Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Sushi Costs More In New York Than Los Angeles Because, Well, Of Course It Does

    [See More Edible News: One In Five People Spend More Money On Cell Phones Than Food | New York City Health Board Passes Bloomberg's Soda Ban Proposal] It's called "sushinomics." New Yorkers are dishing out more for sushi than the people over in Los Angeles. The prices represent cost of living stand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    What's the Oldest Japanese Restaurant in the East Village?

    Dish #36 in our countdown is found on the menu of this long-running East Village restaurant. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: E-Sarn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    More Tapas And Wine: Casa Pomona Opening In September

    Another Spanish tapas and wine restaurant is coming to town. From restaurateur Sid Gupta (Pappardella, Village Pourhouse, Hudson Terrace, Little Town) and Marion Maur (who most recently ran her own restaurant Marion's Country Kitchen for five years in Woodstock), Casa Pomona will be debuting on the ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 22, 2012

    Tacos Cachanilla: Pass Me the Pigskin

    A visit to one of the city's most evolved taquerias

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    5 Best Things To Eat at Tacos Cachanilla

    What the hell is this? It looks like some abstract 3-D painting. [See Tejal Rao's review of Neta in photos] This week, Counter Culture sneaks into Tacos Cachanilla in the shadow of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Sunset Park. It's probably the city's most evolved taqueria and claims to mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Neta: This Week's Review in Pictures

    [See Robert Sietsema's photos of Tacos Cachanilla, his review this week.] This week's review is of Neta. Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau, formerly of Masa and Bar Masa, opened their low-key, West Village sushi bar earlier this year. Along with traditional, upscale sushi, Neta serves American-accented spicy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    The Cocky Rooster: A Sriracha Beer

    Goodbye ketchup. Sriracha is now America's new favorite condiment. We've done Sriracha booze before (in the form of a glorious ice cream shake), and we've also featured Sriracha popcorn. But what about Sriracha beer?

  • Dining

    August 15, 2012

    Ootoya: Yo, Tokyo!

    A Japanese mega-chain invades our fair city

  • Dining

    August 8, 2012

    Hazar: The City's Best Falafel

    And other pleasures at a Bay Ridge Turkish joint

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    The Story of Futomaki

    The futomaki at Ootoya comes disguised like a birthday present. [See More Featured: 10 Best Incredibly Cheap Eats in New York | 10 Best Ice Creams in NYC] Futomaki is a type of sushi that looks like a regular maki roll blown up with a bicycle pump, but still retaining its perfect cylindrical conf ... More >>

  • Film

    August 1, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Introducing the Pizza Dosa: Should It Be Banned?

    Bam! The pizza dosa at Jersey City newcomer Chennai Flavors The dosa in its many variant forms is one of the world's greatest culinary inventions: a crepe made from a naturally fermented batter of ground rice and lentils, usually wrapped around a filling of potatoes, nuts, and chiles. For those wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    The Story of Tlaycoyos

    Patty's Taco Truck's fully loaded tlaycoyo Tlaycoyo, from an Nahuatl Indian word, is a central Mexican street food consisting of an oblong slab of masa dough that has been stuffed with a layer of crushed beans and cooked on a comal - a flat or sometimes slightly concave griddle.

  • Dining

    July 25, 2012

    El Mio Cid: The Sardines of Bushwick

    It's cheap and copious tapas on Starr Street

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Saba Pressed Sushi at Ootoya, Dish #85

    Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Lamb Barbacoa Taco at Empellón Taqueria, Dish #86 | Build Your Own Burger at Kent Ale House, Dish #88]

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    10 Best Gelatos in New York

    A waffle cone costs you no more than a regular cone at Eataly's Gelateria. The creamy imported-from-Italy treat called gelato has taken the city by ice storm over the last decade, and even old-guard Italian ice palaces have started selling it. This cousin of ice cream (which sports a lower fat con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Dan Aykroyd's Side-Splitting Send-Up of Julia Child on SNL (Caution: Gore)

    On December 9, 1978, 17 years after Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published, and after Julia Child had become a beloved household name, Dan Aykroyd donned a wig and did a parody of her hit show, The French Chef. Now, in anticipation of the Julia Child centenary next month, and the publicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Malaysian Restaurant Week Kicks Off June 18

    If you're hearing the call of satay, roti canai, and mee goreng, we've got good news: Malaysian Restaurant Week kicks off next week, from June 18 to 24. Fatty Crab, LAUT, Penang Malaysian Cuisine, and Satay will offer a prix-fixe three-course menu for $20.12. Other restaurants (including Fatty 'Cue, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Cheap EV Favorite Tahini Shuttered by the DOH

    Tahini dark during the shank of the dinner hour Tuesday On the edge of the Cooper Union campus and close to the NYU dorms, Tahini is a favorite for students seeking inexpensive Middle Eastern fare with an Israeli bent, especially falafel, chicken schwarma, bread dips like hummus and babaganoush, a ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    What Should You Eat at Sao Mai?

    At Sao Mai, the Goi Du Du (green papaya salad) is damn near unforgettable. This week , Counter Culture floats into Sao Mai ("Morning Star") a newish Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village, and maybe the best Vietnamese restaurant in town. Here are the dishes most recommended for the first-time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    My 5 Favorite NYC Breakfast Tacos

    The huevos con chorizo breakfast taco at Tacombi The breakfast taco is a Tex-Mex specialty that originated in Austin (some say San Antonio) probably in the 1970s. In both cities it is firmly fixed in the breakfast firmament, and a recent trip to Central Texas suggested you could get one in nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Recipe: Oaxacan-Style Tamales from Almond

    Today we bring to you a recipe from Almond, an American bistro in the Flatiron district. One of the restaurant's bussers named Antony actually acquired the recipe from his grandmother who comes from Tulcingo del Valle, Puebla. She made these tamales at her neighborhood and church gatherings. The t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2012

    What To Look for in the Farmers' Markets This Weekend

    Thick meaty rhubarb is available in abundance. Several products have recently debuted for the season in the Union Square Greenmarket, and will be generally available this weekend and in the coming week. Bright red and much thicker than the specimens seen last week, rhubarb is a welcome harbinger o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    The Best Soba in NYC

    Canadian organic buckwheat soba, from SobaKoh There's no doubt the Age of Ramen is upon us. You can get ramen noodles on nearly any block in some neighborhoods, including at least a dozen places in the East Village alone, where you can pay up to $20 for a bowl with a choice of myriad toppings and ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 9, 2012

    Perla: Italian With a Midwestern Accent

    Gabriel Stulman expands his Greenwich Village empire

  • Dining

    May 2, 2012

    Genting Palace: We Wager You'll Like It

    Now you can play the ponies and eat dim sum at the same place—Aqueduct

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    The Wall Street Journal Gets Africa Wrong

    There's an interesting story in The Wall Street Journal about how we should get ready for a "Nigerian P.F. Chang's" because African food is the next big thing.There is only one largely unexplored continent left -- and it isn't Antarctica. With the exception of North African and Ethiopian cuisine, th ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2012

    Benares: Howdy, Squishy Goat Foot!

    Plus spuds and spices at a new upscale Indian spot

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    15 East's $29 Three-Course Lunch

    The chawan mushi appetizer arrives with a black-truffle crag. When was the last time you were exposed to top-shelf sushi? Most of us measure out our lives in mediocre finger sushi and nori rolls, and only on rare occasions do we glimpse how perfect sushi can be. Not that the democratization of sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Dale Talde Talks About Asian-American Cuisine, Chefs He Admires Part 2

    Yesterday, we spoke to Chef Dale Talde about the plans for his new Park Slope restaurant, Pork Slope, and the new brunch he's launching at Talde. Today, we delve into his thoughts on the neighborhood where he's chosen to build his mini-empire, Asian-American food, and which kitchen tool he just can' ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 4, 2012

    Brooklyn Wok Shop Strikes Up the Bland

    It's hipsterized Cantonese classics in Williamsburg

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Our 10 Best Middle Eastern Restaurants

    New York City has a lot to offer when it comes to Middle Eastern cooking. If you know where to stop for a meal along the city's few Arab strips or even in fancy neighborhoods, you'll find a wide range of the region's typical cooking including grilled meats, honey-drenched pastries, savory flatbreads ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 28, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Maruko Sushi Opens, Selling Mad Cheap Nigiri

    Maruko Sushi, a take-out sushi shop on 23rd Street, opened its doors last week, selling individually wrapped pieces of nigiri and an assortment of bubble teas.

  • Dining

    March 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Five Tacos Offers Some Taco Redemption

    After yesterday's sham of a taco lunch, we decided to venture out and find ourselves some tacos worth eating. Fortunately, we were successful in our quest, chowing down at the recently opened Five Tacos, a sister eatery to next door's Ten Degrees, located on the easternmost block of St. Mark's Plac ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 29, 2012

    Sao Mai and Xe May Sandwich Shop: Finally, Your Banh Mi Tacos

    The East Village gets two new Vietnamese spots

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Behold, the Banh Mi Taco

    For this week's review, I went to two new casual Vietnamese spots in the East Village. The first, Sao Mai, offers your standard --though fresh and flavorful -- selection of Viet fare, including pho, bun, and grilled meat dishes. The other, Xe May Sandwich Shop, specializes in banh mi, but also off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Ciano Chef Shea Gallante on the Evolution of Italian Cuisine

    Shea Gallante / FacebookShea Gallante, pasta maker extraordinaire​New York City isn't short on rustic-chic Italian restaurants, that's for sure. Nevertheless, Ciano stands out among the crowd for its excellent pasta dishes, its innovative wine program that allows for every bottle of vino to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    The Hummus and Pita Co.: Pretty Good Fast-Casual Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to the Flatiron

    Looks like the owners of the recently opened fast-casual Mediterranean spot the Hummus and Pita Co. (585 Avenue of the Americas, 212-510-7405) had the Chipotle concept in mind when figuring out the plan for their new eatery. First you pick your protein (falafel, vegetarian salads, gyro, shawarma, ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Chorizo Burger at Mercado on Kent

    In the dim light of the tapas bar, the darkling burger carries the promise of extra goodness. We're used to burgers being made of ground beef, or other ground meat. And it's usually raw, unprocessed meat we're talking about, even if the cuts are exotic (such as Shake Shack's brisket and short rib, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Barbuto Chef Jonathan Waxman on His New Gig at Rosa Mexicano and How to Cook the Perfect Chicken

    No question that Barbuto chef Jonathan Waxman has seen it all. His career has now spanned several decades, but his fresh, seasonal cuisine is as contemporary as ever. Oft-cited as one of the fathers of New American cuisine, he now has a gig championing food from south of the border. Waxman recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Make Ngam Chef Hong Thaimee's Thai Fruit Salad

    Photo courtesy Hong ThaimeeWho says you can't have a tasty fruit salad in winter?​Hong Thaimee, the chef and owner of Ngam (99 Third Avenue, 212-777-8424), is looking to extend the reach of Thai cuisine into the homes of New Yorkers by offering a series of monthly cooking classes at her East V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 34: Kam Sing

    ​ Thai Curry Bean Curd from Kam Sing (172 Grand Street, 718-782-7596)

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Dorado Now Slinging Inexpensive Baja-Style Fish Tacos and More

    Lauren ShockeyDorado Taco's classic Baja-style taco​The plywood's off at Dorado, a Boston-based taqueria and quesadilla shop that's set up shop in Greenwich Village. On the menu you'll find soft corn tortillas filled with fried fish (Baja-style), grilled fish, beer-battered shrimp, chorizo, st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    How the 'Edo-Mae' Sushi Assortment at Hasaki Is Like a Brief Vacation to Tokyo

    What comes in a wooden box and is supremely delectable? Run your eye down the extensive sushi menu at Hasaki, and you'll find many interesting oddities and combinations. At the end of the omakase list, for example, is a $45 combo called Edo-mae Sushi.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Year of the Takeout: Day 12

    Celery -- never a tough sell. ​Chicken Chow Mein from China Wok (199 East 3rd Street, 212-228-5888)

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    La Churreria: A New Spot on Mulberry That's Good for Churros But Even Better for Sandwiches

    Jesús Manso has opened a narrow storefront next to his Mulberry Street branch of Socarrat Paella Bar called La Churreria (284 Mulberry Street, 212-219-0400), which, as the name implies, sells churros -- the long sticks of fried dough often served with small cups of hot chocolate for dipping. ... More >>

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