Pat LaFrieda

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    August 26, 2014

    Meat Market: Pat LaFrieda Reflects on Four Generations of Butchery

    When I meet Pat LaFrieda for lunch, I'm thrown for a moment. This man, part of the family behind Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, is perhaps the best-known butcher in the country (or at least, in our part of the country), supplier of beef to the the city's top restaurants, and creator of hamburger blend ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    How to Have a Tasty NYC Staycation

    Summers empty out our fair city on the weekends, and why wouldn't that be the case? Dozens of picturesque beaches and towns are a short train ride away. But there's an advantage to staying in the Big Apple on Saturdays, Sundays, and even, yes, summer Fridays: It's easier to get coveted reservations ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    Shake Shack, an "Incredible, Happy Accident," Celebrates 10 Years With Special Burgers

    It's been a decade since Shake Shack (23rd and Madison Avenue) first planted permanently in Madison Square Park, unleashing its burgers and Concretes on an unwitting public and inspiring a frenzy that created a global empire. Next week, it'll celebrate the milestone by turning out a different specia ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Mario Batali and Pat LaFrieda Want You to Dine Out and Save Lives With (RED)

    From June 1 through June 10, EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES is teaming up with chefs, restaurants, bars, and food trucks to fight AIDS and raise money for the medications that keep HIV patients alive and prevent transfer of the virus to babies in utero. Food and drink vendors all over the world ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    First Look: Steak Frites and a Cheeky Chardonnay Cocktail at General Assembly

    The Hurricane Club held sway in the Flatiron neighborhood for three and a half years, a rather impressive feat given that the neighborhood never really warmed to the tongue-in-cheek tiki bar concept that anchored it. But this year, Michael Stillman -- a seasoned vet who presides over restaurants lik ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    The Seasoned Sidewalks of O'Fishole Seafood

    The spot featured in this week's review -- charming, charismatic Mountain Bird -- deftly balances the predicament of operating a destination-worthy restaurant while keeping the food at a price point meant to entice neighborhood residents. Down the street from the bistro's understated tile floors and ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    10 Great Hangover-Busting Meals for New Year's Day

    Hey you! Yes, you there -- with the Ruinart Rosé Brut splashed across your front, vision blurred from tinted 2014 novelty glasses since smeared with, gosh, was that blue cheese foam? You look like you could use a good meal. Maybe you should get on that, once the ringing in your ears subsides, anywa ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Highlights from NYCWFF: Jets Tailgate, Guy Fieri, Oktoberfest, Sunday Slice (Photos)

    A collective "I ate way too much" burst forth from the mouths of attendees of the New York City Wine and Food Festival last night, wrapping up the event for another year. 2013 saw the return of old favorites like La Sagra's Sunday Slice and Blue Moon's Burger Bash as well as brand new tailgate and O ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Burger Bash 2013 Ends in a People's Choice Tie; Le Rivage Wins Over Judges

    They came. They ate. But they couldn't quite make up their minds. In a first, Burger & Barrel's bash burger tied Guy Fieri's bacon mac n' cheese burger in the people's choice award category, confirmed after three separate counts, according to host Rachael Ray. While the Food Network star's popularit ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Hilton Unveils Herb N' Kitchen to Go Beyond Room Service

    We know--you have a love/hate relationship with chains. You're a food-focused person, and you want to sample the best any given town has to offer. But budget and timing often dictate when and where you'll be dining out--and if you're a weary traveler, sometimes the comfort of knowing you can eat off ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Oktoberfest Events and Living Colour Party: What To Do This Weekend

    Pumpkin Ale. Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Pumpkin Pie. Whatever your fall vice may be, pumpkins don't have to be all of them. In fact, if you haven't had a chance to strap on some lederhosen, this weekend is a good time to catch some last minute Oktoberfest fever. Here's a look at a few ways to ring in Oct ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Hammer & Claws Brings a Chesapeake Bay Tradition to NYC

    When Annapolis native Josh Morgan landed in New York City in 2009, he found that he missed a quintessential Chesapeake Bay summertime experience: The blue crab feasts ubiquitous in mid-Atlantic homes and restaurants. He quickly realized, though, that New Yorkers would be just as into the tradition a ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Who Dreamed up Potatopia, the New All-Potato Concept in the Village?

    If food were a summer blockbuster, the burger would be a leading man played by Brad Pitt, while the lowly potato would undoubtedly be the hilarious sidekick portrayed by Zach Galifianakis. However, the continued growth of chains hawking niche cuisine like lobster rolls and dosas proves more restaura ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    5 Reasons Why Fast Food Deserves to Die

    Umami Burger is the latest gussied up burger joint to take New York by storm, and it joins a long list of fast casual darlings like Shake Shack and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. And if those other spots had yet to get the point across, the arrival of the L.A.-based chain in New York cements it: Consu ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue's Matt Fisher: "This Town is Fiercely Competitive, and We're Insanely Lucky to be Cooking Here."

    In part one of our interview with Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue pitmaster Matt Fisher, he talked about creating a style of barbecue unique to New York City and then weighed in on the food he just won't eat (fish), why he admires Kenny Shopsin, and the reason he uses cheap knives in his kitchen. Here, ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Biblio Brings Book-Themed Eats to Williamsburg

    With the amount of used books sold on Bedford Avenue, it was only a matter a time before a visionary restaurateur picked up on the neighborhood's fascination with reading. This pre-smartphone activity, still popular in an assortment of cafes in the area, is the theme at the newly opened Biblio, loca ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    In Praise of Diner Hamburgers

    The burger at Square Diner arrives disassembled--garnish it as you will. One strange aspect of the Age of Foodism has been the fetishization of the humble hamburger. This has occurred for a variety of reasons: Cash-strapped restaurateurs have increasingly glamorized burgers because they're an asse ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013
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    April 9, 2012

    Battle of the Black Label Burger

    Pat LaFrieda, the meat purveyor of choice for top gourmet burger places like The Spotted Pig and Minetta Tavern, has challenged Wendy's over its use of the name "Black Label Burger" to describe one of its premium patties.

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    January 17, 2012

    Schnipper's Quality Kitchen on 23rd Street: For When It's Too Cold for Shake Shack

    The Shake Shack in Madison Square Park has its die-hard fans, but unlike at the other locations around the city, when the weather gets frigid, patrons are kind of screwed. Sure, there are heat lamps, but it's just not as fun eating a burger with your coat, hat, and mittens on. A reasonable alternati ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to The Tippler, Goodbye to La Fonda Boricua

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Coco, a Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg, has shuttered. [Eater] The Burger Heaven location on Madison between 54th and 55th Street ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    The Corner Bistro's Burger May Very Well Be Overrated

    Corner Bistro​The Corner Bistro has been in the news lately more for its eastward expansion to Queens than its storied hamburger, a situation that A Hamburger Today has taken it upon itself to rectify by asking what plenty of have already asked: Is the Corner Bistro's burger overrated?

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    September 9, 2011

    The Brooklyn Beefsteak Will Bring Butchered Bovines to the Bell House on Sept. 25

    ​Fleisher's beefy new blog isn't the only news to report from the wide world of meat: On September 25, the Brooklyn Beefsteak will return, to the horror of PETA and the extreme joy of area carnivores.

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    July 14, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Places to Eat at the Four Knots Music Festival in the South Street Seaport

    ​Where can you get a half-pound, pedigreed Pat LaFrieda burger plus a shitload of fries for $11 just steps from the concert grounds? This Saturday afternoon and evening, the Village Voice kicks off our first annual Four Knots Music Festival at the South Street Seaport's Pier 17. The space an ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Takashi Inoue and Saheem Ali of Takashi on Meeting at the Roxy, Falling in Love, and Celebrating Cow Intestine

    Photo courtesy Takashi Inoue Beefy love: Takashi Inoue and Saheem Ali ​ Mixing business and pleasure is a challenge for most people, but it wasn't for Takashi Inoue and Saheem Ali, who are both partners and business partners, running the West Village Japanese temple to all things beef, Takashi ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Hamburger America's George Motz Talks Burger Hype, Burger DNA

    photo courtesy of George MotzGeorge Motz amid his beloved beef.​George Motz was just a documentarian when he came out with his seminal burger film, Hamburger America. But considering he had to eat thousands of burgers in establishments around the country for years as he researched the film, th ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Breuckelen in Cobble Hill Does the King County Fare

    They don't pet animals here—they eat 'em

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    September 16, 2010

    David Coleman 'Out' at Tocqueville; Craig Hopson 'In' at Tolani

    ​Tocqueville is getting a new chef de cuisine. David Coleman left the restaurant and Gregory Vernick, a Jean Georges and Pe Se alum, is taking over. [Eater] Pranna is getting a new menu designed by its fourth chef in less than two years of operation. Keith Kornfeld's vision is "food focused o ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to B.A.D., Goodbye to the Archive Café

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The Archive Café in Bushwick has shuttered, due to alleged "ongoing financial issues." New owners will open a new café in the space soon. [BushwickBK] Cube 63 on the Lower East Side has clos ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Eating the U.S. Open: Does the Pat LaFrieda Burger Hold Love?

    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 >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Dumpster Diving; More Tainted Beef

    ​Pastry chefs are using beer in their desserts, such as The Breslin's Chocolate Stout Syllabub, the Guinness Toffee Cake at Stanton Social, Colicchio & Sons' blackberry chocolate lattice tart with Belgian beer ice cream. [NY Post] A group of "freegans" gather weekly for Grub: "a cheap, simple ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    High-End Cooking to Take Off at LaGuardia Airport

    PhillipC, FlickrCan you see your critically praised slice from here?​ Baby artichoke pie from the son of Di Fara's Domenico DeMarco? Check. Steak frites with Minetta Tavern provenance? Check. Where in New York could one potentially get both of these prize dishes within one hour? La Guardia's ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Whitmans in the East Village to Get a Dining Room Next Month

    Basement burgers, coming soon.​Whitmans, the latest seasonally inspired, locavoric, Pat LaFrieda patty-peddling gourmet burger joint in the East Village, is already gearing up for expansion. Upstairs, there are only a couple seats at the counter and a small table, but a downstairs dining room ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Ryan Skeen Is Working at...Sweetiepie?

    SweetiepieSkeen's new stomping grounds.​Well, this is unexpected: Ryan Skeen is taking his manly swagger downtown to the kid-centric confines of Sweetipie. Eater reports and a call to the restaurant confirms that the chef -- who was last seen clarifying to us his role as a consulting chef at ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    The Fourth Annual NY Brewfest Will Bring a Lot of Beer to Governors Island This Saturday

    NY Brewfest​Craft beer will get yet another moment in the sun this Saturday, when Brewfest descends upon the grassy expanse of Governors Island. The festival will celebrate its fourth year with suds from breweries including Brewery Ommegang, Ithaca Beer Company, Spaten, Duvel, Captain Lawrence ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Goods Trailer Restaurant Is Now Open in Williamsburg

    ​About a month ago, Rebecca interviewed 3rd Ward co-owner Jason Goodman about Goods, the vintage trailer kitchen/outdoor cafe that he was planning for a Williamsburg vacant lot. Now word has come that Goods is open for business.

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    May 19, 2010

    With Goods, 3rd Ward Brings Trailer Park Dining to Williamsburg

    Out of the gloaming comes a trailer.​ 3rd Ward co-founder Jason Goodman checked in with Fork in the Road earlier this afternoon to provide some more details about Goods, the trailer kitchen/outdoor dining spot he's opening in an abandoned lot in Williamsburg on June 9. Goods will be located ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Restaurant Chains Turn Improved First-Quarter Profits; Meat Pies Abound

    ​Restaurant chains reported improved first-quarter earnings, including Domino's 14.3-percent surge, Morton's Steakhouse 3.6-percent increase, and Papa John's 1.7 percent hike internationally. [Nation's Restaurant News] Brooklyn Bridge Park food vendors will include Pier 1 Wine Bar (from the o ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Study Says Overeating Similar to Drug Addiction; Locavorism Leads to Slaughterhouse Shortage

    ​A new study suggests that high-calorie foods may be as addictive as cocaine or nicotine, and could be at the root of compulsive eating and obesity. Overconsumption of fatty foods was found to trigger addiction-like responses in the brain. [Reuters] By devising signature ground meat blends fo ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Serious Eats Looks Back at the Year's Burger Trends

    pointnshoot/flickrBurger? Trend? You be the judge.​Throw another year-end listicle on the campfire: Serious Eats has decided to take a Russian doll approach to cataloging the trends of the past 12 months by deeming the burger trend worthy of its own top 10 (or more specifically, top 7) list. ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    The Onslaught of Year-End Wrap-Ups Continues

    ​There's only 22 more days left for year-end dining summations, and now both Time Out and Metromix can be added to the list of those who have brought forth the products of their hindsight. Time Out has produced an exhaustive list of the 100 Best Things to Eat and Drink this year, while Metrom ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Certified Open: Bar Henry in the West Village

    ​Bar Henry (90 West Houston Street), the purported "American sister" of the West Village's Cafe Henri, opened last night. This wine-centric American bistro, housed in the space formerly occupied by Zinc Bar, is serving up Pat LaFrieda and Niman Ranch-sourced meats prepared by chefs Christian O ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Tonight, 'Nightline' Hops on the Butchers-as-Rock-Stars Bandwagon

    marvin L/flickr​Nightline is airing a piece tonight titled (on its website) "Butchers: New Rock Stars of the Culinary World." With any luck, this will mark the swan song of this particular trend piece, which has already been covered in New York, the Times, and just about every other publicatio ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    The Feedbag Burger Summit: Like the Burger Bash, but With "Pathological Twists"

    pointnshoot/flickrThe First Feedbag Burger Summit has, Josh Ozersky says, "been in the works since Walter Anderson invented the modern hamburger in 1916" -- though he adds that he found more recent inspiration at Rachael Ray's Burger Bash at last year's New York Wine & Food Festival. That "supre ... More >>