April Bloomfield

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Move Fast: Nab Your Tickets for This Year's Taste Talks

    "Mario [Batali] asked me to this, and my general rule is, if Mario asks me to do something, I say yes," chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina explained of his turn as master of ceremonies and curation for the upcoming Taste Talks event in Brooklyn, September 12-14. "April wasn't a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Are High Rents Pricing Manhattan's High-End Restaurants Out of the Market?

    Celebrity chef Bobby Flay closed his Fifth Avenue restaurant Mesa Grill last year, laying to rest a landmark that, when it fired up its burners in 1991, was the only destination restaurant in an area dominated by garment factories. In Februrary, Keith McNally shuttered Pastis, a Meatpacking Distric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Here's What to Expect at This Year's New York City Wine & Food Festival

    It's been eight years since the New York City Wine & Food Festival first convened, and in that time, it's established its unique place on the festival circuit, offering a collection of more than 150 events that range from big, pop culture gatherings to small intimate dinners. It's an eclectic mix th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events in NYC

    Bummed about California Chrome missing the Triple Crown? Or maybe the Rangers are giving you night sweats? If your weekend didn't turn out as planned, here are a few food events that should get you back into your groove.

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    May 6, 2014

    Meet Your NYC-Based James Beard Foundation Award Winners

    It was a banner year for New York City at the James Beard Foundation Awards; several of our fellow city-dwellers took home prizes in categories that ranged from Outstanding Pastry Chef to the Lifetime Achievement Award. Here's your guide to the NYC-based winners of the 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    A Chat With Peter Sherman, the Man Behind Bacon-Centric BarBacon

    Peter Sherman spent a decade in fine dining, working his way through kitchens under Joel Robuchon, David Bouley, and April Bloomfield. But a question he was asked early in his journey resonated with him: "When I started at Robuchon, we had a Japanese chef," he says. "It was his first time living and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Annisa Chef Anita Lo Considers Her Legacy: "What's the Story of Me As a Chef?"

    Anita Lo had a stellar restaurant upbringing -- she worked under David Bouley, Guy Savoy, Michel Rostang, and David Waltuck at Chanterelle before she took a turn running the burners at Mirezi. But in 2000, she was craving creative control, and so she and her then-partner Jennifer Scism decided to st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    The Spotted Pig's Burrata with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms on Toast, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 1: Burrata with sauteed wild mushrooms on toast from the Spotted Pig (314 West 11th Street, 212-620-0393) We end our countdown of dishes with an oldie but a goodie: a simple bite from an iconic New York spot.

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    September 17, 2013

    Marc Vidal Brings Spain Stateside via a Growing Boqueria Empire

    The first time I met Marc Vidal, he was sipping wine on a West Village patio while he casually grilled a packet of green onion-like calçots over a charcoal flame, explaining in a lilting Spanish accent the Calçotada festival, a tradition from his native Barcelona that he holds dear for its dedicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    The 10 Best Burgers in NYC

    Long before David Hasselhoff became a Teutonic favorite, Germany gave us the cooked-meat puck known as the hamburger, and we think it's safe to say we came away the victors in that cultural trade-off. Yes, the hamburger is America's sandwich, and as an American, it's your Xenu-given right to stuff y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    It's Crawfish Season at Willow Road

    Monday, April 8 Willow Road Crawfish Boil Guest chef Jason Hua of The Dutch joins the Willow Road crew for a late-night all-you-can-eat crawfish boil. Feast on fingerling potato salad, andouille dirty rice, and loads of sides for $20. Add another $10 for all-you-can-drink Labbat brews. E-mail reser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2013

    Irish Soda Bread at Fletcher's; Irish Breakfast at The Breslin

    Forget about green beer and shamrock shakes. Celebrate St. Paddy's day with Irish feasts like Fletcher's corned beef and The Breslin's limited-edition power breakfast. Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue may be known for its Carolina BBQ pork, but this weekend the pitmasters in Gowanus will be serving hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Catch Up With Our Food Critics: Rao Enjoys "New York Nordic" and Sietsema Finds "Perfect Jerk"

    This week, our restaurant critics ventured beyond the Manhattan dining scene, with Robert Sietsema on the hunt for authentic Jamaican jerk all over Flatbush, and Tejal Rao sampling new Nordic dishes at Williamsburg's Aska. How did their Brooklyn choices stack up? Read on to find out.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    A Look at New 'Cue around NYC; Pigs Ears Amidst Chaos at Salvation Taco

    Our own Robert Sietsema surveys the latest barbecue offerings from "the East Village to Gowanus," and finds worthwhile rib-stickers throughout the boroughs. His saucy list of favorites includes Daniel Delany's BrisketTown, "which obsesses on beef brisket smoked in a trailer located just off Flushing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Dinner by Candlelight at the Spotted Pig

    The toasted sandwich at Spotted Pig was a pleasant distraction from neighborhood worries. A check of the two dozen or so West Village restaurants still open without electricity and operating by candlelight indicates that very few of them are actually serving food. Nevertheless, most were one-third ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Under the Toque: Maison Premiere Gets a New Chef, Marcus Samuelsson Still Angry

    Brooklyn's Maison Premiere gets a new chef. Jared Stafford-Hill -- who worked at AdourAlain Ducasse, Bobo, Craft, and Gramercy Tavern is set to take the eatery to a more comprehensive menu. [New York Times] Marcus Samuelsson still isn't over Eddie Huang's Red Rooster piece: "Are you kidding me? It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    This Week's Specials: 5 Favorite Margaritas, Hot Dog Pies

    See what we've been up to this week at Fork in the Road: Robert Sietsema lists his five favorite NYC margaritas, and tries (and hates) the spicy chicken sandwich at McDonald's. He also examines Pizza Hut's new British creation, "The Bone," a pie with a hot-dog-stuffed crust, and suggests a hot-d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Oysters and Beer, April Bloomfield Cooking Demo

    Hear Padma Lakshmi and Amanda Hesser discuss gender roles in the kitchen at the 92 Y on April 9 at 8:15 p.m. Adam Gopnik will moderate. Tickets are $29. Pair beer with East and West Coast oysters at Brooklyn Brewery on April 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Mark Bittm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Nine Culinary Ventures By Hip-Hop Artists

    Today, excitable Long Island-raised rap firebrand Flavor Flav will open his House Of Flavor restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurant—which will have fried chicken and something called a "red velvet waffle" on the menu—is Flav's second attempt to break into the food world, following the di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Our 10 Most Romantic Restaurants

    Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, meaning it's time to make a dinner resy at a romantic restaurant. But what, exactly, makes a restaurant romantic? In some cases it's ambiance -- a fireplace or candles go a long way in setting the mood. Ditto a killer view. But as a friend recently quipped, "R ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 28, 2011

    Allswell: Nate Smith Won't Play B-17

    Or anything else in his new, jukebox-free restaurant

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    New York City's 17 Greatest Chefs

    The re-Africanized fried chicken at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster This highly idiosyncratic list is based entirely on my own dining predilections, and only includes chefs whose work I'm reasonably familiar with. Certain figures have been excluded from consideration -- Thomas Keller, for example ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Old Vs. New: An Early Report on Food at the San Gennaro Festival, 2011

    ​April Bloomfield of The Breslin is one of the new food saints at the Feast of San Gennaro, and this delicious pork tonnato sandwich is her benediction. For over 100 years, the street scarf at New York City's Italian religious festivals remained the same: hot or sweet pork sausages, grilled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    The Ace Hotel, or 'Ass Hole-tel': Free-Associations

    ​We thought we put this one to bed a few months ago, but as it turns out, we're talking about the Ace Hotel again. Remember how hip it is? Or "not quote-unquote hip, per se"? It's hip again, or continues to be hip, or continues to be quote-unquote not not hip. This time, the angle is that the ... 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

    May 18, 2011

    Meatopia Will Press the Flesh on July 23

    ​As he has done for the past seven years, Josh Ozersky will bring the smell of slowly cooking animal flesh to the city with Meatopia. This time around, he's taking his blood lust to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where the festivities will take place on July 23.

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    March 21, 2011

    The 2011 James Beard Award Finalists Are...

    ​Earlier this afternoon in Portland, OR, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for the 2011 James Beard Awards. So without further ado, the nominees, after the jump:

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Announced

    opentable.comThe product of blood, sweat, and tears​It's almost time for the Oscars. That is, the Oscars of the food world: the James Beard Foundation Awards. Today marked the announcement of the restaurant and chef semifinalists, who were chosen from a record 28,000 online entries. Finalists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Battle of the Oyster Pan Roast: The John Dory Oyster Bar vs. The Grand Central Oyster Bar

    Lauren ShockeyThe John Dory Oyster Bar's Pan Roast​Ah, the oyster pan roast, a timeless dish of decadence in which oysters swim in a pool of cream sauce. Equal parts deliciousness and heart attack in a bowl. April Bloomfield's version of the dish has been reprised at The John Dory 2.0 (havin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Breakfast at the Breslin

    Although the Breslin is best known for the black magic April Bloomfield works on animal parts, its breakfast menu is an unexpected repository of vegetarian delights. Warning for the easily affronted: The photos that follow were severely compromised by both a shitty lens and the Breslin's shitty lig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    My 10 Favorite NYC Dishes of 2010

    ​10. Smoked Meat Poutine at Mile End - It's hard to imagine an American restaurant improving on this working-class Montreal standard, but Boerum Hill's Mile End has done the trick, by garnishing the poutine with another Quebecois specialty, smoked meat, in addition to curds, fries, and gravy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    The Barneys Food (Network)-Themed Holiday Windows: Some Pictures

    ​Mario Batali's decapitated head is surrounded by a garnish of Crocs. On Tuesday, Barneys unveiled its much-anticipated food-themed holiday windows. Inscribed with the command "Have a Foodie Holiday," the three tableau offer an assemblage of 70 Food Network "personalities," chefs, and assort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    The New John Dory Will Be Bigger, Shinier, and Require You to Perch

    The kind of John Dory that doesn't attract crowds.​With a mere seven days to go until the John Dory's second coming at the Ace Hotel, Diner's Journal has a few details to share. First, it will be bigger, shinier, and covered in black tile, with two fish tanks that will segregate fish from the ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 20, 2010

    Best of NYC: Our Critics List Their 10 Favorite Dishes

    Robert Sietsema, Sarah DeGregorio, and Rebecca Marx recap their respective years in food

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Le Fooding Draws Le Criticism

    Le bam. Le pow.​It has now been more than 48 hours since the second coming of Le Fooding, which took over the grounds of P.S.1 on Friday and Saturday nights. Although this year's theme was a staged battle between New York and San Francisco chefs supposedly driven to blind, combative rage by a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Le Grand Fooding's Menu Is Up and Ready for Scrutiny

    Le FoodingKiss my figs.​With a little more than a month to go before it returns to PS 1 on September 24 and 25, Le Grand Fooding has announced what will be on the menu for its two-night extravaganza.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Rose Gray, of London's River Cafe, Has Died

    Andrew Crowley/TelegraphThe River Cafe's Rose Gray​ Rose Gray, the co-founder of London's pioneering River Cafe and co-author of the equally influential River Cafe Cookbook, died of cancer yesterday at the age of 71, the Guardian reports. The River Cafe, which Gray opened with Ruth Rogers in 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    The James Beard Awards Semi-Finalists Have Been Announced

    Will the spirit of James Beard smile upon New York chefs?​The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Awards today, kicking off the food world's very own Oscar season scrum. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 21,000 online entries; th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Organ Recital: Fried Head Cheese at Cafe Breslin

    ​The gorgeous foliage in front of Cafe Breslin was intended, not for your pleasure, but to hide the barroom from the mosque across the street. No dish has caused more buzz at Cafe Breslin than the fried headcheese, a novel preparation that takes you one step deeper into the pit of nutritional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    'Smart Choices' Not So Smart; Bruni Trashes Ninja

    ​President Obama told Men's Health magazine that taxing soda and other sugary drinks is an idea worth exploring. "Every study that's been done about obesity shows... a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity," he said. [NY Daily News] The proposed Kraft Foods takeover of Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    The John Dory Now Sleeping With the Fishes

    Daniel Neuner​Eater reported over the weekend that the John Dory, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield's nine-month-old seafood restaurant, would close on Saturday. Yesterday, Grub Street went to the Tenth Avenue restaurant and discovered that it had indeed shuttered: Workers were dismantling the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Back From the Hunt: Anita Lo In No Hurry to Kill & Dismember Her Next Meal

    Anita Lo in Mongolia​Two weeks ago, six women -- five chefs and one "avid foodie" -- took to the wilds of Northern China for a hunting and fishing expedition. Traci des Jardins of Jardiniere and Loretta Keller of Coco500, both in San Francisco, as well as Mary Sue Millikin of Ciudad in L.A. jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Yelping for John Dory

    photo: Daniel NeunerLast week, Frank Bruni reviewed April Bloomfield's John Dory (85 Tenth Avenue), giving it two stars worth of love, but how much love is the new seafood restaurant getting from yelpers? Surprisingly, there are only 8 reviews for the John Dory on Yelp, averaging 3.5 stars, due in p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Critical Mass: John Dory

    The reviews are beginning to come in for the John Dory (85 Tenth Avenue), the hotly anticipated fishy collaboration between April Bloomfield, she of Spotted Pig acclaim, and restauranteur Ken Friedman. Between New York, NY Daily News, and Bloomberg, the restaurant averages a disappointing two and tw ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 17, 2008

    Spending a Day in Joanne Hendricks Cookbooks

    Inside the most interesting cookware shop in the city