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This Week's Top NYC Restaurant and Food News

By Billy Lyons
March 7, 2014

- We found Bobby Flay head down in the kitchen at his newest restaurant Gato, where the iron chef is cooking up pizza with lamb sausage and paella with artichokes as part of a Spanish inspired menu. [Zagat]

- New Yorkers in need of extremely large sandwiches got some good news this week, as Murray Hill favorite Sarge's Deli made its triumphant return after a fire had shut the popular destination down for over a year and a half. [via Gothamist]

- We polled readers regarding how much a Department of Health letter grade impacts your dining decision after Per Se's recent less than stellar inspection, and found that 38% of you would never eat at restaurant with anything less than an A, while 49% would consider eating at a B restaurant but never a C. [Zagat]

- Eric and Bruce Bromberg of Blue Ribbon fame are joining forces with the owner of P.J. Clarke's for a new restaurant on the Upper West Side. [via DNAinfo]

- After being ranked number one by Pete Wells for ramen joints and consequently being overwhelmed with reservations, Mu Ramen has signed a lease for their first permanent location in Long Island City. [via Eater]

- We revealed our picks for New York City's 10 hottest restaurants. [Zagat]

- After a long hiatus, we were finally able to order burritos once again at momofuku ssäm bar.[Zagat]

- Sirio Maccioni appointed 35-year old Raphael Francois executive chef of his iconic Manhattan restaurant Le Cirque [via The New York Times]

- The team behind Tacombi is set to open their latest concept, Cafe El Presidente, next month with former Peels chef Jason DeBriere making tortillas from scratch [via Eater]

- We received a first look at new Harlem pizzeria Custom Fuel, which lets diners customize their own pizza crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings. [Zagat]

Places Mentioned

Blue Ribbon

American • SoHo

Food25 Decor20 Service23 Cost$54
Le Cirque

French • East Midtown

Food25 Decor26 Service25 Cost$96
momofuku ssäm bar

American • East Village

Food25 Decor17 Service20 Cost$50
P.J. Clarke's

American • East Midtown

Food17 Decor16 Service17 Cost$39
Tacombi at Fonda Nolita

Mexican • NoLita

Food23 Decor19 Service17 Cost$22
Per Se

New American • Midtown

Food28 Decor28 Service29 Cost$325

Mediterranean • NoHo

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
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