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    October 21, 2014

    How Can New York Stop the City's Worst Landlords?

    When the trouble came to 90 Elizabeth Street, it arrived quietly, in a flurry of white papers. They blanketed the mailboxes and the front doors of many of the tenants in the modest Chinatown apartment building, a forbidding snowdrift of eggshell, piled with angry black type. When 43-year-old Betty E ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 14, 2014
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    March 17, 2014

    Navigating the Wonderful World of 99 Favor Taste

    99 Favor Taste (285 Grand Street, 646-682-9122), recently opened on the edge of Chinatown, is a feastly orgy: trays heaped with raw meats and fishes, feathery greens and fungi, boiling and bubbling pots, and popping and sizzling meats top every table. Diners crowd around, heads-down, slurping noodle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Diverse Dim Sum's Xiao Long Bao, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Talde's John Bush Talks Barrel-Aged Manhattans and Tequila Bloody Marys

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Mei Yu Spring's Superb Chive Pancake

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC, 2013 Edition

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Fork in the Road's Updated Dim Sum Dictionary

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Tired of Potato Chips? Have a Bite of Baby Clams

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Use Head-On Shrimp Whenever Possible

    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 >>

  • Film

    August 22, 2012
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    July 24, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 202: How Do You Eat Lychee?

    So, how do you eat a lychee, anyway?

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 192: Stinky, Stinky Durian

    Durian, from Chinatown supermarket

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    June 21, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 171: ACID-Flavored Jellyfish Head

    Acid Sweet Taste Jellyfish Head from Chinatown Supermarket

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    June 18, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 167: STINKY Tofu in Boston

    Stinky Tofu with Pickle from Dumpling Cafe (695-697 Washington Street, Boston, 617-338-8858).

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    April 4, 2012

    Brooklyn Wok Shop: 5 Best Things To Eat There [Updated With the 5 Worst]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Spiny Softshell Turtles on Mott Street

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Blue Crabs Live in Chinatown Markets

    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 >>

  • Dining

    February 29, 2012

    Coluck: Strange, Cheap, and Hidden

    An odd Hong Kong café lurks down an alleyway

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    February 9, 2012

    Takeout Your Valentine's Day Meal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Fashion Week Approacheth! Here Are The Rules!

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    December 7, 2011

    Shanghai Asian Cuisine: Nip and Suck

    A new food twist appears in Chinatown

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    5 Best Dishes at Shanghai Asian Cuisine

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    November 16, 2011

    Banana Leaf: Here's Your Skanky Wallop

    Brooklyn's Sunset Park goes a little more Malaysian

  • Dining

    November 9, 2011

    RedFarm: Dim Sum and Then Some

    Find your fancy Chinese food in the West Village

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2011

    Hot and Sour Soup at Inexpensive Delicacies, Dish No. 4

    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.

  • Dining

    September 7, 2011
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    June 22, 2011

    Take Your Java Jones East: Asian Instant Coffees

    ​If you love the convenience of Starbucks VIA but find it a tad expensive for your instant-coffee needs ($10 for 12 sticks), pop over to your closest Chinese supermarket in Chinatown or Flushing to look for these cheap and tasty alternatives, by way of Southeast Asia. (IOG in Fresh Meadows, Qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Ten Fascinating Ethnic Ingredients Chefs Should Get to Know Better

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Little Italy is Dead, Long Live Chinatown

    ​"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 >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat in Manhattan's Chinatown

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    It's late Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back at the week that was ... Veritas's Rubén Sanz Ramiro talked about wines with energy and the restaurant's craziest bottle. Cops also have a thing for Magnolia Bakery. Our 10 Best Things to Eat in Manhattan's Chinatown.

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    December 22, 2010

    Hedgehog Killed in Chinatown Fire; Woman's Body Found in Suitcase in Harlem; Senate Passes $160B Defense Bill

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Chinatown Cake Club Is on 'Extra-Long Hiatus,' But Is Available in Cookbook Form

    Photo courtesy of Chinatown Cake Club​Last 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    How Not to Die in an Elevator (or on an Escalator): 10 Simple Tips

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Xiao Ye's Post-Sifton Menu

    visualpanic/Flickr​After 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    People No Longer Grossed Out By British Food; McDonald's to Pay Out $17,500 to Fattened Employee

    ​Peter Meehan on why he's really into Chinatown these days: Sichuan hot pot in a bag, tofu, and barbecued parts. [T Magazine] Royal Caribbean cruise line's newest ship, the 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas, will house the first Starbucks outlet at sea. [USA Today] A recent survey reveals t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Van Kills Child, Hurts Others in Chinatown (Updated)

    Around noon a van marked "China Chalet" (a local catering firm) apparently hit several children at 38 East Broadway in Chinatown near Market Street. One of the children is reported dead. We're not sure what the kids were doing there but there are a couple of schools nearby including Mesivta Tifereth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats -- Dumplings

    The name on the sign is Dumplings; the name on the menu is Chinese Food Dumplings is perhaps the ninth dumpling cafe to open in Manhattan's Chinatown, and it's certainly one of the best. As usual, the prices are a step below rock bottom. A friend and I enjoyed a $5 lunch (that's for both of us!) tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Food Travels in Pictures

    An imported boyfriend made for holidays spent on two continents and three coasts, but it also made for some good food and pictures of it. We begin on the South Coast of England where I learned that my turkey from the local butcher came with not only a certificate about the splendid life he once led ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Incredibly Cheap Eats -- Scallion Pancake

    Northern Chinese food has finally infiltrated Manhattan's Chinatown, appearing at its fringes at a tiny new noodle shop with the enticing name of -- Strange Taste. Much of the menu is Fujianese, including delicious soups with duck and taro, and, for lovers of meat and psychedelia, "beef trip with me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Indescribable YouTube Treasure!

    Sometimes you troll around YouTube (well, I do) and come up with something so unspeakably fabulous/appalling that you can't even assess it in words. But I'm supposed to be a writer or something, so let me strap on my feathery thinking chapeau and give it a try. This clip is a cover of "My Way" done ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 5, 2008
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    July 10, 2008

    The Early Word: MaiThai

    The early word on MaiThai, the only Thai restaurant in Brooklyn's Chinatown.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    Dragon Fruit Season in Chinatown

    The pinkest fruit ever. What to do with it?

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    Snapshots of Brooklyn's Chinatown

    Brooklyn's Chinatown, on 8th Avenue in Sunset Park, is one of my favorite places to eat. That cart pictured to the right is at 55th Street and 8th Avenue. The woman inside makes all sorts of noodles—chewy cylindrical steamed rice noodles, and nicely al dente fried lo mein. She also makes those sil ... More >>

  • News

    January 1, 2008

    A (Chinatown) Fish Story

    Hide the blackfish! State agents raid Chinese restaurants for puny, but tasty, swimmers

  • Dining

    November 15, 2005

    Beef Unbound

    Vietnamese on Grand revels in colonial Gallic underpinnings

  • Dining

    October 14, 2003

    Boiling the Bird

    Where the buffalo carp roam in Manhattan's Chinatown

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    June 4, 2002
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