Football has returned, and it's again time to break out your favorite jersey and huddle around your favorite flat screen. While there's no place quite like home to watch a game, sometimes it's nice to get out of the house. Using a complex game plan based on metrics like drink specials, food, attire ... More >>
When the Upper West Side and Prospect Heights outposts of Australian-themed Sunburnt Calf--satellites of East Village staple Sunburnt Cow and now-defunct LES bar Bondi Road--shuttered back in May, Aussies Tim Harris and Matilda Boland, who'd met doing time at the restaurants, jumped at the chance to ... More >>
The Butterfly made its brunch debut on Saturday, and given its location in a neighborhood famous for a near-lethal combination of stroller-pushing brunchers and mediocre daytime options, our first inclination was that we might need to steel ourselves for an insane crowd.
No. 36: Burger from Fritzl's Lunch Box
It's frightening that we are already one week deep into September and are marching towards shorter, cooler days. For many, the change in weather means a welcome return to red wine. But what do you drink when the humidity abates yet temps still hover in the shorts and t-shirt zone?
For decades, Italian cuisine in New York meant red sauce and lots of it. With the opening of Bamonte's in 1900 and Ferdinando's Focacceria four years later, tomato-heavy Neapolitan and Sicilian restaurants enjoyed a certain sustained verisimilitude, carrying the torch for their motherland while pavi ... More >>
On the reputation of its gussied up gastropub fare and owner Joe Dobias' inclination toward provocation, JoeDoe firmly established itself in the East Village five years ago, and it's done a brisk business for brunch and dinner ever since. That is until it closed up shop a couple of weeks back to mak ... More >>
It was just after New Year's Day when the team behind Tulum resort Posada Margherita first debuted a New York City Italian restaurant on Bond Street; Circolo opened with a Tuscan chef and menu, white-washed brick walls, and wooden tables. Just nine months later, though, the space took a short recess ... More >>
If you're shellshocked about having to put away the white shoes, a cheap drink is probably necessary. Here are a few places that'll keep some green in your pocket no matter what fashion statement you're making:
No. 39: Sausage sampler from Katja
Here's some cold hard truth: Your waiter is judging you. And it's not because you scanned our restaurant's list of preachy, precious dishes made with esoteric (but local!) ingredients and then asked what celeriac or chimicurri are. Waiters don't care about that. Answering questions like that is thei ... More >>
A couple of years ago, Brian Bordainick and his friends Drew Barrett, Francisco "Paco" Robert, Ravi Prakash, Bryson Aust, and Zach Kupperman lamented the lack of late-night dining options in New Orleans. "You can drink until the sun comes up," he says. "But the city has the worst late-night options ... More >>
Instead of frantically searching for last minute getaways--or taking a crash course in barbecuing 101--you should focus instead on these food-related reasons to stick around the city for the long weekend, none of which involve TSA pat downs or rush hour traffic.
This week, Fork in the Road featured a two-part interview with chef Richard Kuo of Pearl & Ash, who specified the importance of his partners, Brandon McRill and Patrick Cappiello, a number of times. That's because food is only part of the equation at this downtown dining destination, and while McRil ... More >>
If you happen to be on Smith Street in Cobble Hill on a weekend afternoon--and you're looking for sustenance that doesn't require you to shell out a significant portion of this week's paycheck--head over to Pane e Vino, where you'll get subtle Italian flare woven into brunch basics plus booze for $1 ... More >>
A sizable part of this city's population has a high tolerance for wait lists, and the rest of us avoid lines at any cost--which means we've missed out on some of the restaurants other people rave about because we're simply unwilling to give up three hours to stand around. If you fall in the latter c ... More >>
No. 40: Toasted couscous and farro salad at The Harrison
For the last two years, Thanaruek "Eh" Laoraowirodge has been feeding the people of Bangkok somtum der, a version of green papaya salad that's native to his hometown of Khon Kaen in the northeastern Isan region of Thailand. "Thai people like to eat this kind of food," he explains. "We focused on the ... More >>
Part one of my interview with Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo ran yesterday. Here in part two, the chef divulges his desert island food, names a top problem with the New York restaurant industry, and talks about his locksmithing hobby.
In my interview with Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo, he noted that it irritates him to accommodate vegans because he doesn't feel like they're getting the full experience of a meal. "It would be like going to Marea and asking for a cheeseburger," he explains. "It's not relevant to what the restaurant is ... More >>
Before you drop a ton of cash prepping for that pig roast, why not save a few bucks? Here's a look at this week's cheap drink specials--all of which can help you save a bit to bring home the bacon:
Watch chef Richard Kuo in his tiny kitchen at Pearl & Ash, and you'll see someone intensely focused on his craft: The chef is often immersed in a state of deep concentration even as the restaurant buzzes loudly around him. He's concentrating on turning out hundreds of plates to a dining room that, h ... More >>
Since Jerry Katzoff and his business partner Brian Galligan bought Il Mulino in the West Village back in 2001, they've envisioned expanding the shrine to Abruzzo into an international empire. And slowly but surely, they're amassing locations: In addition to a second Il Mulino New York on the Upper E ... More >>
When I sat down with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky for this week's chef interview, we talked a lot about her connection to Astoria in Queens. Her first experiences in the U.S. happened not far from where her restaurant sits, and she and her brother Alex have dug into the community with their s ... More >>
No. 46: Dante's Inferno from Dominick's Deli
No. 47: Handmade pierogies from The Grand
In part one of my interview with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky, she talked about her life as a Ukrainian refugee and what she's trying to accomplish at her Astoria restaurant. Here in part two, she divulges a guilty pleasure, talks about the best meal (and nap!) she's ever had, and touches on ... More >>
It's not especially easy to find the entrance to Fitzcarraldo as you head down Morgan Avenue, especially if it's dark. You might be able to see the illuminated dining room, set a half story above this quiet street, as you pass by, but you may miss the chalkboard sign that points you down a narrow cr ... More >>
No. 48: Khao soi from Pig and Khao
Many chefs can recall how they first became hooked on the food industry, but few can point to a juxtaposition of culinary experiences like Bear's Natasha Pogrebinsky can. The chef grew up in Soviet Ukraine, where she remembers "going to all the different shops in the city and picking out bread in on ... More >>
With the dog days of summer almost over, it's only a matter of time before you'll have to tuck away the flip-flops and Nantucket reds until next year. Say goodbye in style through this week's diverse dining events.
No. 49: Daal tadka from Bhojan
Hi there, remember me? I'm Feral Hostess Cat, one of Laura Shunk's 10 worst people in NYC restaurants. I work the door at Chez Bowery, that new pseudo-casual, nose-to-tail-artisanal downtown comfort food joint everyone's just dying to try. Before you write me off as a cold, callous bitch from hell ... More >>
No. 50: Spicy crispy beef from RedFarm
It's not exactly novel to say you're opening a restaurant based on seasonality anymore, so when chef Shaun Hergatt--who was last at SHO Shaun Hergatt--opens Juni in the Chandler Hotel at 12 East 31st Street on Monday, he hopes to dig deeply into what "seasonality" really means.
Via his work at restaurants like Sofrito, 809, and Hudson River Cafe, chef Ricardo Cardona has developed a reputation for creating menus with bold Latin flavors in buzzy spots. And he'll attempt to do the same--albeit in a more fine dining-format--at the forthcoming Z Bar (605 West 48th Street), whi ... More >>
No. 52: Pork chop pho from Pho Grand
Part one of my interview with the Pines chef Angelo Romano ran yesterday. Here in part two, he weighs in on fluke cartilage, what else he could have done with the money he spent on culinary school, and why he can't put alligator on the menu even though he wants to.
Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. I caught up with six of these women t ... More >>
School is just around the corner--are you saving up for supplies? That's as good an excuse as any to drink cheaply at one of this city's happy hours. Here are three we'd hit this week.
The Inwood area of Manhattan is not exactly known for its bustling restaurant scene, but plastic artist and entrepreneur Dario Oleaga wants to change that. So he's opening Vacca Grill & Lounge, a 5,800 square foot restaurant in what used to be the home of a mechanic's garage.
No. 53: Beef tartare from Estela
This past weekend, in the shadow of the 7 train tracks above Queens Boulevard, Venturo Osteria & Wine Bar (44-07 Queens Boulevard) quietly announced its soft opening, letting locals who'd been peeking in the doorway come experience a first taste. Venturo--the Italian word for 'next'--is the third v ... More >>
Four years ago, Gotham Bar & Grill chef Alfred Portale decided to celebrate summer with Greenmarket to Gotham, a weekly prix fixe lunch sourced almost entirely from the Union Square Greenmarket. Spotlighting seasonal ingredients allows Portale to highlight a different local farmer every week for 12 ... More >>
When Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman opened their first Meatball Shop on the Lower East Side in 2010, they were focused, above all, on running that restaurant as well as they could. But it had certainly crossed their minds that the concept could eventually spawn additional locations. "We kept the ... More >>
No. 55: Ma po tofu fries from King Noodle.
One big draw at Bijan's brunch in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill is its list of medicinal cocktails, many of which are infused with healthful components to counteract the booze. Each of them pairs well with a menu of Persian-inspired fare that breaks the typical brunch-time mold. And best of all? One of tho ... More >>
Should you find yourself in Murray Hill craving Indian food, there's not exactly a shortage of spots to sate your desire--the neighborhood didn't earn the nickname "Curry Hill" for nothing. But that didn't stop Paradise Biryani Pointe, the nation's largest chain of Indian restaurants, from planting ... More >>