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Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar Reopens in New York City

Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar Reopens in New York City

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On the deck of his home in Montauk, N.Y., over the sound of crashing waves — a vigorous white noise, more roaring than soothing — Ralph Lauren said he was glad to be back.Two days earlier, he had returned to New York for the first time since relocating to his Colorado ranch this spring. It was the longest the Bronx-born designer of cozy Americana fashion had spent away from his home state.“Colorado was mountains, and a different life,” he said, one of horseback riding, hunting and hiking.Mr. Lauren, who is foremost an architect of aesthetics and engineer of vibes, wanted a moment to transition before settling back into his main residence, an estate in Westchester County. So he stopped for a short stay at his airy Frank Lloyd Wrightian beach house, low-slung and understated in stone and ced...
Ralph Lauren Restarts the Fantasy

Ralph Lauren Restarts the Fantasy

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On the deck of his home in Montauk, N.Y., over the sound of crashing waves — a vigorous white noise, more roaring than soothing — Ralph Lauren said he was glad to be back.Two days earlier, he had returned to New York for the first time since relocating to his Colorado ranch this spring. It was the longest the Bronx-born designer of cozy Americana fashion had spent away from his home state.“Colorado was mountains, and a different life,” he said, one of horseback riding, hunting and hiking.Mr. Lauren, who is foremost an architect of aesthetics and engineer of vibes, wanted a moment to transition before settling back into his main residence, an estate in Westchester County. So he stopped for a short stay at his airy Frank Lloyd Wrightian beach house, low-slung and understated in stone and ced...
What Does Horror Taste Like? ‘Carnage Asada’ and Bloody Cocktails

What Does Horror Taste Like? ‘Carnage Asada’ and Bloody Cocktails

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To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.There are many ways restaurant décor can say welcome: fresh flowers, linen tablecloths, soft lighting.At Terror Tacos in St. Louis, the welcome is rendered in blood — actually, lurid red paint that covers one wall in long drips, like the macabre drapery that Satan’s gnarled hand might pull back to usher the damned into hell.Bradley Roach and Brian Roash, brothers and self-described horror-movie geeks, opened Terror Tacos in March. (They spell their surnames differently.) As head chef, Mr. Roach put together an all-vegan menu of tacos and burritos featuring his housemade “carnage asada” seitan. Mr. Roash, an artist who handles the restaurant’s marketing, painted the frightful artwork, i...
Beef and Climate Change: This Seattle Steakhouse Wants to Be Part of the Solution

Beef and Climate Change: This Seattle Steakhouse Wants to Be Part of the Solution

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SEATTLE — One of the first things you’ll notice about Bateau, a critically acclaimed steakhouse in a city typically associated with seafood, is that it doesn’t look like a steakhouse.There is no shrimp cocktail or Caesar salad on the menu. The white, window-lined dining room will not be mistaken, as many steakhouses could be, for the man cave of a wealthy lawyer with a thing for cowboy-rancher iconography. In fact, by the time you order, it’s possible the kitchen will have run out of some steaks — rib-eye, New York strip, filet — that most diners consider prerequisites for a steakhouse.Renee Erickson, the influential Seattle chef and Bateau’s co-owner, concedes that the restaurant bewilders some first-time customers. “It’s definitely not a steakhouse for everyone,” she said. “I wish it wer...

Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots

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Bear Robotics, which makes the Servi robot, has seen demand skyrocket, said Juan Higueros, co-founder and chief operating officer. Aside from Sergio’s restaurants, he’s fielded inquiries from casinos, restaurant chains, arenas and even senior living residences, desperate to assist overworked staff.“Burnout is becoming a very big problem for restaurant staff,” he said.Peanut Robotics, a start-up, makes a robot that cleans and sanitizes restrooms, and SoftBank Robotics makes Whiz, which vacuums floors.Although Peanut is still in the prototype phase, this hasn’t stopped hotel chains, offices and restaurants from requesting the robot. “We’re not actively marketing, but people keep finding us,” said Joe Augenbraun, the company’s chief executive. “I have demand for hundreds of them right now.”Kn...
In Sonoma County, ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ Is the Next Big Thing

In Sonoma County, ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ Is the Next Big Thing

Travel
To Lauren and Alex Benward, sixth-generation owners of the Beltane Ranch vineyard in Glen Ellen, Calif., the word “sustainability” does not adequately convey the agricultural measures that they and many of their fellow vineyard owners have adopted in recent years. Steering clear of pesticides and industrial tillage is a no-brainer. They also use roving chickens to forage for pests, maximize soil fertility by planting cover crops like ryegrass and employ a herd of sheep — referred to as “woolly weeders” — to help fertilize the fields. Even the vineyard’s wine shipments reflect land stewardship: Bottles — recycled, with natural corks — are transported with carbon-neutral shipping.This holistic approach to land management is called regenerative agriculture. It eschews conventional farming tec...
Restaurant Review: Mariscos El Submarino, for Aguachile, in Queens

Restaurant Review: Mariscos El Submarino, for Aguachile, in Queens

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Serious is not the word that springs immediately to mind when you arrive at Mariscos El Submarino, a seafood restaurant on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens.It would be easy for a business to get lost in this part of Jackson Heights, where the sidewalks are crowded with vendors selling embroidery, homemade bread and tropical-fruit nieves, and the home-audio stores are always demonstrating how their smallest speakers sound at top volume. So it may be a need to stand out from the fray that led Mariscos El Submarino to take as its logo a cartoon of a yellow submarine grinning brightly beneath a long, curved black mustache that looks as if it came with a Halloween costume.Going incognito doesn’t seem to have prevented the submarine from picking up a passenger, a pink octopus, whose legs dangle from a...

Pandemic Puts New York City Restaurants at Front of Homeless Crisis

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The disputes became so severe that Ms. Serrano decided to move the restaurant to a larger space down the block, where there have been fewer troubles. “It was a blessing in disguise for us, really,” she said. “We were honestly busting at the seams.”Nadine Strossen, a professor at the New York Law School, said a security guard can’t shoo someone panhandling away from outdoor diners because sidewalks and streets are considered a forum where people can exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech. The exception is when that speech crosses a line into harassment, coercion or intimidation; the law doesn’t allow a security guard to act against speech that is merely controversial or upsetting.Karim Walker, 40, who was homeless since 2016 and is now living in his own apartment, said people ...
New York Bike Delivery Workers Band Together for Safety

New York Bike Delivery Workers Band Together for Safety

Business
Seven nights a week, starting around 9:30, Vincent Carrasco cheers and whistles at food delivery workers as they ride their bicycles into Manhattan after crossing the Queensboro Bridge. The message he’s sending? “Someone’s looking out for you.”Mr. Carrasco also delivers food for a living, and he takes up his nightly post to make this stretch of East 60th Street feel less desolate, to deter crimes against delivery workers, who have faced a surge in robberies. On one evening last month, nine others joined him after making plans to gather through groups on WhatsApp and Facebook.It’s a scene being repeated around the city at the otherwise isolated spots where, delivery workers say, they feel most threatened. They set up the patrols themselves because of what they consider to be an inadequate r...
Eleven Madison Park Explores the Plant Kingdom’s Uncanny Valley

Eleven Madison Park Explores the Plant Kingdom’s Uncanny Valley

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The man with the hammer treats everything as a nail, the saying goes. Something like that seems to be afflicting Eleven Madison Park in its new vegan incarnation. The restaurant’s chef and owner, Daniel Humm, is using the skills he brought to meat and seafood to whack away at vegetables.Almost none of the main ingredients taste quite like themselves in the 10-course, $335 menu the restaurant unwrapped this June after a 15-month pandemic hiatus. Some are so obviously standing in for meat or fish that you almost feel sorry for them.We should have seen something like this coming when Mr. Humm announced the animal-free policy in May. Eleven Madison Park is one of the most closely watched restaurants on the planet, drawing press coverage even for its minor adjustments. This one, not minor, made...