Although we'd much rather stay put with a comforting pot of stew, for folks forced to brave the elements while those clumsy weather gods accidentally drop their frozen cocaine stash all over our fair city, hot, portable snacks can act like edible hand warmers (ed. note -- do not use on feet). Short ... More >>
When your dinner party sees a bigger dish variety and a smaller tab, it's hard to argue against shared plates (sorry, solo dish devotees). And while you'll have to be on board with your dining partner's food tastes, these medium-format offerings carry perks -- especially romantic ones. The one-dish- ... More >>
I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>
Greenwood ParkBirthdays are hard. Of course it's about you. But really, it's about everyone else, especially if you're stepping up to plan the party yourself: whom to invite, whom not to invite, how to congratulate yourself for being born without feeling too self-important, whether to celebrate the ... More >>
He might be an out-of-towner, but so far, Andy Ricker hasn't found much use for the PR firms employed by most of this city's biggest restaurants--the Portland restaurateur's reputation preceded his Big Apple entrance, and since landing a year and a half ago, he's had no trouble netting press or crow ... More >>
Ever since the first night club set up shop on the first mixed use business/residential street, people have been fighting it out in community board meetings (and more recently, in the comment sections of blogs) about just how numerous and boisterous said night clubs are allowed to be. Sometimes it's ... More >>
We truly hate to be the ones to tell you this, but sometimes people say stuff on the Internet that is ... not true. Take a moment to collect yourselves. Case in point: 19 companies were scolded and fined yesterday by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for so-called Astroturfing: the ... More >>
A group of graduate students at the University of Rochester have devised a program that tells users which restaurants to avoid if they don't want to get food poisoning. But this ain't your run-of-the-mill Yelp for food-borne illnesses. The program, called nEmesis (heh), tracks tweets from dining est ... More >>
Spring is (finally) in the air and the warm weather seems to be lightening our moods as well as our wardrobes. Did the rising temperatures have the same effect on our critics? Tejal Rao has mixed feelings about Manzanilla in Gramercy, while Robert Sietsema writes a rave for Cathedral in Flatbush. R ... More >>
Aside from a subway death solution, a review of the G train and a whole slew of transportation inconveniences, the MTA is also in need of a technological upgrade. Luckily, that'll be arriving shortly (the other issues mentioned... maybe not so much). Two summers ago, the agency installed several ne ... More >>
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, in which we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff to check out. This week, get off the C train at 50th Street and use these suggestions to guide you through Hell's Kitchen.
Gotta Kid to Feed Productions has been enlisting actors to read actual Yelp reviews for the past year. Last week, they teamed up with Erin Felgar, who was recently seen in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, to create this soul-crushing story of a frozen yogurt store whose spoons were just too damn big. ... More >>
And we were scared of a measly heat wave.At midnight Saturday, while the ConEd officials were facing off against its workers, the Earth's timekeepers (they exist!) held back the world's atomic time for exactly one second to keep it in line with the planet's rotation. The Network TIme ... More >>
The Key Food on Prospect Avenue, in Brooklyn's Windsor Terrace, will close at the end of the month. One Wendy A had a bad experience there in March and went on to review it on Yelp, writing "i literally hate this grocery store, and i wish it would go out of business and get replaced by something bet ... More >>
Perhaps the weirdest bagel in Pinnacle's ample arsenal: the French toast bagel Pinnacle Bagels on the Square is one of Greenwich Village's most popular bagel bakeries. The "Square" part refers to Father Demo Square -- a triangle, really, bordered by Carmine Street, Sixth Avenue, and Bleecker Stree ... More >>
Have chefs finally had it with Yelpers? In Sacramento, the chef/owner of Formoli's Bistro wiled out on Facebook about a negative Yelp review of his restaurant: "To Chriuh C. from the wonderful site yelp! please pay attention, every review you post involves dinner with mommy and daddy. Apparently, ... More >>
"'I'm not a foodie, I just like what I like,' she says. 'Yes, I know, it's just like hipsters saying, "I'm not a hipster."' (The cliché cracks her up.) 'But it's like when my boss says, "Oh, you're such a foodie." I'm like, Oh God. When I hear the word foodie, I think of Yelp. I don't want to be ... More >>
Today, excitable Long Island-raised rap firebrand Flavor Flav will open his House Of Flavor restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurantwhich will have fried chicken and something called a "red velvet waffle" on the menuis Flav's second attempt to break into the food world, following the di ... More >>
We've read a lot about Yelp in the news lately. The company went public on March 2, and the press was abuzz with speculation about and investigation into its financial health and sources of ad revenue. The site also popped up in Pete Wells' latest review of RedFarm, the Times critic saying that the ... More >>
About two weeks after playing a sold-out show at Terminal 5, one of the city's biggest venues that doesn't also double as a sports arena, the rollicking indiepop bands Real Estate has a show lined up in the back room of a Chinese buffet in Queens. Who else could be behind this but Todd P.? The eve ... More >>
Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm of Tanlines. Giving the Best Local Music Twitter award in our Best of NYC issue to @tanlines was pretty much a no-brainer. The account, which is run by the duo's Jesse Cohen, is heavy on the wry observational humor and light on the "come see our band" or "here's someb ... More >>
Yelp opened their brand-new New York office at Union Square today. NYC Digital head Rachel Sterne was reportedly there, as was Mayor Bloomberg. Like many an opinionated restaurant or bar patron before him, Bloomberg took to Yelp afterwards as Mike B. from Manhattan to review the office. Five ... More >>
Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site Backpage.com. The full page ad was published in the New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds. Neither government officials nor God' ... More >>
Junk food is now being blamed for low sperm counts in young adult males. [Business Insider] If you thought the tainted cantaloupe death toll had peaked, you were wrong. A second New York death brings the total up to 25. [Wall Street Journal] Some Yelp reviewers -- Yelpers -- are so influen ... More >>
Who's it gonna be?It's the question on everyone's mind: Who will be The New York Times' new restaurant critic? Who will dole out the stars, making or breaking a chef or restaurateur's dream? Today, Josh Ozersky over at Time jabs at the paper, saying that Yelp and Zagat have made critics supe ... More >>
Stephanie B./YelpThe culinary gentrification of the San Gennaro Festival isn't the only change to befall Little Italy this month: Ray's Pizza, the oldest (and first) Ray's in the city, will likely end its 52 years at 27 Prince Street after the festival wraps up on Sept. 25.
Almost four years after putting their dining-guide empire on the market, Tim and Nina Zagat are finally selling out.
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The Blue Donkey Bar on the Upper West Side has closed after complaints to police, specifically from a neighbor. [West Side Rag via Eater] The Upper East Side location of healthy pizza joint Sl ... More >>
So many sandwiches, so little time. Plenty of people surmised the sandwich's Italian-American origins but, sadly, only one person can win "Where Am I Eating?" This week's entry is the famed Godfather sandwich from Graham Avenue Meats and Deli (445 Graham Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn). The san ... More >>
YelpWhen most people think of legendary curmudgeons of the restaurant business, their thoughts tend towards Kenny Shopsin, Elaine Kaufman, or even Orhan Yegen. All curmudgeons, yes, but also all in Manhattan. Far less attention is paid to Louis "Brooklyn Lou" Migliaccio, the owner of Sam's Re ... More >>
One morning, with a sudden burst of determination, you excavate your closet. Goodbye to the pants you hoped would fit again some day, the funky necklace you only wore once, the precariously high heels still nestled in their box. You throw it all into a big duffel bag or two, then haul it over ... More >>
Dave H./YelpGood-bye to all of that.It's been quite a day for restaurant deaths: first came news of Elaine's closure, then Ray's Candy Store's DOH shutter, and now it seems that Jekyll & Hyde, that bizarro multi-story tourist sinkhole on Sixth Avenue and 57th Street, is leaving the premises. ... More >>
Mark Iacono, as seen on YouTube.Given all of the drama inherent to April's knife fight between Lucali's Mark Iacono and his erstwhile friend Benny Geritano, this comes as a bit of an anti-climax: both men may go free unless one of them testifies before a grand jury.
Combine chocolate and beer this St. Patrick's Day with Brooklyn-based Nunu Chocolates' line of "Beer Chocolates." [NY1] At Yelp's headquarters in San Francisco, employees have 24/7 access to a keg of beer, but staff has to log in to an iPad app that records how much they drink. [NY Magazine] ... More >>
quefregados.wordpress.comHail to the Yelpers?Over at The Atlantic Life Channel (formerly known until yesterday as The Atlantic Food Channel), there's an entertaining guide to the bane of restaurateurs' existences--annoying Yelp reviewers. They include the Ubermensch all-caps user who attacks ... More >>
BenihanaGet out the knives! It's fight time!It's a good thing Yelp isn't popular in Kuwait. Because that would mean a lot of lawsuits would be coming up. Yes, Mark Makhou, a blogger in Kuwait, has been sued for $18,000 for writing a negative review of chain restaurant Benihana on his blog ... More >>
It's not exactly breaking news, but CNN's Eatocracy has found that chefs, like most other people, don't really care for foodies.
Friday afternoon is here, and so is our look back on the week that was. We ranked Our 10 Best 100 Dishes to Eat Now. Jin Fong and Very Tong vie for dim sum supremacy. Pumpkin ale taste-off!
Chef Joseph Cerniglia of Campania restaurant in Fair Lawn, NJ, was found floating in the Hudson River. In 2007, he'd appeared in Season 1 Episode 9 of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Looking at the show, one of the things that strikes you is how little affection Ramsay has for garlicky souther ... More >>
"This is gonna be a really fun, interesting summer," Mark Zuckerburg noted a few minutes ago from a live, streaming press conference. He was not talking about the lead-up to The Social Network, the movie about what a not-nice person he is. What was he talking about? Facebook Places, which he' ... More >>
Michael Ayoub's grilled pizza with clams.Earlier today we brought you Fornino chef Michael Ayoub's thoughts on Park Slope's charms and former grit, growing up in the kitchen, and why he jettisoned the wood-burning oven for the grill. Here, in the second part of the interview, we talk about ... More >>
Right before the first seating. Lovely in there!It's finally here! The opening date went from March to April to May, the menu went from "new American cuisine" to "European- and Mediterranean-influenced cooking," and every dissolute former punk in Park Slope went from denial to bargaining to f ... More >>
The Piggery is the first meat CSA servicing the New York area. The family farm, located north of Ithaca, has about 130 pigs that they raise in an open-air barn. Some 45 participants have already enrolled, mostly from Brooklyn. [NY Daily News] Thousands of black farmers who were denied farm loans ... More >>
In City Council Districts 2 and 3, incumbents have much more of a lock than Alan Gerson does in District 1. In the former, first-termer Rosie Mendez built the right connections as a district leader, makes meetings, and has all the big endorsements. Her challenger Juan Pagan (pictured) is ass ... More >>
Soo-Jeong Kang Frank Bruni's last review for the Times came out yesterday, and today marks the official launch of his new memoir, Born Round. (Check out our review of the book.) Bruni has been promoting the book everywhere from Nightline to the New Yorker, but he was nice enough to make time ... More >>
You know the type. The person who refers to the outer boroughs by using phrases like "the wilds of Brooklyn." Your friend who has lived here for a decade but has never crossed the East River. The one who insists you meet for dinner in "the city" rather than, god forbid, get on the L, F or N train ... More >>
photo: Daniel NeunerLast week, Frank Bruni reviewed April Bloomfield's John Dory (85 Tenth Avenue), giving it two stars worth of love, but how much love is the new seafood restaurant getting from yelpers? Surprisingly, there are only 8 reviews for the John Dory on Yelp, averaging 3.5 stars, due in p ... More >>
Carroll Gardens' Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Brooklyn) has been open about two months, and it's drawing raves from both Yelpers and professional critics. Chef Ryan Angulo (Stanton Social) and his comfort food earned five stars out of six from Time Out this week, and Yelpers have been equal ... More >>
Le Royale offers raucous parties and actually lets you in the door to enjoy them