Chile Peppers

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    June 11, 2014

    Where to Order the Peculiar Taco Placero

    If you've ever ordered a taco placero on a whim in one of New York City's taqueria-bodegas without knowing what it was, you may have been surprised at the result. Did I order this crumble of rice and half a jalapeño on a dry tortilla? Is the taquero out to lunch? The peculiar taco placero is a Pobl ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    A Mexican Breakfast at Sabor a Mexico

    "We don't have espresso drinks, no cappuccinos... just cafe con leche," laments the matron of Sabor a Mexico Taqueria (160 First Avenue, 212-533-4002), a modest Mexican hole-in-the-wall run by a family from Guerrero in the East Village. The four small tables are rarely filled; the occasional local c ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Tacos El Vagabondo, a Roving Taco Truck Where Everyone Knows Your Name

    Though it's a roving taco truck, Tacos El Vagabundo's (Queens Plaza at 40th-41st Street, Sunnyside, 347-276-4522) presence in Sunnyside, Queens is abiding. Every night of the week "The Vagabond" parks on Queens Plaza between 40th and 41st Streets, operating as a nighttime rapid-fire hot-line of burr ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Santa Ana Deli Looks Like a Bodega but Sells Killer Quesadillas

    Amid Ecuadorian restaurants and laundromats that dot Stockholm Street and Irving Avenue, a Bushwick thoroughfare that has recently seen an uptick in new spots like Fritzl's Lunch Box and Verde Coal Oven Pizza, sits the Santa Ana Deli. Colorful blankets adorn the walls of this corner joint, and they ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Grand Morelos is a Mexican Diner and an Institution

    Grand Morelos on Grand Avenue in East Williamsburg is a 24-hour Mexican diner that specializes in quinceañera cakes and never-ending cups of 90 cent coffee. The restaurant does more business at 3 a.m. than at noon, and the waitresses here flip between Spanish and English in a snap. It is a true nei ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Mole Poblano Goes Mainstream: Cosi's Sandwich Fail

    Cosi's bread looks like an alligator, or maybe tree bark. Those of us who fervidly celebrate the joys of immigrant cooking and its eventual assimilation into the standard American diet―think tortilla chips and guacamole, beef stroganoff, wonton soup, and IKEA's bouncy Swedish meatballs―may sti ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    Commander in Chifa

    Peru meets China in Queens

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    November 14, 2012

    Go Green at Sabor a Mexico Taqueria

    No, not eco. Green sauce, folks.

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    September 10, 2012

    E-Sarn Sausage at Center Point

    E-sarn sausage, $6.50, Dish #37 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: Burrata From Faicco's | Honey Dip Donut from Peter Pan Bakery] Thai ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Deccan Spice: They Got Your Goat

    Eggs, too, in Jersey City's version of Hyderabad

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    April 18, 2012

    Florencia 13: Gangsters Get Their Burritos

    California expats find themselves a clubhouse in NYC

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    April 4, 2012

    Make Joe Dobias' Mexican Matzo Balls

    Last week, we spoke with Joe Dobias about practically everything in the business, including opening JoeDoe with only $90,000 , overpriced restaurant food, Mario Batali, and the city's restaurant critics. The only thing not discussed: how much of a pro Dobias is with matzo. But never fear, we have on ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Crowned World's Hottest Pepper

    Lauri Rantala/FlickrThe Bhut Jolokia, whose status as the king of hot peppers has just been challenged​The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion has been named the hottest pepper on the planet by New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute, according to the Associated Press.

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    November 23, 2011

    Hot Kitchen is a Hot Pot Hot Spot

    Get yourself a bowl of burn

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    November 2, 2011

    Make Alex Stupak's Goat Barbacoa

    Lauren BloombergAlex Stupak (center) has some notions about the billy.​ Goat is pretty popular right now. It's present in plenty of restaurant menus, but what about preparing the meat in your own kitchen? We asked Empellon's Alex Stupak about bringing goat into the home, and he came back with ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Phayul: Up You Go!

    A new Tibetan place scales the Heights of Jackson

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    May 4, 2011

    Five Great Cheap Mexican Dishes To Eat Now

    ​Don't get the delicious red guajillo chile sauce on your sleeve. It will never wash out. Ever since immigration from southern Mexico began in the 1980s due to prolonged drought, Mexican food around here has been getting better and better, as more fresh ingredients have been imported, and ma ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    OMFG Ghostface Killah Has a Namesake Beer!

    WikipediaWord.​Donald Trump has his own vodka, but the best celebrity booze hybrid most certainly is the new Ghost Face Killah spicy beer!

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    April 25, 2011

    Make Hemant Mathur's Three Roots Chaat, from Tulsi

    Three Roots Chaat at Tulsi​Chaat refers to a plate of savory snacks that typically includes a mixture of potato pieces (aloo chaat) and various chutneys. At Tulsi, the Nouveau Indian Hemant Mathur opened earlier this year, the chef's version is kicked up with a spicy tomatillo sauce. He shares ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    V-Nam Café: New Competitor Joins E.V. Beef Sandwich Fray

    ​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 >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Our 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC

    ​The inviting dining room of Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, Queens. Mexican cooking has been coming of age in the city lately, and even champions of such regional variations as Cal-Mex now have lots to be thankful for. We have our upscale places, too, showcasing the gastronomic stylings of ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010
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    November 3, 2009

    Umi Nom's Incredible Hot Sauce

    ​ Umi Nom, the new Filipino-Southeast Asian restaurant on the Clinton Hill-Bed-Stuy border, serves a very comforting version of pancit canton. The noodle dish, which is Filipino of Chinese origin, involves round egg noodles stir-fried with sweet Chinese pork sausage, chicken, scallion and dash ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette--Cook to Bang Gets a Dirty Book Deal; Yet Another "Real" Restaurant Girl Tries to Fake Us Out

    Cunni-Linguine, Garlic (My Balls) Bread, and Tap That Ass-paragus Soup are just a few of the recipes you'll find at Cook to Bang, which has just nabbed a cookbook deal with St. Martins. [Grub Street] "Obviously none of us would ever want to come to Midtown over the weekend (M-F is quite enough than ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Three-Dollar Throwdown--Sarah's Ancho-Lime Black Bean Soup and Crispy Sweet Plantains

    All you need: $2.86 The road to this black bean soup is long, and started with a pig's foot. I was poking around my local Polish market and saw that pigs' feet were about $1 per pound. Perfect! I'd do a pied de cochon--a classic preparation in which you simmer the trotter for hours, then shred the m ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Pix from Bamboo Pavilion

    Glistening with red chile oil, dan dan noodles need to be vigorously stirred before devouring (click to exaggerate). Located smack dab in the middle of a Sicilian neighborhood in Bensonhurst, Bamboo Pavilion (see our review here) is on the sharp cutting edge of Sichuan cuisine in New York. While the ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009
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    March 9, 2009

    DIY Mumbai Sandwich

    The Mumbai grilled sandwich at Mumbai Xpress was first brought to my attention by Eating in Translation, and a few visits to the Mumbai street food restaurant made it obvious that the place deserved to get a full review. But if you want to try the sandwich (alternatively called a Mumbai or Bombay sa ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Flash in the Pan: Three Chile Beans

    These beans qualify as a Flash in the Pan if you only count active time--the soaking of the beans and the cooking of the dish take much longer. But sometimes you just want something comforting and slow-cooked, and the actual work involved here is next to nothing. I used scarlet runner beans, but you ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Chongqing Chicken Obsession

    Grand Sichuan St. Mark's Chong Qing ChickenWhen Sietsema's review of Grand Sichuan House (8701 Fifth Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn) ran accompanied by a gorgeous shot of what looks like a plate mounded with dried red chiles and nothing else, I ran right down to Bay Ridge to try the dish. The preparati ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    Jackson Heights with Suketu Mehta: A Secret Grocery

    "When my relatives came from India," says Suketu Mehta, author of Maxium City, "they would want to see two things: The Statue of Liberty, and Sam and Raj's appliance shop." We're standing in front of Sam and Raj's, which is still on 74th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens, where Mehta's relatives wou ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Singha's Pizza Now Serving Frankies

    An unorthodox frankie on a tortillaFrankies are one of the many awesome street foods found in Mumbai, and there are a few places to get good ones in New York, including a fantastic chicken version at the Tabla street cart, which is only open in the summer. A frankie is an egg-washed flat bread (usua ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Incredibly Cheap Eats: QMart Korean Snacks

    A $4 box o'food: Tempura zucchini, spicy pickled green chiles, rice, veggies, omeletThere's an interesting row of businesses on the Horace Harding Expressway, which sandwiches the LIE near the Queens/Long Island border. Bagel Oasis is there, as well as a number of Korean barbecue places and Middle E ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Greenmarket Thanksgiving Soup, Spiced Up

    Yuno's Farm is one of my favorite Union Square Greenmarket stalls. She always has beautiful vegetables, and many that are Japanese or Korean and impossible to find anywhere else. Recently, she had several kinds of radish, and this summer, purple long beans. Last week, I picked up some Japanese sweet ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008

    NY Best Markets: Han Ah Reum

    The Han Ah Reum Korean market on the 32nd Street Koreatown stretch is, as far as I have found, the best Korean grocery in Manhattan. (There's a bigger, better Han Ah Reum in Flushing, the neighborhood with the most delicious things per square mile.) The Manhattan Han Ah Reum branch manages to squee ... More >>

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    September 30, 2008

    What to do with Campbell's Soup

    A recipe for bunker mentality

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    August 11, 2008


    We played 'What is it?' on Friday with the dish pictured above. Brownvid got it first: it's called "khandavni" and it tastes delish! And then dadand10 chimed in asking if it is "khandvi maybe?" You're both right, it's the Gujarati dish khandvi (that's how I'd spell it anyway, I'm sure there are ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008

    In Defence of the Fancy Food Show

    The Fancy Food Show is not very cool. It's huge, feels corporate, and there are plenty of large, industrial food companies in attendance. But it's also a place where you can talk to pickle makers from Texas, paté makers from Wales, and the guy who runs America's last remaining stone-ground mustard ... More >>

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    June 22, 2008

    Who Needs a $500 Blender?

    Obviously, no one needs a $500 blender. But no one needs fleur de sel or dinner at Per Se or a thousand-dollar suit or a Ferarri either. The Vita-Mix 5200 retails for $450. It's one of those products that was designed for a commerical kitchen which are now popular with obsessive homecooks. But not ... More >>

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    June 3, 2008

    Dr. John and Our Critic Embark on a Chile-Pepper Eating Contest

    Our man Sietsema and the Night Tripper duke it out at Brooklyn Sichuan

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    May 13, 2008
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    March 13, 2007

    How Green Was My Mole?

    A New Mexican café in Williamsburg excels at Pre-Columbian fare

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    January 31, 2006

    Serious Scorch

    Flay outflayed by Sonoran hash house east of Union Square

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    April 26, 2005

    Eyeball to Eyeball

    A Northern Chinese restaurant in Flushing finally gets our goat

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    November 18, 2003

    Hot Chile Love

    A card game turns into the restaurant it always wanted to be

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    September 16, 2003

    Who Stole the Chiles?

    A Brooklyn Institution Now Resurfaces on Houston Street

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    January 7, 2003
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    October 2, 2001
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    May 15, 2001
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