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    July 17, 2013

    Betony's Bryce Shuman: "This Is It"

    This is part two of my interview with Betony's executive chef Bryce Shuman, wherein he talks about eating lamb with his wife in Spain, his favorite dishes on his own menu, and the night Frank Bruni dined at Eleven Madison Park. Be sure to check out part one of our chat, too.

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    November 14, 2012

    On Guy Fieri and "Quiet Classism" in Restaurant Reviews

    If you've been following the social media world today, you've most certainly caught some chatter about the Times' Pete Wells's review of Guy Fieri's new Times Square restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen and Bar. And if not, let's catch up. See More: Searching for Guy Fieri At Guy's American Kitchen a ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain Attacks Paula Deen Again; Daniel Boulud Sues Buffalo Restaurant

    Anthony Bourdain was fine form this week -- back to attacking his favorite target, Paula Deen. On Tuesday, he appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and went at Deen again, calling her decision to cook fattening food while hiding her diabetes "in excruciatingly bad taste, unconscionable, and cynical ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Frank Bruni on Craig Claiborne's Rise to Fame

    "He went from hardscrabble boyhood in Mississippi to high-stepping celebrity in New York, kept a work calendar indistinguishable from a roundelay of indulgence, ate his way around the world while readers hung on every bite, published one best-selling cookbook after another, and made enough money and ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Blogroll Gazette: Food Mashups, Restaurant Nostalgia

    Inspired by Taco Bell's Doritos shells, McSweeney's imagines other food mashups. Serious Eats gives us Frank Bruni's recommendations for dining on the Upper West Side.

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    October 18, 2011

    Frank Bruni: With Romera, Foodism Has Gone Too Far

    Bruni back in the critic's seat, sort of.​While Ryan Sutton fumes over the lack of transparency at Romera, where he has been having a very hard time getting a straight answer about the price of wine, Frank Bruni takes a critical -- if not quite a food critic's -- look at the new $245-per-perso ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    New York Tops Writers' Best Meals of 2010

    Who doesn't love NY?​ No one needs to tell us that The Big Apple tops the charts when it comes to eating. But for additional proof that it's the best city for dining, Gadling has rounded up some food and travel writers' best meals from 2010. New York takes the cake!

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    November 24, 2010

    Converting to Pour-Over Coffee; More on Chefs & Foraging

    ​Frank Bruni chronicles his adventures in coffee snobbery in this era of evolved coffee culture. [NY Times] American Jews who also happen to be foodies have been looking to revive old Ashkenazic dishes that originated in Eastern Europe. [NY Times] The chef-owners of Seasonal Restaurant and ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Low Alcohol is Latest Trend in Cocktails; There is Now a Smoked Salmon Vodka

    ​The Chinese have discovered Lafite and Margaux, sending wine prices for premium Bordeaux through the roof. [Wall Street Journal] The latest trend in cocktails is low-alcohol drinks, so you can drink more for longer without getting wasted. [SF Chronicle] Belvedere Vodka has launched a search ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Frank Bruni's Infused Vodka Tasting

    Frank Bruni is enjoying his food critic retirement. In this video, the latest in his "Tipsy Diaries," he brings a bunch of homemade infused vodkas -- some tasty, some weird -- into the Times' offices and tries to stump the food section staff on the various flavors. As it turns out, Melissa Clark b ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Frank Bruni Calls Keith McNally a 'Horrible Man'

    Grub StreetA horrible man?​"I do not go to Keith McNally restaurants anymore," quoth Frank Bruni. " I would have loved to have given Minetta Tavern a horrible review, because McNally is a horrible man." The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bruni--who actually gave Minetta Tavern three sta ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Bitter Feast: Food Porn and Torture Porn Join Forces With Mario Batali

    If one requires definitive proof that food blogging has reached its hoary, self-referential apex, here it is: Bitter Feast, a film about a chef who kidnaps and tortures a food blogger who has killed the chef's career with a bad review.

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    March 11, 2010

    Donatella Arpaia May Leap from Cookbook to Cooking Show

    Donatella cooks in 'Donatella Cooks'​Donatella Arpaia, the attractive face of Mia Dona, has seemingly abandoned her role at the front of the house in order to take charge of the kitchen, notes Frank Bruni in a Diner's Journal post today. Or, perhaps more accurately, she is now both the face an ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Does the World Need Another Burger List?

    ​ Clearly, the ground beef recall has not slaked the food press's hunger for more burger coverage. Today, yet another discussion of the ground beef patty sandwich has surfaced in Time Out New York. This one is notable for the fact that it lists the burger favorites of luminaries like Anita Lo, ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Mac 'n' Cheese Revolution; Beef Tongues Recalled

    ​Mac 'n' cheese is the new hipster food around New York and Los Angeles, and has even spawned a couple mac-'n'-cheese boutiques: S'MAC in the East Village and its newish rival, Macbar in Soho. [Wall Street Journal] Restaurateurs who once kept close tabs on Frank Bruni will be doing the same w ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Kelly Choi, Frank Bruni Go Back to J-School: Bruni Discusses New Media, Choi Loves Fudge​Frank Bruni and Kelly Choi spoke last Thursday before an audience of wannabe hacks at Columbia University's School of Journalism, which they both attended -- Bruni, class of '88; Choi, '99. Bruni echoed a statement he recently made here on Fork in the Road: "I think it [new media j ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    Cadbury Holds Out for Better Offer; Beware the 'Halal Mafia'

    ​Anthony Bourdain took his culinary adventure show No Reservations on a tour of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx on Monday night's episode with his friend Fat Dave, lead singer of the New York Dolls David Johansen, Chris Cheung of Monkey Bar, and Momofuko's David Chang. [NY Daily ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Frank Bruni Sings His Swan Song

    Though the past few weeks' endless coverage of Born Round could make you forget that Frank Bruni is going anywhere, today he pens his final column for the Times. Since he's finished reviewing restaurants, he instead pulls a Dear Abby, answering questions he's been asked -- and wishes he'd been asked ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    As we sweat into the weekend, here's a look back at the best posts of the past week:Our Ten Best Indian Restaurants A gravestone merchant on Graham Avenue also sells excellent bread from Il Fornaretto Bakery.Frank Bruni talked about his new book, Born Round.  We re-capped the premiere episode o ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette: A Secret Menu Item at NYC Cravings; KFC's Dirty Double Down Sandwich

    This week in food blogs... Serious Eats asked, "When is it socially acceptable to share food?" Answer: When you're dining with other foodies. And who the hell would want to do that? Midtown Lunch reported that the NYC Cravings truck will continue to serve its secret menu item of a chicken and pork ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Frank Bruni: On Food Blogs, Restaurants He Would Have Liked to Review, and Advice for Sifton

    Soo-Jeong Kang​ Frank Bruni's last review for the Times came out yesterday, and today marks the official launch of his new memoir, Born Round. (Check out our review of the book.) Bruni has been promoting the book everywhere from Nightline to the New Yorker, but he was nice enough to make time ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009
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    August 18, 2009

    Frank Bruni Is Just Like Us, Likes Choco Taco

    Frank Bruni will make his first post-Times critic TV appearance on Nightline tomorrow night, where he'll discuss his memoir, Born Round, and demonstrate his ability to slum it like the rest of us at a Mister Softee truck with the "original ice cream taco."

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    August 11, 2009

    Persimmon's Website, Phone Are Kaput

    Has Persimmon closed? The website is down and the phone is off the hook at the seasonal, prix-fixe Korean restaurant, which won a voracious following after Momofuku alum Youngsun Lee opened it in May 2008. In his one-star review of the East Village restaurant last August, Frank Bruni wrote that it " ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Frank Bruni Shares His Darker Food Secrets in Born Round

    A new memoir from the soon-to-be-former Times restaurant critic

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    August 5, 2009

    Nothing Like Ham to Slap Kim Jong-il in the Face

    ​ While foodies are obsessing over who will take over from Frank Bruni as the new New York Times' resident food critic, newsies are more concerned with the real issues, like Bill Clinton going to North Korea to help free US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who have been detained there sin ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Sam Sifton To Replace Bruni

    ​Brooklynite Sam Sifton, currently the cultural news editor at the New York Times, will replace Frank Bruni as restaurant critic. Sifton was a former editor of the Dining section, founding editor of Talk magazine, and was a restaurant critic at The New York Press in the 90's. Clearly, the Ti ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Doppleganger Fun: Did You Really Spot Frank Bruni Eating at the Next Table... Or Was It Just a Young Charles Grodin?​ Eat Me Daily has a little fun with the official unmasking of Times food critic Frank Bruni. Of the many recognizable men who could pass for Bruni, The Princess Bride's Mandy Patinkin (were he more meticulously plucked) and a young Charles Grodin are the most believable.

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    July 24, 2009

    Who Will Replace Bruni?

    Frank Bruni's gig at the Times is coming to an end in about three weeks. That means that his replacement has likely already been chosen--Bruni writes in his memoir that each critic is given several weeks of preparatory time, basically to fly all over the world and eat in the best restaurants. So i ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Top 10 Most Dangerous Foods to Eat While Driving; Say Hola to Pecsi

    Is organic food always better for you than "conventional"? Sure, fresh organic produce may be more nutritious than fruits and veggies grown using pesticides. But organic milk doesn't necessarily come from cows raised in lush pasture. Large dairies keep the animals in lots and truck in their feed. [N ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Under the Toque--Ryan Skeen Bids Irving Mill a Porky Goodbye; John Tesar Drops a Barrage of F-Bombs On His Way Out of Fishtail

    Ryan Skeen is, in fact, leaving Irving Mill, as was rumored on The Feedbag. The Feed confirms that his last day of service is June 7. But Skeen isn't going quietly. He's enlisted the help of other pork-loving chefs--Porchetta's Sara Jenkins, Annisa's Anita Lo, and The General Greene's Nick Morgenste ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette--Bruni Bombshell Gets Full Coverage; Stephen Colbert Pleases the Food Crowd

    This week in food blogs... The big story in blogs this week was, of course, the announcement that Frank Bruni would resign from his post as resident food critic for the Times. Every blog we can think of covered it, but none as thoroughly as Eater, with its series of Bruniocalypse posts. Joe Di Ste ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Breaking: Bruni Steps Down as NYT Critic

    Over at the Times' Diner's Journal, word comes in that Frank Bruni will step down as the paper of record's critic in August, the better to spend time on his book tour. He'll be writing for the NYT Magazine in the future. No word on a successor yet, but presumably the search is on. Predictions, anyon ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Bruni's Memoir Has an Amazing Cover

    Frank Bruni's book doesn't come out till August, but Eat me Daily has scored the cover, and their sources say that Bruni basically hasn't changed much. There's a definite resemblance to the picture of him on the right. (There are several pictures of Bruni on the interwebs, so I'm not showing anyo ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Domino's Grossout Kids Face Arrest; TV Chefs on the Naughty List & Bruni Begs: Eat At Restaurants!

    "Michael" and "Kristy" from the grossout YouTube video in which two Domino's Pizza employees defile pizza toppings before allegedly serving them to customers face felony charges and, possibly, a civil suit. [FOXNews] Don't do as they say or as they do--TV chefs are spreading their bad habits to vie ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Up Yours, Charles!

    Two weeks ago, we ripped a new one for Charles, the restaurant at West 4th and West 10th that pretends not to be there, by leaving the tattered awning of the previous restaurant in place, and taping up the windows with newspaper, all to make the place seem more exclusive and keep the likes of you an ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    "21" Club Stealing Tips?

    More than 30 employees of the "21" Club filed a class action suit against their employer on Tuesday, claiming that the restaurant has been illegally withholding their tips. The amount in question could be more than $1 million. [NY Times] Kellogg CEO, David Mackay, calls for an overhaul of the coun ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    Critical Mass: Co.

    photo: Daniel S. NeunerThe debate over Jim Lahey's new pizza joint, Co., continues. Our own Sarah DiGregorio reviewed it earlier this month and found things "hit or miss." This week, the Daily News' Danyelle Freeman, Bloomberg's Ryan Sutton, and Frank Bruni (in his Times blog) all gave their thought ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Bruni Gives John Dory Two Stars

    The Times' Frank Bruni reviews the John Dory today, and, like New York's Adam Platt and Bloomberg's Ryan Sutton, he gives the place just two stars. While Bruni makes a point of saying he immensely admires both chef April Bloomfield and sommelier David Lynch in his review, he has less admiration for ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Cabrito's Rajas con Crema

    The West Village's Cabrito (50 Carmine Street) earned one star from Frank Bruni in the Times today and mixed praise from our own Robert Sietsema last July. For the big game this Sunday, they're offering 6-foot heroes made from their special recipe chili-marinated pork. If your Super Bowl celebration ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Daniel Gets Four Stars

    Frank Bruni reviews Daniel, loves the new look, gives it four stars.[NY Times]Former White House Chef Walter Scheib cattily recalls Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Bush as always being on diets.[WSJ]A new study finds that women who drink early in pregnancy, possibly before they even know they're pregnant, may ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Size of David Bouley's Menu Matters

    Ouch. Frank Bruni gives David Bouley's newest venture, Secession, no stars in the Times today due in part to "amateurish" service and its menu being the work of "an unfocused, distracted mind." Other critics' review have been somewhat kinder, but everyone agrees on one thing: the menu is big, very b ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Bruni Gets the Smackdown: $100 Value Meal?

    In a sad attempt to get with the times, we get this headline on today's NYT story : "Great Meals for Two, Under $100 (It's Possible)." Frank Bruni goes on to list five restaurants in New York where you can get a three course meal, plus tax and tip, for $50 per person. (Without beverages!)Bruni's act ... More >>

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