Tarik Fallous has been in the United States for 19 years, during which time he and his friends have always been on the lookout for restaurants that serve up the dishes they remember from home. For Fallous, that means Lebanese food -- his mother cooked in that country for 35 years. But his friends ar ... More >>
We wished for more Middle Eastern fare in New York City at the end of 2013, and barely a week into the new year, we're getting at least one new offering: Pergola (36 West 28th Street, 212-679-4842) makes its debut tomorrow in Flatiron, strutting out with a menu of shawarma, kofta, and hummus -- plus ... More >>
Falafel sandwich from the Falafel Shop (127 Rivington, 212-466-1222), $5.95 This hefty package of falafel will leave you enough money for a little baklava -- or, if it's happy hour, a beer across the street.
Find it at Adel's Halal cart on the east side of Union Square. FiTR has expressed more than a passing interest in hot dogs and all their permutations around the city, so when we discover a new one, we can't wait to tell you about it. Stumbling out of the Beth Israel Medical Center at Union Square ... More >>
One of a series of subway teaser ads by TD Bank I was hurrying toward the R train at Elmhurst Avenue with a group of friends - having just eaten a belt-busting Sichuan meal - when I spotted an ad on the mezzanine level. It was a subway billboard for TD Bank ("TD" stands for "Toronto-Dominion"), an ... More >>
Grab your post-Soviet bib in Brooklyn
And other pleasures at a Bay Ridge Turkish joint
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.
Tahini dark during the shank of the dinner hour Tuesday On the edge of the Cooper Union campus and close to the NYU dorms, Tahini is a favorite for students seeking inexpensive Middle Eastern fare with an Israeli bent, especially falafel, chicken schwarma, bread dips like hummus and babaganoush, a ... More >>
There's an interesting story in The Wall Street Journal about how we should get ready for a "Nigerian P.F. Chang's" because African food is the next big thing.There is only one largely unexplored continent left -- and it isn't Antarctica. With the exception of North African and Ethiopian cuisine, th ... More >>
New York City has a lot to offer when it comes to Middle Eastern cooking. If you know where to stop for a meal along the city's few Arab strips or even in fancy neighborhoods, you'll find a wide range of the region's typical cooking including grilled meats, honey-drenched pastries, savory flatbreads ... More >>
Rachel T. Asks: My parents are coming to town and I want to take them out to dinner. One requirement is that it needs to be a certified kosher restaurant. What are some places with actually good food for our evening? Dear Rachel: New York City offers several kosher restaurants, plus a great selec ... More >>
Looks like the owners of the recently opened fast-casual Mediterranean spot the Hummus and Pita Co. (585 Avenue of the Americas, 212-510-7405) had the Chipotle concept in mind when figuring out the plan for their new eatery. First you pick your protein (falafel, vegetarian salads, gyro, shawarma, ch ... More >>
It's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and places that are near and de ... More >>
Greenwich Avenue has gotten a crop of new eateries recently. Whitehall, the new Brit-influenced spot from the team behind Highlands, is getting lots of buzz, but if it's cheap eats you're after, you're better off checking out new Middle Eastern spot Za'atar (50 Greenwich Avenue, 212-242-3451). The s ... More >>
Rebecca MarxDarna's falafel. A few months ago, Darna chose to announce its imminent arrival in Cobble Hill with a rather intimate paean to its signature product. Posted on the storefront window, it read, in part: "...soft on the inside yet firm sexy brown on the inside. Being with you my lov ... More >>
Just follow the bouncing balls: #31 in our 100 Days/100 Dishes Perennially listed among Williamsburg's top 10 eateries is Palestinian fast-food establishment Oasis, perched right above the Bedford Avenue stop on the L and open until 11 pm or later.
Rebecca MarxMexicue's beet and goat cheese taco. While street food is, to many people, still synonymous with street meat, there are plenty of vegetal pearls to be found among the literal swine. You just have to search a little harder, and we have, across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. What ... More >>
Chak choka (pronounced "shack shooka") is one of several Druze breakfasts at Gazala's. Gazala's (380 Columbus Avenue, 212-873-8880) is an offshoot of a small cafe in Hell's Kitchen called Gazala's Place, named after chef Halabi Gazala. With Gazala's Place, she opened the city's first Druze ... More >>
Chickpea freaks, rejoice: Taïm's much-anticipated falafel truck is scheduled to hit the streets by the first week of November, per the truck's Twitter feed. Just as at Taïm's original Waverly Place storefront, the menu will include smoothies, green falafel, and the mighty sabich. No ... More >>
TheeatenpathAs far as chickpea news goes, it's not quite as dramatic as the ongoing hummus feud between Isreal and Lebanon, but Serious Eats is featuring a comprehensive look at falafel sandwiches in New York, crowning Taïm as the best in the metropolis. Take a gander at all the runners ... More >>
A mountain o'veg East Village newcomer Cheep's serves up a very cheap falafel pocket, but it was no match for Mamoun's in our recent Battle of the Dishes. Today we stopped by to check out the place's other vegetarian offerings.
AP10,452 kg of national pride.Israel and Lebanon have more or less been at each other's throats for more than 60 years. And during the last few they've also been arguing over what goes down each other's throats: specifically, hummus.
Munching shrimp heads at New York's only Liberian restaurant
In one corner: Mamoun's.Dirt-cheap falafel sandwiches are something of an East Village institution (insofar as there are any East Village institutions left these days), so the shuttering of Snackalicious Cinderella Falafel on Second Avenue last January was greeted with a certain degree of con ... More >>
Brownstoner.comMimi's retail sibling, Market, will open on Jan. 25. While eating at Mimi's Hummus on New Year's Eve, one-fourth of Fork in the Road heard owner Avi Shuker mention in passing that the market he's opening next door to his Ditmas Park restaurant would be opening at the beginning ... More >>
In the Middle Eastern restaurants that dot the planet, tabbouleh is little more than that reliable if somewhat unexciting staple of parsley, tomatoes, bulgur, and assorted herbs. On YouTube, however, tabbouleh occupies a more rhythmic realm. Check out this video, which stars a Borat doppelganger wh ... More >>
Unique Middle Eastern restaurant flowers in Hell's Kitchen
For many months, a banner with pictures of kebabs promised a new Turkish restaurant on the corner of Fulton Street and South Elliot in Fort Greene. Finally, Deniz (662 Fulton Street, Brooklyn), has opened. Co-owner Yucel Yuksel lives in Bensonhurst, where he also co-owns the Turkish fast food resta ... More >>
Bati (747 Fulton Street, Brooklyn), the new Ethiopian restaurant in Fort Greene, is now open for lunch after a soft opening the weekend before last. A friend and I tried Bati last weekend and had some of the best Ethiopian food either of us had had in recent memory. The restaurant is still waiting o ... More >>
While rooting around Holy Land Market the other day, I came across one of my favorite condiments:s'chüg. It's a Yemenite/Israeli hot sauce, a rough mash of red chiles, sweet red peppers, a big dose of garlic and cilantro. It's sharply hot but not painful, with a rounded sweetness from the sweet pe ... More >>
Famed Aquavit chef offers a kaleidoscope of African fare in the meatpacking district
Midnight at the oasis
Full of chutzpah, Brooklyn Israeli joint braves Manhattan
Thanks, France, for the mustard and the memories
Perfect winter food near the corner of Court and Atlantic
Taking a giant toki at a new Uzbek eatery in Rego Park