New Yorkers curious about Japanese dining culture have a new place to experience it in Maid Café NY (150 Centre Street, 775-386-2692), which aims to bring a dose of the Japanese kawaii scene to Chinatown. A bit further uptown, Bohemian (57 Great Jones Street) is a bar and restaurant reminiscent of ... More >>
New York's most radical rehab counselor is still standing after a duel with the DEA
Still in the market for a Halloween costume? You could go as a ghost of New York City Opera's past. In an effort to cut costs back in January, City Opera put 90 percent of its New Jersey warehouse--sets, props and costumes that had been stockpiled for decades--up for sale in an online auction. Arti ... More >>
"Facebook Inc. is moving its New York office south and nearly doubling its space, marking the latest technology company to set up shop in the city's Midtown South neighborhood." --Wall Street Journal Yesterday, Facebook formally announced that it was moving its New York office from midtown to the e ... More >>
Despite the calendar's promises, New York doesn't seem to know that it's spring. Perhaps our food critics had a feeling that the winter chill would linger in the air, as they both sought out belly-warming comfort food this week. Robert Sietsema slurped up ramen at Suzume and Ganso, while Tejal Rao o ... More >>
If you haven't made a reservation for Valentine's Day by now, you're a failure. At least that's how it'll feel as you frantically scroll through OpenTable, only to find you can dine at 5 p.m., 11 p.m., or anytime you like at TGI Fridays. Instead of competing with every jerk in the city for a tabl ... More >>
Our own Robert Sietsema stumbles upon the new and under publicized Noho bistro, Le Philosophe, and finds that it's a "wonderful place." He writes in his review of Le Philosophe that a slightly grayish "mural depicting dozens of philosophers" looms behind diners in the candlelit space. But he barely ... More >>
Thurston Moore himself called Galaxie 500's pioneering debut record, Today, "the guitar record of 1988." Considering 1988 marked the release of Sonic Youth's landmark Daydream Nation and Dinosaur Jr's pedal-stomping sludgefest Bug, that bold proclamation by Moore was indeed a revelation. But it was ... More >>
Bacon bakery Baconery has opened their very first shop inside Books of Wonder on 18th Street. According to their Twitter feed: "May 1st begins world domination with #bacon treats in #NYC .. Let the #bacon party begin.."[Eater NY] Chelsea's Table, from the founders of Stonyfield Farm, opened at Che ... More >>
A Noma co-founder tries his hand in Noho
Sesame Chicken, Vegetable Lo Mein, and Tofu from Cafe Mercato (648 Broadway, 212-777-5201)
Less than a month after opening, Williamsburg restaurant Mercado on Kent (291 Kent Avenue, 718-782-8810) is getting a new chef, Eater reports. But that's not the only change afoot. They'll also be launching a retail bakery by Friday, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., selling bread plus charc ... More >>
Paulette Cooper, still keeping tabs on ScientologyOur regular readers can probably imagine why we were pretty thrilled this morning to finally meet the original badass of Scientology watchers, none other than Paulette Cooper. She was in town to visit her sister and found time to have breakf ... More >>
Noho's Il Buco gets itself a cozy, romantic spin-off
The BeanIt lives on!Indie coffee shop the Bean might have been forced out of its home on First Avenue following a takeover by Starbucks, but its resurrection is about to take place at the end of the month at 54 Second Avenue.
The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.
Tired of LES? Sick of Nolita? Bored with NoHo? Furious at FiDi? Stil furious even though it's now known as SoMa? Well, get your ass together and move to MiMa! No, not the modern art museum.
[Insert (anti-)foodie cause here.]Food has always been political, but seems to be so now more than ever, what with issues like school lunches and food labeling taking the spotlight on the national stage. And so, it should come as no surprise that New York's gourmet food trucks have gone from ... More >>
The Village lost a life-long partisan and a true voice last Friday, with the passing of Susan Rotolo after a long illness, at home in her Noho loft and the arms of her husband of 40 years, Enzo Bartoccioli. Suze Rotolo was a talented artist (the maker of artist books and delicate book-like o ... More >>
"Little Italy is becoming Littler Italy," the New York Times declares in today's paper, noting that census results released in December count not one person living in the New York City neighborhood as a native of Italy. This time around, only 5 percent of residents in the 24-square-blocks ide ... More >>
"Kiss the fuckin' bride, man!" Pics by Chris.Theophilus London/DJ Complex Dominion NY Tuesday, January 25 Better Than: A regular Tuesday night elsewhere. Not enough new venues are opening up in New York these days, so tonight's grand opening of Dominion NY near Astor Place is a happening, a ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyHung Ry's lobster salad We're not big on restaurants with jokey names (Dirty Bird to-go or Rabbit in the Moon, yeah, no thanks), but given all the buzz surrounding the recently-opened noodle shop Hung Ry, we had to stop by for a quick weekday lunch.
The new Sigmund Pretzel Shop on the Lower East Side was opened by pastry chef Lina Kulchinsky and partner Tricia Wancko. Expect small batch, hand-twisted pretzels, plain or dressed up with spreads and dips, both sweet and savory. [Always Hungry] Sushi UO has opened on the Lower East Side with 23-ye ... More >>