Chefs love to travel — for inspiration, to experience the cuisines of other cultures or just to get away from the heat of their own kitchens. When they return, we hit them with some questions — where'd they stay, what'd they do and WHAT DID THEY EAT?! Next up, Takashi Inoue of the eponymous NYC restaurant.
Chefs Adam Sobel and David Varley know each other quite well, as ex-classmates, ex-roommates and ex-coworkers. Now, both men work for restaurateur Michael Mina: Sobel at RN74 in San Francisco, Varley at RN74 in Seattle. Though both restaurants have the same name, they feature two different menus, showcasing each chef's individual cooking style. We asked both chefs to critique each other's menus, selecting three dishes that speak to the other guy's distinctive MO.
We talked to owner Noah Bernamoff at our big wild brunch-themed Test Kitchen yesterday, who told us all about his epic culinary brainchild. You shouldn't need reasons to hit Mile End (in Brooklyn or Manhattan) extra-hard this week, but just in case, allow him to convince you.
You may have heard the news that national cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop went out of business, last week shuttering all if its 50 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Many wrote about the bursting of the “cupcake bubble” — something our friend Allison Robicelli has written about beautifully in the past. Others simply danced on the grave of an institution that may have simply aged out of the zeitgeist. But this weekend it appears that cupcake chains are still very much viable.
A lot of things have changed in the past ten years and New York City’s dining scene is most definitely up there – we’ve all taken note as city staples have repeatedly closed their doors for good, giving way to swanky new hotspots serving small plates and in-vogue veggies. While there’s no debating that the restaurants themselves have changed considerably in the last decade, another significant question has snuck under the radar a bit more: how have the city’s diners changed?
No longer quite the counter-culture statement they once were, food trucks have become a launching pad for ambitious restaurateurs. The most successful mobile kitchens end up settling down into brick-and-mortar locations. In New York alone, nearly a quarter of all food trucks upgrade to a restaurant. And the most popular concepts get tapped for widespread expansion, like these five food trucks that hit the big time
We’ll be the first to admit that we’re not the most well versed when it comes to museums here at Food Republic. There are, of course, a few exceptions to this statement. For example, word comes from The Wall Street Journal that a roast duck museum has opened to the public in Beijing. Now, that is our type of museum. Read on.