We still have a few more general admissions tickets available for our Choice Eats tasting event, the party that brings together great restaurants from across all five boroughs for an eating extravaganza. So if you're hoping to join us for the event, which happens on Tuesday, March 25, from 7 to 10 p ... More >>
The media has made much of the Korean-Italian mash-up at the heart of Piora (430 Hudson Street, 212-960-3801), the West Village restaurant opened by Simon Kim and chef Chris Cipollone last year, but Cipollone insists that to focus on fusion is to miss the point: "We're a modern American restaurant," ... More >>
The Arctic isn't through with us yet. With significant snowfall predicted for this Thursday night, it may be wise to continue packing on layers of protective winter blubber. Fortunately, multiethnic Astoria boasts warming, fatty foods from every corner of the globe to prepare you for a long hibernat ... More >>
Valentine's day is largely about sex, and sex, in primates, is largely about competition. And right now, if you haven't booked a table for Friday's day dinner, you've been bested by super-organized, type-A New Yorkers and devoted hopeless romantics, who booked every good seat in town a month ago. ... More >>
This time of year always brings out New York's mushy side when it comes to dining out: Which restaurants have the most romantic view? Which restaurants have the best decor? Which place has a wait staff I can trust who can keep my engagement ring on ice until I give the signal? But what about resta ... More >>
For a time, diner culture was dining culture in New York. And although those halcyon days have long since passed, the city's need for greasy spoons endures even if wistfulness is often an establishment's most potent spice. Convenience and reliability are the hallmarks of truly great diners, and the ... More >>
Most restaurant-owners don't break into song midway through an interview, but then, most restaurants don't have a guitar stashed in the corner. Most restaurants also lack an owner who's played with most of the Wailers, or whose grandfather schooled the Skatelites in Ska before Ska was a thing. But D ... More >>
It's been a month since Margaux (5 West 8th Street, 212-321-0100) opened to quiet fanfare at the swank Marlton Hotel just off Union Square Park.The restaurant is the work of hotelier Sean MacPherson, who also lent his beaux-arts design eye to this boutique nine-story hotel that was once a frequent s ... More >>
Whether its three or 30 inches that fall this weekend, we're going to have to leave the house sometime, and weekend brunch is calling our name. Here are a few places that will reward you with tasty treats like pancakes for your puddle jumping skills.
Between a progression of pastry roles at some of the city's top restaurants (Bouley, Le Cirque, David Burke Restaurants) to walking away a winner and runner-up (respectively) on Sweet Genius and Chopped, pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse has had her hands in a little bit of everything (and we haven't eve ... More >>
We try Brooklyn's three newest barbecue joints
'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 >>
Peter Sherman spent a decade in fine dining, working his way through kitchens under Joel Robuchon, David Bouley, and April Bloomfield. But a question he was asked early in his journey resonated with him: "When I started at Robuchon, we had a Japanese chef," he says. "It was his first time living and ... More >>
One month after opening Contra (138 Orchard Street, 212-466-4633), their exciting Lower East Side restaurant, chefs Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone ceded their kitchen to another chef. Friends since Stone's time spent in southern France, Christophe Dufau of Les Bacchanales "was in town for a da ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Need a relief from a stressful week at work? Take advantage of a mimosa or seven at one of these brunch spots.
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 >>
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 >>
The Cecil isn't all that it could be
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>