Chef Charlie Palmer on Bringing His Take on Steak to New York City, Longevity, Luger’s + More

CP Blog Chef Charlie Palmer on Bringing His Take on Steak to New York City, Longevity, Lugers + MoreThis fall, chef-restaurateur Charlie Palmer opened Charlie Palmer Steak in the Big Apple, a much-welcomed addition to Manhattan’s midtown east neighborhood. Joining sibling Charlie Palmer Steak restaurants located in Las Vegas, Reno, and Washington, D.C., Palmer and his team are ready to wow savvy steak-loving New Yorkers with carefully sourced and deliciously prepared meats (and more). Renowned for his restaurants, hotels, and food-forward wine shops around the nation, he discusses the Charlie Palmer Steak menu, how his restaurant differs from the fabled Peter Luger, what’s in chef Matthew Zappoli’s signature cocktail sauce (sort of!), and diners’ longstanding love affair with the steakhouse in this exclusive Q+A.

You’re a native New Yorker and you opened your very first restaurant, Aureole, there. You have other locations of Charlie Palmer Steak around the nation — what made you decide to bring Charlie Palmer Steak to Manhattan at this point?

I’m actually from upstate New York, a small town called Smyrna, surrounded by farming communities. I opened Aureole in 1988 here in New York City, followed by Astra (which we just closed this year and are reopening as Upper Story in the next month), Kitchen 22, Kitchen 82, Metrazur, and more. So, I’ve long had a footprint and a place in New York City. We’ve been searching for the right location for a Charlie Palmer Steak in Manhattan for quite some time, and this one landed in my lap earlier this year.

Dating back to Peter Luger, the steakhouse feels like a very New York convention. What are the challenges of this market? What do diners expect from a New York steakhouse — and how do you deliver that?

It’s true. The steakhouse, or actually the ‘beefsteak’, has been a New York tradition since the 1800s. I think the challenges are numerous, but so are the successes. There are a ton of steakhouses in this town, so it’s about standing out, serving top quality beef, and providing the best service. My philosophy on steakhouses has always been different from the Luger format. I don’t want it to be a men’s club – I want it to be a place where men and women are both equally comfortable and the food goes beyond the beef — to really thoughtful, composed seafood dishes and hearty salads.

Why do you think we, as a nation of diners, have such a longstanding love affair with steakhouses? What is the ongoing allure?  Continue reading…

Chicago 2015 Michelin-Starred Restaurants: Book a Table Today!

grace blgo Chicago 2015 Michelin Starred Restaurants: Book a Table Today!OpenTable is pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2015. Twenty-four restaurants are included, with two Chicago restaurant receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, and three achieving two Michelin stars. Nineteen restaurants earned one Michelin star, including goosefoot and Moto.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., Chicago is one of only three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide. The others are New York and San Francisco. The MICHELIN Guide New York 2015 was published October 1, and the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2015 was released on November 12.

Congratulations to all the recipients, including:

Three Stars: Grace.

Two Stars: L20 and Sixteen.

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OpenTable Reviews Reveal #DinersChoice Top 100 Steakhouses in America — with Slideshow

In a nod to the long and rich history of the American steakhouse, we are pleased to honor the inaugural 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Steakhouses in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Including well-established meat meccas and newer steak restaurants, the complete list of award winners spans 32 states and Washington, D.C., and includes Bones in Atlanta, Killen’s Steakhouse in Pearland, Texas, and Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Las Vegas. Texas, the top beef producer in the nation, has the greatest number of winners with 15, followed by Ohio with seven winners. California, Florida, Louisiana, and North Carolina each boast six winning restaurants, while Georgia has five, and Arizona and Illinois have four apiece. Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin each count three honorees. Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington, respectively, have two award winners. Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia are also represented.

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Cheers to DC Cocktail Week, November 17-23

DC Cocktail Week Cheers to DC Cocktail Week, November 17 23Diners in our nation’s capital take their cocktails as seriously as their politics — so you can be sure D.C. Cocktail Week is going to be seriously delicious. From November 17-23, enjoy a specially crafted cocktail paired with a delightful amuse bouche for one price to whet your appetite before dinner! Participating restaurants include America Eats Tavern, FiolaFounding Farmers, Penn Commons, STK, Wildfire, and many more. Pairings include an autumn harvest Manhattan and a roasted pumpkin arancini with a savory apple compote (Bastille), a “La Volpe” with picoletto of stracciatella with heirloom beets, house made apple butter and roasted walnuts (Casa Luca), the “Smoke on the Water” with a serrano jack sushi plate (Farmers Fishers Bakers), and a Framboise Goose draft cocktail paired with coconut shrimp (Mama Rouge), among others.

Book a table to taste these one-of-a-kind creations and toast to Washington, D.C.’s booming cocktail culture. Make a reservation.

 

Dine Out for Heroes in NYC on November 5th

Dine Out for Heroes Dine Out for Heroes in NYC on November 5thThis Wednesday, you’re invited to Dine Out for Heroes at a participating restaurant in New York City. In support of The Bob Woodruff Foundation, restaurants will donate $1 per person to help support the long-term rehabilitation, education, employment and quality of life needs of injured veterans.

“We’ve always been so proud of Stand Up for Heroes, and I am looking forward to the inaugural year of Dine Out for Heroes. We have seen what can happen when a movement of generosity inspires thousands more to act, and we know the New York community will come together to salute our injured service members and their families yet again,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News journalist who co-founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation after he was critically injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle while reporting from Iraq. The Bob Woodruff Foundation is a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families thrive long after they return home.

Participating restaurants include All’Onda, Betony, Carbone, The Cecil, Le Bernardin, Locanda Verde, Nobu, Rotisserie Georgette, The Russian Tea Room, and many, many more. Book a table and do your part to support our returning injured veterans by dining out on November 5th.

November Restaurant Weeks: Save Before the Holidays!

CRW 2014 November Restaurant Weeks: Save Before the Holidays! The holidays are awesome because presents! Food! Family! Friends! And, did I mention cocktails? Unfortunately, the presents part can leave your piggy bank looking a bit lean. This is exactly why we adore dining discounts during November restaurant weeks! Discover where you can save while you share delicious meals with your favorite foodies in the weeks to come.

* We’re craving Cleveland Restaurant Week and tasty three-course dinners for just $33, November 3-15. Reserve now.

* Say “Aloha!” to Restaurant Week Hawaii. Take advantage of gourmet prix-fixe meals, November 17-23. Reserve now.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week has what you’re hungry for with $20.95 lunches and $29.95 dinners, November 3-16. Reserve now.

* Saving during Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is a sure thing. Enjoy $20.14 and $30.14 dinners, November 7-16. Reserve now.

Long Island Restaurant Week awaits with $27.95 three-course dinners, November 2-9. Reserve now.

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Congratulations to Chicago’s 2014 Jean Banchet Nominees

l20blog Congratulations to Chicagos 2014 Jean Banchet Nominees
A scallop dumpling with black truffle from nominated restaurant L20.

The nominees for Chicago’s prestigious Jean Banchet Awards were announced yesterday. Held annually, the awards acknowledge culinary excellence in the Windy City. The winners will be announced early next year, on January 30, at the 18th annual Grand Chefs Gala to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Congratulations to all the nominees, including:

Restaurant of the yearBokaL20, and Moto

Best new restaurant: Parachute, Salero, and TETE Charcuterie

Best neighborhood restaurant: A10 Hyde Park

Chef of the year: Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice, Thomas Lents of Sixteen, Chris Pandel of Balena and The Bristol, and Lee Wolen of Boka

Rising chef of the Year: Ashlee Aubin of Salero

Best chef de cuisine: Chris Marchino of Spiaggia, Ali Ratcliffe-Bauer of Brindille, John Vermiglio of A10 Hyde Park, and Erling Wu-Bower of Nico Osteria

Pastry chef of the year: Dana Cree  of Blackbird, Claire Crenshaw of Moto, Meg Galus of NoMI, and Greg Mosko of North Pond

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Root Vegetables Rock: 15 Rave Reviews for Turnips

turnip blog Root Vegetables Rock: 15 Rave Reviews for TurnipsIt warms my heart — and my stomach — that the unassuming turnip is turning up on more menus these days. The only longtime advocates I can personally recall of this root veggie are my mother, who served a giant bowl of mashed turnips each Thanksgiving (a practice started by her frugal father), and my instructors at the French Culinary Institute — we did a lot of tournage on turnips. A lot! A once-unsung ingredient in contemporary American cuisine, turnips are easy to grow and terrific for storage over the lean winter months. They’re also very low in carbohydrates, thus making them a great substitute for potatoes and other root produce with a high glycemic index. Read on for raves for turnips — in pizza, polenta, tacos, and more — from recent OpenTable reviews. 

Dressler’s, Charlotte, North Carolina: ”Food, service, and overall dining experience was excellent. I had the steak with turnips and greens. Gave me a different outlook on turnips.”

The Gage, Chicago, Illinois: ”Hubby had the prosciutto-wrapped trout stuffed with turnips and kale; he did not stop raving about his meal for two days after!”

Junto, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania: ”We split the ribeye (with potatoes, turnip, and arugula). The vegetables and bread were uncommonly excellent.”

The Helmand Restaurant, Baltimore, Maryland: ”My favorite entree is the vegetarian platter, but lamb dishes are also excellent. We almost always get the bindi (okra) as a side dish for the table, and these folks can make even turnips tasted like a gourmet find.”

Indaco, Charleston, South Carolina: ”Turnip pizza was a revelation, and so was pasta with braised brisket and a perfectly roasted chicken.”

Kanella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ”The appetizers are wonderful. We had lamb dumplings in a wonderful sauce, a refreshing sliced turnip salad, and great fresh hummus that is light years from the supermarket kind.”

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, Somerville, Massachusetts: ”Side dish of turnip was a heartwarming tribute to the fall.”

Legume, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: ”Perfect portion sizes saturated with flavor — we had swordfish with braised turnips, amazing grilled peach salad, jerk squid, and bluefish pâté. So good that we went back the next night.”

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San Francisco 2015 Michelin-Starred Restaurants: Book a Table Today!

SPQR Blog San Francisco 2015 Michelin Starred Restaurants: Book a Table Today!OpenTable is pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2015. Forty restaurants are included, with four Bay Area restaurants receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, and six achieving two Michelin stars. Thirty restaurants earned one Michelin star. Kusakabe and Maruya are new to the list.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., New York is one of only three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide. The others are Chicago and New York. The MICHELIN Guide New York 2015 was published October 1, and the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2015 will be released on November 12.

Congratulations to all the recipients, including:

Three Stars: Benu, The French Laundry, The Restaurant at Meadowood, and Saison.

Two Stars: AcquerelloAtelier CrennCoiManresa, and Quince.

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OpenTable Diners Can Now Settle the Check with Apple Pay

We are pleased to announce that diners with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8.1 using the Pay with OpenTable mobile payments feature can now settle the check using Apple Pay.

Diners who have enabled Apple Pay and book at participating Pay with OpenTable restaurants can simply view their check in the OpenTable iPhone app, select a gratuity amount and settle the check with a single touch. Diners can then get up and go whenever they’re ready.

Blog Apple Pay OpenTable Diners Can Now Settle the Check with Apple Pay

Pay with OpenTable is currently available in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., and we plan to roll out the feature across the nation by introducing it to a total of 20 cities before year end. To find out more about OpenTable mobile payments, watch “Life’s too short to wait for the check” and visit http://pay.opentable.com/ to view the current list of participating restaurants. Restaurants who are interested in providing their guests with the experience of paying with OpenTable can learn more at http://pay.opentable.com/restaurants.