While we're trying our best to forget the haunting subzero wind chills of this winter, a chat with chef Ian Kittichai of the East Village's Spot Dessert Bar (13 St. Mark's Place, 212-677-5670) reminds us that there may have been one positive outcome of a polar vortex: inspiration.
Well, this sounds like a recipe for some serious midweek Meatpacking debauchery: BFB Highline (55 Gansevoort Street) is running a five cent cocktail special from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights all summer long.
Foodies get a rare taste of Burma
When Chris Sell packed up his things and moved across the pond to New York, it was Britain's loss. And ever since 2001 when he opened the first Chip Shop in Park Slope, his facility for fried fish earned him accolades from several publications (including the Village Voice about ten years back) that ... More >>
No, they're not marrying each other. Lesbians don't marry gay musical groups. But Sandra will be performing the wedding ceremony, after which Erasure will do some hot tunes. The lucky newlyweds will be Fab.com CEO Bradford Shellhammer and his partner (the publicist didn't supply the name), and it' ... More >>
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, in which we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff to check out. This week, get off the M train at 36th Street and use these suggestions to guide you through Long Island City.
A better option than chasing the truck
Enjoy the pleasure of going outside (without going outside)
The vodka-caviar room at the Russian Tea Room, perhaps? When the ball drops this New Year's Eve where will you be? Will you (A) be in Times Square crossing your legs and wishing you didn't finish the rum and coke you hastily poured into your Nalgene bottle on your way out the door? (B) At an ... More >>
Jennifer YinYelawolf Brisk Bodega Saturday, September 17 Better than: Your neighborhood bodega. If the Smithsonian upped its cool factor and wrangled a sponsorship from a multinational corporation looking to promote its iced tea line, the result might be the Brisk Bodega, a made-over ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyOne of ABC Kitchen's fine homemade sodasOh, how quickly Labor Day, signaler of summer's end, approaches. The back to school commercials are airing repeatedly on television, and mannequins are donning fall clothes in store windows. And while the temperatures may be beginning to ... More >>
The elaborate concoction known as the Fresh Fruit Creamy Infinite Ice This has been an amazing year for newfangled frozen treats, and so far we've seen the introduction of New Orleans-style Sno Balls, ice cream for dogs, cheddar cheese gelato, and the focaccina, a sort of ice cream focaccia. ... More >>
Bernardo Hees, the CEO of Burger King, recently said of England: "The food is terrible and the women are not very attractive," pissing off both Brits and women. [Telegraph] A roundup of whole chicken dinners includes the "Million Dollar" whole roast chicken for two at Standard Grill and fire ... More >>
MarieBelleSeduce her with sugar.Brian G. asks: I want to get my foodie girlfriend some chocolates for Valentine's Day, so I can't get Godiva or anything too mass market. Where can I find a nice assortment of chocolates? Dear Brian: What a good boyfriend you are, thinking so far in advance! ... 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 ... Robe ... 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 ... Vict ... More >>
Chantal MartineauWTF? Espresso, silly.It used to be judged by the existence of a wine bar. Then, maybe, a cocktail lounge. Now, the way to be sure a neighborhood has arrived is when it gets a proper coffee bar. WTF in Fort Greene is serving not only excellent espresso prepared by skilled bari ... More >>
Just Sweet's bean town shaved iceA comprehensive Serious Eats taste-test established that the best shaved ice is found, unsurprisingly, in Flushing. But we wondered about two relative newcomers to the shaved ice game in the East Village--TKettle, which just started offering shaved ice this su ... More >>
Gardeners rallied outside City Hall in response to the city's proposed rules that will soon govern roughly 300 community gardens in an effort to ensure the gardens remain open. [Wall Street Journal] Kombucha maker Vibranz is the first producer to be back on the shelves at Whole Foods, after ... More >>
The Velvet Revolution on the left, the Red Corridor on the right. Ice cream flavors are typically a pretty straightforward affair. Their names tend to be limited to their primary ingredients, with notable exceptions like Rocky Road, Moose Tracks, and Jacques Torres' Wicked coming out of the ... More >>
• That oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is bad -- 5,000 barrels a day bad. The spill may reach the coast by Friday. One small bright(ish) spot: The crude is light, more like "iced tea" than heavier crude, and will "cause less environmental damage." No comment from Arizona Iced Tea. • Lucky ... More >>
No, it's not yet like the state v. state fight in 2001, when the Yankees played the Diamondbacks in the World Series. But now that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed her state's draconian Senate Bill 1070 into law, a number of New York immigration activists and politicians are angry enough to cr ... More >>
Hugh Dancy gets caught in a love triangle
Where do ice cream trucks go in the winter? If you were walking along Fifth Avenue near the Guggenheim yesterday, you might have noticed this intrepid Mister Softee truck, which has embraced the colder weather by transforming into a Mister Soup.
Though we're still digesting the countless details being divulged in advance of the Breslin's imminent opening, April Bloomfield is already thinking of what's next. In an interview with GQ UK, she tells the magazine that "I really want to open a bakery or a teahouse. I always wanted to write a cookb ... More >>
Left: Hanco's classic bahn mi with pate, ham, and ground pork; Right: Henry's version of same As we reported earlier, there is a gen-u-ine banh mi war going down in Park Slope, and nothing could be more titillating. Fork in the Road, reporting from the scene, thought that it was obvious tha ... More >>
It's Green Tea Coke (out in Japan June 8) v. Pepsi Shiso (out later this month)... let the battle begin.
At a rather impromptu gathering of the city's drinkerati at Bobo last night, bartender Naren Young showcased his new bowls of punch, including this fruity and flowery number called the New London. Incorporating the recently launched Beefeater 24, St-Germain, Maraschino liqueur, green tea, and prosec ... More >>
This morning at the French Culinary Institute, Nils Noren and Dave Arnold showed me around their cocktail lab, where they are turning a high-tech, molecular gastronomy-ish eye to drinks. Noren worked at Aquavit for ten years, and is now the vice president of culinary and pastry arts at FCI. Arnold ... More >>
You'd yell, too, if you had to keep scrubbing the blood off the sidewalk in front of your restaurant.
The Dyke Divisions lesbian soap opera returns
Food and Wine's Best New Chefs 2008 has been announced. Michael Psilakis is the lone New Yorker in the bunch (above, with business partner Donatella Arpaia). From F&W's bio we learn that Psilakis "earned a degree in accounting and finance before a job as a waiter at T.G.I Friday's led him to recon ... More >>
Back to the table of his abuela
Switzerland stakes culinary turf with a new Chelsea bistro
Eskandar's bath and body line is naturally delicious
Taking a giant toki at a new Uzbek eatery in Rego Park