As National Ice Cream Month draws to a close this week, we'd like to leave our readers with one last icy, creamy, and delicious gift. Here are the SE staffers' favorite ice creams in NYC (although some of us had a hard time deciding on just one).
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Eggplant is one of those culinary chameleons that can take on the flavors of just about any cuisine. Italian? Bring on the mozzarella. Japanese? Hello, miso. Indian? Israeli? Sichuan? Azerbaijani? All good. The humble eggplant has an awful lot of stamps in its passport. So let's look at our favorite eggplant dishes in the city.
Sometimes the simplest vegetable dishes are the tastiest. And Williamsburg Japanese spot Zenkichi does simple incredibly well.
After this long and arduous winter, we've finally had a few ice cream-worthy days. (Not that I have any problem eating ice cream in the cold. But you know what I'm saying, eaters.) In honor of the spring we have waited for so long, here are ten of my favorite frozen treats—from granitas and gelato to coffee malts and killer soft-serve.
First came Zenkichi. Hidden behind a stretch of unmarked wood siding, the five year-old Japanese restaurant unfolds in tendrils of private booths and curtained corners. Now there's Akariba: Zenkichi's hushed, splendid bar area dedicated to oysters, sake, and the art of the shochu cocktail.
It's been quite a year for restaurants in New York. In fact, though it's hard to believe, some of my very favorite spots in the city have opened their doors within the last year. And others just came to our attention in the last twelve months, reminding us how very much exists in the world of New York restaurants. Here's a recap of my favorite eight reviews this year.
While in many parts of America, "Japanese food" essentially translates to sushi, teriyaki, and not much more, New York is lucky to experience a wider variety of Japanese offerings. Within Manhattan alone, we've got izakayas and robatayaki, ramen joints and even fast-food Japanese curry. But it's hard to think of anywhere quite like Zenkichi in Williamsburg—a labyrinthine Brooklyn restaurant where $55 will get you an eight-course omakase meal that's worth a trip from anywhere in the boroughs.
In anticipation of Restaurant Week in July, Zenkichi will offer the same eight-course omakase special for $35 starting today. 77 North 6th Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn (map); 718-388-8985....
You still have until this Thursday, April 2, to hit up Dine in Brooklyn, Brooklyn's annual Restaurant Week. With over 175 eateries offering the $23 prix fixe deal, choosing can be a tad overwhelming. Let's hear what the local Brooklyn bloggers have to say.
Like all of you serious eaters out there, not only do I love food, I love reading about food. So it's not always easy to read reviews of restaurants way out of my price range; places that fall on the...