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Steak House Cocktails

Steak House Cocktails

Bartenders are reviving classic cocktails with modern techniques and local liquors.

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Restaurant Dispatch

Just in Time to Collect a Michelin Star, State Bird Provisions Reopens

State Bird Provision's new oyster bar.

San Francisco’s 2014 Michelin Guide ratings are in, and the single newly-starred restaurant is Best New Chef All-Star Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski’s State Bird Provisions. The much-adored restaurant, which serves inventive small plates from roving dim sum carts, reopened just this weekend after 9-month remodel that expanded seating, refined the décor and added a stand-up oyster bar. “This is the more evolved, totally realized version,” Brioza says of the revamp, a collaboration with designer Wylie Price. One of Brioza's favorite details is a sleek, art-deco front door with a massive chrome handle salvaged from the space next door, where he and Krasinkski are planning to build an ambitious, multi-level restaurant called The Progress.

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Restaurant Dispatch

Top Chef Takeover: Jeff McInnis Lands in NYC

Hard-core Top Chef devotees take note: Top Chef season 5 contestant Jeff McInnis (most recently of Yardbird in Miami) and a new cheftestant, Janine Booth, who makes her debut tonight on season 11 in New Orleans, will be helming Root & Bone, slated to open in New York City’s East Village in January. Taking over a site formerly occupied by an old soul food restaurant, the new spot will celebrate Southern foodways through dishes like caramelized brisket meat loaf with smoky plantain crème, sunchoke and house-made ricotta “tater tots” and Carolina Gold rice risotto with butter beans and pickled egg yolk. To pair with the chefs’ modern takes on Southern dishes, the restaurant will serve an all-American beer and wine list with a focus on craft brews from the South. The chefs are also forming a partnership with Mama’s Bar next door to offer a hip, Southern gastropub late-night menu and weekend brunch. McInnis and Booth, his chef de cuisine, arrived in town only a few weeks ago but they are already inspired by the local produce: “I live near the Union Square farmers’ market and the vegetables are just amazing,” says McInnis. “The flavor of a carrot here is so beautiful and bright. It’s very different from what I could get in Miami.” And fanatics of the crave-worthy fried chicken he served at Yardbird can rest easy: He’ll be playing with different variations on the dish at Root & Bone, experimenting with spicy, mild and crunchy versions.

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Chefs' Favorite Chinese Restaurants for Christmas Day

Danny Bowien. © Jasmin Sun

Danny Bowien. © Jasmin Sun

Chinese food: the Christmas day choice of non-celebrants and anyone interested in an unconventional holiday meal. Here, eight chefs share their favorite places to eat Chinese food in the country. »

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Restaurant Dispatch

Pork Slope's Ode to the Best Dive Bars

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Corner Bistro burger / © A. Naro

Having tackled buzzy Asian fare in Brooklyn with the ultrasuccessful Talde, Dave Massoni, John Bush and Top Chef alum Dale Talde turned their attention to building a neighborhood bar: Pork Slope, which opened over the weekend in Park Slope.

Read more about Pork Slope plus the team's favorite dive bars >

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