First Course

Yerba Buena comes to Greenwich Village

Yerba Buena Perry

Cuisine: Spanish/Latin American

Price Range: Moderate

Greenwich Village

1 Perry Street


Yerba Buena, currently located on Avenue A, is opening up a second location this week in Greenwich Village. Yerba Buena Perry is taking the place of closed down Matador on the corner of Greenwich and Perry Street. The newest addition will offer high end Latin cuisine as well as innovative cocktails (all $12) designed by Cervantes, previously employed by PDT and Little Branch.

SarahJames Joins the Bed-Stuy Trend

217 Pulaski Street
(at Throop Avenue)
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

The newest addition to the Bed-Stuy restaurant scene, SarahJames, opened this weekend.

The space, a converted apartment building, is fairly unassuming despite the yellow exterior. The only indication that a restaurant lives inside the sunny walls is a small chalk sandwich board advertising a “speakeasy.” But what exactly is a speakeasy?

Back in the days of Prohibition, spots that sold alcohol secretly and illegally were dubbed ‘speakeasies’ as patrons were advised to “speak easy” while ordering an alcoholic beverage. And while they were mostly linked with organized crime and rampant corruption, SarahJames touts fine dining and dress codes. Sorry guys, no fitteds, no Jordans, and pull those pants up if you expect to enjoy the underground styled eatery.

Cops Issue $50 Ticket to 10-year-old Girl

Summertime is lemonade-stand season across America, and 10-year-old Clementine Lee from New York City was following the time-honored tradition of whipping up a few ice-filled pitchers of lemonade and a batch of cookies. She set up shop in Riverside Park and according to this account in the New York Post, business was going great until she was visited by officers from the city's Parks Department. The officers issued Clementine a $50 ticket for operating as an unlicensed food vendor.

When the Post contacted the Parks Commissioner to ask why the department was running around issuing tickets to schoolkids, the commissioner backpedaled. He blamed the officers' training and offered to dismiss the ticket, inadvertently teaching Clementine another very important lesson about doing business.

Staff Favorite: Crumbs Bake Shop

If you really gave it some thought, chances are you'd come to the conclusion that the plethora of gourmet flavored, big-as-your-head cupcakes in this city is a little bit absurd. These days it seems like you can't swing a medium brown bag without knocking over yet another window display of butter cream coma-inducing confections.

Today, dear reader, let it be known - Crumbs Bake Shop is not your typical cupcakery. Their Signature size cupcakes (read: at least two colossal servings) are a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. With around 30 rotating regulars as well as special flavors of the week to choose from, this place truly is one-stop shopping. Flavor purists will find solace in a simple carrot, red velvet, or vanilla with chocolate butter cream and sprinkles. For the foodier cupcake fan, the menu offers more creative combos such as caramel apple - moist apple cinnamon cake with apple pie filling or the Baba Booey - chocolate cake filled with peanut butter, topped with peanut butter and chocolate cream cheese frosting and rimmed with peanut butter chips. Word to the wise, filling equals good.

Crumbs proudly boasts that they believe in celebrating the simple everyday things in life. If this is a mantra you agree with, what better way to do so than treating yourself to a cupcake that is definitely worth the splurge?

There Goes the Neighborhood

34 Union Square East has been vacant since October 2007 when vegetarian spot Zen Palate closed, citing the “astronomical and non-negotiable increase” in rent. Now, almost two years later, Riese Restaurants is ready to fill that void between 15th and 16th streets.

Riese, the organization behind familiar chain eats like KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, has just purchased the space and recently unveiled their tentative plans. So what do we have to look forward to? New club? New bar? New T.G.I. Friday’s.

Restaurant Review: Kanoyama
German Beer without the Garden

Fort Greene is about to become the next neighborhood to boast their own beer garden with the opening of Der Schwarze Kölner. Though the garden itself is not yet open due to construction, the inside seating area will have to suffice for those looking to indulge in the all-German beer menu that currently boasts 18 drafts. Depending on how thirsty this summer weather makes you, try a liter sized mug for as little as $12. Typical German cuisine can also be enjoyed at the spot- from pretzels to pickles and, of course, bratwurst. DSK opens from 4pm until 1am and the communal tables get pretty packed, so arrive early if you’re hoping to snag a seat.

Enjoy Blues and Beer with Some Smoky Favorites at Chanterelle

Chanterelle, the reserved and exquisite restaurant in TriBeCa, located in the Mercantile Exchange Building at 2 Harrison Street, is hosting Sunday Salons at Chanterelle. The series begins on Aug. 16, 3-5 p.m.

The event next Sunday afternoon marks the closing of the restaurant for the rest of summer as they renovate for Fall. Smoky Sunday: Blues Beer & Bites, will feature musicians from the Jazz Gallery, beer straight from the Fire Island Brewery, and Head Chef David Waltuck fixing up and discussing classic American smoked food.

According to Chanterelle, the casual gatherings, each led by a member of the staff on their favorite culinary facet will range from “cheese and wine to flowers and chocolate.”

The cost is $65 dollars per person for the event, registration required.

Saraghina Shines Light on Brooklyn Eats

Cuisine: Pizzeria
Price Range: Fair

435 Halsey Avenue
(near Lewis Avenue)
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

For the Brooklynites that live a little further from the happening streets of Williamsburg, quality restaurants can be few and far between. In fact, a NYMag search for restaurants in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of the borough comes up with only 11 spots, and one of them is now closed. Enter Saraghina.

Permanent Brunch

Permanent Brunch
Cuisine: Brunch
Price Range: Inexpensive

It’s happened to all of us- after a long night of partying you wake up to find that it’s already late in the afternoon... and there are only 15 minutes left for Sunday brunch in NYC.

Lesley Bernard, the man behind Tillman's Bar & Lounge and Clementine, has just solved your problem with his latest (and perhaps most anticipated) restaurant opening.