Savvy restaurateur Taavo Somer has avoided the “hipster” appellation since the opening of Freemans, that taxidermy fantasia on the Lower East Side. The aggressive grizzly man pose of the alleyway eatery aside, Freemans is still a nice place to have a bite. We like to go when our father or brothers are in town — why pass up a perfectly good dumb joke?
Now Mr. Somer has made the logical progression and chased the Freemans Sporting Club scruff across the L to Williamsburg, where he will open his first Brooklyn-based place, Isa, next week. And then he could be done.
The general manager of M. Wells, perhaps one of the best-reviewed new restaurants of the year, didn’t want to talk about the sexual harassment scandal.
“The only people that know what transpired would be the server’s butt and the hand,” said Deven DeMarco.
The Observer sweated out the 7 train to Long Read More
Word got out yesterday that Tavern on the Green may be on the fast track for a new era of pond-side dinner opulence. The beloved Central Park restaurant has been closed for over a year since union and bankruptcy issues shut the doors in early 2010, but it seems to have found a savior in Read More
It is January and it is currently snowing outside. Is this the correct time to drink rosé, that summeriest of summery wines? The New York Times advises you to throw caution, etiquette, logic and sanity to the wind and do just that.
Times booze expert Eric Asimov’s campaign for the frivolous — but tasty! Read More
Has it gotten to the point when one cannot talk about dining in Brooklyn without an us-versus-them, Manhattan-is-for-snobs mentality?
The buzz on Twitter and, in today’s “Hey, Mr. Critic” post on The New York Times‘ Diner’s Journal, seems to suggest as much. Last week saw a bit of a catalyst in the guise of Read More
Mimi Sheraton, dining critic at The New York Times from 1975 to 1983, isn’t a fan of the person who currently occupies the position. She just really doesn’t like Sam Sifton’s writing.
“I don’t like it at all,” Sheraton told Capital New York in an article about the changing food landscape of New Read More
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As dining critic for The New York Times, Sam Sifton is expected to risk life and limb in search of that certain bold taste; that convergence of senses that adds new contour to a meal; that creative verve for the art of food that outpaces the old guard in brash, exciting ways. And in Read More
Devotees of exclusivity, greasy sausage and cruel food-related masochism should look no farther the The Meat Hook, Williamsburg’s — and, perhaps, the world’s — most potent concoction of mouth-watering dishes and outright punishment.
The butcher shop serves only brunch, and it serves it only on Saturdays. It can accommodate just two people per week. And, Read More
Peter Luger, New York’s gold standard for steakhouses, served its first porterhouse in 1887. It’s been a fixture on Williamsburg’s south side forever (predating even the trucker hat). It’s grander than just a restaurant: It’s an institution.
But if you’re a dad looking to take mom and the tots out for some supper? Try another Read More
Nate Appleman turned some heads last month when he abdicated founding chef duties at Pulino’s, Keith McNally’s newest restaurant. As a result, the crust changed, and there was no news as to where Appleman would end up.
Now, Grub Street reports that Appleman has made a move that could shock the New York Read More