Spanish Food and Cooking

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    October 22, 2014

    Boqueria UES's Fideuà Negra, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 5: Fideuá negra from Boqueria UES (1460 Second Avenue, 212-343-2227)

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    September 9, 2014

    The King of Spain: With Huertas, Jonah Miller Fulfills a Lifelong Dream

    Point out that Huertas (107 First Avenue, 212-228-4490) chef Jonah Miller is young for a Manhattan restaurant owner, and he'll remind you that two of the people he worked for -- Peter Hoffman at Savoy and David Waltuck at Chanterelle -- were younger when they opened their storied establishments. And ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Two Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week was a slow one for openings, but here are a pair of new entrants.

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    January 22, 2014

    Snowy Day Drink Deals at Happy Fun Hideaway, Tablao, Fresh Salt, and Zablozki's

    Polar Vortex, round two! Why not warm up to these cheap drink deals this afternoon?

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    December 11, 2013
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    August 30, 2013

    Five Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend

    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.

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    July 10, 2013
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    July 10, 2013

    Subway Churros: The Black-Market Economy Behind These Treats in Today's Village Voice

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    New Restaurant Reviews: Three Letters Asks 'Parlez-Vous Brooklyn?'; Cata Serves Sublime Paella

    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 >>

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    March 27, 2013

    New Restaurant Reviews: Share the Spreads at El Omda; Red Gravy Lays It on Thick

    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. How did our critics rate their Middle Easte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Watch Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling Sell Knives on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    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!"

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Q&A: Jesus Nunez of Barraca on Remaining Open During Hurricane Sandy, Part 1

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    LeChurro Opens on the Upper East Side

    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?

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Nine French Restaurants Celebrate Tomato Season

    [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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    A.G. Kitchen Now Serving Lunch

    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.

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    December 19, 2011

    Make Chef Yuhi Fujinaga's Wild Mushroom Croquetas

    Yuhi Fujinaga​Filled 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Bryant Park Holiday Shops: the Best Eats

    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 >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat on 23rd Street

    Lauren ShockeyLa Maison du Macaron makes cookies in every color you can imagine​23rd 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 >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Grit N Glory Serving Up SCRATCHbread Goodies, No WiFi

    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.

  • Dining

    August 31, 2011

    Salinas: Some Spain, Some Pain

    The ups and downs of a new Chelsea spot

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    July 7, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Despaña

    Lauren Shockey​And 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.

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Where Am I Eating? Here's a Clue

    ​Some good guesses in so far this week, but none hits the nail on the head. So to help you on your way to a free cookbook, here's a little clue.

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    June 13, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Crab Boil, Colorado Pop-Up and Spanish Wines

    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 >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Danji's Hooni Kim on the Importance of Being a Businessman and How He Unwinds After a Day of Cooking

    Photo courtesy Hooni KimHooni Kim, Business Man and Chef​Yesterday 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.

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    February 28, 2011

    Make Jesús Núñez's Savory Carrot Cake, Available at Graffit

    Graffit's Savory Carrot Cake​The 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 >>

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    February 8, 2011

    No. 2: Avocado Fries at El Almacen

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Branded Saloon in Prospect Heights

    Bourbon-glazed wings​Other 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.

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    June 9, 2010

    S.R.O. Will Bring Tapas and Tin Ears to 245 Bowery

    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 >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Branded Cattle Saloon to Bring Honky-Tonk Vibe to Vanderbilt Ave.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Make Rosa Mexicano's Super Bowl Sunday Mexico City Hot Dog (Perro Caliente Mexicano)

    Forget football. Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food.​ Super Bowl Sunday is all about gut-bombing grub, American beer, and exorbitant advertising spots. (Oh yeah, there's also a football game involved.) Rosa Mexicano's culinary director Chef David Suarez has come up with a special dish for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to the Wright; Goodbye to Harbour

    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 >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Former Cendrillon Space to Become First NY Location of Big-Ass Tapas Chain

    ​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 >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Bar Celona; Goodbye to Bungalow 8

    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 >>

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    October 8, 2009

    El Comal: A New Taqueria Pats Mesa in Sunset Park

    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 >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Zak Pelaccio Will Pop Up in Madison Square Park

    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 >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats: Bodega Tacos in Sunset Park

    A taco hide-away in the back of a bodega​ The only sign of the food inside​You 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 >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Recipe: Twilight Summer Gazpacho

    ​ 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 >>

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    March 31, 2009

    Strange Snacks of the World -- Avocado Fries

    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 turned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Tapas Recipe: Esqueixada

    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 >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Recession Recipes: Hot, Cheap, Easy Soup

    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 o ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 27, 2008

    Allioli, Allioli Everywhere at Macondo

    Latin street food gets dressed up for the LES

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    July 24, 2008

    Ellis Bar Open

    Fry bread and Bacardi.

  • Dining

    May 22, 2007

    Channeling Barcelona

    Escaping gas and wobbly egg at Manhattan's best tapas bar

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    September 26, 2006

    Change of Course

    The Pastry King spins off a Mediterranean Rim bistro on Mott

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    October 11, 2005
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    July 26, 2005
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    February 8, 2005

    Where the Meats Have No Name

    Mysterious tacos get the once-over

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    March 2, 2004

    I'm a Monkey

    Fare Game: Annals of the Science of Restaurant Economics

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    January 22, 2002
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    January 9, 2001
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