William Grimes

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Reviewing the Doritos Locos Taco

    William Grimes, former restaurant critic at The New York Times, reviews the Doritos Locos Taco today:Like almost every normal American, I like Doritos Nacho Cheese Flavored chips. For precisely that reason, I regarded the taco version with dread. Would it violate the spirit of the chip? Or, converse ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Diner Slang and Lunch Counter Lingo: A Quiz

    Invented dialect spoken here... New York City is famous for several schools of what might be called waiter's lingo, or lunch counter slang. In the 19th century hash houses of the city - where a nickel bought a full meal that often included a plate of beans - a steak might be called "slaughter in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    19th Century NYC Dining: 10 Fascinating Facts from William Grimes' Appetite City

    To go with your tureen of turtle soup, a glass of Madeira was the near-universal choice. In 2009 former Times restaurant critic William Grimes published Appetite City, a book so crammed with details about the history of New York dining that you'll find yourself returning to extract delicious littl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    NYC's 10 Weirdest Restaurants

    ​Hmmmm, will flying to Mars for dinner make me seasick? There has always been an element of zaniness in the New York dining scene, ever since pretty girls started selling hot ears of buttered corn down on Delancey Street in the 19th Century - or maybe even before that, because a restaurant b ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Turns Out the New Times Critic Is... Eric Asimov! (Just for Now)

    pathlost/flickrTaking a break from wining to critique.​Rumors that the Times-Picayune critic, Brett Anderson, has been selected to replace Sam Sifton have not yet been refuted. In the meantime, the position has already been filled -- temporarily, at least. Wine writer Eric Asimov is taking ove ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    A Matter of Taste's Sally Rowe Reflects on the Distinctive Flavors of Paul Liebrandt

    ​Whether you view Paul Liebrandt as an avant-garde visionary or a flamboyant hack, he is undoubtedly one of the most original and creative chefs to have made his imprint on New York's dining scene during the last decade. In 2000, while cooking at Atlas, the chef, who was 24 at the time, earned ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Woo Lae Oak Is Closing After 12 Years

    ​Woo Lae Oak is the latest restaurant to fall victim to lease renegotiation: after 12 years at 148 Mercer Street, the upscale Korean restaurant will close its doors at the end of May.

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    November 23, 2010

    William Grimes Says if You "Scratch a Snooty Food Critic" You'll Find an "Ordinary Human"

    ​Following the efforts of The New York Times' public editor and dining editor to assure readers that the paper is democratic in its choices of restaurants to review, former Times restaurant critic William Grimes has added his proverbial two cents to the conversation.

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    March 15, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Tantalizing Tofu & Beer Happiness

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! The Elements of Tofu EN Japanese Brasserie March 16 Think tofu is a bore? Let Chef Abe Hiroki show you otherwise. This James Beard Foundation Greens dinner will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    A Good Month for New York Food History

    ​In the last three weeks or so, the publishing world has bestowed upon us no less than three books dedicated exclusively or in large part to the cultural history of food and dining in New York. William Grimes's Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York, David Sax's Save the Deli, and Andre ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    A Non-Cookbook Fall Food Book Preview

    striatic/flickr​Eat Me Daily has unfurled its comprehensive Fall 2009 non-cookbook preview. Books editor Helen Rosner has chosen 13 titles she considers worth a read; while cookbooks, as EMD points out, do constitute most of the autumn deluge, memoirs, single-subject paeans, and classics like ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Liman

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema indulges in some (hopefully sustainable) ultra-fresh seafood at Liman. Bruni's third to last review is of a slipping Union Square Cafe. The beloved Danny Meyer restaurant lost one star from the three William Grimes awarded it in 1999. [NY Times] Restaurant ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Who Will Replace Bruni?

    Frank Bruni's gig at the Times is coming to an end in about three weeks. That means that his replacement has likely already been chosen--Bruni writes in his memoir that each critic is given several weeks of preparatory time, basically to fly all over the world and eat in the best restaurants. So i ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Fleur de Sel Set to Close

    This sad news just into my email in box, a press release announcing the closing of venerable downtown restaurant Fleur de Sel:  Chef-owner Cyril Renaud announces the closure of Fleur de Sel, his Michelin-starred restaurant in the Flatiron district (5 East 20th Street), on Saturday, February 21s ... More >>

  • News

    March 30, 2004

    Asian Logroll

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