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We Chat Amari with Maialino's Bar Manager, Erik Lombardo

You might have experienced a cheese cart or a chocolate cart, but what about a tableside basket of after-dinner bitter liqueurs? At Maialino in the Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC, bar manager Erik Lombardo recently introduced amari service, including a 16-bottle list and a few digestif bottles offered tableside for post-dinner sipping. We asked Lombardo a bit about the program and his picks for amari novices, plus the weirdest bottles and his personal favorites. More

We Chat with Chef Nick Anderer of Maialino

Chef Nick Anderer has taken on an ambitious project: dusting off old Roman recipes that sometimes involve pigs feet and lamb intestines and making them palatable for a New York audience. But no matter how he does it, what matters most to him is that everyone leaves Maialino with a smile on their faces. Here he tells us how he tries to do just that. More

Video: At Home With Nick Anderer, Executive Chef at NYC's Maialino

Nick Anderer, executive chef at excellent NYC Italian restaurant Maialino, has no shortage of tricks up his chef-whites; see his perfectly poached eggs for evidence. But what does he cook when he's in the comfort of his own home? On a humid summer night, we stopped by Nick's apartment for kimchi fried rice jazzed up with homemade kimchi and leftover pork belly from the restaurant. More

Why Restaurant Coffee is Getting Better Right Now

ood providers, from punks who do the highest-end artisanal donuts out of a tricked-out van to the white-tablecloth-and-napkin set, may be genius-like in preparing comestibles...and will then smack you in the throat with the worst tasting coffee imaginable. Stale urns of scorchy, low-quality coffee, or perhaps a thin and bitter espresso prepared by the bus-boy. Why, for the love of all things warm and brown, why? More

Staff Picks: Early Spring Dishes We Love in New York City

Spring is happening in New York, and we couldn't be more excited (no, really look at slide 1—we're really excited). Tender, green vegetables are the order of the day, and we've already started chowing down. Of course Spring still has a long way to go, so we haven't devoured all our favorite veggies yet, but these have made a fine start to the season. Click through the slideshow to see all the early seasonal dishes we've loved lately. More

13 Great Bites at Meatball Madness

Meatball Madness was a hot ticket at this year's New York City Wine & Food Festival, as evidenced by the sold-out tickets and by the long line stretching far down Mercer Street. We understand; after all, who doesn't love meatballs? Particularly when they're being made by New York's hottest chefs. With our discerning meatball palates on high alert, we wove our way through the crowd of food-lovers and Food Network lovers alike (Giada De Laurentiis was the evening's host, and Guy Fieri made an appearance), sampling all sorts of meat- (and meatless!) balls. More

9 Egg Dishes in NYC I Love

Soft-scrambled, perfectly poached, or fried, I can't resist a great egg dish. While chefs all over New York do crazy, creative things with them, each more impressive than the last, today I'm talking about simpler stuff—the kind I find myself craving, rather than admiring. Here are nine of my favorite egg dishes in New York; what are yours? More

Cook the Book: Salame ala Diavolo

Salame ala Diavolo is Maialino chef Nick Anderer's contribution to The Big New York Sandwich Book. You're not going to find it on Maialino's lunch menu, but it's the kind of sandwich you could assume that he and his kitchen crew munch on—a play on an Italian sub assembled from salumi scraps and focaccia ends that haven't made it to the bread basket, with a pepper-olive relish that ties it all together. More

Muffins We Love in NYC

Maybe this endless winter is kicking our morning carb cravings into overdrive; or maybe we've just had so many early meetings, we've grabbed breakfast treats from all over. Either way, life at Serious Eats of late has been one great muffin after another. Here are some of the best muffins in NYC we've had recently; what are your favorites in the city? More

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