Bee’s Knees Cocktail Is Back on Menus

The Bee’s Knees cocktail — a simple sour composed of gin, lemon juice and honey that is one of the few enduring drinks to come out of the Prohibition era — is having a busy time of it. In New York City, the classic drink, or a variation on it, appears on menus at Valerie … Read more

I Made You a Meal Plan

A few weeks ago at the grocery store, as I was being shaken down for all I’m worth in front of the egg shelf, a woman next to me gasped as she looked at the prices. We’re all trying to combat skyrocketing costs, and meal planning can save you from impulse buying and wasting food … Read more

The Miracle of Crispy Cheese

Back in the ’90s there was a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan called Frico Bar, which specialized in the eponymous crispy cheese wafer from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy. The restaurant was only a few steps from The Times’s office, and my editor took me there when I was still a fresh-faced freelancer. My first … Read more

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurants in NYC

When I worked for New York magazine’s Grub Street website, I put together a series called “14 Chefs.” I would pick a topic, like the city’s most underrated restaurants or its most splurge-worthy, and ask an assortment of respected chefs for their opinions. The most popular edition, by far, was about the most romantic restaurants, … Read more

El Fish Marisqueria, Seafood-Focused Mexican, Opens on the Upper West Side

Headliner El Fish Marisqueria Julian Medina and Louis Skibar, partners in the Toloache Restaurant Group, which owns Toloache, Old John’s and more, are adding this Mexican seafood restaurant to their collection. Last summer, Mr. Medina, the group’s head chef, spent time gathering ideas for the new restaurant in Ensenada, northern Baja California, known for fishing. … Read more

Why Good Frozen Pizza Is Hard to Find

Since 1962, when the Minneapolis entrepreneur Rose Totino introduced it to American shoppers, frozen pizza has been an after-school snack, the quickest route to dinner, a midnight temptation of last resort. But in the last five years, frozen pizza has become something else entirely: a piece of culinary craft, an authentic taste of Italy, a … Read more

Frozen Pizza Taste Test: Here Are the Best

With just puréed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil as toppings, a margherita is the pizza most reliant on high-quality ingredients. Because it can’t hide under blankets of part-skim mozzarella or highly seasoned sauce, the flavors of dough, tomato and cheese have to shine. What happens when you subject those elements to a freezer, then ship … Read more

Inflation Leads a New Generation to the Bread-Making Machine

A year ago, Mekayla Garcia, a stay-at-home mother in San Angelo, Texas, bought a 1999 Breadman bread-making machine at Goodwill for $7, nearly the same price she pays for her weekly loaf of organic bread. She cleaned the machine, searched for the recipe guide online and made white bread that same night. “I swear by … Read more