Chef M.J. Alam is a native of Bangladesh, but he's spent the last 18 years cooking Mediterranean food. "I used to work for the Milos group," he says. "I started in Montreal, where I was sous chef. I also owned a restaurant there. It was a French steakhouse." He moved to New York more than a decade a ... More >>
At the average New York street fair, one tends to encounter the same stalls, hawking knock-off handbags or churning out questionable hot dogs. At Saturday's Viva La Comida!, however, held for the third year in the heart of Jackson Heights, there was a near hour-long line of hungry visitors waiting a ... More >>
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MoMA PS1 turns up the bass
Celebrating new films from South Asia
The national pastime of the U.S.? The sports capital of the U.S.? If you dont know the score, well tell you.
Grand Wizzard Theodore, Illstyle and Peace Productions, Hip-Hop Kung Fu, and more Simpson Street, Casita Maria Saturday, August 6 Better than: Cowboys & Aliens. "Some of you might say I'm preaching to the choir," Jorge "Popmaster Fabel" Pabon, a former Zulu Nation member and our master of ... More >>
Araabmuzik Brooklyn Bowl Tuesday, April 5 Better than: Bowling. In the past few months, I've read a handful of articles and reviews suggesting that watching a DJ is boring. In one sense this is true, as watching the moves a DJ is making is almost always secondary to dancing to the records that D ... More >>
• The wintry mix has ended, but ice is now falling from buildings. Your next snow hit will happen on Saturday. In the meantime, it's mostly sunny, and chilly. Elsewhere, the country continues to deal with the aftermath of this week's "historic" storm. [NYT, Weather, CNN] • Violence conti ... More >>
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: unheralded regional rap.
The front window proclaims Sonali Cuisine's newbie status. This week Counter Culture sets down in a virtual culinary Bangladesh at Sonali Cuisine. The food is rich, savory, and really cheap, and offers several dishes that distinguish it from other Bangladeshi restaurants in Queens. In additi ... More >>
Photo: Indianfoodforever.comKachoris are a popular snack all over India, and are offered at Balaka Balaka, a kind of Punjabi-Bengali hybrid, opened on December 22 in the space on 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, that recently held the short-lived train wreck called Park Slope Bistro Restaurant. There ar ... More >>
The glory of Indian food is its infinite variety. Think about it. An enormous region--we're including Pakistan and Bangladesh--with cultures that go back thousands of years, including influences from foreign invaders as diverse as the Mughals, the Portuguese and the English. Food from almost ... More >>
Don't talk politics at Zaffran Zaffran, a Bangladeshi restaurant recently opened on Church Street at the corner of McDonald in Kensington, Brooklyn, has an extensive and promising menu. There's nihari, a long-cooked beef stew, haleem, pasinda--chicken or beef cooked in yogurt and spices--goat ... More >>
Catching up with our finest purveyor of impromptu noise-punk trilogies
Last week, a fried chicken joint in Brownsville, Brooklyn, changed its name from Royal Fried Chicken to Obama Fried Chicken, a name some find inappropriate or even racist. It's true that fried chicken spots with grandiose presidential names are not unheard of--think of all those Kennedy Fried Chicke ... More >>
Welcome to America, freedom fighter. Now go stuff yourself.
Today, Blender posts a link to "A Milli"–producer Bangladesh's MySpace, where he's streaming "Hit That," a song that just happens to feature M.I.A. and which was apparently originally slated for Kala until she realized "Paper Planes" (which jacks the same Wreckx-N-Effect chorus) was an infinitely ... More >>
A wing and a prayer
Bangladeshi restaurant in Queens smothers us in mustard oil
The explosion of two novelty grenades outside the British Consulate this morning has all of New York wondering: Why would anyone bomb the British? I mean, they're so nice, Coldplay rocks, and "The Office" is really funny! But, dear Watson, it turns out we have more suspects than the British road n ... More >>
Eating Bangladeshi food while solving a culinary mystery
Anti-War Holiday Gifts
From across the world and across the continent, fine choreographers grace New York
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Not Your Father's Fatwa