THE EATORIALIST: NORTH CAROLINA, NYC

TXIKIFEST - the annual spring festival hosted by TXIKITO restaurant in the alley behind it's kitchen - celebrates the arrival of Txakoli wine (talk about a refreshing pour) from the Basque Country in Spain.  The crisp white wines flow freely and are paired with...

THE EATORIALIST: A POOR POUR

First it was the napkins, horrid polyester that scratched and irritated the legions of adoring diners at JOSEPH LEONARD. Luckily those serviettes were put out of service following a fire that temporarily closed the restaurant but now, even with all its culinary coolness, there's another...

THE: EATORIALIST: NOSTALGIA BAKES

I can't help but fondly remember those little DRAKE'S COFFEE CAKES. Not so much for what they tasted like but for what they represented. The individually wrapped cakes often made their way into my elementary school lunch box and, even if dry and a bit...

THE MAPPETITE MILE: CHELSEA'S 8TH AVE. STRIP

Was a time if you were gay or having a gay retail moment you'd make Chelsea a destination. From the main drag that runs from 14th to 23rd street, the onetime working class Latino-leaning strip became the "Great Gay Way" in the 1980s and 1990s. ...

EMPELLON COCINA

Former pastry chef alex Stupak takes his second swing and, his second hit with Empellon Cocina. 105 1st Avenue, NYC 212.780.0999...

THE EATORIALIST: WHEN THE LIGHT SWITCH IS A TURNOFF…..

There's no denying that CITY BAKERY has great bakes and, of course, who couldn't like their signature hot chocolate and house-made marshmallows? I know I am a fan. There's also their salad bar offerings - in a pinch the greenmarket-mindedness makes for a good enough lunch. ...

THE MAPPETITE MILE: A DAY IN DELRAY

When my parents bought their apartment on Delray Beach in South Florida there wasn't much to this town but for a sleepy stretch of Atlantic Avenue that started at the beach and ran due west - a standard formula for many a seaside Floridian town. In...

THE MAPPETITE MILE: BONDED IN NYC

From Broadway to the Bowery, the two block stretch that is Bond Street spans a mix of urban old world New York and 21st century moneyed sophisticate aspirant. With a yawn inspiring hodgepodge of retail there's not much to Bond Street where it hits Broadway. Look...

THE EATORIALIST: WHEN YOUR VALENTINE IS GREEN

Last year it was a prune, albeit an Italian one covered in dark chocolate. Mysterious, bittersweet and satisfying, I fell in love with the MARANGONI CIOCCOLATO at LA FROMAGERIE in London. In the abyss of grief following a breakup it was an all consuming experience,...

THE EATORIALIST: A BREAKFAST TOAST

Think of toast and it"s likely that clinking glasses or buttered bread comes to mind. [caption id="attachment_1920" align="alignright" width="150"] Jefffrey's Breakfast Toast[/caption] It"s hard to imagine as a main course but head to a handful of restos serving up a weekday breakfast and toast now gets title...

THE EATORIALIST: CANDLE CAKE CONUNDRUM

Even if the lemon tart was a bit too sweet and slightly too chilled, as a three way share it was Baby-Bear a-okay.   The gateau Basque impressed, the croissants satisfied and the macarons sated.  All was fine as far as the French bakes...

The EATORIALIST: McMEATBALLS NEXT?!

To the cupcake craze add the meatball. Yes, there have always been meatballs - lots of varieties from lots of cultures - but here in New York the first that comes to mind are those sauced inside a hero or laid out upon a mound of...

Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo New York.

Step in for a bit of a modern spin on top-notch French bakes from a Fauchon (of Parisian fame) and Daniel Alum. This is very much Paris in New York. DOMINQUE ANSEL BAKERY 189 Spring Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets)....

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...

KUTSHER'S TRIBECA

Pastrami on rye? Matzoh ball soup? Quinoa Varnishkes? Charoset chopped salad and it's not even close to Passover? Lots of classic dishes take on a modern spin with the Jewish deli re-imagined at KUTSHER'S TRIBECA. With its heritage in the borscht belt hotel...

THE EATORIALIST: MY CHICKEN HERO

I was all jazzed about my first visit to PARM, the new outpost from the folks at TORRISI ITALIAN SPECIALTIES, the next door resto with an exceptionally fine-tuned localvore-minded Italian-American-edged prix fixe menu. [caption id="attachment_1651" align="aligncenter" width="150"] TABLE SETTING AS MENU AT PARM[/caption] Lots of top-notch ingredients...

PARM

PARM, the new resto from the folks at TORRISI ITALIAN SPECIALTIES is a star player in everything parmigiana. Cool retro style and hefty comfort fare make this the likely first in a chain of hero hot spots. 248 Mulberry Street (between Prince and...

Scary Halloween Treats!
The EATORIALIST: CUPCAKE CRACK & CRUMBS

CRUMBS BAKE SHOP, is a bakery that ain't.  Ain't what you ask? Ain't a bakery because nothing, I repeat, nothing is ever  baked at your local Crumbs Bake Shop. In the world of  bakery theme park-like attractions there is something very satisfying to the nostalgia-minded Sensurround you...

TERTULIA FOR LUNCH

Add lunch to the menu at TERTULIA. Sidle in with daytime ease for tasty Spanish-minded eats at this newly minted resto where nighttime and weekend crowds  make dinner and brunch a bit of a challenge. 359 6th Avenue, between Washington Place and West...