Rebecca MarxCake Shop's peanut butter bomb. I have spent the last 18 months or so eating untold amounts of fat and sugar, often but not always in the name of Fat Pants Friday. This column has given me a great excuse to coddle my sweet tooth, and more importantly, to visit and revisit some o ... More >>
Rebecca MarxPie Corps' Derby pie After we heard that Pie Corps would make its debut at last weekend's New Amsterdam Market, we resolved to be there to eat whatever they were selling. And we're glad we did, because we found this Derby pie.
Rebecca Marx "Having now spotted two teen bombshells in the course of a single half-hour whilst dining on an pricey meal in a building that may or may not have once played host to a Black Flag gig on a strip that formerly embodied the term 'desolation boulevard,' I suddenly felt like a comple ... More >>
Rebecca Marx We've always marveled at the apparent eagerness of Bowery restaurateurs to seat their well-heeled patrons abreast of oncoming traffic; perhaps the impulse stems from barely sublimated sadism, or the belief that thin-crust pizza tastes better when anointed with diesel fumes.
Rebecca Marx The line for the NY Dosa Cart at 1:50 p.m., Washington Square South. Twitter: @ForkintheRoadVV
Rebecca MarxTrois Pommes' macaroon. If ever there were a poster child for the spare pleasures of Passover desserts, it would be the macaroon. As previously noted, macaroons are an entirely different beast than macarons - where the latter are ethereal sandwich cookies beloved by the French a ... More >>
Rebecca MarxMexicue's beets are headed for the Garment District. New York's appetite for eating anything on a tortilla continues apace: Both Mexicue and Korilla BBQ are expanding their businesses. Yesterday, Diner's Journal reported that the former is graduating from the street to a storefron ... More >>
Rebecca Marx This week, we've decided to stray far from the all-American cookies, cakes, and ice cream we so love and venture instead to Minamoto Kitchoan, one of the city's foremost purveyors of wagashi, or traditional Japanese pastry.
These donuts belong in an art museum. Last Friday, when Rebecca Marx put up her Fat Pants Friday, the subject was the dulce de leche donut at Dough. The new donut factory is situated in an obscure corner of Clinton Hill or Bed-Stuy, depending on who you talk to. The donut looked great, and ... More >>
Rebecca Marx We'd wanted to try the Queens Kickshaw ever since we learned of its opening in Astoria a few weeks ago, for the simple reason that we are powerless to resist the promise of an establishment that specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches. So yesterday, we finally took the world's ... More >>
Rebecca Marx The former Kebab House at 144 Orchard Street has nearly completed its transformation to Goodfellas Brick Oven Pizza.
ARebecca Marx A walk by Frankies 17 Clinton Street earlier this morning turned up this "closed until further notice" sign in window. But fear not: "closed until further notice" isn't as ominous as it seems, and "construction on Houston St." isn't some sort of euphemism. According to one of t ... More >>
Rebecca Marx We'd been hearing lots of good, drooly things about Best Pizza since it opened last October, so we were happy to have an excuse to finally haul ourselves over there last night. And we were even happier once we bit into the slice pictured above.
Rebecca Marx The broccoli sandwich from No. 7 Sub was equal parts virtue (broccoli!) and vice (everything else), and as a bonus came with some nifty cookies. We ate an ungodly amount of food at Choice Eats last night, and, if the crowds were any indication, so did you. What follows is a samp ... More >>
Rebecca Marx There are Fridays when the only sane response to the preceding week is to eat cake for lunch. On such an occasion, we recommend doing it at Jeffrey's Grocery.
Rebecca MarxIt's officially the end of an era: the blighted Kurve/Rhong Tiam space on the corner of Second Avenue and East 5th Street is finally moving on. Per Grub Street, it's going to become a "craft-beer-focused bar-restaurant" from the team behind Dempsey's and Sláinte. When it op ... More >>
Rebecca MarxWhen Sarah DiGregorio visited the newly opened Le Da Nang last March, she concluded that it didn't "have a whole lot going for it." Apparently others agreed, because the restaurant is now trying a new tact: its owners have transformed it into a second location of Zabb Elee, their ... More >>
Rebecca MarxMore than three months after Bun & Co. closed, its woes continue. According to this sign on the door of the shuttered, short-lived restaurant, the premises have been possessed by the landlord. Ratha Chaupoly opened the sandwich shop after closing his Kampuchea Noodle Bar last Augu ... More >>
Rebecca Marx The future of the former Kurve/Rhong Tiam space is uncertain, but the restaurant, now completely gutted, seems to have traded its space-age-bachelor-acid-trip trappings for a more nihilistic outlook. As workers have ripped out all vestiges of its former dubious glory, a message ... More >>
Rebecca MarxA few days after we remarked upon the flowers bedecking its facade, Souvlaki GR has opened to the public.
Rebecca MarxCrumbs ahoy.On the heels of the announcement that it would go public and unleash 200 new stores on the world by 2014, Crumbs Bake Shop is debuting its new iPhone app. According to Crain's, the app allows users to send a birthday card with a Crumbs gift certificate, as well as loca ... More >>
Rebecca MarxPicking up where the Lion and the Rabbit in the Moon left off, Souvlaki GR has bedecked the facade of its Stanton Street storefront with ersatz, if pretty, foliage. If you look closely enough at the restaurant, you can almost believe you're somewhere in the Greek isles - until, of ... More >>
Rebecca MarxWhere hubris and cacao content collide.We weren't impressed with the Best Chocolate Cake in the World when it opened on Spring Street last July, but apparently, others were. The store subsequently opened a second outpost in Dumbo, and as of today, it now has a third on the Upper E ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Yesterday, we discovered that Stellina had finally opened. Earlier today, we stopped by the bakery café, which is the younger sibling of Sorella next door. We'd been hearing for months that its owners, Emma Hearst and Sarah Krathen, were planning to do all sorts of wonder ... More >>
Rebecca MarxAfter a short delay, Stellina opened this morning for business. Staff at the bakery, located at 95 Allen Street next door to its sister restaurant Sorella, were just getting set up when we stopped by earlier. Nothing was available for take-out, but they gave us a menu, and given w ... More >>
Rebecca Marx There are some Fridays when you want excess in order to celebrate the end of the week, and then there are some Fridays when, anticipating the excess of the weekend, you want moderation, or at least a suggestion of it. And on those Fridays, Three Tarts beckons.
Rebecca Marx They may be beige, but there's absolutely nothing drab about Kalustyan's Lebanese walnut fingers.
Rebecca MarxMexicue's beets are pretty, but will they make it into the 10 Best? While street food is, to many people, still synonymous with street meat, there are plenty of vegetal pearls to be found among the literal swine. Tomorrow, we'll round up the best vegetarian street food we've foun ... More >>
Rebecca MarxIt's not even open yet, but Lucky's Famous Burgers is already a candidate for induction into the Magnolia Bakery Litterbug Hall of Fame. The NYC-based chain bills its atmosphere as "fun with a clean, bright and modern take on the 1950's retro burger palace." But apparently neighbo ... More >>
Rebecca MarxSometimes, when overweening ambition and one too many senseless product endorsements become too much to bear, it's useful to be reminded of the elemental, ego-free pleasures that an expertly cooked vegetable can entail.
Rebecca Marx Behold, the softer side of global warming: It is currently 66 degrees outside, and many restaurants currently look like this one. Alas, the temperature will return to a miserly 40 degrees tomorrow, retracting its offer of al fresco dining for the foreseeable future. So stop wast ... More >>
Rebecca MarxLast night, a man identifying himself as Gary, the manager of the Bean, left a comment on our site apologizing for the coffee shop's sudden closure by the tax man. "We messed up big time...we will be open tomorrow and we will make it up to our customers," he wrote. Unfortunately, ... More >>
Rebecca MarxThe Bean is back, per a tip from a lovely and talented colleague who spoke with the café's manager about 10 minutes ago as he was getting ready to open for business. It should be open now, or a few minutes from now. Pay those taxes, guys! Have a tip or restaurant-related n ... More >>
Rebecca MarxAlso today in businesses under duress: despite the sign in its window claiming it would re-open on February 15, Imperial Tavern is as closed as it ever was, and the phones are still out of service. Could it be that Ludlow Street is no longer safe Day-Glo windows and donut-bacon ch ... More >>
Rebecca MarxCaptured shortly before 4 p.m., an increasingly rare sight: a neighborhood bar that isn't in danger of being closed by rampant development and/or garden-variety greed. Many happy returns! Have a tip or restaurant-related news? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @Forkinth ... More >>
Rebecca MarxTrue, pickings at the Greenmarket are relatively slim these days, unless you're a root vegetable fanatic or eat a lot of free-range, antibiotic-free turkey. But while fruit season may still be far, far away, Red Jacket Orchards is fortunately eternal, and their Tart Cherry Stomp i ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...
Rebecca Marx A couple of weeks ago, a friend returned from Brighton Beach, raving about the khachapuri she'd gobbled up on Neptune Avenue. Having enjoyed a long love affair with the Georgian cheese bread, we resolved to make a trip, and holy hell, we're glad we did.
Rebecca Marx This week, we turn our thoughts to excess. And veganism. Both are expressed rather gloriously in the peanut butter bomb, the aptly-named rejoinder to both Seasonal Affects Disorder and animal products.
Rebecca MarxFrom left, strawberry-raspberry and pear-pineapple jammers. Along with pancakes and hot chocolate, the return of Dorie and Josh Greenspan's CookieBar is one of the few things that makes February bearable. This morning, the renowned cookbook author and her son debuted the second c ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Gossip Girl has managed to do what a blizzard and encroaching chain stores failed to: it has shut down Veselka, at least for the afternoon and probably the rest of the evening.
Rebecca Marx To be honest, we've never understood the allure of Snickerdoodles. That's probably because they don't match the promise of their name, which suggests some sort of mythical cookie version of a Snickers bar but instead describes a glorified sugar cookie, tarted up with a bit of ci ... More >>
Rebecca Marx There has been a surge in the number of newfangled donut shops lately, which means that somebody, somewhere is about to proclaim that donuts are the new cupcakes. That's all well and good, but if there's anything we've learned from the Bluebird Coffee Shop's pistachio-cardamom do ... More >>
Rebecca MarxIn six short days, February will begin, which means that City Bakery's annual hot chocolate festival will, too. For the 19th year in a row, Maury Rubin and his crew will be serving a different flavor every day of the month, making February thankfully seem shorter than it actually ... More >>
Rebecca MarxCrumbs, dissected.Not content to limit their detritus to the streets of the West Village, cupcakes, The New York Times reminds us today, are not going anywhere.
Rebecca MarxInsomnia's chocolate chunk on the left, Sarivole's on the right. Insomnia Cookies has sat on West Eighth Street since 2008, and during that time has cultivated the loyalties of numerous NYU students thanks to its namesake product: cookies delivered throughout the wee hours, usual ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Less than a week into the new year, and there's already reason to rejoice: A little more than a month after hitting the streets, Taïm Mobile has added the sabich to its menu. The news comes courtesy of chow.com's Alex Van Buren, and was confirmed by a call to the restaurant. ... More >>
Rebecca MarxGuerrilla Ice Cream's South Asian flavors: so 2010.There are only 24 days left to make year-end lists, so the Atlantic is getting a jump on things with a round-up of "the consequential ice cream events of 2010." Compiled by Gus Rancatore, the co-founder of Cambridge, MA's Toscanin ... More >>
Goods' good 'Burg burger, begging to be scarfed. Overnight it appeared, in a vacant lot where a pair of shacks had once been at the corner of Lorimer Street and Metropolitan Avenue in the Middle 'Burg.
Before the Deluge: Setting up the food stalls prior to starting time. We now present a humongous collection of photos taken at the event by Sam Horine, which will perhaps help you to identify certain dishes you ate, but can't quite remember. Joining three posts by Rebecca Marx detailing the ... More >>