It's been 15 years since Amnon Kehati, Sam Erlich, and Avi Camchi first opened Thalia in Hell's Kitchen, putting down new American roots in a rapidly changing neighborhood that was then bereft of good dining options. The territorial gamble paid off -- Thalia became a neighborhood joint, a rising boa ... More >>
Tabata launched as a non-descript ramen joint on one of the least picturesque corners of Hell's Kitchen, under the overpass on West 39th Street and Ninth Avenue, but it quickly garnered our favor for its unique bowls of noodle soup. Last year, a second Tabata opened just a couple of blocks away, thi ... More >>
If you're experiencing a weekend without brunch, it probably means you got left off the invite list. If that's the case, be proactive by making new friends at one of these four lively brunch spots.
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.
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
40 dyspeptic reasons
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 >>
Where Is Everybody?
Good tries so far, but I was not at Puddin', Rice to Riches, or Sugar Sweet Sunshine.
The $2 shot turns out to be a very small mixed drink at 123BurgerShotBeer.Com. This one has the charming name of Panty Dropper. The siren song of the storefront is irresistible: It seems to suggest you'll be able to buy a burger for $1, a shot of hard liquor for $2, and a beer for $3. Why is the b ... More >>
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 >>
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 Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge has a few distinctions that don't really relate to its drinks.
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 >>
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 >>
Hmmm, Bone Lick B-B-Q -- the name and location are right, but will it score high on the other criteria? This being the week of Fork in the Road's Big Gay Food Blog, there was really no other choice for Our 10 Best than ferreting out the optimum places near the parade march route to eat brunc ... 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 >>
A West '50s restaurant dials it back a few decades
sickfacebook.comThis is what Community Board 3 warned you about.Over the weekend, The New York Post thoughtfully made official what most people already knew: the East Village is home to many, many bars.
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 >>
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
In these days of master mixology and cocktail snobbery, cream liqueur can be a hard sell. But Bailey's tastes like watered down chocolate milk next to the silky, complex cream that is Amarula from South Africa. Made from the famed fruit of the marula tree--you know, the one you've seen on the Discov ... More >>
This amazing gutbomb, courtesy of Korean chain New York Hot Dog and Coffee, piles tons of grilled beef bulgogi and hot-tart cabbage kimchee, along with some extraneous greenery, onto a poor defenseless hot dog. Take a gulp of Pepto after you eat this one. 245 Bleecker Street, 917-388-2608 take the j ... More >>
Hello, Friday afternoon, and thanks for rolling around again. Here's a recap of our favorite blog posts of the week. Our Man Sietsema found some mighty fine chiles rellenos (a vegetarian delight) in Hell's Kitchen. Chantal continued her running coverage of BYOB spots, and interviewed Jamie Wolff ... More >>
Country cultists will remember that Bobbie Gentry is the sultry Mississippi-born singer of story songs like "Ode To Billie Joe" and "Fancy," a woman of great curves and fabulous notes, even when emitting glorified nonsense syllables. Well, here she is on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour performing ... More >>
Herein begins a new series highlighting the city's best vegetarian dishes. Spinach borek at Gazala Place, along with a side of the marvelous smoky babaganoush, laked with green olive oil (click to enjoy). The flaky pies variously called boureka, bureks, or boreks originated ... More >>
A New Mexican café in Williamsburg excels at Pre-Columbian fare
Former delis bring Mexican country cooking to Clinton