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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Checking in on Yonekichi's Perpetual Soft Opening

    Last month saw the soft-opening of Yonekichi (238A East 9th Street, 646-669-9785), the city's first storefront devoted to Japanese rice burgers, which use wads of shaped rice in place of buns. But after some lukewarm initial reactions, the shop closed for a few days to fine-tune its recipes, promisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Angelica Kitchen's Leslie McEachern: 'Come In, Because Next Time We Might Not Be Here'

    This week, Angelica Kitchen (300 East 12th Street, 212-228-2909) owner Leslie McEachern rang the digital alarm with an email informing patrons of the 38-year-old East Village stalwart's battle against raised rents, bemoaning that "Angelica's is at risk of becoming a casualty of the business climate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Why Bartender Joaquín Simó Still Loves Working a 12-Hour Shift Behind the Bar

    Bartender Joaquín Simó received his first lesson in hospitality as a teenager while working as a parish secretary at his church. "The very first thing that Father Gerrardo taught me was not how to answer the phone or where the CCD registration forms were, but rather, how to prepare Cuban coffee fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Six Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week

    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 matcha-centric cafe opens in Williamsburg, seafood makes its way to West Harlem, and three brothers are serving up their unique roasts in Bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Your Best Bets for Astoria Restaurant Week

    Astoria Restaurant Week launched with a party at Astoria Bank, where several of the nearly 50 participating restaurants offered guests a preview of what will be on offer from September 19 through 28. If you're curious about exploring this international neighborhood's culinary landscape, pick up a pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Why 31-Year-Old Cafe Mogador Is Still an Anchor of the East Village

    On a recent Friday evening, assorted groups of people were waiting on the sidewalk, passing the time until their tables were ready. The crowd was mostly locals, though a few part-time models were standing just off the curb, next to a kid wearing a "Welcome to NYU" shirt, and his parents. This will a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Bond Vivant: Donna Lennard Reflects on Il Buco's Two Decades

    Twenty years ago, when Donna Lennard opened Il Buco (47 Bond Street, 212-533-1932) on Bond Street, she wasn't planning to become a restaurateur. Il Buco wasn't even a restaurant then. Lennard was an independent filmmaker caught up in a romance with an Italian named Alberto Avalle, who wanted to expo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Lea Is a Flatbush Newcomer With Neapolitan Pizza to Die For

    Brooklyn restaurants cull, by and large, from the same design playbook. They illuminate with Edison bulbs, expose their bricks, and outfit with vintage flea-market bounty. Lea (1022 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 718-928-7100), a Neapolitan restaurant and pizzeria that opened in Flatbush in December, is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events

    Take a bite out of the Big Apple and check out this week's five top food events -- a list that includes a free happy hour.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Here's What You Missed at Taste Talks

    The weekend's Taste Talks events went off without a hitch, bringing together top New York food mavens and eager eaters to share in conversation and plenty of good dishes. From Friday evening to Sunday night, Taste Talks hosted a round of events -- dinners, presentations, a Future of Food expo, and S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

    With a slight chill in the air, fall is fast approaching. So break out a scarf and check out a few of this weekend's best food events.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Act Quickly: There Are a Few Choice Sub-$100 NYCWFF Tickets Left

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Six Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week

    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. This week: a former Smorgasburg bakery opens a brick and mortar in Brooklyn, Champagne and fried chicken get paired together in the Lower East Si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Here's a Taste of the Breakfast at Cafe El Presidente

    At 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the streets of the Flatiron district are bustling with suits, tourists with sky pointed cameras, and bike commuters, who weave through the chaos at an occasionally terrifying clip. Breakfast for most of these early risers comes in clutched paper cups from corner rolling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Have a Look Around Brazilian Underground Lair Botequim

    If you're looking for somewhere to hunker down underground and gorge on suckling pig and cachaca until the next World Cup, you might want to check out Botequim (132 Fourth Avenue; 212-432-1324), the long-anticipated clubhouse from the restaurateurs behind Tocqueville and 15 East that's located insid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Like the Vesper? Try This Twist, the Señor Bond

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of bartender Alejandro Espinosa of Toloache 82 (166 East 82 Street; 212-861-4505 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Neil's Coffee Shop's Chicken Salad Sandwich, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 36: Chicken salad sandwich from Neil's Coffee Shop (961 Lexington Avenue, 212-628-7474)

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    The King of Spain: With Huertas, Jonah Miller Fulfills a Lifelong Dream

    Point out that Huertas (107 First Avenue, 212-228-4490) chef Jonah Miller is young for a Manhattan restaurant owner, and he'll remind you that two of the people he worked for -- Peter Hoffman at Savoy and David Waltuck at Chanterelle -- were younger when they opened their storied establishments. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Hello, It's Midi: Keith McNally, NYC's King of Biz-Casual French, Has Done It Again

    It's an old punch line: the answering machine that pranks callers into believing they're speaking to an actual person instead of a recording. After he closed Pulino's, the noisiest little trattoria on the Bowery, in January, I assumed vaunted restaurateur Keith McNally (Balthazar, et al.) was in no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Bierocracy Plots a Long Island City Restaurant Followed by a Global Empire

    Marek Chatrny and his partners haven't yet opened their first beer hall and restaurant, but already they're plotting an international chain. "We'd like to open a global chain of branded beer halls," Chatrny, a Czech native whose professional roots are on Wall Street and in a Central European real es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Bushwick

    As rent rose in Williamsburg to match prices in Manhattan, restaurateurs pushed eastward, and they've spent the last several years colonizing Bushwick with unique offerings that run the gamut from vegan Ethiopian fare to Cuban sandwiches. Those businesses join a slew of already-established places, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

    You may have been forced to put away those white shoes, but that doesn't mean you can't still get wild on the weekends. Here are the five best food events this weekend.

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Five Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: Red Hook gets a Thai restaurant, chicken wings hit the Lower East Side in full force, and the Le Bernardin team opens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Chefs Light Up Grills for an All-Star BBQ

    A lineup of New York's best chefs will be on display September 14 at East River State Park, where they'll be grilling up their favorite dishes for you to devour. This is the finale to the upcoming Taste Talks event in Brooklyn, and 25 chefs will hit the waterfront for the All-Star BBQ, building up s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    What It's Like to Be Part of the All-Female Wine Team at a Manhattan Steakhouse

    Washington state transplant and sommelier Jessica Certo, now a decade deep into her NYC residency, knows how to work the floor of a steakhouse. She's so good at her job, she can sell a glass of Chardonnay to a lawyer ordering a filet. And Certo doesn't work at any old steakhouse, but the impressivel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    What Marcus Samuelsson's Experience in Harlem Can Teach Restaurateurs Everywhere

    As Atlantic City's casinos shutter this week, it seems particularly poignant to remember that there are restaurants beyond the boardwalk that will suffer. These are the small businesses that the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival doesn't recognize, instead importing food world celebrities like Marth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Here's a Lesson in Belgian Beer From the New Belgian Beer Cafe

    Finding a beer brewed in Belgium at your local watering hole isn't that hard these days, but finding a bar that can teach you how to pair your pint -- or how to pour that pint correctly -- is a bit less common. The recently opened Belgian Beer Cafe Nomad (220 Fifth Avenue, 212-575-2337) aims to help ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Mama Pho's Classic Bahn Mi, One of our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 40: Classic bahn mi from Mama Pho (580 Grand Street, 718-599-5015)

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    How Mike Hauke's Tony Boloney's Thrives in Troubled Atlantic City and Hoboken

    More than a dozen successful restaurants -- including Marc Forgione's American Cut, four Jose Garces concepts, and the House of Blues -- shuttered on the Atlantic City boardwalk last weekend as Revel and Showboat casinos closed their doors. But, in their shadow, Tony Boloney's has only thrived over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Arepera Guacuco's Vegetarian Options Are Superb

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Arepera Guacuco (44 Irving Avenue, 347-305-3300) Neighborhood: Bushwick Cuisine: Venezuelan

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Why You Should Plan a Tasty Weekend in Outer Cape Cod

    The outlying towns of Cape Cod are an environment far removed from New York City. There are trees instead of skyscrapers, calm instead of chaos, the lazy chirp of crickets in place of car horns. While the Outer Cape (anything above the elbow) may seem too rugged trip for the civilized city slicker, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Five Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a food and beer hall hits Crown Heights, the East Village gets a snow creamery, and the first Denny's location opens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Tuome's Corn, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 42: Corn from Tuome (536 East 5th Street, 646-833-7811)

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Where to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in NYC

    Summer is coming to a close, and the epic rager known as Labor Day Weekend is staring us right in the face. Consider celebrating all weekend long by checking out these events.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Corkbuzz Expands to Chelsea Market

    Chelsea Market continues to evolve into a one-stop shop for artisanal food and drink with its expanded list of night time venues that fit neatly into the market's concept. The most recent addition delivers a much needed wine bar to the area courtesy of master sommelier Laura Maniec. Hitting home wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Bathtub Gin's John McCarthy's Ode to the Real Daiquiri

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of John McCarthy of Bathtub Gin (132 Ninth Avenue; 646-559-1671) and Cedar Local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Joseph Smith of Bobby Van's Brings Old School Philosophy to the Brand New BV's Grill

    In the hospitality business, common sense tells us that every customer should be treated with tender care. Unfortunately, "common sense isn't all that common," according to long time restaurateur Joseph Smith, who's latest endeavor BV's Grill (919 Third Avenue; 212-935-6800) marks his and his partne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Meat Market: Pat LaFrieda Reflects on Four Generations of Butchery

    When I meet Pat LaFrieda for lunch, I'm thrown for a moment. This man, part of the family behind Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, is perhaps the best-known butcher in the country (or at least, in our part of the country), supplier of beef to the the city's top restaurants, and creator of hamburger blend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Delaware and Hudson Tackles the Northeast Corridor by Way of Southern Italy

    As Brooklyn spiritually inches closer to Manhattan's gilded coastline, it has inevitably lost some of the eclectic charm and character that contributed to the borough's branding. This summer, for instance, Williamsburg welcomed its first Starbucks, and a Top Chef winner now cooks in the penthouse of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Inside the Mast Brothers' Chocolate Brew Bar, Now Open in Williamsburg

    The drinkable chocolates at Brew Bar (105A North 3rd Street, Brooklyn), the Mast Brothers' new not-coffee shop now open a few doors down from the siblings' Williamsburg factory, are the antithesis of Serendipity's glop, Max Brenner's price-gouging, even City Bakery's supremely sippable, seasonal aby ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Pastrami Dishes in NYC That Aren't Sandwiches

    Introduced to New York by 19th century Eastern European immigrants (the same folks who gave us pierogies, knishes, and kishka), pastrami is an easy contender for GMOAT (Greatest Meat Of All Time), and also one of the foodstuffs most synonymous with our fair city. Brined and coated in strong spices i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Taste Rare Japanese Craft Beers For One Night Only

    Japanese beer is so much more than Asahi and Sapporo. In 1994, deregulation of the Japanese beer market set off an explosion in the craft beer scene. Twenty years later, the gastronomic arena is simmering again, with a vibrant resurgence in craft brewers and drinkers. Trouble is, these well-rounded, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    A Revised Recipe: Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya's Chocolate Bruno

    Leave it to proud grandmothers to pass down recipes through generations; leave it to chefs to pass them down through menus. Eric and Bruce Bromberg take the latter approach with Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya's (187 Orchard Street, 212-466-0404) Chocolate Bruno, a dense chocolate mousse they first encoun ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Have a Taste of Zachary Feldman's Review of Root & Bone

    Zachary Feldman talks southern cuisine in this week's review of Root & Bone (200 East 3rd Street), the East Village restaurant from Top Chef paramours Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    On the (Willow) Road With Chef Kevin Chojnowski

    When Kevin Chojnowski was 10 years old, he worked on a local farm, picking strawberries, beans, and peas. It was his first dip into the food world, but it made a lasting impression -- by 15, he was waiting tables and helping in the kitchen, prepping and washing dishes, at a nearby restaurant. When h ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 20, 2014

    FIZZY LIFTING DRINK

    The shady history of soda pop.

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Here's an Early Taste of Tuome, Now Open in the East Village

    Thomas Chen has honed his knife skills and tended burners at Eleven Madison Park at Commerce, but before he was behind such storied lines, he was crunching numbers as an accountant. Four years into that career, though, he started attending cooking school at night, and he made a full transition into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    The Worst Service We've Had in NYC Restaurants This Year

    In Zachary Feldman's review of El Vez, he pointed to numerous issues with service that had a major impact on his meal. But this Battery Park City cantina isn't the only restaurant in New York suffering from hospitality problems. Fork in the Roaders eat out nearly nightly, and we see a lot of bad beh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Here Are the Vegetarian Standouts on the Meaty Menu at Chapter One

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Chapter One (33 Greenwich Avenue, 212-842-9146) Neighborhood: West Village Cuisine: American Pub

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