Restaurants and Food Services

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Stephen Starr's El Vez Set to Open in Battery Park City

    El Vez, explains Stephen Starr -- the man whose restaurant group is behind Buddakan, Morimoto, and Caffè Storico -- is not Spanish for "the time." When the owner was opening his first El Vez in Philly, he says, "I was bored of typical Mexican-American restaurant names. I heard about this Mexican El ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Benihana Sues Over Crap Review

    BenihanaGet out the knives! It's fight time!​It's a good thing Yelp isn't popular in Kuwait. Because that would mean a lot of lawsuits would be coming up. Yes, Mark Makhou, a blogger in Kuwait, has been sued for $18,000 for writing a negative review of chain restaurant Benihana on his blog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Burger King is Up for Sale. Now, Let's Look Back at the Year in BK Publicity Stunt Whoppers

    Things not going his way.​Burger King, the No. 2 burger chain in America, is in talks with private equity firms over a possible sale, according to The Wall Street Journal. Is the fast-food giant in trouble or is this just business as usual? (The chain has gone from private to public and back m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    The King of Truffles Has Died; Blue Marble Pier 1 is Delayed

    ​Britain's health chief openly attacked Jamie Oliver for the campaign he inspired to make school lunches healthy, claiming that the number of kids eating school meals dropped since the menu overhaul. [NY Daily News] Paolo Urbani, known in Italy as "Re del Tartufo" -- the king of truffles -- d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Shocker: New Yorkers Don't Need a Yard to Grill; Big Salt Fights Back

    ​New Yorkers didn't need a backyard to grill this past Memorial Day weekend. There are 36 parks across the city that have areas for barbecuing, and people will even cook on their fire escapes. [NY Times] Flooding, poor construction, and a string of related delays made the long road for two wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    IKEA--Real Meal Deals, Including Babyback Ribs!

    ​The iconic Swedish meatball platter at IKEA--now only $2.49 on Tuesday evenings, side salad extra. If pressed to name their favorite fast food restaurants in the city, most folks would point to Wendy's or Maoz or Chipotle Grill, but almost no one would recognize the IKEA Cafe in Red Hook, Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Colicchio, Boulud, White, Humm Big Winners in Last Night's Beard Awards

    ​Pomp, circumstance, product placement, and varying levels of inebriation all converged at Avery Fisher Hall last night for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards. Many white men were awarded large gold pendants that dangled from green sashes. It was a particularly good night for New York, wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern on Health Care, Salt, and the One Food He Won't Eat

    Ellen Silverman Photography​Yesterday, we talked to Michael Anthony, executive chef at Gramercy Tavern, about the James Beards, his most embarrassing kitchen moment, and the advent of ramps. Today, in the second half of the interview, find out how Anthony feels about health care, the mayor's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    The James Beard Awards List of Final Nominees Is Fully Operational

    It's been a busy morning at the James Beard Foundation: right on the heels of its list of finalists for its Media and Journalism Awards comes its roster of final nominees for its Restaurant and Chef Awards, announced on the Beard Foundation's Twitter page. Beard on Beard​New York has done we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    More Chef Progeny Enter New York Restaurant Industry

    The ranks of chef progeny who enter the restaurant industry just grew a little bigger: Diner's Journal reports that Jean-George Vonghericten's daughter, Louise, has been made the junior manager at her dad's Mercer Kitchen. She's in good company --

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Shang on Shameless Restaurants

    Everything you read on Shameless Restaurants, a website and forum for restaurant employees, should be taken with a grain of salt--it's all anonymous, so anyone can say anything. But today we found a sad, legit-sounding (if only for lack of typos) report about Shang. A server complains: For 3 weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Babbo Shuttered!

    Greenwich Village stalwart Babbo was closed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in an unusual late-night raid. The bar crowd and a handful of patrons still dining were swept out onto the sidewalk around midnight as the chef, his signature orange clogs slapping on the pavement, was le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Roosevelt Ave Dive Bars

    Walking around Roosevelt Avenue today in Jackson Heights/Woodside, I noticed that there are quite a few intriguing dive bars in the vicinity. One window-less joint, Ovidios Bar, is conveniently located right next to Sripraphai. And then there is this one, called Bum Bum Bar at 63-14 Roosevelt. I lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Kings Features Some Queens!

    NBC's upcoming melodrama Kings--about intrigue and romance in a modern civilization--has a major character who's gay, according to a buzzy buzzy website I've found. He'll even have a big old boyfriend and they'll go to big old gay bars. Don't be a princess--read about it and learn.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Cheyenne Diner Gets Moving

    The Cheyenne Diner began its move to Alabama on Sunday as its iconic sign was removed and lifted onto a flatbed truck. [NY Daily News]Jack in the Box is experimenting with outsourcing its order-taking to a call center elsewhere because apparently it's just too expensive to have teenagers making mini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2008

    I'm Not Waking Up Tomorrow Morning And Finding Out There's No J-Hud There

    image lovingly borrowed from Clare and Dave's flickr photostream With every step forward, Jennifer Hudson is slapping the world in the face—or at least those fucked-up occupants who didn't vote for her on American Idol. The only reality show loser to become an Oscar winner--I swear--Hudson keeps ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 17, 2008


    Feelin’ fishy? Walk it off

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    More People I Hate. . .

    I said Hermes, not herpes! Black comics who try to sound "blacker" to pander to the audience. Gay comics who try to sound LESS "gay" to pander to the audience. People who say, "Let's get together this weekend," so you arrange something as a favor, and then they stand you up. Ninety-year-old re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2007

    Hilly Remembered on the Bowery

    It didn't take long for the tributes to pop up in front of CBGB. We hope the person carrying that can of spray paint is over 18.

  • Dining

    December 5, 2006

    Runaway Ravioli

    Batali defector gets innovative on Avenue B

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2006
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2006

    March Organizers Say 350K

    Organizers of today's peace march are saying they had 350,000 in the streets, and who's to say otherwise? We called the NYPD on a lark, knowing they haven't done these estimates in about ten years. "We haven't done crowd estimates for 10 years," the guy who picked up said. What can be said definite ... More >>