea Festival Coming Feb. 19-20

Coffee pots. Photo by by Lotzman Katzman via flickr.

Coffee drinker or tea lover? Whatever your preference, the NY Coffee and Tea Festival may make you forget (at least for an hour or two) the awful winter we’re having.

Here are the details:

NYC’s COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL

What: The northeast Ultimate Barista Challenge® competition and a VIP tea tasting with two guest Hong Kong tea masters. Other offerings:

  • coffee cupping & tasting,
  • afternoon tea etiquette,
  • making tea cocktails,
  • incorporating coffee into your favorite recipes.
  • Exhibitors include: Melitta, Tavalon Tea, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Jalima Coffee, Fang Gourmet Tea, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, TeaClassics, Aroma Espresso Bar, Hancha Tea, Coffee Lab Roasters, Montauk Beverage Works, Runa, Joe’s Coffee House, QTrade Teas, Entenmann’s Coffee, World Green Tea Association, and the Tea Association of the U.S.A.

Where: The Festival will be held at 7 W, 7 West 34th Street. The event is open to the public and the trade. www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com.

When: February 19-20, 2011

Tickets can be purchased in advance at: www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com. The event is sponsored in part by www.CoffeeAndTeaNewsletter.com. Prices range from $20-$40.

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Chock Full O’ Nuts Restaurant Opens Monday with Date Nut Sandwiches on the Menu

Chock Full O’Nuts restaurant, where I spent many blissful lunches munching on their date nut and cream cheese sandwiches, opens tomorrow on 23rd Street between 5th and 6th avenues, The New York Times reports.

Only problem:  the date nut bread will now be filled with whipped cream cheese.  Oh horrors!  I’ll have to try it, but how could it be the same as the vintage sandwich which was such a staple of my childhood?

Eataly, the Italian food emporium, is also opening up its doors on the same block.  But for my money, whole wheat doughnuts and date nut sandwiches trump Italian delicacies any old time!

For more on the Chock Full O’ Nuts opening, click here.  Weirdly, their corporate website doesn’t even mention the new New York store.

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