Are you really going to celebrate Father's Day with brunch and a bottle of whiskey? Consider these five fantastic alternatives to show dad you were "planning" his party all along.
Surely one of winter's greatest treasures, a mug of hot chocolate can feel as restorative as a multi-dimensional meditative trance (FYI: nirvana looks like Beyonce eating a cronut). No matter how cold or dreary it gets, this elixir with ancient roots -- the Mayans beat us to it by at least two mille ... More >>
At 8 p.m., the only clue that something big was happening at wd-50 was the methuselah of champagne that was touring the quietly buzzing room, a six-liter megabottle that was poured at every table. It set the tone for the once-in-a-lifetime reunion of family members--and lucky hangers-on--that was ac ... More >>
Doesn't the box in the middle look like the mask from Scream? But which one is the best buy? Let's say you like someone, but not enough to get him a $100 box of chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat. Or maybe you only hooked up with her once, and not satisfactorily, either. Or perhaps you're too l ... More >>
Photo courtesy the Institute of Culinary EducationAnd back to work he goes!Michael Laiskonis, the recently departed pastry chef from Le Bernardin, seems to be taking the notion of retirement pretty lightly. He's already back in the saddle with a new gig as a Creative Director at Institute fo ... More >>
Williamsburg's taciturn Mast Brothers know just what I'm talking about. This time of year always presents a dilemma for straight boys and gay girls: how to celebrate Valentine's Day -- the only holiday focused on carnal love and desire -- with your significant other? Taking her out to dinner is t ... More >>
Did you know that today is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day? Cool, right? It's also National Hot Tea Month ... as well as National Oatmeal Month and National Soup Month. Who came up with this brilliance?
Pour one out at these mainstays
One Girl CookiesVoid, filled.Five-and-a-half years after opening its wee storefront in Cobble Hill, One Girl Cookies is expanding to a second location in DUMBO.
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! An Evening in Rioja The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen Monday, May 16 at 7: 30 p.m. The wine bar dedicated to organic, biodynamic, and sustainable Old World wines, ... More >>
MarieBelleSeduce her with sugar.Brian G. asks: I want to get my foodie girlfriend some chocolates for Valentine's Day, so I can't get Godiva or anything too mass market. Where can I find a nice assortment of chocolates? Dear Brian: What a good boyfriend you are, thinking so far in advance! ... More >>
seriouseats.comHot chocolate war! Serious Eats just published their list of the city's ten best hot chocolates, which is great because nothing is better on a cold day than a mug of hot, chocolatey goodness. But of course, you would already know the city's top ten, thanks to Fork in the Road' ... More >>
Mario Batali's decapitated head is surrounded by a garnish of Crocs. On Tuesday, Barneys unveiled its much-anticipated food-themed holiday windows. Inscribed with the command "Have a Foodie Holiday," the three tableau offer an assemblage of 70 Food Network "personalities," chefs, and assort ... More >>
Clinton Hill, Frenchified.Just weeks after Beny's Delice opened on Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, the neighborhood welcomes another French newcomer, Mago Crepes & Delices, which opened on Grand Street this past Monday. The narrow space, formerly occupied by Brown Betty, turns out sweet and sa ... More >>
Top: Ricotta, fig, and honey crepe; Bottom: Sausage crepe of the day. In case you haven't noticed, Chelsea Market has been gradually changing from being primarily a provisioner of raw materials for cooking, to being something like an upscale food court. This is partly for the good, since the ... More >>
A new iPhone app allows park-goers to order food from the green. CityMint has a GPS add-on that allows delivery people to locate customers anywhere in the park, forgoing the need for a fixed address. [NY Daily News] Jacques Torres may have pissed off Hershey's with his Champagne kiss, but Ge ... More >>
Cookshop's lemon curd ice cream. The Fourth of July is nearly upon us, and few things are more American than the over-consumption of frozen dairy products. Last year, Fork in the Road ranked Our 10 Best Ice Creams and Other Frozen Treats, so this year, Fat Pants Friday has decided to celebrat ... More >>
The Velvet Revolution on the left, the Red Corridor on the right. Ice cream flavors are typically a pretty straightforward affair. Their names tend to be limited to their primary ingredients, with notable exceptions like Rocky Road, Moose Tracks, and Jacques Torres' Wicked coming out of the ... More >>
From gelato to affogato to fro-yo&emdash;our recommended frozen fun
The ice cream sandwich gleams in the hot sun of last week with vanilla ice cream. Summer is nearly upon us, and with it comes an obsession with frozen treats. Count among the newer and better ones Jacques Torres's ice cream sandwich.
Josh Moulton, who was the executive chef at West in Los Angeles, will take over the kitchen at Monkey Bar, which recently lost consulting chef Larry Forgione to P.J. Clarke's. [NY Times] Aquavit is no longer referring to Marcus Samuelsson as its chef-owner. The Top Chef Masters contender is ... More >>
It's (Good) Friday afternoon, which means it's time to look back on the best posts of the past week: In honor of Passover and Easter, Our 10 Best Fin Fish Dishes. Battle of the Dishes pitted chocolate Easter bunnies from Russell Stover and Jacques Torres against one another. Cocktail culture is t ... More >>
The two bunnies--Jacques Torres on the left, Russell Stover on the right--face off in a preliminary photo. "In the left corner, weighing in at 4 ounces, the Jacques Torres Easter Bunny," said the white-chocolate ref, pausing a moment to cinch up his licorice-colored pants, then turning towar ... More >>
Barbara L. HansonLick it.Perhaps not quite as titillating as PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door contest, the Flatbush Development Corporation's survey to determine what kind of ice cream store to open in the area is still pretty exciting, at least if you live in Ditmas Park and crave frozen ... More >>
MarieBelle's hot chocolate will coat your stomach like it coats the side of this cup. With the snow that's still festering on the ground about to be augmented by another deposit from the heavens, it seems an ideal time to consider the merits of hot chocolate. The cups available in New York a ... More >>
Last week, the folks at Pure Food & Wine opened the latest outpost of One Lucky Duck, their grab-n-go raw food shop, in the Chelsea Market. It sits next to Lucy's Whey and Jacques Torres, but even compared with its neighbor's somewhat rarefied prices, it is unbelievably bloody expensive.
In line with locavoric principles, the cheese-eating public has shown a greater interest in cheeses produced in our part of the country, which means New York and New England. Of course, this is partly due to the efforts of Anne Saxelby at Saxelby Cheese, but ideas like this are infectious and ... More >>
There's a reason that very few chocolatiers can claim to manufacture their chocolate from bean to bar. Transforming raw cacao beans to molded bars is a time- and space-consuming process that doesn't lend itself to the snug confines of most New York chocolate shops. The fact that it takes ab ... More >>
Nearly a year ago, I wrote a scathing story about the Chelsea Market, detailing how the culinary complex had lost several of its food stores, while others were turning from providing serious supplies and equipment to more touristic uses, evidenced by the explosion in cupcake vending. Non-fo ... More >>
The newest Coke product is a mini can, less than half the size of a standard 20-ounce bottle that contains just 90 calories. Expected to hit stores in December, the mini cans are meant to act as a "portion-control option," as part of Coca-Cola's "Living Well" initiative. [Washington Post] Da ... More >>
Welcome to Friday afternoon. Without further ado, the week's best posts: The Early Word paid visits to Sunset Park's El Comal taqueria and Luke's Lobster. Spain's Ribera del Duero region is producing some mighty fine wines. In Battle of the Dishes, McDonald's Big Mac squared off against Burger Ki ... More >>
Tod Seelie/MetromixFrank Bruni isn't the only member of the food world who's had his powers of restraint demolished by a box of Oreos. "I am a food alcoholic," Jacques Torres proclaims. "Some people are addicted to cigarettes or alcohol or drugs. I think I'm addicted to food." The pastry che ... More >>
Diner's Journal brings word that Chelsea Market is set to get two new high-profile tenants: Jacques Torres and Park Slope's Beer Table will be opening up retail outlets. This will be the fifth storefront for Torres, who earlier this summer opened up an ice cream parlor next door to his Dumbo chocola ... More >>
Remember when you were a kid, and your summer was measured out in frozen treats? Maybe your mom kept Popsicles in the freezer, and you had to sneak through the noisy screen door to snitch one. Or maybe every Friday evening, your dad would summon the family and pile everyone into the car and g ... More >>
Ryan Skeen is, in fact, leaving Irving Mill, as was rumored on The Feedbag. The Feed confirms that his last day of service is June 7. But Skeen isn't going quietly. He's enlisted the help of other pork-loving chefs--Porchetta's Sara Jenkins, Annisa's Anita Lo, and The General Greene's Nick Morgenste ... More >>
This week in blogs... Eat Me Daily took a break from its break to react to Danyelle Freeman (aka Restaurant Girl's) appearance on The Chopping Block. Apparently, she showed up "wearing at first a ridiculously situation-inappropriate strapless cocktail dress, and then a ridiculously situation-inappr ... More >>
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