Gourmet Garage

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    A Primer on Cold Brew Coffee and Where to Drink It Around Town

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Bread and Bakers on the Rise at Hot Bread Kitchen

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Say Goodbye to Falai Panetteria

    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 >>

  • Dining

    November 23, 2011

    Holiday Guide: Heat-Seeking Victuals

    A five-borough tour of winter warm-up meals

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Buddha's Hand Citrus

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Roast Chicken from the Rosticceria at Eataly

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Mutant Citrus Invades Gourmet Garage

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Meryl Streep Sighted in Gourmet Garage--Or Was It Julia Child?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Upper White Trash: The Joy of Food Stamps

    (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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Trail Mix That Tastes Good

    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 >>

  • News

    April 20, 2004

    Pillow Talk

    Profiles in the sack

  • Columns

    January 19, 1999

    NY Mirror

    ''At Kurfew, the revelers sloppy-kiss as if their only romantic experience was from watching Freddie Prinze Jr. movies.''