“What are those?” asked the one with the silver pendant earrings. “Delicious,” answered the one with the never-troubled brow. Teeth twinkled all around. Read More
From a kitchen the size of a walk-in closet, Chef Kenichi Tajima prepares the best poultry in the city in one of its most charming restaurants. Read More
If you come to M. Wells Steakhouse, you’ll leave hating either M. Wells or steakhouses. Read More
Ozersky’s pick: I was absolutely knocked out by Piora. It’s hard for me to think of a restaurant anywhere in the U.S. that does modern tweezer food so ably and is also able to serve the kind of massive, primitive double-rib steak (below) I had for my main course. Piora can beat you high, and it can beat you low. It was only the steak that put it ahead of Aska, whose modernist comfort food impressed the shit out of me; Maysville, on the cutting edge of lardcore; and Costata, Michael White’s smartest and most manageable restaurant. Read More
off the record
BlackBook‘s editor is out. Buzzfeed’s got a new vertical. And The Observer has a softball game against a Foer Brother to get to, so let’s get on with this. Here are your Friday Afternoon Media Briefs:
Newly appointed BlackBook editor in chief Joshua David Stein is looking forward to writing for an audience that’s a little bit more like him. For the last year, he’s been senior editor at Departures and Black Ink, the glossy magazines distributed to the wealthiest American Express card holders.
“I’m not a billionaire,” Mr. Stein told Off the Record last week. “This job’s not going to make me a billionaire. Or a millionaire for that matter!”
Mr. Stein’s new boss at the arts and culture starter magazine, on the other hand, is definitely a billionaire. Last month, BlackBook Media Corp. was bought by grocery magnate Ron Burkle and his investment partner, Magic Johnson. Mr. Stein didn’t have much to say about the acquisition, except that it means more money and better resources for the magazine, side-by-side with Mr. Burkle’s current holdings, Vibe, Uptown and the reportedly lucrative Access Network media software company.
Like a mighty rainstorm over the parched Sahara, yesterday’s Page Six Magazine profile of Byrdie Bell offered sweet promise to Manhattan’s socialite landscape, which has grown decidedly athirst for new blood. And though Ms. Bell’s been around, smiling for Patrick McMullan at glittery galas for a few years now, our understanding of her was just Read More
On Friday, Nov. 30, readers of an item on Gawker.com which was nominally about author and editor Keith Gessen were told that the Web site’s managing editor, Choire Sicha, and editor Emily Gould were quitting.
On Monday, Dec. 3, nightlife editor Josh Stein told The Media Mob, he’ll do the same.
“The reasons I’m quitting Read More