Jonathan Gold

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Pok Pok NY's Andy Ricker: Free Rice Is an American Invention, and the Word "Authentic" Pisses People Off

    He might be an out-of-towner, but so far, Andy Ricker hasn't found much use for the PR firms employed by most of this city's biggest restaurants--the Portland restaurateur's reputation preceded his Big Apple entrance, and since landing a year and a half ago, he's had no trouble netting press or crow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    An Early Taste of the Elm

    Walk down the stairs into the Elm, which opened over the weekend in Williamsburg's King & Grove Hotel, and you won't feel as though you're descending into a basement. Rather, you'll enter a large, high-ceilinged space as bright as if you were in a fish bowl. Sun streams in through sky lights and dee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Lotus, What Went Wrong?

    Up goes the butcher paper...doneski! Two months ago, Eater reported that the reservations system had gone dead at New York's Lotus of Siam, and the restaurant appeared to be closed, though there was no posted sign, and the phone message inviting customers to come in played merrily on. It still doe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Gold, Meehan, and Me Invade KC

    The brisket burnt-edges sandwich at Gates Bar B.Q. [See More On the Road: Weird Food Truck in San Francisco | Watermelon Shop in Texas! | Delicious Kansas City Oddball Burgers] The last week of April, Peter Meehan, Jonathan Gold, and I went to Kansas City for three days of binge eating. The conve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    3 Good Things: Cannabis in the Kitchen

    See More 3 Good Things: Anisette, Blueberries, Tumblr | Mackerel, Confetti, Crumbs | Vodka, Bacon, Lunch 1 Ryan Rice and Katy Peetz of Roberta's put together a three-course, two-cocktail menu where marijuana works as a psychoactive seasoning. Jesse Pearson reports on the stoner feast, and is still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Listen: Food Is the New Rock, You Eat What You Are

    Food Is the New Rock has a new podcast, and a recent episode features L.A.'s Jonathan Gold. There's a lot of fun food- and music-related chit chat, but the highlight has got to be when Gold mentions that his favorite blog in the world is The Hairpin.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    The Fight for Foie Gras in California

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Blogroll Gazette: The Life and Death of Food Blogs, Seder Don'ts

    The Amateur Gourmet asks: are food blogs over? (We'd like to think not.) The Salt looks into the rise of what some farmers are calling "fake CSAs." Gourmet Live gives us the heads up on 10 seder faux pas. At Daily Dish, Jonathan Gold tackles a tricky dining situation: when dinner guests announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Olive Garden Reviewer, Speaks

    Marilyn Hagerty isn't the first person to review the Olive Garden--in fact, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist Jonathan Gold did that very thing in the LA Weekly last April--and she won't be the last. But for some reason, her very factual review of the "long-awaited" franchise in Grand Forks, North Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Jonathan Gold Leaving L.A. Weekly for L.A. Times

    Jonathan Gold spoke before a rapt audience last May at NYC's Housing Works in support of his wife Laurie Ochoa's literary journal, Slake. Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic and prose stylist Jonathan Gold is apparently leaving our sister paper LA Weekly. The rumors began last Friday, when Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    How Much to Tip? Fork in the Road Weighs In

    Images_of_Money/Flickr​ Fifteen percent? Eighteen percent? Twenty percent? Knowing how much to tip these days can be tricky. Jonathan Gold suggests 20 percent, all the time, no exceptions. But what if the tip is already written in? Do you add more on top of that? The economics of tippin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Umami Burger Will Enfold New York in a Meaty Embrace

    crazybluepanda/Flickr​Even though New York may not be any closer to getting an In-n-Out Burger than we were on April Fool's Day 2010, it looks like we'll soon receive another meaty Southern Californian love letter in the form of Umami Burger.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Chipotle Doubles Its Organic Produce Use; John Huntsman Digs Mexican Street Food

    ​LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold scores the best assignment ever -- comparing Copenhagen's Noma, San Pellegrino's top restaurant of the year, with Grant Achatz's Alinea for GQ. [HuffPo] The clear grape spirit pisco, originally from Chile and Peru, is making inroads into the crowded U.S. liquor mark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Jonathan Gold Is a Fan of M. Wells' "Mucusoid Textures"

    ​"I was impressed with a presentation of roasted marrow bones spiked with snails, a layering of mucusoid textures whose virtuosity could only be applauded, as well as pickled pig's tongue with mustard; hand-slivered beef tartare; and a bowl of herbed tripe tossed with long-cooked broccoli and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Jonathan Gold Reads Tomorrow Night at Housing Works for Slake

    ​Pulitzer-prizewinning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold will be reading tomorrow night at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, along with experimental novelist Mark Z. Danielewski, surfer and writer Jamie Brisick, and Slake editors Laurie Ochoa (former editor in chief of L.A. Weekly and wife ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Lady Chefs Rock the James Beard Awards!

    ​So the James Beard Foundation Awards were last night and New York City cleaned up pretty well, with Best New Restaurant going to ABC Kitchen, Outstanding Pastry Chef awarded to Eleven Madison Park's Angela Pinkerton, Outstanding Restaurant Award also nabbed by Eleven Madison Park, and Outstan ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 4, 2011


    West Coast lit mag gets a taste of the East

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    IACP Cookbook and Media Award Finalists Announced

    IACP​It's the foodie awards season, and IACP just announced the finalists for its prestigious annual cookbook and journalism awards. Over 500 entries were submitted for consideration in this year's cookbook awards categories, with 52 books in 17 categories selected as finalists via a rigorous ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 29, 2010

    Lotus of Siam Rolls the Dice

    The noted Las Vegas Thai joint chances New York City

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Xocolatl de David: World's Most Expensive Caramels

    ​My fingers were itching to open the box and see what was inside... Fork in the Road's Lauren Shockey has already written about Meadow, the twee little shop on Hudson Street likely to be one of the foremost foodie gift destinations of the holiday season. A Portland, Oregon import, the store s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Twitter's #famouscheese List Heats Up, Turns Into Fondue, Disappears​Eight hours ago, I received the first of a massive wave of tweets adding to a list called #famouscheese. The first one was from Jonathan Gold (@thejgold), but I can't be sure he started it. The purpose of the list was to pun by merging cheese and celebrity names, and soon the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Spiderfang Name Checks Jonathan Gold, Mark Bittman, Tanoreen, Rockaway Taco, Robert Sietsema, and Others in New E.P.​Rapper Spiderfang's new EP, Hatchback Music, is a three-song effort, and one of the songs is called "Jonathan Gold." Also appearing on the cut is Staten Island rapper and toaster Prince Zimboo, who co-wrote the track. Zimboo has a history of penning food-related songs, and i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

    Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio​In 2006, Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio wrote Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, a gorgeous book made up of portraits of families from all over the world pictured with the amount of food they eat in a week. Each chapter also included a family recipe and a br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Jonathan Gold on Restaurant Letter Grades

    ​Jonathan Gold, a restaurant critic at our sister publication LA Weekly, is heavily quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the Department of Health letter grades that will be posted on restaurants starting in July. Los Angeles has had a similar system since 1998.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    James Beard Media Award Winners Announced

    Cookbook of the Year​The James Beard media and cookbook awards were announced last night at a Kelly Choi- and Andrew Zimmern-hosted event at Espace. Cookbook of the Year went to Colman Andrews' The Country Cooking of Ireland, and the other winners were as follows:

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Beard Awards Media and Journalism Finalists Are Announced

    The man himself.​The James Beard Foundation is announcing its James Beard Awards finalists via Twitter this morning. The list of chefs has just started rolling out (currently, regional finalists are being named), but the list of final nominees for the foundation's Media and Journalism Awards a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Humping The Hump, Santa Monica's Whale-Serving Sushi Bar; Jonathan Gold Connection in the Fracas​The Hump is actually located on Santa Monica city property, at the Santa Monica Airport. While Santa Monica's whale-slicing restaurant faces fines of $200,000 for itself, and $100,000 for its sushi chef over its admissions that it violated the Federal Marine Mammal Prot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Los Angeleno Not So Sure about Saveur's L.A.-centric March Issue

    Geez, Saveur and L.A.: get a room.​ The March issue of Saveur is a love letter to Los Angeles, from the highly touted David Sax piece on the city's deli culture to Jonathan Gold's farm-to-table item. But one Angeleno (at least) is raising an eyebrow at the gushing L.A. praise. Rob Eshman, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Josh Ozersky on His Upcoming Wedding Feast, the Demise of the Feedbag and (Food) World Domination

    Jason Perlow/Hamburger AmericaJosh Ozersky and friend.​ Last Friday morning on the windswept tundra that was Soho, one half expected to encounter a pack of wolves trundling down Spring Street. Instead, a larger, equally hungry apparition materialized in the mercifully insulated confines of Bal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Zach Brooks Talks About Midtown Lunch's Growing Girth: "I'm Just a Fat Guy Who Likes to Eat" Brooks, definitely not in midtown.​ Four years ago, Zach Brooks walked into Hing Won, a Chinese restaurant near his office in midtown, and noticed two lines. On his left, a bunch of white guys in business suits waited next to a steam table to order Americanized Chines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Table 8 Will Close, Scott Conant Takes Over Space

    Inside Govind Armstrong's misbegotten Table 8​ LA chef Govind Armstrong's adventure in New York was brief and unsuccessful. Table 8, in the Cooper Square Hotel, was almost inexplicably bad--inexplicable, because Armstrong's restaurants in LA have been greeted with mainly favorable reviews by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Anthony Bourdain Pauses to Reflect on 2007, the Year That the Food World Tilted on Its Axis

    Anthony Bourdain in a reflective moment.​As this miserable decade exhales its last, poisonous breaths, Anthony Bourdain has a few thoughts to share about what's changed in the food world not over the last 10 years, but the last three.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Jonathan Gold Gets His 'New Yorker' Profile

    Rena Kosnett/LA WeeklyJonathan Gold drinks to life, Pulitzers.​Jonathan Gold's already won the only Pulitzer ever awarded for food criticism, so it's appropriate that a New Yorker profile would follow, albeit two years after the fact. The article, by Dana Goodyear, will appear in Monday's issu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    David Chang and Mario Batali: So Important, So Overrated

    Grub Street surveyed members of the gastronobility to assess the "state of our food union," questioning the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Alan Richman, Gael Greene, and LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold. Unsurprisingly, New York figured largely into their appraisal: David Chang and Mario Batali were named two ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 10, 2008

    Scenes From the Roosevelt Food Court

    New Flushing malls offer regional Chinese specialties

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008


    A panel of experts convened at NYU's Fales Library late this afternoon to discuss "How Food and Food Writing Have Changed America." The moderator was restaurant consultant Clark Wolf, and the panel included (shown above from left to right) - Michael Batterberry (founder of Food and Wine magazine), D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2007
  • NYC Life

    May 22, 2007

    Jonathan Gold's last meal

    . . . starts with bloody steaks and ends at Prada

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2007
  • Dining

    February 13, 2007

    A Hero's Welcome

    Chinatown's new banh mi parlor turns to France for inspiration

  • Dining

    August 23, 2005

    Nip and Squirt

    Tiny juicy buns linger, improve, and rule at Mott Street haven

  • News

    March 30, 2004

    Asian Logroll

    Amanda Hesser's spice market review sparks debate over foodie ethics and tableside manners

  • Specials

    April 9, 2002
  • News

    April 2, 2002

    Everyone's a Critic

    Foodies Add Spice to ASME Awards