Craig Hopson

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    The Five Best Things We Ate This Week

    Our edible escapades this week turned us on to a worthy brisket substitute at one of NYC's most popular Texas barbecue joints, a killer grilled cheese sandwich, and some addictive babaghanoush. Behold, the five best things we ate this week.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Five Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: two Frenchmen bring crepes to TriBeCa, a Le Cirque alum calls a new kitchen home, and an Indian eatery takes on the C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Sleekly Appointed Beautique Opens in Midtown

    The picturesque Midtown block that holds the Plaza Hotel and Paris Theater just became home to Beautique (8 West 58th Street, 212-753-1200), a sleek restaurant that overtook the former Frederick's address. The Beautique team stripped the space down to its studs, and they've installed decor that chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Chris Jaeckle 'Out' at Ai Fiori; Craig Hopson 'In' at Brewster

    ​Chris Jaeckle, who helped Ai Fiori land three stars from Sam Sifton, has left the Midtown Mediterranean eatery. [Eater NY] Craig Hopson has put in notice at Le Cirque. Hopson had talked about running his own resto, but has decided to run The Brewster instead. [Eater NY]

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Ron Suhanosky 'Out' at Stuzzicheria; Marcellus Coleman 'In' at Alias

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Craig Hopson of Le Cirque Loves His Spring Veggies: Interview Part 2

    Photo courtesy Craig HopsonGo cruising (literally) with Craig Hopson​ Yesterday we chatted with Le Cirque chef Craig Hopson about his education and training. Today we change gears, as he reveals his drink of choice for a night out and why he's moonlighting on cruise ships.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    It's the witching hour, that time when we anticipate the weekend to come by looking back at the week that was: Le Cirque's Craig Hopson discussed his favorite spring vegetables, his education, and designing a menu for cruise ships. Our 10 Best NYC Restaurants With Secret Gardens. Where can I get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Craig Hopson of Le Cirque Talks About the State of Fine Dining and Reveals His Predictions for This Year's James Beard Awards

    Photo courtesy Craig HopsonCraig Hopson will make you pasta primavera...if you ask nicely​In New York City, restaurants come and go on a near daily basis. So when a restaurant stands the test of time, it's clearly doing something right. Le Cirque is one such example, so we got in touch with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    The Suhanoskys 'Out' at Sfoglia; Ferran Adrià Plans Two New Spots

    ​Ron Suhanosky and Colleen Marnell-Suhanosky, the couple who opened Sfoglia on the Upper East Side, are no longer involved with the restaurant or its Nantucket big-sister establishment. [Diner's Journal] Ferran Adrià and his brother Albert have announced they're opening two new restaurants i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    David Coleman 'Out' at Tocqueville; Craig Hopson 'In' at Tolani

    ​Tocqueville is getting a new chef de cuisine. David Coleman left the restaurant and Gregory Vernick, a Jean Georges and Pe Se alum, is taking over. [Eater] Pranna is getting a new menu designed by its fourth chef in less than two years of operation. Keith Kornfeld's vision is "food focused o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Sam Freund Out at One if By Land; Tom Colicchio Pissed at College Paper Review

    ​West Village mainstay One if by Land, Two if by Sea, has a new chef, its third in two years. Sam Freund, who took over from Craig Hopson a year and a half ago, has left the restaurant for a job in Denver. Andrew Matthews, who has been at OIBL for more than a year, is now at the helm. [Eater] ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Mini Coke Coming to a Store Near You; Baby Food Recalled due to Botulism Fears

    ​The newest Coke product is a mini can, less than half the size of a standard 20-ounce bottle that contains just 90 calories. Expected to hit stores in December, the mini cans are meant to act as a "portion-control option," as part of Coca-Cola's "Living Well" initiative. [Washington Post] Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    One If By Land Takes Over Elettaria Slot at 'Eat Your Heart Out'

    laverrue/flickr​The closing of Elettaria last month did, apparently, come as a surprise to owners Akhtar Nawab and Noel Cruz, who had already signed up their one-and-a-half-year-old restaurant to participate in Eat Your Heart Out, the seventh annual West Village tasting event taking place in W ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 6, 2008

    How Chefs Are Dealing With the Tanking Dollar

    Getting creative with imported goods