Zachary Feldman

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    October 21, 2014

    The 10 Best New Restaurants in NYC, 2014

    Our Best of NYC 2014 issue divulges more than 350 things that we love about this city. More than 100 of those are related to food and drink, including our Best New Restaurant. In order to bestow that award, we had to first cull a short list of our favorite places to have opened in the last year. And ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    A Modern Cuban-Chinese Primer at Calle Dão

    In the years following the Cuban Revolution, many of the country's Chinese immigrants traveled north, settling in cities like Miami and New York. More than 50 years later (and over a century after Chinese immigrants first arrived in Cuba), both New York City's Cuban-Chinese restaurants and Havana's ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From Williamsburg's Delaware and Hudson

    "A fiddle twanged in the background as my dining partner and I looked over our menus at Delaware and Hudson," writes Zachary Feldman in this week's restaurant review. Patti Jackson's Williamsburg restaurant, he explains, channels the mid-Atlantic by way of Italy, giving a sturdier definition, at lea ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Pastrami Dishes in NYC That Aren't Sandwiches

    Introduced to New York by 19th century Eastern European immigrants (the same folks who gave us pierogies, knishes, and kishka), pastrami is an easy contender for GMOAT (Greatest Meat Of All Time), and also one of the foodstuffs most synonymous with our fair city. Brined and coated in strong spices i ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    Have a Taste of Zachary Feldman's Review of Root & Bone

    Zachary Feldman talks southern cuisine in this week's review of Root & Bone (200 East 3rd Street), the East Village restaurant from Top Chef paramours Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth.

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    August 19, 2014

    The Worst Service We've Had in NYC Restaurants This Year

    In Zachary Feldman's review of El Vez, he pointed to numerous issues with service that had a major impact on his meal. But this Battery Park City cantina isn't the only restaurant in New York suffering from hospitality problems. Fork in the Roaders eat out nearly nightly, and we see a lot of bad beh ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    A Taste of Zachary Feldman's Review of El Vez

    Zachary Feldman visited El Vez (259 Vesey Street), Stephen Starr's Battery Park City neo-cantina, for this week's review, and he got off to an awkward start. " El Vez, mega-restaurateur Stephen Starr's local outpost of his decade-old Mexican standby in Philadelphia, the waitstaff is as hot for ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From Claudette

    When Zachary Feldman sits down to dinner at Claudette (24 Fifth Avenue), the subject of this week's restaurant review, he finds himself wooed by a surprising version of a tripe stew. "The bundles of tripe-wrapped pork shoulder bob in a white-wine tomato broth dotted with roughly cut mirepoix," he wr ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Crown Heights

    As Brooklyn's borough-wide gentrification sweeps farther and farther east, it's crystal clear that Crown Heights is under the hazy glow of kale-and-yoga tinted spotlights. Long known for its abundance of West Indian specialties, in recent years the bustling neighborhood has experienced a surge in no ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From the East Village's Box Kite

    New York City's new-wave coffee shops may share an affinity for in-house roasting and high-end baked goods, but few expand much beyond the traditional cafe offerings or daytime hours. An exception to that rule is the East Village's Box Kite (115 St Marks Place, 212-574-8201), a shop that's open late ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From Beautique

    "Sardined into a small foyer next to the Paris Theatre, the entrance to Beautique (8 West 58th Street, 212-753-1200), midtown's newest posh restaurant, could be mistaken for a modern art installation," writes Zachary Feldman in this week's review. "A bouncer guards an unmanned piano in an empty room ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From The Eddy

    Zachary Feldman heads toward Sixth Street in the East Village for this week's review, a stretch of the city that's historically "gotten a particularly bad rap, pigeonholed like some Bollywood Joe Pesci as a culinary minefield of sporadic Desi Treats," he writes. "But gradually the tide has shifted, ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    A Taste of This Week's Review of Cheri

    Zachary Feldman heads to Harlem for this week's review, popping into Cheri (231 Lenox Avenue, 212-662-4374), a well-styled French restaurant that's been luring in a hip crowd.

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    June 11, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From Colonia Verde

    Zachary Feldman takes on dishes of Latin America at Colonia Verde (219 DeKalb Avenue, 347-689-4287) for this week's review, tackling the sophomore effort from Cómodo owners Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe. "In four short years, Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe have transitioned from a life as dinner par ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    A Bite of This Week's Review of The Gander

    Zachary Feldman heads to The Gander (15 West 18th Street, 646-682-7949) for this week's review, tasting Jesse Schenker's work at his follow-up to Recette. "Sitting on a bland stretch of West 18th Street, The Gander is a cheeky recalibration of sorts," he writes. "Initially planned as 'The Goose,' Sc ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From Sushi Dojo

    For this week's review, Zachary Feldman checks in on Sushi Dojo (110 First Avenue, 646-692-9398), the East Village temple to raw fish 27-year-old David Bouhadana opened last year, where he finds the chef presiding over a serious -- if unusual -- team dedicated to its craft. "This Oz-like group of su ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From Gato

    "Drastic measures are familiar territory for Mr. Flay, who's spent the past nine years zooming headfirst through an olive-oil-slicked Slip 'n Slide of fame and the occasional misfortune," writes Zachary Feldman in his review of Gato (324 Lafayette Street), the chef's latest endeavor on the Bowery. W ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Bunna Cafe Celebrates Vegan Ethiopian Traditions

    That there's a dearth of Ethiopian food in New York City means that Bushwick's Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Avenue) would likely have stood out solely for its meals built on lentil stews and injera. But the restaurant is unique even among other restaurants serving the same cuisine because it's meat-fre ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Take a Look Around Rosette, This Week's Reviewed Restaurant

    One of Zachary Feldman's meals at Rosette (171 East Broadway, 212-933-1176) begins with opinionated service, which leads him toward choices he soon regrets. The kitchen her is under the control of "Nick Curtin, [who] started in the kitchens of Perry St and Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar before making a n ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Drool Over These Dishes From North River For a Moment

    This week, Zachary Feldman reviews North River (166 First Avenue, 212-228-1200), an East Village restaurant that bears the old Dutch name for a section of the Hudson, and deals in "freewheeling food" from "Adam Starowicz, a Momofuku Ko, Hearth, and Mas (farmhouse) alumnus," Feldman writes. "Poised a ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Eye Candy From Myung San, This Week's Reviewed Restaurant

    Flushing's Myung San (162-21 Depot Road, Queens, 718-888-1245) is known for fermentation, Zachary Feldman learns when he stops in for this week's review and dips into cheonggukjang, otherwise known as dead body soup. "When more than two tables order the soup -- with its musty, rust-colored kimchi br ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Find Superlative Square Slices at LoDuca Pizza

    As the birthplace of American pizza, New York can be a cheesy, saucy utopia. In this column, we'll highlight neighborhood pizzerias with staying power. If there's 00 flour, so be it, but the only prerequisite is that these places have been serving their neighborhoods for more than a few years. Have ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Eye Candy From Narcissa, This Week's Reviewed Restaurant

    Zachary Feldman stops into Narcissa (21 Cooper Square) for this week's review, where he finds Dovetail's John Fraser working his familiar vegetable magic in a setting that's far from precious. "Narcissa appears almost defiantly modern," he writes. "You'll find no obscure agricultural tools or bales ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    First Look: Bar Bolonat

    On the northwestern edge of the West Village's Abingdon Square Park, Bar Bolonat (611 Hudson Street, 212-390-1545) glows from within its painted-black exterior, a welcome sight at the corner of Hudson and 12th Streets after three years of vacancy following the closing of Kobma Thai. Chef Einat Admon ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Five Great Egotarian Restaurants in NYC

    GQ's food correspondent Alan Richman recently decried the increasingly common practice of male-helmed kitchens orchestrating what he calls "Egotarian Cuisine:" Chefs turn out ever-stranger dishes meant to showcase their inspirations, banking on culinary orgasms via mental masturbation. "What makes t ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014
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    March 21, 2014

    Five Great Non-Potato Fries in NYC

    Don't get us wrong -- the potato is a fine food, and French fries? Hell, they're scalding hot oil's gift to the world (suck it, state fair beer-battered stick of butter). But as vegetables become a larger part of the American diet, chefs around town are throwing leafy greens, roots, and even the occ ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    The Best French Fries We've Had All Year: Dishes We're Digging This Week

    In our dining escapades over the last week, we've consumed the best French fries we've had all year, slurped down one hell of a hot pot, and indulged in an impressive dessert. Here are the dishes we've been digging around town this week.

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    March 17, 2014

    First Look: Bobby Flay's Gato

    It's been nearly a decade since Bobby Flay last opened a new restaurant in New York, and in that time, The Man Who Would Throw Down has had to forfeit the two restaurants closest to his heart: Southwestern-inflected flagship Mesa Grill and its follow-up Bolo, where Flay channeled the flavors of Spai ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Eye Candy From M. Wells Steakhouse, This Week's Reviewed Restaurant

    "Decadence can turn dangerous at M. Wells Steakhouse," writes Zachary Feldman in this week's restaurant review. The menu at Hugue Dufour's and Sarah Obraitis' Long Island City temple of quirk is indulgent, and it's easy to over-order, especially if you're bent on having a steak, which tend to be ove ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    The Seasoned Sidewalks of O'Fishole Seafood

    The spot featured in this week's review -- charming, charismatic Mountain Bird -- deftly balances the predicament of operating a destination-worthy restaurant while keeping the food at a price point meant to entice neighborhood residents. Down the street from the bistro's understated tile floors and ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Eye Candy From Mountain Bird, This Week's Reviewed Restaurant

    Gentrification has yet to hit certain blocks in Harlem, including the one that houses Mountain Bird (231 West 145th Street, 212-281-5752), the restaurant Zachary Feldman reviewed this week. And don't expect sweeping change to come from this restaurant: "While [chef] Tajima's fastidious, Old Guard-in ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Readers Share Thoughts on the Best Classic Diners and Luncheonettes in NYC

    Zachary Feldman dropped a list of the 11 best classic diners and luncheonettes in NYC, tapping into spots that form the fabric of edible history in our city and, therefore, our collective nostalgia for an era ever in danger of passing as rents skyrocket. A number of readers weighed in on the list, a ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Where to Eat Cheaply This Week

    Eating out gets really expensive really quickly in New York City, which makes it a tough place to subsist if you're scraping by until your next paycheck or trying to save a few bucks. If that's you this week -- perhaps you lost a Super Bowl bet? -- check out our round-up of cheap eats, a list we'll ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Eye Candy From Saul, the Subject of This Week's Review

    In this week's review of Saul (200 Eastern Parkway, 718-638-5000), Zachary Feldman meditates on the connection between food and art. "The trend to deify chefs and food-world personalities has exhumed comparisons of chefs to artists and the sum of their cooking to works of art," he writes. "There's n ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Field Notes: Sole di Capri

    Patrons crowd by the door during the lunchtime rush at Sole di Capri (165 Church Street, 212-513-1113), a petite Italian restaurant run by Ecuador-born, Piedmont-raised and trained chef Eddy Erazo. With gentle prices (the menu tops out at $16), it's a boon for the Tribeca neighborhood where a cheap ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    A Photo Tour of Flat Top, This Week's Reviewed Restaurant

    Zachary Feldman visits Flat Top (1241 Amsterdam Avenue, 646-820-7735) for this week's review, checking in on the New American spot from the team behind Jin Ramen. "A bistro nestled in the knolls of Morningside Heights, Flat Top glows with candlelight from inside its expansive front windows," he writ ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Feast Your Eyes on Contra

    For this week's review, Zachary Feldman hit Contra (138 Orchard Street, 212-446-4633), the Lower East Side homage to Parisian neo-bistros from Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske. "In a time when ingredient sourcing has overtaken opulence as a major factor in determining a restaurant's value ('loca ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Eye Candy From Joe & Misses Doe

    For this week's review, Zachary Feldman checked in on Joe & Misses Doe (45 East 1st Street, 212-780-0262), the East Village rebrand of Joe Dobias' JoeDoe, undertaken with the proprietor's new wife and partner Jill Schulster. "This shift in tone is as much a response to brunch's popularity as it is a ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Isaan Food Porn From Somtum Der

    Zachary Feldman reviewed three recently opened Isaan eateries in this week's paper, examining the history of Thai food in the city along the way. "New York City's introduction to Thai food was predominantly through dishes from the country's interior, full of coconut milk, sumptuous curries, and umam ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Readers Weigh in on the 10 Best Pizzas in NYC

    Is there any food New Yorkers are more passionate about than pizza? We kind of doubt it. This iconic staple incites spirited debate among friends over which parlor serves the best slice, what shop is worth the train ride, and which places should be skipped except in the most desperate (drunken) situ ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Readers: More Best Thai Restaurants in NYC

    Earlier this week, Zachary Feldman unveiled his list of the 10 best Thai restaurants in NYC, a line-up that traipsed through three boroughs, several neighborhoods, and a variety of regional expressions of the cuisine. And then a few readers weighed in with other spots they thought should have made t ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Photo Tour of Estela, This Week's Review

    For this week's review, Zachary Feldman hits Estela (47 East Houston Street, 212-219-7693), where he finds chef Ignacio Mattos is flexing his creative muscles. "Now in a narrow, elevated space on Houston Street, Mattos is unencumbered; you can taste it in his food," Feldman writes. Fork in the Roa ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Inside Dough Loco, Corey Cova's Doughnut Shop (PHOTOS)

    Zachary Feldman trekked up to East Harlem last week to check in Dough Loco, the brand new doughnut venture from Corey Cova and Michael Cesari, a neighborhood gastro-duo responsible for spots like ABV Wine Bar and Earl's Beer & Cheese. Expect innovation, writes Feldman: "The shop is launching with a ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Reader Suggestions: More Asshole Drink Orders

    A couple of days ago, Zachary Feldman penned a list of drink orders that tell everyone you're an asshole. Some examples? Tipples like craft beer or spirits in the wrong kind of bar and novelty shots (except for Jell-O). But a few readers thought he left some of the most asshole-y drinks off.

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    August 14, 2013

    The Upper East Side Is a Sushi Destination in Today's Village Voice

    Let's say you're craving a bit of raw fish in this city. Where do you head? One good neighborhood, writes Zachary Feldman, is the Upper East Side, where there exists a veritable ocean of superlative sushi joints within a few-block radius.

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    July 24, 2013

    Where to Eat Cold Soup in Today's Village Voice

    We're getting a brief (and relative) reprieve from the heat wave of last week, but we're not exactly shutting down the air conditioner and snuggling up into a blanket. What's more, temperatures are supposed to climb again over the next few days, and we'll be right back into the mid-90s by next week. ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    Reader: The Best Restaurant Near the Train Stations Is Keens Steakhouse

    In last week's Village Voice, Zachary Feldman detailed the culinary options around each of New York City's main train stations, and whether you're a daily commuter out of Penn or planning a trip out of Grand Central, it's worth checking out his picks for where to eat when you're waiting to travel by ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Best Spots for Oysters and Best Beers for the Holiday: What to Read This Weekend

    Hopefully, you're mid-four-day weekend by now, nursing the wounds from an Independence Day blow-out with a greasy breakfast and a strong bloody mary. As you fuel up to continue the merriness--perhaps with one of our five best Fourth of July weekend events happening over the next couple of days--sett ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Where to Eat Near the Grand Central and Penn Station in Today's Village Voice

    "A good meal isn't hard to come by in this town, but what does our metropolis provide for hungry travelers as they stagger to and from their destinations?" asks Zachary Feldman. Many of this city's travelers, he notes, use Penn Station or Grand Central as their hub, both places with good edible opti ... More >>

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