Full Service Restaurants

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Are High Rents Pricing Manhattan's High-End Restaurants Out of the Market?

    Celebrity chef Bobby Flay closed his Fifth Avenue restaurant Mesa Grill last year, laying to rest a landmark that, when it fired up its burners in 1991, was the only destination restaurant in an area dominated by garment factories. In Februrary, Keith McNally shuttered Pastis, a Meatpacking Distric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Stephen Starr's El Vez Set to Open in Battery Park City

    El Vez, explains Stephen Starr -- the man whose restaurant group is behind Buddakan, Morimoto, and Caffè Storico -- is not Spanish for "the time." When the owner was opening his first El Vez in Philly, he says, "I was bored of typical Mexican-American restaurant names. I heard about this Mexican El ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Eleven Madison Park's Will Guidara: Competition Makes the Industry Harder...and Better

    As we wrote our list of 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to many of the chefs, owners, and general managers who run the restaurants. We asked them to tell us about the history of their neighborhoods and eateries, recount good memories, and talk to us about what's hardest abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Atera's Matt Lightner: Restaurants Are Like Houses; It Takes Years to Make Them Homes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Cover Applies Uber Technology to Paying Your Restaurant Check

    Remember our 10 worst people in NYC restaurants? Three of them were beasts unleashed when time comes to pay the check. So we're eagerly watching Cover, a brand new app that's built to fix the irritating process of taking care of your tab.

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Mad About Barilla's Anti-Gay Stance? Four Things You Can Do Beyond a Boycott

    At this juncture in history, it's baffling that heads of companies continue to ostracize huge swaths of their customer bases by revealing themselves as raging bigots. But yesterday, Barilla became the newest member of this suicidal club when chairman Guido Barilla outed himself on Italian radio as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    The Village Voice's Tejal Rao Named One of Forbes' Food & Drink 30 Under 30

    Take heed, world! We're thrilled to report that our own Tejal Rao has been named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30, the magazine's annual list that picks 30 rising faces in 15 "entrepreneurial, creative, and intellectual" categories. Rao is noted in the Food & Drink section, and is the only restaurant crit ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Red Lobster One of the Worst Chains To Work For, According to ROC

    You probably suspected it already, but many national restaurant chains treat their workers badly. Two of the biggest abuses involve discrimination based on race and sex and something called "wage theft," which involves asking workers to do such odd tasks as sorting silverware, filling ketchup bottle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Marilyn Hagerty to Dine at Le Bernardin and the Olive Garden on Upcoming New York City Trip!

    Marilyn Hagerty, America's most famous food writer of the moment, is planning a trip to New York City. And she's going to be blogging about her visit, which will include stops to Le Bernardin and, of course, the Olive Garden in Times Square.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Olive Garden Reviewer, Speaks

    Marilyn Hagerty isn't the first person to review the Olive Garden--in fact, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist Jonathan Gold did that very thing in the LA Weekly last April--and she won't be the last. But for some reason, her very factual review of the "long-awaited" franchise in Grand Forks, North Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Greenwich Village Landmark Famous Ray's Pizza Closes

    Newspapers went up in the windows of Famous Ray's overnight. Arguably the most famous of the endless iterations of pizza parlors named Ray's in the city, Famous Ray's of Greenwich Village gave up the ghost over the weekend.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Play the Cellphone Restaurant Autocorrect Text Messaging Game

    ​My smart phone is much funnier than I am. Recently, a friend asked where he could throw a birthday party for himself. After mulling the question over, taking into account his preferences in location, cuisine, and price level, I texted back Del Posto. The phone's auto-correct function sprung ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Alan Richman Hates M. Wells, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment

    GQAlan Richman's M. Wells dinner probably didn't look as jovial as this​ "Never in my professional life has anyone in the restaurant business questioned my conduct. Not until I ate my third meal at M. Wells," is how GQ restaurant critic's fascinating article about the soon-to-shutter diner, M. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Untitled Chef Chris Bradley Reveals His Favorite Art Movements and Dishes on Hazing Ilan Hall Back in the Day

    Nicole FranzenDon't be locker mates with Chef Chris Bradley, unless you want frozen clothes​Museum dining has thankfully come a long way from the tuna fish sandwiches of yore. One of the latest restaurant additions to the city's art scene is Danny Meyer's Untitled, located in the Whitney Muse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    RIP George Lang, Creator of Café des Artistes

    ​George Lang, the legendary restaurateur whose creations included the Café des Artistes, has died.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Where Can I Get a Bloomin' Onion?

    ​Mike W. asks: I've got a craving for a bloomin' onion. Neither a brainstorm nor a Google search led me to where in NYC I can get one. The only results I found were at bad Times Square chain restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, which I try to avoid. There's gotta be a bloomin' onion served so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    A Detail About Mob-Pizzeria Connections That New York Magazine Missed

    ​Why is the cheese on my neighborhood slice so awful? In connection with the slashing of Lucali's Mark Iacono, a piece in this week's New York magazine Intelligencer details the connections between mobsters and pizza parlors - cutely configured as a slice of pizza. In a sidebar, the article ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Announced

    opentable.comThe product of blood, sweat, and tears​It's almost time for the Oscars. That is, the Oscars of the food world: the James Beard Foundation Awards. Today marked the announcement of the restaurant and chef semifinalists, who were chosen from a record 28,000 online entries. Finalists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Benihana Sues Over Crap Review

    BenihanaGet out the knives! It's fight time!​It's a good thing Yelp isn't popular in Kuwait. Because that would mean a lot of lawsuits would be coming up. Yes, Mark Makhou, a blogger in Kuwait, has been sued for $18,000 for writing a negative review of chain restaurant Benihana on his blog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    DOH Announces That 80 Percent of Restaurants Have Earned an A or B Grade

    This just in from the Department of Health: Of the restaurants inspected so far, 48 percent have received A grades, and 31 percent have gotten a B. Twelve percent earned Cs and eight percent did not pass and were closed. That sounds great at first--and Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Shocker: New Yorkers Don't Need a Yard to Grill; Big Salt Fights Back

    ​New Yorkers didn't need a backyard to grill this past Memorial Day weekend. There are 36 parks across the city that have areas for barbecuing, and people will even cook on their fire escapes. [NY Times] Flooding, poor construction, and a string of related delays made the long road for two wo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 11, 2010


    Make your dollar stretch

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Colicchio, Boulud, White, Humm Big Winners in Last Night's Beard Awards

    ​Pomp, circumstance, product placement, and varying levels of inebriation all converged at Avery Fisher Hall last night for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards. Many white men were awarded large gold pendants that dangled from green sashes. It was a particularly good night for New York, wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Ask the Critics: Can I Take Leftover Food From Another Table Once the Party Has Departed?

    beefaficionado/blogspot.comThe luscious Wagyu flat-iron steak at WD-50​ Here's the second installment of our new feature Ask the Critics. (Find the first installment here.) If you have a question for Sarah DiGregorio or Robert Sietsema, please send it to Seth G. writes- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Our 10 Most Overrated Restaurants

    Did this fine establishment make our list? What do you think?​ As their name would indicate, Our 10 Best lists are typically positive affairs. But today we've decided to venture into more critical territory to rank Our 10 Most Overrated Restaurants. You know the type: It's the restaurant you' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Hot Dogs Are the New Foie Gras

    ​How much did you say you paid for that hot dog? We've been sitting on the edge of our seats for the last three years, wondering about the effect of the economic downturn on the restaurant industry. But, as anyone who reads Eater knows, the number of big-ticket restaurant openings continues t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    The City's Best Egg Dishes; Do Relaxation Drinks Work?

    ​A new study suggests that fast food makes people impatient. Researchers say it's impossible to know whether fast food causes the need for time efficiency or is just a consequence of it, but that it reinforces a focus on instant gratification. [FOXNews] A roundup of the city's tastiest egg di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern on Health Care, Salt, and the One Food He Won't Eat

    Ellen Silverman Photography​Yesterday, we talked to Michael Anthony, executive chef at Gramercy Tavern, about the James Beards, his most embarrassing kitchen moment, and the advent of ramps. Today, in the second half of the interview, find out how Anthony feels about health care, the mayor's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern on his Japanese Influences, Chefs in Social Media, and Ramps

    Ellen Silverman Photography​Chef Michael Anthony has been the executive chef at Gramercy Tavern for nearly four years. He got his start in the kitchen soon after college, when, while studying in Japan, he fell for Japanese cooking. Anthony began working at Bistro Shima in Tokyo, and then moved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    The James Beard Awards List of Final Nominees Is Fully Operational

    It's been a busy morning at the James Beard Foundation: right on the heels of its list of finalists for its Media and Journalism Awards comes its roster of final nominees for its Restaurant and Chef Awards, announced on the Beard Foundation's Twitter page. Beard on Beard​New York has done we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    More Chef Progeny Enter New York Restaurant Industry

    The ranks of chef progeny who enter the restaurant industry just grew a little bigger: Diner's Journal reports that Jean-George Vonghericten's daughter, Louise, has been made the junior manager at her dad's Mercer Kitchen. She's in good company --

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Elettaria Follow-Up: Yep, It's Closing

    Sad but true: Elettaria is indeed closing after service this evening. It looks like the lease is to blame, according to this official statement from the restaurant's representative:"Today is the last day of service at Elettaria restaurant in Greenwich Village. Chef/co-owner Akhtar Nawab, co-owner No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    From Swine to the Slammer

    Diner's Journal reports that Bev Eggleston, the purveyor of all-star swine to restaurants including Momofuku, Gramercy Tavern and Savoy, spent the night of July 30 in the Tombs. Eggleston, who has pioneered the humane treatment and slaughter of animals through his Virginia-based EcoFriendly Foods, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Brooklyn Mexican Restaurant is "Quality-of-Life Hazard"

    According to the Daily News, El Gavilan, a Mexican restaurant that opened on Church Avenue three years ago, has in recent months more resembled a nightclub than a destination for chicken tacos. Following numerous complaints, the Kensington restaurant was raided on July 29 and given a number of citat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Babbo Shuttered!

    Greenwich Village stalwart Babbo was closed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in an unusual late-night raid. The bar crowd and a handful of patrons still dining were swept out onto the sidewalk around midnight as the chef, his signature orange clogs slapping on the pavement, was le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Fat Duck To Reopen

    Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-starred restaurant, the Fat Duck, will reopen tomorrow after being closed for over two weeks following a health scare. The restaurant closed on February 24th after some 40 customers complained of being sick following meals there. The number of customer complaints has sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Cheyenne Diner Gets Moving

    The Cheyenne Diner began its move to Alabama on Sunday as its iconic sign was removed and lifted onto a flatbed truck. [NY Daily News]Jack in the Box is experimenting with outsourcing its order-taking to a call center elsewhere because apparently it's just too expensive to have teenagers making mini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Bad Taste Alert: What Sarah Palin Probably Likes

    I'm just guessing here, but I bet the woman's a sucker for high-cultural pursuits like:

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    Fancy Restaurant in the Middle of Union Square?

    You may have noticed that the Union Square greenmarket has been shifted south, crowding the farmers' stands up next to the painters and the creepy dude giving out "free hugs." That's because the city plans to convert the pavilion at the north side of the square from a children's playground into an u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007
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    September 25, 2007
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    August 29, 2007

    Hilly Remembered on the Bowery

    It didn't take long for the tributes to pop up in front of CBGB. We hope the person carrying that can of spray paint is over 18.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007
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    May 9, 2007
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    February 14, 2007
  • Dining

    December 5, 2006

    Runaway Ravioli

    Batali defector gets innovative on Avenue B

  • NYC Life

    March 21, 2006

    Pub Crawl: Spring Break in New York?

    The bar scene at Time Square’s casual dining chains

  • NYC Life

    February 14, 2006

    Tongue in Cheek

    Eating la lingua loca

  • NYC Life

    January 24, 2006

    Gouge Away

    Introducing our Overpriced Cocktail Hall of Shame

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