Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Introducing Steakcraft

Steakcraft, my new column for Serious Eats NY launched today. I have the arduous task of documenting and eating NYC's greatest steaks. A tough job but someone has to do it. Here is the link:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

NYC Guide

I have compiled a list of my favorite restaurants and dishes in NYC. The page has a permanent home on the masthead and is an ongoing project that will be refined and amended over time. Direct Link

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Burger Land

Be sure to watch Burger Land on the Travel Channel airing Wed Sept 12 at 8PM EST. The show is hosted by George Motz and I am featured in the New Jersey Slider episode. Check your local listing and tell the Travel Channel that we want more episodes on their facebook page!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Pat LaFrieda Steak Sandwich at Citi Field

The night before I left for England, from where I am writing, Pat LaFrieda called me up to tell me of his new steak sandwich and to schedule a photo shoot.  The fact that I was leaving for two weeks meant that I would either have to shoot the sandwich that night or not at all.  We scheduled a very impromptu shoot. Obviously we weren't going to get a studio with a kitchen on an hours notice at 8PM but the fine folks over at Osteria Morini were kind enough to let us use their basement and prep kitchen for the task. A big thanks to the whole crew there and the ravishing Olivia Young for making it happen.

Now I admit that I was somewhat skeptical when Pat told me that the sandwich was to contain filet mignon. Filet is the most tender muscle on the steer but because of its leanness it tends to lack flavor. I needn't have worried - Pat brought the flavor to the cut with the use of a toothsome au jus and carmalized onions aided and abetted with gobs of melted Monterey jack cheese. It turned out to be the best steak sandwich I can remember eating.

I don't follow baseball but from what I hear this will finally give Mets fans something to cheers about.

Available exclusively at Citi Field from 7 August. Price $15.

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Breslin Butchers Ball

I had the good fortune of attending The Breslin Butchers Ball hosted by Underground Eats and Meatopia and emceed by Josh Ozersky. The event featured the estimable talents of chef April Bloomfield who cooked the feast, Pat LaFrieda who personally selected and aged the beef and Mark Pastore who spent the evening texting (or worse) on his iPhone, his emaciated face permanently cast with a ghostly glow from the screen. Truth be told I spent most of the evening in the back of house marveling at how April and chef de cuisine Peter Cho run their kitchen and snacking on scraps of aged beef in various states of rawness while quaffing whiskey sours (or worse).

For the punters that plunked down cash for a seat I can't imagine a better combination of beef and booze with a little education thrown in for good measure. Guests were treated to a butchering demonstration by Pat and April followed by a three course meal plus dessert and wine pairing. Pat selected a handful of rib primals that exhibited exceptional marbling, the top 1% of his stock,  and aged them specially for the event. The resulting beef looked ethereal - deeply flecked with fat and imbued with a pronounced funk from the dry aging process. April then crafted three courses to highlight the textures and flavors of the individual components of the cut.

The rib bones where cut flanken style, in a fashion more often associated with the short rib and then chargrilled until crispy.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Eating in LA

I was in Los Angeles last month for a little photography and a lot of eating. Nothing fancy, I was shooting street and wanted to eat accordingly, which I mostly did. It has been a while since my last visit and there were quite a few new places I wanted to try out as well as reacquaint myself with some old favorites. I previously wrote about my visit to Pann's, which never disappoints, as well as the pastrami sandwich at UMAMIcatessen - one of LA's oldest restaurants and one of its most recent. Here are the rest of the highlights:

Pacific Dining Car

Speaking of old my first dinner was at the original downtown location of Pacific Dinning Car, an old favorite and a restaurant that dates back to the 1920's. I had the massive ribsteak. It was the as good as ever although the cost was eye-watering - almost $80! Expensive for USDA Prime, even by NYC standards. I seem to recall the steak costing substantially less on my last visit here, but that was several years ago.