When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: A food truck establishes a brick-and-mortar location in the East Village, Five Points transforms into Vic's, and Alex Stupak's highly anticipat ... More >>
On a recent episode of Ilan Hall's Esquire Network show, Knife Fight, the cheeky, bespectacled chef held a lifeless, blue-skinned Silkie chicken by its neck, thrusting it toward hooting audience members as cameras panned across their squeamish faces. The faux-underground competition is Food Network ... More >>
Even though the annual New York City Food and Wine Festival (NYCWFF) and its hoard of groupies don't storm the city for another month, tickets have already been pillaged for a number of events. How typical! (Writes the jaded New Yorker.) Don't despair though -- we've sifted through the remainder of ... More >>
It's been eight years since the New York City Wine & Food Festival first convened, and in that time, it's established its unique place on the festival circuit, offering a collection of more than 150 events that range from big, pop culture gatherings to small intimate dinners. It's an eclectic mix th ... More >>
The empire strikes back unremarkably
Twenty years ago, Jim Lahey flung open the doors to the first Sullivan Street Bakery in Soho on a mission to get Americans to eat better bread. His goal hasn't changed much -- "A lot of chefs put mediocre bread on the table," he says -- but the culinary landscape certainly has.
Connie Chung works on Eleven Madison Park's (11 Madison Avenue, 212-889-0905) show-stopping creations alongside Daniel Humm and a legion of other sous chefs. The 29-year-old was raised in a Chicago suburb, and she spent spent much of college ODing on food porn, so she decided to make cooking her car ... 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 >>
Offering relief from the sweltering summer.
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 >>
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 >>
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
At the James Beard Foundation's sumptuous "Chefs & Champagne" event at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons, honoree Ted Allen--the Queer Eye food guy who's now the host of Food Network's Chopped--talked edibles with me between courses. Hi, Ted. What are the hot new trends in food these days? ... More >>
Yesterday, we talked New York City eats and dishes and the Atlantic City Wine and Food Fest with the Food Network's Nadia G. Today, the Bitchin' Kitchen lady gives us the lowdown on the five foods that really get her going come summertime. 5. "I do this one salad with grilled apricots and feta. A s ... More >>
[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 >>
Could online streaming be the future of food shows? Former Food Network and Cooking Channel executive Bruce Seidel has signed on with YouTube to launch HUNGRY, the latest content channel which is set to feature a "blend of how-to and celebrity-driven food videos," according to the Associated Press. ... 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 >>
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 >>
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.
Rebecca MarxDarna's falafel. A few months ago, Darna chose to announce its imminent arrival in Cobble Hill with a rather intimate paean to its signature product. Posted on the storefront window, it read, in part: "...soft on the inside yet firm sexy brown on the inside. Being with you my lov ... More >>
The place to be for avocado groupies
ny.eater.comThe recent stabbing of Mark Iacono of the much-ballyhooed pizzeria Lucali's in what appeared to be a mob-style altercation reminded us that chefs aren't always angels. Iacono was in Joe's Superette -- an old-fashioned store open irregular hours at the bucolic corner of Carroll an ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
The Food NetworkThis is Paula Deen's mac 'n' cheese. It will eat your face. Much as Greenpoint has absorbed a sizable number of erstwhile Manhattanites, so too has it appropriated a phenomenon previously confined to the island: the all-mac 'n' cheese restaurant.
-According to a press release, Gavin Portsmouth will join Chai Trivedi in the kitchen as a Co-Chef at Pranna; the two previously worked together at the late Sapa. Read between the press lines: "The pair will continue to cook Pranna's travel-inspired Southeast Asian fare however, Gavin will lend his ... More >>
A panel of experts convened at NYU's Fales Library late this afternoon to discuss "How Food and Food Writing Have Changed America." The moderator was restaurant consultant Clark Wolf, and the panel included (shown above from left to right) - Michael Batterberry (founder of Food and Wine magazine), D ... More >>
Paula Deen's gonna fatten her right up. Sarah Palin makes me want to throw my television out the window and start setting shit on fire. Luckily for my neighbors, an email from the Food Network arrived just in time to calm me down. Just gaze at the picture above, breathe into a paper bag and think o ... More >>