Beers with historical implications. A chef's tell all. And a good old-fashioned harvest party. Here's why you should check out this week's top events.
Cooking up success from scratch
Summer is flying by, and if you're in need of a reprieve from office work, this week offers plenty of sweet deals to consider. Here's a roundup of what's in store.
That Jesse Schenker's cookbook collection is more than 350 volumes deep is not so much a reflection of his use of recipes at it is a window into his utter obsession with food--he thinks about his craft constantly, even when he's not at work, and he has since he was very young. The chef grew up in So ... More >>
Gander gives a strong showing for those who can afford it.
Zachary Feldman heads to The Gander (15 West 18th Street, 646-682-7949) for this week's review, tasting Jesse Schenker's work at his follow-up to Recette. "Sitting on a bland stretch of West 18th Street, The Gander is a cheeky recalibration of sorts," he writes. "Initially planned as 'The Goose,' Sc ... More >>
When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: an Italian comfort-food restaurant in Hotel Hugo; the infamous ramen burger finds its home downtown; and an East Vill ... More >>
Chef Jesse Schenker opened Recette in 2010, and since then, he says, the restaurant has "organically turned into a laboratory, tasting menu, and gastronomical experience. It appears as a little French bistro, but the food is elevated. The music is loud, and tables are tight. It's worked for us." Rec ... More >>
As we prepared to write about our 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to the chefs and owners behind these places, asking them to discuss their history and unique place among the other eateries in this town. But we were also thinking of your wallet, dear readers, and so we asked ... More >>
Recette sous chef Audrey Villegas likes to cook at 1 in the morning after the guests are gone. She has an edge-of-your-seat intensity when she talks about bean season; she got it from interning at Per Se when she was 24. After that, she toughed it out in the trenches at Gordon Ramsay and, briefly, D ... More >>
Three restaurant couples tell how they hold it all together
We'll celebrate (or curse) love this Friday, and in anticipation, Nicole Schnitzler talked to three committed couples who own and run restaurants together. She takes us behind the scenes at Al Di La, Take Root, and Recette, divulging the difficulties and rewards that come with having a spouse so eng ... More >>
There is perhaps no better reason to wake up at a semi-respectable hour on the weekends than brunch, and perhaps no better excuse to get a head start on a sugar rush than a well-deserved serving of French toast. Between egg-soaked brioche, butter, and sugar, we'd bet even your friends who adhere to ... More >>
Not everyone can say they've spun out exclusive 10-course dinners in a little East Harlem bakery space after hours or worked the line at world-renowned Per Se, but those two activities fill out the resume of pastry chef Christina Lee, who runs the sweet ship at Recette (328 West 12th Street, 212-414 ... More >>
This week's review is of Cocina Economica Mexico on the Upper West Side, where Pedro Hernandez Perez was put in charge of a Mexican kitchen after winning over David Bank and the Land Thai team with the family meals he prepared, inspired by his hometown of Puebla. To celebrate good family meals (the ... More >>
The coffee set-up at this year's TED conference includes eight roasters and 38 baristas, and the coffee geeks at Sprudge say it might well be "the best multi-roaster pop-up in the world." The conference kicked off yesterday in Long Beach with a day of presentations from TED fellows (including one by ... More >>
In case you haven't heard the news: The winner of F&W's "The People's Best New Chef" contest is not from New York. Tim Byres, who works at Smoke in Dallas, beat out the national competition for his ability to go "beyond just barbecue, with an in-kitchen wood grill and smoke pit for smoking or curing ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation has released a list of semifinalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards in various chef and restaurant categories. The nominees will be narrowed down on March 19, but in the meantime, check out which New York restaurants and bars have made it this far.
PhotobucketChefs love their dads, tooUnlike Mother's Day, which is basically synonymous with "brunch," Father's Day isn't really a foodie holiday. But Dad still probably wants to get wined and dined by his brood, no? But where to take him for his special day? Rather than dole out our own s ... More >>
free-extras.comIt's Turkey Time! By now, the turkey should be brining, the cranberry sauce underway, and the medicine cupboard stocked with an ample supply of Valium should the family get-together take a turn. And how are New York City restaurant chefs prepping for the big day? We checked i ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema heralded the return of Pies-N-Thighs, where the "fabled fried chicken... remains superlative." Sarah DiGregorio gets her drink on at The Tangled Vine, where the food is "pleasurably simple, wine-friendly," and the largely organic and biodynamic wines are "fair ... More >>
Mortgage your co-op, folks, it's time to eat!
This week in food blogs... Grub Street asked what foods chefs like to make for their lovers. Jesse Schenker of Recette gets his girl with arugula. Eater revealed the best scam-free dining deals for this Black Sunday (a.k.a. Valentine's). Midtown Lunch took a different (boozier) route, with its gu ... More >>
It's Friday afternoon and all downhill from here. So to carry you into the weekend, here are the best posts of the last five days. We ranked Our 10 Best East Village restaurants. Midtown Lunch founder Zach Brooks talked about his website's expanding girth. Jason Cott discussed Bar Seven Five's p ... More >>
Jesse Schenker has a new restaurant and some very impressive tattoos.Yesterday, Jesse Schenker opened the doors to Recette, a contemporary American restaurant located in the old Jarnac space on West 12th Street. The restaurant is the public manifestation of Recette Private Dining, a private d ... More >>