There's no doubt: New York is a buyer's market. At least where food is concerned. Stroll through the souk-like stalls of our city's great markets as you scarf down spicy, chicken pigs-in-blankets from Brooklyn Piggies and a chaser of Grady's Cold Brew, and revel in these first breezes of fall as yo ... More >>
Guy Fieri is bringing his "Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders" to Times Square and tells the New York Post that he has something to prove to those with misconceptions about TV chefs: "Look, I'm not Mario Batali, I'm not Bobby Flay -- there's only one of those cats. I'm not trying to be something that I ... More >>
Finally. After years of drama and heated talks, Tavern On The Green has finally been reoccupied. The city granted the license to the Emerald Green Group, a Philadelphia-based restaurant group. According to DNAinfo, Emerald Green will offer a locally-sourced menu for 200 to 300 diners plus takeout ... More >>
Chef shuffles and kerfuffles this week: Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of their restaurants' employees who claimed that the owners deducted the equivalent of 4 to 5 percent of the total wine sales from the tip pool and pockete ... More >>
Ex-Sfoglia chef Ron Suhanosky has left Stuzzicheria after just four months, due to creative differences with owner Gerard Renny. Paul Di Bari, who worked at sister restaurant Stuzzi has taken over. [Grub Street] James Kent, who competed a in Bocuse d'Or this year, has been promoted to chef d ... More >>
Shane McBride, the former chef de cuisine at Colicchio & Sons, is now cooking at Balthazar, where he has been since February. [Eater] Not to be outdone by the likes of Eric Ripert, who has had cameos on Treme, Bobby Flay will appear on Entourage as the lover of Ari Gold's wife. [Eater] Guy ... More >>
The Daily Hookup, a discount website aimed at gay males, launched quietly this week. It aims to offer the same old gamut of lifestyle deals, though obviously geared toward its demographic. But rather than feature just any old restaurant, they have special "curators" who seek out only the ho ... More >>
Soul Daddy, winner of the Bobby Flay-hosted America's Next Great Restaurant, is closing two of its three original locations, including the one in the South Street Seaport. [Eater] The former Cafe Centosette space in the East Village could be replaced with the ultimate corporate double-team: a combi ... More >>
Yum! Brands, which owns fast-food chains KFC and Taco Bell, earned less than expected in the first quarter, while Chipotle beat expectations. [Forbes] Fabio Parasecoli, coordinator of the New School's Food Studies program, was in Union Square teaching a "pop up" college course on local and s ... More >>
Hot.Those who can't wait to wallow in the shallow waters of Eater's Hottest Chef competition can dip their toes in the equally murky waters of Slashfood's second-annual roundup of the 10 Hottest Men in the Food Industry.
It's not exactly breaking news, but CNN's Eatocracy has found that chefs, like most other people, don't really care for foodies.
pguild.comA new decade, new resolutions Now that the New Year has come and gone, it's time to get those resolutions going. The Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com, and The Daily Meal all have extensive roundups of celebrity chefs resolutions for the coming year and New York City chefs are well re ... More >>
If you harbor the same odd fondness for Barneys' freakish, food (Network)-themed holiday windows that we do, then check out the above video from Liz Lomax, the artist responsible for the outsized likenesses of Bobby Flay, Sandra Lee, et al. It shows their construction process from beginning to end ... More >>
healthnative.comSo tasty The New York Times is at the forefront of trends once again (err, not) with an article that notes--gasp--that junk food restaurants are popular on Capitol Hill.
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 >>
On stilts, Cartman fools Randy into thinking he's Gordon Ramsay. Last night's South Park was a hilarious send-up of the Food Network and celebrity chefs, and few avoided being hit by the satiric splatter.
Seamus Mullen was approved by the local community board to open a Spanish-influenced restaurant at 359 Sixth Avenue. [Eater] Cesar Ramirez, who has for the past year been cooking Chef's Table dinners at Brooklyn Fare, is opening a new 50-seat restaurant next door. [Eater] Curtis Brown, the ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers unfussy, "amazing!" Northern Chinese at Henan Feng Wei in Flushing. Sam Sifton pokes a bit of fun at expense-account-friendly Lavo: "The menu is Italian by way of a steakhouse, and if the food isn't totally awesome, the portions are huge. You'll lov ... More >>
Domino's Pizza in Japan has announced it will hire someone for a mysterious one-hour job in December that will pay 2.5 million yen ($31,000). [AP] Meanwhile, Domino's in Europe is opening its first store in Germany, in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, this Saturday. [PR Newswire] Food ... More >>
Mayor McCheese?For those of you still adjusting to the news that Sandra Lee has infiltrated the governor's mansion, you may want to avert your eyes from Grub Street's interview with Bobby Flay. Not only does he have big plans for Sunday's marathon, he's got big plans for us all, because Bobby ... More >>
illycaffeSimon Doonan caffeine = BarneysAlthough Barneys' only nod to food comes from the $30 salads served upstairs at Fred's, the department store is taking a surprisingly caloric approach to its holiday windows this year.
Sun Chip lovers who bemoaned the new biodegradable packaging for being too loud can rejoice. Frito-Lay is pulling most of the green packaging in response to the outcry. Only Sun Chips' original flavor will keep the compostable bags, while other flavors go back to conventional packaging. [Wall ... More >>
Brooklyn artist Elizabeth Demaray is feeding her red harvester ants McDonald's Happy Meals for 30 days instead of their usual seeds as part of an installation at Exit Art. [NY Times] Albany is starting to enforce a state tax law that calls for sliced bagels to be taxed (whereas whole bagels ... More >>
As of today, you can buy tickets for the New York Wine & Food Festival, which will return to town for the third year in a row from October 7 - 10. The usual Food Network suspects -- Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis -- will be there, along with such actual chefs as Heston Blumentha ... More >>
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America's next televised food competition judge.Hey, guess what? Some people iat NBC have decided that what we really need is yet another TV cooking competition, preferably one that can be sponsored by a big corporate entity. So they're giving us America's Next Great Restaurant, a show that w ... More >>
Smithfield Foods has posted its first quarterly profit since the swine flu outbreak more than a year ago led to a steep decline in sales. The Chinese and Russian ban on pork product imports may also soon be lifted. [Wall Street Journal] Marines can finally satisfy their hankering for the Ara ... More >>
Michael Psilakis, who has been spotted sniffing out a new space in Williamsburg, has announced his departure from Anthos, his restaurant with partner Donatella Arpaia. She has reportedly bought him out. [NY Times] Ferlesch, the chef-owner of Austrian bistro Thomas Beisl in Fort Greene, is l ... More >>
The Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 342 has launched a public campaign to unionize the employees of online grocer Fresh Direct. So far, the company has refused to cooperate. [NY Daily News] A push to amend the way the city deals with food would focus on promoting regio ... More >>
Albert Di Meglio, the chef-owner of Olana, has not been getting paid since the restaurant filed Chapter 11 last year, and has, in the meantime, been working at the new Trump Soho hotel. [Eater] Bruce Buschel says "negotiations came to a grinding halt" with the two chefs, Jason Weiner and Eri ... More >>
Susur Lee, of Shang, once was stopped at immigration when flying in from Toronto to compete against Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America. His special corn starch and herbs were riffled through until ruined, and his stock was confiscated. With it, he believes, he could have won. [NY Times] Kraft F ... More >>
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is up in arms about Cablevision dropping HGTV and Food Network. He recently twittered: "Bang away at Cablevision... can't believe there [sic] not showing Food Network," after the channels were dropped in a fee dispute with owner Scripps Network. [NY Post] An upstate ... More >>
Tune in to the CBS Sunday Morning Show from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. this Sunday, when their annual food show airs, including a segment on sliders.
It's Friday afternoon. And these are the week's best posts.Bartenders are crazy. Which is why they enjoy doing shots of Fernet-Branca.Former Marlow & Sons chef Caroline Fidanza prepares to set sail at Saltie.Our 10 Best Food-Themed Pop Songs: Who knew a peach could be so thoroughly debauched?Uma ... More >>
Julieta Ballesteros is known for bringing French execution and presentation to colorful and boldly flavored Mexican dishes. Her mother's paintings adorn the walls of her brightly decorated restaurant, Crema, but patrons say the real works of art can be found on the plate. The chef-owner talke ... More >>
...It can officially be called a trend. Though Daniel Angerer's Viennese Popcorn-Crusted Fried Chicken has been on Klee Brasserie's menu for years, the Austrian restaurant just sent out a reminder that it's available every Monday night. Given that fried chicken seems to have become this summe ... More >>
Friday morning, Fork in the Road climbs into the "green dead eye of the TV," as novelist Cynthia Buchanan so aptly put it, to ferret out the very best television shows with a food theme. No stone will be left unturned as we consider sitcoms like Maude, ancient cooking shows from the likes of ... More >>
Christian "Hitsch" Albin, the executive chef at The Four Seasons, where he had worked for 36 years, died at New York University Medical Center on Saturday at age 62, just five days after being diagnosed with cancer. [AP] A rooftop in Jamaica, Queens is set to be transformed into the city's first co ... More >>
Photo borrowed from Food NetworkThe Next Food Network Star premieres this Sunday and the contestants have been introduced. There's the perky mom next door (Jen Isham), the less perky mom next door (Melissa d'Arabian), the soulful Korean mama (Debbie Lee), and the health nut who secretly loves bacon ... More >>
Spike Mendelsohn, the hat dude of Top Chef season 4, won the Burger Bash last night at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. His sliders--topped with applewood bacon, sharp Vermont cheddar, fried Vidalia onions, and chipotle barbecue sauce--grabbed three of the event's four awards. The burger, f ... More >>
The highlight of the new Flight of the Conchords season thus far, provided above, is a song about their testicles, i.e. "Sugar Lumps," which is both the good and the bad news. (The Voice food brigade is enraptured with this clip as well.) I will admit to liking this a lot more than I feel that I ... More >>
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