Summer is coming to a close, and the epic rager known as Labor Day Weekend is staring us right in the face. Consider celebrating all weekend long by checking out these events.
Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of Nico Szymanski of THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen (212 East 42nd Street; 212-405-4399)
The Eddy will pull you right in
On East 6th Street between First and Second Avenues stands The Eddy (342 East 6th Street, 646-895-9884), a new venture from chef Brendan McHale and co-owner Jason Soloway of Wallflower and Mother's Ruin. Dressed in a black-and-grey exterior, its muted look is welcome on this stretch, famous for its ... More >>
Break out the festive hats, it's about time to bet on some horses and hit a fiesta. And a slew of venues all over the city are ready to accommodate your antics, whether you're planning on donning a sombrero or a floppy bonnet, whether you'll be drinking margaritas or mint juleps. Here are the 10 be ... More >>
Sometimes our hunger can't be contained within mere brick and mortar, and so we set out in search of the city's many courtyards, patios, gardens, terraces, and rooftops, looking for a place to put food into our mouths while enjoying the weather. A fine time can be had outdoors, whether gazing out at ... More >>
Nitecap (120 Rivington) isn't a speakeasy -- those fell out of fashion some time in the last couple of years -- but you will have to look hard for the sign, which is stenciled on a brick pillar next to Schapiro's on Rivington Street. You might notice the bouncer standing there, too, and eventually, ... More >>
Thanksgiving may be a joyous affair, but it's the beleaguered gateway to Christmas. The good news is, it's also the height of white truffle season and the harbinger of black truffle season. And this year, we're seeing some the best fungus we've seen in a while. You don't have to go to a overcrowde ... More >>
'Tis the season for overdoing it, which means it's helpful to have a trusty digestif in your back pocket. These soothing herbal liqueurs help settle the stomach after a big dinner (the bookend to a meal started with an aperitif, which is meant to awaken the palate). We asked this city's bartenders t ... More >>
It doesn't matter that Thanksgiving is one of the biggest homemade meal holidays of the year -- apartment kitchens in NYC are still tiny, and the prospect of turning a full feast out of a set-up that resembles an E-Z-Bake oven and a Bunsen burner is daunting at best. If you're inclined to let someon ... More >>
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is upon us, and if you're hitting the dance floor this weekend, you might want a little late night grub after the shows end. We've got you covered. Herewith, five restaurants plus a 24-hour option within walking -- or dancing -- distance that serve good food un ... More >>
Corpse Reviver, Death in the Afternoon, Deadly Sin--these eerily-dubbed cocktails sound like they were made for Halloween, even if they carry tame origins (take, for example, the inspiration of Rudolph Valentino's 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand for the name of the classic Scotch and orange ju ... More >>
Part one of my interview with Boqueria chef Marc Vidal ran yesterday. Here in part two, the Spanish native divulges favorite ingredients, cooking tips, and a few of his favorite NYC restaurants.
Instead of frantically searching for last minute getaways--or taking a crash course in barbecuing 101--you should focus instead on these food-related reasons to stick around the city for the long weekend, none of which involve TSA pat downs or rush hour traffic.
Yesterday, 10 of New York City's chefs weighed in on the gastronomic celebrations they have planned for the 4th of July. Today, we hear from more; one divulges how to grill s'mores in Queens, another talks about fresh produce and rose on a boat, and still another goes for shrimp quesadillas. Happy ... More >>
Lucky for those of us who crave raw bar offerings in this city's summer heat, oysters are now offered at almost all restaurants of a certain echelon that are worth their salt (ha, ha). We demystified the source of the shellfish in last week's Village Voice, and now we've rounded up the 10 best spots ... More >>
"You could say New York is experiencing a major bout of oystermania," writes Hannah Palmer Egan, and the evidence is everywhere.
We chatted this week with Maison Premiere chef Lisa Giffen, who had this to say about her culinary style: It's definitely French-influenced. My style is based on seasonality, of course, and I drew a lot from my time with Alain Ducasse. The food we made there was wholesome food, but done in a way an ... More >>
Headed to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend? Bradley Hawks just penned a round-up of 10 great dishes he found at the event last weekend, and it's good guidance for tackling the dozens of vendors. But first, pour yourself a cup of weekend coffee and read up on our top stories of the week.
In part one of our interview with Lisa Giffen, executive chef of Maison Premiere, we covered her French-influenced culinary style, the plastic bench scraper she keeps in her pocket at all times, and the spot where she celebrates a special night out. In part two of our chat, she reflects on her deser ... More >>
Gregory Fellows began working with chef Anita Lo at her Greenwich Village restaurant Annisa seven years ago, and he fell so in love with the experience that he gave up his plans to follow a career in political science to stay on board. He never looked back. He's been serving at the spot ever since, ... More >>
When Lisa Giffen joined the team at Maison Premiere two months ago, she was given the official title of executive chef, but she prefers to call herself the Everything Girl. "Did the linens come in? No? Well I guess I'll deal with that," she says. "The toilet's backed up? I'm on it. We're missing a s ... More >>
Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>
We've been offered a lot of fairly obvious flu-fighting tips lately, like avoiding close contact with sick people and washing our hands. But what to eat and drink? Chefs fight off the flu with some interesting homemade concoctions, featuring guest appearances from ingredients like cachaça, raw eg ... More >>
Our own Tejal Rao welcomes the return of the Mountie-chic M.Wells Dinette at PS. 1 in Long Island City. The menu,"full of fatty odds and ends, slippery bits and bobs," includes "rustic, respectable dishes done right, like the warm tongue salad with cornichons in a creamy tarragon dressing." Also a ... More >>
Brooklyn's Maison Premiere gets a new chef. Jared Stafford-Hill -- who worked at AdourAlain Ducasse, Bobo, Craft, and Gramercy Tavern is set to take the eatery to a more comprehensive menu. [New York Times] Marcus Samuelsson still isn't over Eddie Huang's Red Rooster piece: "Are you kidding me? It ... More >>
Consider this your July 4th warm-up
New York can be cruel. Long workdays, unpredictable commutes, exorbitant prices--it feels like we must be gluttons for punishment. But don't fret you tired, you poor, you huddled masses! With the abundance of oyster happy hour specials around the city, we can now indulge in another form of gluttony. ... More >>
The drink: Pontarlier Julep The bar: Maison Premiere The price: $13 The ingredients: La Clandestine absinthe, Plymouth gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth, orange flower water
Happy Valentine's Day! Today's all about love (or, if you're single, it's about getting bombed on pink champagne in a bubble bath while listening to Whitney). And Conversation Hearts. And chocolate-covered strawberries. Now, those nibbles are all fine and dandy, but if you really want to get in the ... More >>
photo by Ed AndersonA bitters man. It used to be that Angostura was the only bitters a bartender needed. Nowadays, it seems like the number of mysterious little brown vials on the bar just keeps multiplying. Brad Thomas Parsons, author of, Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, wi ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples fly heads and chicken neck at Taiwainese Specialties; Lauren Shockey indulges in the deep-fried pies at Forcella.Liz BarclayTaiwanese Specialties Sam Sifton praises St. Anselm for the "pulsing bass line of ambition beneath its simple steakhouse ... More >>
Swamibu / FlickrIt's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and plac ... More >>
Mushrooms have been added to the growing list of foods suspected of radiation poisoning in Japan. [Bloomberg] Researchers have discovered a preservative, called bisin, that could extend the food's (and wine's) lifespan for years, even without refrigeration. [Daily Mail] As more and more pr ... More >>
Photo by Michael McCarthyMaxwell Britten, keeper of the Green FairyThere are few bars more enchanting than Maison Premiere, which opened on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg earlier this year. It's not just the lush, romantic garden, or antique-looking absinthe drip, or bustling oyster-shucking ... More >>
Hey ho, it's Friday afternoon. And therefore time to look back at the week that was. Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere talks absinthe, Tales of the Cocktail, and proclaims his love for Brooklyn. Battle o' the raw blueberry smoothies: the Juice Press v. Organic Avenue. Our 10 best places to eat a ... More >>
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. Chantal MartineauGet happy.The drink: Absinthe Frappe The bar: Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, 347-335-0446) The price: $12 Ingredients: Pernod 68, sugar, crushed ice, and water ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Lauren Shockey orders her food "Thai hot" at the East Village offshoot of Queens restaurant Zabb Elee and is delighted to find a menu that "traverses a maze of sour, tangy, and piquant flavors, each brighter than the next." Sam Sifton shocks the New York restaurant scene by ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Gonzalez y Gonzalez, a lively Mexican joint near Broadway and Houston, is shuttering after 22 years in business. [Paper] The West Village beer and burger spot Stoned Crow has also closed, due ... More >>
Wade Burch, of Steamer's Landing (and a recent winner of Food Network's Chopped), has been named executive chef of Neely's Pig Parlor, the barbecue joint that fellow Food Networkers the Neelys are opening on the Upper East Side. [Grub Street] Josh Boissy of Le Barricou in Williamsburg is bra ... More >>