"Our city," writes Scarlett Lindeman in this week's review of Mission Cantina (172 Orchard Street), "is giving Mexico its due." And that's because big name restaurateurs like Danny Bowien have picked up the mantle, digging into the cuisine and making it their own. Bowien's restaurant is producing co ... More >>
Isaan Thai food, micro-focused establishments, pastry celebrities, celebrity pastries, burgers with buns made of noodles -- this year had it all. As infuriating as the NYC trend machine can often be, the city's dining scene is as vibrant as ever and for that we can only be thankful. Here are some of ... More >>
No. 9: Ma po tofu from Mission Chinese Food (154 Orchard Street, 212-529-8800) Mission Chinese boasts a number of wacky hits, but we order the ma po tofu every time we sit down.
Gentrification has been pretty thorough in the traditional immigrant stronghold of the Lower East Side, and for proof, you need only to look at the restaurants--trendy spots usurp long-held leases here all the time. But despite all the turnover that's happened in the last decade or so, several old j ... More >>
We've combed the depths of the internet to bring you a fall collection of events worth checking out this week. Just make sure to take off that chic fall scarf before diving into a plate.
Thomas Keller of Per Se squinted at a monitor at last night's James Beard Foundation Awards as it aired a live feed of the stage at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall just before Daniel Humm announced the award for Outstanding Chef. "I see two medals," Keller said. "It must be a tie!" If anyone cou ... More >>
Looks like the rumors are true: Danny Bowien may be opening a French outpost of Mission Chinese. Yesterday, a blogger from Paris by Mouth tweeted a photo of herself palling around the City of Light with the chef/owner behind the insanely popular New York and San Francisco restaurants and added that ... More >>
Some of New York's top restaurants and chefs were honored this morning with James Beard Foundation Award nominations, including April Bloomfield, Danny Bowien, and Michael White for Best Chef. Blue Hill was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant, and David Chang earned an Outstanding Chef nod. All win ... More >>
Hollywood has the Oscars. The food world has the James Beard Awards. The annual ceremony that recognizes both outstanding and upcoming talent in the restaurant industry has just announced its 2013 crop of semifinalists. The current (incredibly long) list will be narrowed down to finalists on Monday ... More >>
Supermodel Karlie Kloss already hawks her own line of healthy sweets, karlie's kookies, at Christina Tosi's Momofuku Milk Bar. Now the pair have teamed up to shoot Perfect 10, a fun homage to Jane Fonda-style workout videos. The short clip was filmed for the latest issue of Lucky Peach and it's com ... More >>
"Once you're calling yourself a chef, no one is really telling you what to do anymore," Danny Bowien said a few weeks back at a Culinatro panel on branding and restaurant expansion. The company spoke with the Mission Chinese owner, along with Pok Pok Ny's Andy Ricker and Osteria Morini's Michael Whi ... More >>
Want to be a future top chef? Consider cooling it with the knife skills and learning how to smeyes.
Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson, Veronica Lake, Danny Bowien. Recognizable names? Sure. Blond New Yorkers? You bet. (Looks like you're one of us now, Danny.) Lighten up your drink order this holiday with the Blonde Manhattan from Lilium in Union Square. Being served as a tribute to the 79th annivers ... More >>
Some friends are obsessed with the celebrity chef du jour. They ask you, "How can I get Danny Bowien's hair? What about Anthony Bourdain's humor?" Sadly, those are probably unattainable. But some chef-themed gifts are easy to get... and local. Like sauces from Momofuku, or t-shirts from Crif Dogs. T ... More >>
Monday, December 3 Five Ambassadors of the New York City Culinary Experience: Join the owners of Russ & Daughters, Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese, and Amanda Hesser from Food52 as they talk about food and its place in history and community. New York Times' Sam Sifton will moderate the discussion at ... More >>
Last week, we did a lot of reporting on restaurants operating in the dark, doing whatever they could to provide light and food to those who needed it. We checked in on our review restaurants, both of which happened to be in blackout zones, and found one had stayed open all week, while the other floo ... More >>
Well, it's been quite the week here in New York City. We at Fork in the Road have been working remotely (some without power, heat, or even running water) to bring you the best coverage we can. We'll continue our reporting but in the meantime, for your convenience, here's a rundown:
NYC restaurants will be just fine, we got through 9-11 & New Orleans has proven just how resilient the cooking community can be #hardasnails— Dave Chang (@davidchang) October 30, 2012 As Hurricane Sandy took hold of many of New York's restaurants and caused horrific damage across the cit ... More >>
Fashion brands like J. Crew and Uniqlo are recruiting NYC chefs as models for their brands, according to the New York Post. Mission Chinese Food chef Danny Bowien is modeling for Uniqlo, the culinary team behind The Fat Radish is in a new ad for the prepster label Gant, and Michael Chernow of the ... More >>
I have a real soft spot for the oddities of modern fusion, or whatever you want to call it. For those hybrids built in the name of deliciousness. When a chef puts things together in a non-traditional way because it makes sense to her, because it might taste awesome, I like to cheer her on. Maybe it ... More >>
Brooklyn's Maison Premiere gets a new chef. Jared Stafford-Hill -- who worked at AdourAlain Ducasse, Bobo, Craft, and Gramercy Tavern is set to take the eatery to a more comprehensive menu. [New York Times] Marcus Samuelsson still isn't over Eddie Huang's Red Rooster piece: "Are you kidding me? It ... More >>
Danny Bowien talks to the New York Observer on being a really successful chef..and (sort of) complains: "You become a chef and it sucks...because you don't get to cook anymore. Like you're basically just managing, doing paperwork and making sure your dishwashers show up." [New York Observer] Appa ... More >>
Daniel Humm, of Eleven Madison Park, has partnered up with Mercedes Benz to create a five-course "On the Road" menu. The upscale picnic lunch was inspired by the 2013 SL Roadster. [Eater] Grub Street does a interview with Danny Bowien, who is living healthier now that he's in New York: "I did a pho ... More >>
John D. asks: My boss is flying in from St. Louis and he wants to eat lunch in Chinatown (they don't really have a Chinatown there). Where should I take him? Dear John D.: I'm assuming you mean Manhattan Chinatown - there are actually four other ones, two in Brooklyn and two in Queens.
A San Francisco transplant wows the city's gastro-cognoscenti
Danny Bowien's Mission Chinese Food is coming to New York City on Tuesday. Like the San Francisco original, charity is central to the restaurant. According to Diner's Journal: "A donation of 75 cents from each of 19 entrees will be made to the Food Bank fo'r New York City." [Diner's Journal] Grame ... More >>