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Salvation Taco: April Bloomfield's Offbeat Taqueria in Murray Hill

Carey Jones 13 comments

With a style all her own, chef April Bloomfield has a knack for opening (with partner Ken Friedman) restaurants that folks just love. Still, a taqueria in Murray Hill sounded more than a little unlikely. We had our reservations, but after a few visits, we're pleased to report that we recommend Salvation Taco wholeheartedly. More

First Look: Salvation Taco, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's Murray Hill Taqueria

First Look J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

If a casual, a la carte restaurant serving up tacos that start at $3 and sandwiches that top the menu at $9—in a converted Salvation Army space in the middle of the banker and adult frat-boy-friendly bar scene of Murray Hill—seems like an out of place move for chef/restaurateur duo April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, that's because it is. Talking with April about the concept and the menu, even she seems a little surprised by the whole affair. More

First Bites at Ivan Orkin's Game-Changing Ramen With April Bloomfield

J. Kenji López-Alt 10 comments

I first heard of Ivan Orkin a few years back when my mom returned from a trip to Tokyo and asked me, "have you heard about this American guy making ramen in Tokyo? That's so strange. I wonder if it's good." I have never had the chance to make it to either of his two Tokyo shops, but if last night's dinner at the Ace Hotel is any indication, It's not just good, it's game-changingly fantastic. More

Win Two Spots at Dinner by April Bloomfield and Paul Virant, Sunday October 21st

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April Bloomfield met Paul Virant (Perennial Virant in Chicago, Vie in Western Springs, IL) in 2007 when they were both honored by Food & Wine as Best New Chefs of the year. They cooked together in Chicago back in April to celebrate the launch of her book, A Girl and Her Pig. Now they're at it again, this time in New York at the Ace Hotel, and we're giving away seats for two for a five course meal right here. More

Scenes from Tap & Tapas: Bites from April Bloomfield, Tom Colicchio, and More

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Last night marked the 8th annual 'Tap & Tapas' benefit, which brought together some of New York's top chefs to help raise funds for Groove With Me, a non-profit offering free dance classes to at-risk girls in East Harlem. Chefs including April Bloomfield, Tom Colicchio, Floyd Cardoz, and a team from Le Bernadin all brought delicious bites for the evening. Click through the slideshow to see all of the great food that was served to benefit this great cause! More

A Sandwich A Day: Grilled Cheese at The Spotted Pig

A Sandwich a Day Carey Jones 3 comments

In the fashion of their over-the-top Cubano, the Spotted Pig makes a somewhat ridiculous but spectacularly tasty grilled cheese. More

A Sandwich A Day: Cubano Sandwich at The Spotted Pig

A Sandwich a Day Carey Jones 1 comment

Altogether, it's the kind of crunchy, salty, fatty mouthful so many sandwiches aspire to be. Whether or not you're willing to call it a Cuban. More

The John Dory Oyster Bar: April Bloomfield Goes Mediterranean

Ed Levine 9 comments

The original John Dory, chef-partner April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's upscale seafood restaurant, shuttered its doors after less than a year in operation, despite being well-received; a bad location (10th Avenue) was the explanation. Well, it's back, this time with an even more casual bent, right on Broadway. More

The Vegetarian Option: The Spotted Pig

The Vegetarian Option Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

"Can you dine there and avoid all those heads and tails?" [Photos: Maggie Hoffman] The Spotted Pig 314 West 11th Street, New York NY 10014 (at Greenwich St; map); (212) 620-0393‎; thespottedpig.com Cuisine: Seasonal British and Italian-influenced Setting: Lively pub... More

Brunch Ambivalence: Pumpkin Pancakes At The Breslin

Carey Jones 6 comments

[Photo: Carey Jones] I haven't been able to stop thinking about these pumpkin pancakes ($14) at The Breslin, so strong is my ambivalence toward them. Wherefore the internal conflict?... More

The Dessert Files: Pastries from The Breslin at Stumptown

Kathy YL Chan 2 comments

[Photos: Kathy Chan] When Stumptown first opened, pastries were supplied by Cafe Pedlar, a parade of olive oil bundt cakes and pretzels. Then the lineup started to include croissants from Ceci-Cela, and now? A whole line of sweet and... More

FergusStock at The Breslin

Chichi Wang 21 comments

[Photographs: Robyn Lee] For nasty bits lovers, eating a meal designed by Fergus Henderson is just about as thrilling as it gets. Henderson, chef and author of the cult classic The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating, is renowned... More

Ken Friedman On The Future of the John Dory

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"No one has the Midas touch all the time," said restaurateur Ken Friedman of his recently shuttered John Dory. "It was a really sucky block for that restaurant." A little fish wading between whales like Del Posto and Morimoto, Friedman... More

Photos of April Bloomfield's Snout-to-Tail Dinner at Spotted Pig

Erin Zimmer 2 comments

Last night at the Spotted Pig, chef April Bloomfield proved that every inch of a 150-pound piggy—including the parts that, in many cultures, would be considered garbage—can be turned into unctuous food of the gods. Her five-course snout-to-tail dinner,... More

Serious Fancy Pants Review: The John Dory

Nick Solares 6 comments

Editor's note: Our man-in-burgers Nick Solares turns out to have a nose and a palate for things other than beef. He frequently eats out in serious, somewhat pricey restaurants, so we figured we'd let him out of his burger cage... More

The Perfect Warm Weather Lunch

Ed Levine 3 comments

I had the perfect warm weather lunch at the Spotted Pig today. A friend and I split the Cuban Sandwich and the Pork Tonnato. For dessert a bowl of Frog Hollow Farm Cherries in ice water. The Spotted Pig Cubano... More

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