Opinionated About Dining Names The Top 200 Restaurants In America

Saison wins highbrow survey — again
May 20, 2015 10:00 am

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.

Chile Reception: 6 Places To Eat Really Well In Santa Fe, New Mexico

Peppers are a way of life in the City Different
May 18, 2015 11:00 am

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.

Here’s The Food and Drink Lineup For San Francisco’s Outside Lands 2015

You can’t go wrong with more than 200 menu items
May 14, 2015 2:30 pm

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. 

Photos From Last Night’s Food Republic + Finger On The Pulse Brooklyn BBQ Blowout

A night of fish tacos, beer and whiskey
May 13, 2015 12:44 pm

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.

A Complete Guide To Eating And Drinking At Frieze New York 2015

Annual art fair is upping the ante this year
May 13, 2015 12:00 pm

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. 

Banning Food Writers: Why Do Restaurant Operators Think This Is A Good Idea?

An ex-critic steps into the debate
May 13, 2015 9:00 am

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.

Explore The Charming Back Streets Of Paris From Hôtel De Nell

Opting for boutique charm over grandiose luxury
May 12, 2015 11:00 am

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. 

The Portuguese Are Happy! George Mendes Has Opened A Cervejaria In New York City.

The scoop on the chef’s more-casual restaurant
May 11, 2015 11:00 am

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.

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