Chef Lisa Giffen is working on taking Maison Premiere's fish-heavy menu to the next level, adding some rich meat dishes and some fun plays on French flavors. We chatted about how she's adapted from being just another cook to running her own kitchen.
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Williamsburg is a party neighborhood to be sure, but also more of dining out destination every day. So when it gets late and you're feeling hungry after a drink or two, you don't need to sacrifice good taste to fill your belly.
You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure.
Looking back on 2012, here are the bites and slurps I remember most fondly. From oysters to fried chickpeas to soba and uni, here we go...
Oyster happy hours abound in New York, but is that dollar-a-shuck really worth your money? We did the legwork and found eight spots for oyster happy hour that we'd happily recommend.
New York is littered with rooftop bars, sidewalk cafés, and microscopic backyards all vying for your drinking dollar during the summer months. But few can actually mix up a proper cocktail and even fewer can do so without the encroachment of the neighbor's hanging laundry. So we took to the streets, sipped and savored our way through the competition, to bring you our five favorite outdoor cocktail spots in New York.
The elegantly designed salon, drinking parlor in the front and vine-enclosed garden out back, has long been a popular spot for its absinthe list and $1 oyster happy hour. But even though some of us could make a meal of a few strong cocktails and a dozen oysters or two (I'm raising my hand here), new chef Jared Stafford-Hill's menu makes a full meal possible. Come check out what he's serving.
Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka's new Williamsburg spot is not a humorless experiment in New Orleans cocktail-history simulation, nor is it a Disney-fied take on the theme. With its fantastic mixed drinks and simple style, Maison Premiere is marvelous.