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 >>
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 >>
On this special Monday morning, we celebrate the anniversary of Columbus silencing his haters once and for all. And what better way to pay tribute to the famed explorer than to search the greater New York City area for a selection of fine food and drink. Here's a look at what's happening this week i ... More >>
Back when I was a corporate drone, slogging away in my office with nothing but a spectacular 37th floor view and my misery to keep me company, the Midtown Heartland Brewery became a favorite after work (or sometimes mid-work) stop for a beer and a fried pickle. Little did I know that founder Jon Blo ... 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.
Offering relief from the sweltering summer.
Over the weekend, all-star chefs from all over the country descended on our fair city for the restaurant portion of the James Beard Awards (the journalism awards were handed out on Friday, and our very own Tejal Rao took one home for criticism). And they're not just here for the awards, but to hit t ... More >>
From a bake shop in Princeton, New Jersey (which won the Food Network's Cupcake Wars in 2011), House of Cupcakes has now become a chain of yummy wowness. A branch just opened at 101-Seventh Avenue South (212-255-7102), with Bronx and East Brunswick shops coming faster than you can say "oink". And ... 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 >>
Middle schooler McKenna Pope made headlines when she confronted Hasbro and asked for an Easy Bake Oven that wasn't just marketed to girls. Her 4-year-old brother Gavyn wanted one for Christmas, but was concerned it was just too pink. [Watch More Clips of the Day: A Deleted Girls Scene Shot at The L ... More >>
NYC restaurants will be just fine, we got through 9-11 & New Orleans has proven just how resilient the cooking community can be #hardasnails— Dave Chang (@davidchang) October 30, 2012 As Hurricane Sandy took hold of many of New York's restaurants and caused horrific damage across the cit ... More >>
With football season underway, Jets and Giants fans don't agree on much. From the sidelines, however, chef Aaron Sanchez, of Food Network's Heat Seekers and Chopped, has created two tasty tailgate dishes for Gang Green and G-Men devotees to devour, regardless of touchdowns or team turmoil. Jets fans ... More >>
Tuesday, September 18 Crab Boil. Fatty Crew Hospitality Group announces the seventh anniversary of Fatty Crab this month. To celebrate, the restaurant will be hosting a Maryland-style crab boil from September 17 through October 17. It's serving blue crabs with "Malay old bay" seasoned water, steamed ... More >>
Ace of Cakes fans -- some of your favorite creations from the show are now in truffle form. Godiva has partnered up with Food Network's Duff Goldman to launch truffles with cake-like flavors. The collection, which was over a year in the making, is inspired by Duff's favorite cake flavors from Charm ... More >>
A party to stay in town for
[See More Interviews: Runner and Stone's Head Baker Peter Endriss | North Fork Table & Inn's Gerry Hayden] You'd expect Nadia G to have a no-holds-barred, exuberant attitude that quite frankly might be a little intimidating, right? That she'd get down to the nitty gritty of an interview, throw a fe ... More >>
What we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: Robert Sietsema gives us the verdict on the best soba in NYC. He talks up Lower East Side Corcoron and throws in a mention for the East Village-based SobaKoh: "Soba are often eaten cold with a soy-based dipping sauce. The noodles feel cool on the ... More >>
The James Beard Awards, a night when chefs and media collide at Lincoln Center to hobnob in crowded press rooms then drunkenly spill beer on each other at the after parties -- this is the only time of the year you'll see straight-laced restaurants like Eleven Madison Park and Gramercy Tavern swap am ... More >>
Yesterday, we spoke with Chef David Burke about grilling and ramps. Today we take the chef in a different direction: chatting about over the hill food trends, creativity, and the multiple restaurants he's looking to open in the next few years. What food trends are you tired of seeing? The molecula ... More >>
Joe Dobias, chef-owner of East Village restaurants JoeDoe and JoeDough, is a talker. We sat down with the Cornell Hospitality School graduate to talk sandwiches, Passover, and future projects and found out that it only takes one question to get the chef to tell us how he really feels about fellow ... More >>
Today, excitable Long Island-raised rap firebrand Flavor Flav will open his House Of Flavor restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurantwhich will have fried chicken and something called a "red velvet waffle" on the menuis Flav's second attempt to break into the food world, following the di ... More >>
Chef shuffles and kerfuffles this week: Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of their restaurants' employees who claimed that the owners deducted the equivalent of 4 to 5 percent of the total wine sales from the tip pool and pockete ... 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.
Opting for produce from small, local, organic farms cannot guarantee that you will avoid the food safety issues that go along with large-scale farming. [Washington Post] The USDA is reporting that food prices are expected to rise up to 4.5 percent, the sharpest increase since 1978. [Wall Str ... More >>
Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Kutsher's Talk & Tasting Tenement Museum October 24 at 6: 30 p.m. In anticipation of Zach Kutsher bringing a taste of his Catskills country club to Tribeca this fall, he and his res ... More >>
Quirk BooksWhy is it that no one can cook like grandma anymore? That's the question posed by comedian Meg Favreau, who wrote Little Old Lady Recipes, honoring the types of women who frequent church socials and small-town potluck dinners, and, of course, the lard-filled dishes they bring with ... More >>
Padma Lakshmi has enjoyed one of the more unusual food-themed careers, ascending from a couple of lackluster shows on the Food Network and a rather mediocre cookbook to being the doyenne of Top Chef - and the hatchet-woman, too, whose icy words and placid demeanor often spell disaster for the cont ... More >>
"The Memphis East Side"?
Mushrooms have been added to the growing list of foods suspected of radiation poisoning in Japan. [Bloomberg] Researchers have discovered a preservative, called bisin, that could extend the food's (and wine's) lifespan for years, even without refrigeration. [Daily Mail] As more and more pr ... More >>
Ex-Sfoglia chef Ron Suhanosky has left Stuzzicheria after just four months, due to creative differences with owner Gerard Renny. Paul Di Bari, who worked at sister restaurant Stuzzi has taken over. [Grub Street] James Kent, who competed a in Bocuse d'Or this year, has been promoted to chef d ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Moran's has shuttered after 25 years in operation just two blocks south of the World Trade Center. Owners Brian and Abby Lydon cited business slowing after 9/11. [DNAInfo] The Carroll Gardens ... More >>
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 >>
Only roaches are more resilient.Food TV may have hit an all-time low with Famous Food, but that doesn't mean it's going to stop churning more lips and assholes through its grinder.
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 place to be for avocado groupies
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.
Increased food prices have begun to affect diners directly, with restaurants like Per Se and 'wichcraft raising their menu prices. [Wall Street Journal] A group of women at Bravo were said to be bitching about the special treatment Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi gets. (This is news?) [NY Post] He ... 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 >>
Eric LeVine, who was a winner on the Food Network's Chopped, is now cooking at the Montammy Golf Club in Alpine, N.J. [Kinetic News] Shaun Hergatt has announced that he is planning a new restaurant in the next two years that will be a little bit closer to Midtown. [Zagat Buzz] Mario Batali ... 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.
This week in food blogs... Eater rounded up the "Best Worst" New York City bar and restaurant websites. And, yes, a Todd English joint makes the cut. Grub Street wondered if Columbus Tavern, which opened last week on the Upper West Side, is the latest media haunt. A Hamburger Today created an In- ... More >>
Hearting Huang.Today in his Time column, Josh Ozersky expresses his deep appreciation for Eddie Huang. It's not his food that the ambitious food writer (who himself aspires to greater notoriety) admires, but rather it's Huang's media savvy, his adeptness at communicating his irreverent -- if ... More >>
When it comes to making coffee at home, don't try to emulate the French or Italians. Make your coffee the age-old Japanese way: pour-over. [NY Times] A lawyer in Manhattan is has filed a class-action suit against nightclub owners, claiming that "ladies night" discounts discriminate against m ... More >>
Friend your food.Two unstoppable forces -- foodieism and social networking -- come together in a new startup called Foodily.
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 >>
The horror."Then if things weren't bad enough, if I didn't already realize it was Sandra's world and Rachael's world, they bought my network.What does this mean? I guess it means that if Paula Deen wants her bunions pumiced at 2 o'clock in the morning, I'm going to get right over there. Let m ... More >>
Wade Burch, of Steamer's Landing (and a recent winner of Food Network's Chopped), has been named executive chef of Neely's Pig Parlor, the barbecue joint that fellow Food Networkers the Neelys are opening on the Upper East Side. [Grub Street] Josh Boissy of Le Barricou in Williamsburg is bra ... More >>