February flew by, which is lucky because this winter has been brutal. Find incentive to emerge from hibernation in this week's top events.
How do New York's modern delis stack up against their old-school predecessors? Oy, what a tough question! Food journalists Josh Ozersky and David Sax work through their thoughts on smoked meat and nostalgia in "Debating the Deli" for the Jewish Daily Forward. The two discuss how places like Mile En ... More >>
Two spectacularly meaty events are just around the corner. Governor Island will become Pig Island this Saturday afternoon, when chefs serve pork from Møsefund Farm, Raven & Boar, Fossil Farms, and a number of local hog farms. Participating chefs include King Phojanakong of Kuma Inn, Shaunna Sargen ... More >>
Remember our look at "handmade" cloning last week? Josh Ozersky explores the meaning (and loss of meaning) of the handmade-small-batch-artisan language: It obvious to everyone, of course, that "artisan," when applied to Dunkin' Donuts bagels or Tostitos chips or Domino's pizzas, is a laughably tran ... More >>
Who's it gonna be?It's the question on everyone's mind: Who will be The New York Times' new restaurant critic? Who will dole out the stars, making or breaking a chef or restaurateur's dream? Today, Josh Ozersky over at Time jabs at the paper, saying that Yelp and Zagat have made critics supe ... More >>
Of all the Chinese food safety scandals, brace yourself for the grossest: "gutter oil." Criminals sell cooking oil to restaurants that has been bought from other restaurants or -- gag -- scooped from sewers. [Time] Graydon Carter and Jeff Klein have hired Ken Friedman, of the Breslin and Sp ... More >>
Fleisher's beefy new blog isn't the only news to report from the wide world of meat: On September 25, the Brooklyn Beefsteak will return, to the horror of PETA and the extreme joy of area carnivores.
As he has done for the past seven years, Josh Ozersky will bring the smell of slowly cooking animal flesh to the city with Meatopia. This time around, he's taking his blood lust to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where the festivities will take place on July 23.
A New Mexico woman is suing Chili's after she says she pulled a needle about two inches long from her mouth while eating mashed potatoes. [Seattle PI] A group of "feeders," people who indulge in the sexual fetish of bingeing on fattening food with a partner, weighed in on James Carter's play ... More >>
Bernardo Hees, the CEO of Burger King, recently said of England: "The food is terrible and the women are not very attractive," pissing off both Brits and women. [Telegraph] A roundup of whole chicken dinners includes the "Million Dollar" whole roast chicken for two at Standard Grill and fire ... More >>
Hearting Huang.Today in his Time column, Josh Ozersky expresses his deep appreciation for Eddie Huang. It's not his food that the ambitious food writer (who himself aspires to greater notoriety) admires, but rather it's Huang's media savvy, his adeptness at communicating his irreverent -- if ... More >>
Economist and Brooklynite Eduardo Porter explains why New Yorkers are willing to pay for certain things -- like fancy coffee and hundred-dollar meals -- but not others in his new book: The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do. [NY Post] Josh Ozersky manages to go ... More >>
On Ozersky.tv, Josh Ozersky goes to the Union Square Greenmarket to ask vendors about the dumbest questions they field from shoppers. Among the best: "Is this good?" and "Can you eat this?" Have a restaurant tip or other food-related news? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Hara makes room in his busy schedule to helm the kitchen at Agua Dulce in Hell's Kitchen, replacing Ulrich Sterling, who is leaving for a job in Peru. [Eater] Top Chef alum Manuel Treviño will be the chef at the forthcoming Lavo. He hails from Travertine, via Babbo and Dos Caminos. [Gr ... More >>
It comes as little surprise that Josh Ozersky has come out against the new restaurant letter grading system -- most true epicureans are. In his latest Time column, he highlights so of the gravest crimes against cuisine that New York's Department of Health perpetuates, some even more lamentabl ... More >>
Since Robert Sietsema's open letter to Josh Ozersky and Ozersky's subsequent "clarification" appended to the article in question, there have been several stories and responses on the subject of food journalists getting stuff for free, and then writing about it.
Here we sit, once again, at the week's terminus, casting a fond glance back at the best posts of the last few days: Here's a few great ideas for where to go on a weekend eating crawl. Battle of the Raw Food Lasagna pitted One Lucky Duck against Organic Avenue. We ranked Our 10 Best Offal Dishes.
A Hamburger TodayOzersky, with meat.Following yesterday's dust-up over Josh Ozersky's Time.com column about the celebrity chefs who catered his wedding, apparently for free, the TIME PR office has released an official statement on the matter:
This summer, Green Table, a café in Chelsea Market, will sell brown-bag lunches for customers to enjoy at the neighboring High Line park. [Wall Street Journal] Despite the oil spill threatening the seafood supply, the first New Orleans Oyster Festival, originally scheduled for the summer of ... More >>
The calm before the storm.To the great joy of those of us who enjoy consuming food on large swaths of grass, Governors Island will be open to the public beginning this Saturday, June 5. Water Taxi Beach will return with its line-up of burgers and wieners. They will provide but a prelude to th ... More >>
From Midtown to downtown.Sometimes, there is truth in a rumor: on Sunday, Akhtar Nawab appeared on Josh Ozersky's Mr. Cutlets radio show, and took the opportunity to confirm that he is indeed the new chef at La Esquina. This follows an abbreviated stint at Zengo, Richard Sandoval's Latin-Asia ... More >>
SRO hotels meet standing-room-only restaurant
The Indian yogi who claims to have not eaten a thing in 70 years baffled scientists who studied him for 15 days. The hope was that information gleaned could help soldiers survive without food and drink or save people trapped in natural disasters. [FOXNews] Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened i ... More >>
A brief history of the term "tweezer food," as most recently used by Josh Ozersky in his takedown of Sam Sifton's praising review of Sho Shaun Hergatt. [NY Times] In some farmers markets, the farmers have been replaced: the goods are actually sold by resellers, who buy up produce from farmer ... More >>
Eater NYEater draws our attention to a very entertaining video of Josh Ozersky and Joe DiStefano eating lamb face salad at Xi'an Famous Foods in Flushing, one of our favorite restaurants. While Joey munches contentedly on lamb gums and eyeballs, Ozersky's carnivorous enthusiasm flags quickly. ... More >>
It's time to say bye-bye to bluefin.Josh Ozersky's Time column this week documents what may very well be his last bite of bluefin tuna: "It was awesome. But I have to stop eating it. And so do you," writes the unrepentant carnivore. Ozersky goes on to cite the numbers many of us have heard re ... More >>
rumpleteaser/flickrButchering at home: it's just cool.With the rock star butcher backlash looming, at-home butchery is the next step in this culinary climate that favors DIY and nose-to-tail cooking. In his Time column, Josh Ozersky takes a look at the trend of hacking up one's meat in the co ... More >>
Lise Gagne/istockNot extinct. Just looks that way.Josh Ozersky gets on the Time website today to use the recent firing of Raymond Sokolov, the Wall Street Journal's longtime restaurant critic as a jumping-off point for a eulogy to Sokolov and his ilk. "Real foodies," Ozersky writes, "should ... More >>
New York City's coffee wars are heating up. Despite the continued ubiquity of Starbucks, smaller chains like Gimme!, La Colombe, Stumptown, and the forthcoming Blue Bottle are cropping up everywhere. [NY Daily News] Are macarons poised to be the next dessert craze? The airy French pastries h ... More >>
Yesterday, we learned about Eataly's plans to open "the craziest and amazing brewery in the world" on its rooftop. Today, on the Time website, Josh Ozersky brings more details about the Italian foods monolith. Mario Batali, who with his partner Joe Bastianich is planning to open Eataly la ... More >>
Hotelier Andre Balazs broke his toe, he says, explaining why he was sporting a cane at a party at Kenmare, the new restaurant by Beatrice Inn's Paul Sevigny. [NY Post] What does Bocuse d'Or say about our culinary culture? Well, it's not really about cooking, pens Josh Ozersky. It's about "sp ... More >>
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 >>
Josh Ozersky has penned his last and predictably grandiloquent post for the Feedbag, using the opportunity to announce the imminent launch of Ozersky.TV, the site he's cooked up with Ben Leventhal, and his forthcoming book about Colonel Sanders. In other words, Josh Ozersky will continue to b ... More >>
The food blogosphere just lost a little weight: According to a statement posted on the site by Josh Ozersky this morning, the Feedbag will cease operations next week. Ozersky, the editor-in-chief of the year-old site, didn't reveal his plans or what exactly will happen to his abandoned baby, ... More >>
This week in food blogs... The Feed rejoiced over Saveur magazine renaming its food blog Daily Fare, which it had originally -- cluelessly -- called The Feed. Following a kerfuffle at Schnitzels & Things, Midtown Lunch calls on all food trucks to stop fighting, lest the wars result in the end of s ... More >>
Photo courtesy GizmodoIs this a still from a horror movie starring Josh Ozersky? No, it's part of Gizmodo's tech-oriented preview of the This Is Why You're Fat book. Actually, it seems more likely that an encounter with these terrifying bacon people would put you off fatty pork for life.
marvin L/flickrNightline is airing a piece tonight titled (on its website) "Butchers: New Rock Stars of the Culinary World." With any luck, this will mark the swan song of this particular trend piece, which has already been covered in New York, the Times, and just about every other publicatio ... More >>
Not for eating, for adopting Minetta Tavern co-chef Riad Nasr has rescued some extremely cute kittens, and is looking for people who want to give them homes. They've been checked out by a vet, and are ready to go. This comes via The Feedbag, so if you're interested, e-mail Josh Ozersky. Besid ... More >>
Over at Eats, they're running an extraordinarily candid interview with British critic and Top Chef Masters judge Jay Rayner, discussing the current state of food writing and the place of restaurant critics. It's worth reading in its entirety, but most interesting is Rayner's response to this questio ... More >>
pointnshoot/flickrThe First Feedbag Burger Summit has, Josh Ozersky says, "been in the works since Walter Anderson invented the modern hamburger in 1916" -- though he adds that he found more recent inspiration at Rachael Ray's Burger Bash at last year's New York Wine & Food Festival. That "supre ... More >>
Over at The Feedbag, Josh Ozersky posted this video of Gail Simmons defending Toby Young. It's somewhat inexplicable that the camera is rolling at dinner and that Jeffrey Steingarten is also at the table--an outtake from some special segment of Top Chef Masters? But in any case, it's interesting t ... More >>
The Feedbag goes to the Big Apple Barbeque Block Party from The-Feedbag on Vimeo. If you're not sick of the Big Apple BBQ Block Party post-mortems yet, check out The Feedbag's Josh Ozersky wandering the meaty aisles. Looks like he agrees with us that Big Bob Gibson's pork shoulder was the one to be ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily attended the Food for Thought forum at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, Conn., where Anthony Bourdain went head-to-head with Alice Waters, while Duff Goldman looked on. EMD also posted a video of the discussion. [Eat Me Daily] Josh Ozersky emceed the Best M ... More >>
Last night, Dish du Jour hosted the Meatball Melee of the Boroughs, and Bello Giardino's Nicky's Famous Meatballs were crowned best ball of all. We brought you event emcee Josh Ozersky's handicapping in advance, in which The Feedbag writer bet on Carmine's to win it all. Now we bring you his debri ... More >>
This week in blogs... Chowhound aims to answer the question of hot to deal with "restaurant food gawking," that is when fellow diners star hungrily at your food. [Chowhound] Eat Me Daily reacted to the recent Gourmet piece on Alice Waters, denouncing the author for defending the slow food maven by ... More >>
This week in blogs... The Feed tuned into Hulu for The Chopping Block's final episode in which Kelsey and Vanessa take all, comparing the ill-fated show to the Special Olympics. [The Feed] Eat Me Daily got us all excited about the premiere of Food Party on the Independent Film Channel, characteriz ... More >>
Cunni-Linguine, Garlic (My Balls) Bread, and Tap That Ass-paragus Soup are just a few of the recipes you'll find at Cook to Bang, which has just nabbed a cookbook deal with St. Martins. [Grub Street] "Obviously none of us would ever want to come to Midtown over the weekend (M-F is quite enough than ... More >>
Since there is an endless amount of enthusiasm for cook-offs revolving around homey dishes (Bacon Takedown, Casserole Party, et al), we thought we should draw your attention to the fact that Artisanal is running a grilled cheese contest. Come up with your best shot, and post the recipe on the ... More >>
The expo on the second floor of the Astor Center seems to shimmer in the cold night air (click to enlarge). Online it was a billed almost like a class, but it felt more like a trade show once I'd arrived at the Bacon and Bourbon Expo early Thursday evening. On the main floor, whiskey exhibitors of ... More >>