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New Greek Steakhouse Focuses on the Meat in a Stunning Space

Merakia: Greek MountainThief Spithouse + Steak is now open in Flatiron<p>Is this the year’s most perplexing name yet? No, that honor goes to XYST, but <b>Merakia: Greek MountainThief Spithouse</b> <b>+ Steak</b> comes pretty damn close. Named for revolutionary fighters in 1821’s Greek War of Independence who stole …

19th Century

From Kaiseki to Ramen, a Fresh Shipment of Asian Imports

Many of New York’s most intriguing new Asian restaurants in recent years have been imports — spinoffs of established places in Japan and China, often with a distinct innovation or specialty. This season’s newcomers follow suit.<p>At Wokuni, the first American outpost for Tokyo Ichiban Foods, which …

Restaurants

The Canny Valley of Cooking

The meal spread out cleanly on my plate, not quite Instagram-ready, but still pleasant enough: hunks of cauliflower perfumed with a floral array of …

Cooking

RealEats Meal Delivery is Like Having Your Own Private Chef

The old adage that if you can boil water, you can cook needs some updating. Thanks to RealEats, if you can boil water, you don’t have to cook.<p>We’ve …

Food

Dallas Urban Farms Will Grow Fresh Produce for Chef Bruno Davaillon's New Restaurant

<b>Chef Bruno Davaillon will soon make a long-awaited comeback to the Dallas restaurant scene and with it he’ll team with local urban farmers to grow</b> …

Farming

Michelin-Starred Japanese Chef Plans First NYC Restaurant

Okuda will be ultra-fine dining<p>A Tokyo-based chef is replicating his Michelin-starred tasting menu restaurant here in New York.<p><b>Toru Okuda</b> is expected to plant a location of his kaiseki restaurant <b>Okuda</b> in Chelsea at 458 West 17th Street in November. The tiny restaurant will only seat seven people, …

Restaurants

Fancy Japanese Chain Plans to Serve Affordable Sushi in NYC

Wokuni’s parent company is known for blowfish<p>A Japanese company that made its name with upscale blowfish omakases will be entering the U.S. with a more casual, affordable sushi restaurant in Murray Hill.<p><b>Tokyo Ichiban Foods</b> — a group with 50 restaurants in Japan — is opening a version of its casual …

Restaurants

The 22 Most Anticipated Fall Restaurant Openings

A sampling from around the city<p>This fall will be gangbusters when it comes to restaurant debuts, as New York hosts culinary stars from other U.S. cities like LA, Chicago, and Miami; imports from abroad; and homegrown heroes back on the scene. Here’s a guide to some of the most exciting openings of …

Restaurants

Two Superstar Chefs Are Opening Their First American Outposts This Fall

<i>How do the New York restaurants of Dong Zhenxiang and Nusret Gökçe, a.k.a. Salt Bae, compare?</i><p><b>DaDong</b><p><i>120 W. 42nd St., nr. Sixth Ave. (October)</i><p><b>The chef</b>: …

Restaurants

French restaurant Bullion nears its opening date in downtown Dallas

If you've driven by Union Station, the Omni hotel or <i>The Dallas Morning News</i> in downtown Dallas anytime recently, it's hard to miss a new restaurant …

Texas

Chef Bruno Davaillon’s Bullion Will Finally Arrive This Fall

Construction delays have pushed the project back to fall<p>Since 2015, diners have eagerly been anticipating the arrival of Bullion, Chef Bruno Davaillon’s return to the Dallas restaurant scene. Now, it looks like the restaurant is finally preparing to open its doors.<p>Originally expected to arrive at …

How to make pizza like a Neapolitan pro

Good slices of New York pizza are as ubiquitous as manhole covers. Great slices are rare.<p>Making superior pizza at home — well, if you live in my …

Stand Up for a Cheap(er) Dinner

As a recent grad paying painfully high rent, I’m usually not willing to stretch my budget for dinner. I am, however, willing to stretch my legs. So …

Does Eating Standing Up Make the Steak Taste Better at Ikinari?

You can’t open a Japanese chain restaurant in New York these days without a good gimmick. There’s Ichiran, the East Williamsburg ramen shop that …

Review: At Riel, Ryan Lachaine puts deeply personal spin on Gulf Coast cooking

I can't stop mooning over the borscht at Riel, chef Ryan Lachaine's restaurant in Montrose. The beet soup glows magenta and exerts an earthy pull …

Japan’s standing-room-only steak houses

At Ikinari restaurants, in Tokyo and several other cities, low cost but high-quality cuts of beef – including prized wagyu – are eaten at communal standing stations<p>Where in Japan can you chow down on a top-quality juicy steak without breaking the bank? At one of the 116 branches of Ikinari Steak, …

Japan

Roxanne Spruance Class of 2017 40 Under 40 honorees

Photo: Buck Ennis<p>By Cara Eisenpress<p>At age 15 Roxanne Spruance began a series of unpaid apprenticeships in Chicago’s fine-dining establishments and …

Kaboom! Ikinari Blows Up the Steakhouse Dining Idiom

Critic Robert Sietsema takes a first look at the steakhouse with no seats<p>I wasn’t expecting much when I stepped up to <b>Ikinari</b>, the new Japanese steakhouse with no seats on East 10th Street. It was around 7 in the evening: Down the stairs and through the glass windows, I could see a narrow room full …

The High-Class Sushi Bar Has a New Secret Weapon

In the battle among New York’s high end sushi places, the weapons of choice tend to be which can score the hardest-to-get uni, the very top of the …

Healthy Kid-Friendly Food Delivery Service Launches in New York City

A busy lifestyle can be stressful, especially when it involves kids who are picky eaters. <b>Nurturie</b>, a recently launched New York City-based <b>food</b> …

Top-notch NYC steakhouse is standing room only

- <b>Ikinari Steak</b> is a tiny new restaurant nestled on East 10 Street in Manhattan. It is easy to miss but hard to forget. It is the one place where …

This crazy new steakhouse forces you to stand

Not only must we stand up for our beliefs in these fraught political times — we now must stand up for our steak, too.<p>That’s the upright approach at …

Meat lovers eat steak standing up at new restaurant in New York City

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Carnivores who stood in a late morning line for roughly 30 minutes to dine at a new Japanese steakhouse in New York City remained standing once inside, part of a plan to allow customers to wolf down their food and move on.<p>Ikinari Steak, which opened last week in Manhattan's …

Attention Steak Snobs: Chain Steakhouses Are Actually Great

In December 2013, Ikinari Steak opened its first location in Tokyo’s busy Ginza neighborhood.<p>A little more than three years later, the Japanese …

Ikinari Steak, The Japanese Chain Famous For No Chairs, Opens In East Village Thursday

Owner Kunio Ichinose wants to open 20 more locations in the next five years<p>The next big Japanese food import is about to hit New York City. <b>Ikinari Steak</b> — a wildly popular quick-service chain best known for its lack of chairs and fast turnover — will be opening its first U.S. location on Thursday …

Restaurants

13 Promising Restaurants Opening Before Spring

<i>If winter is beginning to seem endless, take heart (and sustenance) in these newcomers, all poised to arrive before spring’s first ramp.</i><p><b>Tuck Into</b> …

New taco joint coming to Long Island City

Unico, on Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, opens this week from chef Suvir Saran and Roni Mazumdar — serving tacos, enchiladas and burritos.<p>Saran …

This 150-Year-Old Dessert Is Making a Delicious Comeback

In the high-end food world, "seasonal" is a concept as ubiquitous as the worn-out phrase "farm-to-table"—unless, of course, you want to be on …

The Nine Reservations You Need in Houston

A lot of things have changed since Houston hosted its first Super Bowl in 1974—not least, the dining scene. In the 1970s, the city was dominated by …