Xiao long bao from Diverse Dim Sum (Flushing Mall, 133-31 39th Avenue, Queens), $6-$7.50 Avoid the long dim sum lines and fill up on these soup dumplings -- or use them to fuel you on an exploratory food tour of Flushing.
Later this year, we'll pen our Best of New York issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes and drinks. Until then, you can get a ... More >>
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The "chives pancake" (it's really more of an empanada, and yes, there are plural chives in there) at Mei Yu Spring, a new restaurant on Catherine Street. Shown broken open with a dab of Sriracha Fifteen years ago new places like Fried Dumpling on Allen Street and Vanessa's on Forsyth revolutionize ... More >>
Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman will now be slinging meatballs around Chelsea at the Meatball Shop's newest outpost. The spot on Ninth Avenue has 60 seats, a new cocktail list (including jello shots), and "Underballs," a first-come first-serve bar in the basement, which serves the full menu and i ... More >>
Three kinds of sea cucumbers, ranging in price from $25 to $110 per pound There's nothing vegetarian about a sea cucumber, and, though you can cut it up and use it in a salad, it isn't green and doesn't crunch. Also known as sea slug (or less felicitously as sea rat), the creatures are shell-less ... More >>
The braised pork shoulder at Shanghai newcomer Full House is perfectly executed, but will it be enough to catapult that Chinatown establishment into our top 10? With wave upon wave of new immigrants arriving, the city's collection of Chinese restaurants is in a perpetual state of flux. Ten years a ... More >>
In Chinatown, you can get these beauties for $6 or so per pound. When doing anything with shrimp that involves making chowders, stews, or sauces, find head-on shrimp for the most spectacular results. The shrimp head is the depository of much mellow orange fat, which enriches a seafood chowder or f ... More >>
Ed Lefkowitz/BAM Monday, December 17 Beagle and Governor Dinner: East Village's the Beagle will team up with Governor, the Dumbo restaurant that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, for a three-course sherry-paired dinner. Tickets are $85 or $125 depending on your drink selections. Half of the procee ... More >>
Here are some ways to help with Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts: The Bowery Mission is looking for help through their Twitter feed. You can donate Blood. In Red Hook, food is being distributed in three areas. If you have any spare goods, some of these spots are also taking donations.
So, how do you eat a lychee, anyway?
Shrimp and Spicy Beef Jerky from Ling Kee Beef Jerky (42 Canal Street)
Acid Sweet Taste Jellyfish Head from Chinatown Supermarket
Stinky Tofu with Pickle from Dumpling Cafe (695-697 Washington Street, Boston, 617-338-8858).
Green Tea With Pudding from Quickly
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is expanding his empire and his set to open ABC Cocina this fall. "We will have paella, croquettas, a lot of small plates,'' Vongerichten told Grub Street. [Grub Street] Tom Colicchio will be the anchor tenant of a new outdoor market that will open under the High Line in ... More >>
Pan Fried Tiny Buns from Dumpling Cafe (861 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718-302-8886)
Coconut "drink" from Chinese Grocery
Roast pork over rice with bok choy and a fried egg This week Counter Culture slides into Brooklyn Wok Shop, where a mainly Cantonese menu is offered at an elevated price in a room decorated with soup bowls. The review isn't too kind to the spot, but nevertheless several good dishes are identified. ... More >>
Female crab broken open to display orange roe -- that's some good eatin'! This morning Fork in the Road wrote about the spiny softshell turtles currently being displayed live in Chinatown fish markets. But those aren't the only things crawling around in wooden crates and cardboard boxes on display ... More >>
An odd Hong Kong café lurks down an alleyway
The doubly buttered almond croissant at Tartine This is an admittedly quirky and idiosyncratic list of the places I wish I were eating breakfast right now, and the things I'd be eating.
Go balls-to-the-wall with your lovers favorite takout on V-Day.There's something to be said for shelling out $100 plus per person for luxury ingredients and romance, but sometimes it's better to just eat at home, for a number of reasons. A) It's cost-effective and the economy sucks. B) You can co ... More >>
For this week's review, I headed down to Chinatown -- Doyers Street, specifically -- to check out Pulqueria, Christopher and Heather Tierney's new Mexican cocktail lounge and restaurant. The food pleasantly surprised me; standouts included the hibiscus flower enchiladas, a great mushroom quesadilla, ... More >>
To go with your tureen of turtle soup, a glass of Madeira was the near-universal choice. In 2009 former Times restaurant critic William Grimes published Appetite City, a book so crammed with details about the history of New York dining that you'll find yourself returning to extract delicious littl ... More >>
A new food twist appears in Chinatown
These ain't no Buffalo wings! This week, Counter Culture saunters into Banana Leaf, an exemplary new Malaysian restaurant in Brooklyn's foremost Chinatown. Here are the five dishes my friends and I liked the most.
Jayjay P / FlickrIt's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and pla ... More >>
basykes/flickrHere come the brides and grooms! Summertime is wedding season. In FitR's first-ever Wedding Week, we're celebrating the best wedding season ever because it's the first during which anyone can marry, regardless of color, creed, or sexual preference. Yay! Two people joining in hol ... More >>
FootosVanRobin / FlickrDrink up!Everyone loves a good glass of moonshine. Why? Because it's illegal for one, and anyone who has ever consumed anything illegal -- be it a glass of hooch or a pot brownie -- knows that it tastes damn well better than something made morally. While most people ... More >>
Last month, the street artist Beast made the New York City subway map, usually a "limp dick," into an erect penis thrilled over the death of Osama Bin Laden. Yesterday he was back at work with a new installation he calls "Sam & Fred & Mike & Tom & Jerry go to China," which depicts a dilapidat ... More >>
The dark red clams and rough-cut cukes make a very pretty picture on the plate. The surf clams, meaty and briny, look like those southern Italian chile pepper necklaces, and the cukes are jagged, with a profound crunch provided by the thick kirby skins. But the biggest surprise is the invis ... More >>
"Little Italy is becoming Littler Italy," the New York Times declares in today's paper, noting that census results released in December count not one person living in the New York City neighborhood as a native of Italy. This time around, only 5 percent of residents in the 24-square-blocks ide ... 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 >>
In A-Wah's Hong Kong-style wonton lo mein, the noodles are cooked al dente, and the broth is served on the side. The amazing thing about Manhattan's Chinatown, no matter how it ebbs and flows, no matter how many restaurants come and go: It's always been a bastion of excellent cheap eats. Th ... More >>
Wah Fung No. 1 Fast Food, Inc. always has a line waiting outside for its excellent charcuterie at jaw-droppingly low prices, but will it make our top 10 treats? As other Chinatowns have grown and prospered, Mahattan's -- the city's first and most ancient, dating at least to the 1860s -- has ... More >>
Papa John's is offering a free pizza to everyone in America if the Super Bowl goes into overtime. But there's a catch: You have to register for the chain's customer loyalty program, "Papa Points," before 11:59 p.m. ET on February 5. [USA Today] The Flying Pig food truck in L.A. is now suing ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers a new and delicious breed of pizza bones at Lievito; Lauren Shockey likes the food, but not the boring beige room, at Junoon. Sam Sifton finds hits and misses at Lyon: "Some of the food is excellent. ... Best of all are the restaurant's offer ... More >>
Adorable animals in trouble.• Yesterday it was reported that a wolverine (illegal to be kept in New York as housepets) was killed in a fire in Chinatown on Tuesday night. It was not a wolverine, but instead a two-year-old hedgehog (also illegal) named Lillith and three-year-old rabbit named ... More >>
visualpanic/FlickrAfter Sam Sifton delivered a no-star review of Xiao Ye, Eddie Huang told us that he was planning to make some changes in the kitchen. And according to his blog, he has: Look for bigger portion sizes and individual portions for dishes like pot stickers, head-on prawns, and be ... More >>
New York's got some weird addresses. Heard about the Chinatown tenement at 81 Bowery where residents live in cubicles? It stinks of piss and fish paste, yet when it was closed briefly for fire violations, tenant fought to get back in. Maybe they just want to be near the Bowery Ballroom? Eliza ... More >>
Sunset Park Sino-Malaysian skates to culinary victory
BYOB, they'll provide the starch at Carmine Street Asian
Vietnamese on Grand revels in colonial Gallic underpinnings
Where the buffalo carp roam in Manhattan's Chinatown