Category Archives: Eater NY

Franny’s Replacement Fausto Is Here and Keeping Things Italian

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Joe Campanale opens the restaurant this weekend in Park Slope

Park Slope-Prospect heights favorite Franny’s may have closed its doors four months ago, but its 348 Flatbush Avenue space remains Italian as wine-focused newcomer Fausto opens this Saturday, December 9.

The restaurant comes from previously West Village-oriented restaurateur Joe Campanale (formerly of L’Artusi, Dell’anima, Anfora), alongside chef Erin Shambura, who served as executive chef at L’Artusi. As Campanale previously has said, Fausto walks a line between sophisticated and casual — no tablecloths here, and it’s the sort of space that can cover a glass of wine and a small ...

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Leyenda Turns Plantains Into Magic With Mofongo

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Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix’s cocktail bar serves a stellar Puerto Rican staple

Buy, Sell, Hold is a column from Eater New York’s chief critic Ryan Sutton where he looks at a single dish or item and decides whether you should you buy it, sell it (or just don’t try it at all), or hold (give it some time before trying).


Leyenda — unlike more recent big name openings — is not a cocktail bar where a few cocktails will cost as much as a tasting menu. It’s a pan-Latin bar in Carroll Gardens where technically brilliant cocktails cost $12 ...

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Where To Eat On Christmas Day In New York City

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From lavish tasting menus to BYOB hand-pulled noodles

For those forgoing the trek home for the holidays or a peak season getaway — and skipping the seasonal airport pandemonium in the process — there’s an array of solid choices for dining out on Christmas Day. (The same goes for out-of-towners angling for a festive, special-occasion dining experience while in NYC.) Options vary from a classic Yuletide menu, a Jewish-Chinese family-style feast, a warming and homey brunch, or simply something that’s delicious and actually open for business on a rare quiet day in the city.

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Sietsema’s 15 Best Dishes of 2017

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From cheesy breads to stellar burritos, Eater’s senior editor talks favorites from the year

Painful as it was to pick the ten worst dishes of 2017, doing the opposite is a joyous activity. The best part about being a restaurant critic is stumbling on a dish that is really delightful — one that stimulates the senses and leads you to attack it rather than just eat it. If that dish is found in an unexpected place, or features unfamiliar ingredients and techniques, all the better. Here are the 15 best things I ate this year.

Sietsema’s 15 Best Dishes of 2017

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Drunk Santas Flood NYC Saturday for SantaCon

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Plus, TK Kitchen closes after 10 years — and more intel

SantaCon’s back this weekend

Drunk bros decked out in holiday gear will pack the streets from East Village to Midtown on Saturday for the annual shitshow called SantaCon. A full rundown of the 50-or-so bars that the pub crawl will be hitting can be seen on this website. Every year, participants in the crawl donate some money to charity, but that’s never quite been enough to combat its image as a menace to New York City streets. This year, an ad agency even used its bad rep to ...

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DaDong Is a Splashy Shrine to Roast Duck, Straight From China

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Michelin-starred duck makes its NYC debut this weekend

New York is no stranger to Peking duck, so the arrival of DaDong — a roast duck chain in China that has some Michelin-starred locations — has locals appropriately amped for this more upscale entrant: 2,500 reservations disappeared as soon as they were available, booking the restaurant through February. As of December 8, those few lucky New Yorkers will be among the first to get a taste of the signature crispy exterior and juicy meat when DaDong opens in Midtown at 3 Bryant Park near 42nd Street.

Chef-owner Dong Zhenxiang (“da” ...

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What’s an Affordable French Bistro Still Worthy of a Celebration?

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In this Ask Eater, a woman wants an affordable treat

Welcome to Ask Eater, a column from Eater New York where the site’s editors, reporters, and critics answer specific or baffling restaurant requests from readers and friends. A new question and answer will run every Thursday. Have a question for us? Submit your question in this form.


Dear Eater,

I’m looking for a cozy French restaurant that doesn’t completely break the bank to celebrate my boyfriend finishing his first semester of law school. He loves French food, but it’s been tricky to find a place that’s somewhere between ...

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Sietsema’s 10 Worst Dishes of 2017

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From greasy grilled oysters to brisket ravioli, here’s what Eater’s senior critic really despised this year

That time of year has come again to praise the year’s good food and damn the bad. Well, this is the damning part, featuring the worst things I ate this past year, things that etched themselves into my nightmares and still provoke a gag reflex. Ironically, many of these dishes are from otherwise good — or even great — places, making the fall from grace they represent even more painful. This year many of my worst food experiences came in the ubiquitous food courts, ...

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Michelin-Starred Suzuki Is Serving Rare, Once-Deadly Blowfish

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Japanese delicacy fugu can now be found at Suzuki and Satsuki

Beginning today, Satsuki and Suzuki — the ambitious Midtown nine-month-old kaiseki and Michelin-starred omakase sushi bar — will serve fugu, one of the world’s most poisonous fish.

Toshio Suzuki and his son Yuta began offering the spendy seasonal Japanese delicacy around six years ago at the now defunct Sushi Zen, where they presented detoxified parts of the dangerous pufferfish via several preparations. Now, they’re continuing the tradition as one of New York’s very few restaurants — Masa has been known to serve fugu in the past, too — ...

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Chinese Hit Hao Noodle Will Focus on Drinking Fare for New Meatpacking Location

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Plus, a James Beard Award-winning radio show host has been suspended — and more intel

More details on Hao Noodle and Tea’s Meatpacking location

After opening in Greenwich Village last year, the acclaimed American outpost of a Chinese chain Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen is already expanding to the Meatpacking District at 343 West 14th Street. In the sceney neighborhood, expect Chinese food that goes well with drinking — a move that makes sense considering the density of clubs and lounges nearby. There will be pork and cumin-chili lamb skewers, cold appetizers like Shanghai-style drunken chicken ...

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Former Sushi Nakazawa Staff Sue Owners for Wage Theft

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The suit against the upscale restaurant claims captain waiters won’t fairly paid

Alessandro Borgognone’s Sushi Nakazawa — the only Japanese restaurant to hold four stars by the New York Times, and perennially one of the toughest reservations in town — has become the latest culinary establishment to be hit with a wage lawsuit accusing it of shortchanging employees on pay.

The suit was brought by noted plaintiffs’ attorney Maimon Kirschenbaum on behalf of two former wait captains, one who worked there from December 2015 to December 2017 and another who worked there from June 2014 to August 2016.

According ...

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Emmy Squared Is Taking Over GG’s Space in the East Village

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It’s a pizza switch on East 5th Street

Nick Morgenstern’s popular grandma pie East Village restaurant GG’s is closing — and hit Williamsburg Detroit-style pizza place Emmy Squared is going in its place, according to public records.

Morgenstern, who has had the space for about eight years, announced on Wednesday along with chef Bobby Hellen and Gabe Richter that GG’s would close on Saturday, December 23rd after three years at 511 East 5th Street, between Avenues A and B. They decided to sell the space to a new owner and operator and plan to focus on new projects, Morgenstern ...

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MáLà Project Adds a Spicy Midtown Location This Month

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The popular East Village spicy dry pot restaurant is expanding

Perpetually busy East Village restaurant MáLà Project is making its way uptown for the lunch crowd. Restaurateur Amelie Kang is expanding to a location at 41 West 46th Street, between Sixth and Fifth Avenues.

The new, more-than-60 seat restaurant will offer the same Chinese dry hot pot that’s available downtown — where diners can choose a bunch of different ingredients cooked into spicy, tingly concoctions.

This outpost will have preset lunch selections, though, Kang says. For between $11 and $13, people can choose from 10 dry pots with pre-selected ingredients, ...

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Crowd-Pleasing Chef Behind Spaniard Opens Italian Seafood Spot

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Scampi in Flatiron focuses on the eponymous dish and other seafood classics

From the chef behind the crowd-pleasing Spaniard comes Scampi, an Italian seafood restaurant opening tonight in Flatiron. Chef PJ Calapa was on Ai Fiori’s opening team before striking out on his own to open the Spaniard and now this new Southern Italian restaurant at 30 West 18th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

At Scampi, Calapa created a menu of southern Italian seafood dishes, with various crudos like razor and manila clams with fennel, chives, and prosciutto and grilled fish such as branzino with cippolini onions, broccoli ...

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The Aviary Lacks Alinea’s High-Flying Thrills

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The East Coast debut of Chicago’s most celebrated fine dining team fails to make an impact

Once upon a time, there was an East Village wonderland called Booker and Dax, a magically boozy place that sprinkled pixie dust over the city’s largely classical and overly serious cocktail scene. Bartenders caramelized drinks with blazing-hot pokers and clarified ripe bananas into rum with centrifuges and froze basil leaves with liquid nitrogen. The complex techniques and wacky flavors made it the city’s only fully experimental bar. And somehow it was also an accessible experiment, with $14 drinks, $12 ham plates, and no reservations.

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A Closer Look at the ‘Top Chef’ Candidates from NYC

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Plus, former Po space gets a new tenant — and more intel

Meet the NYC-based Top Chef contestants

The newest season of Top Chef debuting on Thursday features three chefs from New York City, and amNY does Q&A’s with all of them, asking them about their background in New York and what to expect from their time on the show. Upper East Sider Fatima Ali, who once had a Smorgasburg stall, says she hopes to bring exposure to Pakistani cuisine, while Harlem resident Adrienne Cheatham wants to spotlight minority chefs. Chris Scott, who owns Butterfunk Kitchen in ...

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Former Philippe Chow Head Takes Over UES Restaurant For Asian Steakhouse

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Jade Sixty will serve wagyu beef and sushi

A founder of splashy Chinese-ish chain Philippe Chow now has an address for the home of his next project, an Asian steakhouse called Jade Sixty.

Restaurateur Stratis Morfogen, who now owns Jue Land Club and Skinny’s Satay, will be taking over the Blue on Park space at 116 East 60th Street, between Lexington and Third avenues. He’s partnering up with Franco Moscato, who previously owned Rothman’s. Earlier this week, the staff of Blu on Park were spotted posting a “closed for renovation” sign at the space.

“He doesn’t want ...

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Pete Wells Finds Lip-Smacking-Good Ramyun at Jeju Noodle Bar

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Two stars for the West Village ramen newcomer

In an increasingly crowded ramen scene, Times critic Pete Wells finds that the Korean-influenced soups at Jeju Noodle Bar stand out. He praises the West Village newcomer from chef Douglas Kim for its ramyuns that are “so carefully considered” and “so well harmonized.” He writes:

All of Jeju’s broths have the body and texture that comes with boiling and skimming for hours over an abundance of meat and bones. The pork soup called gochu ramyun has a similarly lavish texture; heavy on the slippery collagen that holds pigs’ feet together, it glides ...

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Famed Thai Restaurant SriPraPhai Opens in Williamsburg

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It takes over the Qi Thai Grill space

SriPraPhai, one of New York City’s best Thai restaurants, has expanded into Brooklyn. As of Sunday, the Woodside, Queens restaurant has taken over the Qi Thai Grill space at 176 North 9th Street in Williamsburg for a third location for its popular fare.

Chef Sripraphai Tipmanee, along with celebrity chef Pichet Ong, had been involved in Qi Thai Grill since its 2013 opening, but the space is now solely dedicated to the spicy food of Tipmanee. The 100-seat space has a slightly pared-down menu with evolving hours ...

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Angela Dimayuga Expands on Why She Left Mission Chinese

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The rising star claims Danny Bowien didn’t want to promote her

Rising star chef Angela Dimayuga apparently did have a testy breakup with Mission Chinese chef-owner Danny Bowien.

In a new profile on The Cut, Dimayuga says that she left after Bowien announced the new Bushwick location of the restaurant — realizing that Bowien wasn’t going to let her grow in the company. The move meant she wouldn’t get to work on a new concept with him or be a partner, she says. “My sphere of ambition is just different and bigger,” Dimayuga says in the piece.

The ...

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Morgenstern’s Owner Plots All-Day Restaurant and Rooftop Lounge on Bowery

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It’s a part of the upcoming Ace Hotel

Nicholas Morgenstern of Morgenstern’s Ice Cream, GG’s, and El Rey will open a ground floor restaurant and rooftop lounge in an upcoming Ace Hotel on Bowery, according to a liquor license application.

In an extensive 97-page filing, plans show that the ground-floor American restaurant will be called Cafe Como, offering all-day dining in a more than 2,000-square-foot space, Bowery Boogie reports. Especially notable is the fact that the restaurant plans to be open until 4 a.m., serving dishes like parsnip pancakes and fava and lamb ravioli during the ...

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NYC’s Eater Awards Winners 2017

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The restaurants and chefs that stood out above the rest this year

After a week of reader’s choice voting, it’s finally time to announce the New York City winners of the 2017 Eater Awards — the eighth annual time Eater’s celebrating the top talent from 24 cities around the world. These are the restaurants and chefs that have driven the conversation and impressed the hoards in dining this year. Thanks to all who voted (except, ahem, the bots). Below, find out more about the editor’s choice winners, which will receive Eater’s illustrious tomato can trophies via FedEx. And stay tuned ...

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NYC Chefs Team Up for New Jersey Food Hall

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Plus, Chumley’s is down an executive chef — and more intel

NYC chefs team up for New Jersey food hall

A group of chefs with experience at New York City restaurants like Upland, Union Square Cafe, and Bien Cuit have teamed up to open a food hall in Holmdel, New Jersey. Bell Market will open inside the reimagined Bell Works complex in early spring 2018 with five concepts: wood-fired Italian food, a Jewish deli, Japanese fare, farm-to-table vegetarian food, and a bakery. Before it fully opens, it’s previewing in the space (101 Crawfords Corner Road) weekdays from 11 a.m. to ...

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NYC Dining Stalwart Returns With a Bid to Offer ‘Value’ in Restaurants Again

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Stephen Hanson wants people to think Henry at Life Hotel is a good deal

After several years out of restaurants, Stephen Hanson — the founder of monster hospitality group BR Guest — is back in the business with Henry at Life Hotel.

The new restaurant at the southern end of Midtown at 19 West 31st St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues, opened over the weekend with a menu of crowd-pleasing shareable plates from BR Guest alum chef Michael Vignola. Expect dishes like a burrata with kabocha squash, pizzas, pastas, and roasted chicken thighs. See the full menu below.

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Stellar New Tacos in Bushwick — and More Cheap Eats

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Installment 44 in the Three Great Cheap series

In the 44th “Three Great Cheap” installment, critic Robert Sietsema recommends favorite inexpensive dishes from recent restaurant visits.

Accra

Named after Ghana’s capital, Accra is a West African cafeteria just south of Harlem’s main drag of 125th Street specializing in the food of Ghana, Nigeria, and other West African countries. The food is laid out on an imperially long steam table, making it easy to order by pointing, and first time visitors will receive a warm welcome. Still, it’s up to you to engineer a meal — done in the same way ...

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