Spur: Incomparable Food and Beverages

A couple of weeks ago Brian and I looked at our DVR and selected the 100th show of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. His first show had been in Paris, and so was his 100th. Rather than hit the four star restaurants, the show celebrated a key shift in fine French...

Eleven Madison Park: World Class Cuisine

Culinary greatness, true greatness, is actually not hard to achieve. You just need perfect ingredients, perfect kitchen staff, perfect techniques, perfect serving staff, a mega wine cellar, an elegant setting. On second thought, I understand why greatness is so rare....

Where Not to Eat in Chinatown, Part 1

Cooking by the Book is a short fifteen minute walk from Chinatown in New York City. Chinatown is just what you might imagine: a maze of winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Except it is more. Because those shops and restaurants aren’t just Chinese...

Gifford’s Ice Cream in Maine

Ice cream. It’s a food, of course, but I believe it deserves to be classified as a vitamin. Vitamin IC. And the best source for IC is New England, the world’s capitol of IC. If you travel the roads here, you are always stumbling on local, seasonal ice creams stands....

Hecho en Dumbo Arrives on The Bowery

If you live in Manhattan, you won’t be surprise by what I am about to say. If you don’t, you’ll think I’m an idiot. People in Manhattan don’t leave the island. In fact, they don’t leave their little piece of the island. People...