Manhattan's Little Italy may be disappearing, but up in the Bronx, an enclave of descendants from that southern European nation still leads a vibrant existence, turning out cured meats, freshly made cheeses, just-shelled clams, and filled-to-order canoli from a stretch of shopfronts along Arthur Ave ... More >>
Whether or not you put any stock in the Hallmark holiday coming up on February 14, we think you should use the occasion to eat a little chocolate. It's been a brutal winter here in NYC, after all. And if you're buying a gift set for someone special? Go local. Here's where:
Over the course of her two-decade-long career in New York City's restaurants, Caroline Fidanza has both witnessed and shaped the ever-evolving conversation about the place of local sources and sustainability in food: After stints at local sourcing-focused Savoy and almost every single one of Andrew ... More >>
Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from Nicole Schnitzler. With the last weekend before Christmas upon us, it's full shopping speed ahead. And while it's doubtful any retailer will offer a tranquil experience o ... More >>
If you watched (obsessed over) Breaking Bad, you might remember the moment in the second half of season five (episode 603 entitled "Sunset", to be precise) when Gale Boetticher introduced Walter White to his coffee-making apparatus over a fresh cooked batch of meth. The machinery looks complex, but ... More >>
For this week's review, Hannah Palmer Egan checked in on Toro (85 Tenth Avenue, 212-691-2360), the vibrant tapas eatery Boston powerhouses Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette planted near Chelsea Market earlier this year. "The dining room quivers with the electricity of a place where life is happening, ... More >>
When David Chang defeated Questlove in a battle of fried chicken supremacy, The Roots drummer and budding gourmand took his second place finish in stride. While the competition reinforced Chang's excellence as a chef, it also put the fried chicken world on notice that the musician/DJ/The Hoodie Shop ... More >>
Still nursing a holiday hangover and trying to fend off the heat? Here's a look at our favorite reasons to venture out this week, sure to keep you cool and cushion the blow of your post-long-weekend return to responsibility.
In part one of our interview with Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue pitmaster Matt Fisher, he talked about creating a style of barbecue unique to New York City and then weighed in on the food he just won't eat (fish), why he admires Kenny Shopsin, and the reason he uses cheap knives in his kitchen. Here, ... More >>
The bartender took out a chilled glass, separated the egg whites into a tin and then measured and added the lime, pisco and simple syrup and shook the cocktail into a froth. As he poured, the white drink toppled into the glass, the lime and pisco separating to the bottom. "Pisco hasn't been very pop ... More >>
Lobster Place's uni (sea urchin) was breezy and briny, and got a grade of A-. As part of the current evolution of Chelsea Market, old tenants are grabbing more space and revamping their premises to provide more opportunities for the sale of prepared food. In this connection, seafood distributor an ... More >>
Michael Psilakis opened the latest version of MP Taverna in Astoria on Monday. Other outposts of the Greek restaurant have become popular in Roslyn, Long Island, and Irvington, N.Y. Psilakis told Flo Fab that lamb dumplings, a favorite from his original restaurants, and a Greek paella with seafood a ... More >>
Wylie Dufresne has caused quite a stir with the opening of Alder, his new restaurant on Second Avenue. The hotspot opened last Thursday and was the newest East Village restaurant to warrant waiting lines around the block. Dufresne told Flo Fab, "It's not meant to be a destination, like wd-50." Inste ... More >>
The ornamental Eureka lemon has decidedly pink flesh, instead of lemon-yellow. Normally, if you set out to make festive pink lemonade like Martha Stewart, you do it by adding cranberry or strawberry juice to your regular recipe. But now you can make pink lemonade without the alien juices.
Joan Nathan would never cater her Passover seder. The famed cookbook writer known for her Jewish-American recipes usually cooks everything for the holiday, which starts on Monday, March 25. She even hosts a gefilte fish-making party for a few friends at her home in Washington, D.C. "If I didn't have ... More >>
Giovanni Rana Pastificio E Cucina opened in Chelsea Market and is the first full-service American outpost from Italian pasta company Giovanni Rana. [Grub Street]
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 >>
A waffle cone costs you no more than a regular cone at Eataly's Gelateria. The creamy imported-from-Italy treat called gelato has taken the city by ice storm over the last decade, and even old-guard Italian ice palaces have started selling it. This cousin of ice cream (which sports a lower fat con ... More >>
Spring for some one-hand sammy classics
The sole output from Blue Bottle's downstairs is pour-overs -- no espressos! When San Francisco's Blue Bottle Coffee hit town two years ago in the Williamsburg outback, it changed the paradigm of the coffee bar. As a friend said to me, peering into the place's expansive premises, "Hey, whe ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyThe messy-but-tasty corn tacoTacombi at Fonda Nolita, the popular Nolita taqueria, recently branched out to feed office workers and culinary amblers at Chelsea Market. Unlike the airy, cavernous flagship -- complete with its taco-dispensing VW bus -- this new outpost operates o ... More >>
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. The drink: Curly & the Turk The bar: The Tippler (425 West 15th Street, 212-206-0000) The price: $11 The ingredients: G'Vine gin, blue curacao, lemon juice, hibiscus syrup, chile, Moroccan bitters
We're hereby declaring a start to the Valentine's Day mayhem, and hope to give you some decent advice as to where to eat cheaply and well in a romantic atmosphere, and what kind of foodie gifts are available in a Cupidian theme.
The overstuffed chili dog at Dickson's. If you look carefully, you can see the glint of mayo through the morass of chili. Papaya King, watch your ass! Papaya Dog, too! There's a new chlli dog roaming the city's dog runs, from boutique meat source Dickson's Farmstand Meats.
Wine Tasting on a Boat As part of an ongoing series about world wines, Classic Harbor Line will host a sampling tonight, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Meet at Chelsea Piers' slot no. 62. Sign up for the $85 event here. Gingerbread Decoration at Eleni's New York Want to build the house of your dreams ... More >>
Scary security guard at Chelsea Market The Fork in the Road staff takes Halloween quite seriously. As evidence, here's a rundown of the gruesome-holiday coverage we've offered so far this year, and a chance to catch up with the posts that you missed.
Rebecca Marx New York abounds with pre-packaged sushi, and a lot of it sucks. And that's one of the reasons we're grateful for the Lobster Place, where the pre-packaged sushi is so fresh and pristine it could pass muster in a good sit-down restaurant.
The rustic loaves at Balthazar are cradled in a birch branch. As Pablo Neruda says: "The best poet is the man who delivers our daily bread: the local baker." And indeed he was right. Little gives as much pleasure as a freshly baked loaf, and here are the 10 that please us most. Note that th ... More >>
Between the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, Van Leeuwen's, and Butter Lane's Blue Bell ice cream, East 7th Street is shaping up to be a frozen treats fantasia. And next week it will get even frostier, thanks to the good folks of People's Pops.
laurentgras.typepad.comLaurent Gras when he's not cooking.Laurent Gras is a serial dater. Ever since moving to New York from Chicago a few months back, the Michelin-starred chef has enjoyed flings with Locanda Verde, the Chelsea Market, Corton, and BLT Fish. Eventually, he plans to commit to ... More >>
Friday afternoon is sliding into Friday early evening, so without further ado, a look back at the week that was ... Our 10 Best West African Restaurants. Why getting into the Hester Street Fair is a little like getting into college. Lure/Burger & Barrel's Josh Capon talks burgers, not barrels.
Chefs gonna be winning!April showers bring May flowers, but also the James Beard Foundation Awards! The second week in May the awards will celebrate the country's best chefs (and journalists and writers), and are a big ole party of who's who in the industry. Wanting to take a peek behind th ... More >>
apol3/FlickrTwo years ago, Beer Table announced its plans to open a retail store in the Chelsea Market. Those plans never materialized, but now it looks like the Park Slope restaurant, which is known for its extensive selection of craft beers, has moved on to grander pastures.
David Berkowitz/FlickrExtra nice with a dribbling lobster roll The food vendors lucky enough to win a spot on the High Line this summer are still being decided upon. But if the organization that runs the elevated park gets what they asked for in proposals due yesterday, April 14, New Yorkers ... More >>
Hot cross buns recently went on sale at Amy's Bread, for $1.50 apiece, and will be sold through Easter Sunday. The small-yeast risen rolls appear sometime during Lent, in the run-up to Good Friday. Each roll is criss-crossed with white icing, and ramified with candied fruit. The frosting is ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Satsko on the Lower East Side has been shuttered recently and plastered with bright orange "seizure" stickers, apparently due to state taxes owed. [Bowery Boogie] Salt & Pepper in Midtown West ... More >>
Spot Dessert Bar won customers back after the blizzard by offering half-price hot drinks on Facebook, Twitter, and its blog. It also offers discounts to people who "like" the place. [Wall Street Journal] Abdul Haye, who owns the Kennedy Fried Chicken brand, is declaring war against all Afgha ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Williamsburg's Vutera and its upstairs venue Rose Live Music are celebrating the venue's fifth and last year this week, as both are set to close at the end of February. [Wall Street Journal] R ... More >>
Project Gutenberg Given the latest video exposing the utterly awful reality of factory farming, we're even more grateful for butchers like the Meat Hook and Dickson's Farmstand, which get their meat only from small producers who raise their animals responsibly and humanely.
Foodparc is not quite as big and grandiose as it looks from the outside. If this era coming up has a theme, it might be the Era of Food Courts. They seem to be popping up everywhere.
Robert SietsemaPeople's Pops is officially shutting down for the season in the coming weeks, but once it emerges from hibernation next spring, it may be with its very own stand-alone storefront.
The SimpsonsWhat do you do when your friend is vegetarian but you love meat and hate earnest vegetarian restaurants? Can you recommend any non-vegetarian restaurants that have stand-out vegetarian options? The good news here is that the city's current fixation with all things farm-to-table m ... More >>
Amy's Bread on the left, Fat Witch on the right.With its avenue-long daisy chain of bakeries, Chelsea Market is more or less a carbophile's dream and dentist's worst nightmare. Two of the market's most highly-trafficked storefronts are Amy's Bread and Fat Witch Bakery. The former is an outpo ... More >>
The work of America's grand old man of point-and-shoot photography, Elliott Erwitt, is currently being represented by an excellent new show at Chelsea Market.
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