With the argument of who has the better new ballpark- Citi Field or Yankee Stadium, comes another quarrel. Who has the better food?! There is nothing like going to a ball game and grabbing some great fare while you are at it. With the development of brand new stadiums for both the Mets and the Yankees comes brand new menus. Fans are no longer satisfied with the old time food of a hot dog or cheeseburger. They want something new, something better, especially if paying close to 15 bucks a person on top of the rising cost of ticket prices.
The Left Coast Mexican food chain opened up their first Manhattan location on Lexington between 45th and 46th Tuesday in the old Zen Burger space, and needless to say- it was more than packed. As you can see in the photo below, there were reported waiting times of 25 minutes and up by local costumers who were brave enough to attempt to be one of the first get their hands on the Fresh fare.
Baja Fresh has been known on the West Coast not for their Mexican food, but because they cook with fresh ingredients that don’t leave your stomach feeling like you have just been at war, something quite different for those of us who have been to ahem, ahem, Qdoba or Chipotle. On top of the fresh ingredients, they give you free chips with your purchase and there is even a salsa bar to boot.
264 Elizabeth Street (nr. Houston)
New York, NY 10012
Mon – Thurs 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Fri – Sat 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sun 5 p.m. - Midnight
Opening its doors last night, Nolita’s newest American bistro was finally unveiled to its eager patrons. Holding up shop in the old Tasting Room spot, Jo’s is a fresh face bringing classic American dishes with a few new ideas. Some dishes one can see on the menu at this highly anticipated new dining spot include foie gras French toast, crispy pork ribs, crayfish ravioli, and a 10 hour cooked pork shank. All of the pasta dishes can be ordered in either full or half orders (half the price plus $1). With a 30-seat bar and a lengthy cocktail list, all of which are $9, Jo’s is sure to be filled with diners. Doors open at 5 pm.
Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Look at the size of this ice cream sundae. The catch? It isn’t edible! No, not because you would get the world’s most painful stomach ache, but because it is actually sculpted of items such as wood, plaster, acrylic, and clay. Those things have never looked so great before.
Artist Peter Anton has done the unthinkable. He has created larger than life sculptures of everyone’s favorite deserts- such as a box of donuts, an ice cream sundae, and my personal favorite- the classic, but ever so good ice cream bar. Although the exhibit currently on display at the Allan Stone Gallery on East 90th is rather small, the works of art to be seen are anything but.
The exhibit is on display now until June 19th, and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With the ever growing success of the foodie charity event Taste of Tribeca comes another event known as TASTES. TASTES is a culinary festival that benefits the NYC Lab School’s arts and enrichment programs. Being that the event is planned by the same committee of advisors as the Taste of Tribeca event that occurred last weekend, we all know the level of culinary expertise (aka great tasting food!) that we can expect from this event.
TASTES from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea is set to go off this Saturday, May 30th , from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, on the pathways of Gansevoort Street. Ticket prices are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the event. The price of one ticket will give you a chance to sample the great food from well known restaurants such as Buddakan, 5 Ninth, Cookshop, Spice Market, Matsuri, and Trestle on Tenth.
You can view the entire list of restaurants participating in the event, as well as purchase tickets at www.tastesnyc.org .
With just about a different Thai restaurant on every corner, how does a Thai food aficionado find the best of the best? Now Thai obsessed New Yorkers can add the Bodhi Tree to their list of favorites. Recently opened this past April in the East Village, Bodhi Tree is the slightly swankier version of your favorite neighborhood Thai spot. Do not fear; the glitz is not overly done. Turquoise walls with infused flecks of gold and amber wood accents create a calming effect while an elevated Buddha statue hangs from above.
The fare is traditional Thai, but with a slightly modern twist. The shrimp dumplings in pumpkin sauce are a different variation to the normal Thai dumpling, as well as the sautéed garlic and Asian chives wrapped in a steamed-rice-noodle skin. If you have a hankering for a more traditional dish, opt for the shrimp pad see ew, or the beef panang curry. Both are perfect examples of Thai food at its best; flavors that are so spot on that you dream of them for days to come.
Aspiring photographers often envision themselves bounding across the hills of Africa in a rugged jeep as they take breathtaking photos of a pride of lions, or standing inches away from Hollywood stars as they snap away on the red carpet…
San Antonio-based photographer Mark Menjivar, on the other hand, focuses his lens on the inside of other people’s refrigerators. His piece, entitled “You Are What You Eat” shows the contents of twenty different American’s refrigerators. At first glance, this may sound like somewhat of a dull subject to focus on, but Menjivar reveals the intrigue that creeps just below the surface: “A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question, ‘May I photograph the interior of your fridge?’ to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. Each fridge is photographed ‘as is,’ nothing added, nothing taken away.’” (This may sound like the naïve ranting of a sheltered, small-town peasant but I would venture to say that the majority of Americans would still feel more comfortable allowing their refrigerator to be photographed than taking part in a nude photo shoot.)
With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, summer is finally a reachable reality rather than a distant pipedream. For the next dozen or so Fridays, when five o’clock rolls around, countless Manhattanites will hustle out of their offices to get the first possible train out of town, heading for sandier pastures such as The Hamptons.
Following these New Yorkers on their eastward sprint will be Phillipe Chow, the skilled chef behind chic Chinese restaurant Phillipe, located on 60th Street in Manhattan. He will be setting up another gourmet Chinese restaurant on the site of the former Kobe Club in East Hampton. It should be open some time before the end of the month.
Members of the Animal Protection & Rescue League gathered outside of Momofuku Ko on Saturday evening to protest the restaurant’s foie gras-serving ways. The East Village restaurant, where your chances of getting a reservation are about as good as those of winning the lottery (twice in a row, on Mars), was an obvious target for the APRL, since David Chang is one of the hottest chefs working in NYC at the moment. Although Chang came out to appease the chanting goose-lovers, it is unlikely that the APRL will be leaving him alone anytime soon, since the group’s policy is all about “sustained presence.”
I know caffeine isn’t good for me, but I also know the headache I get from going without my morning cup (or two) of java doesn’t feel very good either. Is it possible that there are actually some health benefits of my addiction?
According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Heath, drinking up to six cups of coffee a day is not associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease or cancer, or any other cause. Additionally, coffee may actually have health benefits relating to Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and other illnesses.
The study does suggest that some people may still want to switch to decaf or stop drinking coffee altogether if they are pregnant or have blood pressure problems. Oh, and if you’re frequently getting the shakes, or having trouble sleeping from ingesting too much caffeine, you should also cut back—duh!