Ken Friedman

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Meet Carla Rzeszewski, New York's Queen of Sherry

    What comes to mind when you hear sherry, besides the Four Seasons song that maddeningly loops in your head like scratched vinyl? If the answer is a sweet brown drink that grandma likes, allow me to introduce you to New York City's "Queen of Sherry," Carla Rzeszewski. Rzeszewski is a sherry fanatic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Catch Up With Our Food Critics: Rao Enjoys "New York Nordic" and Sietsema Finds "Perfect Jerk"

    This week, our restaurant critics ventured beyond the Manhattan dining scene, with Robert Sietsema on the hunt for authentic Jamaican jerk all over Flatbush, and Tejal Rao sampling new Nordic dishes at Williamsburg's Aska. How did their Brooklyn choices stack up? Read on to find out.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    A Look at New 'Cue around NYC; Pigs Ears Amidst Chaos at Salvation Taco

    Our own Robert Sietsema surveys the latest barbecue offerings from "the East Village to Gowanus," and finds worthwhile rib-stickers throughout the boroughs. His saucy list of favorites includes Daniel Delany's BrisketTown, "which obsesses on beef brisket smoked in a trailer located just off Flushing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    April Bloomfield Gets the Vice Munchies Treatment

    Perhaps you've heard of April Bloomfield? The no-nonsense chef takes a break from running the Spotted Pig, Breslin, and John Dory to go on a joyride with some her food-industry friends in the latest from Vice's "Munchies" series. First, though, she talks with business partner Ken Friedman about whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    The Mother of All Chinese Food Safety Scandals: 'Gutter Oil'; Can Ken Friedman Save Monkey Bar?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    The Ace Hotel, or 'Ass Hole-tel': Free-Associations

    ​We thought we put this one to bed a few months ago, but as it turns out, we're talking about the Ace Hotel again. Remember how hip it is? Or "not quote-unquote hip, per se"? It's hip again, or continues to be hip, or continues to be quote-unquote not not hip. This time, the angle is that the ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 16, 2011

    The John Dory Oyster Bar Resurrection

    A noted seafood restaurant returns from the deep

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Welcome to the Era of the Carefully Curated Restaurant Playlist

    Foodie tunes.​Sounds like Nate Smith, the ex-Spotted Pig chef who left Dean Street in Brooklyn shortly after opening, may have had it right: you can't just let diners pick their dinner-accompanying music all willy-nilly. The Post talks to chefs and restaurateurs from trendy restaurants around ... 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

    September 14, 2010

    April Bloomfield Wants to Start a Farm, Open a Bakery

    Amy Hou/ForbesApril Bloomfield.​The John Dory Oyster Bar is opening its doors in the Breslin this week, and Eater has an interesting interview with April Bloomfield. Among other things, Bloomfield says that she and Ken Friedman have been looking for land upstate to start a farm.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Brandon Baltzley 'Out' at 6th Street Kitchen; Rodelio Aglibot 'In' at BLT

    ​Brandon Baltzley has reportedly left 6th Street Kitchen for a job at Alinea. Greg Torrech of Brown CafĂ© is said to be taking over. [Grub Street] Shea Gallante, formerly of Cru, has teamed up with the restaurateur Stratis Morfogen to open Ciano, a new Italian restaurant, this fall. [Diner's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    The New John Dory Should Open by Mid-July, With Fish and Chips in Tow

    John Messinger/T MagazineThe John Dory of old.​A month after he told us he'd be re-opening the John Dory in the Ace Hotel, Ken Friedman has revealed a few more details about the seafood restaurant's resurrection. According to the Wall Street Journal, it should open by mid-July, and will featur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    When It Opens, the John Dory Won't Have a Kitchen; Also, Spotted Pig Will Do Glastonbury Fest

    John Messinger/T MagazineThe John Dory's first incarnation.​A few weeks after Ken Friedman told Fork in the Road that he was indeed planning to open a new John Dory in the Ace Hotel, a tipster writes in with an update: "There will be no kitchen in the restaurant when it opens. Just a raw bar w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    An Ode to Hot Cross Buns; Chocolate-Covered Matzoh Balls

    This week in food blogs... Serious Eats rounded up the latest limited-edition Ben & Jerry's flavors to hit the shelves and pays its respects to the dearly departed Concession Obsession and Wavy Gravy. Feast chatted with David Chang and Ken Friedman, who said he preferred Ssam Bar because he can't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Ken Friedman Confirms Plans for an Ace Hotel John Dory: "What Better Place Than in the Fabulous Ace?"

    John Messinger/T MagazineThe John Dory will resurface at the Ace Hotel.​ Yesterday evening, Fork in the Road received a tip that Ken Friedman was planning to resurrect the John Dory at the Ace Hotel. For months now, rumors have been circulating about what Friedman will open at the Ace -- in Ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Times Lauds Party Bus to Bar, Which Seems to Be More Fun Than the Bar

    W00t.​This weekend the Times celebrated a "party bus" that rolls from Williamsburg to the West Village, on which revelers both shotgun beers (that means, the Times helpfully explains, "puncturing the can and finishing it in one long swig") and pour them on each others' heads. The bus was con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    The New John Dory: No More "Mixed Signals"

    This has been up on Mouthing Off for a couple of days, but still bears some attention: Food & Wine's Kate Krader weighs in on the closure of the John Dory, and finds that Ken Friedman is in a place of repentance for the sins committed at his restaurant, which, he says, will reopen "in a much bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    The John Dory Now Sleeping With the Fishes

    Daniel Neuner​Eater reported over the weekend that the John Dory, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield's nine-month-old seafood restaurant, would close on Saturday. Yesterday, Grub Street went to the Tenth Avenue restaurant and discovered that it had indeed shuttered: Workers were dismantling the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Open & Closed--Say Hello to Table 8; Goodbye to Atria

    The long-awaited New York debut of Govind Armstrong has arrived in the form of Table 8 at The Cooper Square Hotel. The California chef will focus on local, seasonal products, and feature in-house cured meats, rare salts and custom-blended teas. Entwine has opened with its small bar that seats se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Critical Mass: John Dory

    The reviews are beginning to come in for the John Dory (85 Tenth Avenue), the hotly anticipated fishy collaboration between April Bloomfield, she of Spotted Pig acclaim, and restauranteur Ken Friedman. Between New York, NY Daily News, and Bloomberg, the restaurant averages a disappointing two and tw ... More >>

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