Asian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Neta: This Week's Review in Pictures

    [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 >>

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    August 21, 2012

    The Cocky Rooster: A Sriracha Beer

    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?

  • Dining

    August 15, 2012

    Ootoya: Yo, Tokyo!

    A Japanese mega-chain invades our fair city

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    August 2, 2012

    The Story of Futomaki

    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 >>

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    August 1, 2012
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    July 31, 2012

    Introducing the Pizza Dosa: Should It Be Banned?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Saba Pressed Sushi at Ootoya, Dish #85

    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: Lamb Barbacoa Taco at Empellón Taqueria, Dish #86 | Build Your Own Burger at Kent Ale House, Dish #88]

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Malaysian Restaurant Week Kicks Off June 18

    If you're hearing the call of satay, roti canai, and mee goreng, we've got good news: Malaysian Restaurant Week kicks off next week, from June 18 to 24. Fatty Crab, LAUT, Penang Malaysian Cuisine, and Satay will offer a prix-fixe three-course menu for $20.12. Other restaurants (including Fatty 'Cue, ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2012
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    May 30, 2012

    What Should You Eat at Sao Mai?

    At Sao Mai, the Goi Du Du (green papaya salad) is damn near unforgettable. This week , Counter Culture floats into Sao Mai ("Morning Star") a newish Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village, and maybe the best Vietnamese restaurant in town. Here are the dishes most recommended for the first-time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2012

    What To Look for in the Farmers' Markets This Weekend

    Thick meaty rhubarb is available in abundance. Several products have recently debuted for the season in the Union Square Greenmarket, and will be generally available this weekend and in the coming week. Bright red and much thicker than the specimens seen last week, rhubarb is a welcome harbinger o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    The Best Soba in NYC

    Canadian organic buckwheat soba, from SobaKoh There's no doubt the Age of Ramen is upon us. You can get ramen noodles on nearly any block in some neighborhoods, including at least a dozen places in the East Village alone, where you can pay up to $20 for a bowl with a choice of myriad toppings and ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2012

    Genting Palace: We Wager You'll Like It

    Now you can play the ponies and eat dim sum at the same place—Aqueduct

  • Dining

    April 25, 2012

    Benares: Howdy, Squishy Goat Foot!

    Plus spuds and spices at a new upscale Indian spot

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    15 East's $29 Three-Course Lunch

    The chawan mushi appetizer arrives with a black-truffle crag. When was the last time you were exposed to top-shelf sushi? Most of us measure out our lives in mediocre finger sushi and nori rolls, and only on rare occasions do we glimpse how perfect sushi can be. Not that the democratization of sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Dale Talde Talks About Asian-American Cuisine, Chefs He Admires Part 2

    Yesterday, we spoke to Chef Dale Talde about the plans for his new Park Slope restaurant, Pork Slope, and the new brunch he's launching at Talde. Today, we delve into his thoughts on the neighborhood where he's chosen to build his mini-empire, Asian-American food, and which kitchen tool he just can' ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 4, 2012

    Brooklyn Wok Shop Strikes Up the Bland

    It's hipsterized Cantonese classics in Williamsburg

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Maruko Sushi Opens, Selling Mad Cheap Nigiri

    Maruko Sushi, a take-out sushi shop on 23rd Street, opened its doors last week, selling individually wrapped pieces of nigiri and an assortment of bubble teas.

  • Dining

    February 29, 2012

    Sao Mai and Xe May Sandwich Shop: Finally, Your Banh Mi Tacos

    The East Village gets two new Vietnamese spots

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Behold, the Banh Mi Taco

    For this week's review, I went to two new casual Vietnamese spots in the East Village. The first, Sao Mai, offers your standard --though fresh and flavorful -- selection of Viet fare, including pho, bun, and grilled meat dishes. The other, Xe May Sandwich Shop, specializes in banh mi, but also off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012
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    February 6, 2012

    Make Ngam Chef Hong Thaimee's Thai Fruit Salad

    Photo courtesy Hong ThaimeeWho says you can't have a tasty fruit salad in winter?​Hong Thaimee, the chef and owner of Ngam (99 Third Avenue, 212-777-8424), is looking to extend the reach of Thai cuisine into the homes of New Yorkers by offering a series of monthly cooking classes at her East V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 34: Kam Sing

    ​ Thai Curry Bean Curd from Kam Sing (172 Grand Street, 718-782-7596)

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    How the 'Edo-Mae' Sushi Assortment at Hasaki Is Like a Brief Vacation to Tokyo

    What comes in a wooden box and is supremely delectable? Run your eye down the extensive sushi menu at Hasaki, and you'll find many interesting oddities and combinations. At the end of the omakase list, for example, is a $45 combo called Edo-mae Sushi.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Year of the Takeout: Day 12

    Celery -- never a tough sell. ​Chicken Chow Mein from China Wok (199 East 3rd Street, 212-228-5888)

  • Dining

    January 11, 2012

    Taste of India and Thali (Food) Court Jersey City

    There's hope for your tongue at Newport Centre Mall

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    January 11, 2012

    Thali and Taste of India in Jersey City's Newport Centre Mall: 5 Delicious Dishes

    The lush interior of the Mysore Masala Dosa at Thali This week Counter Culture bumbles into the Newport Centre Mall to find a vast food court on the third floor, like some undiscovered Incan ruin. Two counters in particular sell Indian fare far above average in quality. One, Thali, specializes in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    Year of the Takeout

    Takeout Chinese food has become one of the most common cuisines in New York City and the rest of the country, reaching a fast-food-level omnipresence -- and standardization -- that has yet to be achieved by other culinary traditions of foreign origin.

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    December 20, 2011

    Sao Mai Now Bringing Pho and Other Vietnamese Staples to First Avenue

    Lauren ShockeyLotus root salad at Sao Mai​Michael "Bao" Huynh's BaoBQ (229 First Avenue, 212-475-7011) isn't the only Vietnamese-influenced restaurant to open on First Avenue this month. Just a block south in the old Quantum Leap space, you'll find Sao Mai (201 First Avenue, 212-358-8880), a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    NYC's Hottest Ramen: Geki Kara at Tabata

    ​Geki Kara Ramen is $9 worth of molten chilies--plus noodles. Japanese cuisine has been playing footsie with chilies over the last five years or so, and it's the rare Japanese menu that doesn't boast a fiery dish or two. And today nearly all ramen parlors in the city (which must number nearl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Our 10 Best Upper East Side Restaurants

    When you think of hot neighborhoods for dining, the Upper East Side probably isn't the first to come to mind. In fact, it's probably toward the bottom of your mental list. But a crop of new eateries over the past couple of years has resulted in some new -- not to mention exciting -- culinary blood. ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 30, 2011

    The Indian Clove Plays Its Drums of Heaven

    South Asian fare from many regions wows Staten Island

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    November 18, 2011

    Checking Out ShopHouse, the New Asian Chipotle Spinoff

    Lauren ShockeyShopHouse offers rice bowls with either chicken, tofu, steak, or meatballs​I happened to be in Washington, D.C. over the weekend, and while I was there, I ventured to Dupont Circle to check out ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen (1516 Connecticut Avenue NW, 202-232-4141), otherwis ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 16, 2011

    Banana Leaf: Here's Your Skanky Wallop

    Brooklyn's Sunset Park goes a little more Malaysian

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    November 15, 2011

    Introducing the Meatball Hero, Vietnamese Version, at Thien Huong

    ​The "meat ball baguette" at Chatham Square's Thien Huong. The city is undergoing a cheap Vietnamese food renaissance, led by the signature soup pho, and the signature sandwich banh mi, and both are now available in many neighborhoods outside of Chinatowns. Last week, we reported on an exem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    There's a New Pho Parlor in Town - and It's Pretty Good

    ​A bowl of Xe Lua pho at Pho 88, flanked by giant fresh basil leaves, sprouts, and the usual arsenal of flavorings (chiles pastes, hoisin, etc.) to be added in. The make or break of any full-service Vietnamese restaurant is its pho. While this beef noodle soup originated as street food in F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Find Good Okonomiyaki?

    Niallkennedy/FlickrJapan's answer to flapjacks​Corinne M. asks: Hi, I'm looking for decent okonomiyaki that's not made in a stall or a cheapish restaurant (i.e., not the place on 9th Street, or Sunrise Mart). There used to be a restaurant near Grand Central that had this. I miss it. Know of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    The Early Word: Taka Taka

    Lauren ShockeyChipotle sauce adds a Mexican kick to a soft shell crab roll​ Mexican sushi and Japanese tacos: the ultimate in fusion food, right? That's the thinking at Taka Taka (330 West Broadway, 212-966-8252), a new Japanese-Mexican fusion spot located in Soho. We were a bit skeptical ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Try Vegetarian/Halal Korean Food?

    Savagecorp / Flickr​Rob Z. Asks: I am fascinated by Korean food due to watching Korean dramas. I have made a dish or two at home but would love to try out an actual restaurant. I don't eat non-halal food but will eat fish and everything else that is not meat. And would love if it is cheap a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Indian Creperie Now Selling Dosas, Uttapams, and Other Carbolicious South Indian Snacks

    Lauren ShockeyVada, a/k/a fried rice doughnuts with curry leaves and chiles, at Indian Creperie​Inexpensive Indian eats are relatively plentiful at the intersection of Bleecker and MacDougal Streets, with the Kati Roll Company, Thelewala, and Masala Times offering rolls, chaats, and curries. ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 24, 2011

    Qi Bangkok Eatery: The Thais That Bind

    Pichet Ong looks homeward with his latest restaurant

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    August 18, 2011

    Dish No. 50: Sushi and Nigiri From the Lobster Place

    Rebecca Marx​ New York abounds with pre-packaged sushi, and a lot of it sucks. And that's one of the reasons we're grateful for the Lobster Place, where the pre-packaged sushi is so fresh and pristine it could pass muster in a good sit-down restaurant.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    KalBQ Offers Korean Tacos...When You Don't Want Atomic Wings

    Lauren ShockeyKalBQ's kimchi taco​We're big fans of multi-functional spaces. Why specialize in one type of service or food when you can do multiple ones? Banh Mi Saigon Bakery, for example - who doesn't want a jewelry store and a Vietnamese sandwich shop? So when we heard about KalBQ, a new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Marja Vongerichten Talks Kimchi Chronicles

    RodaleMore than just kimchi​Until now, Jean-Georges was the Vongerichten with the culinary clout, but his wife Marja is getting into the fray with her new PBS television show and cookbook, the Kimchi Chronicles. The New York Daily News profiles her today, learning about how her desire for Kor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Summer Cocktail Pairing; Free Korean Food

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Marc Forgione with Bryan Miller 92nd Street Y in Tribeca Monday, July 25 at noon Former New York Times restaurant critic and food writer Bryan Miller interviews Iro ... More >>

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    July 16, 2011

    Dish No. 83: Tempura Green Bean Fries at Bento Burger

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Our 10 Best Vietnamese Restaurants

    Lauren ShockeyBun cha Ha Noi at Pho Bang​Alas, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Vietnamese Restaurants

    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 >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Fancy New Wall Street Duane Reade Does Hair and Nails

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    June 22, 2011

    Brushstroke: The Feast From the East

    David Bouley looks to the land of the rising nigiri

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