A few years ago, music executive turned food blogger Steve Plotnicki set out to devise an all-new rating system for restaurants. Now in its fourth year, Plotnicki’s annual ranking of America’s best restaurants just went live. Here is the top 20.
There’s a lot more to Santa Fe’s colorful dining scene than its famous chile dishes. You’ll find some seriously good bites, from an impossibly pretty, delicate lobster risotto to a lip-smacking miso-glazed eggplant. Travel writer Katie Chang digs right in.
San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival blends local food and drinks with music, art and comedy. Headliners for the eighth annual festival — taking place in historic Golden Gate Park from August 7-9 — include Elton John, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar, among others. Just as impressive, however, are the 200-plus menu options found within six unique culinary experiences. All in all, there are 78 local restaurants, 37 wineries and 32 breweries represented at the three-day festival.
The popular Brooklyn BBQ Blowout is back for another season, and Food Republic is happy to partner with the team for a fourth year. Last night, the year’s first event took place at Good Company in Williamsburg, featuring Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., who served up grilled fish tacos with fresh-made tortilla chips and Gustavo’s salsa. The next BBQ Blowout, featuring Sarah Simmons from NYC hot spot Birds & Bubbles, is on Tuesday, June 9, at Good Company.
The annual Frieze New York art fair takes place this Thursday through Sunday on Randall’s Island. In recent years, art fairs across the U.S. have transformed into full-blown destination events, complete with a bevy of quality food and beverage options. This year’s Frieze is no exception. Contemporary art and a quinoa bowl, washed down with a local IPA in a riverfront biergarten? Check. Here’s a look at the vendors and restaurants.
A group of restaurateurs in Portland, Maine, generated some dubious publicity this week with their decision to banish local food writer John Golden from their establishments. The proprietors had reportedly warned Golden not to write about his April visit to their newest spot, the Honey Paw. Undaunted, Golden wrote about it anyway. This is where the trouble began.
Call me crazy, but I prefer to stay in back-street boutique hotels in Paris, rather than grandiose former palaces. There’s something so edifying about emerging through the glass doors of a minimalist lobby onto a quiet street, then subtly blending in with Parisians on their way to work or to a café. It makes me feel like this extraordinary city is my home away from home, if only for a few days. That’s the feeling I had at Hôtel de Nell.
George Mendes has been cooking Portuguese food in New York City for more than half a decade. His first solo project, Aldea, has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2011. And while the restaurant has dished out consistently excellent cuisine, its prix fixe and tasting menus have kept dinner more in the category of a special-occasion meal than accessible neighborhood dining. Mendes is hoping to achieve this latter status with the opening of his second city establishment, Lupulo.