In my interview with Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo, he noted that it irritates him to accommodate vegans because he doesn't feel like they're getting the full experience of a meal. "It would be like going to Marea and asking for a cheeseburger," he explains. "It's not relevant to what the restaurant is ... More >>
Our own Robert Sietsema stumbles upon the new and under publicized Noho bistro, Le Philosophe, and finds that it's a "wonderful place." He writes in his review of Le Philosophe that a slightly grayish "mural depicting dozens of philosophers" looms behind diners in the candlelit space. But he barely ... More >>
Some chefs have placed an informal ban on capturing food porn at their restaurants, said the New York Times earlier this week. Heads from Momofuku Ko, Le Bernadin, and Fat Duck spoke out against diners disrupting dinner service with an incessant need to use flash, tripods, or even stand on their ch ... More >>
Burgers aren't just patties on a bun at newly opened Smokey Burger Organic in Midtown West. The new lunch spot offers burgers of the elk, crab, bison, lamb, salmon, and even ostrich variety, not to mention the boring beef, chicken, and turkey options. The menu claims all the ingredients are ammonia- ... More >>
At Mai Sushi, the pigfoot (tonkotsu) ramen is about half the price of Ippudo's. This week Counter Culture breezes into four (now three) fast food spots on East 41st Street in Midtown, the block running east of the New York Public Library's main branch, constituting a kind of open-air Japanese food ... More >>
Robert Sietsema dives into the pan-Balkan cuisine at Balkanika, where 18 dips are neatly displayed in tubs. Located in Hell's Kitchen, Balkanika adds a passel of Balkan hot dishes served as main courses and a cheeses and charcuterie list that emphasizes Eastern European products: "Other hard-to-find ... More >>
Here's what we've been up to this week at Fork in the Road: Robert Sietsema gave us the story on futomaki: "Futomaki in Kansai - where the roll is called eho-maki ("happy direction roll") - originated as a festival food. It would be eaten once a year in uncut form, which must have been quite a spec ... More >>
[See More Openings: Moti Mahal Delux, Hot Bread Almacen] Another Asian transplant is coming into town. This time it's in the form of Wasabi, a London-based sushi and bento chain that specializes in individually wrapped pieces of sushi. Wasabi will open its flagship branch at 561 Seventh Ave in th ... More >>
A round-up on June's hottest restaurant deals and events: Summertime Supper at The Darby The Darby restaurant is hosting it's first-ever Summertime Supper, a $45 three-course, prix-fixe dinner Monday to Friday nights from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Live music will begin at 7 pm. Dishes include oysters on ... More >>
Joshua Smookler brings tonkotsu ramen to Tribeca
Robert Sietsema gives the run-down on New York City's best lamb dishes. Thinking of going camping over the long weekend? We give you five ideas for outdoor eats: mason jar cocktails, spiced chickpeas, kale chips, picnic apple pies, and Hong Kong-style hot dogs. A recap of the not-so-great Goog ... More >>
Cajun cooks know that the shrimp's head is the best part, oozing the red oil that gives these crustaceans 95 percent of their flavor. And now the Japanese know it, too.
Does it taste like sweet potatoes? Only slightly. A brewer at Sixpoint Craft Ales recently told me - as I was working on my beer for tomorrow's Beer for Beasts with Cathy Erway - "You know, you can brew beer out of nearly anything."
Cooking ware store, East 8th Street
Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Chef Peter Hoffman's former Savoy space, said the be one of the original farm-to-table restaurants, will re-open as Back Forty West this week. The SoHo sister restau ... More >>
Pastrami Egg Roll from Eden Wok (43 East 34th Street, 212-725-8100)
Lauren ShockeyOrder from Sushi.com at 1570sushi.com. There's a certain art to creating a good restaurant name. You might want to go for a cheeky pun, like A Salt and Battery or the Soy Luck Club. Maybe you want to name it after the chef, taking the route of Daniel or David Burke Kitchen. Loca ... More >>
Some sturdy specimens photographed at a Chinese restaurant in San Mateo, California Have you ever seen a creature -- seagoing or not -- with a longer schlong? Of course not. And even more so when you consider the size in relation to its puny body. Man, can you imagine the geoduck (pronounced "goo ... More >>
Another band that resides on the early-'90s fascination street we traveled down last week is slippery Gowanus duo Lightouts, who resurrect the melancholy chug and darkly sexy swagger of bands like The Cure, Girls Against Boys, JAMC and Afghan Whigs and impolitely jam it into the drum machine ... More >>
When you think of hot neighborhoods for dining, the Upper East Side probably isn't the first to come to mind. In fact, it's probably toward the bottom of your mental list. But a crop of new eateries over the past couple of years has resulted in some new -- not to mention exciting -- culinary blood. ... More >>
Going bananas for Malay platesThis week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples screwpine at Banana Leaf, Sunset Park's new Malaysian outpost. Slurp the super-sour asam laksa for a true sense of the archipelago's aromas. Eric Asimov savors Sushi Yasuda. His verdict: Even with the departure of ... More >>
Photo courtesy Michael ChernowYesterday we spoke with Michael Chernow, co-owner of the popular Meatball Shop and co-author of the just-published The Meatball Shop Cookbook, who gave us tips for making great meatballs at home. Today he tells us how New York City's culinary landscape has chang ... More >>
"There might be a Guy Fieri restaurant coming to this island." That's straight from the horse's mouth. Fieri, who spoke at the New York City Wine & Food Festival this past weekend, previewed the possibility for a Big Apple eatery.
Here we are on a rainy Friday afternoon, looking back at the week's sunnier days: Way Station's Andy Heidel talks about Flaming Moes, Dr. Who-themed cocktails, and that infamous stroller manifesto. Our 10 Best New Frozen Treats. Why is my spicy tuna roll spicy? Here's why.
Photo courtesy Milk Street Café Last month we told you about Milk Street Café, a massive 23,000-square-foot food hall located at 40 Wall Street. Perhaps aiming to become the international Eataly of the Financial District, the eatery will feature an oatmeal bar, pasta bar, sushi ... More >>
Way back in January, Jeffrey Chodorow signaled his intentions to partner with the owners of the legendary Borscht Belt resort Kutsher's to open Kutsher's Deli in Tribeca. Many wondered aloud what Le Chod would do to Jewish cuisine, and now, thanks to last night's CB1 meeting, we need wonder n ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...
What would you do for a free beer?
commons.wikimedia.orgBright lights, big city. But where to eat?Christal M. asks: My husband and I are coming to the city from out of state this Saturday to see a show. We were hoping you might recommend a restaurant in the Theater District. When we have done this excursion in the past, we ... More >>
Adventures in eating at new Lamb joint on East 5th Street
A meditation on the colossal new breed of Japanese restaurants