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Alan Sytsma

Food Editor, New York Magazine

Alan Sytsma is the food editor at New York Magazine. He has been covering restaurants and the way we eat since 2006.

  1. lists
    Michelin Plays It SafeThis year’s stars offer zero surprises.
  2. the grub street diet
    Mark Byrne Is Probably Too Hydrated“I consume enough water to suspend an adult whale.”
  3. the grub street diet
    Dwight Garner Always Has a Muffuletta in the Freezer“I’ve loved nearly every muffuletta I’ve ever had, but these are special.”
  4. the grub street diet
    Coolstuff.nyc’s Anna B. Albury Likes a Long Sunday Lunch“Dessert served as a great excuse to extend the afternoon into a round of dominoes.”
  5. the grub street diet
    Hua Hsu Orders the Special“It was a sheet of hash browns folded over cheese and bacon, resting on heirloom tomatoes and a fried egg.”
  6. introductions
    Who’s the New Guy? Meet Our Restaurant Critic, Matthew SchneierA quick conversation on what to expect from his upcoming reviews.
  7. chef shuffle
    Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare Has Found Its New ChefsMax Natmessnig and Marco Prins are taking over for César Ramirez.
  8. where to eat
    These Are the Two Best Restaurant Weeks of the YearIdeas for eating at the end of the summer.
  9. the grub street diet
    Emma Rosenblum Is Trying to Make Something Everyone Will Eat“The chicken was a crowd pleaser. I cooked it while drinking an Aperol Spritz, naturally.”
  10. prices
    The $29 Hot Dog Should Probably Cost MoreIf this were a burger, nobody would care about the price.
  11. the grub street diet
    Jessica Goodman Wants to Be Covered in Crumbs“I love a loaf that takes some effort to tear.”
  12. guides
    33 Eating AdventuresA summer itinerary for truly intrepid food lovers.
  13. awards
    Atomix and Le Bernardin Are the ‘Best’ Restaurants in AmericaThis year’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants offered few surprises.
  14. awards
    Here Are the Winners of This Year’s James Beard Chef AwardsThe medallions were handed out amid a swirl of controversy.
  15. where to eat
    5 New Restaurants Where You Can Land a Table … TonightResy would have us believe every great new spot is booked in perpetuity. Of course, that isn’t the case.
  16. the grub street diet
    G. Daniela Galarza Does Not Want to Skip Dessert“The sticky-bun pie lives up to expectations.”
  17. the grub street diet
    ‘Tallest Man on Earth’ Kristian Matsson Misses the Long Island Bar“Coming back was very nostalgic …”
  18. the grub street diet
    The Daily Show’s Jason O. Gilbert Cooks a Different Taco Every Thursday“I throw a bunch of different spices or sauces together and hope for the best.”
  19. the grub street diet
    Bon Appétit’s Elazar Sontag Celebrates With Wings and Waffles“It should taste as much like Wingstop’s version as possible.”
  20. the grub street diet
    Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath Wants the Weird Appetizers“If there’s a bad app, I’ve gotta try it.”
  21. conversations
    The Rush to Call Fine Dining’s DeathDoes Noma’s closing announcement really mean other restaurants are doomed?
  22. first taste
    Gjelina Is Already Manhattan’s Hottest LunchSeven years after it was first announced, the Venice Beach import is finally open.
  23. closings
    The End of Noma As We Know ItRené Redzepi is closing his Copenhagen restaurant at the end of 2024.
  24. the grub street diet
    SNL’s Punkie Johnson Leaves the After-Party for Taco Bell“Taco Bell, for me, is an every-Saturday stop.”
  25. the grub street diet
    Andy Baraghani Likes Some Lumps in His Potatoes“This recipe has three kinds of dairy — labneh, cream, and butter — which I don’t think is overkill.”
  26. the grub street diet
    Jeremiah Moss Wishes Arturo’s Would Open Earlier“I feel like I’m betraying myself somehow when I eat nice food.”
  27. the grub street diet
    Margo Price Stops for Tacos in Texas and Katz’s in New York“Tonight we might get stoned and go eat a hot dog.”
  28. the grub street diet
    Joe Coscarelli Eats Like an Unruly Child“I stop for some candy I know I will want later when I’m a little drunk.”
  29. inflation
    Is $40 Too Much to Pay For a Burger?Prices are up everywhere, for everything.
  30. the grub street diet
    Broti Gupta Dips Her Fries in Mashed Potatoes“I will answer for this act of potato cannibalism on Judgment Day.”
  31. the grub street diet
    Emma Steiger Eats Dinner at 3:30 — and Again at 10:45“Even when we ordered, we knew it was too much food.”
  32. commentary
    Should You Still Pay For Dinner If You Were Robbed While You Ate It?An etiquette question for the age of outdoor dining.
  33. fall preview 2022
    The New Restaurants You Need to Know AboutSo many openings.
  34. the grub street diet
    Morgan Jerkins Buys Her Snacks Before the Edibles Hit“Who wants to walk around the corner when you’re really stoned?”
  35. openings
    A ‘Modern New England’ Tasting Counter Is Headed to DumboPearl Street Supper Club will debut next week.
  36. the grub street diet
    Filmmaker Rebeca Huntt Is Serious About Breakfast“I made my oatmeal pancakes and watched Before Sunrise.
  37. the grub street diet
    Jacqueline Novak Prefers the Big Bags of Chips“This all goes back to the source bag, the Tostitos bag of my youth, humongous, the size of my torso.”
  38. commentary
    The ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ List Is More Ridiculous Than EverWhose interests do these rankings still serve?
  39. what to eat
    A Lovely New Salad That’s Also Pure GarbageAt Patti Ann’s, the garbage salad takes equal inspiration from Chicago steakhouses and French fine dining.
  40. openings
    Why Garbage Plates Are the Most Exciting New Food in BrooklynBrooklyn Hots has filled a surprising culinary void.
  41. news
    Here’s the Full List of 2022 James Beard Award NomineesAfter rethinking its approach to its annual awards, the James Beard Foundation announced its finalists for 2022.
  42. reopening
    Unvaccinated New Yorkers Will Be Allowed Back Inside Restaurants Next WeekMayor Adams announced the indoor-dining vaccine mandate will end on March 7.
  43. she’s a regular
    Even COVID Won’t Keep Sarah Palin Away From New York’s RestaurantsThe former governor of Alaska has been seen out on the town despite testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
  44. faqs
    What to Do If a Famous Anti-Vaxxer Walks Into the Restaurant Where You’re EatingRecent news suggests not all New York City restaurants are following vaccination regulations.
  45. reopening
    Eric Adams Has Already Lost New York’s Restaurant WorkersThat was fast!
  46. what to eat
    A Seafood Dish That Aims for a Different Kind of SustainabilityAt Brooklyn’s June, chef Diego Moya has a new kitchen and a plan to help his cooks thrive.
  47. shortages
    Life Without Cream CheeseWe are learning the hard way that cream cheese is truly irreplaceable.
  48. autumnal concerns
    Should You Care About Thanksgiving This Year?We’re four weeks out. It’s time to decide.
  49. coming soon
    Here Comes Cafe SpaghettiChef Sal Lamboglia is heading home to Brooklyn.
  50. lists
    The ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ Are Back for 2021Have you heard of this place called Noma?
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