New York Times' 2021 Restaurant List: Philadelphia's Korshak Bagels, Laser Wolf, Down North Pizza

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WPVI-TV 13 October, 2021 - 12:03pm

What do Archipelago, Communion and Paju have in common? They all made The New York Times' 2021 Restaurant List!

The list — which is in alphabetical order, not ranked — was compiled by critics, reporters and editors around the country, tasked by the NYT Food Desk with finding the "most exciting" restaurants of the year. It was published Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Seattle is definitely a foodie city. So, to see three local restaurants commemorated in this way? We love to see it! You can view the full list online.

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St. Louis-area restaurant lands on New York Times' 'America's Favorite Restaurants' list

KSDK.com 13 October, 2021 - 08:27pm

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ST. LOUIS — The New York Times set out to find the "most vibrant and delicious restaurants" around the country this year for its "America's Favorite Restaurants" list, and that list includes St. Louis' very own Little Fox.

Little Fox, located at 2800 Shenandoah Ave. in Fox Park, opened its doors in December 2019, just a few months before it had to shut its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly a year later, Little Fox reopened for indoor dining.

"The happiness of several generations of urban-dwelling Americans rests in part on easy access to a corner bistro that punches above its weight," Brett Anderson, a contributor to the New York Times food desk, said. "That is, a place like Little Fox, where the St. Louis native Craig Rivard makes Italian-ish dishes that leave you convinced he's making wise choices with the best ingredients he can find."

Rivard opened the restaurant with his wife, Mowgli Rivard, after their experiences working in New York and traveling through Europe. Little Fox took over the space previously occupied by The Purple Martin, which closed its doors in December 2019.

"Craig and I are so excited to be on this NYT list," Mowgli Rivard told the Business Journal in an email. "We both have been reading the weekly NYT food section for as long as we can remember, so to be included means so much to us."

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Down North Pizza, Korshak Bagels, and Laser Wolf win nods from the New York Times

The Philadelphia Inquirer 13 October, 2021 - 09:24am

A year and a half into the pandemic, with the restaurant industry showing signs of recovery, the New York Times food desk set out to find what it considers “the 50 most vibrant and delicious restaurants in 2021.”

And would you believe only five are in New York City?

It’s a diverse bunch — small-town spots such as Roots Southern Table in Farmers Branch, Texas, as well as slicker entries such as Thip Khao in Washington, D.C. — together reflecting “the rich mosaic of American dining.”

Three Philly spots — Down North Pizza, Korshak Bagels, and Laser Wolf — made the list, laid out in a spiffy interactive.

Down North (2804 W. Lehigh Ave., North Philadelphia) was applauded for its mission of providing employment for previously incarcerated people. The Detroit-style pizza is “well worth the trip beyond Philadelphia’s Center City. Menu is mostly takeout pizza/wings/fries/shakes; there’s a rail for eating.”

Korshak Bagels (10th and Morris Streets, South Philadelphia) is the home of former pizza baker and poet Philip Korshak, who had built a loyal following for what the Times called “pillowy-soft, sourdough bagels.” (Full stop here. A New York publication praising a bagel baked in the 215 area code?) Korshak’s atelier, which opened in May 2021, routinely draws lines. If you’re indecisive about your choices, just spin the carnival-style double wheel of fortune on a wall across from the counter. That’s part Coney Island shtick and part utilitarian. One wheel has the various schmears, and the other, spun the opposite way, denotes the variety of bagels. An egg bagel with blueberry compote? A garlic bagel with mango ginger chutney?

Laser Wolf (Howard and Thompson Streets, Kensington) is the only true dine-in restaurant in the Philly bunch, and one of Inquirer critic Craig LaBan’s recent picks for the top 10 Philadelphia restaurants. It’s Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s Middle Eastern “shipudiya,” a sort of younger, hipper sibling of their much-honored Zahav. The Times grooved on LW’s “fantastic array of meze-like salatim … and hearty grilled skewers … Few restaurants give as much flavorful bang for the buck, and what’s more exciting than that?”

Down North Pizza, Korshak Bagels, and Laser Wolf win nods from the New York Times

Tacoma News Tribune 13 October, 2021 - 09:24am

A year and a half into the pandemic, with the restaurant industry showing signs of recovery, the New York Times food desk set out to find what it considers “the 50 most vibrant and delicious restaurants in 2021.”

And would you believe only five are in New York City?

It’s a diverse bunch — small-town spots such as Roots Southern Table in Farmers Branch, Texas, as well as slicker entries such as Thip Khao in Washington, D.C. — together reflecting “the rich mosaic of American dining.”

Three Philly spots — Down North Pizza, Korshak Bagels, and Laser Wolf — made the list, laid out in a spiffy interactive.

Down North (2804 W. Lehigh Ave., North Philadelphia) was applauded for its mission of providing employment for previously incarcerated people. The Detroit-style pizza is “well worth the trip beyond Philadelphia’s Center City. Menu is mostly takeout pizza/wings/fries/shakes; there’s a rail for eating.”

Korshak Bagels (10th and Morris Streets, South Philadelphia) is the home of former pizza baker and poet Philip Korshak, who had built a loyal following for what the Times called “pillowy-soft, sourdough bagels.” (Full stop here. A New York publication praising a bagel baked in the 215 area code?) Korshak’s atelier, which opened in May 2021, routinely draws lines. If you’re indecisive about your choices, just spin the carnival-style double wheel of fortune on a wall across from the counter. That’s part Coney Island shtick and part utilitarian. One wheel has the various schmears, and the other, spun the opposite way, denotes the variety of bagels. An egg bagel with blueberry compote? A garlic bagel with mango ginger chutney?

Laser Wolf (Howard and Thompson Streets, Kensington) is the only true dine-in restaurant in the Philly bunch, and one of Inquirer critic Craig LaBan’s recent picks for the top 10 Philadelphia restaurants. It’s Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s Middle Eastern “shipudiya,” a sort of younger, hipper sibling of their much-honored Zahav. The Times grooved on LW’s “fantastic array of meze-like salatim … and hearty grilled skewers … Few restaurants give as much flavorful bang for the buck, and what’s more exciting than that?”

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