We've combed the city once more for a list of cheap eats, tasty dishes under $10 meant to get you to your next paycheck. This week's roundup includes a dish ideal for weathering the polar vortex, a Chinatown mainstay, and a good, cheap burger that doesn't come from Shake Shack.
Super Bowl is on your mind. We know this, but there's still plenty of fun to be had before the big game. Videology is hosting a workout session and screening old-school Jazzercise videos, a group of artist have built a pyramid scheme (of sorts_ for a one-day show, and crowds gather in Chinatown on S ... More >>
Ring in the Lunar New Year (and the year of the horse) with a feast for kings without getting caught in the thick of activities in Chinatown or Flushing. Here's a round-up of five great blowout options for a festive dinner.
That John Bush's name is stamped on cocktail menus around the city--his credits include Vig Bar and Mario Batali's Otto--is a testament to the time he's put in behind the bar here: After bar-backing and photographing bands all over the globe, Bush landed in this scene 20 years ago, and he spent 12 o ... More >>
A fire broke out this morning at 83 Elizabeth Street. All the residents of the six-story Chinatown building have been evacuated.
Friday, May 17 Sweet Leaf Tea's Be Sweet New York Sweet Leaf Tea will unveil a bottle cap art installation on the High Line in Chelsea tonight. The event kicks off the company's "Be Sweet Out There" campaign to inspire kind acts in New York City, and complimentary tea and entertainment will be given ... More >>
Fo tiao qing, braised pork tendon Way back in 2009, Fork in the Road offered readers an original dim sum visual dictionary, our tool to carry with you as you seek out the best small-plate parlors in the city. It was intended to be a resource for identifying and enjoying the traditional dim sum dish ... More >>
Why not give these a go instead of Doritos? Westerners have long been in a rut where commercial snacks are concerned. Walk into any bodega and your choices are likely to be limited to dozens of flavors of potato chips in a bewildering number of sizes and shapes, or dough-based snacks that have bee ... More >>
Last Friday, a long line waited for the National Guard to arrive and distribute food and other disaster relief. (Click on any image to enlarge.) Meanwhile, trucks -- some bound for Chinatown -- are loaded at the 69th Armory on lower Lexington Avenue. Friday at 4pm Chinatown was a mess. A long li ... More >>
An assortment of brochettes from this innovative Chinatown barbecue cart is Dish #22 in our countdown. 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. It was only five year ... More >>
John D. asks: My boss is flying in from St. Louis and he wants to eat lunch in Chinatown (they don't really have a Chinatown there). Where should I take him? Dear John D.: I'm assuming you mean Manhattan Chinatown - there are actually four other ones, two in Brooklyn and two in Queens.
Shortly after federal transportation authorities cracked down on Chinatown's charter buses, city officials have targeted cheap transport between Flushing, Queens and Manhattan. This seems to have started last week. Then, city officials began issuing fines and towing the large tour buses that had s ... More >>
Durian, from Chinatown supermarket
Random Candy from Chinatown Supermarket
Random Beverages from Chinatown Grocery
Chinatown Duck from Li's Restaurant (136 Avenue C, 212-677-6003)
Little Dragon Le Baron Chinatown Thursday, May 3, 2012 When getting ready to see Swedish dance fiends Little Dragon at Le Baron Chinatown, I really only had one question: Would I actually get in? Yes, I was assured by one of the event's men behind the curtain, Fabien Moreau, but I didn't want to be ... More >>
Some Chinatown property owners didn't really want to be part of a Business Improvement District in the first place. Now a group of them are claiming that the city illegally charged them fees corresponding to months before the BID even officially existed. The city told the Voice yesterday that it i ... More >>
Turnip Cake with Ham and XO Sauce from Chinatown Brasserie (380 Lafayette Street, 212-533-7000)
The spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera) is available live in Chinatown fish markets along Mott and Grand streets. Those enjoy looking in those cardboard boxes (either approvingly or disapprovingly) that are used to merchandise live creatures on the sidewalks in front of Chinatown markets had a sur ... More >>
Andrew W.K. gets Webster Hall wet
Chinatown has established its own restaurant week, which starts this Friday and runs until March 18. Check out the participating restaurants:
Robert Sietsema wanders around the Chinatown Arcade and samples some Chinese-fusion café fare at Coluck: "Well, they'll feed you cheaply and copiously with foods that seem like a merging of neighborhood Chinese and the cooking of a culinarily challenged English mom who, strapped for time, pulls a b ... More >>
Minced beef congee at Coluck -- mother in a bowl Also known as jook, the soothing rice porridge called congee is South China's favorite breakfast. The rice has been cooked into oblivion in some kind of broth till rice and liquid merge almost completely. Flavorings often include shredded ginger, an ... More >>
No, it's not a potato, though it looks like one. Fork in the Road often finds itself turning to its readers for identification of foodstuffs we stumble on in area markets but can't figure out. We have another request. This fruit was being sold at the open air market in Chinatown at the cor ... More >>
Get sloshed on a different kind of breast milk
Yes, there are rules. Disobey them and you become fashion-unfabulous in the drop of a hemline. *Run around Lincoln Center every day, telling strangers, "Gosh, I hate Fashion Week! I wouldn't be here if I didn't absolutely have to be!" This gives out the impression that you have some incred ... More >>
Prior to the afternoon parade, the floats lined up on Mott Street. The Chinese Year of the Dragon began Monday, January 23, 2012. The new year is 4710. Today marked the 13th anniversary of the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade, which has become increasingly popular each year, so that now the ... More >>
Shanghai-style lo mein at Chinatown's Shanghai Asian Cuisine This week Counter Culture sails into Shanghai Asian Cuisine, a comparative newcomer to Elizabeth Street in the most ancient part of Chinatown, next to the alley called Chinatown Mall. Here are the five dishes that my friends and I ... More >>
Brooklyn's Sunset Park goes a little more Malaysian
Find your fancy Chinese food in the West Village
If you want to kindle a fierce debate among "bottom-feeding" foodies, as they're derisively called (and I'm certainly one), just ask what's the cheapest and best item of food for the money in one borough or another.
Why is it called a sugar apple? Your guess is as good as mine. Surprising things are always appearing in Chinatown markets. Sometimes, it's an obscure herb or nut from a Southeast Asian country; this last weekend it was sugar apples.
The jackfruit currently for sale in Chinatown is of the soft and sweet variety, and hence probably better eaten raw, possibly with a little brown sugar. The improvised vegetable and fruit stands on the streets of Chinatown are always revamping their selection according to what is currently a ... More >>
Today in a New York Post Exclusive we learn of a new law being proposed that would terrify us to our core if we'd ever purchased any counterfeit bags. But since we haven't done much shopping at all, in fact, since that old recession, we can breathe easy -- for now. Still, it might behoove you ... More >>
Sprinkled with sesame seeds, marinated jellyfish makes a memorable summer salad The last couple of decades have flooded NYC with colorful cuisines many of us never knew existed, and stocked ethnic markets with exotic ingredients that had strange names and fascinating properties. This influx ... More >>
The New York Post has the sort-of Robin Hood story today of Ha Vasko, a rich 67-year-old Vietnamese woman arrested in Chinatown four times for pick-pocketing. "I hate Chinese people," she explained to the police. "They sell fake stuff, take the money, and send the money back home," she went o ... More >>
This dish of pith and unsweet melon is as wan as a wintry day -- but the taste is supremely delectable. Bamboo pith is not a common ingredient in Western gastronomy. In fact, I've never seen it outside grandiose Hong Kong-style restaurants. Winter melon is more common -- you can see it in e ... More >>
When he was in the kitchen at Chinatown's Hwa Yuan restaurant, Shorty Tang cooked some of the most legendary cold sesame noodles in the city's culinary history. For a few brief, precious hours this afternoon, his grandsons Casey and Gilley are resurrecting the dish in honor of Chinese New Yea ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Chinatown Cake ClubLast December, we were lucky enough to attend the very first meeting of the Chinatown Cake Club, a monthly dessert salon that pastry chef Victoria Howe hosted in her agreeably cramped Chinatown apartment. We liked what we ate, and looked forward to the inv ... More >>
You may not be aware of this (we sure weren't!) but it's National Elevator and Escalator Safety Awareness Week. As such, the Department of Buildings is providing a helpful educational program for first and second graders in Chinatown so that they know what to do, like keeping their shoelaces ... More >>
Steaming is a gas at two bao specialists
Hide the blackfish! State agents raid Chinese restaurants for puny, but tasty, swimmers
Channeling your Chinatown child in the East Village
Short ribs surf gravy wave at old-style Chinatown Cantonese
From lo mein to lobster in the city's five chinatowns
Secret specialty of a banquet hall in Brooklyn's Chinatown
Return of the Repressed