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Skillet Corn Bread

Skillet Corn Bread

Recently, I made corn bread in a skillet for the first time. I usually do not want to make so much, so I bake it in a smaller glass dish. That said, I have always wondered if a skillet would make the edges more brown…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Seeing a snowflake in the forecast this week, a brasserie with leather banquettes and an ode-to-Barbuto chicken with Balthazar-inspired fries on the menu seems like just the creature comfort that the doctor would order. You can find all this at Le Crocodile at the Wythe…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

As 2019 draws to a close, so will new openings. I have no new restaurants to add to the New & Noteworthy list this week. The one I had been eying is stalled by a city permit with no hard open date as of yet.…

Pasta with Tomato, Onion and Bacon

Pasta with Tomato, Onion and Bacon

I love pasta all’Amatriciana. It’s so simple and satisfying. But for some reason, I feel like it’s something I have to plan to make since it involves guanciale and the traditional dish uses bucatini pasta, which for some reason, I find less enjoyable than regular…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Thanksgiving is this week and we have about six more weeks until we start a new decade. Yes, feels like time is running short. In the last week, I visited two more spots on my list– The Jones and Kochi. I am in the process…

Kochi

Observations from my first visit I recently wrote that I was off tasting menus given the recent hefty price tags and time commitment. And I had never made it to Neta, Chef Sungchul Shim’s last kitchen. And I had only read one announcement of Kochi…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

This week, I add another two restaurants to the N&N list, Anton’s and Café Kitsuné. As the end of the year draws close, the holidays usually draw out the ‘old New York’ nostalgia and it looks like Anton’s menu fits the bill. Chef Nick Anderer…

Labneh with Black Olives and Za’atar

Labneh with Black Olives and Za’atar

I recently met with a friend who spied a picture of this dish. I wrote about it in a Weekend Cooking post and said it was inspired from a recipe from Mokonuts on the Saveur site but did not really go into much more detail…

Crispy Pan-Fried Potatoes

Crispy Pan-Fried Potatoes

Potatoes have always been a personal fan-favorite. When I was young, when asked if I could bring one thing to a desert island, my answer was a potato and I would regale over how I could eat french fries, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes and so…

Simple Risotto with Crumbled Sausage

Simple Risotto with Crumbled Sausage

Risotto is a real workhorse dish. It is delicious as a standalone and can also be fortified and easily changed up with simple toppings. You don’t need much of anything so it’s a great way to use up some loose ends in the fridge. This…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Kochi and Xu’s Public House are added to this week’s New & Noteworthy list and Hutong is coming off as it isn’t so new now. I have been bemused to see that the reviews coming in for Hutong, mainly because the kudos seem to be…

Gussed-Up Instant Ramen

Gussed-Up Instant Ramen

I do enjoy instant ramen noodles. Mind you, that is not to confuse it with cup-o-noodles. My go-to economy brand is Sapporo Ichiban Original flavor; and my splurgy brand is Myojo Chukazanmai Shoyu flavor. The instant noodles themselves give off some starch and oil so…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Halloween has come and gone and we have gained an hour on the clock so the sun rises at a reasonable time, and the sun sets before we’re ready.  The nightfall helps stimulate my appetite so I feel like I am hungrier when dinner time…

Quinoa and Bean Soup

Quinoa and Bean Soup

This recipe is my twist on the popular Italian soup, pasta e faglioli sans pancetta and using quinoa instead of ditalini. The result is a vegan (or vegetarian if you add cheese rind) soup that is warming and filling. I had been making regular pasta…

Side Bar: Rocco DiSpirito and The Standard Grill Part Ways

My very first post on the Daily Dish was a review of Rocco DiSpirito’s return to a restaurant kitchen in February of this year. Now, he and The Standard Grill have parted ways according to the New York Post and the New York Times. After…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

Ah travel! The food, the sights, the food! For me, a holiday abroad is like a culinary tour — morning, noon and night. But I have to admit that it’s nice to return to home cooking. After our holiday in Tokyo, I was looking forward…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Apologies for last week’s New & Noteworthy list, or more specifically, absence thereof.  I was in Tokyo (more of that in Side Bar). I did keep an eye on happenings and the restaurant I am adding actually opened in September. Somehow I was not so…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

The Daily Dish has a new look!  For those who wondered why the food/dining posts had a very serious look, it was because I was a squatter on a site launched focused on tech news.  As of this week, dining and cooking take over the…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

As noted in last week’s list, I am removing my interest in visiting Red Paper Clip. It’s not like I am super busy but I am not in the mood these days to commit to pre-fixe/tasting menu meals, not to mention the generally hefty price…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

After a flurry of openings to add, this week will be about pruning.  I am removing L’Accolade, Malibu Farm and Red Peony from the New & Noteworthy list. The early word from Eater’s Ryan Sutton is that Red Paper Clip means it may fall off…

Llama San

Observations from my first visit I was excited to try Llama San, which opened in early September. It was still early days when I dined there for dinner, which is to say that both the front staff and kitchen staff were still getting their bearings…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Today is the first day of fall. While we have enjoyed some lingering hot weather, activity has ramped up — openings and launches abound.  So it seems fitting that the one addition to this week’s list is a cafe where patrons can drink great coffee…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

This week’s additions to the New & Noteworthy list are both restaurants that have been open for a bit, one for six months and the other for over twenty years.  I’m reinvested in checking them out because of their new menus. Golden Diner, the Chinatown…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Cooler air stimulates my appetite which is a good thing as there are so many new menus to dig into across the city.  Today, I’m adding Gotham Bar & Grill, which sees a departure of Alfred Portale who helmed the kitchen for over three decades,…

Side Bar: Beyond Burger, Impossible Burger, Meatless Chicken, Fake Shrimp, etc. etc. 

When the so-called ‘plant-based’ meat substitutes starting hitting the market, I was keen to try them. I had not yet found my go-to veggie burger –most were too bean-y and cumin-y.  After the Impossible Burger IPO giving them unicorn status, I started to read story…

Summer Cooking

Summer Cooking

I neglected my Weekend Cooking posts for most of the summer but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t cooking!  I had the great fortune of having friends and family staying with us which meant I was able to draft menu plans keeping in mind my guests…

Hutong

Observations from my first visit Hutong restaurant from the Aqua Restaurant Group (which has locations in London, Hong Kong and Beijing) opened its first US outpost in the former Le Cirque space.  It positions itself as a high-end Northern Chinese restaurant and bar, so in…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

BTS time!  The sun is bright and the air is becoming more crisp.  People have a pep in their step. NYC after Labor Day is always busy with the US Open, Fashion Week etc. and after being out of the city for awhile, I am…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

I pass by three or four restaurants from Gabriel Stulman every day as I walk to the subway and run errands.  He has eight spots mostly in the West Village and at the Freehand Hotel in the Gramercy area. I have dined at many of…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Interestingly enough, there are again no new additions to this week’s New & Noteworthy list.  That said, I’ve updated a few of the links to include recent restaurant critic reviews, mainly of Rezdôra. I have been trying to get a reservation there for months (and…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

There are so many openings that piqued my interest but for some reason, I am not in any rush to add any to the list this week. Call it tasting menu/ramen/pop-up fatigue and disinterest in schlepping to Hudson Yards to visit the Equinox Hotel.  That…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Even though we are entering August, the summer month that seems the most quiet in NYC, there seems to be no shortage of openings of interest. This week, I’m adding the latest in the David Chang empire, Bar Wayō, in the Seaport District. The name,…

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New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

My interest in natural wines continues which is serendipitous as another natural wine bar/restaurant has opened its doors. Last week, I noted the opening of LaLou in Brooklyn. This week, L’Accolade opened in the West Village and like last week, the team has strong street…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

I was musing how this may be the first week where I made no changes to the New & Noteworthy list but a natural wine bar/restaurant in Prospect Heights from Joe Campanale, Dave Foss and Ashley Rath caught my eye.  If their names are not…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Halfway through summer (or so it feels), this may be the best time to try new restaurants as NYC tends to thin a bit.  Regarding this weekly list, I have added more current articles on the restaurants if available. Also, just a note that the…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

I happily pondered recipes and meals as we spent the weekend with our friend S. S is an omnivore but most days were hot and sultry (i.e. HUMID) and so making cool dishes was top of mind. As mentioned in a previous Weekend Cooking post,…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery is a baking legend. His no-knead bread recipe was like scales falling from one’s eyes for home bakers, as it immediately broadened their repertoire. He was the first recipient of the James Beard Outstanding Baker award in 2015. As…

Supper Club: June and Travel

Supper Club: June and Travel

June brings the end of school and the beginning of summer in earnest.  In other words, it is actually a bit more hard to schedule a time that works for all three of us.  T was traveling in Europe and M was in Asia. We…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

As I have mentioned before, I love making menus. We had a friend, J, in town from LA and staying with us to attend a wedding, and I immediately peppered her with questions about food preferences.  While she is an omnivore, she was making more…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

I was trying to picture where the newest establishment from Jody Williams and Rita Sodi was on Grove Street. The website notes that it is located “across the street from the couple’s other beloved restaurants,Via Carota, I Sodi, and Buvette.”  The other day, I was…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

I pruned a few restaurants off the list, and added Jiang Diner and Rezdora. I kept Crown Shy on the list as I still want to go and Pete Wells just gave it a great review (though gave it his favorite rating of 2 stars);…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

This week, I add the long-awaited reopening of Pastis. I literally have not met anyone that has not missed and had kind words about this restaurant. Resy shows reservation times for breakfast, lunch and dinner though, of course, dinner times seem to be booked through…

Matcha, Matcha

Matcha, Matcha

I first tasted matcha in Japanese tea ceremonies.  I was about eight years old and my mother would allow me to join her. It was how and where I understood the wondrousness of sweet (wagashi or Japanese sweets) countered by bitter (matcha tea).  I loved…

Side Bar: The Best of the Worst

I just read Ryan Sutton’s review of Wild Ink at The Hudson Yards.  The full headline for the Eater piece is “Wild Ink Is an Overwrought Yet Underachieving Fusion Disaster at Hudson Yards:  London-based group Rhubarb’s New York City debut goes wrong at every turn…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

In a recent post, I grumbled about my satisfaction with new/hot lists for NYC restaurants.  As I was pondering about my ideal list, I recalled one that I used to refer to a lot was the “new“ list that used to be on the New…

Supper Club: May and Pets

Supper Club: May and Pets

May brought rain and more rain–I think we ended up one non-rainy day for every ten rainy days. The keywords for this month’s Supper Club  with M and T would be cheer and relaxation. I reconfirmed T’s seafood allergy list and settled on a Hawaiian…

Side Bar: Please Order Your Own Dish

An article in the New York Times Style Magazine by Kurt Soller entitled, “At Restaurants, Thank You for Not Sharing:After a decade of treating every plate like a pie, individual dishes are making a welcome comeback,” caught my eye. For over ten years, I have…

Mercado Little Spain

Observations from my first visit José Andrés came onto my radar when molecular gastronomy was still all the rage and his restaurant, The Bazaar, at the SLS hotel in Los Angeles received four stars from the LA Times in 2009.  I think I visited not…

Hot New Restaurant Lists: My Gripes (and Hopes)

I love trying new restaurants. I always have.  I was just musing to a friend while sitting at a counter at José Andrés’ Mercado Little Spain how I never became a ‘regular’ anywhere because I preferred to try something new as opposed to eating off…