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.

Photo by Amy Zimmer

Even in the Face of Adversity, Bratwurst Prevails

Business, Food March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Second Avenue Subway construction and chain stores mushrooming all around may have threatened the 75-year-old German deli Schaller & Weber. But the growing popularity of German-style beer halls, coupled with a new reverence for artisanal foods, has rejuvenated demand for the German meat products that the deli prepares.

Video: A Century of Scoops

Brooklyn, Food, Video March 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

The ice cream parlor Anapoli Restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is celebrating more than 100 years of scooping ice cream for their devoted regulars. Some of those customers have lived in the neighborhood for 75 years, said the restaurant’s owner, Manny Saviolakis.

Photo by Shuang Liu

Asian Restaurants Call Grading System Inconsistent, Confusing, Expensive

Asian, Food March 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Although the Bloomberg Administration has credited the new restaurant health grading system with reducing salmonella infections and helping increase business at city restaurants, many restaurateurs disagreed at a recent hearing. Asian restaurants, in particular, are in a state of confusion over the rules, World Journal reported in this translated story.

(photo by Mathew Katz)

Pushcart War Escalates in Midtown

Featured Posts, Food, New York March 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

One can’t walk a block in Midtown Manhattan without encountering the aroma of Halal meat or roasting peanuts. But not everyone appreciates this fixture of today’s urban landscape. The 34th Street Partnership is launching a campaign to clear many of the street vendors from Midtown.

Beyond the Mango Lassi

Food, South Asian, Video March 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

There’s more to the Indian yogurt drink known as a lassi than the ubiquitous mango lassis served in Indian restaurants.

A family in Chinatown shows its support for the proposed shark fin ban.

Shark Fin May be Banned From New York Menus

East Asian, Environment, Food February 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Shark fin soup, a popular delicacy in China, won’t be available to adventurous eaters in New York if a new bill becomes law. As the movement to protect sharks from hunters gathers steam, a proposed State Assembly bill would punish anyone who sells or distributes shark products.

Filipino Cuisine Gains Fans in NYC Restaurant Scene

Filipino Cuisine Gains Fans in NYC Restaurant Scene

Asian, Food, New York February 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

While Chinese, Thai and Indian restaurants are commonplace around New York City, Filipino restaurants have faced an uphill battle, Asian Journal reports in a new “Filipino Foodie guide to Metro New York.” But the tide may be turning.

Maggi seasoning is the secret ingredient in dishes from around the globe.

A Maggi-cal Sauce, Beloved Around the World

African, Asian, Caribbean, Culture, Eastern European, Food, South American February 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

If there’s one food item that could knit together all the immigrant communities of New York City, it would have to be Maggi, the ubiquitous seasoning sauce that’s fundamental to cuisines around the world. Aurora Almendral, a reporting fellow with Feet in 2 Worlds, explains its appeal.

Borscht was number three on Koenig's list of favorite Jewish soups.

Jewish Soups to Warm You (Even in a Warm Winter)

Featured Posts, Food February 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

Despite the unseasonably mild weather this February, the writer and cookbook author Leah Koenig wouldn’t miss out on the fragrant Jewish soups that she calls her “desert island (or in winter’s case, deserted icecap)” food. Koenig shared nine of her favorite Jewish soups, ranked by her taste, along with recipes and mouth-watering photos.

In Soho, Sparkling Chocolates Infused with Indian and Global Flavors

Food, South Asian February 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

In case you didn’t get your chocolate fix on Valentines day, News India Times ran a mouth-watering writeup of Xocolatti, where the hand-crafted chocolates resemble jewels. The store’s 24-year-old owner, Shaineal Shah, comes from a family of Indian jewelers.