When chef Luke Venner took over the kitchen at BLT Fish in June, he was picking up the reins at a restaurant he'd admired since it first opened close to a decade ago. "The foundation was there," he says. It just needed an update.
Deborah Madison lives in Galisteo, a tiny adobe village just south of Santa Fe. It was in her backyard there -- an eighth of an acre of beds raised above New Mexico's clay soil -- that she noticed the similarities among vegetable blossoms and fell into studying botany. Years before we collectively ... More >>
Designer Tom Ford said a fashionable mouthful in his interview with Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y the other night. Here are the tres chic highlights, as reported by well-dressed attendee Christian Freedom: "Though Wikipedia states that Tom went to Bard College, he never attended that school. ... More >>
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Brooklyn Academy of Music May 3 - May 5 Better than: NBC's Thursday-night comedy, a Friday night in NYC, and Cinco de Mayo, combined. When covering a festival, you're bound to miss most of the festivities. It's a fact of life, and one that I had to accept when attempting to ... More >>
Occasionally, us local reporters here at the Voice like to stray from the confines of the Big Apple to bring you the truly bizarre. Here, in another installment, we bring you the Santa Fe, N.M. cop who forgot his dashboard camera/recorder was on while he engaged in a steamy phone call with a woman. ... More >>
Let's table the palaver and get down to business, to quote one of the characters. Newsies the Musical--based on the so-so 1992 movie about striking newsboys--is a slick, entertaining show that's sort of like Annie meets Billy Elliot. As in the movie, the boys are selling their "papes" (i.e., newsp ... More >>
Here are some of the amazingly tuneful and memorable winners from the glorious history of Oscar's Best Songs: "Lullaby of Broadway" "The Way You Look Tonight" "Thanks for the Memory"
Gish-era Smashing Pumpkins: Reissued in 2011, so it counts! Reports from the holiday-party front indicate that 2011 was another long and lonely year for the fiction writers and memoirists of New York, who were kept company at home all day long mainly by various "internet friends" and related ... More >>
"Park Avenue," by Stephen WilkesWhen we first saw the photographs making up Stephen Wilkes' "New York: Day to Night" series, we gasped. We have long loved Magritte's "Empire of Light" painting, which plays with simultaneous experiences of darkness and light (you know, the one with the blue, d ... More >>
Anthony Weiner, sometime New York congressman and prolific sexter, is moving. His Forest Hills apartment, which he and wife Huma Abedin took off the market during this spring's sex scandal, is now in contract. A receptionist at Madeleine Realty refused to confirm or deny the apartment's sale ... More >>
Beirut w/ Sharon van Etten, Yellow Ostrich McCarren Park Friday, June 17 Better than: The rainout that at one point seemed likely. It was hard to see Yellow Ostrich through all of the umbrellas when they first took the McCarren Park stage on Friday. By the time the band finished their fir ... More >>
We spoke with swampbuggy bad-ass Quintron very briefly on Monday afternoon, amid the throes of a pre-tour van emergency. But since then something else far more harrowing has developed, specifically an undisclosed "family emergency at home," which has sadly forced cartoon lady Miss Pussycat and her o ... 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 >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 1, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 13 Scenes By Howard Smith RELEVANCY hasn't exactly been Warhol-Morissey's driving interest, but in "Pigs," their latest epic drama, they go engage. Although the title stands for Politically Involved Girls, ... More >>
The Runway Rundown 1. This week brings a surprisingly heady jolt to the torpid Project Runway season. One contestant loses his (impeccable) muse. Another bravely reveals a decade-long secret and immediately helps de-stigmatize an immense societal taboo. We're not even going to mock Michael ... More >>
Sherry amour.The 4th Annual Copa Jerez sherry pairing competition will take place in Jerez, Spain in January. The U.S. finals, which will determine who represents the U.S. next year, will be held at Astor Center on October 6. The finalists include Casa Mono's Andy Nusser and his wine director ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 21, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 45 The 10th Largest City In the United States by Steve Lerner The Aquarian Exposition at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was fairly outrageous by anybody's standards. Stoned silly most of the time, more ... More >>
The ongoing project of ethnic mixing
Easy, rider: Dennis Hopper -- the prolific, iconic American actor whose work in front of and behind cameras around the world broke new boundaries and set new standards for art -- died today at his home in Venice from complications related to prostate cancer.
We're heading up to Columbia U tonight to hear from professor Stephen Fried as he offers a public talk about his newest book, Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West. We've hardly been able to put the thing ... More >>
Will the spirit of James Beard smile upon New York chefs?The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Awards today, kicking off the food world's very own Oscar season scrum. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 21,000 online entries; th ... More >>
When Rachael Ray launched her magazine, according to an insider, the editorial team had to put together a style guide that included all the TV cook's favorite expressions. (Yum-o could have been "yummo," but ended up as "yum-o," which is now also the name of Ray's nonprofit organization promo ... More >>
Tierra Sana is a new vegetarian restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens that describes itself as a Tribal Kitchen, and loudly admonishes you to "Choose Health." The dining room opens onto the Queens Boulevard access road and faces the sun, and it would be a great dining room if it weren't for its coffee- ... More >>
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