Joey Chestnut proposed to his girlfriend on stage and then ate 61 hot dogs to win Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island for the eighth time in a row on Friday. Sonya Thomas couldn't win for a fourth time in a row as she lost in the women's competition to Las Vegas's Miki Sudo, who ate 34 hot dogs. Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith for the Village Voice.
See all the photos from yesterday's competition in our slideshow.
"My goal is to make people think and to make it a little bit whimsical," chef John Walsh says. "It's a little part of me that wants to have fun with the guest."More »
By 7 p.m. on Friday, the atmosphere outside of the old firehouse on Lafayette was already beginning to look impatient. Bouncers checked for ticket confirmations and a long line of people wrapped around the building. This was TAP-NYC's first annual Taiwanese night market, and the event had been sold out for a solid week already. It was a three-hour festival of food vendors, raffles, and performances. The goal: to bring a part of Taiwan to New York City.
What happens when you get a restaurant that tries to cater to every taste, trend, and diner who may or may not swing through? You get Upper East Side burger joint GO Burger. The Second Avenue spot and it's roaming truck offshoot used to deal in meat patties. However, they've just announced a menu expantion that's taking their concept to another level.
Are the fish tacos a go at GO Burger?
In the nearly a year that it's been open, Alex Stupak and Lauren Resler's Empellon has really grown into its shoes. The tacos that fly out of the kitchen increasingly come in more interesting combinations -- see: sweetbreads with maitake mushrooms. The stack of warm tortillas that accompany the shishito fundido could easily be mistaken for a Mexican grandmother's. And although Chef Stupak wishes that less people would stuff themselves silly with chips and try the top-notch bunuelos instead, the restaurant remains packed every night, all night, seven days a week. So it comes as no surprise that, in addition to adding another restaurant, Empellon is tacking oysters onto their repertoire.
Lauren Bloomberg Soon to be filled with the roar of slurping
Quentin Bacon Boerum Hill gets a jelly belly.
While potato latkes -- pancakes -- are the most popular of the finger-licking foods consumed during Hanukkah, sufganiyot should be the jewel of the party. The jelly-stuffed doughnuts are über-popular in Israel, but haven't reached their full potential on our shores. Until now.
There's been an influx of NYC female-fueled book publishing lately. From Village Voice critic Lauren Shockey's Four Kitchens to Restaurant Girl's (a/k/a Danyelle Freeman) Try This and the soon-to-hit-the-sales-floor book by Grub Street's Alyssa Shelasky, it seems like every skirt-wearing writer is getting publishing deals. Now another femme food writer, Jill Donenfeld, and her chef partner, Josetth Gordon, have hit the scene, this time with a fete-themed cookbook: Party Like a Culinista.
Not to be confused with Sandinista