I write about restaurants, chefs, drinks, music and New York City as a place to enjoy all of it. Here are some favorite stories I've written and edited. Contact: matt dot rodbard at gmail

Feature: Portland Eat and Drink Guide | Pok Pok, Le Pigeon, Castagna, wine, wine, wine LINK

Feature: Portland Eat and Drink Guide | Pok Pok, Le Pigeon, Castagna, wine, wine, wine LINK

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Q&A: Christina Tosi | Meet my crack pie dealer LINK

Q&A: Christina Tosi | Meet my crack pie dealer LINK

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Feature: Chef mobile phone food porn | Chefs—like bloggers and food nerds everywhere—like to take photos of  their culinary discoveries. And in an era of photo filter applications  like Hipstamatic and Camera+, these snapshots from the road are starting  to look pretty OK. We asked a number of chefs for their favorite  photos, and the story behind them. LINK

Feature: Chef mobile phone food porn | Chefs—like bloggers and food nerds everywhere—like to take photos of their culinary discoveries. And in an era of photo filter applications like Hipstamatic and Camera+, these snapshots from the road are starting to look pretty OK. We asked a number of chefs for their favorite photos, and the story behind them. LINK


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Feature: Tyler Kord Thinks Spring Is A Bummer | The chef from NYC’s No. 7 takes on seasonal food LINK

Feature: Tyler Kord Thinks Spring Is A Bummer | The chef from NYC’s No. 7 takes on seasonal food LINK

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Feature: Opinions, They’re Bigger in Texas | Meet Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner LINK

Feature: Opinions, They’re Bigger in Texas | Meet Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner LINK

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Q&A: Paul Liebrandt | The Corton chef is a star. Keeping them is the hard part. LINK

Q&A: Paul Liebrandt | The Corton chef is a star. Keeping them is the hard part. LINK

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Q&A: Twin Shadow | Copenhagen, Kate Bush and a Christmas with Veckatimest crystallized George Lewis Jr.’s, position in the current pop scene LINK

Q&A: Twin Shadow | Copenhagen, Kate Bush and a Christmas with Veckatimest crystallized George Lewis Jr.’s, position in the current pop scene LINK

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Review: Osteria Morini | Michael White is the Michael Jordan of pasta making LINK

Review: Osteria Morini | Michael White is the Michael Jordan of pasta making LINK

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Feature: Power 10 of 2010 | They’re shaping and changing the way we eat. A look at 2010’s power brokers. LINK

Feature: Power 10 of 2010 | They’re shaping and changing the way we eat. A look at 2010’s power brokers. LINK

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Photos/Q&A: Wavves at Bowery Ballroom | Fear not, lo-fi fans: contrary to rumor, Wavves frontman Nathan Williams hasn’t totally cleaned up his act. The band’s sound has been refined a bit, certainly, but there’s still plenty of distortion and noise underlying and overlaying their psych-punk-meets-dream-pop cuts—somehow, though, melody after melody rises to the top on killer sophomore release “King of the Beach” (Fat Possum). After all the hype, an obsessively analyzed public meltdown in Spain and a reshuffled lineup (Jay Reatard’s former side men are now joyfully in the band), it seems Wavves are reaching high tide. With Total Slacker and Smith Westerns.LINK

Photos/Q&A: Wavves at Bowery Ballroom | Fear not, lo-fi fans: contrary to rumor, Wavves frontman Nathan Williams hasn’t totally cleaned up his act. The band’s sound has been refined a bit, certainly, but there’s still plenty of distortion and noise underlying and overlaying their psych-punk-meets-dream-pop cuts—somehow, though, melody after melody rises to the top on killer sophomore release “King of the Beach” (Fat Possum). After all the hype, an obsessively analyzed public meltdown in Spain and a reshuffled lineup (Jay Reatard’s former side men are now joyfully in the band), it seems Wavves are reaching high tide. With Total Slacker and Smith Westerns.LINK

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Review: The Commodore | Gastro-dive is an all-purpose drinking and eating funhouse LINK

Review: The Commodore | Gastro-dive is an all-purpose drinking and eating funhouse LINK

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Feature: Extreme Makeover | Restaurant palimpsests let history shine through LINK

Feature: Extreme Makeover | Restaurant palimpsests let history shine through LINK

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Grilled: 2010 Taste of the Nation | The Grand Hyatt NYC hosted the 22nd Taste of the Nation, an annual event flashing the culinary chops of NYC chefs and mixologists while supporting the fight against childhood hunger. Share our Strength’s Web site offers more details, and an auction. Great cause! We caught up with several chefs, grilling them the only way we know: by having them pull random questions out of a saucepan. And, no, they couldn’t take a pass. Interviews include Marc Forgione, Craig Hopson, Amanda Cohen, Nick Anderer, Terrance Brennan and a whole lotta “Chopped” judges. LINK

Grilled: 2010 Taste of the Nation | The Grand Hyatt NYC hosted the 22nd Taste of the Nation, an annual event flashing the culinary chops of NYC chefs and mixologists while supporting the fight against childhood hunger. Share our Strength’s Web site offers more details, and an auction. Great cause! We caught up with several chefs, grilling them the only way we know: by having them pull random questions out of a saucepan. And, no, they couldn’t take a pass. Interviews include Marc Forgione, Craig Hopson, Amanda Cohen, Nick Anderer, Terrance Brennan and a whole lotta “Chopped” judges. LINK

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Photos: NYCWFF 2010 Grand Tasting | Michael Psilakis, Amanda Cohen and 300 gallons of cachaca spike the mood at the Grand Tasting LINK

Photos: NYCWFF 2010 Grand Tasting | Michael Psilakis, Amanda Cohen and 300 gallons of cachaca spike the mood at the Grand Tasting LINK

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Photos/Q&A: Siren Fest 2010 | For ten years now, Village Voice has hosted an annual festival at Coney Island that, as Ted Leo noted during his performance Saturday, “continuously supports the scene.” It’s a very simple equation to continuously support the scene. You pay local (and locally loved) bands to play on two nearby stages. You pick bands that you like, sometimes taking a risk that the band will never be heard from again (see previous lineups for many examples). You charge nothing. This year brought some favored alumni back to the Surf and Stillwell stages—and some new faces—including Matt and Kim, Holy Fuck, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Earl Greyhound, DOM, Harlem, Screaming Females, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Surfer Blood.  LINK

Photos/Q&A: Siren Fest 2010 | For ten years now, Village Voice has hosted an annual festival at Coney Island that, as Ted Leo noted during his performance Saturday, “continuously supports the scene.” It’s a very simple equation to continuously support the scene. You pay local (and locally loved) bands to play on two nearby stages. You pick bands that you like, sometimes taking a risk that the band will never be heard from again (see previous lineups for many examples). You charge nothing. This year brought some favored alumni back to the Surf and Stillwell stages—and some new faces—including Matt and Kim, Holy Fuck, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Earl Greyhound, DOM, Harlem, Screaming Females, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Surfer Blood.  LINK

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