Author: Teri Tsang Barrett

  • Thirty Years of Café Society

    On a recent rainy, spring afternoon, Ruth Rogers of London’s River Café was sipping a fresh mint tea in the lobby of the Mercer Hotel while handling a potential transportation snafu on her phone. Later that night, Rogers was scheduled to cook at the Edible Schoolyard Spring Benefit near South Street Seaport, where she would […]

  • Lady Bird: Isabella Rossellini Is Living Her Best Life

    Isabella Rossellini

    The first thing that registers when Isabella Rossellini comes within arm’s reach is that the 65-year-old beauty of international renown does not bleach her teeth. They are white, sure, but naturally so, free of glare, and the fine lines on her face come alive when she smiles. Her face is luminous and bare — that, […]

  • The Asia Market Guide to the Lunar New Year

    All Products

    About three blocks east of Union Square stands Asia Market, the unassuming retail branch of Chinatown’s Asia Market Corp, a largely wholesale operation that has long served as a chef favorite with their comprehensive lot of food products culled from East and Southeast Asia. Naomi Kwong, the 26-year-old granddaughter and daughter of the original owners, […]

  • 2017’s Best Food Books for Woke Readers (and Eaters)

    Good food can serve as a balm for our souls, whether we’re preparing it, sharing it, or even just thinking about it. In a year many of us would sooner forget, there was some comfort in stories of the 3 million-plus meals served by José Andrés and his army of volunteers in the wake of Hurricane […]

  • How a Counterculture Memoir by Alice Waters Spoke to 2017

    Every day, Alice Waters puts down her phone and goes for a walk. “I think it deeply interferes with communication,” says the 73-year-old activist, author, chef, and educator, without a hint of irony in her voice. “It’s just a huge distraction. It gives you the impression that you can get love from a cellphone. You […]

  • The Force Is Strong With Luke’s Lobster’s Star Wars Giveaway

    “Growing up, I got the ‘Luke, I am your father’ way too much, so it made me actually hate Star Wars,” says Luke Holden, the 33-year-old founder of Luke’s Lobster, the seafood shack with thirteen locations strewn throughout New York City alone. “I never watched any of them growing up, because I always hated hearing that.” […]

  • What Comes After Three Stars

    At the start of this year, Alex Stupak, chef and restaurateur of the burgeoning Empellón empire, wrote out a list of professional goals. Then he folded it up and put it away. “The list was: Open Empellón [midtown], close Cocina, get three stars from the New York Times — I wrote that down,” he notes, ticking […]

  • With Shuka, Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja Unleashes Her Spirit Cuisine

    Vicki Freeman and chef Marc Meyer, the husband-wife duo behind Cookshop, Rosie’s, and Vic’s (formerly Five Points), have given their old Soho spot Hundred Acres a Middle Eastern makeover. Opened earlier this month, Shuka features a menu from chef Ayesha Nurdjaja that draws on the spice-laden fare of the eastern Mediterranean that she grew up […]

  • In Park Slope, Wifey Brings Artistic and Culinary Comfort to the Neighborhood

    “We don’t even want the word ‘café’ uttered,” grouses gallerist Janine Foeller, eyebrow raised, when discussing Wifey, her pop-up gallery-with-food-slash-bistro-with-art collaboration in Park Slope with Simone Shubuck. Given the pink countertop lined with pastries, sandwiches, and an espresso machine that greets visitors walking through the glass entrance, which itself is flanked by a pair of […]

  • NYC Food Directory: Chef Nina Clemente’s Favorite Spots Conjure Childhood Memories

    Chef Nina Clemente is nearing the end of her second summer stint helming the kitchen for the Standard Plaza, where laid-back alfresco dining can be had twenty-one hours a day (the outdoor café is only closed 4-7 a.m.). Having relocated to Los Angeles to serve as chef at downtown L.A.’s di Alba, the native New Yorker is back […]