Craig Hopson's cooking career has been a constant upwards trajectory, which took him from Australia to a three-star Michelin kitchen in France to Le Cirque. But he fell into the profession with little foresight. "When I was 16 years old, I didn't know what I wanted to do," he says. "I was surfing al ... More >>
The picturesque Midtown block that holds the Plaza Hotel and Paris Theater just became home to Beautique (8 West 58th Street, 212-753-1200), a sleek restaurant that overtook the former Frederick's address. The Beautique team stripped the space down to its studs, and they've installed decor that chan ... More >>
SUNDAY FUNDAY: Last night, hundreds of guests converged upon the Battery Park Ritz Carlton for a the New York edition of Cochon 555, an annual touring event focused on bringing heritage pig to the masses. And despite the cold, the masses came out en force to gorge themselves on pig and vine.
Next weekend is all about getting comfy on the couch if you're a sports fan (or a Super Bowl commercials fan/nachos fan/party fan), which means you have all the more reason to get out and explore this weekend. Here's a look at what's happening around the city.
The Ritz-Carlton Central Park is about to get ritzier with a new restaurant opening: BLT Market, which previously occupied the space closed a few months back. The luxury hotel chain recently announced that Auden, with executive chef Mark Arnao, will be taking over on September 28. The restaurant's ... More >>
We heard many of you screaming about the Giants on the streets and in bars last night -- but only 500 of you lucky fans will get to celebrate tomorrow afternoon at City Hall. For the rest of you, though, there's a parade! Late last night, the mayor's office announced plans for football festivities, ... More >>
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Here are some of the dogs who got eaten this week. Know of any restaurants or bars opening or closing? Drop us a line. Sorella has shuttered temporarily, for renovations. [Bowery Boogie] The Ritz-Carlton's BLT Market has closed as planned, taking its not-so-rit ... More >>
Michelle D. AndersonDonny Moss, documentary filmmaker, and Elizabeth Forel, president of CBHDC"Grains or Pigeon Feces?" "Will a person die next?" Those were some of the questions a group of horse advocates and animal-rights activists wanted tourists and New York residents to contemplate last ... More >>
The latest fine-dining establishment to get slapped with a C grade from the Health Department is BLT Market, in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Central Park South.
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Photo courtesy Craig HopsonCraig Hopson will make you pasta primavera...if you ask nicelyIn New York City, restaurants come and go on a near daily basis. So when a restaurant stands the test of time, it's clearly doing something right. Le Cirque is one such example, so we got in touch with ... More >>
A food blog has introduced a food-cart walking tour, charging $40 to take participants to some of the city's most talked-about mobile vendors. [NY Post] Underground food markets are cropping up around the country, allowing vendors to avoid hefty fees for health permits and insurance. [NY Tim ... More >>
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Tourondel does TV.A year after BLT Group announced its split with the chef who gave the company its name, Lauren Tourondel has resurfaced in midtown.
The digital marketing firm Epsilon told its clients on Friday of "an unauthorized entry into Epsilon's email system," insisting it "was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only" and that no other information was at risk, but it's only now becoming clear just how widespread the ha ... More >>
Top chefs are opening restaurants in the Caribbean, including Alain Ducasse, who opened Mix on the Beach at the W Retreat & Spa in Puerto Rico, and Eric Ripert, who has Blue by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman. [NY Times] Researchers are looking into what makes people love cer ... More >>
Home Alone 2. North by Northwest. Crocodile Dundee. Arthur. Eloise and her motherfucking Pet Turtle!* New York City's landmark The Plaza Hotel has been home to many famous scenes over its 103-year history. Yet Charlie Sheen has managed to sully it, as it is now also home to the famous scene that ... More >>
Chef Ricardo CardonaEl Salvador-born Ricardo Cardona moved from his home country to Alphabet City when he was a teenager in the early '80s. He now heads up the kitchen of the newly opened Gabbana, a modern Dominican restaurant in Corona, Queens. The chef is a veteran of New York kitchens, hav ... More >>
Chef Ricardo CardonaRicardo Cardona heads up the kitchen of the newly opened Gabbana, a modern Dominican restaurant in Corona, Queens. The chef is a veteran of New York kitchens, having worked his way up from frying falafel in the East Village to the Ritz Carlton, and finally developing his o ... More >>
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Don't worry, New York City hotel guests -- the hotel bombings in Jakarta drew an immediate response from the NYPD: "critical response vehicles" have been dispatched to several hotels in Manhattan, including the Marriot and Ritz Carlton, whose Jakarta equivalents were the ones hit by suicide bombers ... More >>
Things were seeming so promising. Last night's Top Chef was actually testing the chef-testants' skills. Fishes were cleaned and filleted in timed competition. We watched Stefan peel the skin off an eel by nailing it to the chopping block (it was strangely arousing). Eric Ripert was there. There were ... More >>
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