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Greene Hill Food Coop: Meet the New Shop on the Block

The photos on the storefront of the new member-owned Greene Hill Food Co-op are comprised of people from its surrounding communities, signifying the co-op’s desire to be a resource for a neighborhood, which doesn’t have much access to cheap and fresh locally grown food. Located at 18 Putnam Avenue, on Grand Street in Clinton Hill, […]

Meet Masak, the New East Village Restaurant that Serves Singaporean Street Food with a City Twist

Masak, an East Village restaurant that opened in August, is Singaporean-born chef/owner Larry Reutens fine dining spin on traditional hawker fare from his Southeast Asian country. That, like the rest of the country’s cuisine, is derived from a mélange of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Nonya flavors, and at Masak, Reutens adds both an American sensibility […]

Pratt Graduates Catch the Food Biz Fever

Several small food businesses around the neighborhood share a common thread — they were started by Pratt Institute graduates. Mago Crepes & Delices, a crêperie on Grand Street, Tigerlily, a bánh mì shop in Clinton Hill, and The Stand, an artisanal lemonade and homemade fruit preserve brand are delicious business ventures with Pratt alums at […]


For the First Time in NYC, Baristas Compete on the Quality of a Plain Old Cup of Coffee, Rather Than Espresso

Most coffee competitions focus on baristas concocting lattes and cappuccinos made with mechanized espresso machines. But at last month’s manual brew competition at RBC NYC, a high-end, specialty coffee shop on Worth Street, plain old coffee made meticulously by hand was the highlight. “Usually very informal competitions have always been about latte art, which actually […]

Meet the West Village Makers of Goats’ Milk Soft Serve, Inspired by Turkey’s Frozen Treats

It’s not quite frozen yogurt and not exactly ice cream, but the goats’ milk soft serve at Victory Garden NYC at 31 Carmine Street in the West Village is definitely delicious. “I call it ice cream and frozen yogurt, but people get confused,” admits Sophia Brittan, creator of Victory Garden, which opened this past June. […]

Next Sunday Meet New Amsterdam’s Newest: Maryland Crab Cakes and Succotash

New York has an love affair with lobster rolls, says Joe Pfeifer, the man behind National Crab, but that is about to change as he introduces Manhattanites to his wondrously sweet crab cakes, made from Chesapeake Bay’s blue crabs. Last Sunday he debuted at the New Amsterdam Market; he can be found there every other […]


Your New One-Stop Shop for All Your Backyard Chicken Needs

Noah Leff keeps chickens as pets and thinks their antics are hilarious when they start to follow you around. Now with Victory Chicken, a new Crown Heights, Brooklyn-based startup, Leff aims to help urbanites raise their own hens–if not for humor, then for eggs. Victory Chicken is a local “one stop shop,” says Leff, for […]

A Tea Ceremony

Do not call Michael Wong of The Tea Gallery a tea “master.” He prefers the term “tea evangelizer,” and views his role as a “cultural ambassador.” At the appointment only Tea Gallery, Wong conducts tea tastings, where he instructs on the finer points of brewing Chinese tea. One can have tea tastings and attend classes […]

Money woes close soup kitchen

Mott Haven food pantry may be next The soup kitchen run by the St. Benedict the Moor Neighborhood Center on St. Anns Avenue closed in November, leaving as many as 7,000 patrons a month without a source of breakfasts and hot lunches. Now, its landlord says the food pantry next door, which continues to provide […]


Where Does One City Chocolatier Get Her Inspiration? Keith Richards

For those still in need of something transcendent this Valentine’s Day, you might find help at Bond Street Chocolates, a two-year-old shop in the East Village where a pocket-sized Moses and golden Buddha rest upon a jade green platter. Made from solid dark chocolate, they are part of an assortment of edible deities from chocolatier […]