Asian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Checking in on Yonekichi's Perpetual Soft Opening

    Last month saw the soft-opening of Yonekichi (238A East 9th Street, 646-669-9785), the city's first storefront devoted to Japanese rice burgers, which use wads of shaped rice in place of buns. But after some lukewarm initial reactions, the shop closed for a few days to fine-tune its recipes, promisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Butterfish: Good Sushi Served in an Urban Ghost Town

    For this week's review, I checked in on David Bouhadana's groovy tunes and formidable knife skills at Sushi Dojo (110 First Avenue, 646-692-9398). The young, American-born chef's love for his craft is readily apparent in the fastidious way he treats his oceanic bounty, and the East Village spot succ ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 28, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    May 7, 2014


    Travel to Japan via Central Park

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    An Early Taste of Daruma-Ya, Now Open in Tribeca

    A few weeks ago, Laura Shunk paid a visit to soba master Shuichi Kotani to learn the secrets of the then-forthcoming soba at Daruma-Ya (428 Greenwich Street, 212-274-0428), which opened earlier this month in the former Greenwich Grill space above Sushi Azabu. The space is largely a holdover from Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Have a Vegetarian Taste of a South Indian Staple at Hampton Chutney Co.

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Hampton Chutney Co. (68 Prince Street; 212-226-9996) Neighborhood: Soho, Manhattan Cuisine: Dosa and uttapam

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Savoury Brings Health-Conscious Indian Food to the UWS

    Lala Sharma turned out his upscale, healthy take on Indian cuisine at Surya in the West Village for more than a decade before he expanded to the Upper West Side with his son, Abishek, and opened Swagat, a more traditional Indian restaurant, in 2011. Surya has since shuttered, but last night, the fat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Butterfish Set to Open and Offer Affordable Omakase to the Sony Pavilion

    A real estate conflict forced the closure of longtime Midtown spot Solo Restaurant last year, and now a sushi restaurant is stepping in to fill the void: Butterfish (550 Madison Avenue, 212-729-1819) will open its doors tomorrow, offering an affordable omakase option to Midtown East.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Learn to Make Japanese Noodles (and Many Other Things) at ICE

    We're always looking for more inspiration to make at least occasional use of our tiny New York kitchens (that is, beyond making our customary morning bowl of oatmeal or using the counter space to store our mail), so a couple of weeks ago, we dropped into a class at the Institute for Culinary Educati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Checking Out Otafuku 2.0

    Like a settlement-winning divorcee, Otafuku (220 East 9th Street, 212-353-8503), the city's premiere destination for down-and-dirty takoyaki, okonomiyaki and taiyaki, has gotten a facelift and moved into roomier digs. Gone is the worn wood-paneled interior, the sliver of a space that only held three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    What's Up With the Timing at Jewel Bako and Benkei?

    I don't know if I've been craving raw fish recently or if all of your joyless January juice cleanses are serving as a massive guilt trip, but I've found myself steadily plowing my way through sushi restaurants, stuffing my gullet with sea creatures and rice and washing it down with green tea. This i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Saigon Shack's Pho, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Pho from Saigon Shack (114 MacDougal Street, 212-228-0588), $7-$10 This pho won't change your life, but it will fill you up for cheap -- and sate a Vietnamese noodle soup craving in a pinch.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Ivan Ramen: Learn to Make Real Slow-Cooked Ramen

    Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Ngam's Hong Thaimee: "Giving Up Is Not My Choice"

    "I've learned that giving up is not my choice," says Ngam chef-owner Hong Thaimee as she reflects on the journey that brought her from Chiang Mai to owning New York City restaurant Ngam (99 Third Avenue, 212-777-8424).

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    Where to Brunch This Holiday Weekend: Cafe Cortadito, Aperitivo, Bakehouse, Chola

    Over did it over the past couple of days? Keep the party going (or recuperate) with these brunch options.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Pho Viet Huong Delivers Raw Meat in a Carton (on purpose)

    The winter months mean vastly different things to different people. As the weather chills, the days shorten, and the holiday festivities commence, I am weary yet unchastened by the memories of holiday party benders past.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Yuji Ramen Becomes Permanent Mainstay at Whole Foods Bowery

    Hard to believe, but it's been only a year and a half since Yuji Hariguchi first launched Yuji Ramen (95 Houston Street, 212-420-1320) as a pop-up in Kinfolk Studios. The mazemen wizard experienced a meteoric rise, landing a stand at Smorgasburg that propelled him into an extended stint at the Bower ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Diverse Dim Sum's Xiao Long Bao, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Xiao long bao from Diverse Dim Sum (Flushing Mall, 133-31 39th Avenue, Queens), $6-$7.50 Avoid the long dim sum lines and fill up on these soup dumplings -- or use them to fuel you on an exploratory food tour of Flushing.

  • Dining

    November 6, 2013

    Isaan Like Donkey Kong

    Three new spots try the other Thai

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Tabata's Ramen, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Ramen from Tabata (540 Ninth Avenue and 557 Eighth Avenue, 212-290-7691), $9-$10 Of all the upper echelon ramen spots in NYC, this one offers noodle soups at the best value.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    The 10 Best Thai Restaurants in NYC

    A decade ago, the average New Yorker would be hard-pressed to name 10 destination-worthy Thai restaurants, but as the city's collective palate has expanded, so too have the options for regional cuisines from Southeast Asia; fiery, sour Northeastern Isaan flavors seem to be in particular abundance th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Xe May's Lam'bretta, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 23: Lam'bretta from Xe May This is a fusion banh mi of the highest order.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Minar Brings Dosa to Your Door

    In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. One of the numerous pitfalls of loading the Wikipedia homepage is discovering holidays of such obscurity that not even natives of the locale celebrating the occasions are aware of their existence. Such was the case ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Fast Casual Indian Joint Paradise Biryani Pointe Expands Into Manhattan

    Should you find yourself in Murray Hill craving Indian food, there's not exactly a shortage of spots to sate your desire--the neighborhood didn't earn the nickname "Curry Hill" for nothing. But that didn't stop Paradise Biryani Pointe, the nation's largest chain of Indian restaurants, from planting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Hampton Chutney Co. Throws Classic Dosa Fillings Out the Window

    In this space, James A. Foley explores New York City's strangest sandwiches. Hampton Chutney Co. is an Indian snack shop that sells a variety of chutneys. There is delicious iced chai, cardamom coffee, and a mango lassi on the menu, and a daily curry special, too. The joint also sells more than a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Sushi Dojo's Chef David Bouhadana Does Sushi With a Convert's Zeal

    "I always say, I didn't find sushi, it found me," says chef David Bouhadana, who commands the counter at newly opened East Village sushi spot Sushi Dojo (110 First Avenue). He's a Jewish guy who was raised in Florida, he explains, but at 18, he fell into his first sushi job after one of the sushi ch ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Kenka is a Wild and Freaky Carnival Ride

    The East Village's Kenka is a wildly authentic izakaya that might be the most high-functioning example of a themed Japanese restaurant around, an edible amusement park of the fermented, fried, and freaky that gives its own special meaning to that old Gonzo adage, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

  • Dining

    May 29, 2013

    Saiguette Tells A Tale of Two Soups

    One from the north, one from the south, on the Upper West Side

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Grading the New Sushi Bar at Lobster Place in Chelsea Market

    Lobster Place's uni (sea urchin) was breezy and briny, and got a grade of A-. As part of the current evolution of Chelsea Market, old tenants are grabbing more space and revamping their premises to provide more opportunities for the sale of prepared food. In this connection, seafood distributor an ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 24, 2013

    With Nightingale 9, American-Vietnamese Street Food Comes to Carroll Gardens

    The team behind Seersucker and Smith Canteen open a noodle shop

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Wylie Dufresne Opens Alder in East Village; Desnuda Opens in South Williamsburg

    Wylie Dufresne has caused quite a stir with the opening of Alder, his new restaurant on Second Avenue. The hotspot opened last Thursday and was the newest East Village restaurant to warrant waiting lines around the block. Dufresne told Flo Fab, "It's not meant to be a destination, like wd-50." Inste ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2013

    Stock Dividends at Suzume and Ganso

    Two new Brooklyn ramen joints break the mold

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    5 Ramens to Love, Plus Tribeca's Secret Ramen

    It's been over a year since Fork ranked the best bowls of ramen in New York, and plenty of new ramenyas have opened up in the city since then. In fact, we can hardly keep up with the ramen news, what with Yuji Haraguchi graduating from Smorgasburg, and Ivan Orkin working on opening a place on the Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Delectable Masala Dosas From a Cart at Washington Square

    Eat with your fingers for maximum enjoyment! Carnivores: Vegetarian and even vegan food won't bite you! And it's often just as good or even better than meat-bearing fare. A case in point is the masala dosa available from the vendor called NY Dosas, usually parked at lunchtime near the intersection ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Yuji Haraguchi Launching Dip-Style and Ramen 'Ravioli,' Plus Plans for a New Williamsburg Restaurant

    Since Smorgasburg partnered with Whole Foods, market vendors have been encouraged to use the chain's Bowery space to transition from stalls to full-time restaurants, like the stellar meat-smoking crew of Mighty Quinn's. Starting tomorrow, and going through Sunday, May 12, it's Yuji Haraguchi's turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC, 2013 Edition

    The amazing "big tray chicken" at Manhattan's Spicy Village It's been over two years since Fork in the Road appraised the relative merits of the city's Chinese restaurants - things have changed so much in the interim. Northern Chinese fare continues to rule Flushing, Elmhurst has increased the bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    JoJu in Elmhurst: The Elastic Vietnamese Banh Mi

    At JoJu, your sandwich comes conveniently packaged in a pair of (recyclable) paper-tissue bags, perfect for sharing. Over the last decade, New Yorkers have fallen in love with the Vietnamese sandwich banh mi. The best are found at a pair of places: Saigon Banh Mi in Chinatown and Ba Xuyen in Sunse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Tokyo Restaurant Pioneers Vegetarian Sushi, See the Video

    Mmmm, that looks like really fresh uni (sea urchin) A hot new Tokyo restaurant in the Rappongi Hills section turns the sushi and sashimi traditions on their heads by offering an all-vegetarian menu. This is not just a collection of cucumber and pickled-daikon rolls, either, but beautifully turned ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 23, 2013

    Gimme Five at Chez Sardine

    Gabe Stulman adds another Village outpost

  • Dining

    January 16, 2013

    Heaven for Eggheads at Chennai Flavors

    Your dinner gets laid in Jersey City

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    All Hail the Punjabi Hero at Tastee Curritos!

    The chicken achari sub at Tastee Curritos. Don't you just love fusion? You fall asleep for a moment, and it leaps up and bites you on the ass. Such was the case with the chicken achari hero at MacDougal Street newcomer Tastee Curritos.

  • Dining

    December 12, 2012
  • Dining

    November 28, 2012

    It's Bollywood for Your Tongue at Chote Nawab

    Curry Hill gets a great Indian newcomer

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Pad Thai Redeemed

    Finally, a pad thai that kicks your ass Pad Thai is one of those dishes to be instinctively avoided. Even at great Thai restaurants, the cooks switch into gringo mode and turn out an indifferent heap of pale rice noodles that's invariably bland and way too sweet. But then last Friday evening a gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    A New Spot for Breakfast Dosas in Tribeca

    Dish #26 is a cheese-laden breakfast dosa 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. [See More 100 Dishes: Tabata Ramen Gets New Noodle Broth | 3 Pastries from Du Jour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2012

    Why Not Udon?

    Inari Udon at Mai Sushi is Dish #31 in our countdown. 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

    September 13, 2012

    Sushi Costs More In New York Than Los Angeles Because, Well, Of Course It Does

    [See More Edible News: One In Five People Spend More Money On Cell Phones Than Food | New York City Health Board Passes Bloomberg's Soda Ban Proposal] It's called "sushinomics." New Yorkers are dishing out more for sushi than the people over in Los Angeles. The prices represent cost of living stand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    What's the Oldest Japanese Restaurant in the East Village?

    Dish #36 in our countdown is found on the menu of this long-running East Village restaurant. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: E-Sarn ... More >>

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