New York editor David Haskell today announced that, following her one-year stint as the inaugural columnist for “The Year I Ate New York” newsletter, Tammie Teclemariam will transition to a new role as the Underground Gourmet columnist for New York Magazine. Longtime features writer for Vulture and New York magazine E. Alex Jung will spend the next year writing the column “The Year I Ate New York,” bringing his distinctive voice to the popular newsletter in its second year.
“In just a year with New York, Tammie has already demonstrated her incredible sense for the city’s best places to eat and the food stories most worth telling,” said editor-in-chief David Haskell. “After dining at more than 450 restaurants, she’ll now be writing Underground Gourmet, one of the magazine’s longest-running columns, and bringing her fresh perspective to this evolving and vital part of New York.”
The Underground Gourmet column began in the year of New York’s founding, 1968, and was originally written by magazine co-founder Milton Glaser and Jerome Snyder. It was most recently helmed by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, a.k.a. “The Robs,” who wrote the column for more than 20 years.
“I’m equally excited to announce that ‘The Year I Ate New York’ has earned itself a second season — and that has everything to do with Alex’s phenomenal talent and enthusiasm for setting aside his traditional beat to devour the city’s food scene,” Haskell continued. “I cannot wait to read his observational and anthropological dispatches and to discover what a writer known for his thoughtful, electric culture profiles can reveal about the contemporary New York City restaurant world.”
“The Year I Ate New York” will shift from a weekly to a biweekly schedule, with Jung continuing to write features for New York and Vulture during his one-year role as newsletter writer.
Teclemariam has been writing about food and drinks in a freelance capacity since 2017 for outlets including Saveur, Wine Enthusiast, Eater, Wirecutter, TASTE, Food & Wine, Thrillist, Epicurious, and more. She is also a trained wine professional who has held roles at a number of shops and wineries from New York to the south of France. She won the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Emerging Voice in 2022, and her work has been spotlighted by outlets including the New York Times, which featured her alongside other Black wine professionals.
E. Alex Jung is a features writer at Vulture, New York magazine’s entertainment-and-culture news site, where he writes about TV, film, theater, internet culture, race, and sexuality. At Vulture, Jung has profiled individuals including Michaela Coel, Thandie Newton, Bong Joon Ho, RuPaul, John Cho, Padma Lakshmi, and Jennifer Coolidge. He was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for profile writing in 2022 for his portrait of the late writer Anthony Veasna So and was named a Culture Shifter on HuffPost’s 2020 list honoring individuals shaping today’s culture in exciting ways. He initially started at Vulture as an intern before rising to become an associate editor, then a staff writer.