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Robert Sietsema

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    April 18, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Weekend

    It's Good Friday/Great Weekend! But it's good every day, isn't it? (Don't hate on our happiness.) Especially this weekend; aside from Record Store Day happening Saturday, it's Easter weekend, which means you're highly encouraged to go out parading in your weirdest outfits -- topped with the most glo ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    10 Great Stews for Weathering this Polar Vortex

    Whatever Mother Nature has cooking, being in the midst of this polar vortex doesn't feel nearly as Death Metal as we would have hoped. Mostly we just want a comforting meal, and during winter, that means stew. The process of fortifying slow-cooked broths and sauces with meats, vegetables, and legume ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    10 Things the NYC Dining Scene Does Better Than Anywhere Else

    With tens of thousands of brick-and-mortar restaurants and even more kiosks, delis, and roadside stands where you can grab a bite to eat, there's no place in the world like New York City when it comes to food and drink--you could spend your entire life eating and drinking here without conquering all ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    A Guide to the Voice Blogs

    While we cherish the attendance of our dozens of readers as well as the helpful advice of our commenters (e.g., "Get your facts straight," "MORE MSM LIES"), we feel obliged to remind you that ours is not the only blog under the Voice umbrella, and suggest you check out our colleagues, who are at lea ... More >>

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    April 28, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Phyllis Little wouldn't leave her apartment in the Bronx until she saw justice done for her nine-year-old granddaughter, raped and murdered in 1998. The police say they have the man who did it, and Little is preparing to go. But her mind isn't settled -- not about Robert Fleming, who insists he's in ... More >>

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    April 24, 2009

    Special Fresh Direct Discount! 58% Off Their Fine for Idling Trucks Less

    Online grocery delivery service FreshDirect must pay a $50,000 fine for the pollutants its idling trucks spew on New York streets, the state Attorney General's office announced today. It could have been worse. The state is knocking $70,000 off of the $120,000 fine it originally assessed, so long as ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    Yet Another New School Occupation in Progress!

    photos by Robert Sietsema Apparently students are taking over the New School, again. (You may recall they did this in December, too.) The New School Free Press says about 60 students bum-rushed the Albert List building at 65 Fifth Avenue around 5:00 a.m. They've got some demonstrators out front, ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    New School Occupation Continues! Voice Food Critic Undercover!

    This... is Occupied 65 Fifth Avenue. Photos by Robert Sietsema. Our reporter Robert Sietsema is undercover at the New New School Occupation! "I'm actually in the cop area," he tells us, "much closer to the action than the press who are across the street. I've been mistaken for a cop." We knew his y ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    New New School Occupation: Students Gassed, Sprayed?

    photo by Robert Sietsema. Now we've found an occupier blog that says "New School pepper sprays, tear gases, arrests own students. PEOPLE OCCUPYING THIS WHOLE MOTHERFUCKER ARE NOW BEING ARRESTED!!! It took the pigs and new school authorities pepper spray, tear gas, and beating up some bystanders outs ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Follow Up: This Week in the Voice

    We had a little trouble getting the Voice online this week, and we hope you didn't miss any of the great stuff in the issue. Like our former music editor Chuck Eddy's consideration of some contemporary male country singers and their new style of shit-kicking. Or J. Hoberman's review of Observe and ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Remember the epidemic years of AIDS, when infected New Yorkers fought to get into untested drug trials? People fought to get infected babies into those trials, too. Some of them, because of the nature of the trials, were given placebo drugs. Some made it, some didn't. Not much has been written about ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Under Review

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema visit 10 Downing, where the chicken for two is the perfect date dish, while Sarah DiGregorio drops in on Butcher Bay for lobster pot pie. Bruni goes to Macau Trading Co., where he is taken aback by the erotic décor in the basement. He awards it just one star ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Choice Eats Packed, Delicious

    We went to that Choice Eats tastings festival at the Armory and, as you can tell by the crap photo, there was very little elbow room, with attendance estimated at around twice last year's at the Puck. You will not be shocked to learn the food was terrific; we especially enjoyed the lamb sandwiches f ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    The American military presence in Afghanistan costs about $16 billion a month. What are we getting for the money? "Afghaniscrewed: How I Spent My Fall Vacation" by P.J. Tobia. When Alan Hevesi was the city's, then the state's comptroller, Jack Chartier and Hank Morris were his "two loyal gatekeeper ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    Under Review

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema and Sarah DiGregorio bring you Izakaya Week. They check out Rockmeisha in the West Village and Qoo Robata Bar in Williamsburg, respectively, for satisfying Japanese pub grub. Bruni gives the new Bouley the same number of stars he gave the old Bouley - three - ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Chowderheads and Other Do-Gooders

    Our man Robert Sietsema was in the East Village this past weekend filling up on chowder at Jimmy #43's "Chowder Slam," an event to benefit the New Amsterdam Market. The organization, which is working toward establishing an indoor public market in Manhattan made up of butchers, grocers and mongers of ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    When you think about out-of-control parents and coaches in little-league sports, you probably think of the suburbs. But right here in the city, there are sixth-graders playing 12 months a year, with sponsors like Nike, signing bonuses -- and out-of-control parents and coaches. This is Elite Youth Ba ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Week in Reviews

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema drops in on Buttermilk Channel. Here's what critics are reviewing elsewhere: Time Out visits La Fonda del Sol, preferring tapas at the bar to a meal in the "buttoned-up" dining room, much like our own Sarah DiGregorio said last week. [TONY] Bruni gives Kefi ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Week In Reviews

    This week in the Voice, Sarah DiGregorio reviews La Fonda del Sol, while Robert Sietsema visits Mustang Thakali Kitchen. Here's what critics are reviewing elsewhere:Bruni gives 10 Downing two stars, saying the owners were right to take a chance on the notorious chef Jason Neroni.[NY Times]Restaurant ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Mario Picks Motorino

    Motorino takes the pie.photo: Calvin GodfreyGrub Street takes Mario Batali and Mark Ladner, his partner in Del Posto and Otto, on a tour of the city's fancy new(ish) pizzerias: Co. (230 Ninth Avenue), Spunto (65 Carmine Street), Motorino (319 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn), and San Marzano (71 Clinton Str ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    NYU Activists Cut Deal, Suspensions Dropped

    NY1 says that the Take Back NYU student protesters suspended for occupying the Kimmel Center last week were given "until the end of the day to accept" a deal that would allow them back to classes on Monday, with a time-served one week suspension. Washington Square News further explains that the tra ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Rob Harvilla on The Roots, hip-hop's favorite live backup and Jimmy Fallon's house band. Tim Elfrink and Jesse Hyde on how Guantanamo's custodians are coping with their mission and prisoners in the infamous prison's last days. Scott Foundas calls the new Harrison Ford vehicle, Wayne Kramer's Cross ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Suspended NYU Protesters Rally Tomorrow

    As we heard during those memorable nights last week, ain't no power like the power of the people 'cause the power of the people don't stop. Take Back NYU, the org that occupied NYU's Kimmel Center, and got played by the University and basically defeated last week, tells us that tomorrow, February 24 ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    NYU Protest Update: The Final Four

    Photos, legwork by Robert Sietsema. There are only a few students left inside the Kimmel Center, which has been occupied since Thursday in the Take Back NYU protest. Those are the final four in the picture, reported by NYU Local's twitter feed to be Ryan Olander -- an intern at the Washington Peace ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    This Week in the Voice (Updated)

    Sure, forcing food down ducks' gullets sounds harsh, but Sarah DiGregorio held her nose and went to a New York foie gras farm -- and reports that it wasn't so bad. "I don't think it's OK to cut the fin off a shark and throw it back into the water," she says. "If I had seen with my own eyes that Huds ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Bryan Calvert's Beet Risotto

    Okay, we've got one last recipe from James' Bryan Calvert (pictured at left) that could be part of a Valentine's meal, and then that's last you'll hear from us about the holiday.Calvert, who says he "always thinks of risotto as something really homey and personal," has a Beet Risotto with Goat Chees ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Saturday Is A Good Excuse to Eat Oysters

    Whatever you feelings toward Valentine's Day, it's as good an excuse as any to eat some oysters, whether or not you're celebrating. We recently chatted up Bryan Calvert, chef and co-owner of James' (605 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn), on the subject of V day cooking. Calvert says he's pretty traditional ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Choice Eats Preview: Braai

    The second annual Choice Eats event is scheduled for March 31, and tickets are going fast...Tuesday March 31, 2009 6:30 - 9:30pmThe 69th Armory at Lexington Avenue68 Lexington Ave @ 26th Street, NYCGo here to read more and buy tickets.Like last year, we've invited restaurants based on the recommenda ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    Yelping Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto

    photo: Calvin GodfreyLast week, our own Robert Sietsema reviewed Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto (283 Amsterdam Avenue)  Cesare Casella's new salumi shop and restaurant. He found some of the charcuterie selections from Parmacotto less than thrilling but pronounced much of the cooking "stunning." Yelp ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Choice Eats Preview: Cheburechnaya

    The second annual Choice Eats event is scheduled for March 31, and tickets are selling fast...Tuesday March 31, 2009 6:30 - 9:30pmThe 69th Armory at Lexington Avenue68 Lexington Ave @ 26th Street, NYCGo here to read more and buy tickets.Like last year, we've invited restaurants based on the recommen ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Choice Eats Preview: Tiffin Wallah

    The second annual Choice Eats event is scheduled for March 31, and tickets are selling fast!Tuesday March 31, 2009 6:30 - 9:30pmThe 69th Armory at Lexington Avenue68 Lexington Ave @ 26th Street, NYCGo here to read more and buy tickets.Like last year, we've invited restaurants based on the recommenda ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Choice Eats Preview: Kampuchea Noodle Bar

    Mark your calendars! The second annual Choice Eats event is scheduled for March 31, and tickets are selling fast!Tuesday March 31, 2009   6:30 - 9:30pmThe 69th Armory at Lexington Avenue68 Lexington Ave @ 26th Street, NYCGo here to read more and buy tickets. Like last year, we've invited restauran ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Graham Rayman has been following the "Fight Club" cooked up by Rikers Island guards for a couple of years, and the Bronx D.A. has started dishing out charges. Inmates used and rewarded as enforcers, beatings arranged so as not to leave marks, victims intimidated into silence (and a few killed) -- th ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Cabrito's Rajas con Crema

    The West Village's Cabrito (50 Carmine Street) earned one star from Frank Bruni in the Times today and mixed praise from our own Robert Sietsema last July. For the big game this Sunday, they're offering 6-foot heroes made from their special recipe chili-marinated pork. If your Super Bowl celebration ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    Choice Eats Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

    On Tuesday March 31st, the Village Voice will throw the second annual Choice Eats event at the 69th Street Armory. Those of you who loved last year's event (it was awesome) will be happy to know that this year's Choice Eats is basically the same deal, only with more restaurants and more space. Also ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Who's really behind the scheme to make American Ballet Theatre honorary chairman Caroline Kennedy junior Senator from New York? All signs point to Bloomberg, says Wayne Barrett, who follows the chain of twisted arms from Camelot to the Mayor's office. (See also Barrett's blog posts on the Kennedy as ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008

    Roseanne Hates Hate, But Loves Standup

    A long-standing friend of my column, Roseanne has always served delicious outrage and bracing truths, all packaged as cutting-edge comedy. Well, our own esteemed food critic, Robert Sietsema, tells me she did an improv comedy set the other night at 9 Bleecker Street, which he said "identifies itself ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Our Man Sietsema: Eats! Cooks! Blogs!

    If you need one more reason to guzzle Champagne all day, I've got another nugget of good news for you. Our Man Sietsema, otherwise known as the venerable Robert Sietsema, will be contributing to Fork in the Road on a regular basis. Look forward to his thoughts on locavorism, snacks, cheap eats (a pe ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Best Of!

    It's that time again. Best Of New York comes out today, with my and Robert Sietsema's picks for the most delicious eats in our fair city. Bear in mind that our picks for individual cuisines are the best dishes that stand out in our minds this year from each given type of restaurant. We are not sayi ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008

    Sietsema's Cheap Eats: Southern Chinese Charcuterie

    If believe the hysterical, screaming heads on the television, it seems like our economy's down the tubes, kids. Never fear, there are plenty of completely delicious cheap eats in New York (see our Cheap Lunch! series), and Our Man Sietsema knows all, tells all. Sit down now, and be quiet. Robert S ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008

    This Week in the Village Voice: Fro-yo, Siren and Musto Returns!

    Why is this artist getting the boot from his Chelsea apartment? Could his $576 rent have anything to do with it? SIREN 2008: Music editor Rob Harvilla notes that the weirdest, and possibly best, band on the bill at this Saturday’s music festival (put on by the Voice) is the opening act, Dragons ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007

    Yaeger on the End of Bleecker Street

    With excruciatingly conflicting feelings of nostalgia and consumerism, Lynn Yaeger, with Robert Sietsema as her guide, takes on Bleecker Street in its current state this week. Where there was once a Turk-run bodega, there's now a Steve Madden store; the antique toy shop that inspired Yaeger's own c ... More >>

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