Amanda Freitag

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Floats Get a Boozy Upgrade at Empire Diner

    We New Yorkers sure do love our culinary combinations. Maybe it's because we live in a city that moves too fast to grant us time to enjoy a singular offering's appeal, or perhaps we're just an insatiable breed that's already craving the next big thing while we're mid-Cronut chew. Either way, we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Nostalgia Bites Back at Broadway Restaurant

    For this week's review, I found myself at Amanda Freitag's Empire Diner revamp (210 Tenth Avenue, 212-243-2736), where the celebrity chef channels the good old days with upmarket twists on American fare. The dishes I preferred most were those that showed Freitag rallying in her former fine dining wh ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    An Early Look at Empire Diner

    "What would a diner be without delicious dessert?" The question was a good one, and worth considering, and our waitress posed it rhetorically but with sincerity. Having just cleaned up a mean slice of lemon pie, crowned with warm, airy meringue, toasty just on top, AND the best Neapolitan banana s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    What's Happening This Weekend: Free Beer, Mutzfest, Cochon 555, and ChiliFest

    Next weekend is all about getting comfy on the couch if you're a sports fan (or a Super Bowl commercials fan/nachos fan/party fan), which means you have all the more reason to get out and explore this weekend. Here's a look at what's happening around the city.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Freakishly Cute King Cake-Cups at Bee's Knees, Guest Chefs to Cook at Aldea

    Monday, February 11 Guest Chef Series at Aldea Chef George Mendes brings John Shields and Scott Anderson to Aldea for a six-course meal highlighting winter ingredients. For $145 a person, which includes wine pairings, diners will taste two dishes from each chef. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. 31 W. 17th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    GoogaMooga: The Recap

    There is no denying that Saturday's GoogaMooga was a mess. Lines poured into one another and waits topped over an hour. Beer cards were sold and then couldn't be redeemed. Food and drink ran out. All in all, it was not a good scene. But did you really expect anything different? This was a first run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Portland's Andy Ricker Coming to NYC; Jonnatan Leiva 'Out' at 10 Downing

    ​Gualtiero Marchesi, the first chef in Italy to win three Michelin stars, teamed up with McDonald's to create two burgers and a dessert. [Daily Meal] Eddie Huang announced on his blog that Andy Ricker, of Pok Pok in Portland, is going to open a "wing shack" in the old BaoHaus space. [Zagat Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Alex Stupak to Do Even More Mexican; April Bloomfield Goes to France

    ​Alex Stupak has confirmed that he will open a second location of Empellon, in the space currently occupied by Counter. [Eater] April Bloomfield on her first-ever trip to Paris and Lyon: "I wasn't expecting it to be so peasant-like, so that was a nice surprise, and Paris is not as anal as I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Anne-Sophie Pic Wins Best Female Chef, but What Does this Mean for Other Women?

    Pic-ValenceAnne-Sopie Pic is Winning!​The S. Pellegrino yearly ranking of the world's best restaurants is always cause for celebration, but this year marks a new turn in the rankings. That's because they've announced a new category of awards: the World's Best Female Chef. France's Anne-Sophi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Devon Gilroy Launches Private Dining Company; Jimmy Bradley Battles Cancer

    ​Devon Gilroy, who left East Side Social Club months before it closed and is now cooking at Park Avenue Tavern is launching a private dining company called Parkerhouse. The project could evolve into catering business even a restaurant. [Paper] Food Network is premiering Chopped All-Stars in M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten Boxes Hugh Jackman; Amanda Freitag Dreams of Cooking in a Field

    ​Simon Oren, a partner in Nice Matin, Marseille, Barbounia, and Five Napkin Burger, is expected to take over the space that once occupied Ed Brown's Eighty One, and is currently hunting for a chef. [Grub Street] Jean-Georges Vongerichten spars with actor Hugh Jackman in season five of the Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Amanda Freitag Is Leaving the Harrison

    Photo courtesy of the HarrisonAmanda Freitag​Lost to many people during the late-Friday afternoon exodus out of the city was Diner's Journal's news that Amanda Freitag was leaving the Harrison, the restaurant where she had cooked for three years.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Revisit: The Harrison

    ​ The Harrison under Amanda Freitag has developed into an excellent, expensive, gimmick-free restaurant. What stuck in my mind from dining at The Harrison a few years back was one thing and one thing only: the duck-fat fries. So when I returned for a revisit recently with a friend, I couldn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Under the Toque--Kiddie Chef Signs TV Deal; Mario Magliaccio Has NOT Moved Back to Italy

    Leah Cohen, who has been named executive chef at Centro Vinoteca, said her food would differ from her predecessor Anne Burrell's in that it would be less rustic, more modern, "incorporating a little bit of Asian notes and flavors into the dishes." [The Feedbag] Sigh. A 14-year-old "chef" from East ... More >>