Party hard this weekend -- it's a short week next week. Here's what's happening around town.
Silent Barn and Exploding in Sound do CMJ their way
When I sat down with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky for this week's chef interview, we talked a lot about her connection to Astoria in Queens. Her first experiences in the U.S. happened not far from where her restaurant sits, and she and her brother Alex have dug into the community with their s ... More >>
Two guys and a piano seek whodunit
Yesterday we brought you a full roster of food-related activities you might consider pursuing this week, but we just got wind of another that's so quintessentially summery, we're tossing it in as an addendum to our other recommendations: the crab boil going down tomorrow at Pork Slope.
From sea to shining sea, Americans love celebrating Independence Day--especially since it gives us a completely legitimate reason to indulge. If you'd rather not man the grill this Fourth of July weekend, here's a round-up of five ways to get festive--while letting someone else will do the cooking-- ... More >>
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 >>
As with just about any holiday we celebrate, we're preparing for the anniversary of America's birth by contemplating what we'll eat and drink. And while our plans normally include some variation on grilled meat and beer, we decided to garner a little inspiration from New York City's chefs this year, ... More >>
Michael Psilakis opened the latest version of MP Taverna in Astoria on Monday. Other outposts of the Greek restaurant have become popular in Roslyn, Long Island, and Irvington, N.Y. Psilakis told Flo Fab that lamb dumplings, a favorite from his original restaurants, and a Greek paella with seafood a ... More >>
A sea worthy clam shack
The handsome beehive oven at American Flatbread, one of two American Flatbread is a small but ambitious chain of pizza parlors that originated in New Hampshire. The chain recently opened a massive new pizza parlor at the corner of Hudson and Canal. As you wait for your pies, you can watch convolut ... More >>
Williamsburg got a new thai spot from Pichet Ong and Sripraphai Tipmanee. Qi Thai Grill opened last week on N. 9th Street and the menu features a combination of small plates from Tipmanee's Woodside restaurant Sripraphai, and savory specials and desserts from Ong. Think Chiang Mai sausages and beef ... More >>
The Global Warming crowd is claiming that climate change is part of the reason that a hurricane is about absolutely crush New York City."Substantial evidence indicates that global warming may be responsible for the recent increasing intensity of Atlantic hurricanes, including increasing their size a ... More >>
Barry Manilow--who always reminded me of a gay Snoopy--is coming to Broadway, so it's the perfect time for me to sit back and determine which of his hits is the least egregious to the ears. (And also to admit that some of them are actually pretty catchy, and not just like a plague.) My choices in ... More >>
Free but still not quite exonerated, Damien Echols spent half his life in prison -- much on death row -- as punishment for a crime that he has never been linked to with, say, evidence. Many of those years he suffered in solitary confinement, even as the documentaries Paradise Lost and its sequels r ... More >>
Robert Sietsema dives into the pan-Balkan cuisine at Balkanika, where 18 dips are neatly displayed in tubs. Located in Hell's Kitchen, Balkanika adds a passel of Balkan hot dishes served as main courses and a cheeses and charcuterie list that emphasizes Eastern European products: "Other hard-to-find ... More >>
Fight fires the old-timey way
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 >>
Warm up your mallet hand, it's crab season! And we've got three spots for you to have your very own crabpalooza. But first, if you don't know your way around a crab, watch this primer courtesy of Mermaid Inn.
In a case that probably should have gotten more attention than it did, federal prosecutors took down a major prescription drug trafficking organization this week, indicting Jose Garcia Acosta and 13 other people for selling millions of dollars of the dangerously addictive painkiller oxycodone. Th ... More >>
It's 1965, the rainy end of summer on the rocky, isle-strewn coast of New England. Sam (Jared Gelman), a scrawny, bespectacled outcast with an unusual aptitude for cartography, disappears from the Khaki Scout camp supervised by Scout Master Randy Ward (Edward Norton), absconding with a couple of bed ... More >>
Shrimp with Lobster Sauce from Nine Dragons (83 Humboldt Street, Williamsburg, 718-599-3544).
I won't be reading the comments on this one because I don't want to see all the cries of "You forgot about..." I forgot nothing. I know everything. These are my faves. Deal with it or go to hell.
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianfinishes up this week, with the Round of 32 scheduled to kick off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are he ... More >>
In 1968, a year after Bonnie and Clyde caused a sensation, the way more obscure Pretty Poison trotted out just as bizarre a criminal couple consisting of a weird guy with a sick imagination and a stunning blonde who eagerly bites his bait. But this time, the Bonnie isn't necessarily working in tand ... More >>
Alain Allegretti seasons his new restaurant with noise
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema noshes on Jewish-American gems such as pastrami and gefilte fish at Tribeca newcomer Kutsher's. He especially enjoyed the starters and stews: "The matzo-ball soup ($11) is close to perfection, with a clear, light broth and crushed-cracker orbs of the 'big ball ... More >>
landoffirstcontact.caIn previous centuries, stocks of cod were plentiful in the North Atlantic. No one wanted to see it happen. Yet, anyone familiar with Cod (1997) by Mark Kurlansky or End of the Line (2004) by Charles Clover knows that stocks of cod in the near North Atlantic have been d ... More >>
The New England branch of the literary society PEN has announced that it's bestowing its inaugural award for outstanding achievement in song lyrics in February (hat tip: Dave Bry/Maud Newton). Lyrics from all stripes of popular music can, of course, be utterly banal, but they can also employ ... More >>
Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. A second location of cheesesteak purveyor Shorty's has opened in Murray Hill. It also features an extensive beer selection. [Zagat Buzz] Smith Street has yet another n ... More >>
Bear's head mushrooms look more like polar bears than brown or black bears. With all the rain and general dampness, It's been the best year in memory for hunting wild mushrooms upstate and in the fungus-friendly areas of New England. Not only are the varieties more profuse, but the specime ... More >>
The last footlong of summer -- click to enlarge it to full size. People without imagination find the last day of summer on Labor Day, when they lament the return to the routine of school, or the last summer-hour schedules at work. More poetic souls see signs in the first day you put on a jac ... More >>
Real people, real stories, real advertising dollars.Taking a page from the Olive Garden playbook, Red Lobster is has embarked on a campaign to make people think of it as something more authentic and less off-putting than it actually is.
Littleneck, or a rendering thereof.While the Gowanus doesn't exactly summon comparisons to Cape Cod, Aaron Lefkove is planning to make its dining options a wee bit more evocative of the New England shore.
Or more specifically, "the grandmother of the Queen Bear movement". Here's an excerpt from a christwire article on twinks vs. bears, the two groups waging a bitter internal struggle to determine the future of the gay movement, especially with regard to hair design: "Bears tend to live in sm ... More >>
Garbus, you slay us
And the 24-tap of craft brews doesn't hurt
New West Village bistro gets lost in the corn