Welcome to Broken Palate, where food and culture collide. Our writers eat far and wide to bring you news you can use, profiles you’ll devour, interviews you’ll enjoy, and recipes you can trust. Based in NYC, we’re centered on our home city, layered with reporting from Miami, Los Angeles, and bucket-list travel destinations.
What’s different about this restaurant newsletter?
An offshoot of Tasting Table — the first generation restaurant newsletters founded in 2008 — we’ve delivered restaurant news, features, how-tos, recipes, and videos you’ve enjoyed for well over a decade. Today, rather than relying on ad-supported journalism, we’re entirely community-supported on Substack.
We feel it’s essential to help propel a restaurant revival, to walk readers through who’s doing what that we’re wowed by. We want to chronicle how restaurants continue to shape our communities — how we live, eat, travel, and navigate our neighborhoods.
We want you to feel invested in and connected to this community of restaurants, chefs, makers, bartenders, and beyond. We’ll spotlight equitable workplaces, industry pioneers, and the internationalism that has always been a part of the food world. We’ll go beyond storytelling, narratives, and reporting through video, audio, and Substack’s online discussion within our community, often with special guests.
To start, this is what to expect: We’ll adjust as we go and as we hear from you. Look for four packed newsletters a week for free subscribers, where we’ll feature interviews, profiles, breaking news, bucket-list travel tips, and more. When you join the Broken Palate community as a paying member —it’s $50 a year or $6 a month — you’ll receive an additional exclusive weekend roundup, plus:
Discussion threads on your favorite restaurants and more
Q&A access to chefs, sommeliers, restaurateurs, bakers, and authors
Exclusive access to recipes, interviews, and transcripts
On- and offline deals and discounts
Broken Palate is a growing community that cares about the food and restaurant industry. We want to support beloved places and new spots, from the scrappy corner dive bar to the burgeoning city restaurant group. It’s a place where we share who and what we love in our neighborhoods and travels, what inspires us, and what we value, through the lens of food, cooking, and hospitality.
Consider becoming a VIP.
If you choose to become a VIP, you’re going beyond supporting independent journalism and startup costs. We’re donating thirty percent of payments $200 or more to nonprofits, starting with ROAR (Restaurants Organizing, Advocating & Rebuilding): a powerful voice for restaurant workers and the NYC independent restaurant community, providing health and wellness services to restaurant workers and advocating for NYC’s independent restaurants and their employees. Learn more about ROAR here.
Thank you for reading and for your support. We appreciate you and we’re glad you’re here.