Zak Pelaccio

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    July 8, 2013

    Our 10 Best Barbecue Restaurants in NYC

    It's no secret that this city is in the throes of another barbecue renaissance, and like the cooking conditions for a well-done brisket, the process of getting to this point has been low and slow. The previous decade saw several spikes in 'cue prevalence, adding regional styles to the restaurant lan ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Zak Pelaccio's Fish & Game Will Open Upstate Tonight

    Months back, Fork reported that Zak Pelaccio, founding chef of Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue, and his wife, Jori Emde, were gearing up to open Fish & Game in Hudson, New York, where they'd secured a building that dates to the 19th century (a former blacksmith shop owned by partner Patrick Milling Smith) ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Leather Bar Rawhide Will Close in Chelsea; 5 Ninth Shutters in Meatpacking District

    Saigon Grill brought Vietnamese food to the Upper West Side, but after two closures due to health-code violations, its doors have shut for good, West Side Rag learned. A note dated February 26 hung in a window and said, "Restaurant official closed. We're sorry for inconvenience with you." 620 Amster ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Zak Pelaccio's New Restaurant Fish & Game in Hudson, NY -- Exterior Views

    Located in Hudson, New York, Zak Pelaccio and Jori Emde's new restaurant is still a few months from opening. Veteran of Chickenbone Cafe, Five Ninth, and the Fatty empire, Zak Pelaccio fled the city with wife Jori Emde last year to settle in Old Chatham, NY, up in Columbia County. This region of r ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Not Healthy Enough: Professional Chef School Lunch Program Discontinued

    Wellness in Schools, a program that recruited culinary professionals to cook in New York City schools, has been discontinued because it does not meet new federal nutritional standards. In the past four years, the program has gathered chefs like Eddie Huang from Baohaus, Michael Anthony from Gramer ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Chili Crab Dip With Mantou From Masak, Dish #71

    Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: White Pizza From Dellarocco's of Brooklyn, Dish #72 | Saba Kinuta at Miyagi, Dish #73]

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    August 2, 2012

    Meatopia 2012: Bigger, Better, And More Expensive

    [See More Events: Boqueria Launching Tomato Menu | Food Truck Festival At South Street Seaport] Meatopia is returning this year bigger and better. After months of fierce competition to narrow down the finalists from 300 original contestants, the nation's top three meat cutters are going head-to-hea ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Malaysian Restaurant Week Kicks Off June 18

    If you're hearing the call of satay, roti canai, and mee goreng, we've got good news: Malaysian Restaurant Week kicks off next week, from June 18 to 24. Fatty Crab, LAUT, Penang Malaysian Cuisine, and Satay will offer a prix-fixe three-course menu for $20.12. Other restaurants (including Fatty 'Cue, ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Under the Toque: Zak Pelaccio's Upstate Restaurant Plans, David Chang on Kitchen Microbiology

    Dale Schnell, formerly of Setai New York and Artisanal, will be the new executive chef of KTCHN, which will open in Hell's Kitchen in June. [Grub Street] Zak Pelaccio is planning to open a restaurant in Old Chatham, New York, which will be independent of the Fatty chain. [Capital New York]

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    April 10, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Yerba Buena Perry

    Well, you've done it again--guessed right on the first go around. I was at Yerba Buena Perry, chowing down on some hearts of palm fries and tasty squid ink paella.

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    March 5, 2012

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten's JoJo: A Fresh Look

    You could walk right past and not notice it. A few nights ago, as part of a program to visit some of the city's older celebrity-chef restaurants, a friend and I invaded JoJo, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's first full-fledged chef assignment in NYC. Established in 1991, it was the launch pad for what ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    New York City's 17 Greatest Chefs

    The re-Africanized fried chicken at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster This highly idiosyncratic list is based entirely on my own dining predilections, and only includes chefs whose work I'm reasonably familiar with. Certain figures have been excluded from consideration -- Thomas Keller, for example ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Fatty 'Cue Invokes Thai Custom to Encourage Heavy but Casual Drinking

    Fatty 'Cue​A couple of days after opening his Carmine Street location of Fatty 'Cue, Zak Pelaccio has taken to Food Republic to explain his approach to the restaurant's bottle service. Unlike the odious practice common to certain twatty clubs, bottle service at Fatty 'Cue will mean drinking li ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Zak Pelaccio 'In' at Food Republic; Joey Boroski 'In' at Ember Room

    ​Zak Pelaccio is the latest chef turned online columnist. Like Sara Jenkins of Porchetta and Porsena, who pens essays for Atlantic Life, the Fatty Crab and 'Cue founder will be writing The Alimentary Canal for the Marcus Samuelsson-backed Food Republic. His co-contributor is colleague Jori Jay ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Isa, the New Freemans' Offshoot, Is Very Pretty and Probably Smells Nice

    ​After months of preserving an air of mystery around his forthcoming "hippie place", Taavo Somer has chosen to introduce his new Williamsburg restaurant to the world with a lovely and impossibly well-appointed photo montage on the T Magazine blog.

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    July 1, 2011

    Robbie Richter Has Left Fatty 'Cue

    Robbie Richter, master of the pit​The Fatty Crew may have gained a Battery Park kiosk, but it has lost a pitmaster.

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    May 13, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to The Highliner; Goodbye to Enzo's Pizza

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Enzo's Pizza in the East Village reports is closing. No reason was given for the shutter. [EV Grieve]​ Kolette's Kitchen in Midtown closed its doors following the Passover holiday. [Midt ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Ten Fascinating Ethnic Ingredients Chefs Should Get to Know Better

    Sprinkled with sesame seeds, marinated jellyfish makes a memorable summer salad​ The last couple of decades have flooded NYC with colorful cuisines many of us never knew existed, and stocked ethnic markets with exotic ingredients that had strange names and fascinating properties. This influx ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    The DOH Dusts McSorley's Chandelier and Shutters Fatty 'Cue

    Rebecca Marx​The Department of Health has been busy handing out demerits lately, playing cleaning lady at McSorley's and lavishing special attention on Fatty 'Cue.

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    April 5, 2011

    OMFG, It's a Ramp Fest!

    applepiepatispate.comGlorified scallions, people. Glorified scallions.​If Ciano's ramp-studded gnocchi got you all hot and bothered, well, that's just the beginning. Now comes word of a festival solely devoted to the odoriferous allium!

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    February 18, 2011

    Eat Like Our Country's Forefathers This Weekend at These Presidentially Themed Restaurants

    blufftonpubliclibrary.orgThis weekend, eat like a king. Er, we mean president.​ Presidents' Day is just around the corner, and for most of us that means a long weekend. What better way to celebrate a day off than at a restaurant named after one of our country's great forefathers? OK, so not ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Fatty Kiosks Will Peddle Fatty Fun in Battery Park

    Rebecca MarxThe transformative powers of barbecue.​ Remember way, way back to August of 2009, when everyone couldn't wait to get their ass down to Wall Street to try the brisket at Picnick Smoked? As the food blogosphere has the attention span of a drunk gnat, the mania surrounding Will Goldfa ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Ladies of LUPEC Pop Up at Fatty Johnson's This Week

    Not your grandmother's cocktail hour.​Fatty Johnson's, the pop-up restaurant and bar Zak Pelaccio and the Fatty crew have set up as they prepare for the next incarnation of the space that once housed Cabrito, is distinguishing itself by lining up a rotating cast of all-star bartenders. The fir ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    As We Wait for the Next Fatty, A Boozy Porky Pop-Up

    The new Fatty.​In order to fill the silence between the closure of Cabrito and the opening of the new restaurant concept that will occupy the space, Zak Pelaccio and partner Rick Camac are launching a pop-up bar and restaurant at 50 Carmine Street. Per Diner's Journal, it will be called Fatty ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Cabrito Is Throwing a $30 All-You-Can-Gorge/Drink Good-Bye Party on Thursday

    ​Although Zak Pelaccio told Sam Sifton he'd be closing Cabrito on Dec. 31, it looks like he's planning to bid farewell a few days earlier. This Thursday, the restaurant will host a $30, all-you-can-eat/drink good-bye party, complete with a family-style buffet and bottomless cocktails; reservat ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Cabrito Is Closing

    Laurieinbaltimore/Flickr​Cabrito, the sort-of Mexican restaurant that Our Man Sietsema once described as "nominally a glorified taqueria," is giving up the goat (sorry, couldn't resist). Sam Sifton got on the horn with Zak Pelaccio and learned that the chef will close his two-year-old restaura ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Introducing 'CueBrito: the Fatty 'Cue-Cabrito Mash-Up

    alwayshungry.comThis guy on a tortilla, tomorrow.​In the wake of another barbecued taco launch, Zak Pelaccio will unleash 'CueBrito, a Fatty 'Cue-Cabrito hybrid tomorrow. The one-night-only (for now) event is expected to return next spring, but both Fatty 'Cue and Cabrito will offer 'CueBrito ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Blue Ribbon Will Serve Its Food at Marriotts Across the Land

    ​Having already conquered Manhattan, Brooklyn, and a bowling alley, Blue Ribbon has decided to take on the world of hotel dining.

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    June 23, 2010

    April Bloomfield Unleashes Her Inner Vegetarian at the Saveur Barbecue

    Nary a deep-fried trotter in sight.​ While her food at the Breslin isn't exactly synonymous with vegetarian dining, April Bloomfield surprised more than a few grazers at the Saveur magazine barbecue last night by serving not animal parts, but salad. The chef and her crew dished out a boldly-f ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Taste of Williamsburg Draws A Crowd

    Keith WagstaffEveryone wants a taste of Williamsburg.​A flood of foodies descended on a closed-off Williamsburg block on Sunday for Taste of Williamsburg, a benefit to raise money for the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center. All of Brooklyn 11211's biggest names were there: There ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Post-Beard Awards, Amanda Cohen Concludes That "Girls Can't Cook"

    Dirt Candy​The Beard Awards are commonly referred to as the Oscars of the food world. Ostensibly, that's because of all of the industry back-slapping and fierce PR campaigns that accompany them. Plus, both have prizes that feature the likenesses of gold, bald men. But in one respect, the simil ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Lucky Rice Festival's Night Market: Street Food and Celebrity Chefs Under the Manhattan Bridge

    Keith WagstaffFeelin' lucky?​Last Friday, the underpass under the Manhattan Bridge was swarming with hungry people at the Lucky Rice Festival's Night Market. Stands from Momofuku Milk Bar, An Choi, Umi Nom, and 23 others were handing out free samples as well as selling goodies on the side. Cel ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    An Asian Food Fest Starts This Week, A Latino One is Coming in June

    dslrninja/flickrA food fest for every breed.​The first LUCKYRICE Festival kicks off this Thursday, celebrating the tastiest foods from Asia (and Asian Americans). Opening night will feature an Asian-inspired cocktail party at The Bowery Hotel hosted by Top Chef Masters' Kelly Choi, with a drin ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Fancy, Tasty Grease At Fatty 'Cue

    At a new Williamsburg spot, the meat gets smoked—but so does your wallet

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    April 19, 2010

    Zak Pelaccio Responds to Fatty 'Cue's Inclusion on Our 10 Most Overrated Restaurants List

    Sarah DiGregorioFatty 'Cue's pork spare ribs.​ Last Friday, we placed Zak Pelaccio's Fatty 'Cue on Our 10 Most Overrated Restaurants list. Needless to say, Pelaccio was less than thrilled about the inclusion, which called out the restaurant for "cynically small" portions and "cynically high" p ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Fatty Cue's Pork Spare Ribs

    ​Three pork ribs for a party of four?! Lamentations and gnashing of teeth ensued. Still, the ribs are so richly flavored and fat-streaked that a fraction of a rib was almost enough for each eater.

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    March 10, 2010

    We Have Tasted of Fatty 'Cue, and It Was Good.

    Jori Klein/MetromixPelaccio sez: Fatty 'Cue by the end of the month.​After an unsuccessful trip to Pies 'n' Thighs yesterday afternoon (damn you, Department of Buildings!), one-half of Fork in the Road was lucky enough to happen upon Zak Pelaccio, standing out in the sun in front of the nearly ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Menu Details: Fatty Crab to Preview Fatty 'Cue on New Year's Eve

    ​When we cornered Zak Pelaccio at the Saveur holiday party, he told us that his long-awaited barbecue restaurant, Fatty 'Cue, would open by March. But you don't have to wait that long to get a taste, because the Fatty Crab restaurants will be previewing Fatty 'Cue dishes and cocktails on New Y ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Top Buzzy Openings of 2010; Worst Food Safety Scandals of 2009

    ​What are some of the buzziest openings to look forward to in 2010? Keith McNally and Nate Appleman's Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria, natch. But also Loreley Williamsburg, Zak Pelaccio's Fatty Cue, and No. 7 Sub in the Ace Hotel. [Metromix] The city is getting increasingly lax on smoking speakeasi ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Fatty Crab to Take to the Airwaves

    This afternoon, the Fatty Crab crew will be, wait for it, chewing the fat on Heritage Radio Network. At 3 p.m., Zak Pelaccio and Cabrito designer Jori Jayne Emde will be joined by Rick and Jesse Carmac, Corwin Kave, Dave Schuttenberg, and Robbie Richter for an hour-long call in session, though don't ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Caught on Camera: A Sneak Peak Inside Fatty 'Cue

    ​Zak Pelaccio recently revealed that we can expect the long-awaited 'Fatty Cue to open in March 2010. But he couldn't divulge much more than that. Liza de Guia, whose mini food docs profile local cooks and food purveyors, managed to get her foot inside the Fatty 'Cue door and filmed what she s ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Zak Pelaccio on the Long-Delayed Opening of Fatty 'Cue in Williamsburg

    ​At the Saveur magazine holiday pot-luck last night, we cornered Zak Pelaccio (who contributed stewed pork to the event) and asked him the obvious question: When is Fatty 'Cue going to open?

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    November 18, 2009

    Own a Piece of Your Favorite Chef: Slow Food NYC Auctions Tools of the Trade

    What would you give for this man's jacket?​ Some people throw their underwear onstage at Tom Jones (or Guy Fieri). Others stand in line for hours to get a copy of their favorite cookbook signed. If you're a die-hard fan of some of the chefs this city has produced, now's your chance to own a pi ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    It's All in the Delivery: Fatty Crab Comes to Your Door & Restaurant Week for Lazy Asses

    ​Couch potatoes can rejoice this week. Not only is Zak Pelaccio's Upper West Side Malaysian-fusion mecca starting delivery service, but more than 100 restaurants around the city are participating in Delivery Week, a stay-at-home version of Restaurant Week. From October 19-31, order dinner at h ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Zak Pelaccio Will Pop Up in Madison Square Park

    As part of the Madison Square Park market that will take place from October 9 until November 1, Zak Pelaccio will be providing grub from Fatty Crab and Cabrito. Expect chorizo tacos, chicken satay skewers, taco el carbon, and the signature Fatty Dog, as well as a lot of beer and wine and lines to ri ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    And They're Off! Fall Restaurant Previews Are Out of the Gate

    Both New York magazine and Metromix have unleashed their Fall restaurant previews today, lending a bit of autumnal snap to the dead heat of August. Names that everyone's smacking their lips over include Momofuku Midtown, which will be located in the old Town space; the Breslin, April Bloomfield's ne ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    The Early Word -- Fatty Crab [Uptown]

    Saturday evening, just thinking about dinner before heading out to a rock club, I got a text from Zak Pelaccio: "Come up for some eats tonight," and later, by way of further incentive: "I have some baby lamb and some other fun." The carrion call of roast flesh was irresistible. I knew I couldn't rev ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Big Culinary News for Flatbush

    A few years ago, Zak Pelaccio and Ana Jovancicevic told me about a wonderful Trinidadian snack shop on Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights called A & A Bake and Doubles. Sadly (for Brooklynites, at least), the closet of a place closed last year and relocated to Queens. I had my first chan ... More >>

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