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 >>
In an attempt to improve on the cupcake, Bee's Knees Baking Co. in the West Village came up with the idea of assembling frosting and already-baked cake into thin layers in a small plastic container--the same ones that are usually filled with salsa, tzatziki, or sweet and sour sauce and belong at the ... More >>
Looking like it was wrested from the English countryside, this West Village Tudor house is now home to Swine. A few months ago, the old Rubyfruit space was transformed into Swine. A pork-centric place? Well, not really. The menu is mainly based on small dishes, charcuterie, and bar snacks, but the ... More >>
In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here's a list of restaurants that opened and closed in December.
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.
This week, Tejal Rao tries the pasta and polenta boards at L'Apicio, the new "glassy cathedral" on the Bowery from partners Gabe Thompson and Joe Campanale, where Rao says if you added a parking lot "it could be that one restaurant in every American town where the people with money come." While she ... More >>
When Rosemary's opened during the summer, one of the biggest draws was its rooftop garden. But now that the weather has taken a turn for the sludgy, the West Village trattoria is enticing diners with a new daily breakfast menu.
Yesterday, we published an article about a support group that's been setup by a West Village resident who claims he suffered "acute stress disorder" after he was left helpless and without power for five whole days following Hurricane Sandy.This West Village victim -- who apparently called into NY1 a ... More >>
Head into the urban wilderness with Woods
Is Napoleon dynamite in a new wine bar?
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 >>
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.
A friend and I were at a gay watering hole in the West Village the other night when we heard two guys at the bar buzzing my name. So we went over and said hello. One of the guys greeted us, then flitted away, obviously not that impressed. The other one lingered, seeming to feel there was some sex ... More >>
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 >>
Our week in food: I headed to a posh Kosher spot in Soho for my weekly review while Robert checked in on Liza Queen in Williamsburg and visited the oddly named Urbanspace Meatpacking, where he found some hits and misses. Did you miss the awesome guest appearance from Nick Greene? Our web editor fi ... 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 >>
[See More Interviews: Dan Ross-Leutwyler of Bellwether | Chez Jose's Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pam Yung] Maybe it's the food or the cleverly designed space--or perhaps it's just the bees on the roof--that have created all the buzz surrounding Rosemary's, the latest West Village venture from restaurateu ... More >>
In a letter dated June 20th, signed by Harold Dieterle (chef of Perilla and Kin Shop) and his business partner Alicia Nosenzo, and posted in the West Village, the pair solicit the support of the neighborhood in opening their new restaurant at 99 Bank Street. The space was most recently a last evocat ... More >>
Good tries so far, but I was not at Egg Williamsburg, Parish Hall, Buvette, Cafe Cluny, Cafe Colette, or Buttermilk Channel.
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 >>
Uniting egg and eggplant, possibly for the first time -- the sabich sandwich at Taim Despite a plethora of overpriced and pretentious restaurants, the West Village is still one of the damned best places to eat in the city in nearly every price range. And here's the list to prove it. Note that ther ... More >>
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 >>
A cast-iron skillet, a spatula, a pat of butter -- and an egg -- were the only experimental materials needed. With temps reaching up to 95 degrees today, the Food Science team at Fork in the Road set out to test the age-old assertion on the part of heat sufferers, "It's so hot out there you ... More >>
I was waiting for my order at a West Village felafel place the other night when a 30-ish woman in a brightly patterned minidress skipped in and screeched, "Hi!" I immediately thought "actress on an audition." "Can I have some felafel to go?" she boomed to the counter guy, who dutifully got ... 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 >>
A new wine bar is coming to the West Village that promises to be the most authentic French bar à vin the city has yet seen, according to owner Sebastien Auvet's Facebook page.
Ditch PlainsIf the continuing success of Luke's Lobster is any indication, inhabitants of the city's upper climes love consuming crustaceans in hot dog buns. And beginning today, they'll have even greater opportunity to do so.
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 >>
For more than six years, I was a regular on your show, and from the start I felt we had a way more comfortable rapport than, let's say, Spitzer and whatshername. As we chewed over topics from Tom Cruise's love life to Sarah Palin's family values and beyond, I'd say impishly outrageous things ... More >>
A couple of nights ago, in between making port toddies (hot toddies with port) and expounding upon their "secret to a great meatball" on Jimmy Fallon, the Meatball Shop's Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman revealed that in addition to their upcoming location in Williamsburg, they're also planning ... 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 >>
hiphostess.blogspot.comBetter than a gin and tonic any day.Brighid L. asks: Now that it's cold, my go-to gin and tonic just doesn't hit the spot. Any suggestions for a winter drink? Dear Brighid: Drinking a gin and tonic shares many similarities with wearing white after Labor Day. Unless y ... More >>
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