Upland, the California town where chef Justin Smillie grew up, is a picturesque little Los Angeles suburb nestled at the base of the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Far removed from the Hollywood Hills and Venice Beach, strip mall chain restaurants decisively outnumber chef-driven concepts h ... More >>
Tired Irish pubs, cougar lounges, generic happy-hour venues, and big restaurant bars have dominated the midtown drinking landscape for ages. Oenophiles, desperate to avoid insipid $9 pinot grigio and cabernet sauvignon specials foisted on locust-like swarms of undiscerning suit-clad co-workers, coul ... More >>
One of New York's original coffee shops, Joe, is now offering three different Central American micro-lots every Monday and Saturday morning until sold out, but only at particular locations. As the name "micro-lot" implies, there are only so many bags of these unique coffees, so tasting these beans r ... More >>
Washington state transplant and sommelier Jessica Certo, now a decade deep into her NYC residency, knows how to work the floor of a steakhouse. She's so good at her job, she can sell a glass of Chardonnay to a lawyer ordering a filet. And Certo doesn't work at any old steakhouse, but the impressivel ... More >>
New Yorkers live in one of the greatest winemaking states of our nation, yet we lack the close bond to our local wine market that, say, San Franciscans have with Sonoma or Napa. In an effort to start a dialogue with the winemakers of our backyard and spotlight the delicious juice being made only a f ... More >>
In this Summer Fridays series, we'll outline good eats in good locations just outside of New York City. If you're lucky enough to have summer Fridays at your place of work, consider this your road map to good eats off the beaten path. Although "the River Towns of Westchester" sounds like a place wh ... More >>
Ring in the Lunar New Year (and the year of the horse) with a feast for kings without getting caught in the thick of activities in Chinatown or Flushing. Here's a round-up of five great blowout options for a festive dinner.
Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. I caught up with six of these women t ... More >>
When chef Luke Venner took over the kitchen at BLT Fish in June, he was picking up the reins at a restaurant he'd admired since it first opened close to a decade ago. "The foundation was there," he says. It just needed an update.
Believe it or not, this chinger is vegetarian. The idea was popularized by Momofuku Ssam Bar and by Xi'an Famous Foods--sandwiches featuring lamb or pork in a steamed or baked bao with pickled vegetables and a thick, sweet soy sauce. The idea might have occurred spontaneously in several places, be ... More >>
Vegetarian Mock Duck - Made of tofu skin tightly rolled up with minced mushrooms inside, the recipe associated with Buddhist monks resembles sliced duck breast more than a little, right? Full House is one of the new generation of Shanghai restaurants gradually materializing around town, places tha ... More >>
It's been over a year since Fork ranked the best bowls of ramen in New York, and plenty of new ramenyas have opened up in the city since then. In fact, we can hardly keep up with the ramen news, what with Yuji Haraguchi graduating from Smorgasburg, and Ivan Orkin working on opening a place on the Lo ... More >>
Despite losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in wine and equipment to Hurricane Sandy last year, Red Hook Winery reopened last Friday on Pier 41. How? The storm spared stocks of bottled wine stored in an off-site warehouse and, pulling from that inventory, the winery is now pouring and selling al ... More >>
The Japanese breakfast is a wild farrago of taste and textures, but where to start? If you're tired of brunching on the usual eggs benedict, french toast with fruit, or basket of muffins, consider the traditional Japanese breakfast at Panya Bakery on Stuyvesant Street in the middle of the East Vil ... More >>
Can't make it to Napa this week 'cause Jay-Z hitched a ride in your Gulfstream to his Barclays show? No worries, hit up Brooklyn, Hova's favorite borough, for an idyllic afternoon on the subway wine trail. Your chariots, the 5/G/L trains, let you have the drink without the drive -- can you name anot ... More >>
In honor of the Olympics, GO Burger is launching an eclectic globally inspired menu. Each burger is going for $16 a pop. Here's the menu: The Gold Medal (USA) Burger, BBQ sauce, frizzled onions Poutine Burger (Canada) Parker House bun, beef patty, french fries, GO Burger sauce, shredded cheddar c ... More >>
Catfish a la Sichuan swims in a soupy swamp that adds Old Bay seasoning to a spicing scheme that includes cilantro, chile oil, and dried red chiles. One of the pleasures of dining in Mission Chinese during its first two months has been the menu tinkering that's gone on, with fundamental ingredient ... More >>
At Boukies: What could be better than a rack of grilled lamb chops bolstered with lemon potatoes? Lamb is the new beef, and Brooklyn is its greatest borough. Whether cooked well-done or rare; barbecued, roasted, boiled, or merely seared; well-spiced or left au naturale; the flavor bursts in your m ... More >>
Courtesy Jonny CigarJonny Cigar gets some Napa learning in him. He's baaack. For the past six months, Noble Rot founder Jonny Cigar has been sowing his oats (grapes) over in Napa Valley. He did a stint working in the cellar at Alpha Omega Winery, spent a little time pouring wines at Swanson V ... More >>
Calvin Godfrey Everyone I Know asks: Do you know where I can the find a restaurant that serves inventive, exceptionally prepared food at dirt-cheap prices with a fun atmosphere and plentiful booze? Dear Everyone I Know: I am not a magician. I cannot conjure up a restaurant with the food of P ... More >>
Saddest mugshot ever?Mark Lugo, the Hoboken man recently busted in a hotel in Napa for the theft of Picasso's 1965 "Tete de Femme" drawing, which he had snatched from San Francisco's Weinstein Gallery and then fled by taxi, is really more of a Thomas Crown than we had originally hoped for. Th ... More >>
WikipediaPablo is not happy. Oh art thieves, your crime of choice sure does seem like a glamorous business when you're envisioning yourself as Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair remake. But then you get caught like Mark Lugo, a 31-year-old from Hoboken, who was arrested in a hotel in N ... More >>
Photo courtesy Carmen QuagliataCarmen Quagliata always checks the oven temperature nowYesterday we spoke with the Union Square Cafe's chef, Carmen Quagliata, about his favorite and most hated foods, and learned all about his bean trellis hobby. Today we switch the focus to learn more about h ... More >>
A small winemaking cooperative in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with six Croats and a Serb to revive ancient regional wine traditions -- and put the horrors of the Bosnian war to rest. [Reuters] Francis Ford Coppola has lured rockstar winemaker Phillipe Bascaules from Château M ... More >>
sfgate.comWe're sick of Guy Fieri (real name: Guy Ramsay Ferry). The television personality manufactured on the second season of "The Next Food Network Star" might double as a Barnum & Bailey clown. Yet he is now one of the country's most recognizable celebrity chefs. If you want to see how ... More >>
The producer of Yellow Tail, the country's best-selling imported wine, is suing the maker of Little Roo for trademark infringement. Apparently, Little Roo's kangaroo logo is too similar to Yellow Tail's wallaby. [Wall Street Journal] Ireland's struggling economy has devastated sales of Guinn ... More >>
It is via our friends at Fucked in Park Slope that we come by this fragrant nugget, so to speak: When not sending their nannies off to fulfill "family hours" at the Co-op or teaching baby yoga or complaining about hat-gender-stereotyping, Park Slope moms are smoking the doooooobie!
Barbara FairchildBarbara Fairchild may have ceded Bon Appétit's reigns to Adam Rapoport, but she's got still plenty to occupy her appetites. In an interview with LA Weekly's Squid Ink blog, the former ed-in-chief discusses the food site she's planning to launch "probably right after th ... More >>
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As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Herring Festival Aquavit June 14-19 & 21-26 Jewish delis aren't the only one who get excited about herring this time of year. Aquavit's annual Herring Festival ... More >>
Regional slurs, as promised!
daveness_98/flickrDe-liver me.The question of whether or not foie gras is torture earned our own Sarah DiGregorio a James Beard Award nomination. But her writing chops would probably be lost on the folks from the Animal Protection & Rescue League. The organization and several other animal rig ... More >>
Say cheese.Mother in Law's Kimchi's Lauryn Chun is not shy about pairing her fiery fermented cabbage with unexpected partners -- last November, she did a wine and kimchi tasting, and tomorrow, she'll collaborate with Anne Saxelby to pair kimchi and cheese.
The man himself.The James Beard Foundation is announcing its James Beard Awards finalists via Twitter this morning. The list of chefs has just started rolling out (currently, regional finalists are being named), but the list of final nominees for the foundation's Media and Journalism Awards a ... More >>
Patrick Watson and his wife Michele Pravda have built a mini empire on wine and cheese--they own the cheese shop Stinky Bklyn, the wine bar JakeWalk, and the wine shop Smith and Vine, all within a few blocks of each other on Smith Street in Brooklyn. This week, they opened a second, larger wi ... More >>
Bravo Finally, it's the beginning of the end. After a long, existentially arduous slog, The Top Chef gravy train pulled into Napa last night, new haircuts and hubris in tow. Jen opted for a blow-out; Kevin opted for longer locks that, combined with his turtle neck, made him look like an earne ... More >>
All good things must come to an end. And so too must Top Chef. Tonight marks the first of the two-part season finale, filmed in Napa and featuring brand-new haircuts. Eater National has a preview of what's in store this evening; tune in tomorrow to read our recap.
Members of the Top Chef cast were recently spotted swanning around Napa, prompting rumors that the show's producers were shooting its finale in California's wine country. Now, Bravo has confirmed that the final episode will indeed take place there. So what happens in Vegas will happen in Napa ... More >>
Watermelon fennel salad with bluefish dijonnaise Hudson Valley Mediterranean is written by Laura Pensiero, the chef/owner of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, NY, and Gigi Market in Red Hook (not Brooklyn), NY. Pensiero presents the Hudson Valley as the "Napa of the East," and the book's recipes, ... More >>
Boxed wine has been making headlines lately for its ability to keep wine fresh and its overall eco-friendliness. The gas emissions associated with transporting wine are a huge part of the industry's carbon footprint, a footprint that isn't so simple to calculate. For example, a Bordeaux drunk in Ne ... More >>
Two snacks that I have eaten lately and loved: This is wild-caught, Portuguese mackerel (skinless, boneless) packed in a zesty Portuguese piri-piri sauce. When you lift up the fillets, you see a couple of red chiles floating in there, as well as carrot, cucumber and clove. This is for fishy fish lov ... More >>
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