The only Paulaner Bräuhaus in the western hemisphere recently landed in New York City.
Alder bar director Kevin Denton's dinnertime drink menu includes what I contend is a mighty nifty feature: the option to order several of the cocktails as "shorts." You get less than a full drink and pay half of the full price. For instance, you can have yourself a Bloody Mary tasting by ordering a trio of shorts. Our favorite: the Yellow Light, a bright, savory-sweet combination of pineapple, yellow pepper, and jalapeño tequila.
To some chefs, serving brunch must feel creatively stifling, but not Jon Bignelli at Alder, where he plays with our expectations or dispense with them entirely.
You can't help but wonder why three dudes with fine dining pedigrees would open a tiny snack shack in the Lower East Side. Obviously the formula of (high-traffic) location plus (quickly nourishing, handheld) product plus (often in-the-bag) clientele makes sense. But we got the sense that theygenuinely love what they're doing. And you can taste it in their food.
I was curious, in a city where well-made cocktails have become the norm, if the bar at Keens—in so many ways a throwback to Old New York—had been left behind.
Cocktails at Wallflower, a new cocktail bar in New York's West Village, are the dominion of bartender Xavier Herit, who logged seven years behind the stick at the bar and lounge at Daniel before departing for his present post.
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Nearly two years ago, we took stock of the ramen scene in Chicago. Now, with a whole new group of restaurants trying their hand at the bowl, we reassess the situation with fresh eyes.
Why, in a city so rich with rock-solid corner bars, do I praise the Charleston above all others? So many good small things that add up to something great.
Each of these three spots has its own unique spin on what the Japanese dining experience can be. And their presence on the scene seems to mark an intangible shift toward the distinctive nuance, sensitivity, and craft that is so shot through the meals one finds in Japan.
Parson's is the latest restaurant venture of Land & Sea Dept., a Chicago-based cohort of design-savvy entrepreneurs whose best-known work, Longman & Eagle, is at once an ambitious, Michelin-starred dining destination and an old-school whiskey-pouring neighborhood tavern. With the introduction of Parson's, LSD's methodology grows clearer: melt down a few cultural-historical references (Southern rock, classic American cars, a black-and-white photo depicting circa-1970s-style revelry), tap a promising chef to stir the pot, and leaven with a sprinkle of unassuming, modern-eclectic design.
Amid a capacity crowd of reveling show attendees and a judging panel that included Anthony Bourdain, three bartenders competed in the Star of the Bar mixology competition.
Between the richness of the egg, the smokiness of the bacon (in both the hash and dashi), and the savory influence of the Japanese ingredients, this dish is concentrated, comforting, and surely deserving of praise from even the most discerning bacon enthusiast
Lambic. Gueuze. Wild Ale. Oud Bruin. Flanders Red. Berliner Weisse. Lately, when I belly up to new and familiar bars alike and begin dissecting the beer offerings, I hunt for these terms like X's on a treasure map. Thankfully, there's a cohort of ambitious, beer-focused bars in Chicago that not only stock their cellars with obscure and intriguing large-format sours, but also reliably devote one or two tap lines to the tart stuff.
Since the debut of its Original Label Gin, Letherbee has unveiled a limited-release gin for autumn; a unique "absinthe brun," which aged in a charred oak barrel; and R. Franklin's Original Recipe Malört, an ode to the (in)famous Chicago-centric and wormwood-driven bitter liqueur developed in collaboration with Robby F. Haynes, bar manager at Chicago's first modern craft-cocktail destination, The Violet Hour.
Chef Lee Wolen graciously welcomed me into his bustling kitchen on a recent afternoon to show me how he and his team prepare this perennial crowd favorite.
While weaving through the capacity crowd to window-shop the various food menus in search of dinner, I quickly realized that not one but two vendors had really went for it and chose to serve up freshly cooked noodles at their stations—no small undertaking considering the throngs of hungry attendees.
Tona Palomino, who goes by the ambassadorial, tongue-in-cheek title of Minister of Libations at Trenchermen, is doing his part to embrace the ascendant season; he's in the midst of a creative swing that, once settled in about a week or so, will result in an almost entirely new cocktail menu.
while Macau may be known now as a mecca for gamblers, Fat Rice is not playing games of chance when it comes to pairing and building flavors. And therein lies the fun of eating this food: there are so many unfamiliar tastes to discovery anew, and the chefs have done the hard work of refining their dishes, that diners can freely submit to the strongest pull of their curiosities.
I scoured the city for superlative examples. And without any strong expectations, I came away very impressed by the variety and quality of muffins Chicago's bakeries, diners, and cafés are turning out.
The team at Slurping Turtle spent a long time perfecting a new ramen recipe, one that captured the right balance of lightness, gluten-driven elasticity, and bite. To make it in-house, the restaurant uses a Yamato LM10062IUS, a sophisticated, Japanese-made ramen noodle-making machine.
Siena Tavern may be a sprawling collaboration between the Dine|Amic Group and chef Fabio Viviani (Top Chef season five), but in all cases, the noodles rightly felt like the highlights of each dish.
With the proliferation of cocktail bars and cocktail-conscious restaurants in Chicago, there are dozens of rye cocktails to be had here, especially during this time of year, when meager temperatures demand that restorative sensation of heat rye drinks so generously provide. But around town, many rye drinks are darn good, while others are just ok. As a service to ourselves, I say, let's not waste a drop of precious rye on anything short of great.
When Logan Square's Ciao Napoli Pizzeria closed last year, the restaurant group behind the neighboring Telegraph Wine Bar quickly snatched up the space. Since opening last November, their new restaurant and bar, Reno, has taken Chicago by storm (most recently landing on Eater's Pizzeria Heatmap). The osteria launched with morning, midday, and nighttime menus, offering up wood-fired bagels and pastries in the a.m., sandwiches at lunch, and an impressive array of pastas and wood-fired pizzas come dinner.
For the first time in its history, Spiaggia is serving a tasting menu where each course would include some form of pasta. The first of these menus, offered now through the end of March, highlights filled pastas, a theme that the kitchen staff explored broadly and with a great deal of creativity that led to some very novel interpretations.
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