It's an old punch line: the answering machine that pranks callers into believing they're speaking to an actual person instead of a recording. After he closed Pulino's, the noisiest little trattoria on the Bowery, in January, I assumed vaunted restaurateur Keith McNally (Balthazar, et al.) was in no ... More >>
Are High Rents Pricing Manhattan's High-End Restaurants Out of the Market?
When Keith McNally indicated he'd have to close Pastis (9 Ninth Avenue) for a long remodel, rumors began swirling almost immediately that the restaurant titan would have to relocate the eatery. For his part, McNally remained steadfast that he'd reopen on the spot as soon as construction was finished ... More >>
Kept alive by nearly two centuries of chewing carnivores, the New York City steakhouse defiantly broils on. Classic steakhouses, like Peter Luger and Keens, enjoy a certain amount of stability not common in the current dining climate, where even the most exciting chef-driven small plates tasting cou ... More >>
New York isn't short on excessive (in terms of both price and quantity) dining experiences, but as of a couple of nights ago, there's a brand new place to drop a hefty wad of cash for a heart-stoppingly large meal: Cherche Midi (282 Bowery, 212-226-3055), Keith McNally's long-anticipated Pulino's re ... 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 was a slow one for openings, but here are a pair of new entrants.
The White Horse Tavern as it looks today Stay in one place long enough, many bars have found, and you're likely to eventually develop literary cachet. Indeed, many of the city's most venerable taverns - Old Town, McSorley's, and the currently-defunct Chumley's - are or were lined with the dust jac ... More >>
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.
A Noma co-founder tries his hand in Noho
The four-cheese mac-and-cheese at Macaroni, Macaroni is engagingly crunchy. If you haven't been on the stretch of MacDougal Street between Houston and West 4th in a while, you need to pay a visit. This student haunt and historic refuge of Bohos from John Reed to Bob Dylan has lately become ... More >>
Here's your trendy spot -- at least the guy with the hat thinks so. Floren asks: My awful boss is visiting New York (he works at the West Coast headquarters and supervises me from afar). The guy wants to be taken to a trendy place for lunch, and is likely to judge my trendiness by where I ta ... More >>
Top Chef alum Leah Cohen, who left Centro Vinoteca two years ago to travel Southeast Asia, is back in town, mostly cooking at private dinners. It turns out she's planning an "upscale Southeast Asian street food" in Gramercy Park, which she'll be previewing at LTO next week. [Grub Street] In ... More >>
Caleb Ferguson/VoiceThe source of so much spilled ink, spilled blood....And I'm not going to say that we didn't make a lot of mistakes, and we probably deserved a lot of the criticism we got. I mean, I certainly did, personally. I think I'm a little more philosophical about it now than I was ... More >>
Greens on Greenwich?A rooftop farm will grow where Keith McNally's empire will not: three months after the community board approved his plans, Bobo's Carlos Suarez has finalized his lease for the former Greenwich Paper space.
Robert SietsemaArtisanal dairy products = rent hikes.Much as Keith McNally may have inspired landlords in the vicinity of Pulino's to raise their rents, Eataly seems to be giving their West 23rd Street counterparts a few ideas.
Nate Appleman, before going corporate.We're still waiting for the "gotcha!" on this one. Apparently, Nate Appleman, who left his cultish A16 in San Francisco to head up the kitchen at Keith McNally's scene-y Pulino's is now cooking at none other than Chipotle.
Savorycities.comAdieu, Appleman.After untold months of buzz to rival that of a thousand cicadas, it's over: Nate Appleman has left Pulino's. Eater reported that the split between the chef and Keith McNally was "mutual," and that he's already been replaced by Tony Liu, a chef at Morandi. App ... More >>
theoffside.comThis pretty much sums it up.Although Keith McNally surrendered his plans to build a Pulino's Café in the old Village Paper space, he's not going gentle into that good night.
No Pulino's, no Balthazar, no nothing.Well, so much for that. Less than a month after he first appeared before Community Board 2 to make his case for installing a Pulino's Café in the burned-out Village Paper space, Keith McNally has abandoned his plans.
restaurantgirl.comA placid-looking McNally.Keith McNally showed up at the monthly Community Board 2 meeting to provide some more information about what he intends to do with the former Village Paper space on Greenwich Avenue. Eater was also there, and reports that McNally wants to turn it int ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Eater followed Keith McNally's latest beef -- this time with Steve Cuozzo after his roundup of new restaurants that suck. The Food Section discovered that Lidia Bastianich and Christopher Walken were childhood friends. Grub Street revealed that the Meatpacking's forthc ... More >>
Horrible! Silly! Bush apologist!The pissing match continues: Mere days after Frank Bruni told that world that he thinks Keith McNally is a "horrible man," Keith McNally has informed the 25 people who actually care that he's not particularly fond of Bruni, either. McNally e-mailed Eater to sa ... More >>
Grub StreetA horrible man?"I do not go to Keith McNally restaurants anymore," quoth Frank Bruni. " I would have loved to have given Minetta Tavern a horrible review, because McNally is a horrible man." The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bruni--who actually gave Minetta Tavern three sta ... More >>
You know it for fridges. Now Sears is looking to sell food, too. The company quietly launched MyGofer on Memorial Day in Manhattan and the Hamptons, which delivers groceries and other goods from its Kmart stores. [Chicago Tribune] Since being voted the best restaurant in the world by San Pel ... More >>
EV GrieveSometimes, it takes the gentlest of breezes to make the whole house of cards come tumbling down. Such was the case at Balthazar, Pastis, and various other Keith McNally restaurants on Sunday, when a truck bearing pastries and breads from McNally's Englewood, N.J., baking facility was ... More >>
Sarah DiGregorioMore crusty controversy. Sarah may have found plenty to enjoy at Pulino's, but it's safe to say that no amount of positive sentiment will induce Steve Cuozzo to dine there anytime soon. The dependably irascible Post critic has penned a vitriolic response to the letter Keith Mc ... More >>
Every year, The Village Voice holds their own awards ceremony for theater free from the pomp, circumstance, and promotional intent towards profit that most other Dog and Pony extravaganzas do: The Obies. And the awesomeness that was this year's was no exception. Voice theater critic and Obie ... More >>
SRO hotels meet standing-room-only restaurant
When you're the name behind go-to New York City eateries like Pastis, Balthazar, Schiller's and Minetta Tavern, what do you care about a one-star review in lowly New York magazine? If you're Keith McNally, you care, goddammit. Enough to write an incensed letter personally attacking the critic ... More >>
Pulino's rock shrimp pieNever one to take a bad review lying down, Pulino's owner Keith McNally has sent an open letter to New York critic Adam Platt after this week's review of the restaurant. (Platt noted that the crust tastes like matzo, which was exactly what we thought.)
Did this fine establishment make our list? What do you think? As their name would indicate, Our 10 Best lists are typically positive affairs. But today we've decided to venture into more critical territory to rank Our 10 Most Overrated Restaurants. You know the type: It's the restaurant you' ... More >>
How much did you say you paid for that hot dog? We've been sitting on the edge of our seats for the last three years, wondering about the effect of the economic downturn on the restaurant industry. But, as anyone who reads Eater knows, the number of big-ticket restaurant openings continues t ... More >>
Pulino's gamberi pizza: rock shrimp, bits of speck, fennel, and garlicWe caught Pulino's in an easy-going, sunny mood today, the airy room full and bustling but not packed, the windows flung open to the street. It's no surprise that it's a beautifully decorated, skillfully created place--Keit ... More >>
It's been a busy morning at the James Beard Foundation: right on the heels of its list of finalists for its Media and Journalism Awards comes its roster of final nominees for its Restaurant and Chef Awards, announced on the Beard Foundation's Twitter page. Beard on BeardNew York has done we ... More >>
The hype machine is going into high gear as Keith McNally's new pizzeria and bar, Pulino's, prepares to open March 15th. New York is running an interesting profile of McNally's career this week, and the whole food-blogosphere seems to be waiting with baited breath for the restaurant to open its door ... More >>
A three-day weekend is nigh. So let's take a look back at the best posts of the days preceding it. We ranked Our 10 Best West Village Restaurants. Battle of the Dishes pitted two kinds of weird-ass British potato chips (ahem, crisps) against each other.
As good a way as any to determine food journalism's future.Last night at the Gabarron Foundation, Culintro hosted a panel discussion about the future of food journalism. The overall message? Food journalism does actually have a future. In a discussion moderated by New School food studies prof ... More >>
What are some of the buzziest openings to look forward to in 2010? Keith McNally and Nate Appleman's Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria, natch. But also Loreley Williamsburg, Zak Pelaccio's Fatty Cue, and No. 7 Sub in the Ace Hotel. [Metromix] The city is getting increasingly lax on smoking speakeasi ... More >>
The ranks of chef progeny who enter the restaurant industry just grew a little bigger: Diner's Journal reports that Jean-George Vonghericten's daughter, Louise, has been made the junior manager at her dad's Mercer Kitchen. She's in good company --
Jane Tseng, the pastry chef at A16 and SPQR in San Francisco, is allegedly following in Nate Appleman's footsteps and heading for New York to take over as pastry chef at Keith McNally's upcoming Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria. [Eater] Michael Ronis, the founding chef of the Carmine's chain and V ... More >>
Keith McNally's forthcoming venture, Pulino's, has courted a level of anticipation seldom seen since, well, his last venture, Minetta Tavern. In an interview with Zagat.com, Nate Appleman stokes the flames of desire with some more details about the place: "Pulino's is not going to be just a ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema discovers the shocking flavors of the Chinese province of Shandong at Golden Palace. Pete Wells is unimpressed with Gus and Gabriel, crediting Michael Psilakis with having "perfected a new technology that magically strips out all the taste" from his burger. ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema falls for Frenchy Joseph Leonard, while Sarah DiGregorio suffers the service at would-be private club Mari Vanna. Betsy Andrews explores the culinary offerings of Staten Island, which may not be reachable by subway but "given the inexpensive tabs, you can af ... More >>
Fine dining establishments must adapt to the new economic climate by offering "excellence and indulgence at a really low price." Those that are surviving the downturn have reinvented their menus and concepts. [NY Times] Meanwhile, other restaurants are recycling themselves completely, bringi ... More >>
From Bowery Boogie comes a spot of plywood porn: Somehow, one of the website's bloggers managed to snap some photos of the interior of Pulino, Keith McNally's sweatily anticipated Bowery pizzeria. The shots indicate that (a) the restaurant has a long way to go before it will open and (b) that McNall ... More >>
Jamesbeard.orgGrub Street brings word that Nate Appleman will be heading the kitchen at Keith McNally's slavishly anticipated Bowery restaurant, Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria. Appleman, who earned a James Beard Rising Star award for his work at San Francisco's A16, made news last month when he de ... More >>
In his review, Our Man Sietsema liked the fat-drenched, "transgressional cuisine" doled out at Minetta Tavern, and Bruni just gave it three stars and called it the best steakhouse in New York. I wanted to check it out, but imagined it to be snotty to no-names and impossible to get into. Not so! I ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema finds out what an Argentinean taco tastes like at El Almacen, while Sarah DiGregorio heads to the LES for some pub grub. Bruni gives Keith McNally his dues and then some, awarding the reinvented Minetta Tavern a whopping three stars and praising it for turni ... More >>
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