Chris Crowley

Senior Writer, Grub Street

Chris Crowley is Grub Street’s senior writer. He covers the people who work and eat in New York City’s restaurants and has written about gentrification in Ridgewood, abuse inside professional kitchens, and how the pandemic forever transformed restaurant culture.

  1. report
    A Gun Buyback, Sponsored by Junior’s“For us in Brooklyn, it’s been our first really public-private partnership this way,” says Eric Gonzalez, the borough’s district attorney.
  2. the grub street diet
    Eliot Glazer Looks for a Crunchy Quesadilla“It’s like having that burnt cheese on a pizza.”
  3. commentary
    Nobody Wins When Cops Harass Fruit VendorsOutrage was sparked by the arrest of María Falcon, a street vendor who works in a Brooklyn subway station.
  4. the grub street diet
    Kilolo Strobert Loves That Breakfast Offers Unlimited Possibilities“You can eat anything you want!”
  5. the grub street diet
    Lady Bunny Gets Her Quesadillas From a Phantom Taco Truck“It’s rumored to be closed, but it still sometimes appears at odd hours.”
  6. openings
    Royal Rib House Returns to Bed-Stuy, Along With Its Famous LineThe soul-food restaurant’s reopening feels more like a reunion.
  7. the grub street diet
    Molly Lambert Goes Feral for Smoked Salmon“I like anything you have to rip apart with your claws.”
  8. the grub street diet
    Rex Chapman Ate Turkey Chili Every Day for a Year“I’m just weird like that.”
  9. closings
    Who Actually Bought Forlini’s?The storied red-sauce joint’s owners have sold, but to whom?
  10. closings
    Angel’s Share Has Gone to Cocktail-Bar HeavenNew York’s original faux speakeasy is closed, although it may relocate.
  11. the grub street diet
    Chef Shenarri Freeman Is Tired of New York Fruit Prices“The fruit is so much better in other places. It’s also cheaper — or free.”
  12. the group portrait
    Inside Dhamaka’s Tiny Factory of FlavorsThe miniature kitchen that draws enormous crowds.
  13. the grub street diet
    Eric Kim Knows the Best Moment to Crack an Egg“You get this beautiful eggshell that peels off like snakeskin.”
  14. remembrances
    Before Dom De Marco Was a Pizza Legend, He Was a Neighborhood Guy“If he recognized you, you end up jumping a line of probably 30 people …”
  15. the grub street diet
    Hrishikesh Hirway Has Finally Found His Signature Cookie“This cookie has been a dream since I watched the first season of The Great British Bake Off.
  16. rip
    NYC Pizza Legend Dom De Marco Has Passed AwayThe food-world icon behind Midwood’s Di Fara was 85 years old.
  17. food fight
    The Ridiculous Argument Against Making To-Go Cocktails PermanentGovernor Kathy Hochul wants to bring them back for good. The New York State Legislature says “not so fast.”
  18. faqs
    Everything You Need to Know About Dumping VodkaPlus some advice on real ways to help.
  19. reopening
    Office Workers Are Heading Back. Times Square Bartenders Will Drink to That.“We were dead. We were totally dead.”
  20. the grub street diet
    Chad Moore Got Hooked on Mozzarella Sticks During COVID“I’d never considered them before.”
  21. reopening
    What Does the End of NYC’s Vaccine Mandate Mean for Restaurant Workers?“It is disheartening.”
  22. the grub street diet
    Author Julia May Jonas Keeps a Secret Stash of Frozen Cake“Even bad cake is good cake.”
  23. chains
    The Unavoidable Fight to Unionize Starbucks in New York“It’s tiring to be called a ‘partner’ and not be heard.”
  24. the grub street diet
    Edi Patterson Wants Her Steak Well Done“It tastes better, and I think more people should be okay with admitting that it’s the truth.”
  25. food fight
    The Debate Over Open Restaurants Is a MessThe pandemic plan saved restaurants. The fight over its future has devolved into chaos.
  26. the grub street diet
    Ethan Frisch Balances Ashwagandha Gummies With Trader Joe’s Jelly Beans“Sour jelly beans are the ideal sensory human food.”
  27. openings
    A New Chinatown Restaurant 50 Years in the MakingUncle Lou tried retirement. Things didn’t go as planned.
  28. the grub street diet
    Actor Aaron Tveit Misses Chicken Parms“I always liked ’em a little burnt.”
  29. reopening
    The Rise and Fall of Anton’s 25 Cent Martinis“Nobody wants to mess with the SLA.”
  30. the grub street diet
    Chef Alexander Smalls Always Says Yes to Duck Eggs“I graduated from quail to duck. For me, it’s a more fertile taste.”
  31. it’s soup season
    Everything You Need to Know About ‘Soup Mother’A new name for an ancient approach to cooking — and something we all might want to try.
  32. reopening
    How Bad Has Omicron Been for New York’s Restaurants?As with everything these days, it depends who you ask.
  33. omicron
    Now We Have to Worry About Groceries, Too?Store shelves are looking emptier for some very real reasons.
  34. reopening
    The Restaurant Industry Has Always Treated Sick Workers With No RemorseWill anything change because of Omicron?
  35. the grub street diet
    Actor Jeff Hiller Is Eating His Feelings“My husband does basically all of the cooking and I just reap the benefits.”
  36. what to eat
    The Time for Stuffed Peppers Is NowEspecially at Dhamaka.
  37. the grub street diet
    The 55 Best Lines From 2021’s Grub Street Diets“Being on the subway with a book, heading toward a meal, I honestly can’t think of anything better …”
  38. reopening
    As Omicron Surges, Restaurants Are ScramblingOwners are extending temporary COVID closures into next week and next year.
  39. the grub street diet
    Naomi Ekperigin Wants to Take Her Dog to Trader Joe’s“I’m not a white woman. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get away with it.”
  40. reopening
    Omicron Is Here. For Restaurant Workers, It’s Déjà Vu.“Everyone has fatigue.”
  41. copycats
    The Spicy Mystery of New Spicy VillageHas one of Chinatown’s best restaurants expanded, or did former employees quietly open a copycat business?
  42. the grub street diet
    Kevin Morby Depends on Noodle Soup“It’s a magical elixir for a vocalist.”
  43. what to eat
    An Eggplant Sandwich With a Story to TellA sturdy lunch in Bed-Stuy that’s assembled with decades of experience.
  44. the grub street diet
    Dhamaka Chef Chintan Pandya Is Picky With His Samosas“I’m a very simple guy, taste-wise”
  45. scary stuff
    I Horror-Movied My Meals With a New A24 CookbookHorror Caviar is, like the films that inspired it, both unsettling and impressively polished.
  46. neighborhoods
    Take a Trip Around Little Yemen“I’ve been in the Bronx for 20 years — I never expected that this would happen.”
  47. the grub street diet
    Gentefied Creators Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez Can Find the Good Pozole“I grew up on my Mamá Fina’s menudo, but gotdamn does this pozole hit the spot.”
  48. the grub street diet
    Lucy Dacus Believes Vegans Try Harder“Only recently have I really committed to the fact that food makes me so happy.”
  49. beans
    We’re Finally Getting a Beans EmojiAt long last, some respect for legumes.
  50. rip
    RIP to the ‘Father of Tiramisu’Ado Campeol, who owned the restaurant often credited with inventing the Italian dessert, was 93.
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