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Sunday in Brooklyn 348 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg Isa may Have only been in existence for just shy of five years, but the Williamsburg restaurant still managed to cast a long shadow, serving as springboard for three of NYC’s most formidable culinary talents—Ignacio Mattos (of Manhattan’s Estela and Café Altro Paradiso) and his then sous chefs, Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pam Yung, the masterful duo behind the Michelin-starred Semilla. And though the brick boxed space it formerly inhabited...
While an abrupt career change can be unsettling, it can also be the start of something new, exciting, and hopefully improved. This, at least, was the case for chefs Pam Yung and José Ramírez-Ruiz, whose sudden departure from their prior jobs at Williamsburg restaurant Isa eventually led to the birth of Yung and Ramírez-Ruiz’s own universally lauded, Michelin-starred destination, Semilla.  As chef at Semilla, Ramírez-Ruiz creates vegetable-forward main courses, while Yung, a self-taught baking star, adds grain-rich depths to...
On the last weekend in February, Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel got “glou”ed; it was filled with people eager to taste natural wine and meet the professionals who make it. Over 600 wine-lovers came to each day of New York City’s first natural wine fair, The Big Glou; attendees ranged from those who were new to natural wine, to others who worked in the industry, and everything in between. Swirling glasses printed with the cheery logo...
When Jesus declared that man couldn’t live by bread alone, he obviously had a prescient vision of plastic baskets at red sauce restaurants, lined with foil-wrapped butter packets, and day-old, mass-produced loaves. But if he’d peeked just a bit farther into the future, he’d see that a local, whole grain movement would eventually lead to a full-on, pro-gluten renaissance—and the following Brooklyn eateries are leading up the charge. So ignore all admonitions about filling up...

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