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Spring didn’t spring this year in quite the way produce-worshippers expected it to; an especially cold and dry winter delayed the appearance of ramps, while an unseasonably warm May and April stunted the growth of peas. But no need to resign yourself to transitioning directly from sweet potatoes to tomatoes. Prized spring veggies have slowly but surely begun to make their way onto restaurant menus, at places like Bar Bolinas (morels), Faro (artichokes), and...
Didn’t manage to nab a reservation for Brucie’s notorious Kim and Kanye feast? No worries! From dinner and a John Cusack movie to a surprisingly romantic all-vegan “Shop-Up,” there’s no need to resign yourself to some tired, paint-by-the-numbers prix fixe this Valentine’s Day. We've got you covered. Atrium DUMBO: Don’t feel bad; we can’t afford River Café’s $200-per person dinner either. But if you were banking on taking your sweetie for an after-dinner waterfront stroll,...
We’ve always been ambivalent about ordering pasta from restaurants. Because with a few ingredients and just a touch of know-how, it’s perfectly easy (and considerably cheaper) to boil an acceptably tasty pot of spaghetti at home. So if we’re going to pay a premium on noodles, we expect a whole lot more than a box of Barilla and a smear of red sauce. And while there are some serious plates of pasta being served...
Yes, there are some people (i.e. not us), who have had their Valentine’s Day reservations squared away for months now. But personal propensities towards procrastination aside, our main dilemma with holiday dining involves jacked up prices and derivative menus, featuring heart-shaped molten chocolate cakes accented with saccharine drizzles of raspberry coulis. So if we’re going to go in for the inevitable prix fixe this Valentine’s Day, we’d much rather spend a relaxed, cost-effective evening at...

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