The rustic loaves at Balthazar are cradled in a birch branch. As Pablo Neruda says: "The best poet is the man who delivers our daily bread: the local baker." And indeed he was right. Little gives as much pleasure as a freshly baked loaf, and here are the 10 that please us most. Note that th ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyFight night!!! When coming up with this week's Battle of the Dishes, we thought, let's take this battle beyond the same old taste-taste and make it a bona fide battle. As in, let's FIGHT. It was Breaking Bread Week here at Fork in the Road, so obviously what better tool for jo ... More >>
Kesté PizzeriaBuon giorno, midtown.Save for the closure of Motorino's Williamsburg location, it's been a quiet summer on the Neapolitan pizza front. But no longer: this fall, Kesté owner Roberto Caporuscio will partner with Antonio Starita, the owner of Naples' 110-year-old Pizz ... More >>
We trek on out to two Nepalese cafés in Queens' Little Himalayas
William Brinson Back in 2002, there weren't a lot of places for New Yorkers to score good barbecue. That's when restaurateur Danny Meyer tapped chef Kenny Callaghan to helm the kitchen at Blue Smoke. Since then, a barbecue renaissance has blossomed in the city, with top-notch pitmasters smoki ... More >>
One jailer at Rikers Island gave new meaning to the term jail bait when he suggested that the jail could have served spoiled meat to the prisoners. On July 11, 65,000 pounds of rotten meats were discovered in two malfunctioning freezer trailers on Rikers Island after one supervisor complained ... More >>
Pan-Roasted Trout, with all the fixins'The new chef at Café Colette (79 Berry Street, Brooklyn) in Williamsburg has been busy since taking the job. Charles Brassard, formerly of August and Little Giant, implemented a new menu inspired by his many trips to the Greenmarket. He shares the recip ... More >>
Liz Gutman, co-founder of Liddabit Sweets, fishes around in her new infernal contraption. Founded in 2009 by Liz Gutman and Jen King, Brooklyn's Liddabit Sweets brought the local and sustainable ethos to candymaking. It also brought us habit forming, individually wrapped sea-salt caramels. A ... More >>
BluePrintCleanseBut is it tastier than vodka? Maybe because it's full-on bikini season, it seems like everyone is doing a juice cleanse. But what does a juice cleanse really do? And why not simply eat a bunch of carrots rather than carrot juice? Are juice cleanses just socially acceptable ... More >>
2nd Avenue DeliTwo years after Upper East Siders started drooling in anticipation of massive caloric intake, the 2nd Avenue Deli is finally close to opening its doors on First Avenue.
Following in the steps of purveyors from Duane Reade to Stumptown, Prime Meats is now selling growlers. The restaurant writes in with the news that you can now purchase its PM Pilsner at Prime Meats Delikat-Essen & Provisions, right alongside the Faicco's sausage and homemade malolactic ferme ... More >>
Craft's Strawberry-Pistachio Clafoutis with Lavender Ice CreamMake the most of your summer strawberries with this refreshing take on clafoutis that incorporates strawberries and pistachios instead of the traditional cherries, courtesy of Craft's pastry chef, Jenny McCoy. "Clafoutis is one o ... More >>
Start with a Weber -- or that old wreck of an enclosed barbecue in the background will do just fine, too. 1. Use a Weber, or some other enclosed barbecue with a removable lid. This will allow you to both grill and smoke.
Photo courtesy Takashi Inoue Beefy love: Takashi Inoue and Saheem Ali Mixing business and pleasure is a challenge for most people, but it wasn't for Takashi Inoue and Saheem Ali, who are both partners and business partners, running the West Village Japanese temple to all things beef, Takashi ... More >>
Keith Wagstaff It appears another pizzaiolo has thrown his pizza peel into the ring--in the vicinity of Motorino, Roberta's and Paulie Gee's, no less. So, what makes Giulio Adriani think that his Neapolitan pies can make a splash in the saturated New York pizza scene? For one, he has some ser ... More >>
"The Chicago-style hot dog," Zeph Courtney says, "is a classic piece of American food culture. It's a very, very specific thing. There's one way to do it right, and every other way is wrong." "And we're going to do it right," adds Liz Schroeter Courtney.
Robert SietsemaMemorial Day weekend = meat-eating weekend The long weekend is soon approaching, and frolicking in the cool Hamptons waters and firing up the grill are surely top of mind. Stuck in the city this weekend? Don't despair -- you can still enjoy the pleasures of backyard barbecue ... More >>
The 'M' stands for mum.OK, so maybe we've been ragging on fast-food chains lately. But, as a new SmartMoney roundup reminds us, it's important to stay suspicious of these ubiquitous cheap-food dispensers. The article lists 10 secrets restaurant chains continue to hide from their patrons. And ... More >>
WikipediaWord.Donald Trump has his own vodka, but the best celebrity booze hybrid most certainly is the new Ghost Face Killah spicy beer!
Why is the cheese on my neighborhood slice so awful? In connection with the slashing of Lucali's Mark Iacono, a piece in this week's New York magazine Intelligencer details the connections between mobsters and pizza parlors - cutely configured as a slice of pizza. In a sidebar, the article ... More >>
ELLELadies can type!OMG! Food blogs are the new gospel! According to ELLE, "For readers, food blogs provide fun, fantasy, and a movable feast. For their creators, it's a religion." And even more importantly, "The evolution of the food blog has been one of the major cultural happenings in t ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisFinger- (and thumb-)licking good? Welcome to this week's battle, where two fried-chicken chains -- Kennedy Fried Chicken and Crown Fried Chicken -- give New York the bird. In a good way. First a little history ...
Williamsburg gets itself another good barbecue joint
It looks better than this dog, promisePerhaps discontented with holding records for selling the world's most expensive ice cream sundae and the world's largest hot chocolate, screaming kiddie mecca Serendipity 3 is now permanently dishing up the world's most expensive hot dog. So what do you ... More >>
Rebecca MarxSlice's Radha pizza. Although Manhattan doesn't really suffer from a dearth of slice joints, the options it presents for the carb-craving vegans in our midst are a bit lacking. True, making pizza vegan is as easy as leaving off the cheese, but plain marinara sauce and a scatterin ... More >>
Vanessa TierneyPier 9's Lobster Deviled EggsEric Hara's Pier 9 is now open with a menu of seafood-heavy takes on American classics and a wine list comprising bottles sourced from coastal fishing villages. See a theme? He shares the recipe for his Lobster Deviled Eggs for you to try at home. ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...
BabePork is longer the other white meat. After a long run promoting swine as one of the fairest of the meats, the National Pork Board has decided to change its slogan to the totally lame "Pork Be Inspired." The Board claims it's because they want to inspire people to eat pork more often, bu ... More >>
Nice tripe.While Jeffrey's has lately been having a hard time of it in the Essex Street Market, Tom Mylan has been getting his kicks across the East River by sneaking offal into everything he can at the Meat Hook. Mylan owns up to this predilection in a ditty he's penned for the Atlantic Food ... More >>
MetromixNoah Bernamoff and his wife, Rae Cohen.Yesterday, Noah Bernamoff spoke with us about his plans for Mile End, the phenomenally successful smoked-meat mecca he opened a little more than a year ago in Boerum Hill. Today, he talks with us about his grandmother's recipes, keeping tradition ... More >>
almostbourdain.blogspot.comThe plain Jane of poultryAnn C. Asks: Where should I go if I only like plain foods and chicken? Dear Ann: Only plain foods and chicken? That is a bit of a challenge, given the often ambitious culinary landscape in New York City. But here are a few places that mig ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyLife is like a box of (V-Day) chocolates?It's almost time for Chocolate Day! We mean Valentine's Day! For this week's Battle of the Dishes, we're comparing heart-shaped boxes of chocolates--Russell Stover and its drugstore rival, Whitman's Sampler. Two classics which beg the ... More >>
Benoit's Seasonal Local Vegetable Cookpot with Fresh Black TruffleFor those who bemoan the scarcity of fresh produce at the farmer's market during the bleak months of a New York winter, don't forget that in France black winter truffle season is in full swing. Benoit is offering the illustriou ... More >>
MarieBelleSeduce her with sugar.Brian G. asks: I want to get my foodie girlfriend some chocolates for Valentine's Day, so I can't get Godiva or anything too mass market. Where can I find a nice assortment of chocolates? Dear Brian: What a good boyfriend you are, thinking so far in advance! ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyWhat's old is new again. Thought to be extinct and essentially lost for the past hundred years, the Pure Nacional variety of the cacao tree was just recently rediscovered in Peru. Which is great news for chocoholics, because this type of tree was renowned a century ago and was ... More >>
The Elevation Burger is big and lush, but might remind you of Five Guys. So cheap to make, so easy to sell, hamburgers form a culinary motif of our economically downtrodden age. Stand-alone shops, bistros, and chains dispensing them have increased tenfold over the last five years in the city ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Laur ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Robe ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyHark! The herald cheese Brie is an easy go-to for the holiday party, since it requires little work except garnishing with some nuts or baking in the oven until oozy, but it's worthwhile looking beyond the brie to another seasonal cheese, Vacherin Mont d'Or.
A trip up over the border to the great French north
seriouseats.comHot chocolate war! Serious Eats just published their list of the city's ten best hot chocolates, which is great because nothing is better on a cold day than a mug of hot, chocolatey goodness. But of course, you would already know the city's top ten, thanks to Fork in the Road' ... More >>
jchong/FlickrQu'est que c'est? Epicurious has added its two cents to the ever growing list of year-end lists with a fun roster of Food Trend Predictions for 2011. Among them are food halls, pop-up cafés, tiki bar cocktails, foraging, sweet potatoes, and macaroons. Or macarons.
eats.com Socarrat, home of paella goodness and crispy rice bits, is expanding to Nolita and we've got a glimpse of what's to come.
Mile End's Ruth Wilensky is made with very good artisanal salami -- but the bologna has been omitted. Named after a Montreal neighborhood northeast of Mont Royale, Mile End is a Brooklyn deli that seeks to deliver -- at lunch at least -- a reasonable facsimile of several vernacular culinary ... More >>
Gourmet Over the past several weeks, pie has been repeatedly touted as the next big trend in desserts. Yes, it's time for the cupcake to disappear within Dante's Third Circle of Hell, but is pie, America's iconic diner food, worthy of being the next big trend? No, and here's why.
ilovecheese.comEight hours ago, I received the first of a massive wave of tweets adding to a list called #famouscheese. The first one was from Jonathan Gold (@thejgold), but I can't be sure he started it. The purpose of the list was to pun by merging cheese and celebrity names, and soon the t ... More >>
The girl on the Mary Jane wrapper looks totally baked, and is that a short skirt she's wearing or a rubber flotation device? Who can forget the thrills of trick-or-treating? Schlepping from door to door with the largest bag you could find in the kitchen, scoring treats from shopkeepers if yo ... More >>
Unless you treat your skin with smoked trout spread
Coincident with the publication of the Voice's annual Best Of issue, we hereby finish up with our 100 Dishes to Eat Now. Thanks for paying attention! And please scour the list of all 100 on the last page of this post, to ferret out those dishes you may have missed. Today's Pick: Fatty Beef C ... More >>