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.
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 >>
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.
Israeli chef Efi Nahon came to New York City 11 years ago to open Taboon, cooking from the domed oven that gives that restaurant its name to turn out Mediterranean fare in Hell's Kitchen. After almost five years, he moved over to Barbounia, where he helmed the burners for five and a half years, meet ... More >>
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 >>
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.
The crown jewel of northern Manhattan, Harlem's creative and socioeconomic identity has undergone -- as all neighborhoods are subject to -- a series of transformations since the renaissance of the 1920s. And while it hasn't experienced enough gentrification in recent years to qualify as the "William ... More >>
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.
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 >>
Curry Hill gets a great Indian newcomer
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 >>
The finalists for the 2012 Vendy Cup, which celebrates the best food vendors in the city, have been announced. The nominees are below:
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Will it be bacon or hummus or both?
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.
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.
Photo courtesy of Taïm MobileGiven 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.
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 >>
Rebecca MarxHubba hubba.Falafel doesn't typically remind people of something found on a Prince b-side, and perhaps that's as it should be. But it seems that the people behind Darna, a falafel bar set to open in Cobble Hill, feel otherwise.
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.
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 ...
Rebecca MarxOrhan 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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now: Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes--old standbys and new finds alike--compiled daily. Today's pick: Nigerian goat stew ($7) from Baku
Like the sign says: New York's Best Egg Cream St. Marks Place is only three blocks long, but packs an astonishing 63 places to eat along its truncated and colorful length, some of them nearly invisible. It constitutes one of the city's foremost tourist destinations for the under-40 crowd, th ... More >>
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 >>
More West African for Fulton Street. Buka, a new West African restaurant on Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, has opened at the corner of St. James Place, and is awaiting a liquor license. The menu features several pepper soups - the traditional goat, as well as fish and chicken - dubbed "Lookm ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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: razzletravels.blogspot.com While newsies sit on the edge of their seats watching riots erupt in Tehran, fo ... More >>
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 >>
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