In our dining escapades over the last week, we've consumed the best French fries we've had all year, slurped down one hell of a hot pot, and indulged in an impressive dessert. Here are the dishes we've been digging around town this week.
Break out the acid wash denim jorts -- it's downright summery outside. And no better way to celebrate a warm day (or pretend that it's swimsuit season) than with a frozen drink. Here are our 10 favorites around town.
No. 6: Sea anemone in soft scrambled eggs from El Comedor at El Quinto Pino (401 West 24th Street, 212-206-6900) Uncommon seafood and a breakfast comfort staple make surprisingly tasty bedfellows.
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 >>
Try a delicious history lesson in Cobble Hill
This week's review is of La Vara, the new Spanish restaurant in Cobble Hill from chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero, a husband-and-wife duo who take turns in the kitchen creating delicious, exciting food that's unlike most Spanish restaurants in the city. The restaurant plays with flavors establishe ... More >>
Laura Salierno/TxikitoA couple of weeks ago, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez told us that she'd be resurrecting Lassi at Txikifest, a street fair organized by Txikito's Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Now, Raij has sent us some more details about the event, which will take place on Sunday, May 1.
Lassi lovers -- and there are many of them -- still rue the day almost two years ago when Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez closed up her tiny Indian restaurant (named after the popular Punjabi yogurt-based beverage) on Greenwich Avenue. So we're happy to report that Lassi will be resurrected at thr ... More >>
Make Alex Raij's tapas from The Book of Tapas.Alexandra Raij opened a tiny tapas bar called Tia Pol back in 2004 with partners Mani Dawes and Heather Belz. In 2007, the team, joined by Raij's husband, Eder Montero, debuted the even smaller El Quinto Pino. Raij and Montero eventually split to ... More >>
Txikito's brand new digs. Alex Raij and Eder Montero's tiny, lively Txikito just got a little bigger: last night, the chefs lifted the curtains on their restaurant's newly expanded interior.
A great Chelsea tapas spot gets even better
Wineloverspage.comSteve Plotnicki, opinionated about drinking.Opinionated About Dining's Steven Plotnicki was "quite happy" to appear on last week's "Obsessed" episode of No Reservations. But not happy enough to refrain from taking to his blog to rant about it. In the episode, which showcase ... More >>
Noah Kalina/EaterEl Quinto Pino returns this Wednesday.A few days into the new year, Alex Raij announced that she would be the owner, with her husband, Eder Montero, of El Quinto Pino, the pintxos bar she opened with Mani Dawes and Heather Belz before splitting to open Txikito.
Alex Raij, with Mario Batali lurking over her shoulder.For those having difficulty keeping track of exactly which of Chelsea's pintxos restaurants Alex Raij is affiliated with, here's another addition to the flow chart: Raij, who originally opened Tia Pol and El Quinto Pino with Mani Dawes an ... More >>
Per the Strong Buzz, Ryan Bartlow, a former sous chef at Sam Mason's Tailor, has taken over the kitchen at Bar Carrera. He'll be giving the restaurant's small plates menu something of a make-over, incorporating more "ambitious" Spanish fare that reflects his training in San Sebastian. Bartlow's dish ... More >>
Trouble sharing? Basque in glory on Ninth Avenue.