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Food and Cooking

  • Dining

    February 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Fond Remembrances Follow 'Inoteca to Its Final Service

    'Inoteca (98 Rivington Street, 212-614-0473) needs wine drinkers. Open since 2004, the restaurant started last night's service with 1,300 bottles in total, each one of which needs to be drained to dregs before Sunday morning at 4 a.m. when the doors will close for good. "We're hoping to get through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Field Notes: Two Museum Restaurants

    In looking at the connection between art and food and examining how fine dining functions in museum restaurants for this week's review of Saul (200 Eastern Parkway, 718-638-5000), I had one thought that was particularly badgering: Despite whatever visual constructs a museum restaurant's food might s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Announcing Our Second Batch of Choice Eats Restaurants

    Less than two months remain before our annual Choice Eats event hits Basketball City (299 South Street), bringing with it an epic line-up of food from restaurants all over the five boroughs. If you haven't purchased your entrance yet, jump on it: We're sold out of VIP fares, and our general admissio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Game Takes the Throne: Meat Dishes for This Winter Wonderland

    Something about heavy snowfall just calls for a hearty meal. Although prime wild game season tapered off about a month or so ago, dining on animals like venison, wild boar, and partridge feels nothing short of primal. These are hibernation foods -- the excessively rich dishes that lead to involuntar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Chef Dale Talde Is Building an Empire out of Park Slope

    Before he built a career under Jean-Georges, Stephen Starr, and Morimoto; before he did Top Chef; and before he became the chef and partner in three different restaurants -- Talde (369 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-916-0031), Pork Slope (247 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-768-7675), and Thistle Hill (4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    An Early Look at Empire Diner

    "What would a diner be without delicious dessert?" The question was a good one, and worth considering, and our waitress posed it rhetorically but with sincerity. Having just cleaned up a mean slice of lemon pie, crowned with warm, airy meringue, toasty just on top, AND the best Neapolitan banana s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Learn to Make Japanese Noodles (and Many Other Things) at ICE

    We're always looking for more inspiration to make at least occasional use of our tiny New York kitchens (that is, beyond making our customary morning bowl of oatmeal or using the counter space to store our mail), so a couple of weeks ago, we dropped into a class at the Institute for Culinary Educati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Modern Australian Restaurant Flinders Lane Opens Tonight

    When Chris McPherson and chef Chris Rendell first met at Public a few years back, they found quickly that they had one thing in common: "We're both from Melbourne," says McPherson. "And we both miss home; we wanted to bring it here to New York City." The pair began to plot a restaurant that would do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Checking Out Otafuku 2.0

    Like a settlement-winning divorcee, Otafuku (220 East 9th Street, 212-353-8503), the city's premiere destination for down-and-dirty takoyaki, okonomiyaki and taiyaki, has gotten a facelift and moved into roomier digs. Gone is the worn wood-paneled interior, the sliver of a space that only held three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Where to Eat Brunch This Weekend

    Looking to start off February with a bountiful brunch? Check out our line-up of this week's best spots -- including a DIY bloody mary bar.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Chicago-Style Pizza Comes to New York; Here's How to Better Understand Deep Dish

    Emmett's (50 Macdougal Street, 917-639-3571) has been open and serving Chicago-style deep dish pizza right here in New York for about two months now. Seeing as I'm from Chicago, I decided to give it a try and pass along my thoughts. Now, this is the easy part, because all I had to do was go there an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    The 2013 World Brewers Cup (of Coffee) Champion Lives in NYC

    With the Olympics fast approaching, it seemed appropriate to profile NYC's very own celebrity titleholder of sorts: the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion -- as in brewed coffee -- Erin McCarthy lives amongst us. McCarthy is on Counter Culture's wholesale technical support staff. Our conversation began ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    DBGB Pastry Chef Myriam Eberhardt Is On The Hunt For Mirabelles

    Like many kids, DBGB (299 Bowery, 212-933-5300) pastry chef Myriam Eberhardt knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. "I always liked cooking and making food at home with my family," she explains. What she didn't know then -- but soon discovered -- was that her culinary passion was in pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Where to Ring in the Chinese New Year

    Ring in the Lunar New Year (and the year of the horse) with a feast for kings without getting caught in the thick of activities in Chinatown or Flushing. Here's a round-up of five great blowout options for a festive dinner.

  • Dining

    January 29, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    37 Things We Hope to See in Season Two of Guy's Grocery Games

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Find Super Rare Tlales at Reyes Deli & Grocery

    Tlales, also known as chales, talitos, or biuses, are the dregs of the chicharron pot. They are occasionally sold in a commercial context by professional chicharron producers, but even still, these pork crumbles are exceptionally rare, even for Mexican-centric cities like Los Angeles.

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Cheap Drinks at 3 Sheets Saloon, Troost, Puffy's Tavern, and Good Company

    What better way to say goodbye to the frozen hell that was January 2014 with a drink? Sip it and find relief in knowing February can't get much worse. Here are a few places where you can grab cheap booze and warm up.

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Eat Healthy and Drink Smartly at Nourish Kitchen

    As the ferociously cold first month of 2014 comes to a close (good riddance, January), you might be considering a new fresh start by amending those New Year's resolutions that seemed so alluring on the 1st. Perhaps you want to reinstate your nightly wine ritual but aren't sure whether your vino habi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    New Supper Club Experience, I Forgot It's Wednesday, Launches in February

    Perhaps it's not exactly fair to say that supper clubs are the new food trucks -- secret dining societies were coming online during the heyday of mobile food, after all. But it's impossible not to see similarities in the growth of intimate at-home dining experiences and the early days of the moveabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Morgan's Brooklyn Barbecue's John Avila: We Want to Be Known as the Standard for Texas Barbecue

    Barbecue is in John Avila's blood. The Morgan's (267 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-622-2224) pitmaster grew up in Texas watching his grandparents run a restaurant dedicated to the Lone Star State's smoked brisket, absorbing what it meant to live the life of a cook as he helped out his family. Avila ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Valentine's Day (or Friend Date) Special: 10 Great Dishes For Two

    When your dinner party sees a bigger dish variety and a smaller tab, it's hard to argue against shared plates (sorry, solo dish devotees). And while you'll have to be on board with your dining partner's food tastes, these medium-format offerings carry perks -- especially romantic ones. The one-dish- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Field Notes: Sole di Capri

    Patrons crowd by the door during the lunchtime rush at Sole di Capri (165 Church Street, 212-513-1113), a petite Italian restaurant run by Ecuador-born, Piedmont-raised and trained chef Eddy Erazo. With gentle prices (the menu tops out at $16), it's a boon for the Tribeca neighborhood where a cheap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Weekend Brunch at Dojo, Divine Restaurant, Elberta, and North Square

    Need a relief from a stressful week at work? Take advantage of a mimosa or seven at one of these brunch spots.

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Where to Celebrate National Irish Coffee Day

    National Irish Coffee Day is tomorrow, and if we can learn anything from the whiskey-spiked cup o' joe, it might be this: never underestimate your airport bartender. In 1942, you see, when turbulent weather caused a herd of disgruntled travelers to deplane at an airbase in Foynes (a port town in Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    The Clam Doles Out Shellfish in the West Village

    Chef Mike Price has always loved clams. "I grew up in Maryland, and while steamers and hard clams were not as prevalent as they are in Massachusetts or Long Island, I gained a healthy love of seafood," he explains. And while he could find restaurants dedicated to other childhood favorites like oyste ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 22, 2014

    Demand More, Harlem!

    The Cecil isn't all that it could be

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Bar Bordeaux Opens in Carlton Hotel

    New York City was founded in 1624. While the Dutch were busy trapping furs and trading beads with Native Americas in the New World, the Old World Dutch had just finished draining the marshlands of the Médoc in Bordeaux to plant the world's most legendary and expensive grapevines -- and by the 1650s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Saltie and Little Chef's Caroline Fidanza: We're No Longer Making Progress in the Seasonal Local Movement

    Over the course of her two-decade-long career in New York City's restaurants, Caroline Fidanza has both witnessed and shaped the ever-evolving conversation about the place of local sources and sustainability in food: After stints at local sourcing-focused Savoy and almost every single one of Andrew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    What's Up With the Timing at Jewel Bako and Benkei?

    I don't know if I've been craving raw fish recently or if all of your joyless January juice cleanses are serving as a massive guilt trip, but I've found myself steadily plowing my way through sushi restaurants, stuffing my gullet with sea creatures and rice and washing it down with green tea. This i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Where to Brunch This Weekend: Toloache Thompson, Crown, Corlette NY, and The Sparrow Tavern

    With a three-day weekend in sight for some of us, spending an hour or three at brunch is an even more enticing proposition than usual -- especially if it leads into playoff football or a night of debauchery. Here are a few places that can help your day get off to a great start.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Where to Learn to Wine Like a Pro

    Have you ever looked at a sommelier and thought "I could do that job!"? Then you are in the right city. New York has an array of educational options in the field of wine, from broad overviews -- how a grape is turned into alcohol, why the flavor suggests blueberry (hint: no blueberries were involved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Rouge Tomate Pastry Chef James DiStefano Uses Date Sugar and Quinoa Flour For His Desserts

    We almost never want to know how much sugar, salt, or butter is in our dish when we're dining out (hint: a lot), and that goes double for dessert. Unless, that is, we're in the hands of Rouge Tomate (10 East 60th Street, 646-237-8977) pastry chef James Distefano.

  • Dining

    January 15, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Quantity and Quality at the New El Bombon

    El Bombon (75-13 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, 718-672-6500) is a new addition to the line of Jackson Heights Roosevelt Avenue eateries operating under the rumbling 7 train. The restaurant's icon is an anthropomorphic marshmallow, a sombrero-wearing, taco-clutching sweet; not a sweet, curvy lady, as "el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Cheap Drinks (and Food) at 100 Montaditos, High Dive, The Whiskey Ward, and 2A

    You likely had a rough commute this morning, which means you're definitely having an end of day drink, right? Right. Here are a few places where you can make that happen cheaply.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Box Kite Café Now Serving Craft Coffee, Wine, and Beer

    New Year's Eve marked the start of a promising 2014 for Cora Lambert and Erik Becker -- their long-awaited, permanent East Village café called Box Kite (115 St. Marks Place) finally opened to the revelries of the night. Their new space replaces the coffee bar pop-up adjacent to Maslow 6 in Tribeca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Mocktails in NYC

    After a month-long bender through unending holiday parties that culminated in a blow-out year-end fete, you might feel like January is the longest hangover -- ever. Luckily, in the city where debauchery seeps well beyond December and into the other 11 months of the year, NYC bartenders have caught o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Atera's Matt Lightner: Restaurants Are Like Houses; It Takes Years to Make Them Homes

    A number of transplants are making waves in the New York City restaurant industry of late. David Bowien brought us Mission Chinese, an outgrowth of his successful San Francisco pop-up. Andy Ricker planted Pok Pok here, the first satellite market outside of his home city, Portland, Oregon. And Matt L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Telepan Local, a Casual Spin on a New York Staple

    It's been eight years since Bill Telepan first opened up his eponymous restaurant on the Upper West Side, and in that time, he's amassed a fervent following for his deftly crafted menu and locavore ethos. But when he began toying around with the idea of opening a second spot, he didn't make plans to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Loose Cannon: Chris Cannon Sounds off on Bitter Breakups, Fear, and All'Onda

    Last week, we checked in on All'Onda (22 East 13th Street, 212-231-2236), the new Japanese-influenced Italian restaurant from chef Chris Jaeckle and restaurateur Chris Cannon. Our first taste was promising, and others seem to agree: So far the early word on the place is unanimously good. But to cov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Where to Brunch This Weekend: The Spot, Sugar Freak, Nook, Golden Unicorn

    If you're experiencing a weekend without brunch, it probably means you got left off the invite list. If that's the case, be proactive by making new friends at one of these four lively brunch spots.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Warm up With Hot Cocktails at Loreley (or Make Them at Home)

    While the holiday season has come and gone, the bitter cold, it seems, is here to stay. To stave off the chilly nights and the inevitable sniffles that will accompany this wacky weather, there's nothing better than a boozy tea-like dram to sooth your throat and mind.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Piora's Taking a One-Week Hiatus, Starting Sunday

    If you read this week's review of Piora and were hoping to try it immediately, best head in tonight or tomorrow, because according to reps from the restaurant, Chris Cipollone and Simon Kim are closing their restaurant Sunday, January 12, for a brief hiatus. They'll reopen for dinner on January 20.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Saigon Shack's Pho, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Pho from Saigon Shack (114 MacDougal Street, 212-228-0588), $7-$10 This pho won't change your life, but it will fill you up for cheap -- and sate a Vietnamese noodle soup craving in a pinch.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Hearth Pastry Chef Siobhan DeCarlo Craves Texture, Simplicity, and Summer Ingredients

    Siobhan DeCarlo wasn't always plotting a pastry chef career. "I was planning to get my PhD in English, and I couldn't get into any of the programs," she explains. "So I said, 'You know what -- I really love baking. I think I'm going to go to culinary school.'"

  • Dining

    January 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Cheap Drinks at The Pullman Kitchen, Mar's, Kurant Wine Bar, and One Stop Beer Shop

    It's time to recover from the polar vortex -- by huddling up at the bar and ordering a shot of whiskey, of course. Go forth and find your cure at one of these spots: Here's a forecast full of drink specials.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    An Early Taste of All'Onda, Which Opened Monday in the Village

    Fierce buzz preceded the entrance of All'Onda (22 East 13th Street, 212-231-2236), a new restaurant near Union Square from chef Chris Jaeckle and restauranteur Chris Cannon.

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