NYC restaurants

Say No To Frozen Wine, But Yes To Frozen Beer

This bizarre Thai tradition has charmed NYC
Aug 13, 2014 10:30 am

I generally don’t recommend freezing wine. Mark Phillips, best known for his PBS wine series, advises freezing leftover wine in water bottles to make it last longer, but I don’t often feel like 750mL is too much wine to handle drinking in a day or two. One might expect me to feel the same way about beer, and although purists may blush, frozen beer has been my drink of the summer thanks to a small, but nearly perfect restaurant in Nolita called Uncle Boons. Read on.

Watch This Camera-Equipped Lobster Travel From Watery Trap To Dining Room Table

Transparency in sourcing reaches new visual heights
Aug 7, 2014 11:30 am

Ever mindful of Americans' increasing interest in where their food comes from, the crew at Zagat decided to strap a GoPro camera to a lobster caught off the coast of Maine and follow it on its two-day death march to a boiling pot at New York's Oceana restaurant. Watch the entire journey (edited down to 4:24) right here.

You Can Now Buy A Meatball Shop Skateboard

Stay on the grind with this limited-edition board
Aug 6, 2014 12:30 pm

Meatball Shop chef/owners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow have upped their game from last year's meatball sub-themed skateboard deck designed with NYC-based SHUT. This year's model goes back to their humble roots, featuring a hand-painted antique meat grinder and the words "NYC Born & Bred." You know you want one.

There's More To BYOB Than Just Bringing Your Own. Plan Ahead With This Handy Guide

DIY wining and dining requires know-how (and where)
Aug 1, 2014 11:30 am

For a wine lover, the most magical acronym out there is “BYOB.” Toting a bottle of your choice allows you to avoid extraordinary mark-ups — up to 300 percent in some restaurants. Moreover, it makes dining out a more active experience. There is, however, an art to BYOB. Here are some tips on where to go and how to go about it.

Video: Watch Prominent Pitmasters Discuss New York City's Barbecue Boom

How NYC shed its BBQ 'inferiority complex'
Jul 25, 2014 9:00 am

Organizer Mark Maynard-Parisi calls it the "mother yeast" of New York City's burgeoning barbecue community. We're talking, of course, about the annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party, first organized back in 2002 and now attracting some 150,000 people each year to Manhattan's Madison Square Park. Back in June, Food Republic was on the scene, interviewing pitmasters from near and far about the impact of the yearly festival and the roots of the city's barbecue boom in general. See how it all went down right here.

Video: Watch How Jerk Baby Back Ribs Get Made At Brooklyn's Hometown Bar-B-Que

Recipe is inspired by NYC's Caribbean community
Jul 23, 2014 4:00 pm

Brooklyn's Hometown Bar-B-Que gets a lot of love for its Texas-quality beef rib. But for a taste of something uniquely New York, try the jerk baby back ribs. Pitmaster Billy Durney, a Brooklyn native, says the recipe is inspired by the aromas he encountered growing up on the edge of a Caribbean immigrant community that often grilled meat outside on grate-covered shopping carts. Watch him whip up a fresh rack right here.

How Barbecue Has Become New York City's Most Addictive Smoking Habit

Big City pitmasters relish the no-rules atmosphere
Jul 22, 2014 9:00 am

Since the opening of Blue Smoke in 2002, New York City has made tremendous strides toward shedding its historical reputation as a barbecue backwater. We're talking about authentic barbecue, mind you, the kind that's slow-cooked over real smoldering wood. Not grilled or baked in some conventional gas oven, with possibly a dash of the pit master poseur's notorious cheat: liquid smoke. But, only recently has the quality of New York 'cue risen to such a level that it merits even a mention in the national conversation. Chris Shott takes a close look at the New 'Cue York.

You Travel, You Eat: Where To Dine, Drink And Shop In South Brooklyn

Guide for eating, coffee, classes, edible shopping
Jul 21, 2014 9:00 am

In the second installment of our two-part Brooklyn lovefest, we are dishing up the borough’s southern half. From Dumbo’s cinematic cobblestones to the farthest reaches of Red Hook, South Brooklyn claims some of New York City’s best restaurants, bars and culinary attractions. As with all destination guides, this compilation is but the tip of the hand-carved iceberg (we're talking about Brookyn, after all). Consider these our top picks for eating very, very well, South Brooklyn-style.

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