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    January 24, 2012

    Mercado on Kent Gets a New Bakery, Continuing the Trend of Restaurant Bread Selling

    Less than a month after opening, Williamsburg restaurant Mercado on Kent (291 Kent Avenue, 718-782-8810) is getting a new chef, Eater reports. But that's not the only change afoot. They'll also be launching a retail bakery by Friday, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., selling bread plus charc ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    Alfama's Tarcísio Costa on Spanish Sirens

    At Alfama, diners can feast upon traditional Portuguese favorites with modern twists. The eatery (214 East 52nd Street) -- previously in the West Village -- now has a cocktail menu at its new location, to complement these plates. We chatted with Tarcísio Costa to get a sense of the restaurant ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Around the World in New Year's Traditions

    erikCom / FlickrOh yeah, we heard it through the grapevine...that California raisins are the snack du jour this NYE.​When the ball drops (on New Years Eve that is) where will you be? You could be crammed into Times Square, with a million other people and one porta potty. There's a chance that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Maine Cod Fishery in Danger of Federal Curtailing; NYC Restaurants Still Serving Cod​In previous centuries, stocks of cod were plentiful in the North Atlantic. No one wanted to see it happen. Yet, anyone familiar with Cod (1997) by Mark Kurlansky or End of the Line (2004) by Charles Clover knows that stocks of cod in the near North Atlantic have been d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Make Francisco Rosa's Clams Bulhao Pato

    Alfama​On cold winter days, savory seafood dishes can be as warming and satisfying as soups. Chef Francisco Rosa, of Alfama (214 E. 52nd St.), offers up his recipe for a favorite pescatarian plate -- clams Bulhão Pato. "19th Century Portuguese poet Raimundo António de Bulhão Pato ironicall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Halloween Trivia, Tiki for Pirates and Wenches

    Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Case of the Mondays trivia night Craft Monday, October 31 at 7 p.m. Trivia night gets a spooky theme this Halloween, with questions on horror films and monsters. There will also be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Alfama's Pão de Deus Is Indeed Sublime

    Rebecca Marx​ We were pretty excited when we learned earlier this month that Alfama was going to start selling bread. News of any new bakery is exciting enough, but news of a Portuguese restaurant selling its native breads is cause for celebration. New York certainly isn't lacking in baguette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Where to Take Dad for Father's Day? Ask the Chefs!

    PhotobucketChefs love their dads, too​Unlike Mother's Day, which is basically synonymous with "brunch," Father's Day isn't really a foodie holiday. But Dad still probably wants to get wined and dined by his brood, no? But where to take him for his special day? Rather than dole out our own s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Hospoda; Goodbye to Nicky's Pho

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Nicky's Pho in the East Village has closed just three months after it opened. Co-owner Billy Dang said there wasn't enough foot traffic. [Grub Street] Charlie Palmer's Métrazur restaurant in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Portuguese Alfama Returns, Triumphant

    golisbon.comAlfama, the original.​Back in July of 2009, we announced the sad closing of West Village Portuguese mainstay, Alfama. This morning, a publicist for the restaurant emailed to announce that it would triumphantly return next week.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Fedora; Goodbye to Victory Café

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Gonzalez y Gonzalez, a lively Mexican joint near Broadway and Houston, is shuttering after 22 years in business. [Paper] The West Village beer and burger spot Stoned Crow has also closed, due ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Resto Apocalypse Reversed on Hudson Street

    ​ 581 Hudson Street -- Before: Most recently occupied by Italian restaurant Valdino West, and 30 years before that by Trattoria D'Alfredo, a favoite of James Beard's; After: Now occupied by Mediterranean restaurant Meme (not to be confused with the Philadelphia restaurant of the same name), wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Resto Apocalypse on Hudson Street

    ​ 581 Hudson Street: The former Valdino West was once the home of Trattoria d'Alfredo, the city's first Tuscan-style restaurant, and a hangout of James Beard. If you're accustomed to gauging the health of the restaurant industry as I do by watching the openings and closings on Eater, and noti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Alfama to Close​Alfama, the Portuguese restaurant on Hudson Street, will serve its last customers today. Miguel Jeronimo, one of the restaurant's owners, says they're closing up shop over the weekend. Though he declined to give reason for the closure, he did say that "our intention is to open a tradi ... More >>

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