It was early May when The Black Ant (60 Second Avenue, 212-598-0300), a contemporary Mexican restaurant in the East Village, soft-opened its doors to a select few. There was a sturdy doorman dressed in black consulting a clipboard of names, an actual velvet rope, a truncated red carpet, and one of t ... More >>
Need a reprieve from an intense week? Or maybe you just need to get out more? This weekend's line-up includes plenty of art, music, endless drinks, and food, of course, too.
Need to get away for a few hours? No matter what the changing season brings, take solace in the fact great brunch places are there when you need them. Here's a round up of a few retreats we've scouted out for some temporary relief.
Over did it over the past couple of days? Keep the party going (or recuperate) with these brunch options.
Celebrate seven years of Trouble & Bass
At this point, the farm-to-table-buzzword craze has largely subsided, and that restaurateurs and chefs find ways to thoroughly integrate the locavore ethic into their kitchens is not so much an exception as it is a rule. Still, there's a difference between adding a few token Greenmarket ingredients ... More >>
We'd like to pretend we're too cool to care about the new member of Britain's royal family, but did we click on the news alert that announced the Duchess of Cambridge had popped out a baby boy? Yes, yes we did, and we'll keep one eye on news on this subject, too, until the tiny prince has a name. ... More >>
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 tast ... More >>
Bistro musical chairs
After securing a finalist spot for several years running, Blue Hill picked up a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant earlier this week, putting it in the company of Eleven Madison Park (2011), Daniel (2010), Jean Georges (2009), and Gramercy Tavern (2008). For those who have followed the res ... More >>
Veranda hasn't had the best luck with state politics. After being fined $200,000 for underpaying employees last year, and losing its liquor license, the West Village has closed its doors. The restaurant/ lounge was issued violations from the Department of Buildings for illegally running a nightclub. ... More >>
Crab Spot in Park Slope opened this week and is serving seafood pots and surf and turf. According to their Twitter, the grand opening special is Maryland Blue Crabs. Free drink with your entree, they promise. 33 Union St.
Activists protesting the construction of a new natural gas pipeline into the heart of Manhattan stepped up their efforts to draw attention to the issue this weekend by getting naked, painting their bodies green, and dancing along the West Side Highway. The NJ-NY Expansion Project, known familiarly ... More >>
It's been a very good year for kale salads. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Bread: New Breakfast and Brunch Spot in the West Village | ... More >>
This nicely turned out (and relatively inexpensive at $7) breakfast is Dish #10 in our countdown. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.
Dish #12 is pretty luxurious for a ham and cheese Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.
Considering women now buy more than half the wine that ends up on the American table, a few companies have devised marketing tricks to stand out. I submit the following: Exhibit A The wine purse. No, there aren't pockets for your cell phone, mirror and gloss. That might make the packaging useful as ... More >>
In theory, I should love wine bars -- I drink a lot of wine, and I often trade evenings in my dinky, NYC apartment for nights out. But I often cringe when I hear the term, since every restaurant proprietor takes poetic license to call their beverages a "wine list" and their establishment a "wine bar ... More >>
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 >>
Some time in the last few days, the red Marshal's Notice appeared in the window of Lafayette French Pastry. West Village old-timer Lafayette French Pastry, 26 Greenwich Avenue, was seized by marshals pursuant to an eviction notice in the last few days, and the gates were up during what would have ... More >>
Where do you intend to use that thing? Kips Bay? New York real estate makes for some mighty screwy bedfellows. No sooner had coffee-bar-turned-restaurant Doma been unceremoniously ejected from its West Village digs at the corner of Perry Street and Waverly Place than the brown paper went up in the ... More >>
WORST: A seemingly homemade clock featuring a chocolate donut, Hershey bar, and three semi-wrapped kisses. [click to enlarge] Every year, the West Village's Perry Street Block Association throws an open-air block party, which is more of a down-at-the-heels flea market that a peddler of tube socks ... More >>
Bricola, a tiny wine bar created by the people behind Aria Wine Bar in the West Village, has opened in Hell's Kitchen. [Zagat] Pounds & Ounces, a gastropub outfitted with an in-house DJ, is opening Wednesday in Chelsea. [Grub Street] Granduca di Sicilia, an Italian restaurant with a Sicilian focus ... More >>
Five-Spice Tofu Rolls from Gobo (401 Avenue of the Americas, 212-255-3902)
Run through 'Little Bohemia'
This round was too easy for you guys: You guessed right almost immediately. I was eating at Frankies 570 in the West Village. The meatballs there are a delight -- firm, with raisins and pine nuts added in for a touch of sweetness. These balls are baked not fried, which I know for sure because I ... More >>
Handbag store, Bleecker Street, West Village, Sunday, 8:45pm
This week in the Voice, out today: Nick Pinto asks if NYU is really worth all the student debt. Michael Musto gives us 35 reasons to hate nightlife.
Jayjay P / FlickrIt's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and pla ... More >>
Hotel Griffou already has a replacement for David Santos, who left recently, citing creating differences with management. Mark Strausman, of Fred's at Barneys New York, is reportedly taking over. [Grub Street] Atera, the soon-to-open new incarnation of Compose, has lost its pastry chef. Mica ... More >>
Food trucks are soooo passé. You can barely walk down the street without hitting one with your fancy new handbag! Since we as a city do not sit and stagnate (unless it's today) but instead ebb and flow like the sewage-filled tides, there is a new entry in the truck camp. There are vibrator t ... More >>
Aube, once an area that simply supplied grapes to the more important production regions in Champagne, is coming to be known for its own independent winemakers. [NY Times] Hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams is launching a new dessert liqueur with Diageo called Qream, which will target "women wh ... More >>
Le Petite Puppy, that adorable Christopher Street store that you can't help gazing into the newspaper-shaving-coated puppy-housing windows of for hours and hours, and maybe even going inside even though you have no intention of buying a puppy nor do you believe in pet stores, really, has issu ... More >>
Stucco-covered Julius' may be the city's very first gaystropub. Why is the weather always hot as hell during Pride Weekend? Your best refuge -- before, during, or after the march -- is in a well-air-conditioned restaurant for a meal or snack (with a frozen cocktail or two, if you prefer). ... More >>
Guess what's on it! (Click on image to enlarge.) 900 Degrees is the city's latest newfangled pizza parlor, descended from Tony's Pizza Napolitana, one of the first establishments to bring Neapolitan-style pies to San Francisco two years ago. Now you can taste that ur-pie and a couple dozen ... 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! Crab Boil Back Forty Tuesday, June 14th, 7 p.m. Peter Hoffman's East Village spot Back Forty will kick off summer by throwing its first Crab Boil of the season. For ... More >>
The Fusion Arts Museum on Manhattan's Lower East Side has a new exhibit entitled "Store Buyout: The Art of Convenience," which started with artist Kyle MacDonald and his crew entering the West Village's Hercules Fancy Grocery with a briefcase full of cash. They inform the man behind the counter that ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Nicky's Pho in the East Village has closed just three months after it opened. Co-owner Billy Dang said there wasn't enough foot traffic. [Grub Street] Charlie Palmer's Métrazur restaurant in ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Michael Feingold muses on the current state of theater, cost-cutting and all. "The arts can find ways out of their straitened financial situation," he says, going on to talk about the folks in New York theater who help, and have helped, give it meaning. Related: Eric G ... More >>
Certainly, we are bacchanalian sorts, at least, this half of Runnin' Scared is. And we've gotten into all sorts of scrapes while intoxicated that would have caused great pain had we been sober (Drunk Bike Accident of '09, you were a doozy). But this is a cautionary tale to EVEN US. Via the Ne ... More >>
sheckysnightlife.comEast Village taqueria standby Mercadito Cantina (172 Avenue B, 212-388-1750) will be shuttering its doors at the end of the month and will turn into an event space. Per Mercadito's rep, the space will be utilized for "innovative cooking demonstrations by Chef Sandoval, be ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Chilean sandwich shop Barros Luco in Midtown has closed after a little more than a year in operation. [Grub Street] Galaxy Global Eatery, a restaurant specializing in hemp-based cuisine, has c ... 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 >>
The CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases has found that one in six Americans gets sick, as opposed to one in four, which was previously reported. [WebMD] A 90-year-old Harlem man mugged after leaving a Key Food received $500 in cash and $500 in gift cards from t ... More >>
zimbio.comFamous people get hungry too Because no trip to New York City is complete without a celebrity spotting, ABC News has compiled a list of places where the stars like to hang out and dine. You can be just like famous people! Except they won't have to endure long waits and reservatio ... More >>
Gabriel Stulman offers you a seat at his high-end general store
Free readings of 14 new plays
We figured this would be of pressing interest to our readers: Forbes says that "owners of luxury residencies are cutting prices by 20% to 25% on average," and there are bargains out there for smart shoppers: For example, Julian Schnabel's twin Palazzo Chupi properties, once going for $59 million/pai ... More >>
This week, FitR's column explores the urban winemaking phenomenon. The idea of making wine commercially in a city is all over SF's Bay Area already—see SF Chronicle, Imbibe magazine. And now it's come to New York. Urban winemaking isn't about growing grapes in the city, which would be pretty muc ... More >>