Are there floods of tourists between you and your gingerbread latte? Is the bitter cold preventing you from picking up breakfast in the morning? Suck it up and head out for brunch. Here are a few places to unwind with some booze and bacon while you avoid the hordes dressed like Jolly Old St. Nick.
To honor a grandparent in the rest of the country, name a child after them. To honor them in Manhattan, name a restaurant after them. Chef Melissa O'Donnell took this cue with Thelma on Clinton (29 A Clinton Street, 212-979-8471), a New American small plates eatery opening this Tuesday in the same L ... More >>
The lunch menu at Pure Thai (764 Ninth Avenue, 212-581-0999), $5-$10 This Ninth Avenue shophouse is worth the jaunt from a Midtown office -- the noodle soups will keep you coming back regularly.
Harlem has been at the center of Lewis Tucker's life since he was a kid: "I grew up in the Bronx and Westchester and lived in Harlem," he explains. "I've been playing basketball here since I was 10 years old. I'm entrenched in Harlem." So years later, when he decided to add a restaurant to the colle ... More >>
Alexandre Macaud isn't your average 25-year-old. Sure, the Benoit (60 West 55th Street, 646-943-7373) pastry chef has put in his fair share of internship time and worked his way up the culinary ladder -- but an early recognized passion and young start (i.e. teenage years) catapulted the Nantes nativ ... More >>
Unless you're a total Grinch, this can be a pretty magical time of year to be in New York City -- the Big Apple really brings its A-game to decorations, holiday markets, and festive events, and if you can stomach the crowds, it's worth seeking them out so they can tug on your old holiday spirit hear ... More >>
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 >>
Throughout the week, South Africans will gather to grieve en masse the loss of Nelson Mandela. A courageous statesman, Mandela began his political life as a young Soweto lawyer steering the resistance against apartheid, only to be imprisoned for twenty-seven years for his labors, later emerging to b ... More >>
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).
Courtesy Saints TavernThe snow may be gone, but it's freezing outside -- so perhaps you need somewhere to warm up. Here are a few places that will provide shelter while hooking you up with cheap drinks.
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 >>
There is a new warm chocolate confection making its way onto restaurant menus and grocery shelves across New York, and it's worth tossing out the packages of thin and chalky hot cocoa to try it. It's called Dolce Vite Chocolatto, and it was inspired by luxurious Italian hot chocolate.
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 >>
Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from our Unscrewed columnist Lauren Mowery. We all know that while you're out hunting for the perfect present, you may end up inspired by your market research, and so you buy ... 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 >>
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.
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 >>
Not many people who are familiar with mahia, but those who are rave of its flavor and medicinal qualities. Mahia literally means "water of life," a direct translation of "eau de vie" -- the French term for colorless fruit brandies, of which mahia is one. Mahia is a traditional Moroccan Jewish spirit ... 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 >>
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.
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 >>
Bagels and sandwiches from Leo's Bagels (3 Hanover Square, 212-785-4700), $1.15-$9.45 This Financial District bagel shop offers a good reprieve from the joyless deli salad bars and big national chains.
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 >>
More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving receives the brunt of wine pairing coverage: Articles flood the internet filled with musings, deliberations, ruminations, and annoying pontifications over what the heck to drink at the hallowed turkey table. Frankly, if you opt to have a breadth of varieti ... 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 >>
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.