Lauren ShockeyFreedom beans just doesn't have the same ring...Green bean fries are kind of amazing. Like, are you trying to justify your consumption of fried fare by throwing a little greenery into the mix? Because, honestly, you might as well be eating potatoes. And the tempura green bean ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyBun cha Ha Noi at Pho BangAlas, New York City isn't one of the great Vietnamese culinary capitals of the world. Which is too bad, because at least in our minds, Vietnamese cuisine is one of the best on the globe. But you can still find some decent Viet grub. You just have to ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyBaoguette Café offers a tasty chicken and sausage dish over rice, but is the restaurant good enough to make it into the top 10?While we do have plenty of banh mi peddlers, New York City isn't an enclave for Vietnamese expat communities, so it doesn't possess a bounty of full-sc ... More >>
Tomorrow, Duane Reade will open a new location at 40 Wall Street, and to cater to the business types who are expected to shop there, the store will feature a hair salon, a nail bar, a pharmacy with a doctor on-hand, a sushi bar, a juice bar, and a stock ticker. At 22,000 square feet, the stor ... More >>
David Bouley looks to the land of the rising nigiri
flickr/Calgary ReviewsFind out what's in that sauceHolly G. Asks: How do you make the spicy mayonnaise that comes in spicy tuna rolls? Is it just mayo and Sriracha? Can you find out what's in it? Dear Holly: While spicy tuna rolls aren't classic sushi offerings, there's no question that th ... More >>
Yesterday we talked to Claire Handleman, who cooks at Del Posto and blogs about her constant travels at Passport to Eat, about how she fell in love with Thai cuisine and the best papaya salad she's ever eaten. Today, she talks about fine dining in Bangkok, Del Posto's Italian cuisine and whe ... More >>
Woo Lae Oak is the latest restaurant to fall victim to lease renegotiation: after 12 years at 148 Mercer Street, the upscale Korean restaurant will close its doors at the end of May.
Rebecca MarxKati rolls: so very, very beige. Over the past few years, the kati roll has gained quite a bit of traction in Manhattan. A street food that originated in Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, the roll has evolved over the years from a paratha wrapped around a k ... More >>
Rebecca Marx This week, we've decided to stray far from the all-American cookies, cakes, and ice cream we so love and venture instead to Minamoto Kitchoan, one of the city's foremost purveyors of wagashi, or traditional Japanese pastry.
Photo courtesy Pichet OngPichet Ong, Master of International DessertsPichet Ong is a busy man, lending his culinary cred to restaurants all over town. His most recent venture is creating the pastry options at Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001), Julian Medina's new Cuban restaurant ... More >>
Rebecca MarxDean & Deluca's sushi and nigiri assortment. New York abounds with pre-packaged sushi, and a lot of it sucks. But while dry rice and fish of questionable origin and freshness are often the order of the day (particularly if you're stupid enough to buy your sushi at Duane Reade), w ... More >>
Plenty of tender marinated beef in V-Nam's banh mi bo. Roast beef sandwiches have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. On one hand, there's the traditional Italian roast beef hero as espoused by This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef, Defonte's Sandwich Shop, and several more ... More >>
Photo courtesy Hooni KimWhere does the chef feast? Central Park, of course!David Chang might be the best-known chef in New York City with Korean blood, but Hooni Kim is hoping that'll soon change. He's just opened Danji, a tiny restaurant serving a menu of traditional and modern small plates ... More >>
Prepare to slurp some soba on Delancey Street
sfgate.comWe're sick of Guy Fieri (real name: Guy Ramsay Ferry). The television personality manufactured on the second season of "The Next Food Network Star" might double as a Barnum & Bailey clown. Yet he is now one of the country's most recognizable celebrity chefs. If you want to see how ... More >>
The bun bo Hue at Thanh Da presents a dark tempest of a beef broth. Let's enumerate the ways bun bo Hue -- named after the city of Hue (pronounced "Way") in Central Vietnam -- differs from the signature noodle soup of Saigon, pho (pronounced "FFFah"). First off, the noodles are wheat instead ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyThanh Da's Bun RieuWe've been eating a lot of Vietnamese food recently (could we be prepping for a 10 Best? Oh, maybe), and were excited when we saw bun rieu on the menu at Thanh Da. As we've noted in the past, the Sunset Park restaurant does a great bun bo Hue, the spicy beef ... More >>
This jam-packed sandwich will set you back only $3.75. Saigon Banh Mi Bakery started out in a little stall under the Manhattan bridge, then hopscotched, first to the southeast corner of Mott and Grand streets (where it cowered behind a jewelery store), then recently leaped over Grand and es ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyYuba is the Japanese word for tofu skin, which is the thin layer of film that occurs when making tofu as the curding vat of soymilk cools down. While working at Masa, chefs George Ruan and Jack Wei fell in love with the yuba that was flown in daily from Japan, and so they named ... More >>
Rebecca Marx The dish pictured above is one of very few good reasons we can think of to go outside in February.
Victoria BekiempisSaigon's version, with rubber band "extra" removed. Banh mi has quite a rep -- for being a gutbuster on the mean streets of Saigon and New York. Pickled carrot and radish slivers, cilantro, cucumber slices, pâté, grilled meat, and occasionally cheese burst out of a French ... More >>
In A-Wah's Hong Kong-style wonton lo mein, the noodles are cooked al dente, and the broth is served on the side. The amazing thing about Manhattan's Chinatown, no matter how it ebbs and flows, no matter how many restaurants come and go: It's always been a bastion of excellent cheap eats. Th ... More >>
This obscure restaurant near the corner of 16th Street and Seventh Avenue -- which advertises a combination of Sichuan and Vietnamese food -- was declared one of the best Chinese restaurants in the country in the inscrutable "Top Chefs & Owners" category. This past Sunday, correspondent Bil ... More >>
The sushi at Natori is pristine in its freshness, and cheap, too. Abby S. asks: I'm hoping you can help me. I'm taking my niece out for a birthday lunch Friday; she's turning 14 and requested sushi. I need a place that's nice but not overwhelmingly so (she's a fairly sophisticated eater, but ... More >>
Let pakoras chase away the post-holiday blues.As Floyd Cardoz of the now-defunct Tabla told us last week, Indian food in New York City is changing. But for a neighborhood like Prospect Heights, which doesn't have much in the way of fare from the subcontinent, a good old-fashioned curry joint ... More >>
Mychal Watts/Wireimage.comFloyd Cardoz Prepares for the Last Supper After being in business for 12 years, Tabla, Danny Meyer's upscale Indian restaurant, will serve its final meal this evening. We called executive chef and partner Floyd Cardoz to get the last word on the landmark restaurant ... More >>
The noted Las Vegas Thai joint chances New York City
The Isaan Larb salad at Lotus of Siam (click to enlarge) Larb (also transliterated "Laab" and "Laap") is doubtlessly one of the best-known dishes from the Isaan region in northeast Thailand, which lies adjacent to Laos and Cambodia. On home ground, the salad is made with duck, pork, or river ... More >>
haveyouhadyourricetoday.blogspot.comBreakfast of champions Mo P. asks: My girlfriend is craving Japanese breakfast--the rice/miso soup/pickles/mackerel spread we had every morning in Japan a few years ago. Where can I take her for Japanese breakfast in or around NYC? I know a few high-end hot ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyDuck banh mi Saigon Shack has been open for about a month, selling banh mi, pho, and other Vietnamese and pan-Asian snacks to hungry NYU students and Greenwich Village residents. Looking for a quick lunch, we popped in today to see how their sandwiches stack up against the comp ... More >>
The so-called kachori chat at the new Jackson Diner -- no kachori in sight, but good nonetheless. Long ago and far away (well, Jackson Heights, Queens), there was once a tiny café called Jackson Diner. The proprietors had taken over a Greek diner near the corner of 74th Street and 35th Aven ... More >>
Takoyaki at Ichibantei Otafuku has long been New York's go-to spot for takoyaki, the delicious gooey dough balls filled with chopped octopus, but the mini-eatery is getting a run for its money from its East Village neighbor, the recently opened "Japanese soul food" restaurant Ichibantei (401 ... More >>
Ty BellinghamSydney, Australia transplant Ty Bellingham has taken over the kitchen at Kittichai, one of the city's best reviewed Thai upscale restaurants. His pedigree is as strong as it gets this side of Bangkok -- of course, with a name like Ty, what else would you expect? What changes hav ... More >>
A Floral Park restaurant refines an Indian cuisine
egg/FlickrKimchi, sans taco."When people talk about Korean food," Phil Lee says, "it's about kimchi or Korean barbecue." In two to three weeks' time, he hopes people will be buying both at the Kimchi Taco Truck. Lee, a longtime general manager for BR Guest, is launching the truck with Youngsu ... 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 ... Robe ... More >>
But other fine dishes abound at this Chinatown Vietnamese spot
Photo courtesy of Tabla.Well, this is sad but not entirely surprising: Tabla is closing.
Mai Cuisine recently opened near Bryant Park--it's a combination Japanese "deli" and sit-down restaurant, headed by a chef who trained with Morimoto. The capacious front carry-out area offers everything from deluxe sushi packs, to bento boxes, to onigiri, tempura, and "sushi cups." The full-s ... More >>
Mike Lim is behind the sushi bar at the Atlantic Grill The Atlantic Grill (1341 3rd Avenue, 212-988-9200) opened exactly a week ago, with chef Chris Lim heading the kitchen and chef Mike Lim (no relation) in charge at the sushi bar. Mike Lim has more than 20 years of sushi experience under h ... More >>
Mike Lim is behind the sushi bar at the Atlantic Grill The Atlantic Grill (1341 3rd Avenue, 212-988-9200) opened exactly a week ago, with chef Chris Lim heading the kitchen and chef Mike Lim (no relation) in charge at the sushi bar. Malaysia-born Mike Lim has more than 20 years of sushi expe ... More >>
It looks like the cavernous confines of the old Jeollado space on East 4th Street will soon be filled with the fumes of deep-fried poultry: according to plywood signage obscuring its facade, Mono Mono, a Korean fried chicken joint, will open its doors in the near future.
Firm noodles, "light" pork fatNew ramen joint Hide-Chan perches on the same second-floor space that Yakitori Torys occupied until recently, and is owned by the same restaurant group. Like Ippudo, it specializes in Hakata-style tonkotsu, the rich broth made from long-simmered pork bones, and s ... More >>
Famous Dal Cart's CTMOh, chicken tikka masala: most Anglo of curries, disdained by seekers of the authentic, world-wide starter Indian dish. No one can agree on exactly where CTM--as it is nicknamed--was invented. The preparation of grilled chicken chunks in a spiced tomato gravy may be desce ... More >>
Bottom: banh duc man (steamed coconut cakes); Top: goi du du (green papaya with pork belly and shrimp)New York is not known for its Vietnamese food, but Steven Duong has been quietly trying to change that for years, offering vibrant, precise dishes in ever-so-slightly upscale places. The Vie ... More >>
If you should happen to get denied at the door of Rabbit in the Moon, the new bizarre "gastropub" with a bouncer, you could go right across the street to check out a new Indian restaurant called Curry Kitchen, which has been open for three weeks.
Get yor sushi to go.Following in the footsteps of North Square, Telepan, and Coffee Shop, Morimoto has introduced picnic lunches, particularly targeting High Line goers. The picnic lunches include miso soup, mixed greens with white miso dressing, and bottled water with the choice of a Califor ... More >>
When River Barrel opened in Greenpoint in January 2009, it served that familiar brand of new American/gastropubby food--burgers, trout, duck spring rolls, truffle mac-and-cheese. Et Cetera. But when the chef quit, the owner, Lisa Kim, reportedly started adding her own Korean home cooking to t ... More >>