What’s Hot: Restaurants with Wood-Fired Grills

What’s Hot: Restaurants with Wood-Fired Grills

  This is a trend I can really get behind. I’m not a big fan of meats or vegetables cooked in charcoal grills. Ditto gas grills. Nothing really compares to the flavors achieved by grilling with wood. Of course it’s impractical, and labor intensive, but being practical in the kitchen is a bit passé. St. Anselm Lilia Reynard Metta        

Top Fromage: Try these NYC cheese shops

Top Fromage: Try these NYC cheese shops

Happy New Year! Savoring New York had a bit of a hiatus. Its editor-in-chief (moi) was busy with various projects and holiday celebrations. Whenever I receive guests, I put together a cheese plate. It’s almost effortless and positively delicious if you know how to pick the right combination of cheeses. Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s best to pick from three to six cheeses, including at least one from each milk type: cow, goat, and sheep. A soft cheese like a brie, a hard sheep’s milk cheese like a…

Four new restaurants to try in NYC

Four new restaurants to try in NYC

New York City’s restaurant scene has always moved at highway speed, but there have been so many openings in the last few months that it’s hard to keep up! I’m nothing if not  enthusiastic about eating out, so I did my best to get out there this summer and check out as many places as possible. (Remember I don’t receive any compensations or discounts, which means my opinions are unbiased and my wallet is unhappy). Here are four new spots that I think are worth a try. THE CLOCKTOWER There’s…

Surf, Tacos and Cocktails at Rockaway Beach

Surf, Tacos and Cocktails at Rockaway Beach

The Rockaways, a narrow peninsula on southern Long Island, has a mixture of lower and middle-class neighborhoods. Among its residents are firefighters, policemen, and rappers. Although the area is accessible by subway and has four miles of wide sandy beaches, it wasn’t known as a summertime destination. This changed two or three years ago, spurred in part by the reconstruction efforts that followed Hurricane Sandy. Cadres of surfers and young beachgoers from Brooklyn and Manhattan have been dipping their toes in these waters. The New York Post said it best,…

Summer in NYC: Weekend Escapes to the Beach

Summer in NYC: Weekend Escapes to the Beach

It’s piping hot in New York City right now, and I’m wishing I’d planned a weekend at the beach. In more than a decade here, I’ve traveled to many of the area’s beaches and lakes. It’s the only way to avoid a meltdown- literally and metaphorically. Here are some of my favorite places to stay when I need an escape.     The iconic MONTAUK YACHT CLUB, which opened more than 80 years ago on the East End of Long Island, was recently renovated to keep up with Montauk’s rising…

Best Patisseries in New York

Best Patisseries in New York

A person who’s been to Paris and visited places like Pain de Sucre, Arnaud Delmontel, or Gerard Mulot knows how magically delicious a millefeuille or pain au chocolat can be. Then when said person returns to New York, it becomes obvious that the same level of craft is very hard to find- even in one of the most cosmopolitan, food-obsessed cities in the world. But hard to find doesn’t mean nonexistent. If you know where to go, there are a few outstanding patisseries in New York. Here are my picks….

What the BEC? New Brunch Sandwiches Cause Controversy in NYC

What the BEC? New Brunch Sandwiches Cause Controversy in NYC

BEC, which stands for “bacon, egg and cheese,” is a new breakfast-sandwich spot in Chelsea that angered The New York Times’ food critic Pete Wells even before it opened. He was not keen on trying an haute version of the classic sandwich. The brunch crowd, however, did not seem angered by BEC. Last weekend, its cozy dining room was packed; there were people standing outside, too. I tried one of their signature offerings, the BEC Classic Junior (which did not seem junior at all to me- it was pretty big),…