The first time I met Marc Vidal, he was sipping wine on a West Village patio while he casually grilled a packet of green onion-like calçots over a charcoal flame, explaining in a lilting Spanish accent the Calçotada festival, a tradition from his native Barcelona that he holds dear for its dedicat ... More >>
Instead of frantically searching for last minute getaways--or taking a crash course in barbecuing 101--you should focus instead on these food-related reasons to stick around the city for the long weekend, none of which involve TSA pat downs or rush hour traffic.
Ever wonder what the story is behind the people selling two churros for a dollar on many of New York City's subway platforms? So did Hannah Palmer Egan, and so she set out to talk to vendors and bakers who keep these treats stocked all over town.
This week, our critics were equally charmed by a petite French bistro and a bustling Bowery tapas joint. Robert Sietsema dug into a mussels poutine at Three Letters in Clinton Hill, while Tejal Rao scooped up hearty bites of paella at Cata on the Lower East Side. Will the professionals go back for ... More >>
Jimmy Kimmel Live's new time slot caused a major problem last night. Why? Well, it seems that Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling -- or the Knife Guys -- sell their wares in Kimmel's studio on Wednesdays at 11:30. According to Gosling, "Everyone knows that!"
Jesus Nunez is the chef of Barraca, a newly opened Spanish spot in the West Village owned by Hector Sanz, whose restaurant group is also behind downtown spots Macondo and Rayuela. Formerly of Gastroarte on the Upper West Side, Nunez is dishing out authentic Spanish tapas and paella in West Village ... More >>
LeChurro, a stand-alone shop specializing in those deliriously good, traditionally Spanish sticks of fried dough, opens for business on the Upper East Side. You didn't think people were still talking about cupcakes, did you?
[See More Events: Free Pickle, Mustard, and Herring Ice Cream at Ripley's | Le Fooding Has Big Plans for Brooklyn] The Tour de France Restaurant Group will be celebrating tomato season with a Tomato Festival at their nine restaurants throughout Manhattan from August 15 through August 24. August i ... More >>
Chef Alex Garcia's A.G. Kitchen is now opening earlier. Instead of just dinner service, the Latin restaurant is now serving lunch from Monday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm.
Life Cafe, the Alphabet City hangout that inspired Jonathan Larson's musical "Rent," is set to close. [NY Daily News] Veronica People's Club, "a weird, wonderful little bar with some of the best and most unassuming cocktails in Greenpoint" is shutting down. [Flavorpill]
Big changes at Kajitsu, the East Village kaiseki restaurant: its current chef Masato Nishihara will be replaced by Ryota Ueshima, and it's relocating to Midtown this summer. [Eater]Take a look at Jamie Bissonnette's digs at Boston magazine's The Kitchen Spy, a series that explores the kitchens of ... More >>
Yuhi FujinagaFilled with savory ham, chicken, beef, veal, or vegetables -- and often made creamy with a healthy helping of bechamel -- croquetas have long been a popular plate, whether served on the Iberian peninsula or as far away as Indonesia. At Bar Basque (839 6th Avenue), Chef Yuhi Fuj ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyWhat to eat while admiring the neon blue Christmas tree?Of all the holiday markets in the city, the one at Bryant Park offers the most entertainment. You can go ice skating, ride a carousal, play chess, and much more. Food-wise it's a little hit-or-miss, though it's certainly ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyLa Maison du Macaron makes cookies in every color you can imagine23rd Street isn't necessarily considered a gastronomic thoroughfare. More likely, it's thought of as being home to various chain eateries (Pret, Chipotle, etc.) catering to the office worker lunch crowd and, of co ... More >>
photo by Carlos AriasGrit and coffee.The Lower East Side already has a rock 'n' roll tapas bar. And now it has a rock 'n' roll café, too. Guess it's one way for the gentrified neighborhood to reclaim its gritty legacy.
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Chef Aaron Chambers' Andalusian gazpacho treads on Italian territory. Gazpacho has become a standard on summer menus around town, a dish that, in its original form in Spain's southern province of Andalusia, is made with just a few simple ingredients, including crushed tomatoes, olive oil, c ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyAnd that concludes another round of Where Am I Eating? I was eating at Despaña, the Spanish foods purveyor, which features a lovely little café in the back. The pictured dish was a tasty plate of warm chorizo with chopped chestnuts, all earthy, spicy, and porky.
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Crab Boil Back Forty Tuesday, June 14th, 7 p.m. Peter Hoffman's East Village spot Back Forty will kick off summer by throwing its first Crab Boil of the season. For ... More >>
Photo courtesy Hooni KimHooni Kim, Business Man and ChefYesterday we spoke with Danji chef Hooni Kim about merging French culinary technique with Korean flavors. Today he shares his wisdom with young chefs who want to own their own restaurants.
Graffit's Savory Carrot CakeThe graffiti on the walls might be the initial focal point at Graffit, but chef-owner Jesús Núñez also wants to catch diners' eye with his food. Inventive, if kooky, items include this savory carrot mousse topped with Mahon cheese. Try it at home, if you dare... ... More >>
Will El Almacen's avocado fries ever replace french fries in your affections? El Almacen is a very good restaurant in Williamsburg that combines elements of an Argentine parrilla (a place that specializes in grilled meats) and a Spanish tapas bar. When I visited soon after it opened, the thi ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Boqueria Soho & Flatiron Welcome the new year with a nine-course tapas tasting menu. There are two seatings -- 6 and 9 p.m. -- priced at $65 and $95, respectively. ... More >>
Robert SietsemaTapas on the horizon.When Sintir opened on East 9th Street last spring, Our Man Sietsema wasn't particularly impressed by its boastful claims, flavorless meatballs, and aggressively upselling waitstaff. Apparently others weren't, either: the place closed earlier this month.
Bourbon-glazed wingsOther than the wagon wheel hanging from the ceiling, a cow skull grinning from one wall, and a few other thematic touches, it's hard to see what's so country, or cowboy, or honky tonk about Branded Saloon, the new bar and snack spot on Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights.
245 Bowery, via Google Maps.Sometimes, the restaurant world presents us with material that it seems only Jonathan Swift could have written -- for further reference, see: History of the Bowery, 2006 - Present. And now it seems that yet another entrepreneur is eager to exploit the Bowery's beni ... More >>
Is there country a-brewin' behind this door?Deborah Bicknese first applied for the liquor license for the space across the street from her Prospect Heights tapas bar, Beast, back in 2007. The vision for 603 Vanderbilt Avenue was of a country-and-western bar serving up brown liquors, craft bee ... More >>
Will tapas this way come?Last December, Jim Mamary disclosed his expansion plans Pomme de Terre, his two-year-old restaurant in Ditmas Park. Mamary mentioned he was thinking of "tweaking the concept" of the French bistro, and now it looks like he may be on his way to doing so. Ditmas Park Blo ... More >>
Colicchio & Sons has opened in the Craftsteak space with a menu based on the Tom: Tuesday Dinner series. The front Tap Room boasts a wood burning oven and extensive beer list. [Eater] The Munch Truck has launched at the corner of 56th Street and Park Avenue, serving standard cart food (falafel, gyr ... More >>
The Wright, a new restaurant in the Guggenheim, opens today. Rodolfo Contreras, who has worked with David Bouley, is helming the kitchen at this modern American. [NY Times] Despana's highly anticipated expansion is complete. The Spanish foods shop now houses a tapas cafe, with communal tables and a ... More >>
U.S. fast food chains have long colonized European countries, but that certainly doesn't mean we're impervious to Europe's brand of culinary imperialism. Case in point: Crain's is reporting that Lizarran Tapas, a Spanish chain with two locations in California, will be opening its first Manhat ... More >>
Bar Celona, a stylish tapas bar owned by fashion consultant Cynthia Diaz, has opened in Williamsburg. Chef Jordy Lavanderos is serving not-quite-Spanish pan-Latin small plates, such as scallop ceviche, mackerel pate, and mushroom tostones. [NY Times] Cafe Boulud has reopened and, with it, Bar Pleia ... More >>
Chorizo huarache El Comal is a spacious, shiny taqueria and jugueria with one long kitchen open to the room, where a woman is stationed at the grill, patting out all manner of antojitos. A broken Spanish/broken English conversation yielded the information that the restaurant is new, although ... More >>
As part of the Madison Square Park market that will take place from October 9 until November 1, Zak Pelaccio will be providing grub from Fatty Crab and Cabrito. Expect chorizo tacos, chicken satay skewers, taco el carbon, and the signature Fatty Dog, as well as a lot of beer and wine and lines to ri ... More >>
A taco hide-away in the back of a bodega The only sign of the food insideYou would never know that the generic-looking bodega with a yellow awning that reads, simply, Deli and Grocery, cooks up an impressive array of tacos, tortas, and cemitas if you didn't notice the small chalkboard ... More >>
Caution: This delightful soup can only be eaten by the water at sunset. (Click to illuminate) Hop on your bike and ride furiously to the nearest farmers market. You have just enough time to make Fork in the Road's summer twilight gazpacho before the sun sets--and nothing goes better with th ... More >>
The avocado fries at El Almacen (click to lubricate) When I first spotted them on the menu at Williamsburg's El Almacen, I assumed they would be french fries heaped with guacamole, which is one of the random Mexican dishes on the Argentine tapas bar's menu. When they arrived, I gasped. They tu ... More >>
This recipe for Esqueixada--salt cod with onion, tomato, peppers, and olives--was one of my favorites from Chef Sixto Alonso's tapas class at the International Culinary Center. Like many tapas dishes, it's pretty simple, relying on a relatively small number of well-sourced ingredients combined with ... More >>
On a cold night, you just want something hot, cheap and easy. Like soup. Being low on cash doesn't mean you have to eat packaged ramen every night--this Spicy Chickpea-Chorizo Soup is deeply flavorful, especially good for chile and garlic lovers. Each serving costs about $4, more or less depending ... More >>
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