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Bobby Flay's NYC Restaurant Opening Soon, More

By Kelly Dobkin  |  January 14, 2014

The NY Times goes in-depth on celebrity chef Bobby Flay and his new NYC eatery, Gato which will open next month. The new eatery is a "comeback" or sorts for the chef, proving he can still run a serious restaurant in NYC. He tells the Times, “I’m putting myself on the line...People think that I don’t cook. And it’s just the furthest thing from the truth. But that’s O.K., I can’t fight that battle anymore. You'll also find details on Gato's Mediterranean menu: "Tons of salty flavors like anchovies and olives and capers. Lots of citrus. Tons of things like tomatoes and peppers, both hot and sweet,” says Flay. [NYT]

Mission Chinese Food now has its own brewski, according to Inside Scoop. A late-night hang out with chef Danny Bowien inspired Danish brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø to produce this new beer inspired by the eatery, which is a smoky German-style pilsner with notes of Sichuan peppercorns, natch. You can sample it in time for SF Beer Week at both Mission Chinese and Mikkeller Bar beginning in early February. [ISSF]

And in this month's revamped issue of Food & Wine, restaurateur Ken Friedman (The Spotted Pig, Tosca Cafe) explains why so many restaurants don't take reservations. [F&W]