Still in need of a brunch reservation for seldom-seen relatives visiting this weekend? Or maybe you've got your first online date and couldn't take advantage of Eve Turow's top nighttime date spots? Whatever your modus operandi, settle in with a mimosa at one of the city's midday feasts.
Three new spots try the other Thai
In a week full of firsts for Better Out Than In, Banksy announces not the art, but when the formal announcement of today's artwork will take place. There you have it, folks: Banksy opens up a new frontier in meta-announcements.
Today's Banksy is in Hell's Kitchen, slapped on the door shutters of a strip club.
Celebrating the hour when drinks, food, and talk are cheap can help the tip the glass to half full when you're facing the middle of the week. After all, Monday and Tuesday aren't exactly the easiest days to face. But Thursday and Friday precede the weekend! Here's a round-up of cheap drink deals tha ... More >>
Have we mentioned how much we like Tabata Ramen? The Hell's Kitchen noodle shop turns out chicken bone broth-based soups, a couple of which are of killer bracingly spicy versions, but because it's located in that weird industrial area right by the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, it's rarely so busy ... More >>
School is just around the corner--are you saving up for supplies? That's as good an excuse as any to drink cheaply at one of this city's happy hours. Here are three we'd hit this week.
Happy Wednesday, New York City. Need something to get you through the rest of your Hump Day afternoon? Here's a pair of specials that might help.
Topped with bacon, slaw, and fried green tomatoes and sided with cheese grits, the fried chicken biscuit sandwich at Jacob's Pickles A score of years ago the Upper West Side was known as one of the worst dining neighborhoods in the city. Well, what happened? You may trace the transformation back t ... More >>
John Blair and Beto Sutter recently left xl--the gay dance club on West 42nd Street--but I hear the Saturday night event that they used to promote there is still super crowded without them. But that could change. I hear Blair--along with Alegria promoter Ric Sena--will start Saurday night gay bash ... More >>
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, in which we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff to check out. This week, get off the C train at 50th Street and use these suggestions to guide you through Hell's Kitchen.
The hookup meets the walk-up as far out as Tenth Avenue
That's easy! Hell's Kitchen! According to the invaluable map in Next magazine, HK and environs has no fewer than 13 LGBT bars! (There's Vlada, Posh, Barrage, Therapy, Industry, Hardware, Escuelita, Fairytail Lounge, The Ritz, Flaming Saddles, Bar-Tini, xl, and Ninth Avenue Saloon). And there's a ... More >>
Robert Sietsema dives into the pan-Balkan cuisine at Balkanika, where 18 dips are neatly displayed in tubs. Located in Hell's Kitchen, Balkanika adds a passel of Balkan hot dishes served as main courses and a cheeses and charcuterie list that emphasizes Eastern European products: "Other hard-to-find ... More >>
With summer officially over, there's no longer a reason to sacrifice savory sweets for a beach body. And because breakfast is the "the most important meal of the day," morning-inspired munchies have found a home on Manhattan's dessert menus--making waffles, crepes, and donuts twice as nice. Here are ... More >>
Meli, a new Greek restaurant, just opened in Murray Hill. Menu highlights include a charcoal-grilled octopus ($18) with roasted peppers, onions and capers, as well as roasted baby beets with feta skordalia ($10) and raki-cured salmon ($16) served with shoestring potatoes. Glaze Teriyaki Grill ope ... More >>
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What we've been up to this week at Fork in the Road: Robert Sietsema lists out his ten favorite restaurants in Hell's Kitchen. We list out a hot summer deal about free iced booze at Bottlerocket in the Flatiron district. One of the menu items: "Bootlegger Vodka Sno-cones with Fruit Syrups." Seve ... More >>
These wonderful fried pork-belly tidbits are served with an arepa and lime wedges at Farmers Rotisserie -- for less than $5. [See More 10 Bests: Doughnuts | Gelato] No New York neighborhood offers a denser collection of restaurants, aimed at theater-goers, tourists, local neighborhood types, Time ... More >>
Where Is Everybody?
We already have color blind casting on Broadway. Well, how about gender-blind casting? Over at the gay club xl on Tuesdays, Gary Hall--who normally is the drag star Shequida--plays Jessye Normous, a gigantic opera singer who needs to eat every 15 minutes and who bitches that "This is Hell's Kitche ... More >>
Arabesque, a Morrocan restaurant and lounge, has just opened in Midtown. [Diner's Journal] A new branch of Hakkasan, a trendy restaurant chain with outposts in Dubai, Mumbai, and Miami, has just opened in Midtown. [Zagat] The Franks have turned the delicatessen and provision store next to Prime Me ... More >>
Don Antonio by Starita, the brainchild of Kesté's Roberto Caporuscio and pizza guru Antonio Starita, opened yesterday in Hell's Kitchen, according to Eater. Check out its wild pizza menu, which features a selection of fried pizzas, traditional pies topped with fancy ingredients like h ... More >>
Michelle FefferHow can you watch the game with a Super Pang in your midst?On Sunday, the Patriots will try to topple the Giants, but if you're not a football fan, what will you do while your friends scream at the television? Most likely, you'll eat. For some, Super Bowl Sunday marks the end of th ... More >>
According to data released to us by OkCupid, some New York City neighborhoods are more likely to make connections on the dating site than others. This may seem intuitive in some ways, but it's better to know these things for sure, right? After all, just like that map that tells us where the single m ... More >>
The long-standing Village gay bar Pieces recently secured a new location in Hell's Kitchen when their lease started running out. But as if out of a gay nightlife version of It's A Wonderful Life, there will now be two Pieces. I'm seeing double, and I'm not even drunk.
Christian Freedom I mean Channing Tatum. I mean Channing McClaren! You see, some friends and I happened to be passing by New World Stages last night when we saw these posters outside and squealed, "Ooh! Ryan Phillippe -- Reese's ex and the divoonly good-looking star of Flags of Our Fathers ... More >>
The boureka at Gazala Place, with a side of babaganoushA Reader Asks: Where can I get a Turkish burek? Not the little finger-shaped sigara bureka, but the kind my relatives in Turkey made -- little triangular ones made with filo dough. Dear Reader: That's a good question. Throughout the Balk ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Bravo Gianni, a go-to Midtown Northern Italian, has closed after nearly 30 years in operation due to the chef and owner, Gianni Garavelli, suffering a stroke. [NY Times] Cosmos Diner, which ha ... More >>
The futuristic facade of the Yotel stares down at Tenth Avenue right at the corner of West 42nd Street. When I heard about a sumo-themed restaurant in a futuristic hotel in Hell's Kitchen, my initial response was, "So what?" I knew that theme restaurants often let the food lag, since they k ... More >>
HowAboutWe, the online dating site based on what you want to do -- how about we wake up early and blog together? -- has pulled together information from the more than 100,000 dates posted on its site to determine the neighborhoods New Yorkers most frequently pick as date spots (at least, acco ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Lauren Shockey orders her food "Thai hot" at the East Village offshoot of Queens restaurant Zabb Elee and is delighted to find a menu that "traverses a maze of sour, tangy, and piquant flavors, each brighter than the next." Sam Sifton shocks the New York restaurant scene by ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Luke's LobsterThe rolls are hitting the road. It's been an eventful week in the food-truck universe, between the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck's return, Rickshaw Dumpling's imminent expansion to a Midtown storefront, and the realization that the Jalapeño NYC Truck has hit t ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Angelo & Maxie on Park Avenue South and its sister restaurant Maxie's Grill appear to be closing. According to Steve Cuozzo, the spaces will be on the market soon. [Eater] Insieme doesn't see ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Rocco Ancarola has ended his partnership in Greenwich Village gastropub Rabbit in the Moon. The place was quickly sold and renamed The State Room. [NY Post] The Chelsea location of 'Swich is c ... More >>
brusroom.comMoira C. Asks: I'm on a gluten-free diet, but I don't want to be limited to gluten-free restaurants. Can you suggest some great gluten-free dishes you've had recently around the city? Dear Moira: The city does have some well-known and tasty gluten-free restaurants like Risotter ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Williamsburg's Vutera and its upstairs venue Rose Live Music are celebrating the venue's fifth and last year this week, as both are set to close at the end of February. [Wall Street Journal] R ... More >>
CNN's charismatic Anderson Cooper and his boyfriend, club owner Ben Maisani, turned up at the gayest party in town on Wednesday night.It was gay club promoter Josh Wood's birthday bash in a suite at the Chelsea Hotel, and I hear it was attended by a glittery bunch of males, plus two women and one pe ... More >>
Corn smut, that is. A Bed-Stuy bodega's authentic Pueblan food.
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. La Taqueria in Park Slope has closed completely after downsizing from sit-down restaurant to takeout joint in October. [Eater] East Village vegan café the Little Bird appears to be closed and ... More >>
Chak choka (pronounced "shack shooka") is one of several Druze breakfasts at Gazala's. Gazala's (380 Columbus Avenue, 212-873-8880) is an offshoot of a small cafe in Hell's Kitchen called Gazala's Place, named after chef Halabi Gazala. With Gazala's Place, she opened the city's first Druze ... More >>
A stew at Island of Taiwan incorporates pig bung and blood, a match made in heaven. When it comes to dining, we each have our own comfort zones. Some avidly down handfuls of Sichuan peppercorns, relishing the burn, while others consume animal glands of the earthiest and most arcane sort as i ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Bossa Nova Brazil in Hell's Kitchen has closed to make room for Flavor, which looks like it could be a martini bar. [Life with Food and Drink] Donald Sacks in Battery Park is closing do ... More >>
Finally, Friday afternoon. Early evening, in fact. So without further ado, here's a look back at the week that was. Kittichai's Ty Bellingham talked Thai food, feeding kids, and his curry paste guy. A Fat Pants Friday blow-out at Cannelle Patisserie. Our 10 Best Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candies. ... More >>
In his new book, New York City's Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the Big Apple, Ben Westhoff riffs on the five boroughs' finest dumps. Here are his 10 favorites.
No pig's blood, but plenty of flavors on 34th Street
Former delis bring Mexican country cooking to Clinton