All Posts By Eric Kim

Eric Kim Eric Kim is a New York-based food writer.

Ticket to Dine: Why This Chef ‘Uberized’ His Michelin-Starred Restaurant

by in Restaurants, March 20th, 2017

Would you eat at a restaurant if you had to foot the entire bill in advance?

Turns out it’s not that wild of a concept. More and more Michelin-starred restaurants like Eleven Madison Park in New York and Alinea and Acadia in Chicago are converting to a ticketing system where diners reserve their tables by paying for the entire meal weeks, sometimes months, ahead of the booking — even the waiter’s tip.

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Mastering the Elusive Macaron

by in Holidays, How-to, December 13th, 2016

There’s the coconut-based macaroon, wet and miserably dense. And then there’s the ambrosial French macaron — lighter, more ethereal and only a little harder to pronounce (mah-kah-ROHN).

The cupcake craze may have come and gone, but macarons will always have, for me, a timeless mysticism about them. Maybe it’s their aromatic chewiness or their richly scented history as descendants of the medieval Arab world (think pistachios, almond pastries and rose water).

One thing’s for certain: The perfect macaron can be impossible to find.

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Food Network’s Chatbot, a Friend in the Kitchen

by in News, December 8th, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, Food Network has launched a brand-new recipe chatbot on Facebook Messenger.

Through fun, friendly one-on-one conversations, users can now ask the bot directly for recipes, meal ideas and seasonal picks, culling from a collection of over 60,000 trusted Food Network recipes.

Think of it as your own all-in-one, personal sous chef, food-based encyclopedia and extensive recipe box — right on your phone.

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Andrew’s Lucky Chopsticks, a Reminder of Asia’s Bustling Food Culture

by in Events, October 17th, 2016

Closing out the New York City Wine & Food Festival weekend was Lucky Chopsticks, a pan-Asian setup reminiscent of the bustling night markets of Japan, China, Vietnam, Laos, India and more. Hosted by Andrew Zimmern (who himself worked a booth), the event was a delicious reminder of what happens when an eclectic range of cultures come together to celebrate good food.

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Midnight in Harlem: Breakfast and Jazz with Patti LaBelle

by in Events, October 16th, 2016

Closing out Saturday night’s festivities at the New York City Wine & Food Festival was Patti LaBelle and Carla Hall’s Midnight Jazz Breakfast at the Harlem hot-spot The Cecil. Guests were dressed in their Sunday best — this was a midnight party, after all — and ate good food, drank wine aplenty and danced to a live jazz band.

If I were to walk you through the night, I’d say it felt like an intimate house party that started in 2016 and ended in 1938. Though at first it might seem hard to believe that such a large party as one hosted by Ms. LaBelle herself could fit into the nooks and crannies of a local Harlem restaurant, The Cecil was an ideal venue for such an event.

First I was greeted by a bar — with familiar pours like bourbon on the rocks and a dry Prosecco, both ideal ways to start a meal. But then the bartenders offered a handful of vintage drinks as well, such as the classic sidecar — a sweet, citrusy cognac-based cocktail owing its origins to the Ritz Hotel in Paris, circa 1922.

After a drink or two, I headed into the main dining room for a bite or six. To a contemporary backdrop of Beyoncé, Jay Z and Kanye, I started with an unctuous jumbo shrimp and grits, studded with jalapeno, applewood bacon and a hefty supply of sharp cheddar cheese, from Chef Carlos Swepson of BLVD Bistro.

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