You can thank Franny's for the proliferation of the Brooklyn-themed restaurant over the last decade: The Prospect Heights pizzeria was one of the first to espouse a farm-to-table ethos in the borough, and it drew legions of fans from across the city as a result.
Growing up with a father who relished baking gave pastry chef Jansen Chan the foundation needed for what would eventually become his own lifelong passion. "I never really thought baking was the thing for me," he explains. "I always just enjoyed it because it was something we did at home, and it was ... More >>
Laura Osnes is very good in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and as a result, she's one of the frontrunners for the Tony Award for best actress in a musical. One of the other frontrunners (or four of them, actually) would have been the girls who star in Matilda, alternating in the role. But in ... More >>
Depending on your life outlook, having a birthday on February 29 is either really cool (yay for uniqueness) or really sucky (too bad you can only celebrate on your actual birthday once every four years). Well, if your birthday happens to be today, Leap Day, many New York City restaurants and bars ar ... More >>
A fine spin on Brooklyn fare in Cobble Hill
Lauren BloombergThe Essex House in your freezer? You may have noticed a new brand lurking in the freezer section of your local Brooklyn Key Food, Met, or Associated Supermarket. There, amidst the Mrs. T's pierogies and Lean Cuisine meals, is a boutique brand of dumplings. One that you may wan ... More >>
Alex Sorenson, the opening chef at Colonie in Brooklyn Heights, has left the restaurant to open his own place. He'll be replaced by Brad McDonald, who has worked at Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, Per Se, and Noma. [Eater] Christopher Rendell has taken over the kitchens at both Mary Queen ... More >>
Now that Derrick Praileau, the 31-year-old veteran housekeeping manager at the upscale Jumeirah Essex House, has finally admitted in court that he strangled financial bigwig and hotel guest Andree "Sara" Bejjani in September 2009, what has happened to the cockamamie theory raised at the time by r ... More >>
Charles RousselSometimes a cigar is just a cigarWhat does it take to be the best sommelier in America? Expertise in wine, surely, but also, surprisingly, a knowledge of cigar service. Hosted by American Sommelier, The Best Sommelier in America competition was held this past weekend at the J ... More >>
Didier Elena has finally been confirmed "in" at Alain Ducasse at the Essex House following a six-year absence from the city, where he hopes to win back the Michelin star lost by his predecessor. [NY Daily News] Following the closure of her 24 Prince, Top Chef alum Nikki Cascone has been appr ... More >>
Joel Dennis is leaving Adour Alain Ducasse to "pursue other opportunities." A rumor that former Essex House chef de cuisine Didier Elena may replace him hasn't been confirmed, but Sylvain Portay, who has worked with Alain Ducasse for 25 years, will act as the interim chef. [Grub Street] Jaso ... More >>
"Be honest... Do you always lock your hotel-room deadbolt?" asks USA Today. The question gains relevance from the current trial of Derrick Praileau, a housekeeper at the Essex House on Central Park, who is accused of trying to rape, and successfully murdering, a resident, 44-year-old Andree ( ... More >>
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Footloose turns out to be like Stupid Kids without the irony, but not as bad as that sounds.
''When the press release for Stupid Kids likened the play to Dawson's Creek, there I was in the front row, ready to applaud the acne.''