If a good barometer of a French bakery is the quality of their viennoiserie, then Eclair Bakery, a new outfit in Midtown East, has a bright future.
Every week we spotlight a dozen cooking classes sold through our partner CourseHorse to take in the weeks ahead. Some of the most popular sell out way in advance, but here are some last-minute deals on hot-ticket classes with discounted seats.
We tried not to write about Noodle Village once again, but hey, sometimes you have to give Chinatown's best wonton soup slinger its due. But this time we're not talking about wontons or soup, but rather noodles with a sweet meat sauce poetically called Pork in Hot Spicy Sauce Lo Mein.
On November 26th, Allison and Matt Robicelli soft opened the first stand-alone location of their popular bakery, Robicelli's, on an unlikely block of Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. The bakery is selling the couple's popular cupcakes, but that's just the beginning.
In the Philippines and at Papa's Kitchen, karaoke is not a gimmicky sideshow for diners to gawk at, but a deeply ingrained part of a culture that values the ability to carry a tune. It's put to good use at this tiny restaurant that also serves some commendable Filipino cooking.
On a Monday night not long ago, I popped into Via Tribunali New York, the sole East Coast outpost of the Seattle-born pizza chain. My companion and I were taken into the dining room (about the size of a rich man's tool shed), and seated under a picture of the Bay of Naples. The vista depicted the Naples of a bygone era—a nostalgic vision of the old country.
Between the rapid influx of new, higher-end destinations and the substantial landscape of excellent, predominantly Central American and Caribbean eateries that predates them, there's a whole lot of great food to be had in this corner of Brooklyn. What you'll find here are my personal favorites for every time of day and night. So whether you're planning a day trip to the 'hood or you've recently joined its ranks, here's how to find something great to eat and drink, no matter the hour. (Literally.)
The food at Kokum represents a "culinary tour through the southern coast of India," inspired, among others, by the cuisines of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and—especially rare in New York—seafood-heavy Kerala. New York's Indian cuisine still skews towards the rich (heavy in unskilled hands) cooking of the country's northern regions, which makes the purely southern Kokum one of Manhattan's most distinctive Indian restaurants. A meal there is a journey well worth taking, even if the food doesn't always succeed.
The real determining factor of whether or not a cookie establishment is worth a visit is if they can bake up an impressive chocolate chip cookie. Schmackary's succeeds and then some.
The only Paulaner Bräuhaus in the western hemisphere recently landed in New York City.
I am not sure quite what happened to all the value wines that Buenos Aires used to have, nor how such mediocre pasta sits along side such delicious meats, but if you stick to salads and share the mixed grill, you'll eat well here.
At almost $10, it's definitely overpriced, but if you're looking for something juicy and crunchy and fried to satisfy your hunger quickly, look no further.
When Concourse Village Senegalese restaurant Maryway shuttered some months back, I lost my favorite mafe—a peanut stew— in the Bronx. Rich and savory without being overwhelmingly peanut buttery, Maryway's was one of my favorites in the five boroughs, and, come to think of it, the only one in the Bronx worth seeking out. I've been hunting for a worthy heir ever since, and after months of vain pursuit, I've found one at Williamsbridge's Saloum.
Virgola is a wine bar in a former alleyway, all of 6 feet wide and 60 feet long. We chatted with the owner to learn how this improbable West Village space came about.
If you don't want to fight Brighton Beach parking, New York Bread off on Neptune Avenue (conveniently a few blocks from Totonno's is a perfect place to shop for Russian specialties like bread, smoked fish, pre-made salads, and plenty of kvass.
Dominique Ansel Bakery is now selling a crunchy breakfast cereal with mini meringues and dulce de leche-esque puffed rice. Get on it.
This week on Ask the Critic: Can any restaurant satisfy a vegan, a gluten-free guy, and a man who'll only eat steak and lasagna?
News broke last week that Dairy Queen will be opening in Union Square later this month (its first New York City location outside of Staten Island), and once the Serious Eats office heard, well, let's say things got heated. After words were exchanged and tongues were stuck out, native Midwesterner Jamie Feldmar and native New Yorker Max Falkowitz retreated to their desks to write out their debate in more civilized terms. Their debate is reprinted here.