By Hugh Merwin
Pac-Man-inspired dumplings, like the ones served at Red Farm, should definitely be on the menu.Photo: Evan Sung
Call it tables for Tetris: The arcade game division of video-game manufacturer Namco Bandai is developing a prototype for a new, "upscale entertainment restaurant concept" that will likely debut in the Chicago area, reports gaming site Polygon. Few details are available about the restaurant; Namco started off as the producer of Golden Age arcade games like Pac-Man and Pole Postion, but now mostly produces games and rides for places like Wal-Mart and multiplexes. So this could either be the restaurant of the future or the second coming of Chuck E. Cheese.
Pac-Man is at MoMA now, after all.
By Sierra Tishgart
Rejoice: Patrick Dempsey has succeeded in his heroic mission to save Tully's Coffee, a Seattle-based company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. "We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and ... SHE BLINKED! We got it! Thank you Seattle!" McDreamy tweeted last night. (Somewhere, Hugh Jackman is brooding.)
Should we now call him McSteamy?
By Hugh Merwin
Eat fresh, but watch your back.
A man named Luis Martinez was feeling hungry on Tuesday night, so he went to the Subway shop inside his local Orange Country, Florida (of course), Wal-Mart and proceeded to order a Philly cheesesteak with American cheese, onions, and ketchup. That's when things went horribly wrong.
"That's when I flew off the handle."
By Alan Sytsma
Stupak, cleansing with oysters and beer at Upstate.Photo: Melissa Hom
"I’m a big fan of leaping before I look," Alex Stupak says. By now the chef's trajectory — moving from pastry chef jobs at Alinea and wd~50 to opening Empellón Taqueria and, less than a year later, Empellón Cocina — is well known. "We opened the second restaurant, like, way too fast." The move seems to have paid off — lots of critics around town have recognized Cocina as one of last year's best new restaurants. That doesn't mean a third Empellón will happen anytime soon, though: "For 2013, I really just want to put my head down and focus on the two restaurants we have." To see what it takes to fuel that — including candy, homemade sausages, a self-described "unlealthy" relationship with mayonnaise, and a New Year's juice regimen that was perhaps inspired by Stupak's previous cleanse — read on in this week's New York Diet.
"The last spoonful of habanero salsa gave me an endorphin rush."