Astoria is known for its eclectic blend of Greek cafes, gastropubs, and lounges -- but what if each of those styles came together under one roof, featuring a menu that showcases two of the most talented rising chefs in the neighborhood?
"I've learned that giving up is not my choice," says Ngam chef-owner Hong Thaimee as she reflects on the journey that brought her from Chiang Mai to owning New York City restaurant Ngam (99 Third Avenue, 212-777-8424).
Chilaquiles verdes from Pequeña (86 South Portland Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-643-0000), $8 Hit this duo of Mexican restaurants during the daytime hours, and you'll find a number of cheap items -- and the chilaquiles are excellent.
Surely one of winter's greatest treasures, a mug of hot chocolate can feel as restorative as a multi-dimensional meditative trance (FYI: nirvana looks like Beyonce eating a cronut). No matter how cold or dreary it gets, this elixir with ancient roots -- the Mayans beat us to it by at least two mille ... More >>
There are a handful of Malaysian restaurants (plus at least one cart) in New York City, but none present the level of authenticity Camie Lai means to offer at Rasa (25 West 8th Street), the restaurant she just opened in Greenwich Village.
Four of the five boroughs are located on an island, so it's somewhat baffling, says Sue Walsh, that New Yorkers don't spend more time on the water. Thank our history, she explains -- NYC's waterfront has long been commercially focused, so waterways became polluted, and the rich moved inland, leaving ... More >>
Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>
New Yorkers curious about Japanese dining culture have a new place to experience it in Maid Café NY (150 Centre Street, 775-386-2692), which aims to bring a dose of the Japanese kawaii scene to Chinatown. A bit further uptown, Bohemian (57 Great Jones Street) is a bar and restaurant reminiscent of ... More >>
If your holiday office party put you out of commission, why not walk it off with a trip to weekend brunch? With bottomless deals, cheap meals, and fun scenes, it's likely the best remedy to cure your hangover -- and any lingering embarrassment you might be feeling. (Your co-workers probably won't re ... More >>
The press blizzard began to blow long before Mission Cantina (172 Orchard Street, 212-254-2233) opened its doors to the public on November 19: Speculation over the space at 172 Orchard being taken over by the Mission Chinese crew, a tomatillo's lob from the basement Chinese restaurant a half-block s ... More >>
One year ago, Will Malnati and Doug Jacob opened gastrobar Willow Road (85 Tenth Avenue, 646-484-6566) in the former John Dory space at 85 Tenth Avenue, the same address that holds lofty and destination-worthy dining spots Del Posto, Colicchio & Sons, and Toro, Malnati and Jacob's newest venture. B ... More >>
Chef-partners Joshua Sharkey and Brandon Gillis successfully transformed the hot dog from sidewalk fare to gourmet eats with their Park Slope restaurant Bark Hot Dogs (474 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 718-789-1939). And next year, Manhattanites will be able to sink their teeth into homemade pickle-toppe ... More >>
In May of this year, Dominique Ansel and his Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring Street, 212-219-2773) quietly unleashed the Cronut upon Manhattan, and within three days, the mania had begun. Lines formed down the block in the early morning before the shop opened, celebrities tweeted photos, and knoc ... More >>
It's been a decade since Aquavit alums Dennis Chrysanthopoulos and Adam Greene first opened Snack Taverna down in the West Village, and the pair says they've really enjoyed becoming part of that neighborhood. But when they started toying with the idea of launching another venture, they began explori ... More >>
The entire menu at Stage Restaurant (128 Second Avenue, 212-473-8614), $1.85-$9.95 The entire menu at this East Village diner comes in under $10 -- and the breakfast sandwich is the best in the city.
Arun Mirchandani built a long career in the restaurant industry that brought him from India to NYC, where he worked in his uncle's Bar & Books establishments, at a 42nd Street hotel, and with the Fatty Crew when Zack Pelaccio was still in the mix. But a few years back, he decided it was time to open ... More >>
Step aside cupcakes, hand pies, and -- yes, you too -- cronuts/doughsants, right now, NYC has all eyes on the biscuit. These soft and flaky staples of Southern cuisine have been working their way up north, and the recent entrance of 24-hour Empire Biscuit -- and the crowds that stormed the venue -- ... More >>
In my meat-free book, there are three components to the perfect eatery (in addition, of course, to serving tasty food): First, there must be at least two vegetarian options on the menu -- having only one is boring and makes me feel like an afterthought instead of an valued guest. Second, the food sh ... More >>
Over did it over the past couple of days? Keep the party going (or recuperate) with these brunch options.
Happy Thanksgiving...and Thanksgivukkah. Sometime today, amid the cooking, feasting, and napping, you'll likely reflect, if only for a moment, on the things that you're thankful for. Here at Fork, we're thankful every day for New York City restaurants, without which we'd have very little to cover. B ... More >>
New cookbooks offer a glimpse inside some of the city's top restaurants
There is perhaps no better reason to wake up at a semi-respectable hour on the weekends than brunch, and perhaps no better excuse to get a head start on a sugar rush than a well-deserved serving of French toast. Between egg-soaked brioche, butter, and sugar, we'd bet even your friends who adhere to ... More >>
Most chefs who put out a cookbook do it after they've run a restaurant for awhile, and then they often turn out a memoir that ends up serving more as a coffee table souvenir than as a recipe book. The Sussman brothers did it backward. Max was sous chef at Roberta's until earlier this year, and Eli h ... More >>
Thanksgiving may be a joyous affair, but it's the beleaguered gateway to Christmas. The good news is, it's also the height of white truffle season and the harbinger of black truffle season. And this year, we're seeing some the best fungus we've seen in a while. You don't have to go to a overcrowde ... More >>
For most, there's little way around it: Being a vegetarian on Thanksgiving sucks. It's not that you want to eat the turkey on the table -- or not necessarily, anyway. It's more that everyone else is eating it, and loving it, and making it sound like the best thing ever. (Word to the wise: It's not.) ... More >>
New York has become a prime place for outstanding coffee. Roasters and coffee bars that originated in other states have done much to develop the specialty coffee market here, but we are also witnessing an influx of concepts from a more mature and possibly superior coffee city -- Melbourne, Australia ... More >>
A far, gentrified cry from the neighborhood it once was, the Hell's Kitchen of today is a glossy labyrinth of condominiums and an ever-waning number of low-slung buildings and affordable dining options. Still, the area is teeming with great restaurants catering to all demographics, and with the rece ... More >>
It doesn't matter that Thanksgiving is one of the biggest homemade meal holidays of the year -- apartment kitchens in NYC are still tiny, and the prospect of turning a full feast out of a set-up that resembles an E-Z-Bake oven and a Bunsen burner is daunting at best. If you're inclined to let someon ... More >>
Most of the menu at Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001), $2.25-$9.95 The board at 24/7 spot Coppelia dabbles in traditional diner fare with Latin American influence -- and most of it comes in at under ten bucks.
I've wanted to check out the Chelsea outpost of Blossom (187 Ninth Avenue; 212-627-1144) ever since I tried to meet my cousin there for dinner on a Monday night, only to find out it was booked solid and without a reservation, we were out of luck. "Wow," I thought. "A vegan restaurant that requires a ... More >>
It's been more than ten years since the original Butter opened in the East Village, propelling chef Alex Guarnaschelli to the heights of cooking stardom: She became a Food Network darling, competing in various competitions before hosting shows of her own. The restaurant shuttered earlier this year f ... More >>
Just got word the in-laws are coming into town early? Here's a look the best post-hangover options you'll want to explore if you're taking the news a little hard on a Friday night.
Not everyone can say they've spun out exclusive 10-course dinners in a little East Harlem bakery space after hours or worked the line at world-renowned Per Se, but those two activities fill out the resume of pastry chef Christina Lee, who runs the sweet ship at Recette (328 West 12th Street, 212-414 ... More >>
Few cocktails have the power to form a circle and an engaged -- if outlandish --conversation like punch. Straightforward, boozy, and crowd-pleasing by nature, it is no wonder these table setting tipples are making a big, large-format comeback. With Thanksgiving and out-of-town visitors on the horizo ... More >>
Sotir Zonea cut his hospitality teeth in the night club worlds of LA and New York, but he gained a deep appreciation for food during childhood. "When I was growing up, we didn't have one set meal," he explains. "My grandma would put a million plates on the table, and we'd all dig in and mix and matc ... More >>
Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. Although the Standard East Village' ... More >>
Just about anything from Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (174 Fifth Avenue, 212-675-5096), $2.50-$10 In the center of Manhattan, this diner still turns out an affordable menu packed with old New York classics.
It's been four years since the team behind Louie & Chan (303 Broome Street) first took control of a space on Broome Street and Allen with plans to erect a restaurant and club; the group used the time afforded by construction and permitting setbacks to hone its concept, an Asian lounge meets Italian ... More >>
Need a cheap drink? If you're facing the pain of tying up a few loose ends before the holidays, take a break and tie one on during one of these cheap happy hours:
Just one more full work week until the holiday, so go enjoy yourself before you're stuck spending all your time stressing out about the turkey. Your week in food:
The weekend is just about here, which means it's time to head out for celebratory end-of-week drinks -- and then figure out a brunch place where you can ease out of that hangover. A few suggestions for the second part of that equation:
On Tuesday night, Ditmas Park's The Farm on Adderley (1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 718-287-3101) hosted Brian McKenzie of Finger Lakes Distilling for a cocktail-paired dinner featuring the upstate distillery's refined hooch as part of the restaurant's monthly event series, which has featured forag ... More >>
When Amanda Cohen opened Dirt Candy (430 East 9th Street, 212-228-7732) in 2008 -- an era, you may recall, in which America's love affair with pork was reaching maniacal heights -- she emphasized that her spot was not so much a vegetarian restaurant as it was a vegetables restaurant. At the time, sh ... More >>
The crown jewel of northern Manhattan, Harlem's creative and socioeconomic identity has undergone -- as all neighborhoods are subject to -- a series of transformations since the renaissance of the 1920s. And while it hasn't experienced enough gentrification in recent years to qualify as the "William ... More >>
Flatiron's Ciano shuttered abruptly last spring, leaving its 22nd Street space dark just two and a half years after it had opened. But the team wasted no time in relocating: Owner Stratis Morfogen -- who also founded Chinese spot Phillipe Chow and was raised in a restaurant family -- decided to move ... More >>
Two years ago, Jeff Blath opened Alobar (46-42 Vernon Boulevard, 718-752-6000) in Long Island City two years ago, implementing a nose-to-tail menu that's kept the neighborhood well-fed. That type of cooking is no longer a novel idea -- butcher-chefs proliferated throughout the city some time back -- ... More >>
If you're feeling torn between voyaging on an intergalactic space mission and enjoying a meat-free dinner, here's some good news: At East Village vegetarian Thai restaurant Pukk (71 First Avenue, 212-253-2742), you can do both.