Modern Vietnamese at Nightingale 9, sushi in the Flatiron, Questlove's fried chicken, and more. Check out the top posts of our week.
Aldea's gianduja mousse is the rare dessert that has a multitude of interesting components and is still immensely satisfying.
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My favorite kind of restaurant is the neighborhood restaurant: a place right down the street that's short on frills but long on coziness, serves down-home but excellent food at fair prices, and where the quality never seems to suffer no matter how many decades old the restaurant is. Waterfalls Café is that kind of restaurant.
A Sandwich a Day: Roast Beef at Dave's Hoagies, a Philly Sandwich Standout in the Financial District
Dave's Hoagies has brought real-deal Philly-style sandwiches to the Financial District.
Roots drummer Questlove has lent his signature fried chicken and punctuation mark of choice to Hybird, one of the newest food stalls in Chelsea Market. But dumplings, cupcakes, and slushies come along for the ride as well, in flavors like carrot cake-red curry and truffled egg. Could this WTF-ery be any good? We tried it all to find out.
Food-friendly events for the weekend and beyond.
Now that it's over, I wanted to step back and observe a bit, tallying up the trends and themes I noticed throughout the Manhattan Cocktail Classic.
Amaz Soya does streetside sweet tofu on Flushing's Roosevelt Avenue, but the big draw is their extensive toppings bar.
A Brooklynite myself, I'll admit to a tinge of favoritism when I declare that there's no better borough for pizza. Or, to be a little more diplomatic, let's say that it's home to the city's greatest concentration of top notch pies. We've got the classics, like Totonno's, Grimaldi's, and Di Fara, along with a slew of (relative) newcomers—Roberta's, Paulie Gee's, and Best Pizza, to name just a few. And, of course, there's Franny's. We finally made it over to their new-and-improved location to check in on their pies.
If you open a brasserie these days, you have to take bread seriously. Case in point is Lafayette, the new French restaurant in the old Chinatown Brasserie space on Lafayette Street. Walk in the door and the first thing you're greeted with is a counter displaying racks of brown loaves and glistening pastries that are an immediate sign of the eatery's ambition.
There's no shortage of pork chops in this neighborhood, but Paris' rendition ($6) stands out. For one there's the size of the thing: three big blades of centimeter-thick pork spread across the plate.
It's the first full week of gross weather in New York, the first of many to come, so we want to know: What are you eating to get through the heat?
Eben Freeman gained acclaim as a cocktail man at wd-50 and later at Tailor, his work regarded as innovative and boundary-pushing. He's now the director of bar operations for Michael White's restaurant empire, the Altamarea group. And in that role, he's the man behind the cocktail menu at Costata, which opened last week.
If you live in New York and you like sweets, you owe it to yourself to try Levain Bakery's famous chocolate chip cookie. But what about their other, less well known dessert products? Is Levain a one trick pony? To find out, I bought a slice of their Sour Cream Pound Cake ($3.50).
Santa Cruz bakes its pan dulce throughout the day. It does fresher, tastier versions of the Mexican pastries than pretty much anywhere in the borough, and it does so for a dollar a pop.
While the Gala is the centerpiece of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, the five-day conference is filled with events, tastings, seminars, and party after party. Here are more of our favorite sips.
During the darkest days following Hurricane Sandy's impact on the East Coast, there was no greater sight than watching help pour in from unlikely places. One was New York's food truck community, and now we have a chance to honor their work.
The newly minted Sen occupies an ambitiously large space on 21st street in Manhattan. The menu is a congruous blend of traditional and modern: classically prepared sushi and a broader, more eclectic kitchen menu with pan-Asian focus. If the concept sounds less than original, it's worth mentioning that Sen is an offshoot of the nearly two-decades-old Sag Harbor restaurant renowned for their sushi.