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Wednesday
Apr092014

Box Kite

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

Cora Lampert opened Box Kite on New Year's. For three weeks the tiny storefront existed solely as a coffee shop, serving Madcap and Ritual roasts from 7am to midnight. Lampert was looking to serve food to patrons in for evening espresso and when Doug Gulino heard the news he showed up to cook a few plates and was brought on build a menu. Gulino called on the help of friend Justin Slojkowski, whom he met working at Roberta's. Both chefs cooked at Acme too, and the demand for creatively worked, high quality, local, seasonally-driven food that defines those restaurants now soars at Box Kite. Check out my review this week over at Serious Eats.

Box Kite | 212-574-8201 | 115 Saint Marks Place | www | map

Tuesday
Apr012014

The Grocery

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

The first time I ever stepped foot in The Grocery was sometime back in the early aughts. I was new to the city and brought my resume and then fresh desire to work in New York City restaurants. I've been riding my bike past the small Smith Street storefront for years and made it a point to finally eat there. Check out my review over at Serious Eats.

The Grocery | 718-596-3335 | 288 Smith Street | www | map

Wednesday
Mar262014

Rosette

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

Rosette opened right nextdoor to 169 Bar and the Forward Building on East Broadway in January. In addition to inspiration from the Two Bridges part of Chinatown where the restaurant is, Nick Curtin's menus shows influences from his time cooking under Mads Reflund at Acme in Nolita. The flavors are big, but the plates and the prices are small. Read the full review over at Serious Eats.

Rosette | 171 East Broadway | 212-933-1176 | www | map

Friday
Oct192012

Ganso

Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, and Downtown Brooklyn all converge at the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  The borough has yet to see the full impact the new stadium will have, but many of the surrounding neighborhoods seem to be diving headfirst into New York’s recent ramen renaissance.  Park Slope got Naruto Ramen earlier this year.  In Prospect Heights, two Morimoto vets serve the dish at Chuko.  Smith Street, just out of the stadium’s reach in Carroll Gardens, recently welcomed Dassara Ramen.  While Boerum Hill and Fort Greene await their respective ramen spots, Downtown Brooklyn gets Japan’s iconic noodle dish at the hands of Harris Salat and Ryuji “Rio” Irie.

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Tuesday
May012012

Perla

You know the restaurant is Italian, but that’s only because this town can gossip. Inside, exposed brick and wooden rafters are the only hints at rustic Italian. There is not a stitch of red, white, or green in the dining room at Perla and it leaves Chef Michael Toscano’s food to do the significant talking.

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Wednesday
Mar212012

Fort Defiance

When you walk in to the restaurant you won’t find yourself standing in front of a podium.  Your last name doesn’t matter and ‘party of five’ would just be a Jennifer Love-Hewitt reference.  There’s no host or hostess and you certainly won’t find a maitre d making pleasantries.  You’re water is going to be filtered.  So long as it’s not sparkling you won’t be charged for it, and although the restaurant is in Brooklyn there’s no room for strollers.  The only conventions Fort Defiance boasts are a front door and a chef.

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Friday
Feb242012

Balaboosta

When you eat at a restaurant that serves foreign fare, the food should act as a portal.  It should open doors that warp space and time and take you on a tour of the country’s cuisine.  The success of the journey is entirely up to the chef, and in the case of Balaboosta Einat Admony proves to be a wonderful tour guide.  We were introduced to her culinary stylings in 2005, when Taim was opened in the West Village out of a longing for the street food of Tel Aviv.  Balaboosta results from a desire to serve these authentic Middle Eastern flavors in a more formal setting.  The restaurant will have its second birthday this year, though something tells me it’s going to skip the terrible two’s.

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Tuesday
Feb072012

Vinegar Hill House

Tucked in a corner of Brooklyn, about as close to the nearest train as it is the Lower East Side, Vinegar Hill is a dozen or so streets sandwiched by the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Heights.  The neighborhood gets its name from the Battle of Vinegar Hill, which took place in Northern Ireland during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.  Eight years later, in 1806, the Brooklyn Navy Yard became an active shipyard, and 202 years after that, Sam Buffa and former Freeman’s chef Jean Adamson opened Vinegar Hill House.

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