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The Intercultural Bliss of Sen Sakana | The New Yorker

The history of cuisine is the history of immigration. In one chapter from the early twentieth century, thousands of rural Japanese laborers crossed the Pacific Ocean and settled on the Peruvian coast, to work its expansive sugar and cotton plantations. The diaspora of Japanese emigrants, known as …

Restaurants

The Lower East Side Gets a New Lebanese Restaurant

Lil’ Gem opens tonight<p><b>Lil’ Gem</b> opens tonight over at 29 Clinton Street, a Lebanese-inspired restaurant from restaurateur Lesly Bernard and chef Melissa O’Donnell who flipped the space from what used to be Thema on Clinton that closed in February.<p>Look for mezze as well as family-style plates with …

Restaurants

Lil’ Gem Emerges in the Lower East Side

Chef Melissa O’Donnell has again transformed her restaurant space at 29 Clinton Street.<p>While restaurants come and go all the time in New York City — …

Restaurants

Olive Wood Utensils Make an Attractive Addition to the Table

Handmade olive-wood utensils are a practical addition on the kitchen counter and handsome on the table. Marcelli Formaggi, a cheese company, imports quite an assortment from Abruzzo, Italy. I especially like the sturdy container for the spatulas, spoons and such because it is heavy enough so as not …

Italy

How Japanese Immigrants Shaped Peruvian Food

Nikkei cuisine is woven through Peruvian standards from jalea to ceviche. And don’t you dare call it fusion.<p>At Sen Sakana, a buzzy, newly opened …

Restaurants

Bruno Mars parties until wee hours after NYC show

Bruno Mars partied till 4 a.m. after his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.<p>Spies said the star slipped into Megu at 11:30 p.m. …

Bruno Mars

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 …

Restaurants

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 …

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> …

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 …

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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>: …

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 …

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 …

Dallas

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, …

Steak

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 …

Restaurants

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 …

Food & Dining

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 …