How Do Nonalcoholic Bars Actually Work?

How Do Nonalcoholic Bars Actually Work?

From a business owner’s standpoint, alcohol-free bars might have better margins, if they’re successful in convincing their customers to shell out the money for craftsmanship. Nonalcoholic bars don’t have to pay liquor license fees or apply for intensive liquor license applications: In New York state, for example, a two-year Alcohol Beverage Control license costs a bar owner around $4,500. Read more…

Williamsburg 'KillBar' Pays Homage to Quentin Tarantino

Williamsburg 'KillBar' Pays Homage to Quentin Tarantino

Williamsburg is now home to a Quentin Tarantino-themed bar called KillBar, equipped with a six-foot-tall piece of artwork of Uma Thurman in her signature yellow bodysuit from Kill Bill, as well as an oil painting of Jamie Foxx on a horse from the movie Django Unchained. Read More…

Market Price 2.0

Market Price 2.0

Workers should be paid fairly, of course, and raises are inarguably good, especially in an industry with a history of labor exploitation, but someone still has to pay for it. Here’s how surge pricing became the restaurant world’s scariest — and possibly smartest — new idea. Read On…

Yelp Reviewers’ Authenticity Fetish Is White Supremacy in Action

Yelp Reviewers’ Authenticity Fetish Is White Supremacy in Action

According to a study of Yelp reviews for NYC restaurants, judging restaurants by “authenticity” tends to put non-white owners in a trap. When reviewers picture authenticity in ethnic food, they mentally reference all the experiences they’ve had before with that cuisine and the people who make it — and most of the time, reviewers view those experiences, whether from personal interaction or from interacting with media, as not positive. Read More…

The Hottest Restaurants in Brooklyn Right Now, January 2019

 The Hottest Restaurants in Brooklyn Right Now, January 2019

While many people still consider Manhattan the locus of New York’s dining scene, swathes of Brooklyn have become dining destinations in their own right. New restaurants from ambitious chefs and acclaimed mom-and-pops open constantly. Here is January’s list of the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn right now. Read More…

NYC’s 15 Most Anticipated Openings of Winter 2019

NYC’s 15 Most Anticipated Openings of Winter 2019

Thankfully, despite increased cost of doing business with rising minimum wage, an exciting slew of ambitious, yet still often accessible, restaurants are on the way. Some of the city’s most exciting restaurateurs are focusing their efforts on smaller spaces.  Read More…

Legacy Records' Easy Victor Cafe

Legacy Records' Easy Victor Cafe

One of the most thoughtful things an expensive restaurant can do is open up a cafe inside, transforming a space that people might use once a month (or not at all) into a place folks can visit everyday. This is what makes Easy Victor Cafe, a hangout for coffee and pastries, such a nice addition to Legacy Records, Robert Bohr and Ryan Hardy’s Italian restaurant on the southern edge of Hell’s Kitchen. Read More…

Is Organic Food Over?

Is Organic Food Over?

Talk to farmers like the ones at the protest, and “organic” is a lifestyle that involves a philosophical understanding of the relationship farmers (and all people) have to the earth; talk to a Whole Foods supplier and “organic” is a value-add that means a higher price on the shelf. Talk to a consumer, and organic is now simply confusing. As corporations rush in to make a buck, some farmers are pushing back — and fighting for the soul of organic food. Read more…

Cook Your Pasta The Restaurant Way

Cook Your Pasta The Restaurant Way

In Earth to Table Every Day by Canadian chefs Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann show you the restaurant method of finishing mostly cooked pasta in a pan of sauce—which gives more flavor than a pot of boiling water ever could. If the sweet red peppers, minced anchovies and crunchy pine nuts aren't enough for you, Crump and Schormann suggest adding sausage or chili confit for an added boost. Read More…