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Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Find a Verdant Quesadilla Among the Wares at Mexico 2000

    It's hard to find fault with Mexico 2000 (367A Broadway, Brooklyn, 718-782-3797), the Mexican grocery stalwart on the South side of Williamsburg in the shadow of the J/M/Z line. With a cornucopia of Mexican produce and spices, canned goods, beer, baked goods, lottery tickets, shampoo, and toilet pap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    The Five Best Restaurants in Little Egypt

    The Little Egypt segment of Steinway Street, between Astoria Boulevard and 28th Avenue, has its own particular, welcoming smell, a blend of shisha and grill smoke from the halal cart stationed in front of the Al Iman mosque. Though only one block long, there are dozens of restaurants, bakeries, coff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Savoury Brings Health-Conscious Indian Food to the UWS

    Lala Sharma turned out his upscale, healthy take on Indian cuisine at Surya in the West Village for more than a decade before he expanded to the Upper West Side with his son, Abishek, and opened Swagat, a more traditional Indian restaurant, in 2011. Surya has since shuttered, but last night, the fat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Butterfish Set to Open and Offer Affordable Omakase to the Sony Pavilion

    A real estate conflict forced the closure of longtime Midtown spot Solo Restaurant last year, and now a sushi restaurant is stepping in to fill the void: Butterfish (550 Madison Avenue, 212-729-1819) will open its doors tomorrow, offering an affordable omakase option to Midtown East.

  • Dining

    February 26, 2014

    Mission Cantina Hits the Sweet Spot for Mexico City-Style Tacos

    Danny Bowien's latest venture flaunts from-scratch tortillas

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    In Luke Barr's Provence, 1970 a Key Moment for New American Cooking

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    The Heath's Chef R.L. King Blends British Fare and Theatrics

    London-based production company Punchdrunk (Sleep No More) opened The Heath at the McKittrick Hotel this November, bringing the immersive theatre experience to a restaurant setting and, in the process, equipping executive chef R.L. King with terms like "cue" and "understudy" -- phrases that would so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Lessons in Eating Well From Simca's Cuisine Still Resound 40 Years Later

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Learn to Make Japanese Noodles (and Many Other Things) at ICE

    We're always looking for more inspiration to make at least occasional use of our tiny New York kitchens (that is, beyond making our customary morning bowl of oatmeal or using the counter space to store our mail), so a couple of weeks ago, we dropped into a class at the Institute for Culinary Educati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Checking Out Otafuku 2.0

    Like a settlement-winning divorcee, Otafuku (220 East 9th Street, 212-353-8503), the city's premiere destination for down-and-dirty takoyaki, okonomiyaki and taiyaki, has gotten a facelift and moved into roomier digs. Gone is the worn wood-paneled interior, the sliver of a space that only held three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Find Super Rare Tlales at Reyes Deli & Grocery

    Tlales, also known as chales, talitos, or biuses, are the dregs of the chicharron pot. They are occasionally sold in a commercial context by professional chicharron producers, but even still, these pork crumbles are exceptionally rare, even for Mexican-centric cities like Los Angeles.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    What's Up With the Timing at Jewel Bako and Benkei?

    I don't know if I've been craving raw fish recently or if all of your joyless January juice cleanses are serving as a massive guilt trip, but I've found myself steadily plowing my way through sushi restaurants, stuffing my gullet with sea creatures and rice and washing it down with green tea. This i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Saigon Shack's Pho, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Pho from Saigon Shack (114 MacDougal Street, 212-228-0588), $7-$10 This pho won't change your life, but it will fill you up for cheap -- and sate a Vietnamese noodle soup craving in a pinch.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Ivan Ramen: Learn to Make Real Slow-Cooked Ramen

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    A Tale of the Feast of Seven Fishes -- and 10 Places to Eat It in NYC

    Every year, Italians the world over celebrate La Vigilia de Natale, or the Labor of Mary, with a bereaved act of abstention: in honor of the birth of Christ, neo-Romans fast the day away, and, in one final tithe, opt away from red meat for the evening, instead gorging themselves on fish as only Ital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Celebrate Tamale Season at Tamales Mexicanos

    Unlike many foodstuffs, the Mexican tamale resists modernization. The process -- making a braised filling, mixing a dough, soaking cornhusks, assembling individual dumplings, wrapping each package, then steaming until cooked through -- is so time-consuming that it enervates even the most eager parti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Ngam's Hong Thaimee: "Giving Up Is Not My Choice"

    "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).

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Bavaria Bierhaus: A New German Beer Hall on Stone Street

    Over the last decade, Noel McDermott has watched cobblestone-covered Stone Street grow from a silent stretch of Financial District landscape into a busy strip of restaurants and bars popular with the Wall Street afterwork crowd. "Over the last ten years, it's gone from a ghost town to a really vibra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Taqueria Lower East Side's Tostadas and Tacos, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Tacos and tostadas from Taqueria Lower East Side (198 Orchard Street, 212-677-3910), $3-$5.50 Want to have a beer with your meal and still spend less than 10 bucks? Head to this Lower East Side Mexican joint.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Tacos Morelos: Cheap Vegetarian Food on the Corner

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Truffles are In: Here's Where to Celebrate in NYC

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Pho Viet Huong Delivers Raw Meat in a Carton (on purpose)

    The winter months mean vastly different things to different people. As the weather chills, the days shorten, and the holiday festivities commence, I am weary yet unchastened by the memories of holiday party benders past.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Yuji Ramen Becomes Permanent Mainstay at Whole Foods Bowery

    Hard to believe, but it's been only a year and a half since Yuji Hariguchi first launched Yuji Ramen (95 Houston Street, 212-420-1320) as a pop-up in Kinfolk Studios. The mazemen wizard experienced a meteoric rise, landing a stand at Smorgasburg that propelled him into an extended stint at the Bower ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Venture to Tacos y Quesadillas Chilpacingo Gro. for Tlayocos

    The cadre of carts parked outside of the Myrtle-Wyckoff stop in Bushwick have gained another member: Tacos y Quesadillas Chilpancingo Gro. (Wyckoff Avenue between Gates and Myrtle) is a cart based out of Corona, Queens -- where there is an original outpost -- and it has roots in the capital city of ... 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.

  • Dining

    November 6, 2013

    Isaan Like Donkey Kong

    Three new spots try the other Thai

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    A Mexican Breakfast at Sabor a Mexico

    "We don't have espresso drinks, no cappuccinos... just cafe con leche," laments the matron of Sabor a Mexico Taqueria (160 First Avenue, 212-533-4002), a modest Mexican hole-in-the-wall run by a family from Guerrero in the East Village. The four small tables are rarely filled; the occasional local c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Tabata's Ramen, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Ramen from Tabata (540 Ninth Avenue and 557 Eighth Avenue, 212-290-7691), $9-$10 Of all the upper echelon ramen spots in NYC, this one offers noodle soups at the best value.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Find the Tamalero at Broadway and Keap: The Tamales Are too Good to Share

    You might look for grooves worn into the sidewalk at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Keap in South Williamsburg: Carlos, an early morning tamale vendor, has been at this same spot almost every Saturday and Sunday for the past 18 years. He pulls up on his bicycle, which is outfitted with a rolling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    A Convincing Argument for NYC Mexican Food at Reyes Deli & Grocery

    When the New York Times released its taco issue two weeks ago, Ligaya Mishan's Hungry City column, which praised a handful of our city's finer offerings, was simultaneously heralded for highlighting the goods and scoffed at for neglecting dozens of deserving places among the Mexican cuisine cognosce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Taqueria Rancho Escondido's Barbacoa Tacos, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 14: Barbacoa tacos from Taqueria Rancho Escondido (257 West 231st Street, Bronx, 347-640-5050) Spit-roasted goat is only part of the reason why this Kingsbridge hole-in-the-wall makes some of the best tacos in town.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    La Pasadita's Spicy Pork Quesadilla, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 18: Spicy pork quesadilla from La Pasadita (Myrtle Avenue and Broadway, Brooklyn) A taco, sope, or torta might be the natural order from this Bushwick taco truck, but the quesadilla is a surprise hit.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    5 Spots for Great Tacos on National Taco Day

    In case you missed it, LA and its surroundings got their undies in a bunch this week after the New York Times published a Hungry City column declaring that NYC could go "mano a mano" with the City of Angels when it comes to tacos.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    The 10 Best Thai Restaurants in NYC

    A decade ago, the average New Yorker would be hard-pressed to name 10 destination-worthy Thai restaurants, but as the city's collective palate has expanded, so too have the options for regional cuisines from Southeast Asia; fiery, sour Northeastern Isaan flavors seem to be in particular abundance th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Xe May's Lam'bretta, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 23: Lam'bretta from Xe May This is a fusion banh mi of the highest order.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    House Mole a Standout at Aqui En Bella Puebla Inc.

    "La mejor de Mexico esta en Puebla"--which roughly translates to "the best part of Mexico is Puebla"--reads the menu of Aqui En Bella Puebla Inc. The board is lengthy: dozens of antojitos, a long list of protein fillings for your tortas and tacos, six kinds of soup, a steam table with more options, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    In Chelsea Market, Look for the Tacos at Los Tacos No. 1

    The fast-food Mexican format that offers quick mindfully-assembled tacos, tortas, and burritos is so popular in the western end of our country, but it has yet to take hold this far east. Unlike big-branch conglomerates serving slop, these types of restaurants serve streamlined Mexican fare, and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Can the Quesadilla Maker Help a Bro to Not Screw Up Dinner?

    After browsing through the food section of a popular men's lifestyle magazine one evening, a thought popped into my head: I could really go for some homemade quesadillas.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    The 10 Best Italian Restaurants in NYC

    For decades, Italian cuisine in New York meant red sauce and lots of it. With the opening of Bamonte's in 1900 and Ferdinando's Focacceria four years later, tomato-heavy Neapolitan and Sicilian restaurants enjoyed a certain sustained verisimilitude, carrying the torch for their motherland while pavi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Minar Brings Dosa to Your Door

    In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. One of the numerous pitfalls of loading the Wikipedia homepage is discovering holidays of such obscurity that not even natives of the locale celebrating the occasions are aware of their existence. Such was the case ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Santa Ana Deli Looks Like a Bodega but Sells Killer Quesadillas

    Amid Ecuadorian restaurants and laundromats that dot Stockholm Street and Irving Avenue, a Bushwick thoroughfare that has recently seen an uptick in new spots like Fritzl's Lunch Box and Verde Coal Oven Pizza, sits the Santa Ana Deli. Colorful blankets adorn the walls of this corner joint, and they ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Hampton Chutney Co. Throws Classic Dosa Fillings Out the Window

    In this space, James A. Foley explores New York City's strangest sandwiches. Hampton Chutney Co. is an Indian snack shop that sells a variety of chutneys. There is delicious iced chai, cardamom coffee, and a mango lassi on the menu, and a daily curry special, too. The joint also sells more than a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Calexico's Baja Fish Taco, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Sushi Dojo's Chef David Bouhadana Does Sushi With a Convert's Zeal

    "I always say, I didn't find sushi, it found me," says chef David Bouhadana, who commands the counter at newly opened East Village sushi spot Sushi Dojo (110 First Avenue). He's a Jewish guy who was raised in Florida, he explains, but at 18, he fell into his first sushi job after one of the sushi ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Taqueria Diana Will Bring a New Mexican Option to the East Village

    "I felt like this area had a missing hole that needed to be filled," says California native Matthew La Rue. "I don't think that it has much great Mexican food currently."

  • Dining

    June 19, 2013
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    June 5, 2013

    Kenka is a Wild and Freaky Carnival Ride

    The East Village's Kenka is a wildly authentic izakaya that might be the most high-functioning example of a themed Japanese restaurant around, an edible amusement park of the fermented, fried, and freaky that gives its own special meaning to that old Gonzo adage, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Taqueria Lower East Side's Carnitas, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2013

    Saiguette Tells A Tale of Two Soups

    One from the north, one from the south, on the Upper West Side

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