African and Middle Eastern Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Bunna Cafe Celebrates Vegan Ethiopian Traditions

    That there's a dearth of Ethiopian food in New York City means that Bushwick's Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Avenue) would likely have stood out solely for its meals built on lentil stews and injera. But the restaurant is unique even among other restaurants serving the same cuisine because it's meat-fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    First Look: Bar Bolonat

    On the northwestern edge of the West Village's Abingdon Square Park, Bar Bolonat (611 Hudson Street, 212-390-1545) glows from within its painted-black exterior, a welcome sight at the corner of Hudson and 12th Streets after three years of vacancy following the closing of Kobma Thai. Chef Einat Admon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Crudite, Hamantaschen, and Japanese Kaiseki: Dishes We're Digging This Week

    This week, our gluttonous exploits have taken us up to Harlem, out to Bushwick, and many places in between, where we've feasted on Ethiopian food, Japanese kaiseki, and a traditional Purim treat. Here are five dishes we've been digging around town.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Where to Explore Kosher Central Asian Food in Rego Park

    For those who think of kosher food with the apprehension that jarred gefilte fish deservedly evokes, consider a visit to Rego Park. The neighborhood is home to a substantial population of Bukharians, Jews from Central Asia whose cuisine reflects the cultural blending that occurred along the Silk Roa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Eat Cheaply: Dumplings, Hot Dogs, and Tabouli Salad

    While we comb the boroughs for good meals, we're always on the lookout for cheap eats, and we round up five of those sub-$10 meals for you here each week. This week's line-up includes wontons and dumplings, hot dogs, and a pair of Middle Eastern restaurants in different parts of Manhattan.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    An Early Taste of the Vegan Ethiopian Food at Bunna Cafe

    The New York City culinary landscape isn't exactly saturated with Ethiopian food, and until very recently, it was entirely lacking in restaurants devoted to the vegan dishes of that cuisine. So perhaps that explains why Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Avenue) was so packed on its opening weekend -- and wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Taïm's Falafel Sandwich, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Falafel sandwich from Taïm (222 Waverly Place, 212-691-1287), $6.25 Even if you're unconcerned with saving a few bucks, this West Village Middle Eastern spot should be on your list.

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Chick P's Shakshuka, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Shakshuka from Chick P (490 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 718-783-1525), $9 This belly-warming bowl of stew will fortify you against the cold -- or give you a good base for a beer-fueled night at Barclays Center.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Hanukkah Face-Off: Sephardic Dish #7

    Sephardic-Uzbek shish kebabs, top to bottom: chicken hearts, ground-beef lulya, lamb, and marinated chicken Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunse ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2012

    It's Bollywood for Your Tongue at Chote Nawab

    Curry Hill gets a great Indian newcomer

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    How To Eat Fufu

    This is a loaf of banku, a mash that looks a lot like fufu, but is subtly different. Fufu can be made from plantains, or it can be made from cassava (a/k/a yuca or manioc). Either way it's boiled, kneaded, and pounded till the starch achieves a bouncy and utterly agreeable consistency. When you ge ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    2012 Vendy Cup Finalists Announced

    The finalists for the 2012 Vendy Cup, which celebrates the best food vendors in the city, have been announced. The nominees are below:

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2012

    Ezme With Homemade Pitas at Hazar, Dish #94

    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.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    'The Avengers' Makes Shawarma Sales Skyrocket

    When my friend from Los Angeles was visiting the city last week, he made a point to take a picture of the shawarma shop next to my apartment and text the photograph to his buddies back at home. Before The Avengers, he'd never heard of the stuff -- and neither did his group of friends back in L.A. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Middle Eastern Restaurants in NYC

    ​New York City has a lot to offer when it comes to Middle Eastern dining--beyond falafel sandwiches and kebabs. Tomorrow, find out where to get the best grilled meats, tender braises, honey-drenched pastries, savory flatbreads, and light, bright mezze that make up the region's complex cuisine.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Ask the Critics: What's a Good Kosher Restaurant To Bring My Parents?

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Fork in the Road's Favorite Hummus in NYC

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, NYC

    ​The four-cheese mac-and-cheese at Macaroni, Macaroni is engagingly crunchy. If you haven't been on the stretch of MacDougal Street between Houston and West 4th in a while, you need to pay a visit. This student haunt and historic refuge of Bohos from John Reed to Bob Dylan has lately become ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Dish No. 36: Kulushkät Gourmet Falafel's Classic Falafel Sandwich

    Rebecca Marx​ Since opening earlier this year in the former Taro Sushi space off of Flatbush Avenue, Kalushkät Gourmet Falafel has distinguished itself with, simply put, some damn fine balls.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Goodbye Falafel, Hello Fries: Chipsy to Open on MacDougal This Summer

    Lauren ShockeyChip-chop!​For those lamenting the loss of the Hummus Place at 99 MacDougal Street, don't fret too much (after all, you do have another location close by on Seventh Avenue South). Chipsy is set to open in the space formerly occupied by Hummus Place.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Oasis Would Like Taïm Falafel to Hit the Road

    Photo courtesy of Taïm Mobile​Given Taïm Mobile's widespread popularity, it seems that everyone, everywhere loves its falafel. But you know who doesn't? Restaurant owners who have to look at the truck outside of their windows.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Our 10 Best West African Restaurants in NYC

    ​The peanut-dusted lamb kebabs called suya from northern Nigeria, available at Brooklyn's Buka In the late 80s, the typical Senegalese immigrant was a guy who furtively sold counterfeit watches and handbags on the street. He took his meals at temporary restaurants set up in SRO hotels rooms ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    CRISP Falafel is Taking to the Streets

    CRISPThe fusion falafel mobile.​ Taïm Mobile will soon be getting some competition out on the streets. CRISP, which has three brick-and-mortar locations in New York City, will be getting a truck that's hitting the pavement on April 4.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Our 10 Best Vegetarian Street Foods

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Orhan Yegen's Bi Lokma Is Open for Business

    Rebecca Marx​Orhan Yegen, the talented if somewhat bombastic owner of Sip Sak, today added another restaurant to his Midtown holdings with the opening of Bi Lokma on East 45th Street.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Vict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    TaïmMobile Will Hit the Road Nov. 29

    ​In just 11 days' time, the falafel faithful will have new reason to rejoice: That's when, should all go according to plan, TaïmMobile will take to the street. Grub Street brings word that the truck, the four-wheeled incarnation of the tiny West Village takeout counter, will be overseen b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to the Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences: Large ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Taïm's Falafel Will Hit the Road

    Theeatenpath.comNow with wheels.​She may have just opened Balaboosta, but Taïm's Einat Admony still has expansion on the brain: she's about to launch Taïm Mobile, a roving extension of her miniscule falafel and smoothie shop on Waverly Place. Feast reports that Admony will be servin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Live Blogging Choice Eats 2010

    Fort Defiance's deviled egg with amaranth.​Hello from deep inside the bowels of the Lexington Avenue Armory! It's 6:19, meaning there are 11 minutes until Choice Eats 2010 officially begins. When we arrived at 5 p.m., people were already lining up outside in the rain; now, the crowds are begin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Fort Hood's Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan: Jihadi, Psycho, Both?

    ​Bits and pieces are coming out about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the shooter in custody in the Fort Hood massacre. Records show he was born in Virginia, graduated from Virginia Tech and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' F. Edward Hebert School Of Medicine in Bethesda, Mary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    The Early Word: B & B Restaurant, West African in Lower Midtown

    ​ Clockwise starting at midnight: Two classic leaf-based Guinean sauces, Ivory Coast athieke, Senegalese dibi (lamb), and Caribbean-style curry chicken. Beware the red scotch bonnet pepper! (click to consume) I watched sadly as many of the West African restaurants in Bed-Stuy along Fulton wen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Liman

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema indulges in some (hopefully sustainable) ultra-fresh seafood at Liman. Bruni's third to last review is of a slipping Union Square Cafe. The beloved Danny Meyer restaurant lost one star from the three William Grimes awarded it in 1999. [NY Times] Restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    What Ahmadinejad, Moussavi, and Khamenei Are Eating as the Iranian Election Dispute Flames Up Anew

    Typical restaurant meal in Tehran (which Moussavi won't be eating--he's under virtual house arrest) would include kebabs, chello rice, and grilled mild or hot peppers. photo: While newsies sit on the edge of their seats watching riots erupt in Tehran, fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    The Early Word--Sintir

    For-now-signless Sintir offers a mysterious face to its East Village neighborhood Sintir is the East Village's pretentious new Moroccan restaurant, turning a cold shoulder to its long-running competitor, the still-delicious Cafe Mogador. The restaurant is named after a three-stringed lute, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Condiment Lover: S'chug

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Flushing Kebabs Crawl Indoors

      The imperially long and strange-looking street carts that vend lamb and chicken kebabs dusted with Asian cumin and chile pepper and flamed over charcoal have become a fixture of Flushing in the last three years. They represent the second incursion into the city of food from Xinjiang, the re ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 2, 2008

    Need a Makanek? Try Cedars Meat House

    Flouting traffic laws, we seek out a Lebanese barbecue in Astoria

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    The Story Behind the Restaurant Formerly Known as Chickpea

    Eater reported that Kosher Village had changed its name for the second time in three months (Chickpea to Kosher Village to Tahini), so I stopped by to find out what was going on. Turns out, owner Nissim Oron didn't realize that there weren't enough Orthodox Jewish people in the East Village to su ... More >>

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    February 13, 2008
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    September 25, 2007
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    July 10, 2007
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    December 27, 2005

    Downloading Doner

    New Queens Boulevard Turk turns up the lights and the charm

  • Dining

    May 24, 2005

    Stinky Herb

    The very best lamb chops in Astoria are not exactly Greek

  • Columns

    March 29, 2005

    Journey to Norwabia

    A culinary trek through Bay Ridge

  • Dining

    September 21, 2004

    Smelling Salt Water

    Egyptian eatery bows to its Greek and Italian neighbors

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    April 2, 2002
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    May 15, 2001
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