A factor in the decline of decent art was recently dragged onto center stage by the New York Times in an article called "Brooklyn Communal Cool: The Brand." The piece, authored by a person who spells "mic" like "mike," focuses on a communal-living quarters in Brooklyn called the Clubhouse and its ti ... More >>
Multi-course degustation journeys have proliferated in this city over the years, and while an hours-long feast can make for a unique dining experience, the expense can take a toll. Lately, some niche restaurants have offered a solution: four- to five-course menus that don't break the bank and change ... More >>
A decade ago, the average New Yorker would be hard-pressed to name 10 destination-worthy Thai restaurants, but as the city's collective palate has expanded, so too have the options for regional cuisines from Southeast Asia; fiery, sour Northeastern Isaan flavors seem to be in particular abundance th ... More >>
The weather saluted Labor Day's signal that summer is over--or at least it gave us a reprieve from the stifling humidity of last weekend. And while we welcome the cooler temps, these days remind us that sweater season is really just around the corner. Before it comes, though, we'll be basking in ray ... More >>
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 >>
Chicken, Oreos, and even butter, are all fried standards by now, but what beats classic French fries? Crisp, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and dunked in ketchup (or mayonnaise), fries are irresistible, cheap and perfect for sharing, and can be topped with just about anything. Our 10 best picks hig ... More >>
Pork belly buns are almost a delicacy here, but in Asia, gua bao are the equivalent of hamburgers -- cheap, easy to make, and unequivocally delicious. I ate my fill of the street food snack in Taiwan over the summer, and I was shocked at how large they were. The buns were the sizes of small coin w ... More >>
[See More of Our 10 Best: Incredibly Cheap Eats in New York | Best Ice Creams in NYC | Best Lamb Dishes in NYC] First, a complaint: we have way too many fantastic pastry shops in New York, and highlighting so few means some greatness is sure be excluded. But here are 10 delightful places to go eat ... More >>
Stijn Nieuwendijk/Flickr After discovering that canned sardines contain barely visible worms called nematodes, speculation that the food would be labeled unkosher abounded. According to the New York Times, those rumors can now be put to rest: genetic testing by a parasitologist at the American Mu ... More >>
Jeff Tidwell / FlickrShe may be pretty funny, but her cheeseball recipe is not.So it seems that this extended holiday weekend has, finally, wound down. And between all of those holiday meals, you must be exhausted from cooking. So don't worry. These are some recipes that won't make you want to bu ... More >>
Andy Ciordia/FlickrExpect fish, fish, fish, and more fish. Christmas is a-coming, and while the kiddies might be all excited about Santa Claus's visit, the more food-focused will be looking forward to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, one of the most gluttonous culinary traditions of the season. ... More >>
Ezra.Wolfe / FlickrThe New York Post raises the question today of whether New York is in the midst of a bagel crisis, now that H & H has shuttered and the city's old time bagel makers have long been replaced by the automatic bagel machine. The paper's intent on calling it a crisis, although ... More >>
ReeseCLloyd/FlickrThe craft-spirits movement in Brooklyn just won't end. Gothamist brings word that the New York Distilling Company and its bar, the Shanty (9405 Leonard Street, Brooklyn, 718-369-3749), will open for business later this month. Tom Potter, Allen Katz, and Jason Grizzanti's bar ... More >>
Publicenergy / FlickrMooIt's time to wield the cleavers! Furthering the trend of butchers-as-superstars, the New Amsterdam Market is holding a symposium on all things meat- and butchery-related. The first of the five sessions, a demo by Adam Tiberio on breaking down a beef hindquarter, will ... More >>
Foodiesathome.com / FlickrSay cheeseTaureau might be holding down the fort as the East Village's go-to fondue spot, but it'll be getting some competition from Casimir, the cozy French bistro, which is turning its Moroccan lounge into an annex serving all kinds of foods for dipping.
Paul Lowry/FlickrFine-dining inspirationOur own Lauren Shockey was recently charmed by the offbeat food and über-casual vibe at Do or Dine. On September 20, the whimsical Bed-Stuy restaurant will play host to BDGA Kitchen, a bodega-themed dining experience designed by a new pop-up company ca ... More >>
Alfonso Silóniz / FlickrAnna S. Asks: I really hate it when I make a reservation for a specific time, arrive at the restaurant on time (after having reconfirmed my reservation as requested) and am then told "Sorry, the table's not ready." I have no problem with waiting five or ten minutes, b ... More >>
Travel Aficionado/Flickr Moonshiners -- even those in Brooklyn -- might scoff at the notion of drinking a fancy cocktail made with the white dog. Fair enough. But for those who can't handle the burn of the 'shine, several bars and restaurants in New York City are making moonshine cocktails. ... More >>
dpstyles/FlickrAll over but the shoutin' Yesterday afternoon, the Department of Health finished what rampant real estate development started, and shut down the Mars Bar. Despite word that it would reopen, the owner, Hank Penza, decided to close up shop for good.
Muffet/FlickrBummer.Well, here's a bit of news guaranteed to make shopping at the Park Slope Food Co-op a little less smug: turns out that even organic produce can contain commercial pesticides.
Timmy Caldwell/FlickrThe second incarnation of Monte's is nigh: the Italian restaurant, which sat on Carroll Street for 102 years before closing in 2008, is scheduled to re-open in early June.
David Berkowitz/FlickrExtra nice with a dribbling lobster roll The food vendors lucky enough to win a spot on the High Line this summer are still being decided upon. But if the organization that runs the elevated park gets what they asked for in proposals due yesterday, April 14, New Yorkers ... More >>
Ben Heine/FlickrSeasonal rebirth. Handcuffs not pictured.It's not even really warm yet, and already, we're getting flashbacks to last summer's food truck turf wars.
26-year-old Yiannis Kakavas has invented Creepy, an application that he describes as a "geolocation information aggregator," thinq.co.uk reports. What that means: Type in someone's Flickr or Twitter account into Creepy, and it will cultivate all the information available from the user's photo ... More >>
Eva Blue/FlickrWhat the fuck are you lookin' at?Given that the world has already borne witness to hamburger rage, McNugget rage, and taco rage, it was only a matter of time before we were confronted with cupcake rage.
yummyinthetummyblog/FlickrAfter stringing along area sweet-tooths for months, Mark Israel has finally settled on an opening date for the Doughnut Plant's Chelsea Hotel location. Befitting the amorous feelings his titular treats often inspire, the new shop will open on Valentine's Day. Per D ... More >>
tucker_zoe/FlickrJust in time for Chinese New Year (which begins tomorrow), the Luckyrice Festival has announced it will return for a second year, from May 2-8.
flickr4jazz/Flickr Joining the growing line of bars marked for oblivion is Cooper 35 Asian Pub, which sits across the street from Fork in the Road HQ at 35 Cooper Square.
beeraroundtown/FlickrGolden DeliciousOK, so you might have to haul yourself all the way to Pleasantville to find a bottle, but Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.'s Golden Delicious American Trippel beer, aged in apple brandy barrels, is worth it.
SeeMidTN.com/FlickrIt's what's for dinner. And lunch. And breakfast.At this point, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party hardly needs any more press, but if you're not one of the 125,000 people expected to attend the two-day event, which kicks off on Saturday, then know that the lines are long b ... More >>
arnold inuyaki/FlickrEven tastier when free.Tomorrow, untold numbers of our compatriots will observe the festival of fried dough that is National Doughnut Day. In Midtown, that celebration will be commemorated at certain neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kremes, where Midtown Lunch repor ... More >>
michael hilton/FlickrFail!Apparently, Americans have been committing unspeakable acts against panini by grilling and pressing them. Or at least that's the message Michele Colombo hopes to spread far and wide with Salumè, the new Milanese sandwich shop he's opening this Thursday in Soho ... More >>
Emborg/FlickrFood for thought.Much has of late been said on the topic of children in restaurants, and much more will undoubtedly be said, but we're pretty sure that Our Man Sietsema, whom Salon's Francis Lam interviewed for a story about the subject, is the first to offer some perspective by ... More >>
scaredy_kat/FlickrA South Brooklyn specimen.Last November, we learned that South Brooklyn Pizza was crossing the river from Carroll Gardens to open a new outpost in the East Village. It looks like it'll be opening its doors for take-out, sit-down, and delivery this Monday. Per a release, the ... More >>
L. Marie/FlickrSweet, yellow, and endlessly malleable.The Washington Post held its fourth-annual Peeps Diorama Contest, and now has photos of the winner and finalists up on its website. The slideshow is an excellent way to procrastinate on Good Friday, and provides lavish, giddy illustration ... More >>
Becki Fuller/FlickrA message as succinct and bracing as a palate-cleansing sorbet. The desire for fresh almond croissants and artisanal pizza is what's driving Brooklyn gentrification, the Brooklyn Paper claims. Citing places like Roberta's, the Farm on Adderley, and K-Dog and Dunebuggy in P ... More >>
Brandi Bailey, FlickrThe scheduled topless protest "Freedom Ride" over a missing bike lane in Williamsburg went on in the snow today without nakedness, to the evident disappointment of onlookers and the assembled media. Organizers, perhaps responding to the flack they were getting from more ... More >>
Elizalice, courtesy of the Voice Flickr PoolJust another day on the L Train When it comes to L Train service, Williamsburg's skinny-jean choked underground thoroughfare, you never know what sort of experience you'll encounter. One week the justifiably irate Transit Union will call for two "Days of ... More >>
Per Madison Square Park Neighborhood, Stumptown's going to be getting another hotel coffee bar neighbor a few blocks to the east. Birch Coffee is under construction at the Gershwin Hotel and will open sometime this fall. According to the Birch blog, which includes painstaking descriptions of all of ... More >>
From the White House Flickr stream. Thanks, Camille! Oh crap: Sarah Palin has a Twitter feed. Couple caught having sex on lawn of Windsor Castle. It is not known whether the Queen was in residence. "It was going on for about 10 or 15 minutes," says a witness, "which is quite a long time, conside ... More >>
Coney landmarks continue to be dismantled. Here's Dietrich's Flickr image of workers taking down the Astroland sign on Monday (h/t Gowanus Lounge). Yesterday the Department of City Planning began its review of the Coney Island Rezoning Plan, including a "Wonder Wheel Way Elevation" and a six-block " ... More >>
Mr. Met, the ball-headed mascot of our National League franchise, will warn kids about online predators during Saturday's Internet Safety Day at Shea Stadium. The festivities will include an Internet Safety Quiz on the Jumbotron, and the distribution of 25,000 fake baseball cards carrying messages l ... More >>
Swoon docks her latest work at Deitch Studios
We were pleased to hear yesterday about the "bait car" Bronx cops stuffed with consumer electronics to catch some overeager thieves and perhaps clear up a rash of car break-ins. We hope the cops in Annandale, a community in southeastern Staten Island, were also paying attention. The Staten Island A ... More >>
Photo by Niznoz via Flickr In an earlier posting about the taxi strike, a commenter, who goes by the name Experienced Cabbie/Owner, had this to say: Nobody is addressing the real issue. There is nothing wrong with accepting credit cards and any of the other things the Service Enhancemants do. The ... More >>
Photos by WallyG via Flickr Woodward and Bernstein may have taken down the president. Michael Clancy, on the other hand, got Met fans express service home from Shea Stadium. In May, when I wrote about the inequality of train service to Shea as compared to the ride to Yankee Stadium, the MTA didn't ... More >>
Flickr photog Tammy Lo has some new photos up from last night's Bloc Party show at the United Palace Theater. Who knew that drummer Matt Tong was the type to get nekkid onstage? More of the bespectacled one going nuts here.
Feminist Diana York Blaine bares her boobs and talks gender equality
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