Corkbuzz, Chelsea Market’s new wine bar

Corkbuzz, Chelsea Market’s new wine bar

Corkbuzz Wine Bar, led by the well-known Master Sommelier Laura Maniec, opened last week inside Chelsea Market. The stylish little space is a great addition to New York City’s best food market. While many of the vendors inside have a take-out system, or offer limited seating, Corkbuzz is a place to sit down and relax with a glass of great wine and a snack. Its interior, lined with blond wood and punctuated by hand-painted tiles, was inspired by European plazas and markets like the Spanish Steps and Bercelona’s Mercat de La…

Hudson Eats: Shiny New Food Market in Lower Manhattan

Hudson Eats: Shiny New Food Market in Lower Manhattan

New York’s Financial District is having a major growth spurt. There’s the massive new Fulton subway station, the almost-completed Freedom Tower, which will soon welcome its new tenants (most notably, Condé Nast), the three-month-old 9/11 Memorial & Museum (honoring the victims and examining the continued global significance of 9/11), at least two luxury hotels under construction, and nearly a dozen high-end fashion stores getting ready to open their doors. But a neighborhood isn’t fully revitalized until it offers great food. Well, just last month, an upscale food court called Hudson…

Midtown Snack: Broadway Bites pop-up market

Midtown Snack: Broadway Bites pop-up market

If you find yourself near Greeley Square Park, where 34th Street intersects with both Broadway and 6th Ave (right across the street from Macy’s), make some time to check out Broadway Bites, a pop-up culinary market that’s like a who’s who of New York’s most buzzed-about food trucks and restaurants. There’s Mexicue, makers of delicious tacos and pulled-pork sliders with Southern flavors, Red Hook Lobster Pound, makers of fresh-from-Maine lobster rolls, and (OMG!) Roberta’s, makers of high-low pizzas that have captivated Brooklyn hipsters and food critics alike. It will be…

New: Stinky BKLYN cheese shop and Back Label wine shop in Chelsea

New: Stinky BKLYN cheese shop and Back Label wine shop in Chelsea

Brooklyn food establishments continue to colonize Manhattan. The examples are starting to become endless: Frankies’ Spuntino, Foragers, Union Market, etc, etc. Just a week ago, Stinky BKLYN, a specialty cheese shop that made a name for itself in Cobble Hill’s Smith Street, unveiled a second location on 20th Street in Chelsea. In addition to its fine selection of international cheeses, “Stinky’ sells sandwiches, craft beers, pickles, bitters, plus several Brooklyn-made edibles. It opened in tandem with Back Label Wine Merchants next door. This 3,000-square-foot wine seller classifies wines according to…

An experience for all the senses: Queen of the Night

An experience for all the senses: Queen of the Night

“Immersive” theatre is in vogue these days. I’ve been to Sleep no More, an interactive play loosely based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, where you wander through a sort of haunted hotel and watch different scenes of varying weirdness. The set decoration is excellent. Afterwards, you’re escorted to a cocktail lounge where you watch a live jazz band. Some people love it; I think it has its good moments. But Queen of the Night, playing at the Paramount Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, takes things to a whole new level. To begin with,…

Gotham West Market, a hipsterish food court in Midtown

Gotham West Market, a hipsterish food court in Midtown

Upscale food courts are spreading over New York City. The early pioneers of this movement (before it could be called a movement) were Chelsea Market and Essex Street Market. More recently, Eataly in Flatiron and the Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza took things to a new level. And now there’s Gotham West Market, the hippest of the bunch. Designed by the trendsetting firm AvroKO, this 14,000-square-foot space houses an eclectic collection of food stalls arranged around large communal tables. It’s a little bit out of the way for…

The New Face of 8th Street

The New Face of 8th Street

These things happen in New York; one day you walk down a street  you haven’t visited in a while, and it looks completely different. The stretch of 8th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village used to be known, somewhat disparagingly, as “shoe alley.” It was filled with kitschy bazaars and discount shoe stores, and it wasn’t a particularly attractive lane. Quite suddenly, it became home to a handful of high-end restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and a brand new hotel by none other than Sean McPherson, the man…