In part one of my interview with Charlie Bird's Ryan Hardy, he talked about service, peanut butter and jelly, and the moment everything clicked for him. Today, he's back with his favorite ingredient, his best tip for an amateur cook, and the most memorable meal he's ever eaten.
"I started cooking when I was a kid because I was the youngest of five in a big family," recalls Ryan Hardy, executive chef of Charlie Bird. "We were like slave labor, and cooking would teach us discipline and keep us busy on hot summer days. I hated it at the time, but the life lessons sunk in."
Meet the reverend of real estate
Her name is Mary Lee, she weighs 3,500 pounds, she's swimming around near the Hamptons, and she's writing about her adventures on Twitter. (She's even invented her own shark smiley face, fin and all.) The social media-saavy shark sure gets around fast. Only two weeks ago, she was chilling 200 yards ... More >>
Last week, upon learning that an anti-Islamic film existed, extremists in several Arab cities rampaged, and in Benghazi killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton denounced both the violence and the film, and Libyan authorities apprehended so ... More >>
Lydia R. Diamond's battling-family play debuts at the Cort
Ye ole Upper West Side farmhouse.The Upper West Side is about to get a dose of wholesome, locally sourced food. Elizabeth's Neighborhood Table (680 Columbus Avenue, 212-280-6501) is a new restaurant working with organic and biodynamic ingredients for its menu of American comfort food classics ... More >>
Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Kutsher's Talk & Tasting Tenement Museum October 24 at 6: 30 p.m. In anticipation of Zach Kutsher bringing a taste of his Catskills country club to Tribeca this fall, he and his res ... More >>
Those of you who want to extend your summer past Labor Day might do well to check out the Truck America festival, a three-day music/comedy outing at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, N.Y., that has so far booked Baltimore bliss duo Wye Oak, as well as Okkervil River, the Hold Steady, and Ra ... More >>
What a horrible year it's been. There's been something to annoy everyone, and everyone took full advantage: The health care bill, the Tea Party, the BP spill, the Ground Zero Mosque, the Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart rallies, the Republican Comeback, the enhanced TSA patdowns, WikiLeaks -- and every bi ... More >>
You would think that winter would be the big money for Gotham shrinks, being the most depressing, cold, and sad season once everything turns to slushy grossness. If you thought that, you'd be, apparently, wrong.
J. Edgar Hoover had his FBI eye on Runnin' Scared in 1969, just-released Teddy Kennedy files reveal. In fact, he called us liars, the greatest blurb quote we've ever garnered.
A call to symbolic arms, and other concerns
Oh good: we were worried we'd have to get through the day without an outrage. The latest offense: Michelle Obama closing her eyes at Ted Kennedy's funeral. "Michelle Obama falls sound asleep during Ted Kennedy's funeral," cries PUMA site HillBuzz. "The least this woman can do is stay awake during ... More >>
You half-expected the Post this morning to have re- plated its front page with one of its many Page Six cartoons, the ones depicting a paunchy Teddy Kennedy, wearing heart-bedecked boxer shorts and chasing a perky blonde around the bedroom. Rupert Murdoch never forgave Kennedy for having ... More >>
President Obama remains on vacation, and local tabloids have hurried to us dispatches from his morning golf game on Martha's Vineyard. "OBAMA SHOWS OFF POOR GOLF SKILLS AT MARTHA'S VINEYARD," cries the Post. Apparently Obama scored a triple bogey on the second hole of a local course. Maybe the pres ... More >>
After we noted yesterday some gay-friendly endorsements in the Manhattan D.A.'s race, the office of candidate Leslie Crocker-Snyderr (pictured) notified us that she'd just received the backing of bigtime gay activist and writer David Mixner, who says she "has by far the longest and best recor ... More >>
Museum of Natural History. Twitpic by ashelamb. The week was hot as hell -- which, a quick scan of our stories reveals, is an apt comparison. In a tribute to democracy, people with guns started following around President Obama. Busybodies were all over Michelle Obama's butt. Old peo ... More >>
The First Lady is reportedly indulging in a little light reading over her summer holidays. According to author Adam Schell, Michelle Obama was spotted taking his novel Tomato Rhapsody: A Fable of Love, Lust and Forbidden Fruit with her to Martha's Vineyard. Tomato Rhapsody is a story of food ... More >>
George W. Bush's strangest (and most welcome) beneficiary revels in various types of freedom
You almost get the feeling from today's masterful obit in the Times of Robert McNamara, the Vietnam War architect who died Monday at 93, that he was so troubled by the tens of thousands of corpses that resulted from his many grievous mistakes that he paid for his sins. Reporter Tim Weiner eloquentl ... More >>
An ode to NYC ambience that sounds a bit too ambient
Sign here, pleasea language mystery in the desert
Second wind blows into the Yard's sails
We now pause for a word from the President
The marriage of movies and dance creates magical progeny
Fantasy + Fashion = Magic
Noah Baumbach revisits the fallout of a boho Brooklyn divorce
No TV, no computer. I make these wooden vases, I turn them on a lathe.
Of human bondage: The Farrelly brothers attempt incredible two-headed genre transplant
Indie works in progress vie for buyers at 25th IFP Market
Prosecutor Linda Fairstein May Have Tried Too Hard
Brave Faces in Out-of-the-Way Places
The Kennedy Dialogues