As we prepared to write about our 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to the chefs and owners behind these places, asking them to discuss their history and unique place among the other eateries in this town. But we were also thinking of your wallet, dear readers, and so we asked ... More >>
We're glad the brunt of this snowstorm missed us, but there's no avoiding the cold this week. Warm up your appetite with a few events.
The first day of a new year brings with it hope, resolutions, and, depending on the previous night's festivities, a well-seasoned hangover. While sleep and caffeine are sound weapons of choice, there's perhaps no better fix than the hair of the dog, and perhaps no better combating cocktail than the ... More >>
Thanksgiving may be a joyous affair, but it's the beleaguered gateway to Christmas. The good news is, it's also the height of white truffle season and the harbinger of black truffle season. And this year, we're seeing some the best fungus we've seen in a while. You don't have to go to a overcrowde ... More >>
Anita Lo had a stellar restaurant upbringing -- she worked under David Bouley, Guy Savoy, Michel Rostang, and David Waltuck at Chanterelle before she took a turn running the burners at Mirezi. But in 2000, she was craving creative control, and so she and her then-partner Jennifer Scism decided to st ... More >>
Many chefs can recall how they first became hooked on the food industry, but few can point to a juxtaposition of culinary experiences like Bear's Natasha Pogrebinsky can. The chef grew up in Soviet Ukraine, where she remembers "going to all the different shops in the city and picking out bread in on ... More >>
Stop what you're doing and check out Cherry Bombe Magazine, the visually stunning food magazine created by Seersucker's Kerry Diamond and graphic designer Claudia Wu. The friends (and former Harper's Bazaar colleagues) launched the imprint in September of last year and have now turned to Kickstarter ... More >>
We're almost two weeks into January, and for those of you still dieting, we offer our congratulations--reluctantly. It can't be easy to live in a food city such as New York and spend your days and nights chugging down BluePrint Cleanse cashew drinks and eating raw kale chips. So bravo, we guess. Now ... More >>
Ah, the controversy that comes with naming the "best" places. Newsweek "gathered 53 luminary chefs" and compiled a list of the 101 best places to eat around the world. Here are the New York nominations: Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare Specialty: Fried Blowfish Tails "It's the Western version of omak ... More >>
The winners of the James Beard Foundation's media awards were announced last night (the glitzy chef awards will be presented tonight and you can follow along here, if you like). Congratulations to all of the winners!
This week in food blogs: Food Republic posts an interview with Dale Talde, David Massoni and John Bush about their Brooklyn restaurant ventures in graphic-novel form. Food and Think explores the work of Charles Spence, a researcher investigating how sound affects flavor. Serious Eats shows y ... More >>
Go camping with Cheryl Strayed
Chef shuffles and kerfuffles this week: Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of their restaurants' employees who claimed that the owners deducted the equivalent of 4 to 5 percent of the total wine sales from the tip pool and pockete ... More >>
Flickr/KimtaroLemon aquavit in the making The Danish food trend has been brewing for some time (see: Pellegrino's Best Restaurant Noma, the forthcoming Tribeca sandwich shop Aaman's), so it's only natural that aquavit is popping up on cocktail menus around the city, and on a micro-level...in ... More >>
Government officials will not be asking food companies to remove cartoon characters from their ads and packages. [ABC News] A creepily detailed item on Gabrielle Hamilton exposes the Prune chef's affair with her sister's husband. [NY Post] Chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Grant Achatz are t ... More >>
The re-Africanized fried chicken at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster This highly idiosyncratic list is based entirely on my own dining predilections, and only includes chefs whose work I'm reasonably familiar with. Certain figures have been excluded from consideration -- Thomas Keller, for example ... More >>
Gabrielle Hamilton does the interview circuit.The vibrant descriptions of roasting lamb, Greek seafood, and Italian produce that crowd the pages of Blood, Bones and Butter might lead you to think otherwise, but Gabrielle Hamilton is kind of over food.
File under "Things That Make Us Sad": S.O.S. Chefs, the 15-year-old specialty shop that supplied chefs from Amanda Cohen to David Chang to Gabrielle Hamilton with hard-to-find ingredients, has closed.
Melissa HamiltonGabrielle Hamilton, comedienne extraordinaire.Gabrielle Hamilton has bared all in her bestselling memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter. And she bared a little more at her De Gustibus class last week. Ever entertaining, here were some of the best lines she delivered during her cooking ... More >>
Melissa HamiltonGabrielle Hamilton: Master Chef, Mother HenYesterday we spoke with Prune chef Gabrielle Hamilton about her big win at the James Beard Awards on Monday night, taking home the title of Best Chef: New York City. Today she reveals what traits a chef must have to run a successful ... More >>
Hey ho, it's Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back at the week that was: Is this the future of the East Village? Our 10 Best NYC Restaurants for Pre-Theater Prix Fixe. Girl Next Door's Tart & Tipsy brownie is beautiful & boozy.
Melissa HamiltonGabrielle Hamilton celebrates with rosé champagne (and maybe tomatoes). Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune restaurant is riding high on the hog this year, having written a wildly successful memoir Blood, Bones & Butter, released in March, and being named Best Chef: New York Ci ... More >>
So the James Beard Foundation Awards were last night and New York City cleaned up pretty well, with Best New Restaurant going to ABC Kitchen, Outstanding Pastry Chef awarded to Eleven Madison Park's Angela Pinkerton, Outstanding Restaurant Award also nabbed by Eleven Madison Park, and Outstan ... More >>
Mark Bazer chats with Das Racist
Carla RoleyHere's some potentially, albeit highly speculative, good news for Porchetta-philes: Sara Jenkins may give the city more roast pork.
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 >>
Earlier this afternoon in Portland, OR, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for the 2011 James Beard Awards. So without further ado, the nominees, after the jump:
"It's not an obsessive food story. I don't care about food that much." - Gabrielle Hamilton, tongue halfway in cheek, in conversation with Peter Meehan at Powerhouse Arena last night about her new and endlessly lauded memoir, Blood, Bones, and Butter is and isn't. Have a tip or restaurant-re ... More >>
Gabrielle Hamilton on Blood, Bones & Butter: ""I wrote a book in a way that I would like more people to write books. I'm not afraid of the real truth. There is nothing you can tell me about yourself that is going to make me clutch my pearls." [NY Times] Once maligned for its cholesterol and ... More >>
Orlando has more McDonald's, Burger Kings, KFCs, and other fast-food restaurants per 100,000 residents than any other city in the country. [LA Times] Homes for the Homeless has launched the new Milk From the Heart initiative that will distribute free fresh milk to needy families. [PR Newswir ... More >>
An Atlanta radio show host recently revealed what he claimed was the original formula for Coca-Cola, a recipe that includes coriander oil and citric acid. [NY Times] In Nigella Lawson's kitchen, mugs live in a drawer so as not to waste head space in cupboards, and pegs are custom built for s ... More >>
B.R. MyersIn the March issue of The Atlantic, vegan, curmudgeon, North Korea expert, and animal-rights activist B.R. Myers goes after foodies in an article entitled "The Moral Crusade Against Foodies." I've got to admit, we've given him a very broad target. He begins by extracting damning q ... More >>
Blood, Bones, and Butter, the memoir from Prune chef-owner Gabrielle Hamilton, doesn't come out until March. Having read an advance copy, we can attest to its considerable quality - it's worth reading alone for the chapter in which Hamilton is asked to speak on a Culinary Institute of America ... More >>
Robert Sietsema, Sarah DeGregorio, and Rebecca Marx recap their respective years in food
Brian LethBrian Leth has helmed the kitchen at Brooklyn's Vinegar Hill House since April of 2009, when the restaurant had been open for about six months. After getting his start cooking professionally in New Mexico, he moved back to New York, where he worked under Gabrielle Hamilton at Prun ... More >>
Christopher HirsheimerGabrielle HamiltonAlmost a year still stands between us and the release of Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones, and Butter, but Anthony Bourdain tells Grub Street that he is one of the fortunate souls who has already read the Prune chef's memoir: "I gotta tell you, I read ... More >>
Ellen Silverman PhotographyChef 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 >>
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 BeardNew York has done we ... More >>
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 >>
In a Q&A with Restaurant Girl, Chef Marcus Samuelsson talks about, among other things, his upcoming book, The New American Table, which takes "a look at the diversity of American food and how immigrants keep their heritage close while embracing American culture." Expect amazing photography and great ... More >>
Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune on her James Beard nomination: "I can't help but think they needed to pick a girl, and of the girls, I'm pretty good. I could go down that path for hours, but I'm not going to. I'll just say that I'm honored." [The Feed] Sandra Lee spoke at the Salvation Army Book Lunche ... More >>
The semifinalists for the illustrious James Beard awards have been announced, with a quite a few hometown favorites in the lot, including Dan Barber and Tom Colicchio in the the Outstanding Chef category; Babba and Jean George for Outstanding Restaurant; Corton, Momofuku Ko, and Scarpetta for ... More >>
Fall back to the hardiest harvest
At dinnertime, eggs is the new meat