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 >>
Looking for a slice of spring? Check out this weekend's food events, which are chock full of seasonality.
A couple of months ago, we told you that the Alewife team planned to cross the East River and put down roots in the Upper East Side at a forthcoming spot called The Jeffrey (311 East 60th Street, 212-355-2337). The beer bar, growler shop, and coffee-monger was then slated to open at the beginning of ... More >>
Let's say you're craving a bit of raw fish in this city. Where do you head? One good neighborhood, writes Zachary Feldman, is the Upper East Side, where there exists a veritable ocean of superlative sushi joints within a few-block radius.
Tri-level Mediterranean restaurant Vareli first entered the dining fray in Morningside Heights back in 2010, and now it's getting a re-boot with a pair of new managing partners, Richard Bill and Derrick Styczek. The duo worked together at Ouest before Styczek took over the kitchen at Etats-Unis, a s ... More >>
Cosi's bread looks like an alligator, or maybe tree bark. Those of us who fervidly celebrate the joys of immigrant cooking and its eventual assimilation into the standard American diet―think tortilla chips and guacamole, beef stroganoff, wonton soup, and IKEA's bouncy Swedish meatballs―may sti ... More >>
It's one thing to get rejected from a private school on the Upper East Side. It's a whole other thing when you get scammed soon after, simply for not making the cut. That's the word coming from the New York Post yesterday. Apparently, the Dalton School sent out a list of those who were on the waiti ... 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 >>
Ditmas Park will get a new bar and music venue on Cortelyou Avenue. Bar Chord will open in La Nueva Union Bakery's old location and will serve draft beers and bar snacks. The owners told Ditmas Park Corner that patrons can look forward to a jukebox and a regular event called "Wings and Strings" with ... More >>
[See More Events: Food Truck Festival At South Street Seaport | Free Gluten-Free Pudding On The Upper East Side] Boqueria will be offering a market-driven tomato dishes and cocktail menu throughout August. The tomato frenzy is in honor of Spain's La Tomatina Festival, which kicks off this month in ... More >>
[See More Events: Free Gluten-Free Pudding On The Upper East Side | Clam Talk at the South Street Seaport Museum] Looking for something to do on the weekend? Thirty of NYC's food trucks and 20 food vendors will be gathering at South Street Seaport for a massive food truck festival on Saturday. The ... More >>
If you want to pick a New York neighborhood to stand for snobby elitism it's easy to turn to the Upper East Side. And though that's a broad stereotype, a new controversy is helping to reinforce it. The Times brings us the story of the residents of East 69th Street near Lexington Avenue, who are join ... More >>
Lauren BloombergDon't you want to bathe in El Parador's cheesy crock of chilaquiles?Belgium boasts its waffles. Japan's sushi customs have spread the world over, and French fries are in every happy meal across the globe. So, what foodstuff to we credit Mexico with exporting? You could say it's ta ... More >>
It's National Taco Day, apparently! While New York City might not be Los Angeles when it comes to scoring premium carne asada off the street, there are still lots of excellent taco options to try. Plenty of new spots have opened since we listed the 10 Best Tacos in New York a couple of years ago, wi ... More >>
The Upper East Side--a new nabe for Bohemians
Today the New York Post has the heart-warming story of single New Yorkers who have uncovered the secret to romantic happiness in the city. Confident that people who live in Brooklyn will never travel to the West Village, nor vice versa, these lovely representatives of healthy relationships ar ... More >>
No, 900 Degrees isn't a new boyband; it's the Greenwich Village offshoot of a San Francisco pizzeria, where the Voice's Robert Sietsema was a bit overwhelmed by the six different categories of pizza, from the fantastic Naples pies to the "rib-sticking, but unremarkable" thick Sicilian pies to the gi ... More >>
Three long years after Sea Salt closed, its old home has a new occupant.
Lauren ShockeyMahjong Dumplings' Traditional Monkey DumplingsThe team behind Cascabel Taqueria recently opened Mahjong Dumplings, a small Upper East Side restaurant devoted to--you've got it--dumplings. And while the restaurant mostly celebrates pan-Asian cuisine, several of the dumplings of ... More >>
Rebecca MarxWhere hubris and cacao content collide.We weren't impressed with the Best Chocolate Cake in the World when it opened on Spring Street last July, but apparently, others were. The store subsequently opened a second outpost in Dumbo, and as of today, it now has a third on the Upper E ... More >>
"Maxi" on the left and "Munch" on the right Replacing a Baluchi's at the corner of Washington Place and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, Joy Burger Bar is yet another homegrown, upper-end, fast-food burger chain. It is a second branch of a place at Lex and 100th Street on the Upper East S ... More >>
Yesterday we posted video of the New York City cab that caught on fire in Wednesday's snowstorm and suddenly exploded. No one was injured, except, financially, the cabbie himself, who has been ticketed due to his vehicle blocking the road when a tow truck failed to come and get it soon enough ... More >>
The end of the year did not mean the end of the listicles: only a few days into 2011, Esquire critic John Mariani has released his "Where You Should Eat in New York City Right Now " round-up. What do his seven picks, which include Lincoln, Adour, Lavo, and the Upper East Side pizzeria San Ma ... More >>
We slalom the menu with Dr. John
Victoria BekiempisSpritely! Several rosy-cheeked, curly-headed cherubs suddenly find themselves sleepy and hungry. Their wings ache, and their music has slowed -- they've told their boss they need a break from the ever-intense routine of harp-song and meadow frolicking. So he tells them to ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisNo shotguns used in the preparation of this dish If you've eaten your fair share of meat substitutes, you've probably noticed that the veg flesh--or even tofu--is often masked by heavy sauces. This happens a lot in Asian dishes. Chicken, beef, pork, and seafood are the shini ... More >>
Hey, here's a new thing to blame on the MTA: Owners of businesses near the worksite of the Second Avenue subway are saying that dirty, lunch-leaving construction workers are attracting flies to the Upper East Side, with swarms now everywhere along the path of the subway-to-be, reports the Pos ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Cru and Veritas have both closed supposedly temporarily for renovations, but most industry folk are betting they don't reopen. [NY Times] Maritime Parc has opened in Liberty State Park, ... More >>
In the biggest Fairway news since the shop's cafe in the UWS branch was given a new lease on life, the Time's FloFab reports that the Upper East Side will get a Fairway at 240 East 86th Street. Fairway partner Howard Glickberg told the Times that the branch will open in about six months and stret ... More >>
Police are looking for this chipper fellow wanted in connection with a bank robbery on the Upper East Side (He smiled just like he knew the camera was watching, didn't he?). Yesterday at about 10 a.m. he entered the Bank of America at 65th Street and 3rd Avenue, approached a teller, and deman ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Luke's LobsterLuke HoldenLast Friday, we chatted with Luke Holden, the eponymous founder of Luke's Lobster. Holden spoke with us about opening the second incarnation of his lobster shack on the Upper East Side, Maine pride, and $30 lobster rolls. Today, he expounds up the pa ... More >>
Got your pitchfork handy? Good, because if you live in Manhattan, you'll need it; this week on Project Runway, the challenge is apparently to incite all Gothamites to violence. And it succeeds wildly in two ways: first, two designers attempt to extract fashion inspiration from the Upper East ... More >>
We are grateful for the Times unemployment map, which shows what New York neighborhoods are doing best and worst in these parlous economic times, though most of its findings come as no shock. The big loser is unsurprisingly East New York (also murder rate increase leader) with 3rd-quarter un ... More >>
Holey Cream, Batman! Tromping down Ninth Avenue in the snow, this soon-to-open dessert spot might catch your eye.
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema discovers the shocking flavors of the Chinese province of Shandong at Golden Palace. Pete Wells is unimpressed with Gus and Gabriel, crediting Michael Psilakis with having "perfected a new technology that magically strips out all the taste" from his burger. ... More >>
We keep hearing that Manhattan rents are down significantly, but the folks who are being eminent-domained out of their homes to make way for the new Second Avenue Subway line aren't seeing it. The Times talks to several who've worked with the MTA and its realty partner O. R. Colan Associates, and ... More >>
The October numbers are in, and U.S. single-home prices dropped 18 percent against the previous year. Newer mind the suburbs, you say; what about here in the land of the $1,885 alcove studio? More good news: big-city housing value dropped even more, trending down so strong it appears to be taking Ne ... More >>
It's Mardi Gras, New York: Where are you?
After-work drink spot on the Upper East SideThat doesn't suck
Maid's room in Park Avenue building