Ryan Skeen

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    February 23, 2012

    Under the Toque: Beard Awards, Gender Gaps

    ​Check out the semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards in the chef and restaurant categories. Marcus Samuelsson is helping with the reopening of the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., by designing the dinner and brunch menus for the theater's supper club and appointing an executive ch ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Pera Soho Upgrades the Old Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

    The beet and goat cheese salad has become a bit of a cliché, available at nearly every restaurant in this town. Scratch that, the country. But then again, it became a cliché because it is actually a damn fine pairing. Come the fall and winter months, a beet salad makes for a lovely and ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Say Hello to Shake Shack Brooklyn, Pera Soho

    Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. At long last, Shake Shack has opened in Brooklyn. The chainlet's newest store is located in the Fulton Street Mall. [Serious Eats] Ryan Skeen has officially taken char ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    TBD, That Ryan Skeen Pop-Up Restaurant, Is DOA

    TBD/FacebookRyan Skeen has left the scene.​By virtue of its name alone, plenty of people could see this coming from miles away, but TBD, the pop-up restaurant Ryan Skeen was supposed to open this summer at Brad's on Waverly Place, is DOA.

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    June 16, 2011

    Ryan Skeen Lands at UWS Spot Il Cibreo; Iacopo Falai Expands Yet Again

    ​Eternal wanderer Ryan Skeen has signed on to helm the kitchen of a rustic Italian trattoria on the Upper West Side called Il Cibreo, in the former Campo space at Broadway and 112th Street. The restaurant will open Wednesday and serve things like "bruschetta with grilled asparagus and Fontina, ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Ryan Skeen Goes Through Another Restaurant Like Kleenex

    Melissa Hom/MetromixSkeen and swine.​Say what you will about Ryan Skeen, at least he's predictable. Eight months after being hired as the chef at Michael Psilakis' FishTag, Skeen has left the building.

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    April 18, 2011

    New York's Artisanal Grilled Cheese Trend Began, as Best We Can Tell, on April 13, 2008

    Chefdruck/Flickr​Melt Shop opened earlier today on Lexington Avenue, thus fulfilling its mission of (according to the press release) bringing "Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to the Midtown Masses." The restaurant promises to offer sandwiches "reminiscent of your childhood," though roast beef, blue ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Suddenly, a Saveur and Sam Sifton Spat [UPDATED]

    Schoolyard bullying rocks the food world.​When Eddie Huang got a no-star review from Sam Sifton, from his mom more or less agreed with the Times' critic's assessment of her son's squandered potential. Now that Michael Psilakis and Ryan Skeen's cooking at Fishtag has received identical treatm ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 12, 2011

    FishTag's Mussel Men of the Upper West Side

    Ryan Skeen joins Michael Psilakis to cook up some water creatures

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    December 3, 2010

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Goat Town; Goodbye to Paladar

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Chiam Chinese Cuisine, known for its tasty dumplings, has shuttered after 19 years in operation in Midtown East. [Zagat Buzz] Orologio in the East Village appears to be on the chopping block. ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Fish Tag Will Open Monday, and Is Now Hiring Line Cooks

    PicasaPsilakis gets ready to cast his net.​Michael Psilakis will open Fish Tag on Monday, and Diner's Journal has a few details about the restaurant, which will be located in the old Onera-Kefi-Gus & Gabriel space. Its menu will be all seafood, all the time, and, contrary to rumors of his firi ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    It Looks Like Sweetiepie Has Come to a Bitter End

    Sweetiepie​A week after Sweetiepie posted a note on its door informing passersby it had closed because of a fire, it looks like that wasn't exactly the case. A now former employee of the Greenwich Avenue restaurant told Grub Street that it actually closed because of significant debts owed to v ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Ryan Skeen Now Finds Himself at Michael Psilakis's Fish Tag

    Melissa Hom/MetromixRyan Skeen will trade pig for porgy.​Just this morning we found ourselves wondering what had become of Ryan Skeen, hero of what has become over the past year the tri-state restaurant world's most reliably entertaining picaresque novel. After his brief lay-over in Harlem and ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    5 & Diamond Loses David Santos & Closes; Plein Sud F&B Director Gets Sacked

    ​"All-stars" added to the lineup of cheftestants reportedly slated for the next season of Top Chef include Marcel Vigneron and Fabio Viviani, from seasons two and five, respectively. [Eater] David Santos has followed in the footsteps of Ryan Skeen and departed from 5 & Diamond, which has sinc ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    David Santos Parts Ways With 5 & Diamond

    David Santos, foreground.​The restaurant industry's high turnover rates strike again! Two months after Sarah reported that David Santos had taken over the 5 & Diamond kitchen in the wake of Ryan Skeen's departure, Santos too has parted ways with the Harlem restaurant.

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    August 19, 2010

    New Head Chef at Fives Leaves; Former JoJo Meat Cook Cries Sexual Harassment

    ​Riingo, the Japanese fusion restaurant once run by Marcus Samuelsson, no longer serves Asian food since Samuelsson left last year. Executive chef Jimmy Lappalainen has completed reworked the menu. [Crain's] Colby Spikes, formerly the sous chef, is the new head chef at Five Leaves near McCarr ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Brandon Baltzley 'Out' at 6th Street Kitchen; Rodelio Aglibot 'In' at BLT

    ​Brandon Baltzley has reportedly left 6th Street Kitchen for a job at Alinea. Greg Torrech of Brown Café is said to be taking over. [Grub Street] Shea Gallante, formerly of Cru, has teamed up with the restaurateur Stratis Morfogen to open Ciano, a new Italian restaurant, this fall. [Diner's ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Ryan Skeen Is Working at...Sweetiepie?

    SweetiepieSkeen's new stomping grounds.​Well, this is unexpected: Ryan Skeen is taking his manly swagger downtown to the kid-centric confines of Sweetipie. Eater reports and a call to the restaurant confirms that the chef -- who was last seen clarifying to us his role as a consulting chef at ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    The Popsicle Renaissance; the Summer of the Ice Cream Sandwich

    This week in food blogs ... Eater debuted its new spot-the-critic game: "Where's Sifto?" Grub Street wondered just how exclusive the new Standard Hotel roof deck will be. Slice learned that Di Fara will start selling T-shirts as of next week so you can express your love for the Brooklyn slice sar ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: The Police Tapes, Vol. 4

    ​In this week's Village Voice, our writers may not run restaurants, but they definitely have seen their fair share of rats. Graham Rayman's fourth installment of his epic look behind closed NYPD doors, The Police Tapes, runs this week, and now we learn who the officer was that took these recor ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Halikarnas and Marmaris; Sarah DiGregorio at 5 & Diamond

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema takes to Sheepshead Bay to visit Halikarnas and Marmaris, two competing Turkish seafood spots; while Sarah DiGregorio heads up to Harlem to see just how Twitter-happy chef Ryan Skeen is holding up at 5 & Diamond. Sam Sifton approves of Takashi: "a modest and ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Ryan Skeen Moves to Consulting Role, David Santos Is Chef of 5 & Diamond

    David Santos, foreground​The review of 5 & Diamond that came out today needs a clarification--it turns out that, for the last month or so, Ryan Skeen has been transitioning to a consulting role at the restaurant, while David Santos is taking over as executive chef. According to both Santos a ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 15, 2010

    Ryan Skeen Takes His Twitter Fingers to Harlem

    5 & Diamond is the peripatetic chef's latest outpost

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    June 3, 2010

    Ryan Skeen Hosts a Cooking Class; Joey Campanaro Heads to Philly

    ​ Ryan Skeen is launching a bi-weekly supper club and cooking class at 5 & Diamond. The first is a $55 Spring Lamb Fest next Monday, which will include a primer on how to butcher and prepare lamb in a variety of ways, from smoking to braising. [Eater] Joey Campanaro of Kenmare, Market Table a ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Five & Diamond's Bar Food: Burger, Fries, Shrimp

    ​When Five & Diamond opened in March, the most alluring items on the menu came from the bar food category. Early write-ups spoke of shrimp and grits hush puppies and deviled eggs on pork toast. Now, about two months later, that section of the menu has been scaled down to a few plates -- mac ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Post-Beard Awards, Amanda Cohen Concludes That "Girls Can't Cook"

    Dirt Candy​The Beard Awards are commonly referred to as the Oscars of the food world. Ostensibly, that's because of all of the industry back-slapping and fierce PR campaigns that accompany them. Plus, both have prizes that feature the likenesses of gold, bald men. But in one respect, the simil ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Akhtar Nawab Bids Farewell to Zengo

    Nawab's next move?​Less than a month after he was hired as Zengo's chef de cuisine, Akhtar Nawab has parted ways with the upscale Latin-Asian fusion restaurant. The pairing never did seem like the best fit (downtown chef set adrift in vast Midtown sea to play second-in-command to Chef Richard ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Marcus Jernmark In at Aquavit; Sue Torres In at The Rusty Knot

    ​Marcus Jernmark has taken over the kitchen at Aquavit, where he will turn out more modern Scandinavian fare. He was previously cooking at the Swedish Consulate. [NY Times Sue Torres, the chef-owner of Sueños in Chelsea, has taken over food operations at The Rusty Knot, where she promises to ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Broadway East Gets Yet Another Chef

    Photo courtesy of Broadway EastBroadway East, home of many chefs.​Trying to keep up with which chef Broadway East has in its kitchen is like trying to keep up with where Ryan Skeen is working this week. Eater has learned that the self-described flexitarian restaurant has just hired Sasha St. G ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Twinkies Trivia, Designer Oreos & Baseball's Best Dogs

    This week in food blogs... Eater got a glimpse of the new menu at Annisa, re-opening today. Morel and Lotus Chawan Mushi with Sea Urchin, anyone? Grub Street followed the JoeDoe v. Ryan Skeen tweet-off: "least I don't work in Harlem Ryan Skeen!" Midtown Lunch found out that Ma Peche (a.k.a. Momof ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Jamie Oliver Doesn't Approve of Potty Mouth; David Chang Wears Both Boxers and Briefs

    ​A Korean-born chef who used to work at Le Bernardin is the first food truck cook to be named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs. [Reuters] Why you won't hear Jamie Oliver cursing out any chubby kids in Virginia: "I don't approve of [chefs] who swear... Sometimes you feel it's their ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Lowlands; Goodbye to Jade Terrace

    Jade Terrace, the rooftop bar at China Club, has filed for Chapter 11 following China Club filing last month. The owners blame the economy for its demise. [Crain's]​ The team behind Lokal in Greenpoint will soon open a Mexican place at 52 Nassau Avenue. Expect tacos, burritos, and quesadillas ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    All Is Not Well at the 5 & Diamond

    Melissa Hom/MetromixTrouble in paradise?​Well, that was fast. Scarcely a week after he opened the 5 & Diamond in Harlem, Ryan Skeen is already embroiled in a particularly heated round of "he said, she said" with his now-former GM, who allegedly punched him in the kisser.

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    March 26, 2010

    Allen & Delancey Seems to Have Bitten the Dust

    Good-bye to all of that?​ What a week it's been for restaurant shit shows, what with Eighty One's sad demise, Ryan Skeen's alleged fist tango with his GM, and Ollie's bankruptcy. Now it looks like Allen & Delancey has been added to the poop pile: Eater has heard from one of the long-embattled ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Ryan Skeen Is Back, This Time at Harlem's 5 & Diamond

    Melissa Hom/MetromixRyan Skeen lays it all out.​ Four months after departing Allen & Delancey in rather glorious form, Ryan Skeen has returned to lend a bit of color to the city's dining landscape. He's resurfaced in Harlem, where he's both chef and partner at the 5 & Diamond. Grub Street repo ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    Tweeting Chefs Are Tricky; More Salami Recalled

    ​Rhode Island-based Daniele International is expanding its recall of salami products due to possible salmonella contamination. Another 115,000 pounds of salami is being recalled following 1 million pounds recalled last month. [AP] Burger King plans to enter the coffee wars by selling Starbuck ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Table 8 and Irving Mill Both Closing Their Doors

    The Cooper Square Hotel, Table 8's soon-to-be former home.​The end of the week has brought the end of two downtown restaurants: Both Table 8 and Irving Mill are giving up the ghost.

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    November 18, 2009

    Post-Firing, Skeen and Allen & Delancey Trade Accusations

    Melissa Hom/Metromix​It was inevitable that yesterday's news of Ryan Skeen's firing by e-mail would lead to all sorts of he said-he said accusations between Skeen and Dick Friedberg, his boss at Allen & Delancey. Skeen's follow-up interviews with Grub Street and the Feed didn't disappoint: the ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Ryan Skeen Fired From Allen & Delancey Via E-mail

    Melissa Hom/MetromixRyan Skeen and unidentified friend.​ The Feed is reporting that Ryan Skeen was fired yesterday afternoon from Allen & Delancey. Adding insult to injury, his boss, Dick Friedberg, dismissed him by e-mail.

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    November 12, 2009

    Under the Toque: Sam Mason Out at Tailor; Ryan Skeen Pissed at Allen & Delancey, New York

    ​Sam Mason posted his official farewell on eGullet earlier this week, saying: "it's no surprise for me to say that I am no longer a part of Tailor restaurant. I left about 3 months ago... I am currently working hard on my T.V. series, and by no means plan on it being my only creative outlet. I ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Now Cooking: Melting Skin and Severed Digits

    ​ Just in time for Halloween, Metromix has rounded up a bunch of chefs to talk about the worst kitchen injuries they've ever witnessed. It's hard to pick which is most disgusting, though Harold Dieterle's account of severing his tendon and Ryan Skeen's story about pouring boiling oil on his fo ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    It's a dreary Friday afternoon, which means it's time to liven things up a bit with a rundown of this week's greatest hits:Our 10 Best Thai Restaurants: Take that, L.A.! Ice cream vendors talked about their plans for the winter. In a shocking Battle of the Dishes upset, Babycakes' doughnuts prevaile ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Tonight, 'Nightline' Hops on the Butchers-as-Rock-Stars Bandwagon

    marvin L/flickr​Nightline is airing a piece tonight titled (on its website) "Butchers: New Rock Stars of the Culinary World." With any luck, this will mark the swan song of this particular trend piece, which has already been covered in New York, the Times, and just about every other publicatio ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Under the Toque: Michael Schaefer Leaves Mermaid Inn; John Schaefer Sues Irving Mill

    ​Douglas Rodriguez, who was beat out by Anita Lo on Top Chef Masters, is no longer affiliated with the Flatiron project, Nuela, which has been in the works for some time. Rodriguez said he left due to "creative differences," and is rumored to be in talks with Drew Nieporent. [Eater] Matthew ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Under the Toque: A Spanish Chef in the House at Mercat; Lady Chefs Gone Wild

    Ryan Skeen--formerly of Resto, the General Greene, and Irving Mill--has officially been named the new executive chef at Allen & Delancey on the LES. Both chef Kyle Bailey and pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac have left the restaurant. A new pastry chef has yet to be named. [NY Times] Spanish chef Paco G ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Under the Toque--Ryan Skeen Bids Irving Mill a Porky Goodbye; John Tesar Drops a Barrage of F-Bombs On His Way Out of Fishtail

    Ryan Skeen is, in fact, leaving Irving Mill, as was rumored on The Feedbag. The Feed confirms that his last day of service is June 7. But Skeen isn't going quietly. He's enlisted the help of other pork-loving chefs--Porchetta's Sara Jenkins, Annisa's Anita Lo, and The General Greene's Nick Morgenste ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Skeen's Burger on the Cheap

    Looking to grab Ryan Skeen's much vaunted burger on the cheap? In the latest recession meal deal to come in, Irving Mill (116 East 16th Street) is offering Burger Beer Mondays. For $15, you get the famed Irving Mill burger, made from bavette, beef cheeks, and pork fatback and topped with cheddar, ... More >>