Now you can play the ponies and eat dim sum at the same place—Aqueduct
Plus spuds and spices at a new upscale Indian spot
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 >>
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 >>
It's hipsterized Cantonese classics in Williamsburg
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.
The East Village gets two new Vietnamese spots
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 >>
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 >>
Thai Curry Bean Curd from Kam Sing (172 Grand Street, 718-782-7596)
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.
Celery -- never a tough sell. Chicken Chow Mein from China Wok (199 East 3rd Street, 212-228-5888)
There's hope for your tongue at Newport Centre Mall
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 >>
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.
Lauren ShockeyLotus root salad at Sao MaiMichael "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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
South Asian fare from many regions wows Staten Island
Lauren ShockeyShopHouse offers rice bowls with either chicken, tofu, steak, or meatballsI 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 >>
Brooklyn's Sunset Park goes a little more Malaysian
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 >>
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 >>
Niallkennedy/FlickrJapan's answer to flapjacksCorinne 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 >>
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 >>
Savagecorp / FlickrRob 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 >>
Lauren ShockeyVada, a/k/a fried rice doughnuts with curry leaves and chiles, at Indian CreperieInexpensive 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 >>
Pichet Ong looks homeward with his latest restaurant
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.
Lauren ShockeyKalBQ's kimchi tacoWe'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 >>
RodaleMore than just kimchiUntil 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>