Lately, it feels like you can't strut anywhere in this city without colliding nostrils-first into an aromatic haze of woodsmoke, but New York's barbecue culture has evolved as lowly and slowly as the heavily barked meats the beloved cuisine produces. From its '90s origins with Pearson's Texas Barbec ... More >>
Queens Restaurant Week -- actually two weeks -- launches Monday and lasts until Halloween, and it offers eaters the opportunity to get better acquainted with this vast and super-diverse borough. (And at Queens prices -- prix fixe lunches will run you $14, dinners a mere $28.) Nearly 100 restaurants ... More >>
H. Thomas O'Hara -- architect of the two towers set to be erected on the lot where 5 Pointz sits now -- filed construction permits with the Department of Buildings on Tuesday. The filing comes one week after owner Jerry Wolkoff announced he had secured a permit to demolish the building. On July 17 W ... More >>
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Just five more days until our seventh annual Choice Eats tasting event, when more than 80 restaurants from around the city will come together under one roof at Basketball City (299 South Street). Have you purchased your tickets to feast? Your $60 general admission fare ($70 at the door) gets you unl ... More >>
"Decadence can turn dangerous at M. Wells Steakhouse," writes Zachary Feldman in this week's restaurant review. The menu at Hugue Dufour's and Sarah Obraitis' Long Island City temple of quirk is indulgent, and it's easy to over-order, especially if you're bent on having a steak, which tend to be ove ... More >>
We have entered the holiest time in America's cultural calendar: Super Bowl week. And man, is this an irony-free zone. Everyone in the nation is required to have an opinion on how 22 sacks of meat will behave for four hours this Sunday, regardless of how ridiculous they sound. Want to burst this bub ... More >>
Dozens of spirits makers descended on Long Island City's Studio Square for our inaugural Holiday Spirits event, pouring sips of their tipples alongside wintery cocktails that showcased the flavor profiles of their wares. We were floored by the sheer diversity in New York's burgeoning distilling scen ... More >>
Yesterday the city's department of transportation quietly added planned CitiBike stations to its bike share service map. Most of the new stops are clustered in North Brooklyn, with a few in far west Queens. That's right, if you live in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, or Long Island Cit ... More >>
The weekend is almost here, and if you're looking forward to spending quality time with dad on Sunday, check out the roundup of offbeat food-related Father's Day activities we posted yesterday. If you're weekend isn't revolving around celebrating Dad--or if he's game for non-Father's Day-related out ... More >>
Competitive barista-ing is a spectator sport. In addition to four judges seated at a high bar directly in front of the competing baristas, there was a boisterous, roaming audience at the 2013 Northeast Regional Barista Championship last week. Over three days at Attic Studios, an airy industrial loft ... More >>
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, in which we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff to check out. This week, get off the M train at 36th Street and use these suggestions to guide you through Long Island City.
Wednesday, February 20 Brisket King of NYC There's been a lot of talk about brisket as New York experiences a great boost in barbecue talent. Taste the work of the city's pitmasters at Santos Party House during the second annual brisket contest. John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Daniel Delaney of Br ... More >>
Sephardic Jews are responsible for one of the world's greatest appetizers: fried baby artichokes. Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the f ... More >>
Stay safe and dry. We're gathering a list of open restaurants. Keep checking back for updates. Leave us a comment, tweet @ForkintheRoadVV, or email me for tips. 5 Napkin Burger (Hell's Kitchen) 630 9th Ave @ 45th Street 5 Napkin Burger (Upper West Side) 2315 Broadway @ 84th Street 5 Napkin Burge ... More >>
After a year of wandering the wilderness, DIY venue-cum-collective Silent Barn has found a new home. Although details on its specific whereabouts are scant, a website launched yesterday by the itinerant group announces that they have a four-month period to renovate a 10,000-square-foot loft "in the ... More >>
Tuesday, June 5 Crab Boil Back Forty kicks off their annual Chesapeake Crab Boil season, hosting weekly Tuesday dinners through August. Get a pile of spiced blue crabs, potatoes, string beans, and seasonal fruit cobblers for dessert. ($45, reserve in advance). 7th Annual Taste of LIC The celebr ... More >>
The bicycles are comin'! The bicycles are comin'!Yesterday, the New York City Department of Transportation released the initial 420 bike share station locations for the program that will unleash (eventually) 10,000 bikes onto the already crammed streets of New York by 2013. Influenced by NYU's ... More >>
The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.
No one homeNo word yet on when M. Wells will be back up and running -- or even where exactly, although it will likely be in Long Island City -- but that doesn't seem to have owners Sarah Obraitis and Hugue Dufour too worried. They send around word today they they'll be taking their show on th ... More >>
Good news for extreme locavores: the 2011 Brooklyn Fishing Derby is officially under way. The pristine waters of the East River are swimming with striped bass and bluefish just waiting to be caught by some of New York's more adventurous fishermen. Started by the infamous Dr. Claw (a/k/a Ben Sargent) ... More >>
Richard Boccato, ice king.Richard Boccato and Ian Present, owners along with Sasha Petraske of Dutch Kills in Long Island City, have partnered with longtime employee Zachary Gelnaw-Rubin to launch an artisanal ice company and cocktail consultancy adjacent to the bar called Hundredweight Ice a ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Vai, the Upper East Side spot that just got a Soho outpost, has closed. The building is reportedly being torn down. [Grub Street] Café Flo in Astoria did not survive a four-alarm blaze that r ... More >>
Montreal makes another tasty incursion into NYC, courtesy of Gabe Stulman
Dessert enthusiasts may insist that 2010 was the year of the pie, but M. Wells' Hugue Dufour would like you to know that the meat pie is eternal. Called the tourtière and a fixture of menus throughout Québec during the winter months, it's currently being served at Dufour's Long ... More >>
In its continued attack on Starbucks, McDonald's has launched maple-flavored oatmeal, available with diced red and green apples, raisins and cranberries, and cream for $1.99. [LA Times] Cooks looking to start their own businesses can pay by the shift to use a 5,500-square-foot commercial kit ... More >>
Apple Tart in Cheddar Rosemary Biscuit CrustFor the past five years, Mary Fitzgerald was a custom baker, making birthday and wedding cakes from a rented commercial kitchen in Long Island City, until earlier this year when she found herself a storefront on East Broadway and Rutgers Street. No ... More >>
The G-Train: the only subway line in New York City that doesn't go through Manhattan, the main rail between Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and South Brooklyn. Possibly the only subway line with its own beauty pageant. But a subway line of suffering.
The Long Island City restaurant aims for modern trattoria
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Brooklyn Grange's Ben Flanner Guest Chefs Cabrito Monday, August 30 Brooklyn Grange, the rooftop farm in Long Island City that's been supplying several of the city ... More >>
If you're a New Yorker, you've likely complained about your awful cell phone service at some point. It's part of living in a city where people live on top of people, under huge buildings, and they're all screaming into expensive, overheated little machines radiating someone else's screaming i ... More >>
Jenny MillerLove for sale.With its rainbow of groovy raw drinks and a new shop called the Space of Love, it's easy to dismiss Organic Avenue as some crunchy, fringey, hippie place for those who have nothing better to do than not cook, monitor their colons, and attend yoga retreats. But it's h ... More >>
Here's yet another uncommon economic indicator of how the recession is affecting the restaurant business: Cecilware, which has been making kitchen equipment in Queens since 1911, will lay off 80 workers next year.
Petrous Maldovin, the head chef at the Russian Tea Room is being sued by his sous chef, Eric Martelle, and line cooks, Ian Payette and Sean Hannigan, for harassment. The three men claim Maldovin regularly grabbed their crotches, pinched their nipples, smacked them with pans, and boasted of sl ... More >>
For months now, the papered-over windows of the former Roni-Sue storefront in the Essex Street Market has been taunting carbophiles with the promise of Pain d'Avignon's boules and baguettes. The store, which would be the Long Island City-based wholesale bakery's first retail outlet, was ori ... More >>
What we would call real fast food places.(photo by Flickr/AdamL212, some rights reserved)Health magazine has released its list of the ten healthiest fast food chains in the country, but it's hard to come by the supposed healthiest option in the city, much to Mayor Bloomberg's dismay, we're guessing. ... More >>
While the Yankees were out spending taxpayer money on superstars, the Mets were being nice to kids. Last week Mr. Met joined pitchers Mike Pelfrey, John Maine and new acquisition Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez at a holiday party for elementary school students from all five boroughs at the CitiCorp Buil ... More >>
There's a Costco in Long Island City and, despite the neighborhood's carefully cultivated up-and-coming image, a lot of poor people live there and in surronding areas, so councilmember Eric Gioia is demanding that the megastore start accepting food stamps. Such a program "would have an immediate pos ... More >>
At THEE RANT, the boys and girls in blue react to the recent cops-doing-doughnuts-in-Shore-Road-Park story. "She [the complainant] seems like the typical clueless Brooklyn lib who would get mugged, tuned up and discarded by some street urchin," remarks 37blue, "and then wring her hands when the perp ... More >>
This year's museum jams will feature a pool, fresh produce, and spy capability. Sweet.
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