Keith McNally

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Hello, It's Midi: Keith McNally, NYC's King of Biz-Casual French, Has Done It Again

    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 >>

  • News

    July 30, 2014

    Path of Lease Resistance

    Are High Rents Pricing Manhattan's High-End Restaurants Out of the Market?

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Breaking: Pastis Will, Indeed, Be Forced to Relocate

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Steakhouses in NYC

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Here's an Early Taste of Cherche Midi

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Two Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    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.

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    January 25, 2013

    Five Great Literary Landmarks of NYC: Taverns and Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2012

    Polpettine Pizza--With a Gooey Egg--at Pulino's, Dish #59

    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.

  • Dining

    March 28, 2012

    Acme Rises Again, Fancy and a Little Danish

    A Noma co-founder tries his hand in Noho

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    October 28, 2011

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, NYC

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Where's a Trendy Place I Can Take My Boss?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Leah Cohen to Preview New Resto at LTO; Gordon Ramsay in Hot Water for Eating Live Cobra Heart

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Keith McNally Seems to Regret Calling Adam Platt Bald and Overweight

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Greenwich Paper Will Definitely Grow a Restaurant and Rooftop Farm

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    The Eataly Effect Is Felt on West 23rd Street

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    WTF: Nate Appleman is Cooking at Chipotle?

    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.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Nate Appleman Has Left Pulino's, Will Be Replaced by Morandi's Tony Liu

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    McNally, Hanson, Friedman Get a PAC of Their Own

    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.

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    McNally Abandons Village Paper Space Following NIMBY Opposition

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Keith McNally Wants a Pulino's Café on Greenwich Avenue

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Keith McNally's Latest Beef; BK Whopper Bar's Pizza Burger

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Keith McNally Thinks Frank Bruni Isn't So Great, Either

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Frank Bruni Calls Keith McNally a 'Horrible Man'

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 15, 2010
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    June 11, 2010

    Sears Stocks Your Fridge; Burger King Runs Out of Ribs

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Annals of Crime: Balthazar Bread Truck Burgled

    EV Grieve​Sometimes, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    When Grown Men Call Each Other Names: Steve Cuozzo v. Keith McNally

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    This Week In The Voice: The 2010 Obie Awards

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    May 18, 2010

    At Pulino, Keith McNally Hits Skid Row

    SRO hotels meet standing-room-only restaurant

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2010

    In New York Magazine Feud, Restaurateur Keith McNally is Actually Defending Hipsters

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    McNally Fires Back at Adam Platt

    Pulino's rock shrimp pie​Never 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.)

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Our 10 Most Overrated Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Hot Dogs Are the New Foie Gras

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Pulino's Lunch

    Pulino's gamberi pizza: rock shrimp, bits of speck, fennel, and garlic​We 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    The James Beard Awards List of Final Nominees Is Fully Operational

    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 Beard​New York has done we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Pulino's Menu Revealed to Grateful Masses

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    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.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Future of Food Journalism Is Fragmented, Niche-Oriented, and Possibly Too Concerned With Keith McNally's Ass

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Top Buzzy Openings of 2010; Worst Food Safety Scandals of 2009

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    More Chef Progeny Enter New York Restaurant Industry

    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 --

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Under the Toque: A16 Pastry Chef to Follow Nate Appleman; Could New York Have Finally Lured Animal?

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Appleman Serves Up a Few Pulino Morsels

    ​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, Nate Appleman stokes the flames of desire with some more details about the place: "Pulino's is not going to be just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Golden Palace

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Joseph Leonard; DiGregorio at Mari Vanna

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Upscale Restaurants Reinvent Themselves; Where to Eat in Ocean Hill

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Pulino's Progress

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Nate Appleman Will Helm the Kitchen at Keith McNally's Pulino's​Grub 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    4 More Reasons to Like Minetta Tavern

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Under Review--Sietsema Samples Mexican-Italian-Argentinean At El Almacen; DiGregorio Goes Down the Gastropub

    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 >>

  • News

    March 6, 2001

    And the Meat Goes On:

    Scenes From the Gansevoort Market

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