Food

The National Bakery on Jerome Avenue near East Gun Hill Road, which has an A grading from the health department. (Photo by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe)

Restaurant Health Grades, in the Bronx and Beyond

Featured Posts, Food, Health, New York July 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Some Bronx restaurant owners talk about the letter grading process, and what it means for their business.

Krystyna Godawa has run the Park Deli since 2007 (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

The Last Days of a Polish Deli

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Food July 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Park Deli, a popular deli in Greenpoint that has been at the same location since 1931, will close down at the end of July due to rising rent. Nowy Dziennik speaks to its Polish owner.

Haitian Chef on Food and Other ‘Recipes for Success’

Haitian Chef on Food and Other ‘Recipes for Success’

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Food, Video July 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

BRIC TV speaks to Sendy Chancy, whose passion for cooking Haitian dishes has led her to relaunch her YouTube channel.

(Photo by Peter Chu via World Journal)

First Uighur Harvard Graduate Brings Xinjiang Cuisine to Flushing

East Asian, Food, Muslim July 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm

After graduating from Harvard six years ago, Kudret Yakup has opened a food stand at Flushing’s New World Mall that sells cuisine from China’s Xinjiang region, reports World Journal.

Samia Behaya, the French-Algerian behind New York’s "dinner over bodies" (Photo by Thomas Chesseboeuf/@ThomChess via French Morning)

Challenge-Loving French-Algerian Chef Serves Food on Naked Bodies

African, Brooklyn, Food, Western European July 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm

On special occasions, a French-Algerian chef who opened a restaurant in Williamsburg before it was fashionable, prepares meals served on top of naked bodies, French Morning reports.

Executive chef Aaron Bludorn (second from left),  Kiran Kim, chef de tournant (center), and other chefs and cooks  in the kitchen of Café Boulud. (Photo by Joeun Lee for Voices of New York)

A Korean Chef Refines Traditions for Fine Diners

East Asian, Featured Posts, Food, Manhattan July 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm

At Café Boulud, Korean-born chef de tournant Kiran Kim has offered refined adaptations of her grandmother’s Korean specialties.

Chef Ahmet Dursun (Photo via Illyria)

An ‘Ancient Mediterranean’ Dinner in NJ

Eastern European, Food, Metro Area July 5, 2017 at 4:21 pm

A five-course dinner of “ancient Mediterranean cuisine” organized by Albanian community leaders is “the only event of this nature,” writes Illyria in a story on Chef Ahmet Dursun, one of the event’s co-organizers.

Student chef, Addwa Alsubaie, 19, who is preparing avocados at Emma’s Torch, came to the U.S. with her older sister from Saudi Arabia more than a year ago. “We are asylum seekers. It’s hard to live as a woman [in Saudi Arabia],” she told BKLYNER. (Photo via BKLYNER)

Emma’s Torch, a Café and Classroom for Refugees

Brooklyn, Education, Food June 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm

The recently opened Emma’s Torch in Red Hook offers not just brunch and sandwiches, it also gives an opportunity for refugees to pursue a culinary career, reports BKLYNER.

Pastry chef Judy Lai (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Chef Solves Identity Confusion with Pastry Making

Culture, East Asian, Food, Queens June 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm

In her work as a pastry chef, Judy Lai bridges the divide between East and West, and reflects Chinese aesthetics, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Celebrating Queens through Its ‘Endless Entrees’

Celebrating Queens through Its ‘Endless Entrees’

Food, Queens June 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

A special section in Queens Chronicle profiles more than 15 ethnic cuisines found in the borough and originating from four continents.

Cynthia Koo (Photo by Mike Hong via World Journal)

Dim Sum Stories Told Through Cartoon Illustrations

Business, East Asian, Food, Manhattan June 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Cynthia Koo came up with the idea of turning dim sum dishes into cartoon characters while eating in her father’s restaurant, writes World Journal. She now runs the successful online business Wonton In A Million.

Brighton Beach, home to many Russian Jews but no kosher Russian restaurants (Photo by japp1967, Creative Commons license)

Why No Kosher Russian Restaurants Exist in NYC

Food, Jewish, New York June 12, 2017 at 2:29 pm

A story in The Forward explores why there’s kosher sushi and kosher pizza but no kosher Russian restaurants in NYC.

Nadine Malouf (starring in the upcoming production) (Photo by Pavel Antonov)

Looking for Kitchens to Stage a Refugee Story

Culture, Food, New York June 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm

The theatre production company PlayCo is seeking private and community kitchens across NYC to stage an immersive one-woman play inspired by the plight of Syrian refugees, reports Bushwick Daily.

El Cocotero in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York (Photo by Niurka Vidal for Voices of NY)

El Cocotero: One Venezuelan’s Dream

Venezuelan immigrant Luis Quintero dreams of opening El Cocotero restaurants all around the world, but for now, he has two: The first one that opened in Chelsea in 2004, and the second which he and his business partner opened a few months ago in Jersey City.

Korean Grill Replaces Polish Icon in Greenpoint

Korean Grill Replaces Polish Icon in Greenpoint

East Asian, Eastern European, Food May 25, 2017 at 4:21 pm

While the owner of the Polish restaurant Lomzynianka was renovating, the landlord rented the space to a Korean restaurateur, reports Nowy Dziennik. The owner of Lomzynianka hopes to reopen elsewhere.