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Hugh Merwin

  1. homecomings
    The Return of Rocco DiSpiritoAfter 15 years, the celebrity chef is back in a kitchen — will his critics give him another chance?
  2. food tv
    The Great British Baking Show Is Back — and It’s a Very Welcome Dose of KindnessThe latest series debuts Friday on Netflix, just weeks after it wrapped up in the U.K.
  3. no deal
    Gabrielle Hamilton Won’t Take Over the Spotted Pig After AllThe two sides were unable to reach a final agreement.
  4. the feeding tube
    The Great British Baking Show Is Back — But Is It Still Good?A superfan weighs in on some big changes for the show that essentially defines British culture.
  5. time off
    The Case for Restaurant Summer VacationThe European practice is rare in America; it shouldn’t be.
  6. legends
    How Joël Robuchon Became the Most Influential Chef in the WorldThe French chef’s rise to prominence was marked by outsider status and a flair for mixing the old with the new.
  7. How Well Does Amazon’s Whole Foods Delivery Work in NYC?Do you trust a stranger to pick out your clams and skirt steak?
  8. ice cream
    National Vanilla Ice Cream Day Is the Bogus Food Day We Need Right NowPut on your favorite Slanket, get a cone or a cup, and start prepping for this weekend’s apocalyptic blood-moon eclipse ceremony.
  9. obits
    Los Angeles Times Food Critic Jonathan Gold Has DiedThe Pulitzer prize-winning writer was 57.
  10. ice cream
    Ice Cream–Stuffed Breakfast Sandwiches Are Better on BriocheCalling all Sicilians.
  11. food insecurity
    The Farmers’ Market SNAP Crisis Gets ‘Emergency Support,’ But No Clear SolutionA nonprofit group with previous experience will fund the payment platform for 30 more days.
  12. crime scenes
    One of the Country’s Most Acclaimed Bartenders Was Accused of Sexual AssaultAdam Seger was booked on one count of third-degree rape.
  13. openings
    Danny Meyer’s New Restaurant Combines Stratospheric Views and Lobster QuenellesPlus Atlantic turbot, English peas, hollandaise, and yes, the Brooklyn Bridge.
  14. farewells
    Union Square’s Iconic Coffee Shop Will CloseAfter 28 years in business.
  15. the chain gang
    Papa John’s Founder Resigned After Using a Racial Slur on a Conference CallHe used it on a conference call that was intended to coach him on public relations crises.
  16. food insecurity
    20,000 New Yorkers Will Likely Lose Farmers’ Market Access Next Month“We found out last Tuesday.”
  17. coming soon
    New York’s Best Al Pastor Tacos Are Headed to Queens and the LESThe family-owned restaurant has been serving spit-roasted pork since 1991.
  18. closings
    Brooklyn’s Only Papaya King Has ClosedAt least we had two years to relish it.
  19. grub guides
    15 Terrific Versions of Linguine and ClamsGood morning to clam sauce and to clam sauce only.
  20. terrible news
    Fire Closes Beloved Cocktail Bar the Dead Rabbit ‘Until Further Notice’“Several of our kitchen staff members were on site and had the presence of mind to shut off the gas before exiting the premises,” the partners write.
  21. openings
    Bar Beau Debuts in Williamsburg With Drinks Inspired by the Pacific NorthwestSmall plates include warm udon with shiso pesto and Grana Padano.
  22. BYGGYZ Sandwich Shop Gets a Second ChanceSliced-bread maverick Dewey Dufresne says he’s seeking new investors.
  23. Greenpoint Has a New Destination for Shrimp Cocktail and Cold MartinisBernie’s specializes in sizzling hot baked clams, cold Martinis, and zero pretense.
  24. sandwich intel
    One of New York’s Most Interesting Sandwich Shops Will Close It’s searching for investors to begin its next phase.
  25. the other critics
    Jonathan Gold on ‘World’s 50 Best’: ‘Perverse, Short-Sighted, and Wrong’The Los Angeles Times critic weighs in with some dissent.
  26. the other critics
    The ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ List Had a Chance to Do Better — They Blew ItThe longer this organization qualifies the talent and work of women with a separate standard, the more irrelevant it looks.
  27. breakfast
    Dippin’ Dots Cereal Should Be the Pinnacle of Human Achievement. It Isn’t.There appears to be no liquid nitrogen involved.
  28. major developments
    Gabrielle Hamilton on Ken Friedman: ‘We Are Going to Be the Second Marriage’The Prune chef offers insight into her controversial decision to help run the Spotted Pig alongside accused abuser Ken Friedman.
  29. sexual harassment
    Gabrielle Hamilton Says She’s the Spotted Pig’s New ChefKen Friedman, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, hired the owner of Prune.
  30. in memoriam
    David Simon on Bourdain: ‘He Knew Everything’The creator of The Wire talks about his longtime friend.
  31. taste test
    Is the Pizza at the New Di Fara As Good As the Iconic Original?A rigorous taste test.
  32. lists
    Here’s the Full List of the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ for 2018New York’s highly acclaimed Eleven Madison Park dropped down from the top spot.
  33. immigration
    NYC Pizza Delivery Worker Detained by ICE Gets Stay of DeportationLocal restaurants also say they will stop delivering to the military base where the arrest happened.
  34. passion
    How Anthony Bourdain Forever Changed Food WritingThe acclaimed author found the heart of kitchen life like no writer had before.
  35. glou-glou
    New Bills Are Threatening to Make Wine Worse in New York StateProposed legislation would offer more power to wholesalers — now independent wine stores are fighting back.
  36. immigration
    A Worker Tried to Deliver a Pizza — Instead He Was Turned Over to ICEPablo Villavicencio was taken into custody after attempting to deliver a pizza to Fort Hamilton.
  37. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Restaurants in Red HookOne-of-a-kind spots for a one-of-a-kind neighborhood.
  38. special delivery
    Can Meal Kits Ever Catch On?Recent moves by major players reveal an industry that simply can’t justify its own existence.
  39. the chain gang
    Howard Schultz Is Leaving Starbucks — and Remaining Coy About Politics“I intend to think about a range of options, and that could include public service.”
  40. candy hearts
    America’s Worst Candy Has Been Saved From ExtinctionNecco — and its strange, unappealing little candy wafers — will live on, thanks to a new owner.
  41. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Doughnuts in New YorkGlazed, filled, round, or square — here’s where to get the very best ones.
  42. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Wine Shops in New YorkFinding a great source for everyday bottles can transform your dinner, and your life.
  43. closings
    Cherche Midi’s Underdog Charm Made It a Perfect BistroThe lack of pretense made it feel more like a genuine bistro than any of the painstakingly sourced replicas that exist in NYC.
  44. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Restaurants in WilliamsburgTwenty-three wonderful spots off the L train.
  45. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Steak-Frites in New YorkMeat and potatoes the French-bistro way.
  46. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best French Fries in New YorkEight spots with consistently delicious versions.
  47. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Restaurants in Sunset ParkWhere and what to eat in one of Brooklyn’s most eclectic and delicious neighborhoods, from a Cantonese banquet feast to a mole-poblano tamale.
  48. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Poutine in New YorkPlus all our belt-loosening favorites, from smoked-meat-enhanced to thoroughly veganized.
  49. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Tacos in New YorkWhere to find the warmest tortillas, most flavorful fillings, and most satisfying late-night destinations.
  50. rip
    How Paul Bocuse Became the Most Legendary Chef in FranceAn icon in his home country, Paul Bocuse was considered to be a culinary god by chefs around the world.
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