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 >>
Not on the menu, but always available, Roberta's guanciale-and-egg pie demonstrates some of the place's strange but effective ideas about pizza. New York has always been the world capital of pizza, ever since the pie-as-we-know-it was invented at Lombardi's bakery sometime before 1905. That ... More >>
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: Bucatini con le sarde ($15) at Donatella Pizzeria (184 Eighth Avenue, Chelsea, 212-493-5150)
Sal's Is a typical Brookyn neighborhood pizzeria, where patrons sit out late on summer evenings enjoying their pies in a blaze of neon. But will it make our top 10? In June, 2009, we launched Our 10 Best series with a ranking of the best pizza parlors in town. The pizza demimonde has changed ... More >>
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: Smoked salmon and cream cheese pretzel sandwich ($7) from Sigmund Pretzel (29 Avenue B, 646-410-0333).
I'd heard a lot about the black and white cookies at William Greenberg's Desserts--they're often found on lists of the best black and white cookies in NYC. But I don't often make it to the Upper East Side, so when I ran across William Greenberg on the way to pay-what-you-can night at the Whit ... More >>
But other fine dishes abound at this Chinatown Vietnamese spot
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: Goat curry from Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant (72-08 Broadway, Queens, 718-533-8700).
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: the Vegetarian Tofu, Tomato, and Basil Sandwich ($7.50) at François Payard Bakery (116 West Houston Street, 212-995-088 ... 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 ... Jess ... More >>
Unlike the Midwood original, a full-fledged restaurant for Jackson Heights
Michael White's open-faced tuna sandwich.Bon Appétit's now-annual pop-up café opened yesterday at Lincoln Center, just in time for the onslaught of New York Fashion Week. At noon today it was relaxed and leisurely; the fashionable and the damned mainly swanned around the fountai ... More >>
Copyright GreenpeaceBluefin tuna: don't eat it.Navigating the increasingly murky waters of sustainable seafood isn't an easy task, particularly when it's abetted by grocery stores whose eco-conscious posturing doesn't quite extend to what's being sold at their fish counters. Fortunately, Food ... More >>
Daniel Zemans/SliceA panuozzo from Freddy's Pizza & Gelateria in Illinois.New York just can't seem to eat enough Italian carbohydrates, regardless of whether they hail from a wood-fired oven, a tiella, or the mind of a former Ogilvy adman. And now, thanks to San Matteo, a new restaurant on up ... More >>
Copyright the Treats TruckKim Ima and a caramel cream sandwich payload.When she first hit the road in the Treats Truck in 2007, Kim Ima was one of the very first of the new wave of so-called fancy food trucks. Selling homey, retro desserts under the motto of "Not too fancy, always delicious," ... More >>
Ten NYC restaurants that stoke the oven with wood&emdash;how autumnal!
Bread Alone's mixed nut tart is rarely found at the bakery's stalls in the city, but you can get it from its source in the Catskills. The Bread Alone stand is a fixture in many of the city's greenmarkets, selling fresh and crusty loaves in two dozen varieties. Yes they have hippie breads pav ... More >>
BravoHappy, happy, happy!Just as Top Chef viewers are beginning to question their sanity at this point in the season, so it seems are the show's contestants. Last night's episode kicked off with the slightly horrifying specter of Ed running around the house in Tiffany's yellow dress, while Ti ... More >>
Raw seafood in an overdone place
Ken MaldonadoTim O'Leary keeps watch over the sidewalk outside his shop.On a recent Sunday evening, a teenager came into Timmy O's Frozen Custard and waited nervously by the door. When owner Timmy O'Leary offered him a custard sample, he declined, opting for a cheeseburger. Another young guy ... More >>
Yeah, sure, you've heard New York is cash-strapped and needs to tax whatever they can in order to drum up some coin for the state. But how strapped? Try this: There's a tax on bagels. Not just bagels, but sliced bagels. And unsliced bagels are untaxed bagels. Unless you eat the bagel in the s ... More >>
It's icky out. Make wiener schnitzel.Daniel Angerer has had a busy year: he had a baby, made headlines with his wife's breast milk cheese, and started releasing details about his forthcoming sausage-centric restaurant. Today, he warms us up with a recipe for wiener schnitzel, just as he makes ... More >>
Donny TsangDoug Quint plies his wares.Yesterday, we spoke with Doug Quint, the endlessly amiable co-proprietor of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Today, our conversation continues, as Quint enlightens us about staying cool, Neil Gaiman's ice cream cone, and his newest Golden Girls-inspired creat ... More >>
Lula's cone, with peanut butter fudge on top, Drumstick on the bottom. Last week, Battle of the Dishes turned its attentions to the newfangled popsicle. This week, with the heat of August still bearing down upon us, we travel to the East Village to explore another corner of the frozen treats ... More >>
The Big Gay Ice Cream TruckDoug Quint, spreading the love.While certain ice cream truck drivers may be driven to combative extremes, you will never catch Doug Quint complaining about his job. And how could he? As the co-proprietor (with his partner, Bryan Petroff) of the Big Gay Ice Cream Tru ... More >>
King Cone by Good HumorSometimes you want a roasted plum People's Pop, but other times you'd just rather stuff your face in a junky sugar-bomb from Good Humor. Any old bodega is likely to have a long, low cooler filled with all sorts of cheap frozen treats--reach in, and what you come up wi ... More >>
stu_spivack, FlickrFor your chopped organ delectation. It is on the menu at Café Katja, where it is made by hand, paired with red-onion jam, and sold for $8. It is on the menu at the Upholstery Store, an Austrian-inflected wine bar, where it was deemed "excellent" by Our Man Sietsema. It is ... More >>
A lonely cotton candy vendor in Richmond Hill, Queens. Cotton candy has been with us since at least the Middle Ages, when Persian and Turkish versions were available at great expense, made by a labor-intensive method. The invention of a cotton-candy machine by Nashville candy makers John C. ... More >>
'Wichcraft is basically one step away from fast food, yet it is probably our favorite chain in the city, managing to create reliably delicious, balanced sandwiches at near assembly-line speeds.
Made with freshly roasted turkey still warm, Giant Bagel Shop's turkey sandwich is a near miracle. Giant Bagel Shop looks like any other Village deli, turning out luncheon meat sandwiches and salad bar assortments to feed a constituency of office workers, students, and union employees, whose ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Sabores Autenticos de Mexico: Authentic Mexican Soups Mesa Coyocan Thursday, August 5, 5:30 p.m. At this three-course soup cooking class and tasting, there will def ... More >>
Donny TsangUlrich SterlingAgua Dulce is getting a downstairs neighbor this fall. Carniceria AD, as the name suggests, will be a pan-Latin, meat-centric restaurant, helmed by Agua Dulce's Ulrich Sterling. A press release describes the 30-seat room as "a clubby little space devoted solely to be ... More >>
Brighton Beach food stores abound with great gifts for your foodie friends, often available nowhere else. A case in point is Omak's "Honey Nut," a big jar of honey prettily lined with nuts, including almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts, and coconut chunks. There are also more cr ... More >>
It seems like this particularly sweaty summer has spawned some particularly inventive ice cream. Rebecca brought news of Guerrilla Ice Cream's unorthodox treats and the word that Park Slopers can now order frozen yogurt topped with chocolate-covered crickets. Over at Spot Pichet Ong's dess ... More >>