Many chefs can recall how they first became hooked on the food industry, but few can point to a juxtaposition of culinary experiences like Bear's Natasha Pogrebinsky can. The chef grew up in Soviet Ukraine, where she remembers "going to all the different shops in the city and picking out bread in on ... More >>
It's not quite the Cold War, but the current relationship between the U.S. and Russia is especially frosty these days. From Syria to Snowden, we can't seem to see eye to eye across the globe, or even the Bering Strait, as Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency seems like regression to authoritari ... More >>
No. 70: Smoked whitefish from Bear
I already had fond thoughts about Onegin because that's the place where the Borough President had a bash to declare Michael Musto Appreciation Day a few months ago! And when I had my own little Russian food appreciation night there on Tuesday, it was even more fulfilling.
This is a great idea! It Ends Today is a non-profit org that promotes anti-bullying awareness in schools and communities by giving scholarships to students who talk publicly about their experiences with bullying and its effects on them. That might not reduce the trauma, but it does help with the e ... More >>
An edible ode to Pushkin opens in Greenwich Village
TV interviewing legend Larry King gets a Friars tribute Monday night at the Sheraton. In anticipation of that glittery gala, I turned the tables and gave Larry a grilling. Here's part two of our chat. Me: Hey, Larry. You're doing TV specials these days. What else?
The Balkans find a new home on the Lower East Side
Kobina AmpahIt's usually the older, Soviet-era types from Sheepshead Bay who are in court, facing the usual illegal fishing charges. Most need a Russian interpreter. But none expect a lanky, bearded African man to rise to their side. Kobina Ampah, 49, is a professional Ghanaian polyglot, an ... More >>
The sweet stuff at Hanson Dry.As yet more proof that Clinton Hill is the new Prospect Heights -- whatever that means -- Hanson Dry has finally opened its doors after a few false starts. The bar, located on Fulton Street a few doors down from the months-old Beny's Delice and a newish Subway, i ... More >>
eatclub.wordpress.com With Teresa's and Kiev gone, Polonia is one of the very few remaining outposts of Polish dining in the East Village. And while it won't be going anywhere, exactly, the 24-year-old restaurant is about to undergo a significant facelift.
A report on the 'jiz biz' in Brooklyn's Kensington
Ari Folman, an Israeli filmmaker, takes on his country's Vietnam
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Sculptor Louise Nevelson-a quintessential modernist-gets her first major survey in nearly 30 years
Condoleezza Rice's failed European mission to reignite faith in U.S. rule of law
A military court, an alleged rape victim, and the question of reporters' rights
Apprentice hopefuls show their drive, street smarts, and audacity in the financial district
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The Cleric and the Clerk Who Turned a Blind Eye
Hating Not Just Israel, but Jews
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Benjamin Treuhaft Floats Pianos to Cuba
A court ruling this month brings the shadowy world of vanity publishing into the open
According to the FBI and Israeli Intelligence, Semion Mogilevich Rules Over an Arms-Trafficking, Money-Laundering, Drug-Running, and Art-Smuggling 'Red Mafia'