This week, our professional eaters sought out plates that reminded them of home -- if not theirs, then someone else's. In Astoria, Robert Sietsema enjoyed an Egyptian feast at El Omda, while Tejal Rao sopped up the sauce at Red Gravy in Brooklyn Heights.
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A square of tomatoey goodness
When a new type of pizza arrives in town, expanding the city's already far-flung pizza boundaries, it's an occasion to sit up and take notice, whatever the source might be.
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Sephardic Jews are responsible for one of the world's greatest appetizers: fried baby artichokes.
Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the f ... More >>
Yesterday, workmen were seen briefly visiting the premises.
I'm not the world's biggest fan of tiramisu. Rather than being an ancient Italian creation, it was invented in 1969 at restaurant near Treviso, a region in far northeastern Italy. (Yes, there may have been earlier pastries that inspired i ... More >>
The winners of the James Beard Foundation's media awards were announced last night (the glitzy chef awards will be presented tonight and you can follow along here, if you like). Congratulations to all of the winners!
The muti-fish tutto crudo was a sort of crunchy raw fish salad.
Three years ago I published a long-winded account of a taping of Iron Chef America that I'd witnessed a year earlier. It featured chef Fortunato Nicotra of Lidia Bastianich's restaurant Felidia in a battle against Iron Chef Ma ... More >>
Antonia TricaricoMass hysteria took over the music web-o-sphere when Pitchfork blew its wad on the "breaking news" that Ian MacKaye revealed Fugazi might emerge from their self-imposed exile and "reunite one day." That's not to imply the members of D.C.'s most storied art-punk crew have been ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is impressed by Boulud Sud: "Despite a few missteps, this is summer cooking par excellence, and the lightness of the food combined with the smallness of the portions means you won't drift away bloated into the sultry summer evening." Lauren Shockey falls for H ... More >>
Todd English reveals how he feels about a not-quite-burgeoning music career: "I did a couple gigs, that was it. ... I certainly won't give up my day job for that ... nor should I because I don't think I'd go that far."
London import Le Caprice has hired Ed Carew to helm the kitc ... More >>
amlamster/flickrRice balls!Arancine are a favorite in Sicily not only at Easter, but throughout the summer. They're a no-brainer: rice, cheese, deep-fried. Lou Di Palo of the eponymous Italian grocery in Little Italy shares his recipe for arancine.
"The simplicity of our family recipes demon ... More >>
The garagiste movement, popular in the 1990s, seems to be resurfacing and changing, with a number of micro wine producers returning to a terroir-driven philosophy.
[Wall Street Journal]
Some diners are uneasy with the practice of the sommelier tasting the wine first. Daniel Boulud's wine dir ... More >>
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Fondue: Hands-On Cooking & Wine Pairing
Is there anything more satisfying than a pot of hot cheese on a cold day? Join culinary instructor Emily Peterson fo ... More >>
If a salad seems like summer fare, check out this plate of greens, devoured at 'Inoteca last night. It might be the Platonic ideal of a salad--composed of bitter escarole, slicked with a salty, funky Gorgonzola dressing, and sweetened with roast hubbard squash and a flurry of pistachios. It ... More >>
Al Jazeera English, which can be found on Youtube, has pretty incredible international food coverage, including a series called Street Food--in-depth, 10 minute stories on cultural foodways from Fez to Sicily to Jamaica. Check out the story about Zanzibar, which revolves around the history of the s ... More >>
Kanko*/flickrPhilip Guardione, the chef from Sicily who opened the diminutive Piccola Cucina in Soho earlier this year, is getting ready to open an even tinier outpost in Greenwich Village, hopefully this week. Piccola Cucina Focacceria (120 MacDougal Street) will specialize in focaccia, pizz ... More >>