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 >>
While his teenage friends were sleeping on Saturday mornings, Craig Koketsu was catching up on a little food TV, checking in on the cooking shows that were then hosted by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. Koketsu had been interested in food and experimenting in the kitchen since childhood, and during h ... More >>
A number of transplants are making waves in the New York City restaurant industry of late. David Bowien brought us Mission Chinese, an outgrowth of his successful San Francisco pop-up. Andy Ricker planted Pok Pok here, the first satellite market outside of his home city, Portland, Oregon. And Matt L ... More >>
New cookbooks offer a glimpse inside some of the city's top restaurants
Remember our 10 worst people in NYC restaurants? Three of them were beasts unleashed when time comes to pay the check. So we're eagerly watching Cover, a brand new app that's built to fix the irritating process of taking care of your tab.
Umami Burger is the latest gussied up burger joint to take New York by storm, and it joins a long list of fast casual darlings like Shake Shack and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. And if those other spots had yet to get the point across, the arrival of the L.A.-based chain in New York cements it: Consu ... More >>
A few of the city's finer establishments are now getting noticed not only for their outstanding food but for the benefits they offer staff members. The Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC), an organization that strives to improve working conditions for food service employees, has released an ... More >>
Take heed, world! We're thrilled to report that our own Tejal Rao has been named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30, the magazine's annual list that picks 30 rising faces in 15 "entrepreneurial, creative, and intellectual" categories. Rao is noted in the Food & Drink section, and is the only restaurant crit ... More >>
[See Where Else I Ate: Union Square Cafe | Ai Fiori | The Modern] A big congratulations to phoebey who guessed Babbo Restaurant.
WD-50 and Fatta Cuckoo are teaming up for a dinner series called "Friends with Benefits," a one-night experience where chefs and mixologists are paired to serve a four-course meal with cocktails. The first match, on September 12, will be with Jon Bignelli, the chef de cuisine at WD-50, and Chris Mi ... More >>
Welcome to the funhouse
You probably suspected it already, but many national restaurant chains treat their workers badly. Two of the biggest abuses involve discrimination based on race and sex and something called "wage theft," which involves asking workers to do such odd tasks as sorting silverware, filling ketchup bottle ... More >>
Marilyn Hagerty isn't the first person to review the Olive Garden--in fact, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist Jonathan Gold did that very thing in the LA Weekly last April--and she won't be the last. But for some reason, her very factual review of the "long-awaited" franchise in Grand Forks, North Da ... More >>
Tea Room, a kombucha bar (yes, you read right, a bar dedicated almost exclusively to serving kombucha), just opened in Williamsburg last week, according to Grub Street. It sells six types of kombucha, all prettily named: Sunset Peach, Jasmine Pearl, Gingerly Love, Chocolate Tart, Silver Needle Jasmi ... More >>
Yesterday morning in the early hours a McDonald's employee assaulted a pair of female customers with a metal rod. One was taken to the hospital with a fractured skull and broken arm, while the other sustained only minor cuts and bruises. Another patron of the world's largest fast-food chain m ... More >>
Going to White Castle isn't for everyone.Looking for a bit of food news to make you sad this morning? Have we got the item for you. A White Castle addict in Rockland County is suing his beloved fast-food chain for repeatedly breaking its promise to make the booths in his local branch bigger t ... More >>
GQAlan Richman's M. Wells dinner probably didn't look as jovial as this "Never in my professional life has anyone in the restaurant business questioned my conduct. Not until I ate my third meal at M. Wells," is how GQ restaurant critic's fascinating article about the soon-to-shutter diner, M. ... More >>
On September 17 Le Grand Fooding will host what it's calling the Campfire Session at the Elizabeth Street Garden downtown; there'll be dishes designed by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and WD-50's Wylie Dufresne, DJ sets by Nancy Whang and DJ Mehdi, and performances by Sondre Lerche and Hanni ... More >>
George Lang, the legendary restaurateur whose creations included the Café des Artistes, has died.
What the salad looks like before applying dressing. The food at Wendy's is generally agreed to be the best among the national burger chains. While the hamburgers are much better at such regionals as In-N-Out and Five Guys, Wendy's offers a few maverick items that are actually worth eating. ... More >>
Mike W. asks: I've got a craving for a bloomin' onion. Neither a brainstorm nor a Google search led me to where in NYC I can get one. The only results I found were at bad Times Square chain restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, which I try to avoid. There's gotta be a bloomin' onion served so ... More >>
What has Southern rap done to hip-hop?
The 'M' stands for mum.OK, so maybe we've been ragging on fast-food chains lately. But, as a new SmartMoney roundup reminds us, it's important to stay suspicious of these ubiquitous cheap-food dispensers. The article lists 10 secrets restaurant chains continue to hide from their patrons. And ... More >>
Gramercy TavernSoon you can make this at home. But yours probably won't look as pretty. Sorry.The Eleven Madison Park cookbook will be released this fall, but it's not the only Danny Meyer cookbook project in the works. Reps bring word that Clarkson Potter is publishing the Gramercy Tavern ... More >>
You pass out in the gutter sometime around 11pm to find all your friends have deserted you. You try to get up, bleary-eyed, your face covered with candy wrappers and street scum. As you peel a prophylactic from your face, you look up to see a blindingly bright sign shining right in your blood ... More >>
Why is the cheese on my neighborhood slice so awful? In connection with the slashing of Lucali's Mark Iacono, a piece in this week's New York magazine Intelligencer details the connections between mobsters and pizza parlors - cutely configured as a slice of pizza. In a sidebar, the article ... More >>
Pier A, seen a few years ago.Although the Freedom Tower won't be getting a Windows on the World redux, its surrounding neighborhood will be getting a new oyster bar.
Deborah Jones/The Daily MealPer Se is named the best restaurant in New YorkAlways a friend to listsicles, The Daily Meal has come up with a new list, ranking the top 101 restaurants in the country. There aren't many shockers included, and New York City fared quite well, proving its gastronom ... More >>
opentable.comThe product of blood, sweat, and tearsIt's almost time for the Oscars. That is, the Oscars of the food world: the James Beard Foundation Awards. Today marked the announcement of the restaurant and chef semifinalists, who were chosen from a record 28,000 online entries. Finalists ... More >>
buzzybloggers.comBrave the weather!File under shocking news: when bad weather strikes, people dine out less. Last month was particularly nasty. At Drew Nieporent's company, Myriad Restaurant Group, for example, business fell 50 percent or more on particularly nasty nights, according to Bloo ... More >>
CurbedThe future home of Smashburger.As it inches closer to opening in Brooklyn, Smashburger has provided Diner's Journal with the address of its first location, in Fort Greene. The burger chain will open on the ground floor of 80 DeKalb, an appropriately grandiose condo tower near Flatbush A ... More >>
The tastiest Election Day
Tune in tomorrow for our list of the 10 best places to drink outdoors in the five boroughs. We don't mean your favorite spot to sit with a paper-bag-wrapped bottle of beer, although that's nice too. But the list will highlight drinking establishments where you can enjoy your adult beverage in ... More >>
The Secret to Surviving the Deli Business: Ben's Best Kosher Deli (food. curated.) from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. Food Curated teams up with the intrepid Joe DiStefano for a journey into Rego Park, Queens, where one of the city's last kosher delicatessens still stands. Jay Parker, owner of Ben's Best Go ... More >>
Familiarity breeds contempt... As Eddie Huang himself might say, WTF? Yesterday, Urban Daddy ran an item about a brand-new San Francisco food truck called the Chairman Bao. The truck, which specializes in Asian-style steamed and baked buns, owes an aesthetic debt to Shepard Fairey -- and an ... More >>
Bruce Buschel has already inflamed the ire of waiters and potential employees everywhere, so today the blogging would-be Hamptons restaurateur returns to the Times' website to further endear himself to a certain portion of the restaurant industry. Today's lesson: people steal.
How much did you say you paid for that hot dog? We've been sitting on the edge of our seats for the last three years, wondering about the effect of the economic downturn on the restaurant industry. But, as anyone who reads Eater knows, the number of big-ticket restaurant openings continues t ... More >>
A new study suggests that fast food makes people impatient. Researchers say it's impossible to know whether fast food causes the need for time efficiency or is just a consequence of it, but that it reinforces a focus on instant gratification. [FOXNews] A roundup of the city's tastiest egg di ... More >>
Hagen StierThe Whitney's got some bread.At some point this fall, Danny Meyer will open his slavishly anticipated cafe at the Whitney. In the meantime, museum goers will be able to stave off cultured famine at Sandwiched, the pop-up cafe Meyer's catering business, Hudson Yards, will operate un ... More >>
Here's yet another uncommon economic indicator of how the recession is affecting the restaurant business: Cecilware, which has been making kitchen equipment in Queens since 1911, will lay off 80 workers next year.
Check back here tomorrow to find out which drinking establishments make Our 10 Best Brooklyn Bars. We're compiling a list that reflects the crazy-quilt diversity of Brooklyn, including a spot where you can drink dirt-cheap Polish vodka with old men, and a place where you can get small-batch ... More >>
So many beers, so little time
Diner's Journal reports that Bev Eggleston, the purveyor of all-star swine to restaurants including Momofuku, Gramercy Tavern and Savoy, spent the night of July 30 in the Tombs. Eggleston, who has pioneered the humane treatment and slaughter of animals through his Virginia-based EcoFriendly Foods, w ... More >>
Mott Street between Spring and Kenmare streets will soon be home to not one, but two juice bars: The soon-to-open Green Apple, located at 200 Mott Street, will serve "blender juices" and "Italian ice cream." The shop's bright green awning looks across the street to the bright yellow awning attached ... More >>
Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-starred restaurant, the Fat Duck, will reopen tomorrow after being closed for over two weeks following a health scare. The restaurant closed on February 24th after some 40 customers complained of being sick following meals there. The number of customer complaints has sin ... More >>
The law that will force New York restaurants with more than 15 branches nationwide to post calories on menus was to go into effect today, but it has been delayed. The Department of Health says that the district court judge has now set Friday the 25th as the new date for the law to go into effect, ... More >>
Mama's gonna be in the Tribeca Film Festival again! I play a small role in SqueezeBox!, the documentary about the hawt drag rock club that livened up the trannie-sitional '90s, though I imagine more screen time will be filled with names like the Toilet Boys, Sherry Vine, Debbie Harry, and John Camer ... More >>