Dish no. 43: "Shaved" Hudson Valley Foie Gras from Salt & Fat (41-16 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside; 718-433-3702)
Just because farm-to-table has become an overused buzzword doesn't mean our work in that arena is done. Far from, says Dan Barber, whose visionary 14-year-old West Village restaurant Blue Hill (75 Washington Place, 212-539-1776) propelled him to a leadership role within the locavore movement. Barber ... More >>
Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular day trip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives. In less than the two hours it takes for Rocky the Musical to ... More >>
SUNDAY FUNDAY: Last night, hundreds of guests converged upon the Battery Park Ritz Carlton for a the New York edition of Cochon 555, an annual touring event focused on bringing heritage pig to the masses. And despite the cold, the masses came out en force to gorge themselves on pig and vine.
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In this week's Village Voice, Mercer Kitchen Chef de Cuisine Christopher Beischer pontificates on how he uses Hudson Valley fungus in the kitchen, and why he prefers greenmarket mushrooms to those available from big purveyors. Now, Beischer shares a carnivorous recipe incorporating shiitakes and e ... More >>
You better think twice about jumping into the Hudson for a skinny dip. Or any kind of dip, really. Researchers at Columbia have found strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria up and down the banks of the Hudson River.
Pre-Prohibition New York City was flush with the fermenting, bubbling, steeping barrels of brewing beer, but it was several decades after Repeal Day before the boroughs began making a beer industry comeback. Today, though, local breweries are in the midst of a revival, and New York now ranks fourth ... More >>
"I happen to think that foie gras is one of the most delicious things on earth," Anthony Bourdain told the camera before a truth-finding trip to New York's Hudson Valley Foie Gras for his Christmas special in 2007. "And yet strangely enough, a few twisted, angry people would like to take your foie g ... More >>
If you're into off-beat flavor combinations and you can also write a short sentence better than Ernest Hemingway, we get word that Mouth.com is running a contest you might want to check out.
Cole's Greenwich Village is the newest restaurant from David Rabin of the Lamb's Club and Jimmy, and is now open for dinner and drinks. Cole's features three rooms: a dining room, cafe, and bottle room, complete with a drink list from a mixologist's wet dream. The dinner menu features American dishe ... More >>
On January 21, 225 guests will arrive at the White House to celebrate President Obama's inauguration... again! As they mingle and slap Barry on the back, thanking him for sharing the White House's beer recipe with the masses, they'll also feast on a menu from Arlington-based catering company Design ... More >>
Fall means apples and since they don't fall far from the tree, there's nowhere better to enjoy them than the Hudson Valley. If your driver's license has expired (guilty) while living in the city and you can't Zip up there, you can also hit up a number of restaurants and tastings around NYC since Cid ... More >>
Apple season is just about ending and now is the time to squeeze in a last minute orchard trip before the weather gets too cold and the apples are gone for the year. And if you're not too fond of apples, there are plenty of pumpkins as well. Over the weekend, I rented a Zipcar with a couple of frien ... More >>
[See More Events: Num Pang Launching the Cardoz Pang | Free Cocktails, Beer Dinner] Located in Hell's Kitchen, cookie shop Schmackary's is launching a back-to-school special. It's two cookies and a 12 ounce class of local Hudson Valley milk, or chocolate milk, for $6. Cookie happy hour will be avai ... More >>
Robert Sietsema visits Tacos Cachanilla, one of the city's most evolved taquerias: "Relatively new to New York, these 'market tacos' are fabricated from giant flatbreads too big to be called tortillas. Also within find yellow rice, fried chile strips, onions cooked to softness, and--brace yourself-- ... More >>
California's statewide foie gras ban will kick in on July 1. And as tends to be the case with foie, it's a highly contentious issue. A few days ago, Jonathan Gold had a reminder for ban enthusiasts via Twitter: "Anti-foie gras peeps: Sarah DiGregorio's 2009 Village Voice piece is still definitive." ... More >>
WTF, weather? For days we've been sashaying about complaining and/or rejoicing (whether we're feeling glass-half-empty or glass-half-full) about the bizarre temperate weather. Our actual winter coat has only been worn, like, twice! But today, in weird conjunction with the MTA's announcement t ... More >>
Finally, something that combines the two great loves of twee urban foodies--foraging for local ingredients and melancholy independent cinema. Now, Forager was filmed in all five NYC boroughs, as well as parts of the Hudson Valley and New Jersey. The concept? A couple makes a living foraging wild ... More >>
Eric Asimov reviews four new wine books. He likes Summer in a Glass about the Finger Lakes, An Ideal Wine about Californian wines, and Voodoo Vintners about biodynamics. Less so Naked Wine about natural wines. [NY Times] The Hangar One Vodka blimp, on a six-month promotional tour around the ... More >>
Last month, the New Amsterdam Market returned for one day only to tease us with the promise of organic produce and pneumatic baked goods. Beginning Sunday, the market will make good on that promise with the official kick-off of its summer season. Expect the usual suspects, such as Liddabit Sw ... More >>
applepiepatispate.comGlorified scallions, people. Glorified scallions.If Ciano's ramp-studded gnocchi got you all hot and bothered, well, that's just the beginning. Now comes word of a festival solely devoted to the odoriferous allium!
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...
Governor Andrew Cuomo will have to hand over a basket of Nathan's hot dogs, Buffalo chicken wings, Hudson Valley apple cider, and local cheese and maple syrup to Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett following the Jets' loss last night. [NY Daily News] Forced to eat in due to money being tight, ... More >>
Hansel and Gretel Would Approve Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, it's time to start holiday shopping, and what better place for gifts than at the Union Square Holiday Market. Yes, it's just as crowded as Wal-Mart come five a.m. on Black Friday, but hey, at least the snacking options ... More >>
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Photo courtesy The Old FieldOld Field Vineyard is worth visiting for the grounds alone In honor of the upcoming Labor Day weekend, we devote our top 10 list this week to food-centric day trips. Our list contains a lot of good eating, most accessible by train or bus, all within range for low- ... More >>
OMG, details about Chelsea Clinton's wedding to boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky -- once "under intense scrutiny and impenetrable secrecy" -- continue to emerge! Now we know, thanks the Hudson Valley News, that the grand 400-person invite-only event will be held at John Jacob Astor's former estate in ... More >>
As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! First Anniversary Week Spina June 21-26 The East Village fresh pasta house is celebrating the big one with a week of special menus and wine-pairing dinners. Thr ... More >>
Makezine.comLast summer, Dan Barber told Gourmet.com about the difficulty he had in finding slaughterhouses that would kill his animals humanely, and expressed some hope that "roving slaughterhouses" would go some way toward solving the problem. As Christine Mulkhe reports in The New York Tim ... More >>
Sarah ZornThe rolling hills of the Benmarl vineyards.Seeking to mix things up for our third anniversary, my husband and I decided to ditch our preconceived notions of group tours and give the Little Wine Bus a try (or, I went ahead and booked a couple of tickets, and he had no choice but to g ... More >>
A northeast storm which knocked out power to almost half a million homes yesterday has left almost a quarter of a million Con Ed customers in Westchester and New York (live outage map), LIPA customers on Long Island (live outage map), and Orange and Rockland Utility customers in the Hudson Valley (l ... More >>
Last nights' No Reservations: Hudson Valley was not our favorite of Bourdain's adventures--that The Shining hotel interlude with an uncomfortable-looking Michael Ruhlman took up 20 minutes that could have been devoted to food. And what was up with the Dakota Fanning doppelganger? Still, the scene in ... More >>
Wall & Water has opened in the new David Rockwell-designed Andaz Wall Street hotel, helmed by Chef Maximo Lopez May from Buenos Aires, who says he will aim to source his ingredients from the Hudson Valley. [NY Times] The one Group's steakhouse, STK Midtown, will open a 9,000-square-foot restaurant ... More >>
Thanks for the cheese, sheep "I stuffed figs with this the other day," said Anne Saxelby, as she handed me a taste of Old Chatham's Shaker Blue. "It's like butter." And it is--like butter crossed with one of the most completely delicious blue cheeses I've ever had.
Today, on Salon, Thomas Rogers wades into the foie gras discussion, reporting that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been granted discovery (a fairly routine part of a lawsuit) in a complaint against Hudson Valley foie gras, which will allow the HSUS access to certain farm records a ... More >>
Some wine shops go crazy with the signage, as with this European vineyard vehicle parked in front of the Seaport's Pasanella & Son. But will it make our top 10? What does Fork in the Road look for in a wine store? A broad selection of wines, from France, Italy, Spain, and California; smaller ... More >>
Small pumpkins? No, eggplants! Recently arrived in area farmers markets is the orange Turkish eggplant, also known as the tomato eggplant for its resemblance to a tomato. The specimens gathered at Abingdon Square this past Saturday are firm-fleshed, and had to be set aside for a few days to ... More >>
It's Friday afternoon. And these are the week's best posts.Bartenders are crazy. Which is why they enjoy doing shots of Fernet-Branca.Former Marlow & Sons chef Caroline Fidanza prepares to set sail at Saltie.Our 10 Best Food-Themed Pop Songs: Who knew a peach could be so thoroughly debauched?Uma ... More >>
Watermelon fennel salad with bluefish dijonnaise Hudson Valley Mediterranean is written by Laura Pensiero, the chef/owner of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, NY, and Gigi Market in Red Hook (not Brooklyn), NY. Pensiero presents the Hudson Valley as the "Napa of the East," and the book's recipes, ... More >>
Southern Foodways/flickrFarming isn't just for locally minded chefs anymore: Bartenders, too, are now taking to the fields. An article published today on Gourmet's website explores the growing number of barkeeps who are doing things like harvesting sugar cane and agave leaves, asking: "Just a ... More >>
Sure, forcing food down ducks' gullets sounds harsh, but Sarah DiGregorio held her nose and went to a New York foie gras farm -- and reports that it wasn't so bad. "I don't think it's OK to cut the fin off a shark and throw it back into the water," she says. "If I had seen with my own eyes that Huds ... More >>
Photo by Amol MhatreTwo weekends ago, I went up to Ferndale, NY to check out Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the nation's largest foie gras farm and see for myself exactly how it's made. I saw everything from the chicks to the force-feeding process to the slaughter. The endless back and forth over foie gra ... More >>
The first Carvel frozen custard stand was in Hartsdale, New York, and its closing this weekend drew notice from WCBS, amNY, the Lower Hudson Valley Journal News, the Associated Press, WABC, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, et alia. The owner says rent, taxes, and expenses drove it out of ... More >>
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