William Grimes has been in journalism for 20 years. He has a variety of experience, including being the current obituary writer at the New York Times and an editor for the Sunday Magazine and Arts section. Grimes became the newspaper’s restaurant critic from 1997 to 2004. As the
author of three books, Straight Up or On the Rocks: The Story of the American Cocktail, My Fine Feathered Friend and Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York, Grimes has acquired a breadth of knowledge, both about New York City as well as its food.