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  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    The 10 Best Alt Turkey Dinners in NYC

    Turkey is not a flippant foul. It requires a certain amount of patience and gravitas to set a table, sharpen carving knives, and pour gravy in preparation for a Thanksgiving feast. But what happens if the one annual shot at poultry perfection is foiled by a careless cousin burning the bird to a toas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Bushwick

    As rent rose in Williamsburg to match prices in Manhattan, restaurateurs pushed eastward, and they've spent the last several years colonizing Bushwick with unique offerings that run the gamut from vegan Ethiopian fare to Cuban sandwiches. Those businesses join a slew of already-established places, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Why You Should Plan a Tasty Weekend in Outer Cape Cod

    The outlying towns of Cape Cod are an environment far removed from New York City. There are trees instead of skyscrapers, calm instead of chaos, the lazy chirp of crickets in place of car horns. While the Outer Cape (anything above the elbow) may seem too rugged trip for the civilized city slicker, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    On the (Willow) Road With Chef Kevin Chojnowski

    When Kevin Chojnowski was 10 years old, he worked on a local farm, picking strawberries, beans, and peas. It was his first dip into the food world, but it made a lasting impression -- by 15, he was waiting tables and helping in the kitchen, prepping and washing dishes, at a nearby restaurant. When h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Taquerias in NYC

    Like bedfellows and debut albums, we're omnivorous in our tastes, which is why we go to different taquerias for specific tacos -- al pastor here, shrimp tacos there. You want the best cecina? Not here. You have to go to Queens. It is hard to do one thing well, and since a taco has the potential to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Steakhouses in NYC

    Kept alive by nearly two centuries of chewing carnivores, the New York City steakhouse defiantly broils on. Classic steakhouses, like Peter Luger and Keens, enjoy a certain amount of stability not common in the current dining climate, where even the most exciting chef-driven small plates tasting cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Breakfasts in NYC

    Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it too often becomes an afterthought, skipped altogether in lieu of a hurried borough-to-borough commute. New York may not be much of a breakfast town -- unless you count the hordes who queue for corner store coffee and a mediocre egg on a rol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    These Are the Ten Best Restaurant Patios, Rooftops, and Outdoor Dining Experiences in NYC

    Sometimes our hunger can't be contained within mere brick and mortar, and so we set out in search of the city's many courtyards, patios, gardens, terraces, and rooftops, looking for a place to put food into our mouths while enjoying the weather. A fine time can be had outdoors, whether gazing out at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Flushing

    It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Seven Great Irish Pubs in NYC

    There are plenty of middling faux-Gaelic watering holes that ply patrons with green beer on that shit show that is St. Patrick's Day, but if you prefer a less bastardized version of the Irish pub, the following picks should work just fine. With Guinness on our brains and sausage rolls in our bellies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Six NYC Restaurant Versions of Treats You Loved as a Kid

    There was once a simpler time. A time when instead of finding satisfaction in a craft brew or the truffle supplement, you had Mondo and PB Maxx. And while those old school treats have been discontinued, nostalgia never dies, and even fancy chefs pay attention. Here are six restaurant versions of tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    The 10 Best Frozen Drinks in NYC

    Break out the acid wash denim jorts -- it's downright summery outside. And no better way to celebrate a warm day (or pretend that it's swimsuit season) than with a frozen drink. Here are our 10 favorites around town.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Hannah Palmer Egan's Best Meals of 2013

    As a staunch omnivore, I eat it all, but I'm most excited by meat: Pork and beef and duck and game live and die very, very close to my heart, and having spent my teenage years as a vegetarian (yeah, OK, I was that girl), it takes a lot for a vegetable to really excite me (although I do make a habit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    5 Drink Orders that Let Everyone Know You're an Asshole

    Like every recreational activity, drinking has its share of snobs, slobs, and Average Joes. But one demographic the act of socially swallowing alcohol has in spades? Assholes. Hell, drinking practically turns people into them. So what can you, the putty-like, doe-eyed imbiber do to avoid becoming an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    9 Ways Not To Make an Ass of Yourself as a Food Critic

    Hanna Raskin, formerly the food critic for two of our sister papers, just published Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Restaurant Reviews. The book's a how-to guide for contributors to sites such as our own Voice Places, where you can weigh in with your opinions of local restaurants. We asked her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Pot-atopia, No! Pota-topia, Nearly Upon Us in Greenwich Village

    Spuds on Sixth Avenue Just as adjacent West 8th Street is filling up with restaurants instead of shoe stores, many of them quite pricey, Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village latitudes is becoming a cheap, franchise-eats haven. Ninety-nine Cent Pizza led the way, and soon there was a Chipotle just acr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Yelp Adding Health Department Scores to Listings

    In a partnership with Yelp, the City will begin uploading its health inspection data onto the review site. Restaurant listings on Yelp will soon include the establishment's DOH letter grade along with a link to a full report with violations, Bloomberg reports. San Francisco is up first, with New Yor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Turns Out, Yelp Ratings Really Matter to Customers

    Believe it or not, but those Yelp ratings have a really strong influence on whether a restaurant succeeds. According to Techcrunch, two Berkeley economists found that a half-star improvement on Yelp's five-star rating makes it 30 to 49 percent more likely that a restaurant will sell out its evenin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    When Hair Gets in Your Beer

    [See More Clips of the Day: The Battersby Crew Hates Brunch, Loves Fernet | Awesome Dramatic Readings of Yelp Reviews] Craft Beerds, a book raising funds on Kickstarter, will collect the label art depicting beards, sideburns, and mustaches, from over 175 craft breweries. Go ahead and roll your eyes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    The Battersby Crew Hates Brunch, Loves Fernet

    [See More Clip of the Day: Awesome Dramatic Readings of Yelp Reviews | How to Drink Wine While Hula Hooping | Food Scenes from Mexico] The team from Battersby in Carroll Gardens stars in the latest edition of Vice's Munchies. Co-chefs Walker Stern and Joseph Ogrodnek show off their celtuce, discuss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Awesome Dramatic Readings of Yelp Reviews

    Actor Chris Kipiniak performs a dramatic reading of a darkly funny, emotionally unstable Yelp review. The YouTube series is just getting started, but you can already watch the next one (Therese Plummer performing a four-star review of London's Tamarind Tamarind of London). Good stuff.

  • Music

    July 25, 2012

    WEMP's Discovery Mission

    New rock returns to the New York airwaves

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Co. Chef Jim Lahey Gives Advice to Chefs and Reveals More on Sullivan Street Bakery 2.0

    Yesterday we spoke with Jim Lahey, innovator of no-knead bread and author of the soon-to-be released book, My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home. He explained how making pizza at home is actually much easier than you'd expect and also told us about how he's using hookworm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Jeremiah Moss Eulogizes Ray's Pizza

    A day in the life of Jeremiah Moss, the writer behind the blog Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, is outlined in the Paris Review Daily. In the profile, Moss pays a visit to the original Ray's Pizza on the last day it's open and laments the decline of the ever-gentrifying neighborhood. (A new pizza plac ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 28, 2011

    Ellabess Is Better Than Room Service, But . . .

    Nolita gets a hotel restaurant with promise—and problems

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Does Being a Food Critic Matter?

    RatatouilleAnton Ego, old school critic​ In light of Sam Sifton's imminent departure from the New York Times' dining section and the firing of the Chicago Sun-Times' critic Pat Bruno, the Atlantic posted an interesting article about whether food critics still have a role in journalism today. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Ask the Critics: What Should I Do If My Reservation Isn't Honored on Time?

    Alfonso Sil√≥niz / Flickr​Anna S. Asks: I really hate it when I make a reservation for a specific time, arrive at the restaurant on time (after having reconfirmed my reservation as requested) and am then told "Sorry, the table's not ready." I have no problem with waiting five or ten minutes, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Why Restaurants Fail

    MBJ (Marje) / FlickrEven the Originals Have to Shutter Sooner or Later​New York City is a notoriously difficult place for restaurateurs. They have to deal with expensive rents and a crowded market, among other hardships. Business Insider even notes that among the 1,000 restaurants that opened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Go Burger Is Now Going Strong on the Upper East Side

    Darrell L./YelpGo's Philly-style smashed burger.​Although we're still no closer to getting an In-n-Out Burger, New York does now have a Go Burger to its name.

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Sara Jenkins Has Wisely Stopped Reading Yelp

    Chie T./YelpPorsena​Today in her monthly column for The Atlantic, Sara Jenkins expounds upon Yelp, that bête noire of chefs, restaurateurs, and grammarians alike.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Ippudo Tops Yelp's List of Top Restaurants in America

    Sarah DiGregorio2000 people have opined on this soup​ When a restaurant quotes two-hour wait times, you know that something special is going on there. Nevertheless, it's rather surprising that Ippudo came in as the most popular restaurant in America on Yelp this year with nearly 2000 reviews. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Bunny Chow Space May Be Taken Over by Los Feliz Affiliates

    Sarah DiGregorioLamb bunny chow, now sadly a thing of the past.​Bunny Chow, Orchard Street's "very curious" South African restaurant, is done and gone, and now, according to a liquor license application on the CB3 site, some of the folks who brought us Los Feliz may be taking over the space. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2010

    Groupon Brushes Off Google's $6 Billion Offer

    ​Six billion dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? Groupon, the Chicago-based mega-start-up of online group coupons (get it?), turning down a six billion dollar offer from SkyNet Google. The tech giant has more money than God and often uses it to snap up smaller companies. But often, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Harold Dieterle on Tiresome Restaurant Trends, Yelp, and his Favorite Places to Eat

    Vicky WasikChef Harold Dieterle​Harold Dieterle, he of Top Chef's first season, is the owner and chef of Perilla. Last week, he opened Kin Shop, a modern Thai restaurant in the West Village. Yesterday, we caught up with Dieterle to get the details on Kin Shop's food and his thoughts on realit ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Carmine's Dies at the Age of 107

    The Jedi Foodie E./YelpR.I.P.​Carmine's, the Italian seafood restaurant that stood at 140 Beekman Street for 107 years, has closed. amNewYork reports that the South Street Seaport mainstay -- no relation to the Carmine's chain -- shuttered last Wednesday, reportedly because the owners didn't w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Yelp's 10 Quirkiest New York Review Topics

    ​Most people know Yelp, the user-generated review website of mass proportions, for their infinite reports on restaurants, bars, shopping, and service centers. But if you scamper on over to the "Local Flavor" section, you'll find examinations of all kinds of New York stuff you never knew was ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Yelp's Extortion Attempts: Buy Advertising or Get Negative Reviews, Lawsuit Alleges

    ​Since it was founded in 2004 by a couple of PayPal employees, Yelp has grown exponentially, featuring reviews of restaurants and other businesses written by users. But beginning last year, reports began to surface of Yelp employees pressuring businesses to buy "memberships" or see negative r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    (Two) Decades in Food: The Aughties, Remembered

    clevercupcakes/flickrWill the cupcake craze live on through the teens?​'Tis the season for round-ups and countdowns. And we're doubly lucky this year, it being the end of a decade, that we get to look back not just on the last 365 days, but the last 10 years in trends, bests, and worsts. Two p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Job Fears May Get Worse, But Corporate Training Will Rock!

    Fast Company admits corporate policy compliance training films are a drag, but they've found someone who can "Make Corporate Training Rock": Russ Berland, who devised vignettes in the manner of The Office to spice up the traditional sexual harassment don't-do-this scene and such like. Here the bos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    It's a Lovely Day for Lovely Day

    Sarah B./Yelp​In late September we reported that Lovely Day was set to re-open in October, a year after it was closed down by a fire. Now, Grub Street brings word that the Elizabeth Street restaurant opened its doors on Halloween, with its old chef and much of its staff and menu intact. Kimono ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Sheepshead Bay Remembers: Old Roll-n-Roaster Commercial

    Well, Movable Type is a fucking mess today, and who knows when the previous post will be visible. Bitter experience has taught us that the best way to make sure MT is working is to post something you might regret. So here's an old commercial for Roll-n-Roaster, the "not-so-fast fast food restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Yelpers Find Worst Restaurant Bathroom in City

    The bathroom at the Taco Bell on 14th Street between University and Fifth Avenue (click to examine more closely) Rummaging through Yelp the other day, Fork in the Road discovered some of the worst reviews we'd seen in a long while, and they focused on the bathroom at a local Taco Bell. Here are som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Goodfella's Win "Best Pizza" Award; Totonno's Closed by Fire

    The Staten Island Advance announces that local favorite Goodfella's pizzeria "earns title of 'world's best pizza,'" which will rile advocates of Lombardi's and Di Fara. They may content themselves with the news that this honor was bestowed, not in Brooklyn or Little Italy, but in Las Vegas, at the 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Anti-Yelp T-Shirts in San Fran

    Photo courtesy 7x7More anti-Yelp news out of the Bay Area. (Sietsema posted on the East Bay Express' story about how Yelp may be cooking its reviews.)San Francisco's Pizzeria Delfina has made shirts for staff printed with the restaurant's (often nonsensical) bad reviews on Yelp. Slice points out tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Is Yelp Cooking Its Reviews?

    Our former sister publication, the East Bay Express, ran an incendiary story today, reporting how the consumer restaurant review site may be shaking down restaurants by offering to alter the reviews that appear in its restaurant listings -- for $299 per month. The alteration takes the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Last BYOB Chance at Cafe Cortadito

    (photo courtesy of Yelp)Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine store to recommend a wine to drink at a nearby BYOB restaurant. They're asked to consider the cuisine at the restaurant and suggest an appropriate bottle for under $15. This weekend is the last chance to BYOB a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Yelpers for Macao

    Yesterday, the Daily News' Restaurant Girl awarded Macao Trading Company (311 Church Street) a mere two stars, saying that "instead of a fusion of Chinese and Portuguese food"  the restaurant serves "an uneasy negotiation between the two cuisines." However the new Tribeca restaurant is faring f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Yelps for Co.

    The Yelps are coming in for the hottest new pizza in town, Jim Lahey's Co. (230 Ninth Avenue), and they're a mixed pie. Three out of seven yelps give the place 4 stars out of 5, but the remaining yelpers have only a star or two for the joint, making for 2.5 stars on average. Much of the negativity r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    My Latest Bit of Press—Please Humor Me With a Click

    What will pop out of Angelina's privates next? Whatever happened to jukebox musicals? And what's Michael Musto's favorite neighborhood? I know those are the three burning issues that occupy your time, especially whenever you're fully unconscious. Well, unfortunately, I can't answer the first two que ... More >>

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