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Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Frank Bruni's Upper West Side

New York Allegra Ben-Amotz 10 comments

You've already seen our New York editors' neighborhood guides, in which the SE staff—Ed, Carey, Erin, and more—chat about their favorite places to eat in their own neighborhoods. But we're branching out to other food personalities. We've heard Tom Colicchio on the West Village; Eric Ripert on Midtown West; now here's former Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni on the Upper West Side. More

Cocktails and Spirits with Paul Clarke: Infused Booze

Drinks Paul Clarke 18 comments

The practice of flavoring liquor (by soaking stuff in it) is almost as old as the art of distilling, but as Frank Bruni noted recently in the New York Times, the current prevalence of infused booze is at an all-time high. Vodka infused with lemon peel or bourbon with vanilla beans, anyone? More

Why Do We Watch Food Television?

Leah Douglas 31 comments

Today, former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni filed a piece on The Atlantic on why food television has reached such levels of popularity. Why is it that we continue to watch, but have generally decreased our amount of time spent actually cooking? Bruni floats a friend's opinion that we hang onto food television as a sort of "cultural nostalgia," reminiscent of an allegedly bygone era of home-cooked meals and family dinners. Then he offers his own analysis. More

Is Your Pet Named After a Food (or Food Critic)?

Erin Zimmer 158 comments

A few weeks ago, my friend sent around an email asking for help naming her new dog. Some names that were tossed around: Pork chop...Burrito...Kumquat. My vote went to Burrito, hands down (paws down?). But they decided to go with another name—a name that's not even a food, but a food critic. Bruni, as in Frank Bruni. I knew they read the former New York Times critic's reviews every Wednesday morning, religiously, but wow. Anyone else have a pet with a food-related name? More

Video: 'No Reservations' Food Porn Episode, Part 2

Adam Kuban 6 comments

Did you miss last night's episode of No Reservations? It was Part 2 of Anthony Bourdain's food porn exposé, featuring chefs Daniel Boulud, Cesare Casella, and Michael White as well as former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni. Oh, and actual porn star Ron Jeremy (unappetizing!) doing intros. Here you go! More

A Chat With Frank Bruni and Jonathan Safran Foer

New York Chichi Wang 17 comments

"Why not fix the system by making the model farm the rule, rather than jettisoning the entire notion of eating animals?" What would a restaurant critic say to a vegetarian author? We found out at a sold-out auditorium at the... More

Snapshots from Meatball Madness

New York Nick Solares 4 comments

The first Meatball Madness took place last night at the New York Wine and Food Festival, and judging from the attendance and the enthusiasm of the crowd it is fair to say that the event was a runaway success.... More

Critic-Turned-Cook Meets Critic-Turned-Author Frank Bruni

Leslie Kelly 3 comments

[Photograph: Rachel Strawn] Frank Bruni and I have at least two things in common: We’ve both hung up our professional feedbags and we’re both over the moon about the lardo lollipops at Salumi in Seattle. I got to meet the author of Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater when he was in the city on a West Coast leg of his book tour. We had lunch at the renowned salumeria started by Armandino Batali and now run by his daughter, Gina Batali, and her husband, Brian D’Amato. But before he sat down at the head of the table for 10, my friend and former Seattle Post-Intelligencer colleague Rebekah Denn and I double-teamed the former New York... More

Frank Bruni on Neglected Burgers in NYC

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee Post a comment

Over at New York Times blog Diner's Journal, departing restaurant critic Frank Bruni shares some last bits of restaurant advice, including recommendations for a few good burgers that have been neglected: I think the lunchtime burger at Union Square Cafe... More

Quote of the Day: Frank Bruni on Shake Shack

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 6 comments

A double Shack burger. Photograph by Robyn Lee. "I love the beef blend and the flavor, but I was always bummed out by the ratio of beef-to-bun-to-condiments. But then I realized I was being the biggest bonehead in the... More

From the Archives: Our 2006 Grilling of Frank Bruni

A Hamburger Today Adam Kuban 1 comment

Is it me or is Frank Bruni about as overexposed right now as a fast-food burger under a heat lamp just before closing time? Dude's everywhere. Still, I'd be remiss if I didn't direct you to this AHT Grilled interview... More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 81: A Frank Chat with Frank Bruni on Being 'Born Round'

Ed Levine's Serious Diet Ed Levine 21 comments

"I was objectively chubby by age four, fat by age six, and was on the Atkins diet for the first time at age eight." --Frank Bruni Photographs by Robyn Lee For all of the serious eaters who overdosed on the hype surrounding Julie & Julia (hey, the back of my head was in the movie, so if I'm guilty as charged there's a good reason for that), I'm giving you a heads-up that the hoopla accompanying the publication of Born Round, now former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni's memoir, is going to make Julie & Julia seem like it was an under-the-radar phenomenon. The book is in stores today, so let the Bruni media madness begin (it actually... More

Video: Frank Bruni Reviews the Choco Taco

Erin Zimmer 12 comments

One major plus about Frank Bruni stepping down from his New York Times Dining critic position is he has more time to mull over pressing issues like the merits of a Choco Taco. (And we can even see his face while he does so!) When Bruni appeared on Nightline this week, he moseyed over to an ice cream truck to review everyone's favorite rhyming dessert taco. How many stars did the Brunmeister give it? The video, after the jump.... More

Does Bruni Go Out With A Bang, Or A Whimper?

New York Carey Jones Post a comment

In his last formal review as the New York Times restaurant critic, Frank Bruni assigns a single star to The Redhead—a bar-turned-Southern restaurant in the East Village that Ed reviewed back in August of 2008. In explaining why it... More

More From Bruni on Eleven Madison Park

New York Carey Jones Post a comment

Photo from the Times It seems as if the closer we get to the end of Frank Bruni's reign at the Times, the more we hear from him, as if the guy's milking every last moment up on his... More

Expect Announcement Of Incoming 'Times' Restaurant Critic This Week

New York Carey Jones Post a comment

Only a few more days on those tenterhooks; we should know outgoing Times critic Frank Bruni's replacement by Friday. “I hope to announce something by the end of the week,” executive editor Bill Keller told the Observer. We hope so,... More

Frank Bruni, 'New York Times' Restaurant Critic, Unmasked at Last

New York Carey Jones 1 comment

Fear me no more. In the final days of the Bruni Era, plenty has been revealed about the outgoing New York Times food critic, most notably in a New York Times Magazine tell-all about his struggles with food and... More

Ambiance Is Not a Topping

Slice DJ Bubbles 11 comments

"It sometimes seems as if he's living in an alternate pizza universe—one where Papa John is Chris Bianco and ambiance should be a topping that you can order like fennel sausage." Mic check 1, 2, 1, 2. Bubbles B in the place to be. Comin' outta retirement to work ya like a fireman. What's good, sliceheads? I know it's been a minute, but I have to break you off with a little something. I made a move to the Upper East Side (it's not all bad—Central Park, Museum Mile, D'Ag hags) and can't say much for the pizza thus far,... More

Frank Bruni on the Great Artisanal Pizza Boom

Slice Adam Kuban 71 comments

New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni examines the Great Pizza Boom of 2009 in his story "The Cult of Artisanal Pizza." It's a must-read that packs a lot of info. Let's summarize. The Cliffs Notes Version Bruni makes the claim that the artisanal boom started in 2004 with the opening of Franny's and Una Pizza Napoletana within a few months of each other. "Both brought a new kind of cachet (and vanity) to pizza making and pizza eating in this city. Both changed its demographics" He purposely focuses on newer pizzerias, leaving out old favorites "because they’re products... More

I Don't Even Know What This Means

Slice Adam Kuban 3 comments

"The pissaladières, baked in a wood-burning oven, reach out to the ever more rapacious ranks of pizza hounds..." —Frank Bruni, in his review of Bar Artisanal... More

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