A Smash Burger With a Cult Following Opens its First NYC Restaurant
Plus, Northern Mexican in Chinatown and insider information on Miami's best food and drink.
Gotham Burger Social Club Opens First Brick and Mortar
Fans of the Gotham Burger Social Club pop-ups will now be able to find their favorite Oklahoma-style burgers at the same place day after day. The Gotham Burger Social Club opened its first restaurant in New York City’s Lower East Side this week.
The pop-up gained a loyal following during COVID when founder Mike Puma would pop up throughout New York to cook his signature Gorham Smash, an Oklahoma fried onion burger prepared with his own custom beef blend.
The restaurant’s menu offers that same Gotham Smash ($8), a chopped cheese taco ($6.50), loaded tots ($14), a griddled Gotham dog ($4.50), and a plant-based Veg-n-Out smash ($9.50). Pair your smash with a classic egg cream, or a beer.
Do the math and you’ll find you can eat in NYC for under twenty bucks here! Major deal!
Fidel Caballero Taps His Northern Mexican Roots for Corima’s Menu
Chef Fidel Caballero (previously the sous chef at Contra, and Martín Berasategui in Spain), opens Corima in Chinatown today. Corima (meaning “circle of sharing” in Northern Mexican culture), will offer cuisine inspired by the chef’s hometowns of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.
The menu will offer dishes such as a sourdough flour tortilla with recado negro butter; beef tlayuda, with salsa veracruzana, edamame guacamole, and chicatanas; shrimp toast, with nopal, chintextle bearnaise, and hoja santa; a smoked skate tamal, with chile pasado, potato, and Iberico ham; and duck enmoladas with black garlic mole, and cotija foam. A seven-course tasting menu ($98) is also available.
The cocktail menu, developed by mixologist Sam Gallard (Rhodora), is inspired by Mexico. Cocktails are made with mezcals, stool (a spirit from Chihuahua), bacanora, raicilla, and other agave distillates from micro-producers throughout Mexico. The tasting menu will include an optional beverage pairing for $65.
Miami is one hot city (and we’re not just talking about the weather). The city, once known for seniors and cocaine deals, is now a thriving metropolis filled with beautiful people and sultry nights. But more than anything, Miami’s culinary scene has evolved into a world-class destination. Two years ago, Michelin came calling and some of the world’s finest chefs and restaurateurs have establishments in the Magic City: Jose Andres, Thomas Keller, Gordon Ramsay, Mario Carbone, and Stephen Starr all choose Miami.
Not to mention talented homegrown chefs like Brad Kilgore, Jeremy Ford, Timon Balloo, Michael Schwartz, Michelle Bernstein, and Michael Beltran who are sourcing local ingredients and tapping into Miami’s varied cultures through food.
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