A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

Business, Featured Posts, Food May 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Ariel Barbouth had no background in the culinary arts when he decided to bring authentic Argentinian empanadas to America. But his passion for the meat pies has paid off.

The popular restaurant Delhi Heights is planning a sidewalk cafe in the controversial Jackson Heights pedestrian plaza. (Photo by Smriti Rao)

Update: Sidewalk Cafe Planned For Controversial Jackson Heights Plaza

Food, Transportation May 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Business owners have complained that a pedestrian plaza in the heart of Jackson Heights’ bustling South Asian shopping district has hurt business, caused traffic jams, attracted homeless people, and generated trash. But one restaurant has decided to turn the problem into an asset and open a sidewalk cafe.

Tandoori Flavor in Your Own Backyard

Food, In the News, South Asian May 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

For centuries, barrel-shaped clay tandoor ovens in Indian restaurants have turned out perfectly browned, puffy naan bread and smokey tandoori chicken. Now a tandoor oven designed for home cooks is showing up in the backyards of Americans, especially immigrants from India, according to a report in The South Asian Times.

Residents have been battling a food truck on West 68th Street and Broadway for more than a year. (Photo by DNAinfo/Leslie Albrecht)

The Latest Weapon in Battle Over Street Vending: Parking Meters

Food, Manhattan May 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Finding a meter-free parking spot is the holy grail for New York City drivers. Yet on an Upper West Side block, residents are willing to give up a rare stretch of meter-free parking, and are asking the city to install parking meters — all to get rid of one food truck, DNAinfo reported.

This green olive tapenade is the product of a co-operative effort by Israelis and Palestinians. (Photo by Leah Koenig)

Voices in Focus: Tapenade, Tamales, Jerk Chicken and Wage Theft

Food, Labor May 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

We found plenty of food stories from the ethnic and community press this Wednesday: a postscript to the Park Slope Food Co-op’s Israel boycott battle; an award for NYC’s “Queen of Tamales”; a Jamaican jerk destination in upper Manhattan; and a chef apprenticeship gone sour in the Lower East Side.

Keeping Kosher: Rabbi Sholom Lipskar wraps tefillin with a prisoner in a Florida jail. (Photo courtesy of aleph institute)

Prisons Grapple With Costs as Non-Jewish Inmates Eat Kosher

Food, Religion April 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

The popularity of a kosher diet among non-Jewish inmates in prisons across the country is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, The Jewish Daily Forward reports. Only a sixth of the 24,000 inmates who eat kosher are Jewish, and kosher meals cost more than double the normal prison meal.

photo by Jeff Mays

A Harlem Cafe Asks its Community for Help

Business, Food April 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

In a neighborhood that is changing rapidly, the East Harlem Cafe has styled itself as a kind of informal community center, DNAinfo reported. That’s why the owner, Michelle Cruz, is asking her patrons and supporters to help her raise $10,000 for improvements to the cafe.

Jessica Sanchez (Photo via the FilAm)

Voices in Focus: Updates Galore and a ‘Chinese Food Crisis’ in Brooklyn

Culture, Food April 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Updates on the investigation into a controversial circumcision practice, the allegations of anti-Semitism at Brooklyn College, and the Chinatown newsstand declared illegal after 35 years; Filipino-American outrage over the near-ouster of Jessica Sanchez from American Idol; and a “Chinese food crisis” in Brooklyn.

Photo by Art & Lemons

Food Adventure: Momos, Ceviche and Alfajor in Jackson Heights

Food, Queens April 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

As New Yorkers, we may sometimes take for granted the mad profusion of international delicacies available on our city streets. So a recent culinary adventure through Jackson Heights by the food blogger Nikki Gardner, from Western Massachusetts, was a good reminder of how lucky we are.

Cookbook author and judge of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi was the star attraction at the festival. (Photo by Sujeet Rajan)

A Celebration of Upscale Indian Food

Culture, Food April 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm

The success of last week’s Varli Food Festival, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan, was a testimony to the high-end appeal of Indian food – once a cuisine limited to humble curry shops and take-out counters.

Pomaire is one of several Latino restaurants that have been successful despite intense competition from other businesses. (Photo via El Diario)

Venerable Latino Restaurants Share Their Secrets

Food, Latino, Mexican, Puerto Rican April 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

While some Latino restaurant owners have struggled to make ends meet, others have created businesses that have thrived over decades in New York City. El Diario asked six of these neighborhood institutions for their “recipe for success.”

Volunteers pack up food packages at a popup Passover food pantry in Brooklyn (Photo by Claudio Papapietro)

Amid Passover Celebrations, Some Jewish Brooklynites Struggle

Economy, Food April 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Passover, which celebrates a delivery from suffering and slavery, is a festival of feasting and reflection. But for many Jewish Brooklynites, this is not a time of plenty, The Jewish Daily Forward reported.

Imported Matzo Undercuts American Product

Food, Religion April 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

In the shopping frenzy before Passover begins, cheap or free matzo is one of the ways that supermarkets draw in customers. But the rush to undercut each other on matzo givaways has led many retailers to cheap Israeli products, which has hurt American matzo manufacturers. Meanwhile, Jewish Food has a moment in high-end NYC kitchens.

Charles Bibilos with Chef Jeannie Ongkeo (right) at Mangez Avec Moi in TriBeCa. (Photo by Aurora Almendral)

Culinary Explorer Busts Open NYC ‘Food Closets’

Featured Posts, Food, New York April 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Charles Bibilos is not the first person to approach the city as a culinary trip around the world. But he may be the most rigorous in his approach to his culinary explorations, explained reporter Aurora Almendral on Feet in 2 Worlds.

Photo by Sandee Brawarsky

A Kosher Chef Pops Up in Queens

Food, New York March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

In New York City, new restaurants open almost daily — and with the recent popularity of “pop-up” restaurants, some close their doors just as quickly. In Long Island City, a kosher pop-up restaurant represents a first, The Jewish Week reported.