Every winter our mailbox overfloweth with Christmas albums, from exceedingly unlikely sources. But a disc of traditional Christmas songs, on Epitaph, from L.A. punk icons Bad Religion? That's downright bizarre. After all, the group has pointedly critiqued organized religion; vocalist Greg Graffin ... More >>
You might be booked Thursday, but that still leaves you plenty of free time -- especially since your office mates have likely checked out for the holiday. Planning to spend Thanksgiving and Hanukkah under the bright lights of the Big Apple? Consider one of these activities, too.
We've still got a couple of months before it's time to avoid Times Square like the plague while ringing in 2014, and yet we've already had a year's worth of memorable musical moments (and then some). Ensemble tributes, controversial hip-hop sets that came up in conversations for weeks afterwards, ex ... More >>
When the news broke yesterday that Maxwell's--that infamous, beloved rock spot across the river in Hoboken--would be shuttering in late July, industry folks freaked, bands grieved and music lovers wrung their hands in mourning. Todd Abramson, one of the owners and the man who's been booking Maxwel ... More >>
Joan Nathan would never cater her Passover seder. The famed cookbook writer known for her Jewish-American recipes usually cooks everything for the holiday, which starts on Monday, March 25. She even hosts a gefilte fish-making party for a few friends at her home in Washington, D.C. "If I didn't have ... More >>
And you're gonna take it! Because it's gonna be good! The singer--best known as the big-haired, large-lunged Twisted Sister frontman--met with me yesterday at 54 Below, where he'll be doing an act of Broadway numbers and holiday standards. (True story.) He even explained to me why that's not so s ... More >>
Looking for 23 ways to use schmaltz in your holiday recipes? Michael Ruhlman's got an app for that. The Book of Schmaltz: A Love Story to a Forgotten Fat is the James Beard Award winning author's ode to the "heart attack food." Ruhlman, who details his new appreciation for self-publishing on his b ... More >>
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The life of an independent professional wrestler is busy enough, but for Colt Cabana, squaring off in the ring is only the beginning. A wrestler, actor (you may have seen him with legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka in a recent Old Navy commercial), stand-up comic, and popular podcaster, his ta ... More >>
Scott Abelman / FlickrFancy some Moscato d'Asti with your candy canes?Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's are just around the corner, meaning holiday feasting is soon upon us. And with holiday eating comes holiday boozing. Now, some holiday celebrations call for downing whatever bo ... More >>
And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week. Use your noggin. Robert Sietsema slurps stews in this week's 10 Best Soups in NYC. From borscht to matzo balls, he offers up the city's tastiest picks. Lauren Shockey tells you what kind of booze to buy in her h ... More >>
Are you as sick about the loss of Jose Reyes as I am? Have you had it with the bullshit excuses from the Mets front office about Reyes's injuries? (Didn't Mickey Mantle have a lot of injuries? Would you have signed Mickey at age 28, the age Jose is now?) Are you angry at the insult to the Me ... More >>
There's quite a selection of small knives at Bowery Kitchen Supplies. Click on image to enlarge. I case we didn't mention it earlier, this feature will run sporadically until Xmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa. It seeks to suggest gifts of particular interest to foodies and cooks, things that they prob ... More >>
Courtesy of First Press PRA new restaurant maybe? Harold Dieterle was recently awarded a spot on Robert Sietsema's list: New York City's 17 Greatest Chefs . The first-season winner of Top Chef is tops in New York City for his command of two successful Greenwich Village restaurants, Perilla a ... More >>
"Drummer Boy," another song from the forthcoming Justin Bieber Yuletide album Under The Mistletoe, has made its way online; a rework of the classic hymn "The Little Drummer Boy," it's been retrofitted with sharper drums and rap verses to make it sound like it could be dropped into top-40 stat ... More >>
A nation (or, at least, a city) of music dorks called a day of mourning when the long-running indie-oriented video show New York Noise was unceremoniously cancelled by New York City's NYC-TV last year. But you can't keep a good fan down for long. Noise creator/curator/editor/producer Shirley ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyWWJE? (What Would Jesus Eat?)Ah, Passover. When it comes to Jewish holidays, this one isn't as culinarily exciting as say, Purim (which involves getting drunkie drunk and eating hamentaschen), or Hanukkah (one word: latkes). However, food plays an important part of the ritual ... More >>
David Byrne and Yo La Tengo care. All photos by Jesse Jarnow.Yo La Tengo Maxwell's Wednesday, March 23 Better than: Sitting home alone fretting about cataclysmic awfulness. It's been 26 years since Yo La Tengo played every Wednesday at Maxwell's, and a last-minute benefit for Peace Wi ... More >>
Christmas cheer thankfully trumps the show's . . . intimacy. Pics by Chris, more below.Twin Sister/Blair/John K. Friday, December 17 Live With Animals Gallery Better Than: Taking Back Sunday's Extremely Emo Hanukkah Join us as ethereal indie-rock crew Twin Sister hosts the best really aweso ... More >>
What they looked like, just for reference. So the big whoop during this year's slate of Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows was the final night's long-rumored opening set from the National, deigning to play a venue just ever so slightly smaller than what they're used to these days. Even if you're still way ... More >>
Julian Medina loves his tacos Yesterday we interviewed chef Julian Medina about his Hanukkah traditions. Today he gives us a sneak peek of the menu at Toloache Taqueria, which opens Thursday at 83 Maiden Lane.
Via NYU LocalTonight, as we light the sixth candle on our menorah, one Jewish household will be drinking their sixth Loko -- at least, metaphorically. NYU student Samantha Jinishian and her roommates have constructed a work of art (religious iconography?) they've dubbed the "Four-Loko-norah." ... 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.
Inside the WFMU archives.It's fundraising time again for awesome local freeform radio station WFMU, and rather than do another fall marathon, music festival, record fair, or art benefit, the station has organized an online auction, with all proceeds going to support the beloved and increasing ... More >>
Where on the list will Maurice Sendak's controversial classic fall?If some of our earliest memories of food are shaped by eating it, then plenty more are informed by the act of reading about it. After devouring Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, what child could look at a slice of toast w ... More >>
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