Finding a good, calm place to eat in Herald Square is always a headache, but there's a new restaurant tucked away on the sixth floor of Macy's to save the day. You don't even have to enter through the crowded store; there's an express elevator at the 35th Street and Broadway entrance that allows for direct access. Jonathan Benno, executive chef of Lincoln, oversaw menu development for the Neapolitan trattoria. Dishes include pizza made with imported Caputo flour (and cooked in a wood-burning oven), housemade pastas, a bellini bar, and Italian soda cocktails. The gelato comes from Florentine gelateria Vivoli, and this is its first-ever location outside of Italy. Check out the menus and the food, ahead.
Carbs always cure shopping fatigue.
Will Cotton and Dominque Ansel like to challenge each other.Photo: Courtesy Will Cotton (left), Dominique Ansel (right)
Fans of artist Will Cotton's recent meringue- and fondant-trimmed outfits for "It" girl Elle Fanning in New York's Spring Fashion issue will no doubt be overjoyed to learn that patisseries also adhere to seasonal looks. Even the stodgiest croque-en-bouches haul their choux all over town for Fashion Week, and "It" cakes, in fact, exist. To wit, here's Will Cotton and baker Dominique Ansel's take on the traditional Fraisier, a fresh strawberry and sugared egg-white dynamo, now available for preorder at Ansel's Soho shop.
Did someone say Katy Perry?
Potato cake and trout roe at the Marrow.Photo: The Marrow
It's no wonder brunch is so divisive. First there's the two-hour wait. Then you get seated, but since your waiter is just as hung-over as you are, service is horrendous. People are snapping pictures of pancakes for their goddamn Instagram feeds and gossiping loudly about gross one-night stands. Your food arrives, and it's cold. When the bill comes, you've spent $20 on eggs and orange juice that you could've made yourself. Yes, brunch can be a monstrous meal. But if done the right way, it can also be enjoyable and relaxing. The trick is to pick a restaurant that takes reservations (or tends to have a short wait time), and serves up more interesting dishes than a granola parfait. We've rounded up the least douche-y spots in the city, ensuring that even the most brunch-averse folks will be happy come Sunday.
Nurse your hangover with miso-baked oysters.
Aska "sure as hell isn't boring," says Rao.
Our critics took a backseat this week to make room for the Best of New York issue. We scoured the city for the best kinds of ramen, chocolate babka, and even tongue. But what did the other critics have to say about their meals? Read on to find out.
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