Tejal Rao


Village Voice Restaurant Critic Tejal Rao is the recipient of the James Beard Foundation's Craig Claiborne Award, an accolade that recognizes the best restaurant criticism in the country. Follow Tejal on Twitter at @TejalRao.

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  • 4 years ago | Eating

    When I tasted my first spiedie in Bed Stuy, the little sandwich was a long way from home. Fork readers were quick to point out that Brooklyn Bird was doing it wrong by applying cheese and serving it on the incorrect type of bread. The spiedie is a...

  • 4 years ago | Food News

    Are you experiencing feelings of extreme happiness and sadness? Have you lost interest in other breakfast pastries? You may be suffering from cronut fever. Last Friday, when we first tasted Dominique Ansel's newly unleashed pastry--a delicious, de...

  • 4 years ago | Reviews

    This week's review is of Alder, Wylie Dufresne's new restaurant in the East Village, where I found the platonic ideal of clam chowder -- lean but incredibly silky, full of flavor -- with a particularly delicious trick up its sleeve. Photographer D...

  • 4 years ago | Eating

    Good news for vegans this summer: One of Fork's favorite parlors in the city,Van Leeuwen, has debuted two new flavors made without the shop's usual cream, milk, and eggs. We stopped in for a taste of the new vanilla and chocolate scoops, to see ho...

  • 4 years ago

    Here is a bowl of New England clam chowder ($15), the stock, thickened with potato, a silky conduit for the flavors of clams, bacon, and bay leaf, served with a bowl of "oyster crackers." You know this dish, but there are those silly quotation mar...

  • 4 years ago | Dessert

    It peels away in layers, but it's shaped like a doughnut. It tastes of sweet yeast, butter, and rose petals, but it's light and airy inside like a well-cooked croissant. What the hell is it? Dominique Ansel's new cream-filled "croissant-donut," or...


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