St. Paddy's Day weekend is upon us, which means you have an excuse, if you want, to don green and drink Guinness until you're kicked out of a bar. Not your bag? Check out this list of things to do instead.
Visiting Chef Kenichi Tajima's spartan uptown nest
Yes, we understand that your feelings about Whole Foods may be somewhat confusing -- the new location in Gowanus, our staff writer Anna Merlan wrote, is great, which makes her feel somewhat terrible. One major positive: The stores really work hard to support local producers, a task that, in this are ... More >>
Have you ordered your turkey yet? We hope so -- last week, we recommended a number of places that sell local, sustainable birds, but many of those vendors were on the way to selling out. And assuming you have the poultry under control (or aren't responsible for roasting the fowl), it's time to start ... More >>
Fifty thousand people descended on Denver, Colorado for the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, a massive showcase of everything happening in brewing in this country that took place October 10-12. The event also pits beers against each other in competition, and this year, 4,000 beers from big and sma ... More >>
The "customer appreciation sale" at Williamsburg grocery store Tops on the Waterfront seems pretty awesome at first. Instead of just select items for sale, everything in the store--even the shopping carts--are 10 percent off. But everything is for sale because Tops is closing its doors this month a ... More >>
There are few winter staples for non-meat eaters that approach the heartiness of vegetarian chili. The recipe is basic (beans, tomato sauce, and whatever vegetables you have around), the ingredients are cheap, the calories are low, and it lasts for days in the fridge, always running out before going ... More >>
Next time you're in your favorite dairy aisle, stare at the yogurt case for half a second and marvel at the stunning variety. Greek yogurt's seen a surge in recent years, and it holds a prevalent place among classic fruit-on-the-bottom or stirred iterations. But look closer and you'll also find yogu ... More >>
Last time we caught up with ramen whiz Yuji Haraguchi, he was setting up shop in the Whole Foods Bowery pop-up and scheming to open his own restaurant in Williamsburg later this year. The stint was supposed to end this spring, but Fork hears that Haraguchi will be staying put through the end of the ... More >>
April Fools' Day has become, for lack of a better word, a shitshow. A day of pranks played on and by friends has metastasized into overblown theater perpertrated by news outlets, corporations, and even governments. Did you set your sister's clock back an hour? Too bad, Scope has already goofed her ... More >>
You're probably already familiar with Food52, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs' cool startup that began as a crowd-sourced cookbook and became a community of over 50,000 cooks (a mix of amateurs and pros) who share recipes, stories and tips. Hotline is the site's popular Q&A service, where cooks co ... More >>
It's generally agreed that the area below Chambers Street is a food no-man's-land. However, take a closer look and you'll find a number of options that don't just fill a void, but are top-notch. We've rounded up our 10 favorites, and lumped Battery Park City and the Financial District together, for ... More >>
Yesterday, we spoke with Chef David Burke about grilling and ramps. Today we take the chef in a different direction: chatting about over the hill food trends, creativity, and the multiple restaurants he's looking to open in the next few years. What food trends are you tired of seeing? The molecula ... More >>
Shanghai Dumplings from Whole Foods (Union Square)
Droolworthy?Fraternity brothers, truth-or-dare players, crazy hoarders with weird eating habits: these are all people that we'd expect to dabble in dog food munching. So, it came as a surprise recently, when we found a dog food that was tempting to try.DooD is a delivery food that's so much more ... More >>
Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year for pizza delivery chains. Who knew? Some 20 percent of Americans plan to order a pie tonight. [Restaurant News] A growing number of freegans in the city go Dumpster diving for food from upmarket chain stores, like Starbucks and Whole Foods. ... More >>
The Williamsburg bar/club Bruar Falls, founded by the proprietors of Cake Shop and the Library Bar, will "cease to exist on November 1," according to a statement posted by the founders. Proprietors of the venue, which opened in the spring of 2009, sent out the announcement just as the weekend was be ... More >>
photo by Denise WintersTom Richter talks tonic.There are a lot of new small-batch gins these days. Seeing an imbalance in the marketplace -- and the cosmos, perhaps? -- actor and bartender Tom Richter set out to make tonic. Tomr's Handcrafted Tonic Syrup may sound like an old-timey purported ... More >>
What the salad looks like before applying dressing. The food at Wendy's is generally agreed to be the best among the national burger chains. While the hamburgers are much better at such regionals as In-N-Out and Five Guys, Wendy's offers a few maverick items that are actually worth eating. ... More >>
Village Yogurt is a Chelsea staple where famous and no-name patrons alike go for uncomplicated, healthy Asian food. [Wall Street Journal] An EU effort to ban meat from the offspring of cloned animals failed after talks between participating governments broke down. [ABC News] Whole Foods is ... More >>
Whole Foods has announced it will host a monthlong environmental film festival called Do Something Reel in April. Really, it's a program of six documentaries that will be shown in some 70 cities, including New York, from the beginning of April through mid-May.
Well, now that I've gotten your attention, let me clarify that there was an image of a naked celeb at the Armory Show. It was Angelina adorning the letter H, which probably stands for "Hollywood," though you can feel free to come up with your own far more vivid guesses. (Image below)
While Whole Foods has whimped out on its imperative to safeguard endangered ocean fish - as reported by Fork in the Road -- Costco manned up last August and declared an outright sales ban on seven fish species that are among the most stressed worldwide.
Robert SietsemaWill Mile End's Ruth Wilensky find a home in Manhattan?Speaking of Montreal-style bagels, it looks like Mile End has some big plans in store for 2011.
Yesterday, we spoke with Fany Gerson about the many things she has planned for La Newyorkina, the Mexican frozen-treats stand that she debuted in New York last summer. Today, the pastry chef extraordinaire talks about the so-called Sombrero Effect, the future, and keeping all of those ice cre ... More >>
Inha Leex Hale/FlickrAlthough they may appear ubiquitous, Korean grocers, with their outdoor fruit and flower displays and inventory of everything from Clif Bars to Cup Noodles, are actually far less common in New York City than they were two decades ago.
The Suburbs and Contra contemplate little pink polos for you and me
Nick MorgensternYesterday, we talked with Nick Morgenstern about his new restaurant, Goat Town. Today, he lets us in on his Christmas plans and New Year's resolutions, which may or may not involve another launch for 2011. Goat Town has it's own garden, we hear. How's it looking? We're worki ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Rebe ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Vict ... More >>
ViaOur friends on the other side of the pond have discovered a little neighborhood called Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, and today in the Guardian, deem it "perhaps the national capital for young 'hipsters' trying to beat back the commercialism and standardisation that defines much of American da ... More >>
Pie Bird PressBetter than a kitten calendar.Going to a locavore holiday party this weekend and don't know what to get the hosts? Why, a seasonal produce calendar, of course!
Weary of the turkey carnage currently raging throughout the country, we decided to dedicate this week's Battle of the Dishes to its meatless, extremely distant cousin, the Tofurky. Ridiculed by carnivores and regarded with varying measures of gratitude and disdain by vegetarians, the Tofurky ... More >>
Burger King is, in fact, being sold to private equity firm 3G Capital for some $3.26 billion. [Salon] Whole Foods is not immune to food safety scandals. It's recalling farm cheese due to possible Listeria and Staphylococcus aureus contamination. [WireUpdate] A new exhibition at the MoMA, en ... More >>
And here we are on yet another Friday afternoon, pausing briefly before the onset of the weekend to look back on the week that was ... We ranked Our 10 Best Cookies. At Whole Foods' fish counter, adventures in unsustainable seafood. The 10 easy rules of the Sietsema Weight Loss System.
Wylie 'n Padma, with Wylie looking wily. I'd been at a birthday party at Momofuku just before Top Chef Season 7, Episode 10 aired. Knowing that I'd drawn the short straw and had to write about it, I cycled home in a lather, filled to the brim with fried chicken, corn salad, and pork-belly ss ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Help, Lord - The Devil Wants Me Fat! Author: C. S. Lovett Date: 1977 ... More >>
The conversion of CBGB into a fancy boot emporium is ancient news at this point, and as evil or wrongheaded as John Varvatos has often seemed on the Bowery--a sliver of the old wall, behind glass! Guns N' Roses!--putting CBGB out of its misery in 2006 was a mercy killing. It hadn't been good ... More >>
AM-NYThe tortilla-making operation at Tortilleria NixtamalWhen Fernando Ruiz and Shauna Page opened Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, Queens, just about a year and a half ago, the place became an instant sensation. That's because they're the only known place in the city that makes fresh masa do ... More >>
Jenny MillerJohn Melngailis' Latvian-style rye.John Melngailis, an engineering professor at the University of Maryland (and the father of Sarma Melngailis of Pure Food & Wine), missed the dense, dark, sourdough rye bread he ate growing up in Latvia.
Sauteed shrimp in a fiery salsaBarbara Sibley and Margaritte Malfy are the co-owners-and-chefs of the two La Palapa restaurants in the East and West Villages. Antojitos, published this fall, is the first cookbook from the duo.
The Fruit Hunters by Adam Leith Gollner will be turned into a movie. Yung Chang, who directed the 2007 film Up the Yangtze, is adapting the book as part of a program at the Canadian Film Center. [NY Times] Fried pickles are cropping up on menus around the country. In New York, you can find f ... More >>
More farmers markets are equipped with terminals allowing them to accept food stamps, which have now gone paperless since the government replaced the paper coupons with debit cards in 2004. The state of New Jersey started giving the terminals to farmers this month. [NY Times] The Food Safety Enhanc ... 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 >>
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