Peter Hoffman

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    November 4, 2014

    For Franny's Owners, It's Time to Talk Restaurant Economics

    Start talking about the rise of farm-to-table cooking in New York City, and it won't be long before someone brings up Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg, the married couple who opened Franny's (348 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-230-0221) more than a decade ago. The couple met at Savoy, Peter Hof ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    It Pays to Be Picky: Jonah Miller Brings Basque Pintxos to Prime Time at Huertas

    Slicked with olive oil and glistening in the glow of the dining room's hanging lamps, the skewered anchovies curved around Manzanilla olives and pickled guindilla peppers in a sultry cocktail-toothpick pole dance, their olfactory siren song beckoning from the server's tray. Yes, these gildas were ri ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    The King of Spain: With Huertas, Jonah Miller Fulfills a Lifelong Dream

    Point out that Huertas (107 First Avenue, 212-228-4490) chef Jonah Miller is young for a Manhattan restaurant owner, and he'll remind you that two of the people he worked for -- Peter Hoffman at Savoy and David Waltuck at Chanterelle -- were younger when they opened their storied establishments. And ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Crown Heights

    As Brooklyn's borough-wide gentrification sweeps farther and farther east, it's crystal clear that Crown Heights is under the hazy glow of kale-and-yoga tinted spotlights. Long known for its abundance of West Indian specialties, in recent years the bustling neighborhood has experienced a surge in no ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Are High Rents Pricing Manhattan's High-End Restaurants Out of the Market?

    Celebrity chef Bobby Flay closed his Fifth Avenue restaurant Mesa Grill last year, laying to rest a landmark that, when it fired up its burners in 1991, was the only destination restaurant in an area dominated by garment factories. In Februrary, Keith McNally shuttered Pastis, a Meatpacking Distric ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    The 10 Best Greenmarket Restaurants in NYC

    Nothing makes us happier than traipsing through a Greenmarket in full swing (we've been known to skip as well) checking out the rhubarb, fresh lettuces, asparagus, and, of course, ramps peppering vendors' tented tables. And while our frolicking inevitably leads to some great purchases, we'd much pr ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Chef Shanna Pacifico Departs From Back Forty West

    Longtime Back Forty and Back Forty West chef Shanna Hoffman has left her post at Back Forty West (70 Prince Street, 212-219-8570), says owner Peter Hoffman. "She left in mid-January," he confirms. "She's moved on to other projects."

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    January 21, 2014

    Saltie and Little Chef's Caroline Fidanza: We're No Longer Making Progress in the Seasonal Local Movement

    Over the course of her two-decade-long career in New York City's restaurants, Caroline Fidanza has both witnessed and shaped the ever-evolving conversation about the place of local sources and sustainability in food: After stints at local sourcing-focused Savoy and almost every single one of Andrew ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Sephardic Passover at Back Forty West Tonight, Plus Vermouth and Cheese Pairings!

    Tuesday, March 26 Sephardic Passover Dinner at Back Forty West Forget cooking, or even catering, and make a reservation at Back Forty West for Passover. Owner Peter Hoffman will host a Sephardic Passover dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening. Seder plates and "written thoughts on the holiday" w ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Back Forty West Hosts a Cassoulet Festival Tonight, and More Great Events

    Monday, February 25 Cassoulet Festival at Back Forty West Peter Hoffman will hold the annual Cassoulet Festival at Soho's Back Forty West starting at 6:30 p.m. Alex Raij of Txikito, Mike Laarhoven of Back Forty, Shanna Pacifico of Back Forty West, Nick Anderer or Maialino, and Tom Mylan of the Meat ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    10 Best Restaurants to Book for Christmas Eve Dinner

    Walking around Lower Manhattan these past few nights, it is clear that something is in the air. Literally. Take a deep breath in and find your lungs greeted by wave of pine from the tightly wrapped trees that now seem to line every street corner. By next week, it will be impossible to dodge the ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Back Forty West, Robert Sietsema at Mataheko

    This past week has been an important one for the food industry. As we work to rebuild Sandy's lingering devastation, many restaurants have worked tirelessly to save their establishments as well as organize food drives and drop-offs to those who need it most. Those who eat professionally seem to be ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 7, 2012

    Back Forty West: New Soho, New Restaurant

    In his old Savoy space, Peter Hoffman shines again

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    November 2, 2012

    Round-Up: Fork in the Road's Hurricane Sandy Coverage, and How You Can Help [UPDATED]

    Well, it's been quite the week here in New York City. We at Fork in the Road have been working remotely (some without power, heat, or even running water) to bring you the best coverage we can. We'll continue our reporting but in the meantime, for your convenience, here's a rundown:

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Report From the East and West Villages, Post-Apocalypse

    Le Bonbonniere, the West Village's favorite greasy spoon, was operating by candlelight last night. Over the last three days, as the reality of the storm's extreme impact downtown has become increasingly apparent, Villagers have pumped their basements and tried to lead some semblance of normal live ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Escarole and Kale Salad at Back Forty West

    It's been a very good year for kale salads. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Bread: New Breakfast and Brunch Spot in the West Village | ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    5 Great Sodas in NYC

    Now that the days of dropping five bucks on a jumbo, movie theater Coke will be going the way of smoking in bars, New Yorkers might want to consider a carbonation contingency plan. Despite Mayor Bloomberg's approved soda ban, plenty of NYC restaurants are crafting their own sodas in-house. Although ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    This Week's Specials: Late-Night Eats, Taco Trials

    See what we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: Where should you go for drunk food on St. Patrick's Day? We've got the answer: our 10 best late-night eats. We're also giving you 5 other ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, including snacking on Burger King's free fries and green ketchup.

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    March 15, 2012

    Back Forty West Chef Peter Hoffman on the Foods He Won't Serve: Interview Part 2

    Yesterday we spoke with Peter Hoffman, the chef/owner of Back Forty and its new spinoff, Back Forty West, and he told us all about the best days to visit the Greenmarket and how he got into the locavore movement. Today he looks back on his long career in New York City and reveals his all-time favori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Chef Peter Hoffman Shares His Thoughts on Recreating Back Forty in Soho and the Locavore Movement

    Peter Hoffman has been a fixture in the downtown New York restaurant scene for years. He opened Savoy in Soho back before the neighborhood was a glorified shopping mall, and championed a farm-friendly culinary aesthetic before the term "locavore" was ever coined. He shuttered Savoy last year, but ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Our 10 Best East Village Restaurants, 2012 Edition

    These chicken chile guajillo enchiladas at Downtown Bakery are every bit as good -- and spicy -- as they look. The East Village may be the city's most eclectic and rewarding dining destination, though this aspect of the neighborhood is sometimes eclipsed by its bars and cocktail lounges. You can d ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Savoy Becomes Back Forty West; Benares Brings Indian to the Theater District

    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. ​Chef Peter Hoffman's former Savoy space, said the be one of the original farm-to-table restaurants, will re-open as Back Forty West this week. The SoHo sister restau ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    New York City's 17 Greatest Chefs

    The re-Africanized fried chicken at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster This highly idiosyncratic list is based entirely on my own dining predilections, and only includes chefs whose work I'm reasonably familiar with. Certain figures have been excluded from consideration -- Thomas Keller, for example ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    The Vendys to Honor Food Trucks from Jersey

    Snooki would approve.​New York's Vendy Awards is adding a new category this year: New Jersey food trucks. Three competitors from the Garden State have been entered, including Taco Truck and the vegan Cinnamon Snail, from Hoboken; and Jersey City's Two Pitas in a Pod.

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    June 15, 2011

    Soho's Going Kosher, and Looking Beyond Savoy

    Dig it, West Broadway.​As yet further evidence that Jewish food is edging its way into the limelight, Soho is on track to get 3,000 square feet of kosher dining.

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    June 13, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Crab Boil, Colorado Pop-Up and Spanish Wines

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Crab Boil Back Forty Tuesday, June 14th, 7 p.m. Peter Hoffman's East Village spot Back Forty will kick off summer by throwing its first Crab Boil of the season. For ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Back Forty's Annual Chesapeake Crab Boils Kick Off on June 14

    'Tis the season.​Savoy may have recently thrown its last big hurrah, but Peter Hoffman is gearing up to throw Back Forty's annual all-summer-long Tuesday night Chesapeake Crab Boils.

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    May 9, 2011

    Elegy for Peter Hoffman's Savoy, 8:00 Monday Evening

    ​As the sun set, the crowd spilled out into the magnificent Spring weather. Peter Hoffman's Savoy, a Soho fixture for two decades, founded at a time when Crosby Street was dark and forbidding at night, lays claim to being New York's Chez Panisse, a place that pioneered locavorism and fundame ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Our 10 Best NYC Restaurants With Secret Gardens

    Lauren ShockeyWho would have known this was hidden in the back of an East Village diner?​ Eating in the great outdoors. Is there a greater pleasure in life? Quite frankly, no. And now that the weather has warmed, it's finally time for al fresco dining. New York surprisingly has many option ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Savoy, Say It Ain't So: Locavore Pioneer to Close After 20 Years

    Joi/flickrPeter Hoffman​Peter Hoffman has just sent word that he plans to close Savoy, his trailblazing market-driven restaurant in Soho, on June 18 after more than two decades in business. He says he'll open a new restaurant in the same space later this year.

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    March 17, 2011

    For One Night, Savoy Will Become a Shad Shack

    Alosa sapidissima. Pretty, isn't it?​A few things you probably didn't know about shad, but which Wikipedia assures us are true: - also known as river herrings, they belong to the family Clupeidae - they play an unusual role in Virginia politics: every April, a Shad Planking (wherein the fish ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Next Week Is Grains Week

    bernat/Flickr​While the idea of local fruits and vegetables is now firmly entrenched in the collective conscience, the concept of local grains is still relatively novel -- it's easy enough to picture an upstate apple orchard, but less so to imagine a wheat field that isn't in Iowa or Kansas.

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    July 22, 2010

    Andrew Pressler 'Out' at Fatty 'Cue; Christopher Lee 'In' at Las Chicas Locas

    ​Scott Conant of Scarpetta has written an open letter to the city of Toronto introducing himself and inviting the city to his restaurant in Miami. [Huffington Post via Eater] Michael Psilakis's is closing down Gus & Gabriel Gastropub on the Upper West Side, but is planning to reopen it in a n ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    This Week's Installment of Ask the Critics: Mom's in Town

    ​The laid-back vibe early in the evening, and charming West Village location of Malatesta, may be perfect for mom. One of my favorite parts of my job is helping friends and acquaintances with restaurant recommendations, and I work on several per week, time permitting. If I were an idiot savan ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    French It Up This Weekend: Champagne and Cassoulet to Warm and Uplift You

    Get chaud with cassoulet.​Savoy will host its second Annual Cassoulet Feast this Saturday. Chefs from six different restaurants -- Ryan Tate and Peter Hoffman of Savoy, Marc Meyer of Cookshop, Galen Zamarra of Mas (Farmhouse), Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Cyril Renaud of Bar Breton, and ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    A Good Month for New York Food History

    ​In the last three weeks or so, the publishing world has bestowed upon us no less than three books dedicated exclusively or in large part to the cultural history of food and dining in New York. William Grimes's Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York, David Sax's Save the Deli, and Andre ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Peter Hoffman Considers the Crab

    IntangibleArts/flickr Last week, a slew of articles shed light on the issue of whether or not crustaceans can feel pain. In the Atlantic, Trevor Corson reported on the debates inspired by a UK study suggesting that crabs may in fact not enjoy being boiled alive, while the Huffington Post offere ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Under Review--Sietsema At Harbour; DiGregorio At Andy's Seafood & Grill

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema swims over to Harbour, although he isn't sure enough of his fellow New Yorkers will follow suit, while Sarah DiGregorio tries to stomach stinky tofu at Andy's Seafood & Grill. Jay Cheshes is less lukewarm about Harbour, with its chef Joe Isidori, who "cooks ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    What's Happening This Week--Big Apple BBQ Block Party & the NYC Food Film Fest

    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! Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Madison Square Park June 13 & 14 The Seventh Annual Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party returns to Madison Square Park this we ... More >>

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    November 29, 2007
  • Dining

    November 27, 2007

    Bull Market: A Restaurant Generated by Concept

    Not what Alice Waters meant by 'market-driven'

  • Music

    March 25, 2003

    Out at Home

    Life in the Burning-Bush Leagues

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    September 5, 2000