Cindy Augustine

NYC's hottest spring restaurant openings

Guac is served at Stephen Starr's El Vez.Credit: ProvidedWith winter officially behind us, spring is in full bloom – for proof see the budding trees, longer days, and relieved New Yorkers, only too happy to ditch their outerwear and shed some layers. And with winter’s end comes a slew of new...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 11:53 PM

Chatting with the baker behind Black Seed Bagels, Dianna Daoheung

Dianna Daoheung is the baker at Black Seed Bagels.Credit: Aaron AdlerWhile owners Noah Bernamoff (Mile End) and Matt Kliegman (The Smile) are the familiar names behind bagel sensation Black Seed, it’s head baker Dianna Daoheung who is really killing it in Nolita. After toiling in advertising, she...

Monday, May 5, 2014, 11:34 PM

Hot Chef: Amanda Freitag is back with Empire Diner

The Empire (Diner) Strikes Back with Freitag at its helm.Credit: ProvidedOpening a highly anticipated, revamped diner in an iconic space (left empty for the past few years) in the middle of winter is no easy feat, but somehow Chef Amanda Freitag rose to the occasion. Seeing the chef (formerly of...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 8:39 PM

The best restaurants in Harlem and Washington Heights

Order the skate at Minton's.Credit: Evan SungIn a city as big as ours, every neighborhood seems to have its moment in the sun. We saw it with Boerum Hill, Bushwick, the Bowery — and now uptown. While downtown dwellers may balk at the idea of dining above 14th Street, the new crop of restaurants...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 5:02 PM

How your Thanksgiving dinner can help charity

Gramercy Tavern boasts good cooks, and do-gooders.Credit: ProvidedIn a city of feasts and festivals and dining options by the hundreds, there are sadly far too many people who spend the holidays hungry. In an effort to raise money and awareness of our fellow New Yorkers in need, here are some...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 4:49 PM

Hot Chef: Michael Anthony on the Gramercy Tavern cookbook

Based on this picture, it's hard to believe White is 45!Credit: ProvidedAs executive chef of the revered Gramercy Tavern for seven years, Michael Anthony has served and pleased countless diners with his simple, seasonal, yet impactful approach to American cuisine.But one diner, his not-yet wife,...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:53 PM

The hottest new restaurants opening this fall in NYC

Hit Kingside for this toast.Credit: ProvidedFaster than you can say cronut, memories of heat waves and rooftop drinking will fade — and that's when you'll want to check out these new spots.Opening soonLa CenitaTucked in the bi-level space formerly occupied by Abe & Arthur’s, La Cenita (little...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 8:41 PM

Best places to get over a breakup in NYC

Indulge in a sappy movie at Film Forum.© Peter Aaron/Esto"Love Rehab" author Jo Piazza seems to have all the answers on how to bounce back from a breakup – or at least 12 steps to help get started. In her first novel, the former gossip columnist tells the story of a group of women – and a few...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 5:28 PM

Hot chef: Richard Kuo on team effort and more desserts at Pearl & Ash

Richard Kuo is in the kitchen at Pearl & Ash, 220 Bowery, 212-837-2370.Credit: ProvidedBorn in Taiwan, raised in Australia and now cooking on the Bowery, chef Richard Kuo brings his worldly view to a tiny slice of Lower Manhattan where he’s making his mark — one small plate at a time — at...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 4:57 PM

Our favorite gelato in NYC

Lets start with the basics: Ice cream is American. Gelato, however, is a sweet gift from the Italians, ranking right up there with pizza and pasta. (Also, gelato typically contains little or no eggs, more milk, less cream and is churned more slowly than ice cream. In sum, it has less fat, less air...

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12:50 AM

New NYC summer menus you'll want to sample

Pan-roasted halibut is paired with summer ratatouille at Cafe Boulud.Credit: Cafe BouludAs if steady warm temps, al fresco dining and sunsets that get later and later weren’t enough to keep New York diners happy, many local favorites are rolling out summer menus — all designed with freshness and...

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 1:21 AM

Some surprising spots for vegan dishes in NYC

Despite being a city prime for carnivores, New York has its fair share of meatless options. And while a full-on vegetarian and vegan restaurant may be heaven for those of us who eschew meat, it makes dining with omnivores tricky. At traditional spots, non-meat eaters will cobble together a meal...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 10:10 PM

Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in NYC

Gran Electrica will serve you tacos in their spacious backyard garden.Let’s face it: Most New Yorkers use Cinco de Mayo as a (wonderful) excuse to drink margaritas. With the Mexican holiday around the corner, and the best spots to imbibe on the minds of many, let us not forget about tradition,...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 4:32 PM

Love oysters? Here's where to get them in NYC

Maison Premiere's menu boasts a dozen fresh varieties of oyster.Ernest Hemingway waxed poetic about them in his posthumous memoir, "A Moveable Feast." The late, great lover Casanova was said to eat a dozen of them for breakfast. And scientists have confirmed that they are indeed aphrodisiacs (as...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 5:52 PM

Hot Chef: Paul Corsentino, The National

Paul Corsentino is the executive chef at The National (557 Lexington Ave., 212-715-2400).Credit: The NationalAfter first working with Geoffrey Zakarian back in 2005, at Country, Paul Corsentino honed his skills in other kitchens, and returned to reunite with his mentor at The National. Located...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:34 PM

Cold-weather comfort foods

If there were dog days of wintertime, it would be now: The novelty of bundling up, drinking hot yummy drinks – even hibernating – is long gone, but until spring rolls around, we’ll need a little sustenance to keep us going. And what’s better than winter’s most comforting foods — stews, soups,...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 8:55 PM

Here is your ultimate NYC Super Bowl guide

Where to grab a beer and watch the gameThe Garden @ Studio Square is having one of the biggest parties in the city — complete with unlimited drinks, an all-you-can-eat buffet, flat-screens, shots and raffle prizes. 35-33 36th Street, Long Island City, 718- 383-1001Ainsworth Park boasts a ton of TVs...

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 11:39 PM

Date one of these hot New York City bartenders

Lindsey Larkin29, Upper West Side, bisexualWhere she works: 508, 508 Greenwich St., 212-219-2444The fitness fanatic, singer/actress, head bartender and resident hot redhead knows the ingredients to dazzle a date. What would you make to impress someone?“I would make a Templeton Rye Old Fashioned the...

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:12 AM

New restaurants we can't wait to try

A little less than a month into the new year, many nights of new dining possibilities are ahead of us. New neighborhood spots to try, expansions of old favorites and the occasional reopening are all within reach. Your coolness factor will soar once your friends realize you know all the hippest...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 9:50 PM

Pick up one of these unconventional Thanksgiving pies

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without pie. Duh. But next week, may we suggest ditching the typical pumpkin, pecan and apple flavors? This year, how about cinnamon bun pie? Chocolate and peanut butter? Maybe black-bottom pecan, instead? Whatever your choice, your family and friends will love...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 9:45 PM