Martha (184 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-596-4147) chef Andres Valbuena loves a challenge. The Venezuela native set out to travel after a short-lived career in graphic design, landing kitchen jobs with internationally acclaimed chefs like Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, James Beard Award-winnin ... More >>
Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that our brains naturally has an ... More >>
They came. They ate. But they couldn't quite make up their minds. In a first, Burger & Barrel's bash burger tied Guy Fieri's bacon mac n' cheese burger in the people's choice award category, confirmed after three separate counts, according to host Rachael Ray. While the Food Network star's popularit ... More >>
Back when I was a corporate drone, slogging away in my office with nothing but a spectacular 37th floor view and my misery to keep me company, the Midtown Heartland Brewery became a favorite after work (or sometimes mid-work) stop for a beer and a fried pickle. Little did I know that founder Jon Blo ... More >>
I am sent dozens of PR pitches a day. I am not some cutting-edge tastemaker; I get these because of my publicly listed email address and lax spam filter. I received one last week that was formatted like the others--boldfaced celebrity name, idiot-proof "WHAT/WHY/WHERE/WHEN" matrix, ironic public rel ... More >>
Guy Fieri headed to Brooklyn over the weekend, and he had nice things to say about Roberta's, where he feasted with Mario Batali. That, free rides to Bushwick Restaurant Week, and a heart-warming special celebrating a spelling champ make today's round-up of neighborhood news.
Pete Wells's uncensored review of Guy Fieri's Times Square hangout took a turn for the, um . . . rhetorical. But other reviews (and one personal essay from our Nick Greene about the restaurant's opening night) had some thoughts on Guy's American Kitchen and Bar. They found interesting ways to descr ... More >>
It's the Halloween season once again, and weather permitting (guess what ... IT'S NOT PERMITTING) soon the streets will be flooded with people of all ages in costumes, ready to party. This year, there's a surprising number of costume options for the discerning music fan, so we decided to investigate ... More >>
A round-up on celebrity news... Anthony Bourdain got roasted at the New York Food and Wine Festival this week and according to a tweet by Andrew Zimmern, at one point Bourdain was sporting a Guy Fieri-esque wig. David Chang made the list for 40 Under 40 at Fortune. The 35-year-old recently expand ... More >>
GRK is a new Greek restaurant that opened in the Financial District on September 10. The menu showcases two Greek classics: yeero and yogurt. The yeero is a wrap filled with slowly rotated, spit-roasted meat. It's is layered onto a warm pita and dressed with different interpretations of tzatziki, th ... More >>
Guy Fieri is bringing his "Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders" to Times Square and tells the New York Post that he has something to prove to those with misconceptions about TV chefs: "Look, I'm not Mario Batali, I'm not Bobby Flay -- there's only one of those cats. I'm not trying to be something that I ... More >>
Columbia University's magazine interviews Anita Lo and reveals that she started cooking because her college cafeteria was really gross. "'At the time, Columbia's was known as one of the four worst university cafeterias in the country,' says Lo. 'I wasn't giving in.' She moved off campus after her fr ... More >>
The Great GoogaMooga Prospect Park Sunday, May 20 Better than: Eating anything in my fridge. Vineland. Field Day. All Points West. New York is littered with the acrid corpses of past festivals, a perpetual tease giving hope to the most jaded music fan that maybe this year, someone will get it righ ... More >>
The michelada at Tacos Morelos packs quite a chili-pepper wallop. For eateries that lack a full liquor license, for whom beverages like wine and beer are the only options, reduced alcohol cocktails have long been a way to add excitement to the beverage list. But in the last few years, I've had my ... More >>
This year, Fork in the Road pulled out all the stops in our Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa coverage, given you hints on where to shop, what gifts to buy, and examining holiday rituals from a cynical point of view. Here is a guide to our coverage, in case you haven't had enough of the holidays al ... More >>
Williamsburg gets a taste of life on the ocean
Ian Chalermkittichai, formerly of Kittichai and currently at Ember Room, is taking over at Spot Dessert Bar from Pichet Ong. Chalermkittichai also recently opened a dessert bar in Bangkok. [Zagat Buzz] Dominique Ansel, the ex-pastry chef at Daniel, is opening Dominique Ansel Bakery this October, wh ... More >>
McDonald's beat Subway in a survey of how healthy the fast-food chains appear to customers. Chipotle scored highest, while Five Guys and Au Bon Pain weren't far behind. [Nation's Restaurant News] While the Food Network here has just crowned its latest Star, Asian Food Channel recently comple ... More >>
There's really no way any of this should be legal.The Food Network is finally doing what we've long dreamed of doing ourselves: it's suing Guy Fieri.
Photo courtesy Chris LeahyChris Leahy = Macaron Man Yesterday we spoke with Lyon chef Chris Leahy about what makes Lyonnaise cuisine distinctive and what it was like working for Gordon Ramsay. Today, in honor of Bastille Day, Chris explains why the French macaron, is, in fact, superior to th ... More >>
get1car.comIt was like a scene from Mission Impossible IV: In the early morning hours, a thief descended by rope into a luxury car dealership on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco and stole the pride of Guy Fieri's 10-car collection - a fever-yellow Lamborghini valued in excess of $200,000.
On stilts, Cartman fools Randy into thinking he's Gordon Ramsay. Last night's South Park was a hilarious send-up of the Food Network and celebrity chefs, and few avoided being hit by the satiric splatter.
Daniel examines his raw meat options on Freaky Eaters. We now acknowledge the primacy of reality TV - and TV in general - to the foodie experience. Stand around the water cooler in any office on Thursday morning, and the conversation is likely to turn to who won the Quickfire on Top Chef the ... More >>
Family bakery Brooklyn Bread House in the Bronx has become an overnight success for being the only place in New York that sells lavash, a long, thin, chewy flatbread from Armenia. [NY Daily News] Jamba Juice is pissed that McDonald's is now making fresh fruit smoothies, especially now that t ... More >>
It's Friday afternoon, meaning it's time for a look back at the best posts of the week: We ranked our Top 10 Greek restaurants. The Vanderbilt opens next week. Here's a sneak preview of its cocktails. Sustainable-meat maven Bev Eggleston talked about his plans to bring his business to New York. ... More >>
Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, at the yearly pumpkin weigh-in at Half Moon Bay, a 1,658-pound pumpkin won. The behemoth clinched the coveted title of largest recorded pumpkin at Half Moon Bay, which sits in the center of a lush coastal agricultural regi ... More >>
At TimesTalks, moderated by Frank Bruni on Friday, Anthony Bourdain talked about obesity: "If you're 5'8" and 400 pounds, that's not a lifestyle choice; that's a social problem," and Rachael Ray: "[She] sent me a fruit basket, and I'm just not talking shit about her anymore." [NY Post] Bourd ... More >>