Thank the restaurant review cycle, the minuscule attention span of this city's diners, and the trials and tribulations that come with doing business in NYC: Restaurants that makes it to their first or second birthdays are doing well, especially if they're able to stay relevant in the broader media c ... More >>
We've been offered a lot of fairly obvious flu-fighting tips lately, like avoiding close contact with sick people and washing our hands. But what to eat and drink? Chefs fight off the flu with some interesting homemade concoctions, featuring guest appearances from ingredients like cachaça, raw eg ... More >>
It's National Taco Day, apparently! While New York City might not be Los Angeles when it comes to scoring premium carne asada off the street, there are still lots of excellent taco options to try. Plenty of new spots have opened since we listed the 10 Best Tacos in New York a couple of years ago, wi ... More >>
Akhtar Nawab of La Esquina City Harvest is one of the most beloved nonprofits in NYC. Each day, it collects nearly 77,000 pounds of food from restaurants, markets, and farmers, and uses that to feed more than 300,000 people. Last night it held its big annual fundraiser, "Summer in the City," ... More >>
plate of the day/FlickrUpscale diner food begets upscale Mexican food.Less than four months after Williamsburg's Relish Diner closed up shop, the chrome railroad car has a new tenant: according to NYC In.tel (and confirmed by Grub Street), it's been taken over by the La Esquina team. They pla ... More >>
From Midtown to downtown.Sometimes, there is truth in a rumor: on Sunday, Akhtar Nawab appeared on Josh Ozersky's Mr. Cutlets radio show, and took the opportunity to confirm that he is indeed the new chef at La Esquina. This follows an abbreviated stint at Zengo, Richard Sandoval's Latin-Asia ... More >>
La EsquinaAkhtar Nawab may be out of a job for awhile longer: citing "imminent danger to life or public safety," the Department of Buildings has shuttered La Esquina until, presumably, it no longer poses an imminent danger.
Nawab's next move?Less than a month after he was hired as Zengo's chef de cuisine, Akhtar Nawab has parted ways with the upscale Latin-Asian fusion restaurant. The pairing never did seem like the best fit (downtown chef set adrift in vast Midtown sea to play second-in-command to Chef Richard ... More >>
Rumor has it that Michael White and partner Chris Cannon will man all food operations at the Setai Fifth Avenue, including a 15,000-square-foot 160-seat restaurant. [Eater] Just three weeks after Zengo opened, Akhtar Nawab may be on his way out. The chef has apparently signed on to take ove ... More >>
Restaurants, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and taking their leaves this week. It might be curtains for Great Wall on Henry Street, which has been shuttered by the DoH for a total of 58 violations, including evidence of roaches and inadequate staff hygiene. [Brooklyn Heig ... More >>
Will Akhtar Nawab's magic translate?Florence Fabricant reveals that Akhtar Nawab of the now-defunct Elettaria (and, before that, Craftbar and E..U.) will be the chef de cuisine at Zengo, a new upscale Latin restaurant by Richard Sandoval set to open next month in the space formerly occupied b ... More >>
Akhtar Nawab Those who enjoyed Akhtar Nawab's cooking at The E.U. and Elettaria might be interested to know that Nawab has found a new gig. And it sounds like a stretch.
laverrue/flickrThe closing of Elettaria last month did, apparently, come as a surprise to owners Akhtar Nawab and Noel Cruz, who had already signed up their one-and-a-half-year-old restaurant to participate in Eat Your Heart Out, the seventh annual West Village tasting event taking place in W ... More >>
Eater brings news that Elettaria, Akhtar Nawab and Noel Cruz's one-and-a-half-year-old restaurant on West Eighth Street, may be closing tonight. According to an e-mail sent yesterday by a bartender at the restaurant, " Our last service will be tomorrow night, Thursday the 27th." Though the re ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily discovered a new book entitled The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama, which compiles menus, photos, quotes, and recipes for dishes that Obama may have eaten. EMD was hardly thrilled by the spoiler alert, though: "Multiple appearances by food guru Alice Wat ... More >>
Elettaria puts chefs onstage, plays with convention, and comes out ahead