Nate Appleman was bent on becoming a chef from an early age, and so after high school, he packed his knives off to the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park to learn the craft. When he graduated, he spent the tail end of the '90s and the first few years of this millennium learning butchery in I ... More >>
New York vegans have a new reason to go to Chipotle.
Over the weekend, all-star chefs from all over the country descended on our fair city for the restaurant portion of the James Beard Awards (the journalism awards were handed out on Friday, and our very own Tejal Rao took one home for criticism). And they're not just here for the awards, but to hit t ... More >>
TBD/FacebookRyan Skeen has left the scene.By virtue of its name alone, plenty of people could see this coming from miles away, but TBD, the pop-up restaurant Ryan Skeen was supposed to open this summer at Brad's on Waverly Place, is DOA.
Alex Stupak has confirmed that he will open a second location of Empellon, in the space currently occupied by Counter. [Eater] April Bloomfield on her first-ever trip to Paris and Lyon: "I wasn't expecting it to be so peasant-like, so that was a nice surprise, and Paris is not as anal as I ... More >>
Photo courtesy Tony LiuTony Liu, Pie MasterNow that Nate Appleman's off being a corporate burrito man at Chipotle, Tony Liu has taken over the reins at Lower East Side pizzeria Pulino's. And his first order of business was looking into the pizza. We called him to learn about his new gig and ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyA breakfast sandwich that's good for lunchPulino's menu has undergone quite a few changes since Nate Appleman jumped ship for Chipotle, most notably with a drastic switch in the pizza crust recipe. But the breakfast menu has also just been updated. The famed breakfast pizzas r ... More >>
Dave Schuttenberg, formerly of Fatty Crab on the Upper West Side, will be the new chef at Dickson's Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market, replacing Gabriel Ross. [NY Times] Nate Appleman, of Chipotle's, won Chopped All-Stars, going up against Michael Proietti, Anne Burrell, and Aaron Sanchez. ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eater listed 10 kiss-of-death restaurant concepts for New York City. Big-box Asian, anyone? Grub Street noticed that Cheetah's Gentlemen's Club now has a Charlie Sheen V.I.P. room. How winning. Diner's Journal got excited that Grant Achatz's new restaurant might open in ... More >>
Devon Gilroy, who left East Side Social Club months before it closed and is now cooking at Park Avenue Tavern is launching a private dining company called Parkerhouse. The project could evolve into catering business even a restaurant. [Paper] Food Network is premiering Chopped All-Stars in M ... More >>
Sarah DiGregorioIppudo's ramen is good, but is it worth a three-hour wait?New York City teems with restaurants, offering diners many, many tasty options. With delicious often comes pretentious, though. Just because a restaurant serves up some good grub doesn't mean that the overall dining e ... More >>
Carla RoleySara Jenkins files her latest Porsena dispatch in The Atlantic today. It's her first since opening the restaurant a few weeks ago, and, as her column makes clear, those weeks have been hell. At one point she considered turning the place over to Nate Appleman and running off to Hano ... 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 >>
Nate Appleman, before going corporate.We're still waiting for the "gotcha!" on this one. Apparently, Nate Appleman, who left his cultish A16 in San Francisco to head up the kitchen at Keith McNally's scene-y Pulino's is now cooking at none other than Chipotle.
Seamus Mullen was approved by the local community board to open a Spanish-influenced restaurant at 359 Sixth Avenue. [Eater] Cesar Ramirez, who has for the past year been cooking Chef's Table dinners at Brooklyn Fare, is opening a new 50-seat restaurant next door. [Eater] Curtis Brown, the ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eater guessed 10 possibilities for Nate Appleman's next move now that he's left Pulino's. Grub Street discovered that it costs $103 to ship fresh crack pie from Momofuku Milk Bar to the West Coast. Serious Eats celebrated National Sandwich Day with its favorite sandwich ... More >>
Savorycities.comAdieu, Appleman.After untold months of buzz to rival that of a thousand cicadas, it's over: Nate Appleman has left Pulino's. Eater reported that the split between the chef and Keith McNally was "mutual," and that he's already been replaced by Tony Liu, a chef at Morandi. App ... More >>
Le FoodingKiss my figs.With a little more than a month to go before it returns to PS 1 on September 24 and 25, Le Grand Fooding has announced what will be on the menu for its two-night extravaganza.
Brandon Baltzley has reportedly left 6th Street Kitchen for a job at Alinea. Greg Torrech of Brown CafĂ© is said to be taking over. [Grub Street] Shea Gallante, formerly of Cru, has teamed up with the restaurateur Stratis Morfogen to open Ciano, a new Italian restaurant, this fall. [Diner's ... More >>
Attendees at last year's Le Fooding.Some ten months after it transformed P.S. 1 into a roiling cauldron of smoking meat, interminable waits, and misplaced drink tickets, Le Fooding has announced its line-up for this year's festivities.
The calm before the storm.To the great joy of those of us who enjoy consuming food on large swaths of grass, Governors Island will be open to the public beginning this Saturday, June 5. Water Taxi Beach will return with its line-up of burgers and wieners. They will provide but a prelude to th ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples the "deeply scarlet, slow-smoked beef brisket" at Mile End. Sarah DiGregorio checks out Bromo Satay House, where "generally, the meat and fish are delicious, while anything in a broth is not." Sam Sifton awards two stars to Prime Meats for food that " ... More >>
SRO hotels meet standing-room-only restaurant
Dirt CandyThe Beard Awards are commonly referred to as the Oscars of the food world. Ostensibly, that's because of all of the industry back-slapping and fierce PR campaigns that accompany them. Plus, both have prizes that feature the likenesses of gold, bald men. But in one respect, the simil ... More >>
Nate Appleman, sans weaponry.It seems that New York's finest were working extra hard over last week to protect the city from marauding chefs: the Post reports that Nate Appleman was arrested on Wednesday afternoon for weapons possession. The weapon in question was a two-inch pocket knife. A ... More >>
Beth Ann Simpkins (left) and Ruth Kaplan are at the helm of Pulino's pizza program.When Pulino's opens next Monday, it will doubtless draw a stampede of pizza obsessives intent on making their own pronouncements on the pies that emerge from the restaurant's vast ovens. But while plenty of peo ... More >>
The hype machine is going into high gear as Keith McNally's new pizzeria and bar, Pulino's, prepares to open March 15th. New York is running an interesting profile of McNally's career this week, and the whole food-blogosphere seems to be waiting with baited breath for the restaurant to open its door ... More >>
Jamesbeard.orgNo Neopolitan-style pizza for you.When Nate Appleman finally fires up the ovens at Pulino, he will not be using them to make Neopolitan-style pizza.
Pierre Schutz has been named the executive chef at the forthcoming Jean-Georges at the Mark hotel, set to open in March. He was formerly at the now-defunct Vong. [NY Times] Famed Gascon chef Thierry Marx will cook a special $350 meal at Le Bernardin on Feb. 20, as part of d'Artagnan's 25th a ... More >>
A prototype pie out of Paulie Gee's Neapolitan oven, courtesy Greenpointers Two of the most anticipated openings of 2010 are pizzerias--Paulie Gee's and Pulino's. Excitement from various quarters over these projects might even rival the breathless lead-ups to Co. and Keste. Pulino's, a Keit ... More >>
What are some of the buzziest openings to look forward to in 2010? Keith McNally and Nate Appleman's Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria, natch. But also Loreley Williamsburg, Zak Pelaccio's Fatty Cue, and No. 7 Sub in the Ace Hotel. [Metromix] The city is getting increasingly lax on smoking speakeasi ... More >>
Can't have wood-fired pizza without it.Pulino's may promise to be one of the big, bad openings of 2010, but even grand ambition must sometimes play servant to mundane detail. Which is why Nate Appleman wants to know if anybody's got wood.
The country is still cupcake crazy: cupcake shops have been spreading beyond New York and L.A., and cupcake sales are projected to rise another 20 percent over the next five years. There's even an upcoming reality series called Cupcake Wars. [NY Times] Bay Area chefs respond to criticisms fr ... More >>
ThrillistPainstakingly curated food shops selling market-driven vittles and a steadfastly American artisanal aesthetic are a phenomenon that has been thus far restricted largely to certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Until about one hour ago, that is. That's when the Northern Spy Food Co. open ... More >>
Jane Tseng, the pastry chef at A16 and SPQR in San Francisco, is allegedly following in Nate Appleman's footsteps and heading for New York to take over as pastry chef at Keith McNally's upcoming Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria. [Eater] Michael Ronis, the founding chef of the Carmine's chain and V ... More >>
Keith McNally's forthcoming venture, Pulino's, has courted a level of anticipation seldom seen since, well, his last venture, Minetta Tavern. In an interview with Zagat.com, Nate Appleman stokes the flames of desire with some more details about the place: "Pulino's is not going to be just a ... More >>
Nate Appleman isn't the only ex-A16 chef in town. Christophe Hille, who was formerly in the kitchen at A16 and later was a private chef for Annie Leibovitz, is teaming up with another San Francisco chef, Nathan Foot, and designer Chris Ronis to open a retail shop and restaurant in the East Vi ... More >>
Fine dining establishments must adapt to the new economic climate by offering "excellence and indulgence at a really low price." Those that are surviving the downturn have reinvented their menus and concepts. [NY Times] Meanwhile, other restaurants are recycling themselves completely, bringi ... More >>
Jamesbeard.orgGrub Street brings word that Nate Appleman will be heading the kitchen at Keith McNally's slavishly anticipated Bowery restaurant, Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria. Appleman, who earned a James Beard Rising Star award for his work at San Francisco's A16, made news last month when he de ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eater took bets on what restaurant Nate Appleman may end up in. Motorino seems like a stretch, while Drew Nieporent's project for Mai House could be a possibility. The Feedbag attended the after party of the Julie & Julia premiere, and talked to celebs -- of both the foo ... More >>
Since Nate Appleman's departure earlier this week from his San Francisco restaurants A16 and SPQR, rumors have circulated about his plans -- real or imagined -- to come to New York. As it turns out, "I'm actually here right now," Appleman tells Fork in the Road. "I'm taking meetings and exploring op ... More >>
Right after the San Francisco Chronicle broke the news this morning that Nate Appleman was leaving his post as executive chef at his restaurants A16 and SPQR to "explore what's out there," a rumor quickly surfaced that the James Beard Award-winning chef -- known for his soulful, meaty takes on the f ... More >>
The semifinalists for the illustrious James Beard awards have been announced, with a quite a few hometown favorites in the lot, including Dan Barber and Tom Colicchio in the the Outstanding Chef category; Babba and Jean George for Outstanding Restaurant; Corton, Momofuku Ko, and Scarpetta for ... More >>