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    February 20, 2014

    Six Things We Hate About Restaurant Week...and Six Places Worth Going To

    Restaurant week began on Monday. So at participating restaurants, you can sit down for a three-course lunch for $25 or a three-course dinner for $38, now through March 7. Most of the suckers that buy into this ludicrous semi-annual marketing mega-scheme think it's a great opportunity to visit fan ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Loose Cannon: Chris Cannon Sounds off on Bitter Breakups, Fear, and All'Onda

    Last week, we checked in on All'Onda (22 East 13th Street, 212-231-2236), the new Japanese-influenced Italian restaurant from chef Chris Jaeckle and restaurateur Chris Cannon. Our first taste was promising, and others seem to agree: So far the early word on the place is unanimously good. But to cov ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    An Early Taste of All'Onda, Which Opened Monday in the Village

    Fierce buzz preceded the entrance of All'Onda (22 East 13th Street, 212-231-2236), a new restaurant near Union Square from chef Chris Jaeckle and restauranteur Chris Cannon.

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    December 12, 2013

    Where to Eat Near the Holiday Markets, Christmas Trees, and Skating Rinks

    Unless you're a total Grinch, this can be a pretty magical time of year to be in New York City -- the Big Apple really brings its A-game to decorations, holiday markets, and festive events, and if you can stomach the crowds, it's worth seeking them out so they can tug on your old holiday spirit hear ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 27, 2013
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    June 26, 2013

    Saveur's Summer BBQ in photos

    As the sun set near the Boat Basin Café, Beyoncé thumped from the speakers at the Saveur Summer BBQ, part of a mix "created by the chefs themselves--so as you eat, you'll be listening to the music they normally cook to," according to one of the party's representatives.

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    November 30, 2012

    10 Best Restaurants to Book for Christmas Eve Dinner

    Walking around Lower Manhattan these past few nights, it is clear that something is in the air. Literally. Take a deep breath in and find your lungs greeted by wave of pine from the tightly wrapped trees that now seem to line every street corner. By next week, it will be impossible to dodge the ho ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 10, 2012

    Badgering the Pizza at Nicoletta

    Has Michael White made amends yet?

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Babbo Restaurant

    [See Where Else I Ate: Union Square Cafe | Ai Fiori | The Modern] A big congratulations to phoebey who guessed Babbo Restaurant.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? The Modern

    [See Where Else I Ate: Union Square Cafe | Ai Fiori] Congratulations to JonDoe who guessed the The Modern.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    [See Where Else I Ate: Union Square Cafe | Ai Fiori] It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game. Take a look at the photo below, name the spot that serves the pictured dish, and leave your guesses in the comment sections. (If there's more than one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Union Square Cafe

    [See Where Else I Ate: Ai Fiori | Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar] Congrats to lr3 who guessed Union Square Cafe. This is the yellowfin tuna burger with oozing ginger glaze on a toasted poppyseed bun.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    [See Where Else I Ate: Ai Fiori | Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar] It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game. Take a look at the photo below, name the spot that serves the pictured dish, and leave your guesses in the comment sections. (If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Ai Fiori

    [See Where Else I Ate: Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar] I was eating the scallops and bone marrow at Ai Fiori. Congrats to foodforfel for guessing it right. Michael White's bone marrow is adorned with raw scallops, black truffle, and potato puree.

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    April 30, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Guactacular, Lucky Rice Madison Square Eats

    Guactacular 2012 Nachos NY is hosting their annual Guactacular event on May 6th and it will be exactly what it sounds like -- a epic party with nachos, guacamole and beer. The best guacamole makers will be there and according to event planners, hundreds of avocados are to be sacrificed for the occas ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Taste of the Nation 2012: Celebrity Chefs Ending Childhood Hunger

    It's not often you can eat from New York City's top restaurants and help alleviate poverty in the city -- at the same time. Taste of the Nation NYC takes place on Monday, and the star-studded event will feature gourmet fare by top chefs from restaurants such as Ai Fiori and Gramercy Tavern. Hosted ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    James Beard Foundation Announces Chef and Restaurant Semifinalists

    ​The James Beard Foundation has released a list of semifinalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards in various chef and restaurant categories. The nominees will be narrowed down on March 19, but in the meantime, check out which New York restaurants and bars have made it this far.

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    December 16, 2011

    Back to Black Truffles

    KjundstormA few slivers of this will set you back a couple of paychecks.​A few months ago we brought news of the white truffle occupation of Manhattan. Well, now white's on the decline and black truffles are making their way into your macaroni and cheese. Only this time, everyone seems to be jumpi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Tyler Kord to Expand No. 7 Subs

    ​Tyler Kord, of No. 7 and the eponymous sub shop, has announced that he's opening a new location of his sandwich store -- in Greenpoint. [Eater]

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    November 25, 2011

    Chris Jaeckle 'Out' at Ai Fiori; Craig Hopson 'In' at Brewster

    ​Chris Jaeckle, who helped Ai Fiori land three stars from Sam Sifton, has left the Midtown Mediterranean eatery. [Eater NY] Craig Hopson has put in notice at Le Cirque. Hopson had talked about running his own resto, but has decided to run The Brewster instead. [Eater NY]

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    November 24, 2011

    Thanksgiving Round-Up: Chef Reminiscences! Recipes! Crazy Stories!

    Here at Fork in the Road, we've been hammering pretty hard on Turkey Day this year, and here is a summary of the pieces we've posted for your retrospective pleasure. Have a great holiday! Jacques Pépin Reveals His Thanksgiving Turkey Secrets Make Stephanie Izard's Green Bean Casserole Make ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    New York City Chefs Talk Turkey About Turkey Day: Josh Capon, Missy Robbins, Michael White, and More...

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Hopefully by now the turkey has been purchased and the pie crusts have been made. After all, this is the one time of year when everyone in America dons their chef whites. But how do bona fide chefs celebrate the holiday? We checked in with some of New York Cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Michael White Trading In Pasta for Pizza (Temporarily)

    Osteria MoriniMichael White, making moves​Michael White's sure been busy, opening rustic-chic Osteria Morini just a little over a year ago, followed shortly thereafter with his fancier prix-fixe Ai Fiori (not to mention also launching Al Molo in Asia). No question that the man has a way with ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Tainted Cantaloupe Death Toll Up to 18; NYC Goes Gaga for Gluten-Free

    ​Health officials are now saying that 18 people have died and at least 100 more are sick from eating cantaloupes contaminated with listeria. [MSNBC] Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has quietly launched an investigation into school lunch providers that have been illegally overcharging. [NY ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Fork in the Road's Favorite Pasta Dishes

    Marlenekzio / Flickr​It's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Our 10 Best Hotel Restaurants

    Robert SietsemaHead to the Trilby for a calm brunch and nosh on these poached eggs and corned beef hash​In recent years, hotel restaurants have gone from being spots for humdrum steak dinners to some of the most exciting dining destinations around, enticing locals as well as guests to pull up ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Film Forum Will Host Former El Bulli Chefs Tonight

    ​Just because you can never go to El Bulli doesn't mean that the Spanish restaurant can't come to you, in one form or another. You can read the book the Sorcerers' Apprentices, which details the lives of the stagiaires who worked at the restaurant, you can read the never-ending I-ate-at-El-Bu ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at New World Mall Food Court

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples the goods at the New World Mall Food Court in Flushing: "After being disappointed by the Sichuan fare, we quickly switched to other Chinese regions and found ourselves more satisfied." Sam Sifton awards two stars to Boulud Sud: "To the list of terrifi ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Ask the Critics: What's a Good Prix-Fixe?

    WikipediaPrix fixe is on the menu today.​Cathy S. Asks: I'm looking to have a really nice prix-fixe lunch or dinner in a comfortable setting. Can you suggest some options? Thanks. Dear Cathy: The nice thing about prix fixe is that you know what you're getting yourself into. Often dinner pr ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain Hates a Certain "Lion of Food Writing"

    Don't mess with Tony​Anthony Bourdain has many a bone to pick in his latest blog post for No Reservations. First up, a justifiable critique of this year's James Beard Awards theme.

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    March 16, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet; Lauren Shockey at the John Dory Oyster Bar

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema delves into authentic Taiwanese at Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet, while Lauren Shockey finds a few things fishy at the John Dory Oyster Bar.​ Sam Sifton lets Veritas keep its three stars, pronouncing it "now worth visiting again. ... [Chef Sam ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Michael White Teams Up with Tupperware to Launch TupperClub

    Michael White​While Chris Cannon has had to shutter his two acclaimed restaurants, post divorce from his chef-partner, Michael White, White is doing fine. In fact, he's doing well enough to take time out to shill for Tupperware with a "unique pop-up dining experience called the TupperClub."

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    March 4, 2011

    Ask the Critics: What Are Some Good Gluten-Free Dishes?​Moira C. Asks: I'm on a gluten-free diet, but I don't want to be limited to gluten-free restaurants. Can you suggest some great gluten-free dishes you've had recently around the city? Dear Moira: The city does have some well-known and tasty gluten-free restaurants like Risotter ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Dai Wah Yummy City; Lauren Shockey at Breuckelen

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema heads to Bensonhurst's Dai Wah Yummy City: "The menu features exactly what the adults crave: Cantonese food with Hong Kong flourishes, plus dishes from other regions of China that have been popularized and added to the southern Chinese canon." Lauren Shockey i ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Red Rooster; Lauren Shockey at Edi & The Wolf

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema enjoys the "wacky fusion" of East African, Scandinavian, and North American at Red Rooster; Lauren Shockey gets her schnitzel on at Edi & The Wolf. Sam Sifton echoes what pretty much every critic has to say about Bar Basque: "there is much to enjoy about eati ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Andre's Café; Lauren Shockey at Mary Queen of Scots

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers authentic Hungarian comfort food on the Upper East Side; Lauren Shockey is bored by oodles of tartan and whiskey at Mary Queen of Scots. San Sifton is charmed by Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan: "Those who recall when Chinese food first began to matt ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Cholulita; Lauren Shockey at Octavia's Porch

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds authentic Pueblan in Mexican grocery-turned-restaurant Cholulita in Brooklyn; Lauren Shockey discovers that "global Jewish" cuisine isn't as comforting as it sounds at Octavia's Porch. Sam Sifton awards two stars to the new incarnation of the John Dory ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Malcolm Livingston 'In' at WD~50; Camille Becerra 'Out' at APL is SOL

    ​In the Michael White-Chris Cannon divorce, the Marea, Osteria Morini, and Ai Fiori chef will get custody of chef de cuisines Matt Adler and Gordon Finn. [Grub Street] Christophe Bellanca, the Le Cirque and BLT alum who took over from Chris Lee at Aureole, started just after the New Year and ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Caliu; Lauren Shockey at FishTag

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema checks out the latest addition to New York's tapashere: Caliu. Lauren Shockey gets past the unfortunate name of Michael Psilakis's new restaurant, FishTag, and proceeds to have a nice meal. Sam Sifton awards two stars to Ciano, citing, "[Shea] Gallante's food ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Michael White and Chris Cannon Have Officially Broken Up

    Chris Cannon and Michael White in presumably better times.​Yesterday evening, Michael White and Chris Cannon used a press release to make their much speculated upon divorce official. Per Diner's Journal, White's Altamarea Group issued a three-paragraph statement the chef and Altamarea CEO Ahma ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 22, 2010

    Osteria Morini Welcomes You to the Pasta Barnyard

    Michael White expands his Italian empire with a new Soho venture

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    December 16, 2010

    Damien Brassel No Longer Cooking Knife Fork Meals at Percy's Tavern; Harris Mayer-Selinger Adds More Peru to Bar Paya

    ​Chef Damien Brassel of now-defunct Knife Fork will no longer be doing Knife Fork dinners out of Percy's Tavern. [Eater] Top Chef alum Cynthia Sestito will be cooking a special Italian holiday menu at Café Napoli in Little Italy on Saturday. [Grub Street] David Chang has been active on ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Eben Freeman Will Oversee the Altamarea Group's Bar Operations

    Eben Freeman rises again.​A few weeks ago, Eben Freeman told Chantal that his guest stint at the Dream Hotel's Rm.Fifty5 "may be the last chance to see me behind the bar for a while." But if you happen to be dining at one of the Altamarea Group's growing number of restaurants, you'll be able t ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Michael White's Setai Project Is Called Ai Fiori

    Michael White, busy man.​In early May, Michael White revealed that his new restaurant at the Setai Fifth Avenue would be a little bit Mediterranean, a little bit Moroccan. Today, he tosses a few more crumbs in the direction of Florence Fabricant, who reports that the chef's new restaurant will ... More >>