As the executive sous chef of Masaharu Morimoto's glitzy, eponymous restaurant Morimoto (88 10th Avenue, 212-989-8883), Matt Hudack builds on the knowledge he's gained throughout his career, never missing an opportunity to learn new things. Here he discusses chef's schedules, the mentors who've shap ... More >>
When your dinner party sees a bigger dish variety and a smaller tab, it's hard to argue against shared plates (sorry, solo dish devotees). And while you'll have to be on board with your dining partner's food tastes, these medium-format offerings carry perks -- especially romantic ones. The one-dish- ... More >>
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 >>
This week, Tejal Rao and Robert Sietsema dine at two of the city's buzziest new restaurants, Tribeca Canvas and The Marrow. How did our critics rate Morimoto's "fancy fast food" concept and Harold Dieterle's family-inspired spot? Find out after the break.
The high-low mash-up at Tribeca Canvas tastes worse than it sounds
In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here's a list of restaurants that opened and closed in December.
Big Gay Ice Cream opened a storefront in the West Village yesterday. No sparkly unicorn murals just yet, but Salty Pimps are up for grabs. 61 Grove St.
The LuckyRice Grand Feast had an impressive food and chef line-up. Although not everyone on the star-studded culinary council could be found in person, industry notables like Susur Lee, Angelo Sosa, Masaharu Morimoto, Jeffrey Steingarten, and Todd English were spotted among the crowd. We talked to f ... More >>
Wylie Dufresne at WD-50 is creating a completely different menu with brand-new dishes. [NYTimes] Iron Man competitor Joe Bastianich talks about his new book and the dark secrets of restaurants. "The skills of a maître d' are the same skills a hooker has--to please the clients. . . . Make them fee ... More >>
LuckyRice Festival 2012 is a week-long line-up celebrating Asian food and culture. Currently in its third inaugural year, the event has an impressive roster of celebrity chefs and personalities from ethnically Asian Masaharu Morimoto, David Chang, and Anita Lo, to other big industry names like Danie ... More >>
The muti-fish tutto crudo was a sort of crunchy raw fish salad. Three years ago I published a long-winded account of a taping of Iron Chef America that I'd witnessed a year earlier. It featured chef Fortunato Nicotra of Lidia Bastianich's restaurant Felidia in a battle against Iron Chef Ma ... More >>
Morrell's Thyme-Roasted Peach SaladThe menu at Morrell Wine Bar, near Rockefeller Center, one of Our Man Sietsema's favorite places to get a glass of wine, has gotten a revamp, courtesy of a new chef. Jake Klein, who apprenticed under Masaharu Morimoto and held several positions at Myriad Res ... More >>
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 >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! An Evening in Rioja The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen Monday, May 16 at 7: 30 p.m. The wine bar dedicated to organic, biodynamic, and sustainable Old World wines, ... More >>
Ryan Jordan, who has worked at the Breslin and the original John Dory, is now cooking at the Clerkenwell on the Lower East Side. His menu includes paprika-dusted "chickpea crisps," cauliflower fries with curry mayo, and housemade currywurst. [Grub Street] Rumors that Damon Wise was leaving h ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Salmon Week Aquavit March 28-April 1, April 4-8 You wouldn't know it by checking the mercury, but it's spring. Celebrate the season the Swedish way... with salmon! ... More >>
Is the baseline burger an ace?It's day three of the U.S. Open, one of the swankiest sporting events you can attend outside a Hamptons polo match. There's a Ralph Lauren shop open till late on the grounds and a slew of celebrity chefs cooking there, too, including Rick Moonen, Jonathan Waxman, ... More >>
On Sunday, Cohen will pump some iron.Having already slayed the competition in the PETA Fine Faux Gras Challenge, Amanda Cohen will take on Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef this Sunday. The Dirt Candy chef, who is the first vegetarian chef to compete on the show, e-mailed us to let us know that ... More >>
Jean Vergnes, the chef who helped Sirio Maccioni open Le Cirque in 1974, died Thursday at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla at the age of 88. [NY Times] Wholesale food prices rose higher last month than they have in 26 years, according to the Labor Department. Vegetable prices, in particular ... More >>
Whole Foods has reported higher-than-expected fiscal first quarter earnings, which is being attributed largely to a price shift instituted last year. [Forbes] Romania has proposed a tax on burgers, french fries, soda, and other fast foods in an effort to fight both adult and child obesity. [ ... More >>
Bradford McDonald, formerly of Per Se and Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, has taken over as the executive chef at Crabtree's Kittle House in Chappaqua, N.Y. McDonald's new menu features such dishes as Malpeque Oysters with Sorrel Foam and Nori Powder, and Slow Roasted Berkshire Pork Belly w ... More >>
I know, I know . . . lately you can barely swing a dead cat without hitting another comics convention. But the 2nd New York Anime Fest ain't just another cartoon jamboree. Manga (meaning Japanese paperback comics) outsell almost all other books or magazines in Japan; in 2006 the industry got its G ... More >>
Our man Sietsema opens up a can of worms
Short and not so sweet