"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 >>
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 >>
Zachary Feldman's first impression of Chalk Point Kitchen (527 Broome Street, 212-390-0327), which he reviews this week, isn't exactly a friendly one. "I was a walk-in," he writes. "The hostesses looked back and forth between a computer and a near-empty dining room. 'OK, well,' she began, 'I guess ... More >>
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.
For the past two years, restaurateur Ed Schoenfeld and chef/partner Joe Ng have hosted pop-ups and served an abbreviated menu out of the former Laundromat below their West Village nouveau-Chinese restaurant RedFarm. Last month, they opened Decoy (529 1/2 Hudson Street, 212-691-9700), the fully reali ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Pinch your pennies this week by feasting on pho, Portuguese sandwiches, and huevos rotos at a new bakery. Not a single dish on this list will cost you more than $10. Need more cheap eats ideas? Check out our archives.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Spendy weekend? Need to tighten the belt to make it to your next paycheck? We have you covered. Our cheap eats this week span the globe without leaving the boroughs. Not a single one will set you back more than $10.
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
This week's round-up of cheap eats takes us to three boroughs and four continents, highlighting dishes from all corners of the former Soviet Union and an Uruguayan regional specialty. So if you're strapped for cash, you can still eat well.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
This week, Gray's Papaya shuttered its Sixth Avenue location, bringing the total number of its hot dog stands down to one (the outlet on 72nd and Broadway remains). Owner Nicholas Gray told Zachary Feldman that it was a rent-related decision: "They wanted to raise my rent to $50,000 from $30,000. We ... More >>
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 >>
Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from Zachary Feldman. No disrespect to any emotionally and physically scarred veteran estheticians out there, but we all know an asshole when we see one. Chances are, one of t ... More >>
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 >>
Zachary Feldman's list of the 10 best restaurants in Harlem went up yesterday, and it pays homage to new and old spots, touting everything from fried chicken to ramen to Ethiopian food. But Harlem is a vast place, and so many readers weighed in on the round-up, calling out additional spots they beli ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Yesterday, Zachary Feldman reported that teen chef Greg Grossman took to Facebook to complain about a piece of glass he found in his food at a recent soft opening of a popular Chinese restaurant, and Joe Dobias promptly took him to task for posting his woes on social media rather than discussing the ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>