• Stock Photos Don’t Need AI to Be Weird
    Tasting Table commissioned something a little different from me recently. My editor tasked me with finding the weirdest stock photos about food and cracking wise on them: something I am well-versed at doing from four years at the helm of CBS Local’s Man Cave Daily. I can tell you from a half-decade of experience, we’re … Read more
  • People Should Know About This Chocolate Stuff
    Happy New Year! I got you fancy chocolate. Or rather, Tasting Table got me all the new and limited-time fancy Lindor chocolates on offer at Lindt, and I ranked them in an update to the previous version of that post by Lauren Beach. I tell you, it might not be quite the same level as … Read more
  • Stranahan’s Snowflake Predicts a Big Winter
    The start of December found me in Denver after a long while of longing to visit, where I not only dipped my toe into the commerce state, but took in the sights of perhaps my first favorite whiskey brand, now coming fully into its own with the TTB recognizing American Single Malt as a distinct … Read more
  • Sorry, You’re Never Going to Make Burgers as Well as Peter Luger
    I spoke with Peter Luger’s Daniel Turtel about how the famed steakhouse makes its incredible hamburgers, and he said quite openly that they have no secrets. It’s a blend of dry-aged beef trimmings, prime beef with the right kind of fat, and broilers that can sear a patty at temperatures even your grill won’t reach … Read more
  • I Reviewed Smashburger’s Scorchin’ Hot Menu
    Over at Tasting Table, I put a lot, and I mean a LOT, of Smashburger sandwiches and sides in my mouth to assess their Scorchin’ Hot menu. And if you want me to save you a click, it’s not very spicy? I’m reminded of the recent Truff collab over at Popeye’s, where the premium hot … Read more
  • These 10 Bars Will Rock Around Your Christmas Tree
    Election Day is behind us, meaning it’s officially the family holidays season! Following up on my previous rum roundup over at Eater, we’ve updated the list with a nutmeggy bent in 10 New York Bars Where You Can Drink Holiday Rum Cocktails. No wonder they hired a Nutmegger to do it. But there’s also sorrel … Read more
  • The Rock Wants You to Toast Your Bartender
    Teremana tequila is pretty good stuff! I happen to have a bottle handy that preceded my assignment from Eater to catalogue the NYC bars participating in the spirit’s Mana for a Cause campaign, aimed at boosting the hospitality industry in these “everyone’s broke except for 12 billionaires” times. In fact, that’s kind of been the … Read more
  • You Can Enjoy Gin Without Ruining the Earth, Maybe
    Do you like gin and sustainability? You can go to hell if it’s neither. But if you only like one, choose sustainability. Anyway, Bombay Gin asked Eater to ask me to write up sustainability focused bars that also make kickass Bombay Sapphire cocktails, which I was happy to do because I like both of those … Read more
  • National Rum Month Is Real and It’s Octacular
    It’s National Rum Month, because you can declare any time period the official anything of anything. Look, I’ll do it right now: The third week of December is officially the feast of the Mithras. See? Easy. Now we all have to go do traditional activities that commemorate the Roman messiah, like….uh, like…wow, seems like we … Read more
  • Oh Hi, I Write for Eater Now
    Probably the only uplifting heat map you’re going to see in 2023, it’s my Eater debut with a roundup of NYC bars where you can watch the Women’s World Cup, a.k.a. the Big Soccer Game We Can’t Name, because trademark law is written by lawyers, and therefore antithetical to natural human behavior. While I’m not … Read more
  • I Interviewed Chris Fletcher about Jack Daniels 12-Year
    Fresh off a night of reviewing the new Daniel Weller emmer wheat bourbon, I spoke with Jack Daniel’s master distiller Chris Fletcher about legacy and innovation for Tasting Table’s newest go at interviewing luminaries of food and drink. It was a great day in my personal whiskey history! Also, I’m tagging this post with bourbon, … Read more
  • Oh, You’re Gonna Grill That Steak Like Hugh Acheson
    I grilled (ha!) Hugh Acheson about his steak-on-the-barbie technique and tricks. Did you think I wouldn’t embrace that pun? Buddy, I have two decades of being an uncle on my belt, half my humor is now rerouted into jokes my sister won’t slap the back of my head for uttering in front of her kids. … Read more
  • Oh Hi, I Write for Punch Now
    You know, there was a time in the last couple years I was thinking of reviving PUNCH the humor magazine, only to discover the name in play. And that’s life, but I also didn’t figure I’d be writing for it anytime soon until my friends and colleagues from Thrillist-turned-Group-Nine-turned-Vox asked me to lay out some … Read more
  • The Best Burgers & Doughnuts, According to Tasting Table
    Looks like these collaborative jam-session articles are going to be a regular thing around the Tasting Table, which is fine by me. On the heels of America’s Best Cocktails and America’s Best Pizza comes America’s Best Burgers, to which I submit, after fierce internal debate, the Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern. Additionally, yours truly … Read more
  • The Best Sourced Bourbons
      Sourced bourbons are finally getting some respect these days, and have, in fact, for a good while yet. But for some reason the idea that we should be treating them as less orthodox persists? Oh, your startup bourbon label doesn’t bottle a 100-year-old trove of recently unearthed family recipes? Who cares? All I care … Read more
  • Review: Daniel Weller Emmer Wheat
    Boy, this one was special. I got to attend the first press event for the release of Daniel Weller Emmer Wheat. I’ve loved Weller pretty much since my buddy Eric put me onto it, and was probably the last man in America to pick up a bottle for under $50. I understand the brand’s changing … Read more
  • The 13 Best Whiskeys of 2023*
    *So far When we make lists like this 2023’s Best Whiskeys article over at Tasting Table, it’s always a bit questionable how much we want to subdivide. Like we knew Best Bourbons was coming up, so do we put any on this list? If we’re not doing a single malt roundup yet, do we do … Read more
  • The 12 Best Bourbons of 2023*
    *So far Me: drinking bourbon! You: reading about that! Here is a round-up of some great stuff I’ve tried, plus a few I only dream about but trust to enjoy off the words of my betters. Tasting Table: publishing that! Anyway, now you have all the preparation you need to read about the best bourbons … Read more
  • The 20 Best* Restaurants in NYC, Ranked
    Look, there’s no such thing as twenty best restaurants in a city this teeming with quality. Best I can do for you is pick a few hundred and then randomly select twenty of those. Otherwise we’d just be looking at a list of French and sushi joints with more stars than George Patton. So with … Read more
  • The Best Damn Cocktail I Ever Did Drink
    Tasting Table asked its crew of writers to weigh in on America’s best cocktails, and I have to tell you, it did not take more than a moment’s consideration to know what my answer was. The Honey Bee at Caffe Dante was something else, and I tell you that as a man who’s pursued some … Read more
  • Where to Drink in New York on St. Patrick’s Day (Plus: Pie!)
    Two new articles are up at Tasting Table. The first is my very thoroughly researched guide on where to drink in NYC on St. Patrick’s Day, based on data compiled over two decades of me being an adult drunken Irish American. And lucky for you, the dwindling list of Inwood Irish bars lands you near … Read more
  • Whistlepig’s 21-Year Béhôlden Is the Best Whiskey I’ve Tried This Year
    Yeah yeah, I know Whistlepig can be contentious among the whiskey scenesters, but I don’t care. I agreed to review this simply thinking it might prove useful for a future round-up list that Tasting Table is building up by the metric tonnage. Instead I was caught flat-footed by how much Whistlepig Beholden 21 grows on … Read more
  • Trying to Define Every Bourbon Term Damn Near Killed Me
    It seemed so simple. Tasting Table asked me to define all the key bourbon terms. I thought I’d cement them handily in your minds while also simplifying and organizing them in my own memory. That’s how you learn, right? By teaching it in facile terms to others? Hoo boy! That was not what happened. My … Read more
  • I Ate Damn Near Everywhere at Moynihan Train Hall’s Food Court
    Trains, the caterpillars of vehicles: except for backhoes and other vehicles made by the fine Caterpillar company. Look, the setup I’m going for here is that I did a Very Hungry Caterpillar at the new Moynihan Train Hall, whose Moynihan Food Hall, featuring The Bar at Moynihan (it’s called vertical branding, roll with it), is … Read more
  • Buy These Underrated Bourbons | Tasting Table
    The really fun part of working at Tasting Table is just about every week my editor David says, “Hey, do you want to get excited about telling peopl to support a great label of whiskey?” I say yes, and while getting hyped, research a less biased list so it’s not just all Bruichladdich or EH … Read more