French Food and Cooking

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    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 >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Two 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 was a slow one for openings, but here are a pair of new entrants.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Here's How to Learn Southern French Wine and Food With Some of the City's Best Chefs

    "Usually, when people travel to France, they travel to Paris and the French Riviera," says Marianne Fabre-Lanvin, the executive director of Sud de France Développement, an organization that works to bring more attention to the southern part of the country. And that's a shame, she says, because sout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Out of the Box: Craig Koketsu Reimagines the Big, Bustling Restaurant

    While his teenage friends were sleeping on Saturday mornings, Craig Koketsu was catching up on a little food TV, checking in on the cooking shows that were then hosted by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. Koketsu had been interested in food and experimenting in the kitchen since childhood, and during h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Atrium's Laurent Kalkotour: "Without the Farmers, There'd Be No Chef"

    Yesterday marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a storm so devastating to New York City that some businesses--restaurants included--have yet to return to the fold. Others, sadly, succumbed to the disaster; one of those was Governor, a then-new and much-lauded restaurant in downtown Broo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    Celeb Chef Chris Nirschel on What to Expect From His New Menu at Slide

    It was just March when Slide first opened and brought sliders, cannoli, and boozy milkshakes to the Village under the direction of Madison Cowan, an Iron Chef and Chopped winner, but the spot already has a new chef: Chris Nirschel, who competed in season seven of Food Network Star and later on Chopp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Pool Party, Bouillabaisse and Txikifest: What To Do This Weekend

    You're almost there, New York. In just a few short hours, you'll be free to hop on a rented Citi Bike and cruise away into the glorious weekend sunset. Check out our picks for food-related events you might want to pencil into the calendar as you count down the hours until Friday freedom.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Cafe Pistachio Opened in Greenpoint; Fritzl's Lunch Box Opened in Bushwick

    A Williamsburg bar opened earlier this month from Alla Lapushchik, the owner of Post Office, Eater reported. OTB takes its name and theme from racetrack-betting parlors. While some cocktails are classic -- Old Fashioneds and Manhattans -- a "Modern" menu also offers fresh concoctions like a Turkey J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    5 Don't-Miss Dishes From Le Philosophe

    Le Philosophe's take on steak frites This week, Counter Culture crawls into Le Philosophe, a new French bistro on Bond Street not far from the Village Voice offices on Cooper Square. The menu combines bistro commonplaces, rarely so well executed, along with adapted versions of more ambitious Frenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Qi Thai Grill Opens in Williamsburg, American Flatbread Opens in Tribeca

    Williamsburg got a new thai spot from Pichet Ong and Sripraphai Tipmanee. Qi Thai Grill opened last week on N. 9th Street and the menu features a combination of small plates from Tipmanee's Woodside restaurant Sripraphai, and savory specials and desserts from Ong. Think Chiang Mai sausages and beef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Under the Toque: Asian Food Craze, New Menu at WD-50

    Wylie Dufresne at WD-50 is creating a completely different menu with brand-new dishes. [NYTimes] Iron Man competitor Joe Bastianich talks about his new book and the dark secrets of restaurants. "The skills of a maître d' are the same skills a hooker has--to please the clients. . . . Make them fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Zero Otto Nove; Stars for The Toucan and the Lion and Kyo Ya

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: In the Voice, Robert Sietsema compares the Bronx and Flatiron locations of Zero Otto Nove: "With the exception of the pizzas--which are not quite as perfect due to the use of less wood in the oven--Manhattan proves it can furnish food ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    My Dinner at Daniel

    Wait! Where's the letter grade? From the outside, it looks like a hotel, with potted plants on either side of the door. But once inside the solemnity of the place overwhelms you, as you traipse past a bar on one side, small flock of cocktail tables on the other, then up to a reservations desk that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    The Kitchn Looks at Judith Jones' Kitchen

    Random House​She might be one of the most important people in the cookbook publishing world, but Judith Jones, the editor who championed Julia Child way back when, has a surprisingly normal New York City kitchen. The Kitchn takes a tour today of her Upper East Side apartment, which is refresh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Julia Child Now Available on iPad; Hunger Costs the U.S. Billions Annually

    The e-book version of Julia Child's seminal Mastering the Art of French Cooking was released for the iPad this week. [NY Times] The cost of hunger in the U.S. was $167.5 billion last year, due in large part to the recession and slow recovery. [BusinessWeek] Cheese geeks still love talking about af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Tomorrow: New York City's 17 Greatest Chefs

    Ever seen this motor scooter around town before? Will its rider be chosen to be among our top 17 chefs in the city? There comes a time when we must evaluate the output of the city's greatest chefs. Who had the most effect upon the culinary zeitgeist? Who spun off the best cooking and reality shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Paul Bocuse Named 'Chef of the Century'

    Paul Bocuse​The Culinary Institute of American has named Paul Bocuse, a/k/a the father of nouvelle cuisine, the "chef of the century."

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Nils Noren Isn't Actually Leaving the French Culinary Institute

    Bravo​After our post yesterday on the apparent departure of Nils Noren from his post as the French Culinary Institute's Vice President of Culinary and Pastry Arts, we received the following update from the school's reps:

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    At the French Culinary Institute's California Campus, Students Will Learn Animal Husbandry​ Yesterday, the French Culinary Institute announced it would be expanding to the West Coast with a branch campus at the former Professional Culinary Institute in Campbell, California. Curious to know why the school was expanding its operations to California -- and how it i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    The Guardian Lists Its 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time

    ​The Guardian published its list of the 50 best cookbooks of all time this weekend, naming Richard Olney's The French Menu Cookbook as is Number One pick.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Notes From the IACP Conference in Portland, Oregon

    Food workers of all sorts descended on Portland, Oregon last week for the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference. Seminars were held on every culinary topic imaginable--Pacific bivalves! Oregonian beer!--a food geek's dream. You might have bumped into a recipe developer for C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Omnivore Fest Is Coming to Eat Us This June

    ​Holy merde. Scarcely six months since we finally finished digesting what Le Fooding served us, the French are at it again. They're returning this summer with the second-annual Omnivore Festival, which will take place June 4-6. Feast has the schedule, which includes public master classes taugh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    The James Beard Awards Semi-Finalists Have Been Announced

    Will the spirit of James Beard smile upon New York chefs?​The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Awards today, kicking off the food world's very own Oscar season scrum. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 21,000 online entries; th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    A New Food Network On the Way; Julia Child Contemporary Charlotte Snyder Turgeon Dies

    ​Scripps Networks has plans to launch a cooking-focused TV channel next year, called the Cooking Channel, that will replace Fine Living. The company has a growing appetite for food programming following a joint venture to bring the Food Network to Europe. [Wall Street Journal] New Jersey can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Like Frank Bruni, Jacques Torres Also Knows a Thing or Two About Food Addiction

    Tod Seelie/Metromix​Frank Bruni isn't the only member of the food world who's had his powers of restraint demolished by a box of Oreos. "I am a food alcoholic," Jacques Torres proclaims. "Some people are addicted to cigarettes or alcohol or drugs. I think I'm addicted to food." The pastry che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    The French Not So Keen on Julia Child

    Associated Press, 1978​ In France, Julie and Julia was released yesterday. But it turns out that most French people have never heard of Julia Child--The Art of French Cooking was never translated into French--and those who have are decidedly lukewarm on the subject. Julie Andrieu, a cookbook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Mastering the Art of French Bidding

    ​Mastering the Art of French Cooking, it was reported earlier this week, has hit the bestseller list for the first time since it was published 48 years ago. Thanks largely to Julie & Julia fans who've rushed straight from the multiplex to the bookstore, Julia Child is acquainting a new gen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Food Bloggers Everywhere; Child Cookbook at No. 1

    ​A New Hampshire lobsterman caught a rare, cobalt-blue lobster last Wednesday. The 1 1/2-pound lobster will not be boiled alive, but will instead live out its days at the Seacoast Science Center. Only one in 5 million lobsters are blue. [NY Daily News] In these times of do-it-yourself cooking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Food Corps Fear Nationwide Sugar Shortage; French Cooking Not Quite Over

    ​Could the U.S. run out of sugar? Yes, say major food corps, if the government doesn't ease import tariffs. Kraft, General Mills, Krispy Kreme, Hershey, and Mars have together written a letter to the Agriculture Department demanding more tariff-free sugar be allowed. [Wall Street Journal] How ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Following Publishers Weekly Dust-Up, Judith Jones Elaborates on What She Said About Julie Powell

    Sony PicturesOn Monday, Publishers Weekly cooked up a stir with an article in which Julia Child's famed editor, Judith Jones, recounted what Child said of Julie & Julia's Julie Powell: "I don't think she's a serious cook." Slashfood tracked down Jones at her Vermont home to follow up on the comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Chatting With...Nils Noren, Contestant on Top Chef Masters Tonight

    Tonight, Nils Noren will compete on Top Chef Masters against Michael Chiarello (Bottega Restaurant), Rick Moonen (RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay), and Lachlan McKinnon Patterson (Frasca Food & Wine). Noren, who cheffed at Aquavit for 10 years, and is now the vice president of culinary and pastry arts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Under the Toque--JoeDoe Chef Clashes with Blogs; Jean-Georges Posts His Defense on His Blog

    Eater, Grub Street, NY Journal, and Joe Dobias of JoeDoe were embroiled in a melee this past week when Dobias lashed out at NY Journal "and other shithead bloggers" for posting a negative review of his restaurant. When Eater picked up the story, Dobias shifted his disdain to that blog, although he ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009
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    February 18, 2009

    Recipe: Swiss Raclette

    From today through the 28th, nine of the city's French restaurants are holding a Stinky Cheese Festival with cheese specials in addition to their normal menus. Nice Matin (201 West 79th Street) is one of the participating restaurants. Should you want to do some stinky cheese cooking in the privacy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Fleur de Sel Set to Close

    This sad news just into my email in box, a press release announcing the closing of venerable downtown restaurant Fleur de Sel:  Chef-owner Cyril Renaud announces the closure of Fleur de Sel, his Michelin-starred restaurant in the Flatiron district (5 East 20th Street), on Saturday, February 21s ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    November 6, 2007

    Michael Ruhlman's Last Meal: Piece of Cake

    The author gets philosophical, makes us hungry

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    October 1, 2007
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    September 12, 2006

    Broth-erly Love

    Obscurely located Ivorian extends our West African food frontiers

  • Dining

    September 5, 2006

    Scaring Pigeons

    Not your Friends' bistro anymore in the West Village

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    August 17, 2004

    Food for Thought

    24-hour eateries that'll keep you going all night

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    January 21, 2003
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