Stephen Starr

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    A Taste of Zachary Feldman's Review of El Vez

    Zachary Feldman visited El Vez (259 Vesey Street), Stephen Starr's Battery Park City neo-cantina, for this week's review, and he got off to an awkward start. " El Vez, mega-restaurateur Stephen Starr's local outpost of his decade-old Mexican standby in Philadelphia, the waitstaff is as hot for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Hey Chefs: Stop Putting Crap in That Guacamole

    Gringos love guacamole. Actually, almost everyone in the United States loves guacamole. We consumes millions of pounds a year, in stripmall taquerias and sceney cantinas, rolled up in chain burritos and poured from a hermetically sealed bags purchased in supermarkets, as we have a God-given right to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Here's Where to Eat and Drink on a Day Trip to Philly

    Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular day trip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives. In less than the two hours it takes for Rocky the Musical to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Where to Eat, Drink, and Cure Your Hangover on a Weekend Getaway to Atlantic City

    Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular daytrip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives. The dining scene in Atlantic City has seen its fortunes rise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Stephen Starr's El Vez Set to Open in Battery Park City

    El Vez, explains Stephen Starr -- the man whose restaurant group is behind Buddakan, Morimoto, and Caffè Storico -- is not Spanish for "the time." When the owner was opening his first El Vez in Philly, he says, "I was bored of typical Mexican-American restaurant names. I heard about this Mexican El ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Ten Years Into a Restaurant Empire, Marc Murphy Is Still Just Looking to Have Fun

    In the 20 years that the Food Network has existed, it's propelled dozens of chefs to stardom before they've proved themselves in their own kitchens. Despite his prolific career on television, Marc Murphy is not one of those chefs. The Chopped judge has risen steadily within New York's restaurants fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Chef Dale Talde Is Building an Empire out of Park Slope

    Before he built a career under Jean-Georges, Stephen Starr, and Morimoto; before he did Top Chef; and before he became the chef and partner in three different restaurants -- Talde (369 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-916-0031), Pork Slope (247 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-768-7675), and Thistle Hill (4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    In the Shift to Fatty Lab, a New Way to Experiment With Pop-Ups

    News broke a couple of months ago that Fatty 'Cue Brooklyn would abruptly shut its doors to become a new dining experience called Fatty Lab (91 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-599-3090) (and this after the space had been closed for months of renovations, reopening in spring of last year).

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The Peacock and The Shakespeare Bring British Fare to Midtown

    Coming up on its third birthday, Jason Hicks' and Yves Jadot's Jones Wood Foundry has become a mainstay of the Upper East Side -- it packs in a solid crowd of regulars and destination diners for its roster of upscale British gastropub fare. So it's unsurprising that the team wanted to expand, though ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Hybird and Questlove Bring The House Down; Here Are Photos

    When David Chang defeated Questlove in a battle of fried chicken supremacy, The Roots drummer and budding gourmand took his second place finish in stride. While the competition reinforced Chang's excellence as a chef, it also put the fried chicken world on notice that the musician/DJ/The Hoodie Shop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Dieterle and Nosenzo Court the Nabe; Claim Not To Be Hip

    In a letter dated June 20th, signed by Harold Dieterle (chef of Perilla and Kin Shop) and his business partner Alicia Nosenzo, and posted in the West Village, the pair solicit the support of the neighborhood in opening their new restaurant at 99 Bank Street. The space was most recently a last evocat ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 22, 2012

    Caffè Storico: The Museum of Fine Dining

    Venice lends some savor to the New-York Historical Society

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Joey Phadungsil 'In' at Sura Thai Urban Kitchen; Hok Chin 'Out' at Duo

    ​Joey Phadungsil has taken over the kitchen at Sura Thai Urban Kitchen, on the Upper West Side. She previously worked at Rhong-Tiam. [NY Times] James Beard finalist Jim Burke, from Philadelphia, will be the executive chef at Stephen Starr's forthcoming restaurant in the New York Historical So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Daniel Angerer Pulls the Plug on Little Cheese Pub and His Planned Austrian Wine Bar

    ​In June, Daniel Angerer announced he would close Klee Brasserie, his five-year-old Austrian restaurant in Chelsea, and reopen it this fall as an Austrian wine bar. The announcement came a month after Angerer and his wife and business partner Lori Mason decided to replace their struggling Brat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Announced

    opentable.comThe product of blood, sweat, and tears​It'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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Japanese Chefs Shun Gotham Water; Yet Another Egg Recall

    ​After restaurants with a "C" grade from the Health Department were outed, a number of diners are shocked and now say they will stop frequenting them. [NY Post] Japanese chefs at the Culinary Institute of America's three-day forum on Japanese cuisines refused to use local water and instead co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Stephen Starr's New West Village Restaurant Will Jump on the Meaty Bandwagon

    Likes big restaurants​Via Eater we learn that Philly restaurant magnate Stephen Starr (owner of Morimoto and Buddakan, among others) was at the Community Board 2 meeting last night, where he was approved to open a new restaurant at 2 Bank Street in the West Village. The 223-seat restaurant w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Sasha Petraske Consulting on Cocktail Lounge Attached to Stephen Starr's New El Rey

    Ben Rose PhotographyPetraske does Philly.​Sasha Petraske is proving himself something of a ramblin' man, lending his name to projects as far afield as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Now, he's heading down to Philadelphia to work his black magic on Stephen Starr's newest ven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Stephen Starr to Bring Vietnamese Restaurant to Unnamed New York Hotel

    Stephen Starr wants to bring us spring rolls.​Stephen Starr, who brought us Asian megaplex dining with Buddakan and Morimoto, is now planning to open a Vietnamese restaurant at an as-yet unnamed New York hotel. On Friday, the Philadelphia restaurateur (and sinister presence on last week's Top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Top Chef: I Thought It Was Going to Be an Absolute Knock-out. And It Wasn't.

    Bravo​Oh, Toby Young. Have truer words ever been spoken? Top Chef huffed and puffed its way to the bitter end last night, but rather than granting long-suffering viewers climactic relief, it delivered a finale that was more akin to watching a bull try to impregnate an indifferent cow. There wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    James Beard Semifinalists Announced

    The semifinalists for the illustrious James Beard awards have been announced, with a quite a few hometown favorites in the lot, including Dan Barber and Tom Colicchio in the the Outstanding Chef category; Babba and Jean George for Outstanding Restaurant;  Corton, Momofuku Ko, and Scarpetta for ... More >>