Jun 17, 2014

elcielo

The term in Spanish for contemporary experimental cuisine is “cocina de autor,” which may allude to the “auteur” theory in film and its prioritization of the director as author. The author of ...
Oct 22, 2013

Bohemian

Secret restaurants are a thing. You hear about them in Europe, in Buenos Aires, in New York. Some are pop ups, some are tucked away in dark alleys or at the back of other establishments. It is the aes...
Mar 2, 2013

Cata

“Cata” means “tasting” or “bit or sample” in Spanish, and so the experience of the so-named Iberian bar and restaurant on the Bowery is best understood less as tapa...
Jan 24, 2013

Istanbul Meets New York

FADA is a friendly bistro in Williamsburg with tango on Tuesdays, live music on Fridays, a good Sunday brunch, and excellent French food. The restaurant has a Turkish connection too, which was celebra...
Dec 20, 2012

Crudo Night at Ballarò

Ballarò is a little Italian bistro on 2nd Avenue that is one of my favorite places for a coffee or modest lunch. They have excellent panini, including some breakfast specialties, good well-selected w...
Nov 7, 2012

Austrian Wine Dinner

I celebrated my first day in Manhattan after Sandy by signing up last minute for the Austrian Wine Dinner at Corkbuzz on Monday night. There were just four of us, due to hurricane related cancellation...
Oct 26, 2012

Truffle Dinner

Halfway through this week’s Truffle Dinner at Corkbuzz, the sommelier’s table was a chaotic jumble of half consumed bottles of Nebbiolo, along with a few extras, but still awaiting the Pedro Ximen...
Oct 19, 2012

Spanish Wine Dinner

At the Spanish Wine Dinner at Corkbuzz on Tuesday night, the labels alone were pretty intriguing, including one printed in Braille from a winery that uses blind persons, with their heightened taste bu...
Oct 6, 2012

Daniel Berlin

Courtesy of guest chef Daniel Berlin, there was a special tasting menu this week at Aquavit to extol the flavors and ingredients of the Swedish region of Skåne. The style was contemporary, the flavor...
Jun 18, 2012

Summer of Reisling

Since attending the SUMMER OF REISLING dinner at Corkbuzz on Monday evening I have stood corrected on the subject of Rieslings, which I have always regarded as a light, non-serious white, and usually ...