Frank Castronovo

  • 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

    June 10, 2014

    Why Bartending Is Like Talking Shop, Per Damon Boelte

    When Damon Boelte bought his first cocktail book at 12 years old, it was just the beginning of what would become an insatiable curiosity. "Nowadays, there are a lot of people who remind me of me when I was a kid," he explains. "They're not necessarily into cocktails to be a bartender, but they're en ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Le Fooding Returns to NYC in September--Get Your Presale Tickets Right Here

    Thirteen years ago, Le Fooding dropped on the Parisian dining scene, blowing up preconceived notions of dining with its celebration of messy, casual, egalitarian fare through carefully curated events. Four years ago, it descended on New York, and this year, it returns with Time Mach'Inn, a feast tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    10 Best Eats in Carroll Gardens

    There's a lot of good eating in bustling Carroll Gardens, where the neighborhood's old Italian purveyor, Caputo's Fine Foods, supplies fresh mozzarella and bread to many of the new Southern-fried sandwich shops and young bistros. Here are my top spots at the moment to stop in for seriously good lunc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Our 10 Best Places to Take Mom

    If you really love your mom, you might want to consider skipping the Mother's Day specials this year. They tend to be such gloomy experiences as restaurants transform into brunch factories for the day and serve mediocre set menus. Instead, I suggest you take your mother out in the evening, like a re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Frankies 17 Is Transforming into a Tapas Bar

    Tapas mania is taking over New York City. It has even infected Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo of Frankies Spuntino restaurants, who are turning their Italian-themed Frankies 17 restaurant on the Lower East Side into a Basque tapas bar, according to the New York Times.

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Leonard Lopate Talks Veggies With Blue Hill's Dan Barber and the Franks

    Last night at the Greene Space, Leonard Lopate took a break from hosting his eponymous radio show on WNYC to grill some of New York's biggest locavore icons on the growing popularity of vegetables in restaurant kitchens. If you hadn't noticed, vegetables are hot now as the city recovers from collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Our 10 Best Restaurant Wedding Venues in NYC

    basykes/flickrHere come the brides and grooms!​ Summertime is wedding season. In FitR's first-ever Wedding Week, we're celebrating the best wedding season ever because it's the first during which anyone can marry, regardless of color, creed, or sexual preference. Yay! Two people joining in hol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Michael Sullivan 'In' at Flex Mussels; Richard Blais Pops Up for Pork

    ​Flex Mussels has announced that its executive chef Michael Bicocchi has left the restaurant to be replaced by Michael Sullivan, the longtime executive sous-chef at the now-defunct Chanterelle. [Grub Street] Michael Psilakis has plans to open a restaurant on Long Island. MP Taverna will serve ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 2, 2011


    Reflecting on our small kitchens through music and drinks

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    The Ten Best Cookbooks of 2010, According to Everyone Else​ It's the end of the year, time for best-of roundups. Rather than create our own list of the top cookbooks of 2010, we took a look at everyone else's and determined which books overlapped the most. So without further ado, here are the 10 cookbooks you should have read by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    The Next Food Experiment Will Take Place September 12​Following an almost six-month period of dormancy, Nick Suarez and Theo Peck's Food Experiments will return on September 12.