Karaoke brings people together like few other activities: You either sequester yourself into a windowless room with a group of friends where you bond over a shared knowledge of Gin Blossoms songs, or you work up the nerve to sing those songs in front of a room of strangers. Either way, it's hard to ... More >>
When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a Brooklyn spot from an Ai Fiori alum, a cupcake shop in the East Village, and a soba-heavy restaurant in Alphabet City.
At Tuome (536 East 5th Street, 646-833-7811) in the center of the East Village's Alphabet City, an appetizer of smoky charred octopus arrives at my table. Curved like an iron boat hook excavated from a shipwreck, the lone tentacle reclines on a shingle of pork pebbles. Before I can do my best James ... More >>
Before heading out of town for Memorial Day weekend, toast your office buddies and those friends that never leave the city with a few cheap drinks. Here are four places to take into consideration.
There's nothing better than shaking off the cold rains of April to enjoy sunshine and budding flowers and the warm days of May -- unless it's doing all that with a beer in hand. Check out some of the beer-focused events happening around the city this month, including today's excellent kick-off.
Rent prices may be rising in this city, but for now, there are plenty of purveyors of cheap food that manage to hold on to leases, even in trendy lower Manhattan. That's lucky for us -- cheap eats joints are a well-ingrained part of our culinary fabric, and they comprise a full third of our roster o ... More >>
Just five more days until our seventh annual Choice Eats tasting event, when more than 80 restaurants from around the city will come together under one roof at Basketball City (299 South Street). Have you purchased your tickets to feast? Your $60 general admission fare ($70 at the door) gets you unl ... More >>
When one restaurant's doors close another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a pop-up in the former Bowery Diner space, an Arabian-French fusion in the East Village, and a cafe with laundromat s ... More >>
You likely had a rough commute this morning, which means you're definitely having an end of day drink, right? Right. Here are a few places where you can make that happen cheaply.
In a little over a week, 2013 will be history, left for archivists to dust off their microscopes and ponder the ramifications of Cronut Fever. But for now, we're approaching something I like to call the holiday sweet spot -- that magical week between Christmas and New Year's where all bets are off, ... More >>
The time has come again to celebrate your imbibing ancestors who fought for your right to party. We're talking about Repeal Day, of course, which is tomorrow, December 5 -- and this year is extra special, because it's the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Here are five spots where you can ... More >>
Three new spots try the other Thai
It's out! This year's Best Of Issue is, if we say so ourselves, the best. It features (rough count here) 1,000,000 write ups about the unknown or undeniable things that make our city great. Here, we run down some of big Best Of Winners for music, bars, clubs, and comedy. Check it all out and get bac ... More >>
A sizable part of this city's population has a high tolerance for wait lists, and the rest of us avoid lines at any cost--which means we've missed out on some of the restaurants other people rave about because we're simply unwilling to give up three hours to stand around. If you fall in the latter c ... More >>
From Riesling cruises to restaurant weeks (month)--not to mention the chance to try multiple kinds of barbecue--July has been a busy month if you're into food, and the action continues this weekend. With a pair of craft beer parties and a Peruvian Independence day celebration, there's plenty of acti ... More >>
If you don't live nearby, getting to Esperanto in Alphabet City is a bit of a mission: There are 10 blocks between the restaurant and either of the closest subway stops. But the reward for the journey comes in the form of delicious plates of Brazilian-leaning Latin cuisine and a whole lot of booze.
So you're back from spending the first official weekend of summer in the Hamptons/Rockaways/Jersey Shore, and you're trying to cope with your awkward sunburn. Here's a look at some fun food events this week to help soothe your skin -- or at least settle your stomach:
Manhattan has become the most expensive place to live in the country. Brooklyn ranks second on that unfortunate list. The latter is getting so costly that people are moving back to the former in some weird migratory conundrum. A main force behind all of this has been condofication - a mainstay of th ... More >>
Being single on Valentine's Day is secretly awesome. You have to spend exactly $0 on someone else. You can buy a crappy box of chocolates without wondering if it's good enough for a significant other -- it's good enough for you! And you don't even have to think about sky-high prix-fixe menus for two ... More >>
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, where we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff you should be checking out. This week: Alphabet City.
Candela Candela officially closed in January, but owners Shai Zvibak and Marchello Assante aren't giving up the valuable spot on Second Avenue. Instead, they're opening up an organic pizza spot in its place called Organika, said EV Local. Reportedly it will open in the next few weeks.
Monday, January 14 Whole Hog Butcher Dinner at Louro Louro celebrates the next Nossa Mesa Supper Club Monday night with a four-course meal from chef Justin Severino of Pittsburgh's Cure. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and the butchering starts at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8:30 p.m. Dinne ... More >>
Reinvention is the new resolution. Ring in 2013 with eats, drinks, music, and more.
UPDATE: We in there. Ladies and Gentlemen: The L train is back.Enjoy your trip home tonight. twitter.com/JoeLhota/statu...-- Joe Lhota (@JoeLhota) November 8, 2012
We were wondering what all those helicopters, fire trucks and police cars near Avenue D were about last night. Looks like we may have our answer and it doesn't look pretty.Early yesterday evening, two different persons were stabbed deep in Alphabet City. Luckily, both encounters were non-f ... More >>
Hopefully this rainy week will turn into a stunningly sunny weekend. No one wants a washed out Memorial Day weekend, so we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best as we make our plans. We're mostly half-glass-full types anyway. With that in mind, we'll offer up a few outdoor eats for the c ... More >>
Spare Ribs from China Wok (199 East 3rd Street, 212-228-5888)
Alphabet City loses another dive bar with The Lakeside Lounge gone. [EV Grieve] Niko on Mercer Street has closed due to a plumbing problem. "We had a flood; whether or not we reopen depends on what happens with the insurance,'' owner Cobi Levy told Grub Street. However, sources close to the restaur ... More >>
For rent signs are up at Kate's Joint in the East Village. Apparently, the Indiegogo campaign to save the restaurant didn't work. EV Grieve has also learned from a "reliable tipster" that Starbucks might be moving into the space. [EV Grieve] Cafe Katja is temporarily closed for renovations and will ... More >>
The heat must be getting to a few peoples' heads. At around 9pm last night, a loose pack of around 50 to 60 protestors took to the streets, looting and vandalizing storefronts and property in the East Village. Their targets: the windows of the Starbucks on Astor and the newly opened 7/11 on St. ... More >>
The East Village must be getting used to all these closings by now. First, it was Mars Bars on East First Street; then Banjo Jim's on East Ninth Street; and, now, the Lakeside Lounge on Avenue B will see its doors close for good at the end of this month. And, like its other friends in the ... More >>
Life Cafe, the Alphabet City hangout that inspired Jonathan Larson's musical "Rent," is set to close. [NY Daily News] Veronica People's Club, "a weird, wonderful little bar with some of the best and most unassuming cocktails in Greenpoint" is shutting down. [Flavorpill]
Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Chef Peter Hoffman's former Savoy space, said the be one of the original farm-to-table restaurants, will re-open as Back Forty West this week. The SoHo sister restau ... More >>
This Alphabet City watering hole is supposed to have a New Orleans motif, which apparently means lots of tinkering lights and a bartender in an elastic-looking, headband-sized dress.
Southern food might have been one of the big restaurant trends of 2011, but it shows no signs of slowing down. The newest addition to the city (located not too far from another bird-named Southern spot, the Cardinal) will come in the form of Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, a luncheonette-style eate ... More >>
The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.
The drink: Banana and brown sugar-infused Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey The bar: Common Ground Bar & Restaurant (206 Avenue A, 212-228-6231) The price: $10 The ingredients: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, banana, brown sugar
Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here!Coast to Coast Wine and DineRestaurant Marc ForgioneNovember 15Satisfy your appetite for community service and epicureanism Tuesday night. Forgione's tasting features the talents ... More >>
ChefMattRockWellfleets will try their damnedest. There have been numerous East Coast-West Coast feuds: Biggie vs. Tupac, David Chang's "Fig-Gate," and now a bicoastal oyster rivalry. The country's bivalve bookends will go head-to-head at Alphabet City's Back Forty on November 19 from 3 p.m. t ... More >>
File under "Things That Make Us Sad": S.O.S. Chefs, the 15-year-old specialty shop that supplied chefs from Amanda Cohen to David Chang to Gabrielle Hamilton with hard-to-find ingredients, has closed.
A fistful of one-acts from Qui Nguyen, Billy Aronson, Romulus Linney, Ben Rosenthal, and J. Holtham
Dont miss Sunny Suits
A state senator has proposed a new bill that would offer tax breaks to New York restaurants that buy locally grown produce, as well as milk, cheese, and maple products. [LoHud] Republicans' budget approved last week proposes to overhaul the $65 billion food stamp program, making aid continge ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Vai, the Upper East Side spot that just got a Soho outpost, has closed. The building is reportedly being torn down. [Grub Street] Café Flo in Astoria did not survive a four-alarm blaze that r ... More >>
Austria annexes a little bit of Avenue C
It's probably useless complaining about the seemingly endless supply of new housing for the rich in New York, which doesn't appear to be slowing down even as we head into the next Great Depression. But complaining about the Lower East Side and Alphabet City and Harlem becoming the next playgrounds ... More >>