Calvin Trillin

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The Nastiest Thing I Ever Told Someone

    Telling people about their bad press is a no-no, especially if you couch it in an "I'm so concerned for you" backdrop of fake-compassion. At least the one time I alerted someone to a bit of bad publicity, I did it without any disingenuous charm whatsoever. I was just flat out spiteful. This was i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Gold, Meehan, and Me Invade KC

    The brisket burnt-edges sandwich at Gates Bar B.Q. [See More On the Road: Weird Food Truck in San Francisco | Watermelon Shop in Texas! | Delicious Kansas City Oddball Burgers] The last week of April, Peter Meehan, Jonathan Gold, and I went to Kansas City for three days of binge eating. The conve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Kansas City's Oddball Burgers, and Why They're So Good

    The burger at Winstead's (rather grandly called a "steakburger"), celebrated by Calvin Trillin in American Fried As burgers have become a mainstay of New York City bistros, bars, and snack shops, area chefs have come to define them in a restricted way: the patty must be thick and juicy and made wi ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 28, 2012

    John Brown Smokehouse: Long Island City Gets a Great Barbecue

    Queens now tastes a little like Kansas City

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2011

    In Praise of Frank's RedHot: A Thumbnail History of Buffalo Chicken Wings

    ​Whoomp! There it is. When I'm making Buffalo chicken wings, do I reach for the Tabasco? No I do not. Sure it's great for zapping a gumbo or shaking on oysters, but it's too damn hot and vinegary for Buffalo wings. Use it, and it will climb right up your nose, eclipsing the chicken flavor w ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 4, 2011


    An early look at 2012

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    The New Yorker's Annual Food Issue Has Arrived

    Martin Schoeller/The New Yorker​The New Yorker's annual food issue is out this week, to the immeasurable joy of gastronerds who have some spare time on their hands. High on the marquee is Lauren Collins' profile of April Bloomfield, whom Collins dubs "the food world's oblivious savant." Elsew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Buffalo Wings: Old Town Bar Versus Bonnie's Grill

    Old Town Bar's buffalo chicken wings​In a 1980 New Yorker article, Calvin Trillin attempted to get to the bottom of exactly who invented buffalo chicken wings, and when. There is no doubt that the snacks were born in Buffalo, New York, and the generally accepted story goes that the Bellissimo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    The Early Word: Dos Toros

    Not a burrito: Dos Toro's steak taco​ Dos Toros, a new Cal-Mex taqueria just off Union Square, is owned by Leo and Oliver Kremer, two brothers from Berkeley who wanted to bring Mission-style burritos to New York. Oddly enough, Leo is also the bassist for Third Eye Blind. Neither brother has an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Post-'Gourmet,' Ruth Reichl Embarks on a New Set of Adventures

    Brigitte Lacombe​Gourmet may be dead and buried, but last night's party at A Voce Columbus for Ruth Reichl's Adventures With Ruth didn't feel like much of a wake -- as guests knocked back wine and uni crostini, the deceased was barely mentioned. Reichl, accompanied by the show's executive prod ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 8, 2008


    Food vendors go head to head

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    KF Seetoh on Singaporean Street Food

    Talking to the author of the famous "die, die must-try" guidebook. Plus, what he's excited to eat in New York.

  • NYC Life

    February 19, 2008

    Chowhound Dave Cook's Last Road to Singapore

    For his last meal, this man dreams of food courts of the Far East

  • NYC Life

    September 4, 2007

    Pleased to Meet Me

    Self-satisfied, insider-y, predictable—a case against the New Yorker Festival

  • Dining

    April 10, 2007

    Bean There, Done That

    Easter stew and other delights at Sunnyside Ecuadorian café

  • Film

    July 18, 2006
  • Dining

    December 13, 2005

    Thanks, Cattle

    On thronged Eldridge Street, maybe the best noodles of your life

  • NYC Life

    September 13, 2005

    Grease Is Good!

    Are lard, eggs, and fish tacos the new health foods?

  • Dining

    November 16, 2004

    Chop Suey Christmas

    From lo mein to lobster in the city's five chinatowns

  • Theater

    August 24, 2004
  • Books

    January 29, 2002
  • News

    December 22, 1998