28 Apr VIVA LA FRANCE: LAFAYETTE, NYC

THE LAFAYETTE BURGER The problem with a period restaurant - think France early 20th Century - is that it takes a lot for it to feel authentically old.  With its lighting, furnishings and signage, LAFAYETTE is no exception to this restaurant design conundrum. This is...

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27 Mar I HAD A BALL: KUTSHER’S, NYC

Like the Borscht Belt of the 20th century KUTSHER'S TRIBECA is gone.  You'll need to use your imagination and, perhaps a reference to a bit of Dirty Dancing at this throwback, if in essence name only, to the Catskills of yore. http://vva.org/blog/?p=3163 This Kutsher's was all about up-to-date culinary takes...

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06 Mar HAVING A BALL: OTAFUKU, NYC

Sounds off-putting, a liquid paste of wheat flour and boiled oct0pus but, really, there's something to these Japanese "takoyaki" balls. At OTAFUKU, NYC, the glutinous mixture of the takoyaki is grilled in special spherical pans to create a wonderfully crunchy skin. Once done they are finished...

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13 Dec AVOCADO TOAST HOAX?!

  So what if they look like some sort of prehistoric animal's testicles? [caption id="attachment_3656" align="aligncenter" width="369"] HOLY HAAS![/caption] Super healthy and great tasting, you're crazy not to love Haas avocados.  Whether slivered out of their reptilian skin-like shells (cut the avocado in half length wise, use a...

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02 Dec The EATORIALIST: CUPCAKE CRACK & MOLLY’S

[caption id="attachment_1688" align="alignright" width="150"] An unCupcake, Molly's New York City[/caption] Fasten your "swing" belts for MOLLY'S CUPCAKES, yet another player in the cupcake craze (and, "craze" is the operative word when it comes to cupcakes). From their simplest, the Classic, to the gooey Center-Filled, these steroid...

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