A delightful and delicious sleight of hand
Monday, April 15 French Roast Downtown's 20th Anniversary Celebrate French Roast Downtown's twentieth anniversary with a three-course menu priced at $19.93, the year it opened. Peter Hudson will serve a classic French menu from April 15 to 18 that includes escargots, roasted bone marrow, and moules- ... More >>
At 8 p.m., the only clue that something big was happening at wd-50 was the methuselah of champagne that was touring the quietly buzzing room, a six-liter megabottle that was poured at every table. It set the tone for the once-in-a-lifetime reunion of family members--and lucky hangers-on--that was ac ... More >>
Wylie Dufresne has caused quite a stir with the opening of Alder, his new restaurant on Second Avenue. The hotspot opened last Thursday and was the newest East Village restaurant to warrant waiting lines around the block. Dufresne told Flo Fab, "It's not meant to be a destination, like wd-50." Inste ... More >>
Fighting through the spring crowds at the Union Square Greenmarket (those are MY ramps!) can induce serious hunger. On your next visit, look out for the bags of salty potato chips at the Mountain Sweet Berry Farm stand, one of the market's best snacks. The delicate chips, made from German butterbal ... More >>
This week, our restaurant critics ventured beyond the Manhattan dining scene, with Robert Sietsema on the hunt for authentic Jamaican jerk all over Flatbush, and Tejal Rao sampling new Nordic dishes at Williamsburg's Aska. How did their Brooklyn choices stack up? Read on to find out.
Hollywood has the Oscars. The food world has the James Beard Awards. The annual ceremony that recognizes both outstanding and upcoming talent in the restaurant industry has just announced its 2013 crop of semifinalists. The current (incredibly long) list will be narrowed down to finalists on Monday ... More >>
Ten years after opening his world-renowned restaurant, wd-50, which our critic recently reviewed, chef Wylie Dufresne will be opening a second restaurant in New York's East Village in the spring of 2013. According to Grub Street, Alder will be a 50-seat pub just blocks away from Momofuku Ssam Bar ... More >>
Welcome to the funhouse
Wylie Dufresne at WD-50 is creating a completely different menu with brand-new dishes. [NYTimes] Iron Man competitor Joe Bastianich talks about his new book and the dark secrets of restaurants. "The skills of a maître d' are the same skills a hooker has--to please the clients. . . . Make them fee ... More >>
Every chef has a "Stairway to Heaven," that annoyingly crowd-pleasing dish they can't take off the menu. For Wylie Dufresne of the Lower East Side gem WD-50, it's his modern rendition of eggs Benedict, which once blew our collective minds with fried cubes of Hollandaise. Well, it's the end of an era ... More >>
New kid on the block, Gwynnett Street (on Graham Avenue in Greenpoint) is getting a ton of recent buzz. The reason? This is the coming-out party of Justin Hilbert (formerly of WD-50), plus his partnership with Esca's former wine director Carl McCoy, as well as a rotating menu, creative eats, etc. ... More >>
20th Century Fox via Grub StreetI recognize most of the characters, but who's the bald guy? The end-times for Foodism are near, my friends. This Sunday, Marge Simpson turns into a food blogger, as reported in an extensive Grub Street interview with Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman. To ... More >>
Lauren BloombergTribeca gets a mouthful at Pane Panelle. First, there was speculation that the owners of Torrisi Italian Specialties would take over the vacant space next door. Then it was announced last spring that they would indeed turn the adjacent spot into a second location: A spin-off o ... More >>
Gualtiero Marchesi, the first chef in Italy to win three Michelin stars, teamed up with McDonald's to create two burgers and a dessert. [Daily Meal] Eddie Huang announced on his blog that Andy Ricker, of Pok Pok in Portland, is going to open a "wing shack" in the old BaoHaus space. [Zagat Bu ... More >>
VICE Munchies, the two-year-old Web series that has trained its lens on the likes of David Chang, Andrew Carmellini, Brooks Headley, and Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, has just kicked off a new season with an episode featuring Wylie Dufresne. As per the series's usual format, the chef ha ... More >>
A sandwich, though not a Dufresne sandwich.Sandwich shops just keep on rising from the ashes of the 2008 financial meltdown, and the latest indication of their still surging popularity comes from none other than Wylie Dufresne's dad.
On September 17 Le Grand Fooding will host what it's calling the Campfire Session at the Elizabeth Street Garden downtown; there'll be dishes designed by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and WD-50's Wylie Dufresne, DJ sets by Nancy Whang and DJ Mehdi, and performances by Sondre Lerche and Hanni ... More >>
Following the months of buildup that greet any endeavor remotely related to Momofuku, Lucky Peach, the quarterly magazine from David Chang, Peter Meehan, and McSweeney's, is now available at bookstores and newsstands.
Russ & DaughtersJune is to clupeophiles - or herring freaks as they're more commonly known - what March is to college basketball fans. Why? Because it marks the beginning of the all too brief New Catch Holland Herring season.
Can a renowned pastry chef make a decent taco?
On the heels of last weekend's Cassoulet Cook-Off comes the welcome news that more is on the way, courtesy of Savoy.
Four years after he wrote a post-Katrina appraisal of New Orleans restaurants that angered the city's inhabitants almost as much as than the entire Bush administration, Alan Richman is returning to the scene of his crime, sort of. In an interview with Grub Street, the GQ critic mentioned tha ... More >>
A new study reveals that nearly 17 percent of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity - some $168 billion. [USA Today] Conceiving your child in early spring can increase its chances of developing food allergies, according to Finnish researchers. [BusinessWire] Meanwhile, men who eat a l ... More >>
Fredericks DairiesIf it looks like fish 'n' chips and tastes like fish 'n' chips...Although we haven't experienced the pleasure (terror?) of sampling it, we're willing to bet that the fish 'n' chips ice cream being produced by an English dairy company qualifies for the Strange Snacks of the W ... More >>
Humble fish, mighty flavor.Clupeophiles, rejoice! New Catch Holland herring season is nearly upon us, with less than three weeks left until the first shipment arrives at Russ & Daughters on June 8. Last year, the appetizing mecca celebrated with a herring and aquavit pairing at the Roger Smit ... More >>
As anticipated, Tom Colicchio, Wylie Dufresne, David Chang, and Eric Ripert popped up on Treme last night. In the clip above, they show up at Patois, a NOLA restaurant run by chef Janette Desautel. They're introduced by a waitress, who tells Desautel that "four guys with a lot of attitude walked i ... More >>
Josh Moulton, who was the executive chef at West in Los Angeles, will take over the kitchen at Monkey Bar, which recently lost consulting chef Larry Forgione to P.J. Clarke's. [NY Times] Aquavit is no longer referring to Marcus Samuelsson as its chef-owner. The Top Chef Masters contender is ... More >>
Last year's catchThe time for New Holland herring--equal to the finest sushi--is almost upon us.
On this fine Friday, we turn our thoughts from food to follicles. Among the many, many reasons to watch televised cooking shows are the coiffures sported by their hosts and contestants. Top Chef wouldn't be Top Chef without its dependable supply of fauxhawks and Sapphic mullets, or, for that matter, ... More >>
Guy Fieri looks like an ostrich A couple of days ago in a sort of stoned fugue, we got the paranoid idea that chefs were really animals posing as people. Not a very good idea, certainly, but one that proved so much fun to investigate, that we did it again.
Entertainment Weekly got its hands on the line-up for Season 2 of Top Chef Masters, which will premiere on April 7. Of the 22 competitors, six were featured on Season 1.
China is doing a 10-day emergency inspection of dairy products following reports that some of the tainted products that the government ordered destroyed during the food safety scandal of 2008 had been repackaged for sale. [NY Times] Couples are expected to spend less on Valentine's Day gift ... More >>
Townend Photography/flickrOne of the great things about food-based fundraisers is that they provide valuable opportunities to indulge in base gluttony in service of a noble cause. And September happens to be full of such opportunities. Tonight, Let Us Eat Local, a fundraiser for Just Food, wi ... More >>
This week in food blogs... The week started with reports pouring in about last weekend's not-so-great Great American Food & Music Fest, and a (somewhat defensive) apology from mastermind and Serious Eats founder Ed Levine, who claimed logistical problems for the poor organization of the event. The ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily discovered a new book entitled The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama, which compiles menus, photos, quotes, and recipes for dishes that Obama may have eaten. EMD was hardly thrilled by the spoiler alert, though: "Multiple appearances by food guru Alice Wat ... More >>
You're induction into the secret society will go something like this: You'll receive an invitation telling you where and when to convene. You'll arrive, be greeted with a cocktail, and led down a flight of stairs or perhaps a darkened hallway to a secret room where others share your enthusiasm. We ... More >>
Bravo announced the chef'testants slated to compete in the upcoming Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef Masters, which include New Yorkers Wylie Dufresne, Anita Lo, Nils Noren, Christopher Lee and Jonathan Waxman. [Eater] Christian Delouvrier of La Goulue in Bal Harbour, Miami and previously of Alain Ducas ... More >>
Movin' on out: Leah (photo: Bravo)How to cap-off the chefs' time in New York--a time that began with them peeling apples in the Big Apple, then had them pretending to care about the Foo Fighters and cooking Thanksgiving dinner in toaster ovens in the middle of the summer, and featured Padma dressed ... More >>
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