In no particular order, here are some of our favorite Runnin' Scared pieces of 2013.
Some serious stirring and shaking is about to arrive in New York with the third annual Speed Rack competition. This Sunday, December 15, female bartenders go head-to-head for the elite award of cocktail champion. This kicks off a whirlwind tour, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix will host eight Speed Rac ... More >>
Some like it bottled. Some like it canned. But really, is there a better experience with beer than when it's drawn from a tap? When that brew is poured, it offers the delightful hoppy blend in true form. The only challenge is that to enjoy a real draft beer, you've gotta head to a bar--well, unless ... More >>
That spot where the food and art worlds collide is a really odd place. And I find I'm always fascinated by food-related art projects, even when (especially when?) they're over the top. You may know Brooklyn-based New Zealander Henry Hargreaves from his previous projects, like the old-fashioned type ... More >>
Have you ever wondered what Alex Rodriguez's favorite works of art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art are? Would you have guessed they include a Manet, a Thomas Eakins, a 10th-11th century Sicán funerary mask and a Rauschenberg among others? Well, that's what the museum's newest ad campaign with the ... More >>
La Belle Province / FlickrHello, spring? More like hello, dinner.Happy Groundhog Day! Not only is today the day that inspired Bill Murray's second greatest film ever, it's the day we get to find out whether we're going to have six more weeks of winter or if it'll be an early spring. But the ... More >>
erikCom / FlickrOh yeah, we heard it through the grapevine...that California raisins are the snack du jour this NYE.When the ball drops (on New Years Eve that is) where will you be? You could be crammed into Times Square, with a million other people and one porta potty. There's a chance that ... More >>
In 1620, a group of religious extremists set sail from Plymouth, England, on a ship called the Mayflower. The pilgrims basically wanted to set up a theocracy in the New World, and found a couple of British investors to foot the bill. So off they went, hoping that their slice of paradise -- pretty mu ... More >>
Elizabeth Thomsen / FlickrBialys for allThings weren't looking good when Steve Ross, owner of Coney Island Bialys and Bagels (2359 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-339-9281) -- the city's oldest bialy shop -- called it quits in September. But now fans of the farinaceous treat can rejoice, ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Tom Hilton/FlickrWe'll drink to Friday. Eater mapped 12 hot spots to grab a drink right now. Grub Street posted its full list of Grub Street Food Festival vendors. Food Republic dedicated an entire week to the Negroni.
KB35, Flickr, CCIs Michael Pollan's message sinking in? Are Americans finally tired of wolfing down government-subsidized Doritos (R.I.P. Arch West) and Big Macs? According to a new poll, the answer is an encouraging, although by no means overwhelming, yes. Recently, Mark Bittman pointed to t ... More >>
Savagecorp / FlickrRob Z. Asks: I am fascinated by Korean food due to watching Korean dramas. I have made a dish or two at home but would love to try out an actual restaurant. I don't eat non-halal food but will eat fish and everything else that is not meat. And would love if it is cheap a ... More >>
Sifu Renka / Flickr Andrea S. Asks: What is the best technique to cook a juicy rib eye? Dear Andrea: A rib eye steak makes for a fine dinner almost any way you cook it, but when cooking meat myself, I like to keep things simple. It's a pretty thick cut of beef, so I'd suggest grilling it ov ... More >>
Neil Conway/FlickrRamen - and its attendant fanaticism - has made its way to Prospect Heights, courtesy of two Morimoto alums.
Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden/FlickrRun for cover, cows!There's still time (albeit only minutes) to buy tickets for the opening-night party to Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms, the latest apocalyptic food documentary to hit the screen. Filmmaker Kristin Canty made the film afte ... More >>
pointnshoot/FlickrWould you like some fries with your stem cells?Meat. It seems we can't live without it, even if the American Meat Institute, global warming, and the horrors of factory farming keep giving us reason after reason to. Because scientists tend to be a fairly intelligent lot, they ... More >>
Archangeli/FlickrMelanie M. Asks: I'm living in New York as an exchange student from Geneva and I miss my Swiss cuisine from home! Do you know of any restaurants where I can find veal cordon bleu? Dear Melanie: While chicken cordon bleu is a relatively common (though somewhat passé) ... More >>
whitneyinchicago/FlickrNow that he's opened his Chelsea Hotel storefront, Mark Israel is turning his attention back to his original Doughnut Plant location.
Vivienne Gucwa/FlickrFarewell to all that.We knew this was coming, but still don't want to accept it. The Mars Bar, one of the East Village's last, venerable pillars of filth, is closing, possibly by the end of the month.
mondoagogo/FlickrDrink up! (And maybe get some business done, too.)Helen J. Asks: I'm looking for a bar or restaurant in the East Village (between 4th Street and 10th Street, ideally) where I can have a meeting over drinks that's good, but not too loud or scene-y. Suggestions? Dear Helen: W ... More >>
Flickr/watchmojoMr. Frowny FaceOh, David Chang. So many people love you, but you just can't seem to love them back, now can you? Details has a short profile of the king of the Momofuku empire, which basically outlines the most annoying people who venture into his restaurant and their action ... More >>
I mean, you know, dress like Cher. On the Oscars. But an unexpected occurrence got in the way of that, so he got dolled up as Marilyn instead. Click here for my breezy Q&A with funny man slash Oscar writer Bruce Vilanch, and that will all be gorgeously explained, with full accessories.
Flickr/jshyunWill Maine-style or Connecticut-style triumph? Welcome to Tuesday Toasts, our new weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the ne ... More >>
laverrue/FlickrTimes Square for tipplersSince it was sanitized of smut in the Giuliani years, Times Square has become the bane of many New Yorkers' existence. Swarming with tourists intent on stocking up on Disney and M&M paraphernalia, it's the last place most discerning natives want to go f ... More >>
GA Shutter Bug/FlickrLast week, we learned that Mike Franzetti was replacing Nate Smith at Dean Street. Franzetti came to the restaurant from Bar Stuzzicheria, so his departure created a space that needed to be filled.
Shiny, happy royals.Almost as thrilling as those two glorious brunettes with the funny accents whom we don't even know (personally) getting hitched in some famous abbey far across that large body of water that separates us Americans from a whole shit-ton of tea is today's news that THE ROYAL ... More >>
Timmy Caldwell/FlickrIn its heyday, Monte's Venetian Room was a favored playground of the Rat Pack and reputed to have the best Italian cheesecake in all of Brooklyn. But when the Carroll Street restaurant closed its doors in 2008 after 102 years of service, it was a sad, musty shadow of its ... More >>
Jeffrey Tastes/FlickrThe food court to end all food courts.Foodies can be competitive -- even, let's face it, outright jerks. One of the most proudly worn badges of honor among such eaters in this city is knowing one's way around the Flushing Mall Food Court. And so, if the subterranean galle ... More >>
Carolyn Coles/FlickrEggs Benedict, brunch's bête noir.Finally, some statistical confirmation that we as a city have a bizarre compulsion to spend our weekend mornings lined up outside of eating establishments.
justinbaeder/FlickrNo need to go to the store ever again.New York City already has its fair share of home delivery services, including grocery behemoth FreshDirect, the downtown-only Max Delivery, and the newly launched, drugstore-focused Soap.com. But those companies may soon have competiti ... More >>
david.niknvscanon/FlickrBees, the right color.Remember the story about the mysteriously red bees? Well -- big surprise -- it turns out that bees are just as drawn to artificial sweeteners as humans are. Bees from several local hives were caught dipping into the red maraschino cherry juice at ... More >>
whita/FlickrCalling all Clinton Hill locavores.Brooklyn Based has a great piece on new and forthcoming food co-ops in the borough. The Greene Hill Food Co-op in Clinton Hill, the Bay Ridge Food Co-op, and the Bushwick Food Co-op all hope to open their storefronts soon, but must first focus th ... More >>
apol3/FlickrDrink it, live it.Between pickles, New Amsterdam, and the Grub/Hester Street festival, there are already plenty of ways to stuff your face this weekend. And now, in honor of Oktoberfest, here are two more.
f0t0d0j0/FlickrPizza, chicken, monotony.In advance of this weekend's New York v. San Francisco-themed Le Grand Fooding, Daniel Patterson, the chef of Coi in San Francisco, has taken to the Times' Moment blog to offer his thoughts on David Chang's now-exhaustively invoked "figs on a plate" com ... More >>
Flickr Commons; Steinfeldt Photography Collection of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper MidwestIf you would like to distress these men ... Heard of Meatless Mondays yet? If so, that's probably thanks to the man behind the "Squeeze the Charmin" commercials that ran from the '60s to the ... More >>
ToastyKen/FlickrThe proprietors of Brooklyn's Bagel World chainlet are expanding to the East Village. One of the owners has divulged his plans for the store, to be located at 165 Avenue A, to EV Grieve, who has plenty of details on his site. Among them: the store should be opening in October, ... More >>
tibchris/FlickrComing to Long Island City.It looks like the meatballs finally paid off: the folks at Roberta's have found a 40,000 square-foot rooftop home for their Brooklyn Grange Farms. And it will be in Queens.
Mr. Usaji/FlickrResistance is futile.We have no idea if Donatella Arpaia has ever ventured below Houston Street, and if so, if she's ever patronized the Meatball Shop, but she certainly seems to have been inspired by the success of its signature product. To wit: On Friday, Arpaia will open a ... More >>
clevercupcakes/FlickrNo end in sight.Mayor Bloomberg may pay all sorts of lip service to the importance of healthy eating, and his Board of Education may want to keep anything baked by human hands out of the schools, but the city's Parks Department is apparently more than happy to peddle cupc ... More >>
Laram777/FlickrStar pupil?Now that the Board of Health has voted to require restaurants to post inspection letter grades, at least one local politician is hoping the DOH will extend the courtesy to street vendors.
Joe Shlabotnik/FlickrBooze you can use.Oh, the times they are a-changin': Just weeks after Bushwick got another cafe, it's now home to a full-fledged wine bar. Called Bodega, it opened last weekend on the somewhat barren corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and Troutman Street.
EV Grieve has found a Flickr page maintained by one Michael Sean Edwards that contains a few dozen shots of the East Village from the 1970s and 1980s. While not quite in the same class as the National Archives Flickr page, it may bring a tear of reminiscence to the eyes of old school bohos. W ... More >>
Having gotten MySpace and Facebook to remove 3,533 members with a record of sexual predation in 2009, attorney general Andrew Cuomo has facilitated another sweep of other social networking sites and gotten 803 other registered sex offenders removed from their buddy lists. The newly-scrubbed sites ... More >>
We mentioned earlier that New York is holding a BigApps competition, for which developers were granted access to public info so they could make phone and computer applications to improve city life. Starting at noon today, you'll be able to vote for the apps you like best. Winners get money an ... More >>
The Decapitator's Flickr stream The impish genius of the Decapitator, an anonymous street artist who's captured imaginations by skillfully beheading smug advertisements in major metropolitan areas, has been that the objects of his scorn seemed to deserve it. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.) Ca ... More >>