Sixty-four years ago, Junior's (386 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, 718-852-5257) owner Alan Rosen's grandfather Harry decided he was going to open a restaurant that served great cheesecake. So he went to a number of restaurants lauded for their baked goods, bought cakes, and took them to his b ... More >>
While I'm sitting in a booth at Porter House (10 Columbus Circle, chatting with Michael Lomonaco, a regular comes over and slaps him on the back. They talk for a second about the experience, and then the diner reveals that he's eaten at this restaurant 292 times since it opened -- a fact that a hos ... More >>
In the 20 years that the Food Network has existed, it's propelled dozens of chefs to stardom before they've proved themselves in their own kitchens. Despite his prolific career on television, Marc Murphy is not one of those chefs. The Chopped judge has risen steadily within New York's restaurants fo ... More >>
Early this month, we learned that Guy Fieri was casting for the second season of his new TV show, and we realized we forgot something: Guy has a new TV show! Guy has a new TV show much of the time, but it's not like us to simply ignore a show called Guy's Grocery Games. In the show, Guy throws a b ... More >>
The Super Bowl's debut in the Big Apple has the city's restaurant industry abuzz with offers. From fan friendly events to bars that have more TVs than Best Buy, there are plenty of reasons to skip the home made onion dip and head out into the wild blue yonder for the game. But before you do, here's ... More >>
Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. Up first, this list from Billy Lyons. The time has come to secure your swivel chair, break open a browser, and spend the entirety of your lunch hour (and possibly more) clicking "buy item" w ... More >>
It's been more than ten years since the original Butter opened in the East Village, propelling chef Alex Guarnaschelli to the heights of cooking stardom: She became a Food Network darling, competing in various competitions before hosting shows of her own. The restaurant shuttered earlier this year f ... More >>
Anita Lo had a stellar restaurant upbringing -- she worked under David Bouley, Guy Savoy, Michel Rostang, and David Waltuck at Chanterelle before she took a turn running the burners at Mirezi. But in 2000, she was craving creative control, and so she and her then-partner Jennifer Scism decided to st ... More >>
TV shows portraying the food world have proliferated in the past decade, giving viewers across the country the chance to tune into a highly dramatized version of what goes on behind the scenes in some of America's best restaurants. What those series seem to miss, director Joseph Levy noticed, was th ... More >>
This weekend the 2013 Vendy Awards, known as "the Oscars of street food," corralled 28 trucks and tables into Sunset Park's Industry City for a marathon of gormandizing before naming New York City's best mobile cuisine purveyor.
Many chefs can recall how they first became hooked on the food industry, but few can point to a juxtaposition of culinary experiences like Bear's Natasha Pogrebinsky can. The chef grew up in Soviet Ukraine, where she remembers "going to all the different shops in the city and picking out bread in on ... More >>
It was just March when Slide first opened and brought sliders, cannoli, and boozy milkshakes to the Village under the direction of Madison Cowan, an Iron Chef and Chopped winner, but the spot already has a new chef: Chris Nirschel, who competed in season seven of Food Network Star and later on Chopp ... More >>
Yesterday (and just in time for Independence Day celebrations), DJ Escoffier brought you Volume 1 of our food music mixtape. Today, DJ Bearded James unleashes Volume 2; be sure to listen for the Paula Deen Apology remix at the end. Did we miss your favorite food-related tune? Let us know in the com ... More >>
It all started with a phone call. Shortly after Adam Gold's restaurant -- Syracuse's Funk-N-Waffles, a casual joint that offers exactly what it promises in both music and eats -- was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, he got a call from the show's host, Guy Fieri. Fieri ... More >>
I love Austin. It's simultaneously wonderful and totally infuriating. The city meets every cliché about it almost effortlessly, to the point where the onslaught of weirdness can be almost numbing. I once saw a unicycle brigade spin down the street, and it honestly took like 15 minutes until I reali ... More >>
So many reality shows, and so many of them are terrible. But people watch this stuff, despite feigning revulsion. "Trash culture" is on the rise, and with everyone from Consequence to The Game are landing "roles" in a reality show, we wanted to get in on the action and list some potentially quality ... More >>
What's more unappetizing than anything on the Guy's American Bar and Kitchen menu? This clip. The frosted-tipped renegade joined Rachael Ray on her talk show today to plug their next Food Network gig, Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cookoff. In the midst of what appeared to be a health-focused new year s ... More >>
I'm an eggnog virgin. And I really can't give a reason as to why I've gone so long without as much as a sip of this silky, sweet holiday beverage. It's not the thought of consuming raw eggs that brings on my hesitation -- because I'd be happy to gnaw on a cookie dough log. Raised as a Jewish New Y ... More >>
When Fork in the Road was a few minutes late to call Chef Brad McDonald, we explained that our phone's recorder was a bit faulty. "You have an app that records on your phone? I bet that many an embittered wife is using it for other reasons." So goes the whimsically creative thought process of the ch ... More >>
There's no doubt: New York is a buyer's market. At least where food is concerned. Stroll through the souk-like stalls of our city's great markets as you scarf down spicy, chicken pigs-in-blankets from Brooklyn Piggies and a chaser of Grady's Cold Brew, and revel in these first breezes of fall as yo ... More >>
I've been making fun of Guy Fieri for a pretty long time. I mean, look at him: If we ever get dragged into World War III, the Axis powers will put his chubby, bleached-blond head on propaganda posters to illustrate what us awful Americans are like. But I'm not alone, everyone makes fun of Guy Fieri. ... More >>
The Amstel Light Burger Bash competition, which took place last Saturday at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, capped off a week of animated searching for the best and worst burger nationwide and here in the city.
Charm City Cakes/Facebook"It's got over 120 LED lights on it that are all on different circuits so they're blinking at different moments, so it looks like it's on fire, and then it's got smoke machines that go through it, so smoke is billowing out of the towers. It's really cool."- The Food N ... More >>
Just as cocktails came back, it makes sense that the soda fountain (where so many bartenders went to work during Prohibition) is also making a comeback across America. [NY Times] As high-fructose corn syrup is increasingly demonized, chefs around the country are creating their own sodas, ket ... More >>
The Daily Hookup, a discount website aimed at gay males, launched quietly this week. It aims to offer the same old gamut of lifestyle deals, though obviously geared toward its demographic. But rather than feature just any old restaurant, they have special "curators" who seek out only the ho ... More >>
Food NetworkLook at that flawless makeup on Sandra Lee!Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and, of course, James Franco helped lead General Hospital to a whopping 21 nominations, heading the pack. But those more culinarily-inclined were also honored.
Chefs gonna be winning!April showers bring May flowers, but also the James Beard Foundation Awards! The second week in May the awards will celebrate the country's best chefs (and journalists and writers), and are a big ole party of who's who in the industry. Wanting to take a peek behind th ... More >>
If the New York Post's occasional forays into the homes of chefs titillate you, then Todd Selby has your number. The photographer more commonly known as the Selby has launched Edible Selby, a website dedicated to photographing chefs and food-type people in their natural environments.
A YouTube video gone viral suggests that sugar is toxic. Is our excessive consumption of sugar not only causing diabetes and obesity, but heart disease, hypertension, and many common cancers? [NY Times] McCafé customers are apparently more loyal to the Golden Arches than Starbucks patrons o ... More >>
Restaurant chains are being forced to change how they buy food to adapt to rising costs. Starbucks wants to team up with other companies to buy milk, sugar, and other essentials; Red Lobster and Olive Garden are moving to a system in which they buy only what they need. [Wall Street Journal] ... More >>
Charlie Sheen's Winning Recipes from Charlie Sheen Among the numerous reasons we're grateful to cover the food world is that it often makes us oblivious to what's going on in the rest of the world, or at least the part that has tiger blood and cocaine running through its veins.
xiquinhosilvaVatican canon law adviser Edward Peters has criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for receiving Communion. The Daily News reports that because Cuomo has a live-in girlfriend and holds certain political views, Peters said the act of receiving communion at Mass the day after his inaugur ... More >>
Hot.Those who can't wait to wallow in the shallow waters of Eater's Hottest Chef competition can dip their toes in the equally murky waters of Slashfood's second-annual roundup of the 10 Hottest Men in the Food Industry.
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Iron Chef America Screening Bagatelle Wednesday, January 26, 8 p.m. Chef Nicolas Cantrel, who just won the Battle Gruyere on Food Network's Iron Chef America, is ho ... More >>
newsworld22.comDon't worry, Giada, men are surely still watching you.Things aren't looking so cheery for Giada De Laurentiis and Sandra Lee. Their TV home, the Food Network, is showing signs of decline as it experienced a 10.3 percent drop among viewers ages 25 to 54 -- a key demographic for ... More >>
When the Barneys' holiday windows went up last November, Gael Greene took exception to the absence of Craig Claiborne from the display, which featured food innovators and "personalities" past and present. Today, she uses her Fork Play newsletter to elaborate upon her displeasure, and to make ... More >>
That's Dean & DeLuca's Robert Lambert cake on the left, Myers of Keswick's Bryson's of Keswick cake on the right. Ah, fruitcake. Not only is it the red-headed stepchild of the Christmas table, it is also its Cher, seemingly impervious to time and a model of eerie self-preservation. The two s ... More >>
foodnetwork.comThe Ace of Cakes moves on.Food Network has announced the cancellation of Ace of Cakes, the reality show that follows pastry chef Duff Goldman and his merry band of bakers at Charm City Cakes in Baltimore. According to The Associated Press, the show's upcoming season -- its 10th ... More >>
On stilts, Cartman fools Randy into thinking he's Gordon Ramsay. Last night's South Park was a hilarious send-up of the Food Network and celebrity chefs, and few avoided being hit by the satiric splatter.
Food Network has announced eight new shows, all "inspired" (read: ripped off) from other networks. Extreme Cuisine With Jeff Corwin has Corwin eating strange and exotic foods a la Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern; and What Would Brian Boitano Make? is taken directly from South Park. [Entertainment ... More >>
In a recent study of heart-healthy foods, vegetables, nuts and the Mediterranean diet were named as "good" heart foods, while--shocker!--the trans fats in french fries are bad. Meat, eggs and milk are still in heart-health limbo. [AP via Google] Meanwhile, an Iowa company is working on a geneticall ... More >>
While sales of other distilled liquors have slumped, whiskey sales are on the rise. [LA Times]Your iPhone can be turned into a cocktail database with the right app. Just add booze. [WSJ] The Food Network's Sandra Lee is launching her own magazine, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade. It hits newsstands today.[ ... More >>
Last night, onetime Bravo boy and sometimes Top Chef judge Ted Allen premiered his new rival show on the Food Network, Chopped. Allen has spoken out against allegations that the show is a Top Chef rip-off, elucidating the differences on his blog, saying "There is no sleep deprivation, no "Big ... More >>
The Chelsea Market Ensconced in the old Nabisco factory at the corner of 15th Street and Ninth Avenue, Chelsea Market opened 11 years ago with the intention of being a top retail market for a vast range of groceries, while also providing warehouse and manufacturing space for food-related companies. ... More >>