It’s getting hot in these kitchens!
British chef Kyle Connaughton is suing Chipotle and its CEO Steve Ells for allegedly involving him in a scheme to steal Momofuku chef David Chang’s noodle-bar concept.
In court documents obtained by The Observer, Mr. Connaughton claims that he was drafted to Read More
Remember Locanda Verde? It’s still downtown, it still has delicious, affordable food, but it might as well be Sardi’s for the amount of coverage it gets. The Dutch displaced it, and now Lafayette will displace The Dutch. They all have the same universally respected chef, Andrew Carmellini, and are owned by an experienced and well–funded restaurant group, so they will be fine.
But go visit some of the hot restaurants of 2009, like Matsugen and Mia Dona and Adour and Allen & Delancey and RUB and The Tasting Room and Centro Vinoteca and Irving Mill. Or rather don’t, because they’re all out of business, and got that way fast as a result of a brutal food-media climate dominated by online outlets. For the sake of convenience, I will call them “blogs,” but they’re really news-driven niche sites for foodists, which is to say, almost everybody these days.
The James Beard Awards, which took place last week at Lincoln Center, have rightly been described as the “Oscars for the Food World.” But because they reward chefs and not good-looking people, and because many in the food world are functioning alcoholics, the whole point of the Beards isn’t the ceremony itself, which is boring, Read More
As a booming, disembodied voice told guests at Edible Schoolyard NYC’s inaugural spring benefit to take their seats for dinner Monday night, the Transom learned that honoree Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t have a favorite food—let alone a least favorite. “Seriously, it’s one of the areas of my life where I hold everything with love and no Read More
C IS FOR COOKIE
The first thing you notice is The Keg. Unless you serve on the party planning committee of a Columbia U. frat house, or work behind a bar, kegs aren’t something you see a lot of in New York City, let alone at the front of a restaurant on the eve of its debut.
The beer barrel is a fixture of Mission Chinese Food, the San Francisco transplant tucked into an inconspicuous storefront on Orchard Street. The restaurant is disguised as an average neighborhood Chinese joint, complete with a neon menu board and photographs of dishes in the window. False modesty is nothing new in the local food scene. A kegger is.
Last night’s Opening Ceremony party at the Ace Hotel for Fashion’s Night Out is certainly deserving of its own report, which is coming shortly. The most coveted item of the night, however, may be the hippest cookie in the universe.
“Dan Abrams and I emailed a bit about possibly trading our Twitter handles,” said Dan Abrams, a writer/producer in New York, of an exchange with the ABC News analyst three years ago. “I probably would have—he was like, I’ll take you out to dinner. I wasn’t at a point where my name was Read More
Momofuku chef David Chang’s planned iPad app will take a deep dive into a bowl of ramen, reports Nick Fox at Diner’s Journal.
The ramen is interactive! Clicking on the image triggers videos, recipes and graphics–such as a tour of a Japanese ramen factory; a talk by Curious Cook’s Harold McGee, who appears Read More
Aziz Ansari, the reigning funniest man on the planet, is not one to be trusted on Twitter. For instance, last week he spent the day fake-retweeting Whole Foods and L.L. Bean (the clothier never said “your comedy sucks dick Aziz”).
But when he told his 600,000 followers of a trip to Tokyo with Read More
Twitter can be many things, but has anyone turned it into gorgeous music? Perhaps the first man to ask if such a feat is possible would be Josh Groban, the guy whose buttery voice fills all of suburbia’s mom-helmed minivans with pulsating arias and sonatas. And if there were a Twitter feed that could stand Read More