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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
"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).
Over did it over the past couple of days? Keep the party going (or recuperate) with these brunch options.
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.
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 >>
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.
Three new spots try the other Thai
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.
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 >>
No. 23: Lam'bretta from Xe May This is a fusion banh mi of the highest order.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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."
One from the north, one from the south, on the Upper West Side
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 >>
The team behind Seersucker and Smith Canteen open a noodle shop
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 >>
Two new Brooklyn ramen joints break the mold
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Gabe Stulman adds another Village outpost
Your dinner gets laid in Jersey City
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.
Curry Hill gets a great Indian newcomer
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 >>
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 >>
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.
[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 >>
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 >>
Eggs, too, in Jersey City's version of Hyderabad
[See Robert Sietsema's photos of Tacos Cachanilla, his review this week.] This week's review is of Neta. Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau, formerly of Masa and Bar Masa, opened their low-key, West Village sushi bar earlier this year. Along with traditional, upscale sushi, Neta serves American-accented spicy ... More >>
Goodbye ketchup. Sriracha is now America's new favorite condiment. We've done Sriracha booze before (in the form of a glorious ice cream shake), and we've also featured Sriracha popcorn. But what about Sriracha beer?
A Japanese mega-chain invades our fair city
The futomaki at Ootoya comes disguised like a birthday present. [See More Featured: 10 Best Incredibly Cheap Eats in New York | 10 Best Ice Creams in NYC] Futomaki is a type of sushi that looks like a regular maki roll blown up with a bicycle pump, but still retaining its perfect cylindrical conf ... More >>
Bam! The pizza dosa at Jersey City newcomer Chennai Flavors The dosa in its many variant forms is one of the world's greatest culinary inventions: a crepe made from a naturally fermented batter of ground rice and lentils, usually wrapped around a filling of potatoes, nuts, and chiles. For those wh ... More >>