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    January 2, 2014

    Telepan Pastry Chef Larissa Raphael Brings Fun, Seasonal Desserts to Telepan Local, Opening Today

    In a city that moves as quickly as New York, it's rare to find a chef and pastry chef team that's worked together as long as Larissa Raphael and Bill Telepan. The two met while working at Judson Grill, and, after spending a year apart, reunited to open Telepan (72 West 69th Street, 212-580-4300) in ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    François Payard's Chocolate Macarons for Macaron Day

    Happy Macaron Day! Maybe our interview with François Payard convinced you that macarons are way cooler than cupcakes. Maybe you just want a light, brightly colored pastry to get you through this Tuesday. Either way, you're in luck: François Payard Bakery is hosting a type of macaron treasure hunt. ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011
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    August 10, 2011

    Wedding Cake Vodka. Why?

    THEMACGIRL* / FlickrDo you want your wedding cake vodka martini shaken or stirred?​And you thought cupcake vodka was bad. Now from the annals of things-that-never-should-have-been-made comes wedding cake-flavored vodka from Pearl Vodka. Wedding cake-flavored vodka? One word: Ew.

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    August 4, 2011

    Laduréee Is Set to Open Its Fancy French Doors on August 22

    Ladurée​In May, word went round that Maison Ladurée, the 149-year-old Parisian bakery famous for its macarons, would someday soon open a shop on the Upper East Side. And much to the presumed relief of Francophile pastry addicts, that day is almost here.

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    July 21, 2011

    Wedding Guru Ron Ben-Israel on Sperm Whale Wedding Cakes: Interview Part 2

    Photo courtesy Ron Ben-IsraelRon Ben-Israel can handle even the toughest of bridezillas.​ Yesterday we spoke with Ron Ben-Israel, a wedding-cake master who is certainly on the speed dial of all brides and brides-to-be. He told us all about the parallels between wedding cake making and dancing ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Our 10 Best New Frozen Treats

    Rebecca MarxA big, fat ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus.​ Come the end of May or thereabouts, we more or less live on a diet of frozen dairy and other icy foodstuffs. It's part Darwinian survival strategy and part hedonistic appreciation for anything that can be eaten from a cone -- preferabl ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Battle of the Park Slope Passover Macaroons: Trois Pommes v. Sweet Melissa

    Rebecca MarxTrois Pommes' macaroon.​ If ever there were a poster child for the spare pleasures of Passover desserts, it would be the macaroon. As previously noted, macaroons are an entirely different beast than macarons - where the latter are ethereal sandwich cookies beloved by the French a ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Yes, Yes, We Know They're Called Mararons. But We're Talking Macaroons, Here.

    dannymacaroons.comYou say macaron. We say macaroon.​Dan Cohen, founder of Danny Macaroons, makes artisanal macaroons out of Spanish Harlem. No, not the dainty, colorful French sandwich cookies foodies recently claimed were poised to take over the reign of cupcakes. Macaroons, as in the coconut ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Pichet Ong's Favorite Junk Food is Maltesers. And Kit Kat. And Ice Cream. And Chips: Interview Part 2

    Photo courtesy Pichet OngPichet Ong, Master of International Desserts​Yesterday we spoke with Pichet Ong about his new gig at Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001). Today, he reveals more about his forthcoming cookbook and his favorite junk foods.

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    April 7, 2011

    Coppelia's Pichet Ong Reveals Plans for a New Thai Restaurant and Explains Why He Has Awesome Aprons

    Photo courtesy Pichet OngPichet Ong, Master of International Desserts​Pichet Ong is a busy man, lending his culinary cred to restaurants all over town. His most recent venture is creating the pastry options at Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001), Julian Medina's new Cuban restaurant ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Make Colicchio & Sons's Red Velvet Cake, Like Stephen Collucci

    Red Velvet Cake doesn't have to be crimson.​OK, so maybe this one's obvious. But who can resist a recipe for red velvet cake on any day, much less the Day of Love? Colicchio & Sons pastry chef Stephen Collucci shares the recipe for his red velvet cake, but says it needn't be just for tonight. ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Battle of the Banana Cream Pies: Hill Country Chicken v. Pies-n-Thighs

    A slice of Pies n Thighs' banana cream pie.​ When the menu of Hill Country Chicken was revealed last week, we began having feverish daydreams about its extensive pie selection. The restaurant promised an Americana all-stars line-up, which inspired visions of banana cream, apple cheddar, whisk ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Fat Pants Friday: Momo Milk Bar's Apple Pie Cake Truffles

    ​We've long been disinclined to like cake truffles, mainly because they seem like the kind of dessert that's geared toward people who find even cupcakes to be too big a commitment. How small can cake be before it is no longer cake, but the product of a guilt-ridden dieter's efforts to simultan ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    At Momo Milk Bar: New Soft Serve, Apple Pie Cake, and Tote Bags

    Cream-cheese soft serve Black Hound's key lime macaroon = love.​The allegedly imminent change in seasons will bring new soft-serve to Momofuku Milk Bar: according to Momofuku HQ, its latest roster will feature the "back-to-school, brown bag lunch style" flavors of ants-on-a-log, potato chip, ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Wickedspoon, Joyride Truck Lead New Frozen Yogurt Onslaught

    Joyride Truck​Now that ice cream has been re-purposed, re-imagined, and re-packaged within an inch of its life, a couple of savvy entrepreneurs have turned their attention to its prim and more shamelessly franchised cousin, frozen yogurt.

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    July 12, 2010

    Shack Shack Theater District Officially Opens Today

    ​Although it soft-opened over the weekend, the Theater District Shake Shack officially opened this morning. As at its other locations, burgers and frozen custard are the order of business here, though the menu includes three new concretes inspired by the neighborhood:

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    June 25, 2010

    Fat Pants Friday: Little Buddy Biscuit Co.'s Strawberry-Gingersnap Ice Cream Sandwich

    ​True, Little Buddy Biscuit Co.'s strawberry-gingersnap ice cream sandwich has been written about a lot lately. And the reason it's being written about again here is because it's really, really, exceptionally and unequivocally wonderful.

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    June 17, 2010

    The Real Trick to The Meatball Shop's Ice Cream Sandwiches: Mix and Match Your Cookies

    alwayshungry.comSometimes, it's best when cuffs and collar don't match.​ There's been a lot of talk about The Meatball Shop's sumptuous ice cream sandwiches. On a recent visit, waitress Elizabeth gave us the scoop on how to order them like a real pro.

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    June 16, 2010

    Chatting With Ample Hills Creamery's Brian Smith About Ice Cream, Writing Monster of the Week Movies, and His Plans to Open His Own Shop

    Photo courtesy of Ample Hills CreameryBrian Smith sheds blood, sweat, and tears in service of ice cream.​The opening of Park Slope's Lucas Fine Foods in late May also marked the launch of Ample Hills Creamery, an ice cream company that takes its name from Walt Whitman's poetry and its flavors ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    A Butch Bakery Storefront and Cookbook Are Coming

    Photo courtesy of Butch BakeryTestosterone meets a tender crumb.​A mere six months after introducing the world to cupcakes for dudes, Butch Bakery has a new bun in its oven: its owner, David Arrick, tells us he's planning to open a storefront. What's more, the search and subsequent opening wil ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Colombian Bread Puddding at Cafe Colombia Bakery

    ​If you have ever thought to yourself, "I wish this bread pudding was made with condensed milk and a dash of sherry and tasted like a cross between flan and pumpkin pie" than Colombian pudin de pan is for you.

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    May 25, 2010

    Sprinkles "Does Plan to Keep" Gino's Zebra Wallpaper

    Roe Ethridge/The New York TimesBut will it clash with the cupcakes?​Yesterday, we learned that after Gino closes, its former home will be taken over by Sprinkles, the L.A. cupcake juggernaut. We surmised that this development spelled certain doom for Gino's famous zebra wallpaper, as it doesn' ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    The Early Word: Four & Twenty Blackbirds

    A wedge of rhubarb pie.​ By the time Four & Twenty Blackbirds opened in Gowanus last Friday, it had already been heralded addition to the burgeoning pie scene, a kindred spirit to places like Pies 'n' Thighs, the Blue Stove Bakery, Momofuku Milk Bar, and First Prize Pies. Whether or not pie - ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Parks Department to Use Cupcakes to Fend Off Weenie Vendor Competition at the Met

    clevercupcakes/FlickrNo end in sight.​Mayor Bloomberg may pay all sorts of lip service to the importance of healthy eating, and his Board of Education may want to keep anything baked by human hands out of the schools, but the city's Parks Department is apparently more than happy to peddle cupc ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    In the Eyes of McDonald's Germany, We Are All Cupcakes Now

    This is what it's come to, New York.​To anyone with any shred of doubt that New York has lost whatever edge it once had in the world's eyes, you can now give up the ghost. In a double-whammy of what-the-fuck proportions, McDonald's Germany has introduced cupcakes, and named them after New York ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Fat Pants Friday: The Meatball Shop's Ice Cream Sandwich

    Brownie cookies mint ice cream = a fat pants festival​ As Our Man Sietsema has noted, the Meatball Shop makes a mean meatball hero. It's undeniably a thing of considerable beauty and heft, but most likely doesn't leave much room for dessert. And that's a pity, because the Meatball Shop is e ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Gofra Bite: Belgian Waffles Replace Mini Cupcakes on West Third

    ​Bouncing from trend-food to trend-food, 120 West Third Street is being renovated into a punny new waffle spot.

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    January 25, 2010

    The Early Word: The Dessert Truck's DT Works

    DT Works' creme brulee, crust properly blowtorched.​ Last Friday, after a five-month hiatus, Jerome Chang's Dessert Truck was resurrected as DT Works, an airy, minimally but handsomely decorated storefront on Clinton Street. With its white walls and wooden tables, it even looks a bit like its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Employees Only Introduces Pre-Theater Prix Fixe, Including Bone Marrow Poppers

    If you want to catch The Mentor Project at Cherry Lane Theater, or a Flamenca performance at Lucille Lortel Theater, you can grab a substantial dinner at Employees Only before the show. The cocktail bar and restaurant has just instituted an early bird prix fixe, with seating at 6 p.m., for those who ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    The Early Word: Chinatown Cake Club

    The Chinatown Cake Club's first menu​ Normally, the Early Word visits brick and mortar establishments whose whereabouts and opening hours are accessible to the general public. But at a time when it seems that every other baker or wannabe baker is attempting to recreate more or less the same fo ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Cuckoo for Cocoa at the Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment

    Eric Harvey BrownProfessional pastry chefs Catherine Carlisle and Diana Holland's miniature chocolate cakes.​ Brooklyn was awash in sugar-shocked hipsters yesterday, some 350 of them packing the Bell House for its first-ever Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment. The consensus among some at Sunday's e ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Mott Street Gets Organic Macaroons, Courtesy of J. Chanceux​Some ice cream vendors go south for the winter. Green Apple Organic Ice Cream Company, instead, has decided to share part of its small shop with pastry chef Vivian Lay, who started selling her rainbow of organic French macaroons yesterday and will soon introduce coffee, fr ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Flying Way, Way Under the Radar: Bent Spoon Ice Cream of Princeton, NJ

    ​ The prodigal pumpkin ice cream with chocolate nibs blew people away at last Sunday's New Amsterdam Market--and promptly ran out. You thought our coverage of the New Amsterdam Market was over? Not by a long shot. The monthly event was so compelling, that at least three Fork in the Road scrib ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Fork in the Road on the Road: Chicago's Hoosier Mama Pie Company

    ​ One-fourth of Fork in the Road was in Chicago this weekend, and had the opportunity to make a long-awaited pilgrimage to Hoosier Mama Pie Company in Ukranian Village. Groaning puns aside, Hoosier Mama is indeed the mother of all pie companies: its namesake products look and taste like they ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    More Pastel Frosting to Befall the City

    David Berkowitz/flickrKnow the dot. Fear the dot.​Predictions of the coming cupcake crash be damned: New York is set to suck down another sugar suppository, courtesy of Sprinkles. The Los Angeles cupcake juggernaut, which modestly describes itself as "the world's first cupcake bakery," will op ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    What's Happening This Week: Catch a Cab Tasting & an Ice Cream Social

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Slow U: Ice Cream, from Sugar and Snow Astor Center September 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Do you scream for ice cream? Find out where the summer treat comes from with th ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Revisit: The General Greene

    ​ A few blocks east of Ft. Greene Park, the General Greene and its ice cream cart are a prominent fixture of the DeKalb dining scene. The General Greene came out of the paddock at a trot last August, then vaguely disappointed everyone with interesting-sounding food that was often poorly execu ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Recipe--Make Julia Jaksic's Polenta Pound Cake with Summer Fruits

    If you didn't already sign up for Julia Jaksic's session at Whole Foods Bowery tonight, which is a part of its How I Cook At Home series of New York chef-led classes, here is a sneak peak of what you're missing. The Employees Only chef will be talking about polenta, and will let participants in on h ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    The Atlantic Intellectualizes the Cupcake

    In the same timely (sarcasm) manner that it examined the yoga trend in late 2006, the Atlantic tackles the cupcake craze this month. Of course, maybe it's only because I'm writing and reading from New York as someone who once lived all too near Magnolia Bakery/the Sex and the City tour bus stop that ... More >>

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    February 14, 2009

    Weekend Special -- Cookbook Corner

    This weekend Fork in the Road is kicking off a new series focusing on cookbooks and other food-related volumes that have appeared in our in-boxes recently. Ratio: the Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, by Michael Ruhlman (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009), 231 pages, $26, pub date: ... More >>

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    August 16, 2005

    Durian, Durian

    If only you were a mangosteen

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    June 14, 2005

    Happy Days

    Coney Island's former specialty takes hold in the Midwest

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    May 17, 2005

    Eating for Arousal

    Food lovers' favorite succulent treats turn meals into sexual feasts

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    April 12, 2005

    The Big Chill

    Manhattan's many ice cream and gelato styles

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