Looking to extend the magic of a fall weekend spent idling in a pumpkin patch? Check out these five uplifting events.
If you stumble into a taqueria and want to know if the tacos al pastor on its menu are going to be worthwhile, look first for a slowly turning spit with a beehive-shaped mass of pork fixed to the rod. It looks a lot like shwarma, and that's no coincidence -- the Mexicans picked up this cooking metho ... More >>
In the years following the Cuban Revolution, New York City welcomed large numbers of Cuban-Chinese immigrants, and during the 1960s and '70s, restaurants serving these new residents' food abounded. This isn't fusion cooking like Peruvian chifa; rather, it's a mash-up of both Latin American and Chine ... More >>
Dish no. 7: Pastiera from Sole di Capri (165 Church Street, 212-513-1113)
When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a boardgame café in Bushwick, juice in Greenpoint, and a brioche-muffin hybrid in the Lower West Side.
Lately, it feels like you can't strut anywhere in this city without colliding nostrils-first into an aromatic haze of woodsmoke, but New York's barbecue culture has evolved as lowly and slowly as the heavily barked meats the beloved cuisine produces. From its '90s origins with Pearson's Texas Barbec ... More >>
Dish no. 9: Patty melt from the Derby (187 Orchard Street, 212-777-8469)
When Jacob Eberle first traveled to France, he had no idea that he'd eventually become a classically trained chef. A comparative religion major with a concentration in French, Eberle had never been to Europe. So when the opportunity to study the language in its native land presented itself, he jumpe ... More >>
The smell of smoke fills the air as you walk down Kent, pouring out the vents of the wood burning ovens at Cow & Clover's (291 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-782-8810). You'll spy the source on the corner of Kent and South 2nd Street; the imposing modern structure is the latest locally-focused eatery to ... More >>
Attention, NYC: The time has come once again to reflect upon the things that make this city great. Our Best of NYC 2014 issue hits the streets today, and you can peruse it right this very second on our website.
At Tuome (536 East 5th Street, 646-833-7811) in the center of the East Village's Alphabet City, an appetizer of smoky charred octopus arrives at my table. Curved like an iron boat hook excavated from a shipwreck, the lone tentacle reclines on a shingle of pork pebbles. Before I can do my best James ... More >>
After Harold Dieterle walked away victorious from the first season of Bravo's Top Chef, people expected him, he says, to open a massive restaurant in Times Square, one where he could put himself onstage in an open kitchen and smile benevolently down upon his fans. That's not his personality, though, ... More >>
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001) Neighborhood: Chelsea Cuisine: Cuban-Latin diner
When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: whole hog barbeque in Bushwick, Acadian food in the East Village, and a casual French spot in Brooklyn.
Dish no. 13: Steak tartar from Employees Only (510 Hudson Street, 212-242-3021)
Forget pumpkin beer, we've got sherry, cider, and lots of wine to drink this fall, all paired with edible expressions of the season. Here are four of our favorite food and beverage menus served around town this month.
Queens Restaurant Week -- actually two weeks -- launches Monday and lasts until Halloween, and it offers eaters the opportunity to get better acquainted with this vast and super-diverse borough. (And at Queens prices -- prix fixe lunches will run you $14, dinners a mere $28.) Nearly 100 restaurants ... More >>
When Eben Klemm and Ken Jackson began plotting opening a restaurant together a few years back, they originally planned to bring Cajun fare to New York City, but they quickly realized they'd have to retool: "We both felt that real Cajun cooking is hard to do in the north," says Klemm, a beverage cons ... More >>
New York has been kind to Charlie Palmer. Not many chefs could sustain a 26-year career in this town, as he has at Aureole. Nor could they survive 24 restaurant openings nationwide over the course of that career, a relocation of their first restaurant, or a current roster of 14 venues across four st ... More >>
Last week, the Michelin Guide unveiled its 2015 star rankings for New York City, bestowing two sparklers upon Aquavit (65 East 55th Street, 212-307-7311). That's one more than last year, and it's proof that Emma Bengtsson, who took over the kitchen as executive chef this summer after a long stint as ... More >>
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Melba's Restaurant (300 West 114th Street, 212-864-7777) Neighborhood: West Harlem Cuisine: American Comfort Food
After the tiki-themed Hurricane Club called it quits in the Flatiron neighborhood, its owners, father-and-son team Michael and Alan Stillman, installed General Assembly, an American bistro that Michael told us he hoped would become NoMad's equivalent of Balthazar. The all-day crowds never materializ ... More >>
Before the 18th Amendment was ratified, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the United States, other measures limited where alcohol could be consumed, including the Raines Law, which stipulated that boozing be confined to hotels. Nearly a century later, Raines Law Room, a prolific Che ... More >>
With larger than life Bavarian pretzels, specially brewed beer, and polka music, Oktoberfest has once again descended upon our fair city. But with festivities already underway and running well into October, finding the right party can be harder than squeezing into a pair of lederhosen after a plate ... More >>
It's been several years since politics hindered Jersey City's success as a dining destination. The last major scandal was in 2009, when a crackdown on a thriving downtown food-truck scene, which included the Taco Truck and Cinnamon Snail, uncovered outdated ordinances and led to the investigation of ... More >>
Mono Mono owner Mihae Cho has been busy since a two-alarm blaze shuttered her East Village Korean fried chicken and classic jazz coop 17 months ago. After resettling in Jersey suburbia, she's just opened Roosterspin (251 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ; 908-233-7333) opposite the railway station ... More >>
Small plates have become so ubiquitous in the last few years, it's no longer novel to open up a tapas restaurant. So to cut it in this town with that kind of concept is tough. But not for Boqueria, apparently. "We're in a city where restaurants have a half-life of about two years," says Yann de Roch ... More >>
In the years following the Cuban Revolution, many of the country's Chinese immigrants traveled north, settling in cities like Miami and New York. More than 50 years later (and over a century after Chinese immigrants first arrived in Cuba), both New York City's Cuban-Chinese restaurants and Havana's ... More >>
On a recent episode of Ilan Hall's Esquire Network show, Knife Fight, the cheeky, bespectacled chef held a lifeless, blue-skinned Silkie chicken by its neck, thrusting it toward hooting audience members as cameras panned across their squeamish faces. The faux-underground competition is Food Network ... More >>
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Ornella Trattoria Italiana (29-17 23rd Avenue, 718-777-9477) Neighborhood: Astoria Cuisine: Italian
When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a beer hall is ready for Columbia students, the West Village gets a coffee shop, and shots and beer are being served together on Houston.
Long overdue for its own Lincoln Center revival, the former Arpeggio wine bar at Avery Fisher Hall is now Lincoln Center Kitchen (Broadway at 65th Street; 212-874-7000), a window-walled theater lobby bistro with a menu of crowd-pleasing new American standards by neighborhood fixture Ed Brown. If the ... More >>
These days, airlines are notorious for failing to please even the most passive palate, but a quartet of Brits is channeling air travel's glory days for a pop-up, making sky food glamorous for a short while. Dine Mile High (secret location; no phone) is a theatrical dining experience that's landed ea ... More >>
"I tell you, when the wise guys ran Vegas, it was good for everybody," says Anthony Bamonte. I'm sitting with him and two of his long time friends, and we are just starting to work on an appetizer of grilled zucchini and onions. Grilled lightly and folded with quality olive oil, the dish (an off the ... More >>
Dish no. 24: Cold foie gras at Betony (41 West 57th Street, 212-465-2400)
Cabbing to North End Grill in Battery Park always feels like a trip, but experiencing North End alum Floyd Cardoz's globally-informed seasonal cooking at White Street (221 West Broadway, 212-944-8378) is transporting. The chef's turnaround of the former Churrascaria Tribeca, located inside a 19th ce ... More >>
Dish no. 25: Crispy ribs from Flor De Mayo (2651 Broadway, 212-663-5520)
Slicked with olive oil and glistening in the glow of the dining room's hanging lamps, the skewered anchovies curved around Manzanilla olives and pickled guindilla peppers in a sultry cocktail-toothpick pole dance, their olfactory siren song beckoning from the server's tray. Yes, these gildas were ri ... More >>
This week, Angelica Kitchen (300 East 12th Street, 212-228-2909) owner Leslie McEachern rang the digital alarm with an email informing patrons of the 38-year-old East Village stalwart's battle against raised rents, bemoaning that "Angelica's is at risk of becoming a casualty of the business climate ... More >>
Bartender Joaquín Simó received his first lesson in hospitality as a teenager while working as a parish secretary at his church. "The very first thing that Father Gerrardo taught me was not how to answer the phone or where the CCD registration forms were, but rather, how to prepare Cuban coffee fo ... More >>
When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a matcha-centric cafe opens in Williamsburg, seafood makes its way to West Harlem, and three brothers are serving up their unique roasts in Bro ... More >>
Astoria Restaurant Week launched with a party at Astoria Bank, where several of the nearly 50 participating restaurants offered guests a preview of what will be on offer from September 19 through 28. If you're curious about exploring this international neighborhood's culinary landscape, pick up a pa ... More >>
On a recent Friday evening, assorted groups of people were waiting on the sidewalk, passing the time until their tables were ready. The crowd was mostly locals, though a few part-time models were standing just off the curb, next to a kid wearing a "Welcome to NYU" shirt, and his parents. This will a ... More >>
Twenty years ago, when Donna Lennard opened Il Buco (47 Bond Street, 212-533-1932) on Bond Street, she wasn't planning to become a restaurateur. Il Buco wasn't even a restaurant then. Lennard was an independent filmmaker caught up in a romance with an Italian named Alberto Avalle, who wanted to expo ... More >>
Brooklyn restaurants cull, by and large, from the same design playbook. They illuminate with Edison bulbs, expose their bricks, and outfit with vintage flea-market bounty. Lea (1022 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 718-928-7100), a Neapolitan restaurant and pizzeria that opened in Flatbush in December, is ... More >>
Take a bite out of the Big Apple and check out this week's five top food events -- a list that includes a free happy hour.
The weekend's Taste Talks events went off without a hitch, bringing together top New York food mavens and eager eaters to share in conversation and plenty of good dishes. From Friday evening to Sunday night, Taste Talks hosted a round of events -- dinners, presentations, a Future of Food expo, and S ... More >>
With a slight chill in the air, fall is fast approaching. So break out a scarf and check out a few of this weekend's best food events.
When one restaurant's doors close, another's 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: a former Smorgasburg bakery opens a brick and mortar in Brooklyn, Champagne and fried chicken get paired together in the Lower East Si ... More >>
If you're looking for somewhere to hunker down underground and gorge on suckling pig and cachaca until the next World Cup, you might want to check out Botequim (132 Fourth Avenue; 212-432-1324), the long-anticipated clubhouse from the restaurateurs behind Tocqueville and 15 East that's located insid ... More >>