• Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    What to Drink on Thanksgiving? Let's Ask the Sommeliers

    More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving receives the brunt of wine pairing coverage: Articles flood the internet filled with musings, deliberations, ruminations, and annoying pontifications over what the heck to drink at the hallowed turkey table. Frankly, if you opt to have a breadth of varieti ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Meaty News: FDA Lifting Ban on Italian Cured Pork

    Excellent news: Cured pork from small producers in Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, and Piedmont could soon be available in the U.S. The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services announced last week that the FDA plans to lift its ban by the end of May since the regions were found to be fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    100 Reasons to Eat and Drink Downtown Today (and Tomorrow, and the Day After That)

    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2012
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    March 23, 2012

    Our 10 Best West Village Restaurants, 2012 Edition

    Uniting egg and eggplant, possibly for the first time -- the sabich sandwich at Taim Despite a plethora of overpriced and pretentious restaurants, the West Village is still one of the damned best places to eat in the city in nearly every price range. And here's the list to prove it. Note that ther ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    My Top 10 Comfort Food Dishes in New York City

    New York City is full of fancy restaurants where people go for a spirited night on the town, to sample the exquisite creations of chefs in vogue, while sitting shoulder to shoulder with the other hundred diners in the know. Then there are the restaurants for the city's homebodies, people who would r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    5 Great Wines Under $15: Reds

    ​Mas de Gourgonniere, Le Baux-de-Provence (2009) T'is the time of the year when oenophiles (as distinguished from onanists) give each other gifts of wine, and dinner hosts impress their friends by decanting bottles that drink much better than the price paid for them. In other words, the gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    The New York City Marathon Helps You Eat Italian

    Lauren BloombergA little something from Osteria Morini to propel you over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.​ The New York City Marathon is coming up in just 10 short days. You know what that means? There's going to be a lot of pasta eating in this city. Nothing sets you up better for a big race th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Feed Your Hole; Goodbye to The Pussycat Lounge

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The Pussycat Lounge has closed after 41 years in business in the Financial District, reportedly by the city for construction without a permit. [Grub Street] Select Burger in the East Village h ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2011

    Lievito Does Frank Pizza

    Plus other unrepentant doings at this new Northern Italian joint

  • Dining

    December 22, 2010

    Osteria Morini Welcomes You to the Pasta Barnyard

    Michael White expands his Italian empire with a new Soho venture

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Michael White's Osteria Morini to Open on Monday

    Michael White touches down in Soho on Monday.​Between the opening of Eataly, Del Posto's four-star Times review, and mounting anticipation about Porsena, Italian food is having quite a busy autumn. On Monday, Michael White will add to the excitement when he opens Osteria Morini, his trattoria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Revisit: Al Di La in Park Slope, Brooklyn

    ​The yellow awning of Al Di Li blazes into the frigid Park Slope night. I'd always liked the food at Al Di La, but realized that it achieves its effects through application of major amounts of salt, grease, and garlic, which is still the case. Nevertheless, the menu--which hasn't changed much ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2010

    Roman's: Ungodly Din, Good Food

    But don't try to order that dish you loved so much last time

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    January 22, 2010

    Sommelier Swap at the Michael White/Chris Cannon Empire

    2,500 wines and counting.​Sommelier Eric Zillier, the wine director at Alto, will be leaving the restaurant in March to pursue other opportunities. Levi Dalton, who currently heads up the wine program at sister restaurant Convivio, is set to take over at Alto.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    What's Happening This Week: An Argentinean Food Fest & Drunken Dragon Nights

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Argentinean Wine and Food Festival various locations October 5-15 Libertador, Azul, and Industria Argentina will play host to an Argentinean Wine and Food Festi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Missy Robbins on the Opening of A Voce Columbus

    ​When A Voce Columbus opens tomorrow night, it will make Missy Robbins technically twice as busy as she's been for the past year. Robbins will be traversing the great uptown-downtown divide as the executive chef of both A Voce Columbus and A Voce Madison, overseeing two kitchens and two differ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Pix from Saraghina in Bedford-Stuyvesant

    ​ This spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and basil tastes every bit as good as it looks. But what would possess someone to order spaghetti in a pizzeria? Counter Culture visited Saraghina three times, and had thee great meals there. The serpentine dining rooms are memorable, the back yard beguili ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    Revisit--Malatesta, Italian in the West Village

    The tagliatelle al ragu at Malatesta, just as perfect as ever (click to enjoy) For years, we've been recommending Malatesta, an Italian hideaway on far west Christopher Street louchely decorated with Italian pulp-fiction covers, and with French doors open to Hudson River breezes. The proprietor ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 19, 2006

    Greasy and Sublime

    Grab a gob of pizza at Grand Street's flagship

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    August 22, 2006

    No Ass

    The return of a Park Avenue South northern Italian favorite

  • Film

    March 1, 2005
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    October 5, 2004

    Where's Lardo?

    East Village Roman attempts to answer the perpetual question

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    June 1, 2004
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    March 16, 2004

    Woman in White

    A sign of the apocalypse on the first block of Bleecker Street

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    August 6, 2002
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    April 16, 2002
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    November 3, 1998