When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a matcha-centric cafe opens in Williamsburg, seafood makes its way to West Harlem, and three brothers are serving up their unique roasts in Bro ... More >>
Chef Andy Yang grew up in Thailand, and that's where his culinary education began. "My grandma cooked for the king," he says. "She taught my mother, who taught me. It's more like Bangkok-style cooking." He built on that base by working in different Asian countries, solidifying his understanding of S ... More >>
Good beer. Thai Food. Thai Food with good beer. Here are this weekend's top food events.
Three new spots try the other Thai
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 >>
Sugar and Plumm will be opening their flagship bistro, bakery, and chocolate shop this summer on the Upper West Side. On the heels of that news is the announcement that pastry guru Pichet Ong is in as executive pastry chef. Ong, a James Beard award-nominee, will oversee daily offerings that will i ... More >>
Fall doesn't just kick off the start of school or represent the beginning of many cold months to come. It also signals the start of publishing's cookbook season. Needless to say, our desks have been sagging under the weight of such recipe tomes. So over the next two months or so, we'll occasional ... More >>
Ian Chalermkittichai, formerly of Kittichai and currently at Ember Room, is taking over at Spot Dessert Bar from Pichet Ong. Chalermkittichai also recently opened a dessert bar in Bangkok. [Zagat Buzz] Dominique Ansel, the ex-pastry chef at Daniel, is opening Dominique Ansel Bakery this October, wh ... More >>
Pichet Ong looks homeward with his latest restaurant
Rock 'n' rollin' with the Wasabi Arctic Surf Clams The dog days of summer started barking prematurely this year, as heat and pollution settled on the city last Friday like a filthy shag carpet. What to eat during this difficult period? A thick steak is probably the last thing you want, the ... More >>
BravoHalf of these people secretly want to kill each other.Sweet freaks and couch potatoes, rejoice: Top Chef Just Desserts is returning on August 24 at 10 p.m.
Smack in the middle of Times Square is a wonder of lamps, projections, shrines, crystal hangings, and more white than at Justin Bieber's last dental visit. It's Qi, an ornate looking Thai restaurant at 675-Eighth Avenue (between 42 and 43 Streets), and the food is really good too! The other ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Lauren Shockey orders her food "Thai hot" at the East Village offshoot of Queens restaurant Zabb Elee and is delighted to find a menu that "traverses a maze of sour, tangy, and piquant flavors, each brighter than the next." Sam Sifton shocks the New York restaurant scene by ... More >>
Imagine this at, say, 4:31 in the morning. The long promised extension of the dining hours is finally occurring at Coppelia, which aimed to be a round-the-clock pan-Latin diner when it opened April 4 of this year.
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The East Village's Wai? Café has closed and will be replaced by Sa Aming Nayon, serving "authentic Filipino cuisine." [EV Grieve] Havana Central is closing its Union Square location as part o ... More >>
Photo courtesy Pichet OngPichet Ong, Master of International DessertsYesterday we spoke with Pichet Ong about his new gig at Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001). Today, he reveals more about his forthcoming cookbook and his favorite junk foods.
Photo courtesy Pichet OngPichet Ong, Master of International DessertsPichet Ong is a busy man, lending his culinary cred to restaurants all over town. His most recent venture is creating the pastry options at Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001), Julian Medina's new Cuban restaurant ... More >>
It's been awhile since Michael Bao Huynh wedged his name into a restaurant marquee, but on Friday, he'll rectify that situation with Baotique, a modern Vietnamese boite in Covet Lounge. And he'll have company: according to Metromix, Pichet Ong will be along for the ride as the consulting chef ... More >>
Robert SietsemaM&T's pepper with bean curd sheets.Food nerds still hemming and hawing about making Labor Day plans, take note: September 6 witnesses the first "Asian Feastival," a smorgasbord of eats in Queens.
It seems like this particularly sweaty summer has spawned some particularly inventive ice cream. Rebecca brought news of Guerrilla Ice Cream's unorthodox treats and the word that Park Slopers can now order frozen yogurt topped with chocolate-covered crickets. Over at Spot Pichet Ong's dess ... More >>
dslrninja/flickrA food fest for every breed.The first LUCKYRICE Festival kicks off this Thursday, celebrating the tastiest foods from Asia (and Asian Americans). Opening night will feature an Asian-inspired cocktail party at The Bowery Hotel hosted by Top Chef Masters' Kelly Choi, with a drin ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the menu at Faustina to be "a playful and innovative take on Italian cuisine." Sarah DiGregorio discovers down-home Indian at Bhojan, where despite the small-plates designation, "dishes are actually rather generous and the list mainly offers sharable str ... More >>
Andrew ScrivaniOng's chocolate layer cake with rasberries and creamThe Bubble Lounge (228 West Broadway) has been quietly pouring Champagne for 14 years, but tomorrow they're adding a dessert menu from Spot sweets maven Pichet Ong.
Michael Huynh: Where he'll stop, nobody knows.Say what you like about Michael Huynh, but there's never a dull moment. Fork in the Road checked in with him to learn more about the gourmet grocery he was reportedly planning to open next door to his new Baoguette & Thao's Noodles on Third Avenue ... More >>
Following its fancy food truck promotion earlier this month, NBC has launched Feast, a food blog that collects New York-related food news from across the Web. It also features the fiendishly complicated-looking Feast Rank, a constantly updated restaurant scoring system. The blog also brings ... More >>
Colicchio & Sons has opened in the Craftsteak space with a menu based on the Tom: Tuesday Dinner series. The front Tap Room boasts a wood burning oven and extensive beer list. [Eater] The Munch Truck has launched at the corner of 56th Street and Park Avenue, serving standard cart food (falafel, gyr ... More >>
The Village Tart flashes some awning. If its exterior is anything to go by, the Village Tart is all but ready to open its doors. Lesly Bernard's Kenmare Street cafe, wine bar, and bakery recently shed its plywood skin, and its website has provided more details about the "small-portioned gour ... More >>
Ovaltine ice cream with "walnut soil" This week, Ace Watanasuparp and Chai Huadwattana opened Spot, a modern Asian dessert bar on St. Marks, with Pichet Ong as consulting chef. Last night, they were offering six different "seasonal dessert tapas," like white miso semifreddo and jackfruit cake ... More >>
Pichet OngPichet Ong at the soon-to-open Spot. Although Batch may have closed in March, Pichet Ong has been busier than ever these past few months. In addition to opening Spot, his Asian dessert bar with the owners of Michael Huynh's OBAO, next Tuesday, the 17th, the pastry chef plans to re-o ... More >>
101 CookbooksJust Desserts, Top Chef's sweet spin-off, will be holding a cattle casting call this Sunday at Craftsteak. According to the Observer, pastry chefs throughout the city have mixed reactions to the idea of plying their wares on national TV. While pastry chefs from Gilt, L'Atelier du ... More >>
Steven Richter/Insatiablecritic.comThe unstoppable Michael HuynhAlthough it was reported earlier that the Dessert Truck would be taking over Michael 'Bao' Huynh's B Clinton space for its own storefront, Huynh tells FiTR that that's not the case. "They're moving in next door, to that Japanese ... More >>
Tonda opened in the former E.U. space featuring a fancy revolving wood-burning pizza oven. Bob Giraldo and partner Luigi Comandatore of Bread Tribeca are at the helm. [Grub Street] Harbour, a seafood joint on Hudson headed by Chef Joe Isidori, will serve up urban market cuisine, affordable wines an ... More >>
The semifinalists for the illustrious James Beard awards have been announced, with a quite a few hometown favorites in the lot, including Dan Barber and Tom Colicchio in the the Outstanding Chef category; Babba and Jean George for Outstanding Restaurant; Corton, Momofuku Ko, and Scarpetta for ... More >>
A tale of two restaurants
The James Beard Award nominees have been announced. New Yorkers nominated include Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali, Dan Barber from Blue Hill. Anthos has been nominated for Best New Restaurant, and Pichet Ong, who just opened Batch last week, for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
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