Laurent Tourondel

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Washington Market Tavern: A Restaurant Four Generations in the Making

    Though Washington Market Tavern (41 Murray Street; 646-964-4860) is not even two weeks old, its relationship to Tribeca goes back decades -- and not just because it's located in a landmark building. Owner Eric Schwimmer's great grandfather and grandfather operated a stall in the old Washington Marke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    NYC Chefs Weigh in on New Year's Eve Traditions

    On New Year's Eve, we might have more in common with our chef than it seems. We've both been planning for an indulgent evening involving a multi-course prix fixe, we both know exactly what we'll be wearing (down to the shoes), and we both wholeheartedly intend to pop a bottle of bubbly at midnight. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Five Great Cakes in NYC

    There's no doubt about it -- birthdays look a little better, corner-bending lines are more forgivable, and lengthy weddings are worthy of a "'til last call" attendance because of that beloved baked good: cake. There's endless room for innovation with this sweet staple: It can be a single sheet or fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    For Forthcoming Rotisserie Georgette, Georgette Farkas Draws on Lessons From Daniel Boulud

    Finding the courage to say goodbye is often difficult to muster, but for Georgette Farkas, proprietor of the much-anticipated Rotisserie Georgette (14 East 60th Street), bidding adieu to superstar chef Daniel Boulud was the single hardest thing she's ever done.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    American Kobe Burger at Brasserie Ruhlmann

    Sink your teeth into this baby -- if you can afford it. Sometimes you have to have a hamburger. The fries don't even have to be that great. In NYC, the burger is probably the most ubiquitous meal available -- ahead of pizza, falafel, salad-bar salads, sushi, and a dozen others you can find anywher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at St. Anselm

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds mostly hits and a few misses at the recently reopened St. Anselm: "The appetizers were terrif... Which is not to say a steady hand always rested on the tiller of the restaurant." Sam Sifton approves of Danji: "Hooni Kim, who opened this place in Decembe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Charges Against Lucali's Mark Iacono Dropped; Gordon Ramsay Tweets Photo of Himself "Planking"

    ​A Brooklyn DA dropped all charges against both Lucali pizzaiolo Mark Iacono and alleged assailant Benny Geritano due to lack of cooperation from both witnesses. [NY Post] Jake Klein, who previously apprenticed under Masaharu Morimoto, is taking his Caribbean- and Southeast Asian-style cookin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Laurent Tourondel and Jimmy Haber Aren't on the Best of Terms

    ​The New York Times today has a long, interesting, and inadvertently humorous account of the professional breakup between Laurent Tourondel and Jimmy Haber, the owner of BLT Group, and it reads like a lost episode of Divorce Court.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Laurent Tourondel Owns the BLT (The Name, Not the Sandwich)

    The man, the brand​Who would have thought the acronym BLT would be so controversial? Really, can you really own the trademark to the ubiquitous sandwich? Apparently so. Crain's delves into the legal battle between chef Laurent Tourondel and his ex-business partner Jimmy Haber. The Frenchma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Our 10 Best NYC Restaurants For Pre-Theater Prix-Fixe

    Lauren ShockeyBright lights, big city. But where to eat?​The Village Voice's Obie Awards are on Monday, celebrating the best Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater. So what better time to take in a variety of shows and performances? Yet the Theater District can be confusing culinary wate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Coppelia; Lauren Shockey at The Brooklyn Star

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds that "the food runs from inspired to terrible" at Coppelia; Lauren Shockey drinks the Kool-Aid at the Brooklyn Star. Sam Sifton awards The National Bar and Dining Rooms one star: "[The décor] is appetizing, as it happens: it is the sort of restaurant w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Post Office; Goodbye to Apizza

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. American Trash, a biker bar located on the Upper East Side, is closing after 22 years in business. [Grub Street] The East Village pizzeria Apizza has shuttered. It tweeted its permanent closur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Strong Place; Sarah DiGregorio at Gourmet Sweets & Restaurant

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema reckons that Strong Place "might be the most perfect evocation of the Brooklyn bistro to date." Sarah DiGregorio finds that the food at Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant "is a testament to all the many wonderful things one can make with humble cuts of meat, lentil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    White Castle to Branch Out; Lawyers Targeting Chefs

    ​Laurent Tourondel is being sued by the BLT Restaurant Group for the menu at his new Hamptons burger joint being too similar to the BLT concept. [NY Post] White Castle is looking to launch three new concepts: a barbecue restaurant, a pressed-club-sandwich spot, and an Americanized Asian noodl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    A Closer Look at the BLT Group Divorce

    Laurent Tourondel​A few months after Laurent Tourondel split from the company that bore his initials, Crain's has a closer look at what precipitated the chef's seemingly abrupt departure from the BLT Group.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Bon Appetit's Pop-Up Café Will Open Sept. 12 With Food From Baked NYC, Momofuku, A Voce, Et Al

    entertainment-link.comMmmm, pop-ups.​To mark the occasion of Fashion Week, an event not normally associated with caloric intake, Bon Appétit is opening its annual pop-up café in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall from Sept. 12 through 16.

  • Dining

    August 4, 2010

    Plein Sud Plain Sucks

    A Top Chef contestant bombs in his own restaurant

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    David Amorelli "in" at Parlour Midtown

    David Amorelli, who once helmed the kitchen at his own midtown brasserie, Cité, and later worked under David Burke and Laurent Tourondel, is now the executive chef at Parlour Midtown, a new place billing itself an "Irish-style gastro-steakhouse." Amorelli's inaugural menu includes contemporary take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Laurent Tourondel Migrates to Sag Harbor; Michael Psilakis Still Waffling on Williamsburg

    ​ Christopher Lee of Aureole and the creators of TLC's American Chopper have joined forces to open Orange County Choppers Roadhouse, an 8,500-square-foot "restaurant, bar, microbrewery, gaming, hospitality, retail and entertainment experience" in Newburgh, N.Y. [Zagat Buzz] Laurent Tourondel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Rodelio Agilbot to Create Asian Ventures With BLT Restaurant Group

    Rodelio Aglibot​Less than a month after Laurent Tourondel announced his departure from the BLT Restaurant Group, the company has announced that it will be joining forces with Chef Rodelio Aglibot to develop a number of Asian concepts, including a grill and gastropub that will pair Agilbot's "i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Nurse That Post-St. Patrick's Day Queasiness at Laurent Tourondel's Pop-Up Food Truck

    Morning-after munchies brought to you by Tabasco.​Not feeling so hot this morning? Nothing chases away a hangover like a stiff drink and greasy meal. Get your fill of at least one of these today at a pop-up food truck manned by Laurent Tourondel, now just of BLT Market. Tabasco has teamed up w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Laurent Tourondel Splits From the BLT Group

    What will Lauren Tourondel find next?​Back in September, Laurent Tourondel was in the midst of a global BLT expansion, opening BLT Steak outposts in Hong Kong and Waikiki and planning a BLT Burger for Hong Kong. Now, it looks as though he's got some other plans on his plate....

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    BLT Shoots for Waikiki, Hong Kong, the Moon

    ​Laurent Tourondel is continuing his expansion across the globe: having first gone international in January with a BLT Steak in Hong Kong, he's opening a BLT Steak in Waikiki next month, and then heading back to Hong Kong to open a BLT Burger in December 2010, according to his reps. All told, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    'Top Chef': When the Merde Hits the Fan

    Bravo TV​Oh, those French and their talent for deadpan drama. What we Americans express with operatic levels of emotion, the Gauls communicate with a sniff, a raised eyebrow, an indifferent shrug. That may be why the decision to have a panel of intractably French chefs judge last night's gusta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    James Beard Semifinalists Announced

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Edible News Roundup

    Fulton [205 East 75th Street], a new restaurant from Joe Gurrera of Citarella, is slated to open this Wednesday. It's named after the old downtown fish market and will feature a seafood-heavy menu by Chef Jeremy Culver, formerly of Park Avenue Cafe and Gramercy Tavern. [FitR inbox] The winner of Bo ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008
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    July 5, 2007
  • NYC Life

    June 26, 2007

    Laurent Tourondel's last meal

    . . . is raw, drunken, and oh so lonely

  • Dining

    January 30, 2007

    Beefin' Burgers

    Our intrepid critic stuffs his face with the latest examples

  • Dining

    June 13, 2006

    Frieze and Furze

    Heart-snatching amid much mustard at new Parisian brasserie

  • Dining

    May 31, 2005

    Worth the Splurge

    Upper-end places worth the expense