See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week:
Tejal Rao makes her inaugural review in this week's Voice with a write-up of rustic Italian Perla on Minetta Lane: "Perla's long menu is divided traditionally--antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni--and if you're wearing your eatin' pants, ... More >>
True to its name, Bright Moments is a big sunshiny explosion of optimism: joyous found sounds, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Beach Boys harmonies, anime keyboards and big explosions of billowing brass. It's the demented brainchild of New Yorker Kelly Pratt, a multi-instrumentalist who's played horns for B ... More >>
The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced the inaugural running of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a three-day music, film, and art extravaganza put together by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and set to take over BAM from May 3 to 5. Named after a poem by Walt Whitman, the festival has a lineup ... More >>
Gish-era Smashing Pumpkins: Reissued in 2011, so it counts! Reports from the holiday-party front indicate that 2011 was another long and lonely year for the fiction writers and memoirists of New York, who were kept company at home all day long mainly by various "internet friends" and related ... More >>
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A Rhode Island NBC affiliate put its boots to the ground and dug up something good: a curious "beer pong" game is being played in bars, right under the authorities' noses! This merits a three-part investigative series (click through, video isn't embedding).
photo by Liz BarclayGoing to Miami.It's that time of year again, when the food media begin to obsess and chitter over the restaurants set to open in the fall. Among the forthcoming newcomers is more than a handful of foreign transplants, restaurants from other countries that hope to translate ... More >>
One of these pastries is also called "macaron," but which one?
We've spilled lots of ink lately on the difference between macaroons and macarons -- the former being sticky, coconut-based cookies popular for Passover, the latter cheerless-but-colorful sandwich cookies that taste something l ... More >>
It's Friday: Let's throw a party for the world's entire population (about 7 billion people). We've made the Facebook invite but spent so much time trying to make it funny (what should the picture be? A cat wearing a party hat? Charlie Sheen?) that we forgot to add a location. How much space w ... More >>
The L Magazine's Northside Festival is perhaps the city's finest home-grown music festival, now in its third year of ramming as many bands/artists/filmmakers as possible into the Greenpoint/Williamsburg nexus: "Elaborate and somewhat intimidating" is the way we've described it in the past. Th ... More >>
Star-studded lineup videos: now a thing.
Yes, the Tennessee mega-festival, now in its tenth (!) year, has announced its initial lineup, the usual melange of rappers, rockers, and jam-band monoliths, this year headlined by Eminem and Arcade Fire, only one of whom won the Album of the Year Grammy 48 ... More >>
It continues. On the second day everyone wakes up a little late, a little hungover, a little cranky at having failed to get into Salem. Shake it off, though, at one of this afternoon's informative industry panels, which we've taken the liberty of crassly summarizing below.
The new food entrepreneurs are bypassing restaurant kitchens to instead peddle their handmade fare via food trucks and at market stands.
Joël Robuchon, the Parisian baker Eric Kayser, and perhaps even Jean-Georges Vongerichten are among top chefs being tapped to open restaurants ... More >>
Balade, a new Lebanese pitza joint at 208 First Avenue, will open to the public next Monday. Run by Roland Semaan and Youssef Said, two childhood friends from Beirut, the restaurant will serve pita wraps, pitzas, salads, and a selection of mezza.
In 2009, we began the weekly Local Top 10, a series we hoped would prove that New Yorkers were far too stubborn to let the record store go. The series ran until last month, when we literally ran out of stores to cover--not the best sign for the future of music retailing in New York City. Befo ... More >>
--Them Crooked Vultures surprised fans by playing Belgium's Pukkelpop music festival yesterday (check out fan reports here). The band played the second stage between sets by Beirut and Wilco. The night before, the Dave Grohl/Josh Homme/John Paul Jones supergroup played their second gig at a s ... More >>