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 >>
New cookbooks offer a glimpse inside some of the city's top restaurants
A few of the city's finer establishments are now getting noticed not only for their outstanding food but for the benefits they offer staff members. The Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC), an organization that strives to improve working conditions for food service employees, has released an ... More >>
Here's what's going on right now: Cooks are wearing construction helmets fitted with lights to work in the dark, or cooking by flashlight to serve free food. Restaurants without power are using barbecues to shift service to the streets, while mobile vendors park in the darkest shadows they can find, ... More >>
[See Where Else I Ate: Union Square Cafe | Ai Fiori | The Modern] A big congratulations to phoebey who guessed Babbo Restaurant.
WD-50 and Fatta Cuckoo are teaming up for a dinner series called "Friends with Benefits," a one-night experience where chefs and mixologists are paired to serve a four-course meal with cocktails. The first match, on September 12, will be with Jon Bignelli, the chef de cuisine at WD-50, and Chris Mi ... More >>
What if these establishments were moved into a food court -- with art and seating? I'm aware of all the arguments in favor of food trucks: 1. They allow entrepreneurs to start restaurant businesses with far less cash than a storefront requires. 2. They cost virtually nothing, rent-wise (though o ... More >>
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For New Yorkers who see city blocks packed with food joints every day, it's pretty evident that the restaurant industry is booming. Now the numbers are in: the National Restaurant Association reports that restaurants have added more than 560,000 jobs since the beginning of the economic recovery in M ... More >>
The people have spoken, and they want grades. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced the results of a poll that showed that most New Yorkers approve of the letter-grading system; they were later dismissed by restaurant owners who said that the survey had been conducted by a city institution-- CUNY's B ... More >>
How much are you willing to pay for a thick, juicy steak? That's the question the bosses at New York City's steakhouses have been turning over as they debate whether to raise the prices of their meats.
It's just one of those win-win-win kinda things. In 2010, the city began requiring restaurants in the city to post letter grades based on health inspections. That means that restaurants that score badly -- due to things like pest-conducive kitchens or inadequate hand-washing facilities -- have to ... More >>
A day after Mayor Mike Bloomberg held a press conference touting the successes of the city's letter grading system for restaurant health inspections, members of the City Council are saying that a majority of businesses don't actually like them. Bloomberg, alongside the city's health commissioner, ... More >>
Workers at the Capital Grille restaurants in Miami and Los Angeles have joined a growing class-action lawsuit against the chain's parent company, Darden Restaurants, over alleged racial discrimination, illegal labor practices and violations of state wage laws.
On September 17 Le Grand Fooding will host what it's calling the Campfire Session at the Elizabeth Street Garden downtown; there'll be dishes designed by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and WD-50's Wylie Dufresne, DJ sets by Nancy Whang and DJ Mehdi, and performances by Sondre Lerche and Hanni ... More >>
While efficacy of the Department of Health's restaurant letter grades is a matter of debate, the fact remains that restaurant owners are desperate to pass with flying colors. What will some owners do for an A? If you guessed subtly try to stuff $500 into an inspector's pocket, you are correct ... More >>
Real people, real stories, real advertising dollars.Taking a page from the Olive Garden playbook, Red Lobster is has embarked on a campaign to make people think of it as something more authentic and less off-putting than it actually is.
Soul DaddyJamawn Woods, Restaurateur No MoreSoul Daddy, the winning concept of America's Next Great Restaurant, has shuttered its third and final location, in Minnesota's Mall of America (the New York City location closed a few weeks ago). According to the company, "The restaurant simply was ... More >>
Gramercy TavernSoon you can make this at home. But yours probably won't look as pretty. Sorry.The Eleven Madison Park cookbook will be released this fall, but it's not the only Danny Meyer cookbook project in the works. Reps bring word that Clarkson Potter is publishing the Gramercy Tavern ... More >>
In addition to changing its decor to emulate the Home Depots farmhouses of Tuscany, Olive Garden is altering its beverage policy following an incident last month where a toddler was served sangria instead of orange juice. And the chain isn't alone: as Nation's Restaurant News reports, in the ... More >>
Last week, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez told us that she'd be taking part in a weekly female chefs series beginning next month at What Happens When. Now the restaurant, which just began its third movement yesterday, has coughed up some more details about the series, which will every Monday feat ... More >>
Pier A, seen a few years ago.Although the Freedom Tower won't be getting a Windows on the World redux, its surrounding neighborhood will be getting a new oyster bar.
Deborah Jones/The Daily MealPer Se is named the best restaurant in New YorkAlways a friend to listsicles, The Daily Meal has come up with a new list, ranking the top 101 restaurants in the country. There aren't many shockers included, and New York City fared quite well, proving its gastronom ... More >>
archidialog.comThe latest news from Danny Meyer HQ involves not the 804th location of Shake Shack but the Union Square Hospitality Group's new café at the Whitney, scheduled to open next month. Named Untitled, it takes inspiration from the "classic" coffee shops that once populated Madi ... More >>
If you are reading this and haven't made any Valentine's Day dining plans, you are screwed. Unless you are one of the millions of Americans who apparently think that Olive Garden is a desirable destination for romantic dining.
buzzybloggers.comBrave the weather!File under shocking news: when bad weather strikes, people dine out less. Last month was particularly nasty. At Drew Nieporent's company, Myriad Restaurant Group, for example, business fell 50 percent or more on particularly nasty nights, according to Bloo ... More >>
Alfred EisenstaedtEarlier this afternoon, WNYC hosted Out From Behind the Apron, a forum for restaurant industry workers and veterans to discuss issues ranging from how new laws are changing the industry to their personal experiences serving the citizenry of New York. Hosted by WNYC's Kathlee ... More >>
indy.comJust like rhythmic gymnastics! What to do when you've got a scandal on your hands? Create a diversion of ridiculous proportions, of course! With recent raw sewage dumping charges looming overhead, T.G.I. Friday's has come up with a gimmick so lame it's almost painful to write-up.
Because untreated grease gives us all something to smile about!Here's yet another reason we find ourselves weary of the continuing existence of T.G.I. Friday's.
Familiarity breeds contempt... As Eddie Huang himself might say, WTF? Yesterday, Urban Daddy ran an item about a brand-new San Francisco food truck called the Chairman Bao. The truck, which specializes in Asian-style steamed and baked buns, owes an aesthetic debt to Shepard Fairey -- and an ... More >>
Bruce Buschel has already inflamed the ire of waiters and potential employees everywhere, so today the blogging would-be Hamptons restaurateur returns to the Times' website to further endear himself to a certain portion of the restaurant industry. Today's lesson: people steal.
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 >>
Hagen StierThe Whitney's got some bread.At some point this fall, Danny Meyer will open his slavishly anticipated cafe at the Whitney. In the meantime, museum goers will be able to stave off cultured famine at Sandwiched, the pop-up cafe Meyer's catering business, Hudson Yards, will operate un ... More >>
Here's yet another uncommon economic indicator of how the recession is affecting the restaurant business: Cecilware, which has been making kitchen equipment in Queens since 1911, will lay off 80 workers next year.
Norman Brinker, the casual dining pioneer who created Bennigan's and Steak & Ale, has died, reports Nation's Restaurant News.
NNECAPA/flickrAs the economy has festered, fast-food and casual dining restaurants have been whipping out their mascara wands to class up their image while reassuring diners that the food is still cheap and the portions still monolithic. Burger King embarked on a bachelor pad-fabulous make-ov ... More >>
Olive Garden's lobster spaghettiSomehow, USA Today writer Jim Cox has managed to get Marcella and Victor Hazan to dine with him at Olive Garden--to test out the restaurant's claim that it offers authentic Italian food. How does it go? How do you think it goes? Tortellini in Bolognese, lobster ... More >>
"Vendrification" may have entered the edible lexicon, but just because a new, artisanally-inclined wave of food trucks is redefining the way people think of street food, fancier food isn't synonymous with fancier finances. To wit: as Midtown Lunch reports, Schnitzel & Things, the much-publici ... More >>
Pop!The Times has an interesting article today comparing the restaurant industry to the real estate and financial sectors--there was a bubble, and yes, it burst. The article cites New York Department of Labor stats that show the restaurant industry gained 50,000 jobs in the last seven years, only to ... More >>
As Eater noticed yesterday, for those who can still afford it, New York is a playground of available reservations these days. This morning I got on Open Table to see what was available for tonight, party of two. Every restaurant I checked had availability. Interestingly, several restaurants, like Da ... More >>
The law that will force New York restaurants with more than 15 branches nationwide to post calories on menus was to go into effect today, but it has been delayed. The Department of Health says that the district court judge has now set Friday the 25th as the new date for the law to go into effect, ... More >>
In addition to food fights between the ROC-NY activists and restaurants, some of the activists are throwing rocks at each other
Foodies trek to fill coveted restaurant seats
Wherein the Unrepentant Sissy Drinker and pal enjoy fall drinks at WD-50; plus, Pegu Club's weird colonial homage
Casual dining goes overboard with Surf 'n' Turf
State Legislature Slices Waiters Minimum-Wage Raise