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What's The Best New Restaurant In New York?

New York The Serious Eats Team 6 comments

All sorts of restaurants have opened in New York this year—many of which made Ed's list of his favorite reviews of 2010. Now it's your turn to tell us: What's your favorite new restaurant in NYC? Take the poll » More

Poll: Are These Dishes Played Out?

New York Maggie Hoffman 61 comments

Over at Bon Appetit, the BA Foodist complains about dishes that show up too often on restaurant menus. Are you bored with beet-and-goat-cheese salad? Are you tired of panna cotta? Or are there other menu items that you think really deserve the award for Most Played Out? Take the Poll! » More

Poll: Would You Eat at a 'C' Restaurant?

New York The Serious Eats Team 33 comments

New York recently launched a new restaurant grading program, assigning letter grades of A, B, or C to eating establishments, depending on the outcome of their most recent health inspection. More importantly? Restaurants are required to post those letter grades in the window for all to see. Would a low grade put you off a restaurant? More

Caffeinated Complaint: Why Is Restaurant Coffee So Bad?

Drinks Meister 60 comments

I'm just going to come out and ask a burning (read: possibly inflammatory) question: Why is restaurant coffee generally so terrible? Seriously, why is it that you can drop a C-note on a beautifully crafted dinner paired with wines recommended by a gifted sommelier, but when the (impressive! delicious!) desserts are presented at the end of the meal they're inevitably accompanied by brown slop that tastes like it was filtered through a gym sock and subsequently microwaved? More importantly, can anything be done about it? More

A Guide to New York's New Restaurant Grading System

New York Leah Douglas 6 comments

[Photograph: NYC Department of Health] Today marks the launch of New York City's new restaurant grading program. The much-debated system assigns letter grades of A, B, or C depending on the number of health code violations recorded in a... More

What's The Worst Restaurant Name You've Ever Heard?

Carey Jones 163 comments

A Boston blogger compiles a list of his city's worst restaurant names, Moo..., Strip-T's, and Blunch among them. (Blunch?) Which had us wondering: What's the worst restaurant name you've ever heard? More

Calorie Counts At High-End Restaurants: Yes Or No?

New York Carey Jones 3 comments

Photo: NYDN Any New Yorker who's stopped in a Starbucks or McDonald's in the last few years knows that calorie counts are posted with every menu item. But since law requires calorie information from any restaurant with 15 or more... More

100 Rules for Restaurant Staffers

New York Carey Jones 17 comments

Last week, Bruce Buschel wrote the first installation of "100 Things Restaurants Should Never Do." Today, he's back with Part Two. A few I'm inclined to agree with: 58. Do not bring judgment with the ketchup. Or mustard. Or hot... More

More Thanksgiving Menus!

New York Carey Jones 2 comments

[Photo: Robyn Lee] We've made a bunch of additions to our New York Thanksgiving Menu guide as more restaurants firm up their plans—including heavy hitters like the Craft restaurants, 100% vegan options like Pure Food and Wine, and affordable... More

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Restaurant Recreations

Caroline Russock 2 comments

Chickpeas with Spinach, inspired by an Arizona tapas bar. [Photograph: makingitwithmeleyna.com] Last week's Weekend Cook and Tell was all about Restaurant Recreations. We asked you to take dishes from your favorite restaurants and try your hand at making them in your own kitchen. Here are some of our favorite responses, sans the white tablecloth. MadelynRodriguez had a particularly memorable meal at Mark's at the Meliá in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Over the weekend she recreated this Blue Cheese and Walnut Pasta to share with her sister. It took two attempts for alliect to perfect Scarpetta's Tomato-Basil Spaghetti but the second batch was "faaaaabulous." The tapas bar Lola in Phoenix, Arizona, inspired meleyna's Chickpeas with Spinach. It's a tasty... More

Eating Out Alone in New York

New York Carey Jones 15 comments

Over on Serious Eats Talk, clarkie_16 asks for good places to eat out alone in New York. We've got some suggestions here, including a few expected ones—the bars at Balthazar and Otto, grab-and-go joints like the Shake Shack or... More

Coffee Chronicles: Behind the Scenes at Counter Culture

New York Allison Hemler 7 comments

"You might be pleased to know your beans are roasted and packed to the sexy classic rock sounds of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath." [Photographs: Allison Hemler] Get out your measuring scoop, a kettle, and a French press, and make... More

Shutter Strip on Hudson

New York Carey Jones Post a comment

[Fork in the Road] It's been a tough year for restaurants across New York and across the country, but some neighborhoods have been hit harder than others, as becomes painfully and troublingly clear in this Fork in the Road... More

Top Critics on the State of the Restaurant World

New York Carey Jones Post a comment

Likes: David Chang, Num Pang. [Nick Solares; Robyn Lee] In checking in on the state of the food world, Grub Street polls a good cross-section of expert critics (including our own Ed Levine) on current trends, important chefs, and... More

Restaurants Adding Sneaky Service Charges

New York Linnea Covington 31 comments

This restaurant didn't add a service charge, but you might want to watch out on your next bill. Nobody likes to be charged extra, especially when it's on the part of the bill you have the most control of—the... More

Airline Meals Inspire Japanese Toys, Taiwanese Restaurant

Michele Humes Post a comment

Airplane food is low on the list of things I expect to inspire merchandisers and restaurateurs. Yet Japanese toymaker Re-Ment has launched a range of dollhouse-scale airline meals (book me a ticket on Air Bibimbap, please), and a new Taipei restaurant replicates the inflight experience, from stewardesses to plastic trays, on solid ground. Airplane food isn't exactly known for tasting good, so what's the appeal? Well, there's something deeply, inherently satisfying about a compartmentalized dinner, with a little nook for every course, isn't there? In a chaotic world, airline meals, bento boxes and TV dinners tap into our very human desire for order.... More

'The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World' Documentary Series

Robyn Lee 1 comment

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET is the premiere of the four-part documentary series The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World on Sundance Channel. The subject of the series, West Lake Restaurant in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, has 5,000 seats and over 300 chefs, and holds stage shows in addition to serving food. Watch the restaurant in action in a promo of the series after the jump. [via New York Times]... More

'Translate server error' Restaurant in China

Robyn Lee 5 comments

fun.drno.de No English speakers were involved in the making of the banner for this restaurant in China. I hope. As for the Chinese name, it's just "restaurant." "Translate server error" is definitely more memorable. Related The Best Worst Restaurant Names Ever Lettuce Eat at Pun Restaurants Only Photo of the Day: Custom Cake From Wal-Mart... More

Feasting on the 4th of July in Los Angeles

Leah Greenstein Post a comment

Clockwise from top left: Blue Velvet; the patio at Wilshire Restaurant, photograph from Peter Pak, MD; BREADBAR The 4th of July can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention. One minute you're cruising through June, reveling in the cornucopia of early summer produce at your local farmers' market and fiddling around with new barbecue ideas, and then bam!—4th of July weekend explodes like a Roman candle and a fistful of sparklers. If you live in Los Angeles and didn't plan your escape from the sweltering city, dread the beach-bound parking lot that will be the 10 Freeway going west, and don't want to fork over the dough to see the fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl, don't despair.... More

Eco-Conscious Dining in London

Robyn Lee Post a comment

Where do you eat in London for fish-and-chips made only from nonthreatened species from small-scale farmers, or for a meal where 85% of the ingredients are sourced from within the limits of the London Tube system? Check out Portfolio.com's report on London's environmentally-conscious restaurants.... More

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