This Week's Top NYC Restaurant and Food News

June 27, 2014
by Patty Lee

Let's take a look back at some of the most notable NYC restaurant world happenings of the past five days.

- Still looking for a road trip destination? Check out nine reasons to drive up to the Catskills.

- If you're staying local this weekend, hit up one (or all) of the seven new beer gardens and halls that have sprung up just in time for summer.

- A rent hike is forcing Danny Meyer to move his flagship restaurant, Union Square Cafe. A few other spots announced that they're closing or moving due to real estate-related issues, including date night favorite August and Num Pang, which is relocating its first shop to make way for luxury condos. Others that are gone for good: both Le Restaurant and All Good Things in Tribeca.

- Chefs cite lower costs as one of the reasons why they're leaving the Big Apple to open restaurants in other cities. [Grub Street

- Blenheim, the farm-to-table eatery once helmed by Justin Hilbert, has shuttered temporarily because of the chef's departure. Owners Morten Sohlberg and Min Ye are hoping to reopen the month-old restaurant soon. [Eater NY]

- Danish chef Claus Meyer — who runs the lauded Noma restaurant in Copenhagen — is launching a Nordic food hall inside Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall. [NYDN]

- The latest edition of Zagat's subway series has us hopping on the F train.

- Drink up! New York City's soda ban is dead after the state's highest court decided not to reinstate it. [AP]

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