It's summer, or at least pretending to be summer, and thus the season for iced coffee. Almost every coffee shop will have a version: some clouded with dairy products and laden in sugar, invariably more expensive than a plain cup of joe, and slurped down far quicker. Leaving aside frozen concoctions ... More >>
Hot Bread Kitchen development director Molly Crossin is proud of her bakery's tortilla maker. "To me, this machine really illustrates the growth of the program," Crossin says, motioning to a hulking apparatus that can produce tens of thousands of tortillas in a day. The machine makes 200 dozen per h ... More >>
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Here are some of the dogs who got eaten this week. Know of any restaurants or bars opening or closing? Drop us a line. Former Le Cirque Pastry Chef Iacopo Falai has shuttered his bakery, Falai Panetteria, after closing his flagship restaurant. The move marks an e ... More >>
A five-borough tour of winter warm-up meals
The fingers reach up like the imploring hands of drowned sailors pinned down by seaweed, hands produced by mutant genomes that generate extra fingers. We instinctively recoil in horror from the Buddha's Hand.
The luscious whole chicken ($10.75) from the Eataly Rosticceria. Now that the crowds have abated somewhat, it's possible to dart into Eataly--the giant Italian supermarket across the street from the Flatiron Building--and emerge with an item or two. Since I'm a big fan of Italian rosticceria ... More >>
Hidden among the pink grapefruit and key limes, this strange-looking bird. Gourmet Garage has always specialized in weird citrus. It was there that I first spotted the "hand of Buddha" orange, which is all orange skin and scraggly extrusions, a source of zest, but no sort of hand-fruit. But ... More >>
Just spotted Meryl Streep in the Gourmet Garage at 10th Street and Seventh Avenue South. She had the adjacent checkout line to herself, and was buying several bags of fruits and vegetables. The last thing I saw go into the sack were some granny smith green apples. She kept her head down, wore ... More >>
(Editor's note: this dispatch is from a middle-aged, college-educated Manhattan resident who has given the hell up and gone on welfare. Some weeks back he described the process of signing up for the dole.) Despite all the waiting and the hassle of dealing with a bureaucracy, the one bright spot of ... More >>
Usually, trail mix is just an excuse to pick the chocolate chips out of a bag of nuts. But these trail mixes, from Sahale Snacks, are delicious. There are six different varieties, of which my favorites are Ksar--pistachios, dried figs, sunflower seeds and harissa--and Sing Buri--cashews, dried pine ... More >>
Profiles in the sack
''At Kurfew, the revelers sloppy-kiss as if their only romantic experience was from watching Freddie Prinze Jr. movies.''