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Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 26 comments

Classic smashed burgers are all about maximizing that deep, brown crust. But I found myself wondering, what if I were to take this to the extreme? Is there a way I could pack even more flavor into a burger? And thus, the ultra-smashed burger was born. Same burger size, but twice the amount of crisp, browned crust. More

Cheesy Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Serious Eats Jennifer Olvera 1 comment

Creamed corn, made in the slow cooker, is gussied up with cream cheese, American cheese, and crème fraîche. More

Mayfield: A Welcome Addition to Crown Heights

New York Carey Jones 5 comments

Having visited Mayfield only three times I can't say whether it's always as lively and friendly as I've seen it. But if my experiences have been any indication, this is a neighborhood spot that's filling a void—it's as successful a bar as a restaurant, gathering place as eatery, with a menu I'd eat from any day of the week. More

Date Night: Alice's Arbor, Brooklyn Locavore Food to Love

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler Post a comment

"I was on a date here last week," said the lady at the table next to ours at Alice's Arbor. We'll summarize for you: the date went well! Perhaps the couple simply had chemistry, but we think this seasonal American restaurant/grocery/cafe on the border of Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy played a big part. After all, it's a date-tastic place. More

29 Classic American Recipes We Love

The Serious Eats Team 2 comments

When we think of American classics our minds jump to the comforting standbys we grew up with: burgers, fried chicken, meatloaf, chocolate chip cookies, and potato salad. Here are some of our all-time favorites that will never get old no matter how often we eat them. More

Bar Eats: The Wayland

New York Nancy Huang Post a comment

The innovative and sometimes quirky drinks of The Wayland have catapulted the renovated dive bar into the latest cocktail mecca of the East Village. Chef/co-owner Robert Ceraso has come up with a great selection of shareable plates for his partner Jason Mendenhall's libations. More

Bar Eats: The Vault at Pfaff's

New York Nancy Huang 1 comment

The basement space at the corner of Broadway and Bleecker has taken many forms throughout its existence, but perhaps none as interesting as its original: a mid-19th century hangout for America's original bohemians. Charles Pfaff's beer cellar was long a waterhole for a group of literary thinkers such as Walt Whitman and Henry Clapp Jr., who were promoting such radical ideas as abolitionism during the Civil War era. (Gives a whole new meaning to "countercultural," doesn't it?) More

Date Night: Sage General Store

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler Post a comment

This restaurant is more sweet than spice. With its decor and dishes steeped in innocent American domesticity, Sage General Store is best for: a date with someone you'd like to hold hands with. More

Bar Eats: Williams & Bailey

New York Nancy Huang Post a comment

Much like its sister bar Royale in the East Village, the recently opened Williams & Bailey successfully toes the line between posh and pedestrian, balancing between pseudo-speakeasy (think faux tin ceilings and fancy whiskeys) and local watering hole (think $3 beers and Giants games on the big screen). More

Bar Eats: t.b.d.

New York Nancy Huang Post a comment

With rows and rows of heavy wooden picnic tables and a full outdoor barbecue setup that includes a grill and smoker, Greenpoint's t.b.d. is Destination Summer. Easily accessible by East River Ferry or a short bike ride from the Williamsburg Bridge, the expansive bar and beer garden boasts the "biggest, baddest backyard in Brooklyn." More

Bar Eats: Astor Room

New York Nancy Huang 1 comment

What used to be a private commissary to the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios has been recently transformed into the Astor Room, a traditional American supper club complete with the long marble bar and baby grand piano. With a hint of imagination, it's easy to picture hobnobbing with the movie stars who once used to wander the halls, from Gary Grant to Woody Allen and everyone in between. More

In The Midnight Hour: Walter Foods

New York Zachary Feldman 1 comment

On Grand Street's restaurant row in Williamsburg, Walter Foods has the dimly-lit charm of a speakeasy. And though it's a damned fine place to get a nightcap, it's the gentlemanly grub that warrants a twilight visit. More

Breakfast at Untitled

New York Ashley Muir Bruhn 2 comments

Danny Meyer's newest venture, a cafe for the Whitney called Untitled, takes the coffee shop of the '60s as its inspiration but manages to incorporate what's best about most of Meyer's operations: locally sourced, seasonally fresh fare, prepared by talented hands and offered at reasonable prices. More

Date Night: LIC Market

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler 3 comments

'Tis the end of the school year. So, in that spirit, we'd assign the risotto an A, the sliders a B, the octopus a C+, and the spaghetti an A+, for an overall 3.4 FPA (flavor point average). A few glasses of wine, a few dishes, and you might feel up for a walk around Gantry Plaza State Park or the graffiti mecca that is 5 Pointz, both 100% Queens. LIC Market is best for: a date with interborough connotations. More

Bar Eats: Post Office

New York Nancy Huang 2 comments

The brilliantly sourced American whiskeys and Charles Bukowski-inspired stylings of nightlife wunderkind Alla Lapushchik—a Death & Co. founding member at the pre-legal age of 19—are already enough of a draw to her new bar Post Office, but it's the brash yet simple cooking of chef Sam Glinn (Brooklyn Star, Momofuku Ssam Bar) that will have you coming back again and again. More

The Cider Press: A Brief Cider History

Drinks Chris Lehault Post a comment

American's love for cider never really returned after the repeal of Prohibition. But almost a hundred years later, American cider is once again on the rise. More

The Vegetarian Option: Tipsy Parson

New York Maggie Hoffman 10 comments

"Do all chefs think their vegetarian customers only want to eat fried foods, mac and cheese, and salad every time they go out to dinner? Or do they care?" [Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] Tipsy Parson 156 9th Avenue (near 20th St;... More

Serious Beer: Tasting American Rye Beers

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 8 comments

By substituting rye for some of the barley in the mash, brewmasters give these beers a hint of spicy warmth and a touch of rye-bread flavor. More

Serious Beer: American Brown Ales

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 13 comments

We tasted ten brown ales—from bright, hoppy ones to the sweet and pruney. Whether you're looking for something bitter to see you through the World Series or a more warming, chocolately beer on a rainy night, we have favorites for both. More

Key Ingredients: The American Cookbook Project

Sarah Wolf Post a comment

What defines American food? In a compelling examination of the connection between American cultures and the foods they create, Museum on Main Street, a project of the Smithsonian Institution, has put together a collaborative online cookbook featuring recipes and personal anecdotes from across the country for their exhibition, Key Ingredients. The recipe database, searchable by type of food, story, heritage, or region, includes everything from Iowa Fried Pheasant or Squirrel to Armenian Eggplant. The site also provides recommendations for local food events and traditions by region. The physical exhibition, which will have visited over 200 venues across the country by 2013, is currently in Woodbine, New Jersey; Vancouver, Washington; Elloree, South Carolina; Vienna, Georgia; and Honolulu, Hawaii. [via The Village... More

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