The long weekend is here! We say you abandon your Black Friday shopping strategy, take it easy, and check out a few of the city's less intense events -- none of which require you to wait in line at 5 a.m.
Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng's Upper West Side outpost of their downtown hit RedFarm (2170 Broadway, 212-724-9700) opened its doors this weekend after over a year of delays and a lengthy six-week staff training. It's a shame about the delays, but Schoenfeld's a pro: If our experience on opening day was ... More >>
The only thing scarier than going to a haunted house this October is watching the price of pints rise. Fortunately, we've found a few places where the art of affordable drinking is still practiced.
Step into Northern Spy Food Co., and you'll likely spot Hadley Schmitt quietly and methodically working in his sliver of an open kitchen near the back of the space. Though he looks quite young, his demeanor is outs him as a seasoned pro, the product of a long career that began when his sister landed ... More >>
When the Upper West Side and Prospect Heights outposts of Australian-themed Sunburnt Calf--satellites of East Village staple Sunburnt Cow and now-defunct LES bar Bondi Road--shuttered back in May, Aussies Tim Harris and Matilda Boland, who'd met doing time at the restaurants, jumped at the chance to ... More >>
Before you drop a ton of cash prepping for that pig roast, why not save a few bucks? Here's a look at this week's cheap drink specials--all of which can help you save a bit to bring home the bacon:
The Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia recently released an interactive map showing the exact racial and ethnic distribution in the United States. The map color-codes the country based on race and ethnicity figures from the 2010 census, assigning a dot to each and every o ... More >>
What is skipping club? Michelle Joni Lapidos, 28, started her skipping club six months ago as a way for people to come together and experience the joys of skipping. As far as she knows, it's the only one of its kind. Check out our video after the jump.
Later this year, we'll pen our Best of NYC issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes and drinks. Until then, you can get a taste ... More >>
Over the next two weeks, the Times Square outpost of hotel chain Yotel will close its three restaurants, Grub Street reported. DohYo, Terrace, and Four were all run by chef Richard Sandoval and served Latin-Asian cuisine. The restaurants employed 102 people, and also provided room service to hotel g ... More >>
Richard Greenberg invites you to dinner
Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman will now be slinging meatballs around Chelsea at the Meatball Shop's newest outpost. The spot on Ninth Avenue has 60 seats, a new cocktail list (including jello shots), and "Underballs," a first-come first-serve bar in the basement, which serves the full menu and i ... More >>
The Hairy Monk, the Boston-themed bar in Murray Hill, closed earlier this month. But according to DNAinfo, Boston fans have taken to Honky Tonk and are calling it Monk North.
16 Handles Frozen Yogurt is expanding across Manhattan with four additional stores. Already opened: Chelsea at 178 8th between 19th and 20th streets. Slated to open late August: Murray Hill at 428 Third Avenue between 29th and 30th streets. October opening: SoHo at 240 Lafayette between Spring and P ... More >>
Eclectic dim-sum joint RedFarm is now offering takeout for pick-up. The creation of Chinese food guru Ed Schoenfeld and dim-sum chef Joe Ng, the restaurant also announced via Twitter and the New York Times that they'll enlarge their current location by taking over the laundromat downstairs and will ... More >>
To celebrate National Lobster Day (June 15 everyone, mark your calendars), Vai on the Upper West Side will launch an three-course Lobster Menu for $49 available from today to Sunday, June 17.
Alphabet City loses another dive bar with The Lakeside Lounge gone. [EV Grieve] Niko on Mercer Street has closed due to a plumbing problem. "We had a flood; whether or not we reopen depends on what happens with the insurance,'' owner Cobi Levy told Grub Street. However, sources close to the restaur ... More >>
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. Neta, a sushi restaurant in the Village run by the people behind Masa, opened last Friday. [Grub Street] Today is opening day for Russian restaurant Brasserie Pushkin ... More >>
Inspired by Taco Bell's Doritos shells, McSweeney's imagines other food mashups. Serious Eats gives us Frank Bruni's recommendations for dining on the Upper West Side.
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds that dinner always ends well at Bedford Avenue newcomer Allswell. He especially relishes the porcine plates: "Instead of the usual rubbery strips, one starter featured an entire fried pig ear facing upward -- as if pleading for you to repeat something yo ... More >>
SweetOnVeg / FlickrWhen aspirin doesn't cut it, try these drinksSo while the efficacy of the hangover patch remains in question, it's time to explore some of New York City's other remedies that aim to cure that splitting headache and bleary-eyedness that comes after a night of fun ringing in ... More >>
viaIn late November, West Side Rag (a nominee for a Village Voice "best neighborhood blog" award!) pointed out that someone had been papering the empty storefronts of the Upper West Side with stickers that read "This Is Neighborhood Rot," "This Is Neighborhood Decay," "This Is a Neighborhood ... More >>
Are looks deceiving? Few foods remain as shrouded in mystery as pasta alla carbonara.The plate -- traditionally a rib-sticking combo of pasta, egg yolk, cream, pancetta, and parmigiano-reggiano -- has several origin myths.
This week in the Voice, out today: Camille Dodero profiles the Sucklord, 42-year-old Morgan Phillips, who lived with his mother till the age of 36 but is now an important figure in the designer toy world despite thinking that everyone sucks. Maura Johnston takes stock of R.E.M.'s breakup in light o ... More >>
A flash flood watch is still in effect for New York City and surrounding areas, though the rain seems to have calmed down a bit, for the moment. But earlier today it was pretty awful, outside and apparently in the subway as well. AM New York's Tim Herrera shot this video, in which commuters actually ... More >>
Joey Phadungsil has taken over the kitchen at Sura Thai Urban Kitchen, on the Upper West Side. She previously worked at Rhong-Tiam. [NY Times] James Beard finalist Jim Burke, from Philadelphia, will be the executive chef at Stephen Starr's forthcoming restaurant in the New York Historical So ... More >>
You can't spare the gravy when eating egg foo yung! Repository of over two centuries of Cantonese-American culinary history, the neighborhood Chinese carryout may some day in the future be a thing of the past, as modern Thai cafes merging carryout and cocktails supplant some, and others simp ... More >>
La Silhouette has a new chef. Matthew Tropeano, who most recently cooked at La Grenouille, is replacing David Malbequi after just seven months in the kitchen. [Eater] Michael White has revealed that he is scouting locations for his next venture on the Upper West Side. [Grub Street] David Bo ... More >>
The New York Post notes a strange feature of the Upper West Side today, a previously undisclosed real estate feature that may entice you to move there, if, perhaps, you're prone to falling from buildings. Apparently between last August and now, there have been three instances in which animals ... More >>
Beer archaeologist Patrick McGovern is working with Dogfish's Sam Calagione to investigate brewing methods that go as far back as 18,000 years ago. [io9] Sparkling rosés might not be the most complex or sophisticated wines, but they are great for summer picnics, which would explain their gr ... More >>
French eatery Le Lisita just couldn't take the pressure anymore and decided to voluntarily give back its Michelin star after the increased staff costs that came with the ranking hurt profits post-global financial meltdown. [The Telegraph] A food blogger in Taipei was sentenced to 30 days in ... More >>
It's been quite a month for food truck haters!
The Trader Joe's incident did not involve a tennis racket. Or a man."I love Thai food. I even have a weakness for the sloppy, starchy article dispensed at cheap Thai eateries ruled by the takeout trade, where sauces are thickened to withstand the trip home. But I've never tasted anything as d ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eater rounded up the "Best Worst" New York City bar and restaurant websites. And, yes, a Todd English joint makes the cut. Grub Street wondered if Columbus Tavern, which opened last week on the Upper West Side, is the latest media haunt. A Hamburger Today created an In- ... More >>
Ever felt that the seafoam green interior and moldy moldings of your Lower East Side walkup just don't "go" with the authentic door paint or vintage-scented elevator or occasional atmospheric shrieks and scufflings? Ah, if we lived at the Upper West Side's historic condo The Apthorp (resident ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Boqueria Soho & Flatiron Welcome the new year with a nine-course tapas tasting menu. There are two seatings -- 6 and 9 p.m. -- priced at $65 and $95, respectively. ... More >>
photo by Sam Horine Sean Fitzgerald Resides: Upper West Side Occupation: writer of short stories Best part of CMJ: Free booze, seeing new bands, and running around all night. Favorite band of CMJ: U.S. Royalty
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Bar Blanc Bistro (formerly just Bar Blanc), tried to reinvent itself with a modified name and new chef last year. Now, it has announced it has closed and Sebastian Zijp has gone, but promises t ... More >>
Upper West Siders and those who occasionally venture to the Upper West Side under threat of disownment will rejoice on this sunny Monday because the new 96th Street station building--located in the Broadway median between 95th and 96th Streets--is now open for business (namely, taking the 1, ... More >>
Food vendors from the Brooklyn Flea have been enlisted to sell their fare at the 36 performances of SummerStage in Central Park this summer. Look for Pizza Moto, The Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Asia Dog, among other favorites. [NY Times] Orthorexia, an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy ... More >>
The cast of Survivor: Upper West Side. Photo by Soren Solkaer StarbirdIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla wrestles with Vampire Weekend's vastly ambitious, vastly improved Contra, Ben Westhoff hangs out in MOMA's outdoor sculpture garden with MC Paul Barman, Ryan Dombal chronicles the ... More >>
Dovetail, pre-renovation.Just as Mario Batali has shrunk Del Posto in his quest for the NYT stamp of approval, Dovetail has added 20 seats to its dining room and 500 bottles to its wine list. According to a rep, John Fraser's Upper West Side New American restaurant will also boast a new somme ... More >>
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