Though it's always disheartening to see an idea fail, it goes with the territory that trends in dining rarely last. The best you can hope for is that a concept you like has enough support and maintains a level of excellence so that it eventually becomes mainstream -- or at least neighborhood staple. ... More >>
On New Year's Eve, we might have more in common with our chef than it seems. We've both been planning for an indulgent evening involving a multi-course prix fixe, we both know exactly what we'll be wearing (down to the shoes), and we both wholeheartedly intend to pop a bottle of bubbly at midnight. ... More >>
As festive as shopping and wrapping gifts can be (if battling crowds in search of the perfect gift to present neatly in a beautiful, Martha Stewart-approved package complete with red ribbon can be considered fun), the joy of the season quickly evaporates when the credit card bill comes in January -- ... More >>
We celebrated Festivus by airing our grievances, noting a bevy of overcooked culinary trends we hope wane with the dwindling days of December. Now, as we get ready to celebrate Christmas, we're asking that fat, jolly man in the red suit to bring us something delicious to replace what we're losing. H ... More >>
If you are anything like us, you've let the days before Christmas slowly float away while you've procrastinated on gift-buying, and you find yourself now facing a looming deadline. You have a choice: Brave the crowds or get creative. We hate crowds, and deadlines bring out the best in us (hey, we're ... More >>
Whether a kitchen disaster foils your Christmas dinner plans or you're just looking for a nice meal out for your day off, you might check in on these ten restaurants, all spots that are keeping the light on for Christmas Day.
Coming up on its third birthday, Jason Hicks' and Yves Jadot's Jones Wood Foundry has become a mainstay of the Upper East Side -- it packs in a solid crowd of regulars and destination diners for its roster of upscale British gastropub fare. So it's unsurprising that the team wanted to expand, though ... More >>
In a little over a week, 2013 will be history, left for archivists to dust off their microscopes and ponder the ramifications of Cronut Fever. But for now, we're approaching something I like to call the holiday sweet spot -- that magical week between Christmas and New Year's where all bets are off, ... More >>
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 >>
2013 will go in the culinary books as the year of the Cronut, of Isaan fare, of dialed up Asian flavors, of one-item fast casual restaurant concepts, and of a return to vegetables -- the pork era, it seems, finally came to a close. I averaged two meals out per day in this city as I chased down stori ... More >>
If you're not already hunkered down in your hometown for a lot of festive family time, you're likely steeling yourself for the massive transit clusterfuck that awaits. Our advice if you're in the latter boat: Drink, but no so much that you can't navigate the eighth circle of hell that is Penn Statio ... More >>
Restaurants open at a breakneck pace here in New York City, and they trot out food from just about every corner of our planet (and sometimes many corners of our planet on one menu). In the last 12 months, we've seen a spate of Isaan spots, a Laotian joint, mash-ups of Jewish and Japanese cuisines an ... More >>
Isaan Thai food, micro-focused establishments, pastry celebrities, celebrity pastries, burgers with buns made of noodles -- this year had it all. As infuriating as the NYC trend machine can often be, the city's dining scene is as vibrant as ever and for that we can only be thankful. Here are some of ... More >>
Responsible for the dessert offerings at three downtown dining destinations -- Lure (142 Mercer Street, 212-431-7676), B&B (25 West Houston Street, 212-334-7320), and El Toro Blanco (257 Sixth Avenue, 212-645-0193) -- pastry chef Katie McAllister has learned to balance her minutes in the kitchen as ... More >>
There's just a week to go before the big holiday, but even if you're not making final preparations with dishes, gifts, or ugly sweater parties, you're likely sprinting to the end of the year at your job. How to survive? Drink. Copiously. Cheaply. Here.
It's been a slow, uphill battle, but more and more, Brooklynites are winning rounds over Manhattanites in the "my-place-or-yours" social gathering predicament. And while vaguely loftier apartments or fair neighborhood rotation might be at play, you can't negate the charming restaurants in the boroug ... More >>
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 >>