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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Esther ZuckermanA series of metal plates covers one of the four interior walls of the Elevator Historical Society's newly opened museum in Long Island City. Placed in the center of the leftmost panel is founder and curator Patrick Carrajat's first acquisition, a small silver cover for an elev ... 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 >>
Montreal makes another tasty incursion into NYC, courtesy of Gabe Stulman
The Economic Development Corporation of New York has agreed to a contract that will provide a year-round ferry service in the East River, moving people between Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, WNYC reports. New York Waterway's BillyBey Ferry Company will charge either $3.00 or $5.50 depending ... More >>
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 >>
rendering via Brooklyn365Greenpoint/North Williamsburgers, please issue a collective hoorah for no longer having to rely on the unreliable G. The "hipster ferry" that's been bandied about for a while is going to happen as soon as May 2011, as reported previously. The Metropolitan Waterfront A ... 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 >>
M. WellsA week after receiving a glowing write-up in the Times, M. Wells has opened for breakfast in Long Island City. The Quebeco-American diner is currently open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., with plans to open soon for lunch, dinner, and weekend service. Salisbury steak and frog le ... More >>
Tonight, legendary garage producer Todd Edwards headlines the Uptown Downtown loft party in Chelsea. Most widely known as a Daft Punk collaborator (he made a rare lead-vocal turn on "Face to Face"), the DJ specializes in sample-heavy and irresistibly catchy production, not to mention his remi ... More >>
Behold: bread has come to the Essex Street Market. Excellent news for everybody except, perhaps, the gluten-intolerant: After months of delays, Pain d'Avignon Bakery has opened in the Essex Street Market. Located in the old Roni-Sue space, it's packed floor to ceiling with baguettes, rolls, b ... 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 >>
This year's museum jams will feature a pool, fresh produce, and spy capability. Sweet.
Mabou Mines floats notes on the East River
Todd Ppromoter, janitor, toilet buildergives Brooklyn's avant-garde a home
A Stubborn Slump for NYC Production
Garment Workers Face Down Cops in Slave-Labor Uniforms
Five-room railroad apartment in 1915 Mathews building