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Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple at Unix Gallery

Foodhist Temple Pizza
All Photos By Gail

Foodie-ism ascends to a higher plane at Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple, up now at Unix Gallery. For this sensorally-immersive exhibit, Unix has transformed itself into a red-walled sanctuary displaying objects of adoration in the form of larger-than life sculptures of decadent food items. A Cheeseburger Deluxe Platter, several brimming Boxes of Chocolates and a mammoth Chocolate Layer Cake on a Pedestal are among the righteous treats nestled amid a plush-carpeted shrine, complete with dimmed lighting, New Age mediation music, lit candles and fresh flowers. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes upon entering.

Foodhist Temple Welcome

As an aside, the carpet feels amazing against street-weary stocking feet.

Foodhist Temple Cake
Cake Worshipers at Foodhist Temple Opening Reception

To facilitate a blissful worship experience, pillows and rugs are scattered across the gallery/temple floor, so that devotees can comfortably prostrate themselves before the Food Idol of their choice. At The Foodhist Temple, Believers can relax, reflect, and achieve a heightened awareness of the importance of food and all of its pleasures.

Foodhist Temple Entry Flowers

Foodhist Temple Chocolates
Entire Box of Chocolates About Equal to the Height of a Person

The hyper-realist detail in these monumental sculptures — which Anton crafted using wood, metal, resin, clay, and both acrylic and oil paints — is extraordinary.

Cheeseburger and Fries
Say Cheese-Burger!

Cake Worshippers
Gallery View With The Foodhist Faithful

Fried Egg
Achieve a State of Egg-Stacy!

More Chocolates
More Chocolates!

Shrine

Visitors will pass by this little shrine on the way to the two smaller, rear galleries. There, you will encounter:

Foodhist Temple Sushi
Sacred Sushi!

Holy Donuts
Hole-y Donuts!

Candy Worshippers
Still More Boxed Chocolates! They Seem to Radiate a State of Enlightened Bliss!

Foodhist Temple Bacon
Benevolent Bacon!

At The Foodhist Temple, all are Welcome.

Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple will be on Exhibit Through May 9th, 2015 at Unix Gallery, Located at 532 West 24th, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Foodhist Temple Signage

Foodhist Temple Shoes

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Mihoko’s 21 Grams: Franco-Japanese Cuisine in a Renaissance Setting

Table Setting Mihoko's 21 Grams
All Photos by Francesco Tonelli

Here at The Worley Gig, we like nice things. And we are always ecstatic with gratitude when writing this blog affords us the opportunity to enjoy nice things, which we can then share with you. Last night we were invited to attend a cocktail party celebrating the grand opening of a new restaurant in the Flat Iron district, called Mihoko’s 21 Grams. Mihoko is a Japanese restaurateur (and former ballerina) and 21 Grams is her first restaurant venture in New York City. In case you missed the 2003 movie starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, “21 Grams” refers to the supposed weight of a human soul. So, is this place soulful? I would say so.

21 Grams Shop

When visiting 21 Grams, you can prepare for an opulent experience the second you enter the front door. Mihoko is something of a collector (obviously, she likes to have nice things as well!) and instead of entering from the street directly into a traditional foyer, bar area or dining room, guests enter into what looks like a narrow museum shop, where shelves display tiny colorful teapots, aperitif glasses and various exotic glass items, dishes and table top collectibles, all of which are for sale at prices that will definitely make you think you are in museum. The elaborate entrance hall will pique your curiosity for what comes next, and it’s doubtful you will be disappointed once you enter the main space. I hate to fall back on corny descriptive phrases like “A feast for the eyes” but it’s appropriate when describing the interior of 21 Grams. Designed by Bruno Borrione, who has worked with Philippe Starck, the dining and bar space has a French Renaissance feel, with etched mirrors, school-of-Rembrandt-style paintings and fabric screens surrounding most tables, offering a welcome sense of intimacy. The restaurant also as a downstairs lounge flaunting a completely different, but equally gorgeous, décor. There’s a sushi bar at the rear of restaurant’s main room, and more screened-partitioned seating. No matter which direction you turn there is some object of beauty to fall in love with.

Main Dining Room Front 21 Grams

21 Grams’ broad menu, which includes modern interpretations of classic bistro fare as well as an extensive sushi menu, is “derived from the essence of contemporary French fare and the lightness of Japanese cuisine.” At Tuesday night’s event, we sampled the Wagyu Beef skewered with spiced carrots (find it on the menu under “Wagyu Beef Ribeye” at $21 per ounce) as well as amuse-bouche portions of other tempting menu items including the Heirloom Tomato Salad (with crisp, refreshing watermelon), Alaskan King Crab Croustillsant (with luscious avocado and dried citrus) and Chawan Mushi – an elegant Snap Pea puree with crème fraiche and porcini mushrooms – delicious! Miniature paper cones of Chick Pea fries (we guess they were a combination of pureed chickpeas and tofu, fried crispy) served with red pepper coulis for dipping were also a favorite, as were the many trays of passed sushi rolls that boasted unusual fillings like Eel & Foi Gras, and Asparagus & Black Truffle. For those with a Black Card,21 Grams offers two and three-course seasonal menus ($75 and $95, with dessert), and a nine-course tasting menu ($150). Be assured I’ll be saving up for a return trip.

Mihoko’s 21 Grams is Located at 16 West 22nd Street, West of Fifth Avenue, in the Flatiron district. Phone (212) 741-0021 for Reservations. The restaurant is currently open for dinner only.

Rear Dining Room with Sushi Bar at 21 Grams

French Room Lounge

California Roll Pillow!


Wasabi Not Included

Dream of delicious Sushi while you rest your head on this funky (but chic) California Roll pillow!

Yummy Pillow – Sushi Features:

  • Pillow shaped like a slice of California Roll Sushi
  • Material: 100% Polyester, 400g filling
  • Size: 16″ diamenter x 3-1/2″ (40.5 cm dia. x 8.5 cm)

I’ve seen this pillow selling for as much as $29.99 on other sites, but you can get one for yourself and spend just $18.95 at This Link!

Milk Street Cafe to Open “Food Hall” on Wall Street

Formerly home to gourmet eatery Mangia, the cavernous, street level storefront in the Trump Building at 40 Wall Street will soon be the home to Milk Street Café Food Hall, an oasis of culinary delights set to open for business on June 23, 2011. The 23,000 square foot restaurant is the latest venture from Marc Epstein, who founded Boston’s Milk Street Cafe 30 years ago. The Boston Milk Street – also located in that city’s financial district – got its start as a vegetarian cafe and has gone on to become a leading force in the lucrative world of corporate catering. No doubt Epstein has similar goals in mind for the new Wall Street space.

 On Monday evening, Milk Street opened for press previews with an informal tasting party that also featured tours of the massive, state of the art kitchen. Executive Chef at Milk Street on Wall is Steven Mettle, formerly the Executive Chef of AIG, so you know he’s an expert at feeding this type of demanding but loyal clientele. At 40 Wall, Milk Street introduces a new retail concept of a large food hall with a variety of different made-to-order food stations. The stations will include: a barista/cafe, hot made-to-order breakfasts, oatmeal bar, breakfast & lunch paninis, pasta bar, Farmer’s Market Salads (vegetarian salad bar), Bull Market Salads (featuring ‘blue chips’ with beef and chicken mix-ins), sushi, Pacific Rim specialties, a grill, carvery sandwiches, rotisserie, homemade pastries & cakes, and an express lane. The dining area, tucked well away from the busy food stations, looks more like the dining room of trendy restaurant than a cafeteria, and can comfortably seat around 150 people. While I only tasted a few dishes, I can say that the Sushi at Milk Street is the best I’ve had in the city (Note: I’ve not yet been to Nobu) and their fruit smoothies are also quite delicious. I’m looking forward to visiting again for lunch once they open in just over two weeks.

Milk Street Cafe Food Hall is located at 40 Wall Street in the Financial Distinct, Downtown NYC. Closest subways are the 2 or 3, or the 4 or 5 to the Wall Street Stop on either line. Hours are Monday – Thursday 6:30 AM – 9 PM, Friday 6:30 AM – 3 PM, Closed Weekends.