Billy Lyons

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Dine Mile High Pop-Up Channel's Air Travel's Glory Days

    These days, airlines are notorious for failing to please even the most passive palate, but a quartet of Brits is channeling air travel's glory days for a pop-up, making sky food glamorous for a short while. Dine Mile High (secret location; no phone) is a theatrical dining experience that's landed ea ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    An Early Look at the East Village's Confessional, Where Secrets and Food Are Meant to Be Shared

    Dark corners are usually a place people meet to converse privately, but a new Latin fusion restaurant in the East Village is attempting to be a game changer when it comes to a memorable night out. Confessional (308 East 6th Street; 212-477-2400) adds a twist to the intimate design genre with a giant ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014
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    March 25, 2014

    Map: The 99 Essential Restaurants in Lower Manhattan

    This week's Village Voice feature story answers the question many New Yorkers face every night: Where are we going to eat? As a guide, we present 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, compiled by Voice food editor Laura Shunk, along with contributors Zachary Feldman, Tom Finkel, Caryn ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Schnitz Makes the Jump from Smorgasburg to a Permanent East Village Location

    Pop-up vendors who parlay their successes into brick-and-mortar restaurants have become a common story. And the most recent vendor to make the jump is The story of Schnitz (177 First Avenue, 646-861-3923), which just opened in the East Village.

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    January 13, 2014

    The Sixth Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off Crowns a New Champion

    Manhattan has its fair share of cooking competitions, but few embody the quirky spirit of the East Village -- and its love of food -- quite like Jimmy Carbone's cassoulet cookoff. After descending down a flight of stairs into Carbone's basement beer cave Jimmy's No. 43, guests were treated to a tast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Where to Buy Local on Cyber Monday

    Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. Up first, this list from Billy Lyons. The time has come to secure your swivel chair, break open a browser, and spend the entirety of your lunch hour (and possibly more) clicking "buy item" w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Newly Opened Bottomzup Mixes Games, Gadgets, and Grub

    Possibly the last thing you'd expect to see at a sports bar called Bottomzup (344 Third Avenue) is a raw bar, where sushi is rolled before it's delivered promptly to tables. Barely dressed women hawking wings and beer seems more likely, but the only scantily clad thing here is the shellfish. The gam ... More >>

  • News

    October 16, 2013
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    October 16, 2013
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    September 13, 2013

    Reader: Are There Hawaiian Restaurants in the City Other Than Onomea?

    Yesterday, Billy Lyons spilled details on new Williamsburg Hawaiian joint Onomea, where the Spam fried rice and loco moco burger were particularly enticing to him. And when he spoke with the owner about why she was inspired to open up shop, she told him that she was hoping to give Hawaiian expats li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    5 Reasons Why Fast Food Deserves to Die

    Umami Burger is the latest gussied up burger joint to take New York by storm, and it joins a long list of fast casual darlings like Shake Shack and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. And if those other spots had yet to get the point across, the arrival of the L.A.-based chain in New York cements it: Consu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Red Heels Mixes Sports and Sex Appeal in the LES

    Sports fans looking to get their game on in the Lower East Side have a new place to call home. Red Heels, an upscale sports lounge offering beers and bottle service, is now open for business--and just in time for the start of the NFL season.

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    July 9, 2013

    Popitbaby Debuts and Pops Out a Classic Treat

    While Manhattan is home to its fair share of strange vehicles, it's hard not to notice when a kelly green Citro├źn truck from the flower power era starts making appearances on the streets of the West Village. The vehicle, dubbed Popitbaby, features video screens, promotional punch cards, and slick p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Mezcal, Ribs, and Fourth of July Festivities: What's Happening This Week

    This week, we ring in a new month and celebrate the birth of our nation (and hopefully, many of you are getting a long weekend). Here's a look at some of our favorite events coming up in the next few days.

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    June 28, 2013

    Cocktail Lounge Vinus and Marc Opens in the UES

    When Frank Locker returned home to Yorkville, the neighborhood where he spent his childhood, his search for a comfortable place to enjoy a drink came up empty, and he notes he "personally couldn't go find a place to hang out." So the previous owner of Tribeca's well known jazz joint Duane Park and G ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Lucy Roux Pops Up in D.B.A. Brooklyn in Today's Village Voice

    Pop-ups are running rampant in New York City as talented chefs and would-be chefs decide against investing in a full-scale restaurant and instead showcase their dishes for one night only--or one night per week--in odd places around town. One of the newest of those endeavors is Lucy Roux, which Fork ... More >>