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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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."
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
In his old Savoy space, Peter Hoffman shines again
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:
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
'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.
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 >>
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 >>
Joi/flickrPeter HoffmanPeter 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.
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 >>
bernat/FlickrWhile 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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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