Julian Medina

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Inside Tacuba, a Mexican Cantina Bringing Grasshopper Tacos to Astoria

    Across the street from Astoria's American Museum of the Moving Image, Toloache and Yerba Buena chef Julian Medina's transformed an expansive former corner outpost of Five Napkin Burger into Tacuba (35-01 36th Street, Astoria; 718-786-2727), the chef's first outerborough eatery. Here, he serves hungr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Here Are the Vegetarian Highlights at Coppelia

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001) Neighborhood: Chelsea Cuisine: Cuban-Latin diner

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    10 Ways to Celebrate Passover in NYC

    Passover began last night, and if you've ignored the holiday until now, there's still plenty of time for redemption; lucky for all of us, this city is filled with great Passover options for every level of religious commitment, whether you're a by-the-book kosher zealot, a "cultural" identifier with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Five Great Non-Potato Fries in NYC

    Don't get us wrong -- the potato is a fine food, and French fries? Hell, they're scalding hot oil's gift to the world (suck it, state fair beer-battered stick of butter). But as vegetables become a larger part of the American diet, chefs around town are throwing leafy greens, roots, and even the occ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Where to Brunch This Weekend: Toloache Thompson, Crown, Corlette NY, and The Sparrow Tavern

    With a three-day weekend in sight for some of us, spending an hour or three at brunch is an even more enticing proposition than usual -- especially if it leads into playoff football or a night of debauchery. Here are a few places that can help your day get off to a great start.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Coppelia's Havana Salad, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Later this year, we'll pen our Best of New York issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes and drinks. Until then, you can get a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Our 10 Favorite Far Downtown Restaurants

    It's generally agreed that the area below Chambers Street is a food no-man's-land. However, take a closer look and you'll find a number of options that don't just fill a void, but are top-notch. We've rounded up our 10 favorites, and lumped Battery Park City and the Financial District together, for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Passover: Where to Eat

    It's definitely a hurdle. That is, avoiding bread in a city obsessed with all things leavened -- pizza, pancakes, artisanal breads. Sure, you can go to regular restaurants and adjust your meal. Caesar salad with no croutons, a hamburger without the bun. Or, god-forbid, you could go the whole holiday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Our 10 Best Late Night Eats in New York City

    New York is the city that never sleeps and never stops eating, no matter what hour of the day -- or night as the case may be. While it's true that a lot of the foods consumed after midnight are of the drunk pizza variety, the city boasts many 24-hour restaurants that serve some damn fine fare. Her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Make Spice Market's Ginger Margarita for National Margarita Day

    The refreshing-looking ginger margarita​Today is National Margarita Day, a great holiday of dubious origin that allows us to drink a lot on a Wednesday without feeling guilty. In honor of the holiday, Spice Market is having a half-off special on pitchers of its signature ginger margarita, making t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Elettra Wiedemann's Fashion Week Pop-Up Is Back

    What does it take to get models to eat a restaurant meal during Fashion Week? Four top-notch chefs and one celebrity model backing. For the second year in a row, Elettra Wiedemann is opening a pop-up restaurant, Goodness, in the Museum of Arts and Design's Robert restaurant. This year, Wie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Chilaquiles Migrate North to New York Menus

    Lauren BloombergDon't you want to bathe in El Parador's cheesy crock of chilaquiles?​Belgium boasts its waffles. Japan's sushi customs have spread the world over, and French fries are in every happy meal across the globe. So, what foodstuff to we credit Mexico with exporting? You could say it's ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Avocados: More Than Guac in NYC Restaurants

    Yerba Buena's avocado fries​ If you travel to Mexico, you'll find that avocados are served practically everywhere -- most frequently simply sliced and salted as a side dish. Unless you head to a restaurant specializing in avocado dishes, you won't find the fruit blended into smoothies spiked w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Dia de los Muertos: Let's Go Eat for the Dead

    Maya's Margarita del Diablo: Just what your late family members might drink?​ Most people gear up for Halloween parties as October comes to an end. With all of the costume planning and candy eating going on, it's easy to forget about that other spooky holiday, Dia de los Muertos. The family-f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Say Hello to Sauce, Battersby, Loi

    Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. International Gourmet Kitchen (IGK) is a new lunch spot in Chelsea, offering great value on everything from burgers to burritos to Asian rice bowls. [Midtown Lunch] To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Julian Medina Gets Into the Tequila Game

    Yet another chef gets on the booze.​Earlier this year, we learned that John Fraser was serving a proprietary gin at What Happens When. Now, it looks like Julian Medina has his own tequila.

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Coppelia to Finally Open 24 Hours This Friday

    ​Imagine this at, say, 4:31 in the morning. The long promised extension of the dining hours is finally occurring at Coppelia, which aimed to be a round-the-clock pan-Latin diner when it opened April 4 of this year.

  • Dining

    May 11, 2011

    Coppelia Wants to Cuba Your Peru

    Julian Medina's new place invents the Pan-Latin diner

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Coppelia's Pichet Ong Reveals Plans for a New Thai Restaurant and Explains Why He Has Awesome Aprons

    Photo courtesy Pichet OngPichet Ong, Master of International Desserts​Pichet Ong is a busy man, lending his culinary cred to restaurants all over town. His most recent venture is creating the pastry options at Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001), Julian Medina's new Cuban restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Coppelia; Goodbye to TienGarden

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. TienGarden, the vegan restaurant beneath the Bikram yoga studio on the Lower East Side, is closing its doors after 16 years in business. [Low Down NY] Sora Lella, the New York outpost of a Rom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Jason Hall 'In' at The Lion; Patricia Yee 'Out' at Aureole

    ​Jason Hall, previously of Gotham Bar & Grill, Anthos, and Mia Dona, has been running the kitchen at The Lion under John DeLucie. [Eater] Colin Alevras, formerly of The Tasting Room, DBGB, and Momofuku, has joined the staff at Andrew Carmellini's forthcoming The Dutch. [Eater] Aureole's exec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It's late Friday afternoon, and thus time for what it's always time for on late Friday afternoon ... The Top 10 Fast Food Items That Don't Totally Suck. Where should I send my 21-year-old godson for some birthday fun?

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Toloache Taqueria Is Open

    Julian Medina lets his tacos loose.​Yesterday, Toloache's Julian Medina told us about his plans for Toloache Taqueria, his new Financial District fast-casual Mexican spot selling "guacamole and chips, tortilla soup, chicken pozole, and braised pork with noodle soup. And three different salads. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Julian Medina Plans a Taco Triple Threat: Interview Part 2

    Julian Medina loves his tacos​ Yesterday we interviewed chef Julian Medina about his Hanukkah traditions. Today he gives us a sneak peek of the menu at Toloache Taqueria, which opens Thursday at 83 Maiden Lane.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Julian Medina On Why He Loves Jewish Cooking and How to Have a Mexican Hanukkah

    Julian Medina makes a mean latke​ These last nights of Hanukkah call for interviewing a chef who celebrates the Festival of Lights. So we rang up Julian Medina, chef of Toloache and Yerba Buena, to learn which side of the dreidel he was on: latke or sufganiyot.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Yee Kee H.K. Style and East Ocean Palace; Sarah DiGregorio at Honeychiles'

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema finds true Hong Kong cuisine at Yee Kee H.K. Style in Brooklyn and East Ocean Palace in Queens, while Sarah DiGregorio discovers Louisiana fare at Honeychiles' in the Williamsburg punk rock bar The Charleston that is "far, far better than you'd expect to get a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It's Friday afternoon, and thus time for a fond glimpse back to the best posts of the past five days. We ranked Our 10 Best Picnic Spots in NYC. Painkiller's Giuseppe Gonzalez talked tiki, frozen drinks, and the hangover cure that comes in a syringe. Tortilleria Nixtamal's Fernando Ruiz talked ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Make Julian Medina's Guacamole Trio from Toloache

    Guac, tres ways.​It's Cinco de Mayo this week and so you might be inspired to whip up a guacamole for the occasion. Julian Medina of Toloache suggests you do three: a traditional version with a touch of heat from jalapeño; a fruity version with pomegranate seeds, mango, sweet onion, apple, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Earth Day & April Harvest Week

    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! Earth Day Fundraiser Il Buco April 19-24 Eat lunch at the restaurant anytime this week and it will reduce your bill by 15 percent (or 20 percent for late-aftern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Under the Toque: Glimpsing Grand Tasting Menus; Anita Lo Writing a Cookbook

    ​ The three-month-old Mott has announced that Brian Bieler is out at the restaurant, which still has no liquor license. Brian Murphy, who worked under Bieler, will take over for the new fall menu. [Eater] Fabio Trabocchi, formerly of Fiamma, has taken over as the new head chef at The Four Sea ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Latin Cookbooks A-Go-Go: Julian Medina To Publish His Favorite Recipes

    ​Industria Argentina's Natalia Machado isn't the only young Latin American chef working on her own cookbook. Julian Medina of the opening-this-week Yerba Buena Perry says he is putting together a tome of his own. "I'm working on a Latin cookbook of my favorite recipes," the Mexico City-born ch ... More >>