Tag: Restaurants

Pick a Card, Any Card (and an Entree) at the Magic Castle

LOS ANGELES — At a table by the stained-glass window, an off-duty magician sat alone, working his way through a rare steak until, finally, it disappeared. When his dessert arrived with a small, dripping candle, I wished him a happy birthday, but he didn’t want to chat. Instead, he pulled a silver dollar from his […]

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My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman

I had just started my lunch shift when the phone pinged: Uber Eats, pickup at Cocina del Sur on West 38th Street in Manhattan, five blocks away. Great! I pedaled down West 40th into congealing crosstown traffic. Seconds later my phone ponged — different sound. Postmates, another delivery app: Pick up two orders at Shake […]

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In Little Haiti, Barbecue Is Part of History

MIAMI — Haitian restaurants bloomed here in the 1990s and 2000s as their reputations grew for serving ambrosial rice and bean platters at cheap prices. On the weekends, barbecue smoke perfumed street corners and backyards as lines of customers formed. Many of their owners and customers had come to South Florida in the previous three […]

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Camping on Staten Island, an Outdoor Adventure Without Leaving N.Y.C.

You’re reading Summer in the City, our limited-edition newsletter that rounds up the best things to do in New York City during the hottest season of the year. Sign up here to get future editions delivered to your inbox. The Game Plan What to do The next time someone asks you about your weekend plans, […]

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Deep-Fried Tempura Flakes Are Linked to a Series of Sushi Restaurant Fires

Deep-fried tempura flakes, a key ingredient sprinkled on sushi rolls for crunch and known as agedama or tenkasu, Japanese for “heavenly waste,” have been linked to a series of restaurant fires in multiple states. Five of them occurred in Wisconsin, said Kara Nelson, a fire investigator in the capital, Madison, where two restaurants sustained more […]

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How the Chef Behind Two Palm Tree-Filled, Tulum-Inspired Brunch Spots Spends Sundays

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Yvan Lemoine is the executive chef of the Mexican restaurants Gitano Jungle Room NYC (part of the James New York — SoHo), Gitano Garden of Love, a seasonal outdoor spot nearby, and later this summer, Casa Nomad, a more […]

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Where Dessert Is Much More Than an Afterthought

LOS ANGELES — Birdie G’s has been open for just a few weeks in Santa Monica, but already, with the outsize confidence of every dollar-slice shop in New York City, the menu refers to its rose-petal pie as “world famous.” The slice appears to be modeled on the great, jiggly cathedral window cakes that dominate […]

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9 Great Theater District Restaurants for Before or After Your Show

New York City is full of top-tier theater and restaurants, just not necessarily in the same area. Even before soaring rents killed off beloved locals like Cafe Edison and Azuri Kitchen, the average restaurant in the theater district generally prioritized expediency and atmosphere over quality food. But if you’re looking for a bite before or […]

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Celebrating America, Scoop by Frosty Scoop

Ice cream is young. For more than a thousand years, our ancestors had to settle for flavored snow — quick to vanish without modern refrigeration, and thus a luxury, reserved for the rich. Sorbet was accidentally invented in the 16th century, when the Italian scientist Giambattista della Porta tried to freeze wine and wound up […]

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A Naughty Name, a Virtuous Menu and a Line Down the Block

ATLANTA — As a name for a food business, Slutty Vegan could have doomed the place from the start. Turns out, it was a really good idea. At what is not much more than a takeout counter in a rapidly gentrifying historic black neighborhood west of downtown Atlanta, people stand in line for two or […]

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At Lokanta, Sheep’s Head Soup and Other Turkish Delights

“Does the sheep’s head soup have a lot of stuff in it?” I asked my server. Realizing that this was somewhat ambiguous, especially applied to a dish as laden with stuff as the brew of lambs’ snouts, ears, tongues, cheeks and eyeballs known in Turkey as kelle paca, I tried again. “Is it very filling, […]

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South Africa Meets South Asia at Peri Peri Grill House

It isn’t the smell of smoke that greets you when you walk through the door of Peri Peri Grill House in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; it’s the sight of it. The hard-working grill in the open kitchen exhales smoke in billows that dissipate quickly into the dining room, but not before leaving a defining mark on all […]

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Subway Got Too Big. Franchisees Paid a Price.

Manoj Tripathi couldn’t shake the feeling that someone had a vendetta against his Subway sandwich shop. A franchisee for nearly two decades, he had done everything he could to keep his restaurant, in a strip mall in Northern California, in perfect condition. But lately it seemed like someone was out to get him. It was […]

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Wolfgat, a Far-Flung Destination for South African Coastal Cuisine

PATERNOSTER, South Africa — Reaching Wolfgat, a restaurant in a small seaside cottage seating only 20 in this fishing village, takes a good two hours plus by car to reach from Cape Town, about 100 miles away. The payoff is a singularly memorable multicourse dinner that tastes more of the sea than anything else and […]

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