I'm having tea with Helen You in her palatial new restaurant, where we're about to cook my favorite dumplings in the world. There may be other kitchens on earth making fat boiled dumplings stuffed with lamb and summer squash, but none make them like Helen's.
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Forget fro-yo—New York's greatest tangy asset is its new wealth of locally made fresh yogurt, which come in a dizzying array of flavors and textures that run laps around supermarket brands.
I don't have an eye for design and I don't have much money to beautify my restaurant space. But decor goes a long way towards turning a restaurant into a neighborhood hang out. And once I learned I could build a bar by setting wood on fire, I gained a whole new interest in interior design.
We've been closely—nay, obsessively—following the state of the bagel in New York these days, and we'll just come out and say it: Fred's cafe at Barney's makes bagels that are just as good, if not better, than any of the city's other contenders for Top Bagel. Here's how they're made.
Now that I'm working on opening a restaurant, I can have great days and awful days. They are often 18 hours long. Here's what a day in my life looks like right now.
New York has no shortage of good desserts, but how many would you call essential? What are the sweets you need to know to see how we do dessert in this town? A few months ago, we asked ourselves that question. Then we got to tasting.
Building a restaurant around Carolina-style whole hog is just bad business sense: the high food cost means slim profits. So here's how I'm making my restaurant a financially viable one.
Cheez whiz: it's many things to many people. Aerosol nostalgia, gooey-cheezey in that processed-awesome way, and really fun to say (whizzz!). It's one of the best ingredients to come out of a spray can. But it's also the perfect candidate for recreating from scratch, except this time, with real cheese.
In the Inferno, Dante travels through nine levels of hell. The first three are staffed by contractors.
It took months to find a retail space for my barbecue restaurant in New York City, but when it comes to real estate, there's a big difference between finding something and being able to call it yours.
Rockaway isn't just clean, spacious, and conveniently located—the wealth of food options alone make it our top day-trip choice over Coney Island, Jones Beach, or any far-flung Long Island shore. From tacos and ceviche to burgers and brisket, see our favorite beachside bites after the jump!
Brooklyn's SCRATCHbread isn't like any other bakery in the city. Time after time, its ovens have produced many of New York's most original loaves—breads with utterly original flavors layered with serious technique. Here's how they do it.
Korean food has had a hard time breaking into greater American dining culture, but these days, it's only getting bigger and bigger.
The Arrogant Swine, my barbecue restaurant to be, needed a home. But New York's real estate market was less than cooperative.
It's damn near impossible to find a great egg cream in New York these days, but that wasn't always the case. Where did this weird fountain drink come from, and where can you get a good one today? Read on to find out.
When Hasan Diab arrived in the U.S. more than a decade ago, it wasn't hard to find familiar street foods from back home: falafel, pita and even shawarma. But the fresh, spice-rich Palestinian home cooking he took for granted growing up in the Galilee was a rare treat here, usually available only in the homes of friends and family.
Do you want a chunky Ben & Jerry's-like scoop full of candy bars? How about pristine gelato? Or creamy frozen custard, so rich it can barely support its own weight? Whatever your ice cream vice, you can find it here.
In the last few years New York has experienced an explosion in the number of French-style bakeries--here's our list of the very best of them along with some suggestion on their best offerings.
What's the most cost-effective way to get cream cheese on your bagel? We visited six of the city's top bagel shops and crunched the numbers to find out.
Rooftop bars, low-key gardens, people-watching patios—whatever your inclination (and whatever your drink), we've got you covered in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.