Bruce and Eric Bromberg are two of New York City's most recognized restaurateurs, having launched their Blue Ribbon restaurant empire over two decades ago. The brothers' flagship SoHo restaurant — originally and still full of French influences — was instrumental in helping usher in an era of downtown, late-night dining in the city. The Brombergs have always had a close connection with France. Eric wrote in to Food Republic to discuss his latest trip to France, which consisted primarily of visiting southern regions.
A first-hand account from a perch opposite the chef
Dec 9, 2014 11:00 am
Tanguy Laviale, the 33-year-old chef at Garopapilles on the rue Abée de l’Epée in Bordeaux, is one of those serious chefs, whose plating and preparation matter to him like a movement matters to a classical pianist. He doesn’t so much stand in his open kitchen as pirouette around it, cooking a sauce on the burner then swiveling back to slice a piece of buttery foie gras then carefully placing a perfectly dark green leaf on a plate. This is what it's like to sit opposite him and watch as this young master runs a Friday night service.
The team behind Chicago’s innovative rotating-theme restaurant Next announced the three new concepts for 2015 last week — including Spanish tapas and a wine-centered concept called “Terroir.” But since it’s French Week here at Food Republic, our interest specifically piqued when we heard French Bistro cuisine will take the first rotation of the year.
The transcontinental chef compares her two Buvettes
Dec 9, 2014 9:00 am
Buvette chef Jody Williams, aCalifornia native, spent six years working her way through kitchens in Italy before returning to New York to open Buvette in 2011, the West Village’s very first gastrothèque. Two years later she opened in Paris. Here's the tale of the tape between the two unique spaces.
When people consider Chicago’s current dining landscape, French cuisine might not be the genre that immediately springs to mind. Yet a whole world of wonderful brasseries, bakeries, bistros linger just beneath the crust of the mainstream, waiting to be rediscovered. From the deep roots of tried and true spots established in the heyday of the ‘80s and ‘90s, to a few new personalities fighting to bring French culture back to its former glory, here are a handful of excellent spots to get your baguette on in Chicago right now.
Seoul-based blog Dom and Hyo was established to tell the story about how an American man (Dom) came to Korea to teach English. Midway through, he met a wonderful Korean woman (Hyo), which “changed his life in many great ways.” It’s a fun read, with stories told through illustrations. Like this one.
The cheese is a local treasure, worth traveling for
Dec 3, 2014 2:00 pm
Cheese is not something you’d immediately associate with Gozo, one of the more stunning islands in the Maltese Archipelago in the Mediterranean. Yet, beyond the azure blue waters, red sand beaches, rocky coves and ancient temples, one of the highlights of any Gozo trip is the Ġbejniet, a delicious round white cheeselet made from unpasteurized sheep or goat’s milk. Yvonne Gordon digs right in.
Extra-crunchy potato-fried chicken for the holidays
Dec 3, 2014 12:30 pm
We're pretty crazy about the lineup at NYC's premier house of fried chicken strips, Sticky's Finger Joint. In the spirit of "no holiday left behind," the chicken masters are rolling out their newest creation, a latke-themed finger aptly named "The Latka," this Friday at both of their Manhattan locations. Let's take a crunchy, savory sneak peek.