This week's round-up of cheap eats takes us to three boroughs and four continents, highlighting dishes from all corners of the former Soviet Union and an Uruguayan regional specialty. So if you're strapped for cash, you can still eat well.
Whatever Mother Nature has cooking, being in the midst of this polar vortex doesn't feel nearly as Death Metal as we would have hoped. Mostly we just want a comforting meal, and during winter, that means stew. The process of fortifying slow-cooked broths and sauces with meats, vegetables, and legume ... More >>
The holidays are creeping in on us. And you know what else is? A freakish Christmas elf! Catch a screening of the 1989 B-movie Elves at Spectacle Theater. But before that let's figure out what films are actually doing to our brains at ArtLab's Film and the Unconscious.
After listening closely to Dysnomia, the new album by Dawn of Midi, it becomes clear why the title was not directly inspired by the Ancient Greek meaning of the word: "lawlessness." The music is precisely ordered; it is ecstatic, but not anarchic. It is also unlike the condition of dysnomia--the ina ... More >>
This past weekend was the second of Smorgasburg's 2013 season. As usual, the Williamsburg and Dumbo markets were packed with a mix of locals and tourists counting their dollar bills as they waited in line for smoked meat sandwiches and stuffed parathas. We sought out as many snacks as we could over ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
On Saturday afternoon, Rerun Theater at Rebar was full. It seemed only fitting that even the name of the place is a do-over, its chairs the back seats from old minivans--and not just because Rerun is a venue for post-film festival movies that don't yet have distributors. Today the theater was screen ... More >>
In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here's a list of restaurants that opened and closed in December.
St. Ann's Warehouse brings a noted adaptation to Brooklyn
Today's politically charged special at Vinnie's Pizzeria in Brooklyn Whether you vote red, blue, black, tea, green or some rainbow unicorn color, the best part of election day is watching the results. The excitement and anxiety is best felt with fellow voters in a crowded space, with pun-ny named ... More >>
[See More Recipes: Boozy Sparkling Watermelon Punch from the Smith | How to Make the Whipped Green Eggs from Paprika] Here's a recipe for scallop aguachile from Gran Electrica chef Sam Richman. At this Mexican restaurant in DUMBO, Richman (formerly of Jean Georges) serves market-driven dishes inspi ... More >>
A Chelsea artisanal grocery serves up dinner
TR Warszawa present Festen (The Celebration)
We've always been a big fan of City Harvest, the organization that collects up to 30 million pounds of excess food from restaurants and markets every year to feed the hungry. The most famous supporter of City Harvest is organization chair Eric Ripert. The problem? Most people can't afford to ... More >>
DUMBO gets submerged in art
The singer's grand, sweeping take on pop
The ride was free, the kids had a half-day at school, the sun finally started to shine in the afternoon -- and people just didn't want to get off the NY Waterway East River Ferry yesterday. Some were curious about the new service. Others were actually trying to get from point A to point B. M ... More >>
Tampons. They are important to ladies. We won't go into the details here, but suffice it to say, they're personal. Intimate, even. So when o.b. nonapplicator tampons disappeared from the shelves of our local Duane Reades, something of a Seinfeld: The Sponge Episode was born. Except maybe born ... More >>
Chilling visions of a steampunk past
Paying tribute to our neighbors over the border
Crazy celebrity stalkers and morbid ghost-seekers unite for a two-hour tour of the city's sites of notorious deaths (Heath Ledger, Keith Haring, Sid Vicious, "Crazy Joe" Gallo, Thomas Paine, to name a bunch)! And the tour vehicle is no smiley double-decker bus -- it's a hearse (actually a 196 ... More >>
From gelato to affogato to fro-yo&emdash;our recommended frozen fun
Ed Cotton, formerly of BLT Market, will be the executive chef at Frederick Lesort's new Tribeca brasserie, Plein Sud, set to open next month. [NY Times] Massimo De Francesca, who was previously at Domaso, just outside D.C., will take over the kitchen at Nios, and is planning such new menu it ... More >>
Yesterday, Marion's. This Friday, Mexican. Last September, we reported that Hecho en Dumbo would be moving, name intact, to the Bowery sometime this winter. Per Grub Street, it looks like they'll be opening their doors in the old Marion's Continental space this Friday. There's a slideshow up ... More >>
Every so often someone tells us about an incredibly cool thing in some distant neighborhood, and when we weigh the benefits of seeing the cool thing against getting a good night's sleep or even going to work, the cool thing usually suffers. But here's a loophole: Brooklyn's smART Brooklyn Gal ... More >>
According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, requests for canning classes have increased. Countrywide canning fests organized by Canning Across America are all the rage, and Jarden Home Brands -- makers of Kerr and Ball brand jars -- say sales of canning equipment are up 30 pe ... More >>
Daniel Boulud reportedly raced back from the Epicurious.com Entertains NYC event last week when he heard that a very recognizable Sam Sfton was at his flagship Restaurant Daniel. [NY Post] Costco has struck a deal with Tyson for testing for the pathogen E. coli. Costco will start buying beef ... More >>
Diner's Journal brings word that Chelsea Market is set to get two new high-profile tenants: Jacques Torres and Park Slope's Beer Table will be opening up retail outlets. This will be the fifth storefront for Torres, who earlier this summer opened up an ice cream parlor next door to his Dumbo chocola ... More >>
NY1 brings word that a new branch of Grimaldi's has opened in Queens. The location, on 61st Avenue in Douglaston, offers the same menu, as well as new salads. Whether or not it will become, in the words of Grimaldi's manager Gina Peluso, a "total total total tourist attraction" like the original DUM ... More >>
An art world sprouts near Sunset Park, DUMBO be damned
A formalist occasion at DUMBO's Smack Mellon
Old fort inspires quick sketches by choreographers
You can go in the water again!
Bryant Park, meet Brooklyn Fashion Week
Two agile revivals make fresh comedy out of creepy menace
Halcyon closes shopfor now; Jeannie Hopper and WPS1 Art radio go live
Deconstructing the Gap, J. Crew, and Banana Republic
Best Bets for Boozing in the Breeze
Brooklyn Dance Clubs Pick Up the Cabaret Laws Slack
Five Veterans of the Citys Public Housing Tell Their Tales
DUMBA Takes Off