We're in the middle of restaurant opening season, and it seems that high-profile new spots are popping their doors open at a breathtaking rate. If you've spent a little too much cash pursuing meals at these newcomers, give your wallet a break. Here are three restaurants offering meals for less than ... More >>
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: a Philly favorite finds a home in NYC, and an old favorite is back after being revamped.
This week we're getting some much-needed fashion advice: Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca and Elizabeth Cline talks about her new book at the Museum at the Fashion Institute. In other book news, the dudes from the Jesus Lizard discuss their new coffee table book, Book, tonig ... More >>
Good morning, everything is all messed up. Around midnight last night on 5th Avenue near 13th street, a water main ruptured, according to the fire department, which caused massive flooding and just a general sense that maybe we should all hit the sheets again and not deal with this shit right this m ... More >>
Unless you're a total Grinch, this can be a pretty magical time of year to be in New York City -- the Big Apple really brings its A-game to decorations, holiday markets, and festive events, and if you can stomach the crowds, it's worth seeking them out so they can tug on your old holiday spirit hear ... More >>
We're inching closer and closer to Thanksgiving, which means you only have so much free time left before the holiday parties are in full swing. We think that's as good of a reason as any to do something delicious this weekend.
About a year ago I attended an outdoor screening of the film Empire Records. I hadn't seen the film since long before I worked the final nine months of the Union Square Virgin Megastore's existence and revisiting the film revealed an accurate portrayal of what that record store life was really like. ... More >>
On the heels of the Somtum Der opening in the East Village comes another restaurant paying homage to the northeastern Esarn (or Isaan) region of Thailand: The Union Square Qi location closed about a week ago to recast itself as Qi Esarn, and it makes its debut tonight.
Parked on Union Square West, in front of a nondescript NYU dorm, sits a truck painted in primary colors. There's a carnival awning on it. It's high noon, and the shade seems like a nice place to get out of the swelter. A modest crowd is gathered, less frothing political rally and more absent passe ... More >>
City Bakery announced on Sunday it would close its First Avenue location of Birdbath Green Bakery, a 240-square-foot outpost with no signage and just stacks of cookies in the window. Its kitchen had been the home of dough mixing and baking for the entire mini-chain since 2005. But all the baking tha ... More >>
Bakeries-cum-cafes have become a New York staple in recent years. Forget about Belgian chain Le Pain Quotidien. Spots like Runner & Stone, and Bien Cuit have been leading the pack with zucchini sandwiches and plates of duck pastrami. The trend continues as Bien Cuit readies to open a pop up in Willi ... More >>
The Upper East Side has had some work done. A culinary facelift? It sure seems that way, judging by the neighborhood's growing tally of inventive new food spots that have emerged over the last few years. At the same time, old favorites have continued to increase their followings. Sure, those with pl ... More >>
The Voice's Tejal Rao scored a coveted counter seat at Atera, Chef Matthew Lightner's avant garde Tribeca restaurant. The 25 or so courses include sweetbreads with "a barbecue-flavored coating so powerfully sticky that it slows down time, lengthening its gentle flavors, hushing conversation." The V ... More >>
Here's a recipe from LuLu & Me, a charming neighborhood restaurant in Flatiron with a focus on seasonal ingredients. This simple shrimp salad works magic with produce straight from the Union Square Greenmarket. [See More Recipes: Tasty Tailgate Treats | Grilled Cheese Sandwich From The Delicatessen ... More >>
Congratulations to temz. Not only did you get the restaurant name right, but you got the location as well. I was eating at the Grey Dog on University Street over at Union Square. [See Where Else I Ate: Penny Farthing | Babbo Restaurant | Spice Market]
[See Where Else I Ate: Ai Fiori | Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar] Congrats to lr3 who guessed Union Square Cafe. This is the yellowfin tuna burger with oozing ginger glaze on a toasted poppyseed bun.
Yesterday, the Voice reported that a tourist was raped in her Bronx hotel room. Cops say the perp talked to the victim on train departing from East 14th Street and Union Square. Around 4 a.m., after she had returned to her East Tremont hotel, the alleged assailant knocked on her door. When she open ... More >>
"Band seeking 1000 guitar players. Other instruments also welcome. Influences include Woody Guthrie, Tom Morello, Willie Nile, and Sergio Ortega." Occupy Wall Street is raising a "Guitarmy." For months, activists have been preparing for May Day, laying plans for teach-ins, bank blockades, marches ... More >>
The protests are back and building to a May Day to remember
Yesterday, four electeds who hope to be mayor in 2013 rallied on the steps of City Hall to criticize the current mayor for his policies of closing failing public schools. And last week, a group of electeds -- alongside angry parents and students -- rallied around a new report that says Mike Bloomber ... More >>
via @evgrieve A 22-year-old man was hit and killed by an L train heading to Brooklyn at around 8:25 a.m. this morning, the New York Post reported.
Of Improv Everywhere's many pranks in public places, perhaps the most well-known repeat prank is the one that brings humanity into the subway, around the world, to remove its pants. The No Pants Subway Ride has been happening since 2002, and we've been taking photos of it since 2006! It happened aga ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyA super cheesy pretzel makes for fine snacking while shoppingWell, we've saved the best for last. After visiting several of the bigger, non-pop-up holiday markets that have cropped up this season, we can say that the most varied and delicious culinary options can be found at th ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyBreezy Hill Orchard sure makes some cute looking gingerbread men (and women!), but are they tasty enough to make it into the top 10?Throughout the week we've canvassed the city's holiday markets, looking for edible gifts and tasty snacks. Some have been duds and others have offe ... More >>
Earlier today we posted the video above from USLaw, in which an NYPD officer appears to walk up to a group of cordoned-off Occupy Wall Street protesters (most of them young women) near Union Square and spray them without warning with a can of pepper spray or possibly mace. They drop to the ground s ... More >>
Steven ThrasherSailstorfer's 30 foot sculpture being installed Joining that newly installed elephant in Union Square in the city's gallery of public art, there's a similarly scaled sculpture we noticed being erected in the south part of Central Park over the weekend, just across the street fr ... More >>
Lots of people have asked me how they can help farmers whose acreage has been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene. In the coming months there will doubtlessly be a host of benefits for farms at restaurants, concert halls, and other venues, but there is something you can do more immediatel ... More >>
Amy Colyer FogertyAs we reported earlier this week, Hurricane Irene wreaked devastation upon numerous upstate farms, causing massive destruction to cropland and in many cases irreversible damage.
What happens when a Japanese cook reinterprets a Sichuan standard? Go to Ennju to find out. Spicy food has lately become more popular in Japan, where not too long ago, chili heat was limited to green shisito peppers or the red flakes in togarashi. But gradually, spiciness has been worming i ... More >>
Urban Justice CenterIf you thought the city was giving food-truck drivers a hard time, consider the plight of Forsyth Street's fruit and vegetable vendors.
Photo courtesy Carmen QuagliataCarmen Quagliata: Loves pasta, hates snailsNew York City isn't short on American restaurants, so figuring out who to interview for Americana Week was tricky. But the Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's first venture, fits the bill, having witnessed changes in the ... More >>
apol3/FlickrBeer: a golden halo around your Greenmarket experience Wonderful as the arrival of ramps and asparagus to the farmers' market may be, the sad fact remains that they will not make you drunk. So there is reason to rejoice: Tomorrow, for the first time ever, you will be able to buy b ... More >>
Sarah DiGregorioThis is why Num Pang is expanding.2010 was not the best year for Ratha Chaupoly: in August, he closed Kampuchea and replaced it with Bun & Co., only to close it four months later. But 2011 seems to have gotten off to a better start, as Chaupoly will open a second location of N ... More >>
Yum! Brands, which owns fast-food chains KFC and Taco Bell, earned less than expected in the first quarter, while Chipotle beat expectations. [Forbes] Fabio Parasecoli, coordinator of the New School's Food Studies program, was in Union Square teaching a "pop up" college course on local and s ... More >>
But not too hard, OK?
via GothamistThe Libyan uprising has "reached the capital's doorstep": anti-government forces have taken a town 30 miles from Tripoli, the capital. Yesterday, the U.N. approved sanctions against Libya and President Obama said that Moammar Qaddafi should step down. [NYT] Mohammed Ghannouchi, the ... More >>
Rebecca MarxTrue, pickings at the Greenmarket are relatively slim these days, unless you're a root vegetable fanatic or eat a lot of free-range, antibiotic-free turkey. But while fruit season may still be far, far away, Red Jacket Orchards is fortunately eternal, and their Tart Cherry Stomp i ... More >>
So the White Stripes officially announced their breakup today. You are understandably depressed. Not shocked or devastated, probably -- they hadn't put out a record in four years, nor toured in about as long, nor generally much resembled an active band. And yet it's now time to regard the sta ... More >>
Subway Art Blog via Blake MartzIt's been a while since our last post applauding awesome New York signage, but here we are again! We especially like this one -- posted on Subway Art Blog today after being noticed by an observant city dweller at Union Square -- for its literary origins. Recogni ... More >>
newyorkstreetfood.comSoon you'll get seating with your souvlakiSouvlaki GR, arguably the best Greek mobile food purveyor around (and 2010 Vendy winner for Best Rookie Truck) will soon be expanding its stomping grounds from Midtown, Union Square, and SoHo to the Lower East Side with its first ... More >>
Hansel and Gretel Would Approve Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, it's time to start holiday shopping, and what better place for gifts than at the Union Square Holiday Market. Yes, it's just as crowded as Wal-Mart come five a.m. on Black Friday, but hey, at least the snacking options ... More >>
Robert De Niro is taking Nobu to Russia, with a new location set to open in Moscow. Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa says he's looking forward to creating Russian dishes with local caviar and seafood. [Bloomberg] The Wall Street Journal looks at high-end BYOB restaurants, like Alto and The Modern, and repor ... More >>
For more than three years now, "crystal healer" and "spiritual activator" Angel Almodovar has been peddling rocks and remedies across from Whole Foods in Union Square Park. And he never had a problem really, until last Saturday when he claims NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and five parks polic ... More >>
As you may have noticed from liquor ads around town, more attention than usual is being directed toward Repeal Day -- a celebration of Utah's ratification of the Amendment overturning Prohibition on December 5, 1933. Everyone's got an agenda for it: some push for an end to drug prohibition, some plu ... More >>
Bees Without Borders now has a website. Andrew Coté, the beekeeper behind the program, will be selling his honey this Wednesday at the Union Square greenmarket. Stop by for a taste and to hear more about his upcoming travels.
On Saturday, concerned patriots will take to the streets of eleven cities across the nation as part of United for Peace and Justice's National Day of Mobilization against the war. The New York march begins at 23rd Street, where people will gather starting at noon, and ends at Foley Square near City ... More >>
The NYPD hasn't had much to say about the arrest of the Rev. Billy for reciting the First Amendment through a bullhorn at the Critical Mass gathering at Union Square last Friday. But Billy and Norman Siegal, the civil rights attorney, say its a false arrest, and the second degree harassment charg ... More >>
Take a peek today at NYPD Rant, a self-billed gathering ground for law enforcement/military types with an ax—or several axes—to grind. One of its December 8 posts, "Savages Brawl in Union Square," crystallizes the complaint, at least from one sector of the Finest, with African American l ... More >>