Celebrity chef Bobby Flay closed his Fifth Avenue restaurant Mesa Grill last year, laying to rest a landmark that, when it fired up its burners in 1991, was the only destination restaurant in an area dominated by garment factories. In Februrary, Keith McNally shuttered Pastis, a Meatpacking Distric ... More >>
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it too often becomes an afterthought, skipped altogether in lieu of a hurried borough-to-borough commute. New York may not be much of a breakfast town -- unless you count the hordes who queue for corner store coffee and a mediocre egg on a rol ... More >>
Summer equals seafood. Fresh, raw, and unadulterated, nothing compares to scoring a seat at a glistening metal bar on a steamy NYC day, the slight damp from the swipe of a recent wipe down cooling your baked skin, while an oversized platter of chilled shellfish and crisp glass of wine appear before ... More >>
Nate Appleman was bent on becoming a chef from an early age, and so after high school, he packed his knives off to the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park to learn the craft. When he graduated, he spent the tail end of the '90s and the first few years of this millennium learning butchery in I ... More >>
If you really love your mom, you might want to consider skipping the Mother's Day specials this year. They tend to be such gloomy experiences as restaurants transform into brunch factories for the day and serve mediocre set menus. Instead, I suggest you take your mother out in the evening, like a re ... More >>
illycaffeSimon Doonan caffeine = BarneysAlthough Barneys' only nod to food comes from the $30 salads served upstairs at Fred's, the department store is taking a surprisingly caloric approach to its holiday windows this year.
WQXRLeonard Lopate: radio host, thoughtful locavore.The latest to come down the fall food festival wire is this: WNYC's Leonard Lopate will host the three-day Lopate and Locavores festival from Nov. 7 through Nov. 9. The event, held in the Greene Space, will feature panels on plant diversity, ... More >>
The New York Times Styles section today takes on the issue of, well, reinventing the Old New York. With restaurants like Keith McNally's Minetta Tavern, the Graydon Carter-owned Monkey Bar and Waverly Inn, and most interestingly, The Lion, a restaurant owned by former MSNBC anchor and Abrams ... More >>
Aehee KangSD26: where's the understanding?Keith McNally isn't the only restaurateur talking smack hitting back at the critics these days: earlier this afternoon, SD26's Tony May aired a few complaints of his own on the Leonard Lopate Show. May was taking part in a discussion with Lopate and D ... More >>
Jose the Pooh?Over at Diner's Journal, Sam Sifton is asking, "Which restaurateur most resembles Pooh?" An odd question, perhaps, until you read his review of Pulino's in which he compares owner Keith McNally to the "dour and slightly disheveled" Eeyore. So far, commenters have Alice Waters st ... More >>
Pomp, circumstance, product placement, and varying levels of inebriation all converged at Avery Fisher Hall last night for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards. Many white men were awarded large gold pendants that dangled from green sashes. It was a particularly good night for New York, wit ... More >>
Will the spirit of James Beard smile upon New York chefs?The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Awards today, kicking off the food world's very own Oscar season scrum. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 21,000 online entries; th ... More >>
A prototype pie out of Paulie Gee's Neapolitan oven, courtesy Greenpointers Two of the most anticipated openings of 2010 are pizzerias--Paulie Gee's and Pulino's. Excitement from various quarters over these projects might even rival the breathless lead-ups to Co. and Keste. Pulino's, a Keit ... More >>
Like many shut-ins, we had not noticed that the Minetta Tavern had been transformed into a hip boite until Jeremiah of Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, who still gets around a little, informed us of it. The new Minetta serves a "cote de boeuf... a sublime hunk of glorious meat that you dream ab ... More >>
Plus Abe Lincoln's logs and more than 15 minutes at Warhol's birthday party.
The semifinalists for the illustrious James Beard awards have been announced, with a quite a few hometown favorites in the lot, including Dan Barber and Tom Colicchio in the the Outstanding Chef category; Babba and Jean George for Outstanding Restaurant; Corton, Momofuku Ko, and Scarpetta for ... More >>