A few weeks ago, Laura Shunk paid a visit to soba master Shuichi Kotani to learn the secrets of the then-forthcoming soba at Daruma-Ya (428 Greenwich Street, 212-274-0428), which opened earlier this month in the former Greenwich Grill space above Sushi Azabu. The space is largely a holdover from Gr ... More >>
It was the summer breaks and early weekday recesses that led then high school math teacher Amy Noelle to sign up for cake decorating class, where she quickly discovered she had a knack for baking -- and family and friends quickly took notice. "I have five nieces and nephews, and I started making the ... 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 >>
Adirondack Creamery's pumpkin pie ice cream, explains owner Paul Nasrani, is based on an old recipe he procured from his mother--and it eats as if he liquefied one of her final products and then froze it and churned it into this cold treat. Rich and creamy, it's redolent of nutmeg, cinnamon, and, of ... More >>
Not long ago, the Hudson Valley was home to all kinds of mushroom farmers, but most of the commercial producers have long-since moved out. One exception: Bulich, a family property that overlooks the Hudson River that's the only grower in the area that still supplies NYC.
As spring continued dragging her feet last week, New Yorkers traipsed through snow flurries to drink wine. Nothing new there, except that the second annual NY Drinks NY was in town, offering imbibers a taste of local wines. I focused my efforts on the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment, two regions ... More >>
Monday, October 8 Half Off Wine. Today is Columbus Day and Lulu & Me is celebrating with 50% off all bottles of Italian wine. Varietals include Pecorino from Cataldi Madonna in Abruzzo and San Michele Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige. Pork Feast. Starting Monday and continuing every Monday thereafter ... More >>
Let's say -- completely hypothetically, simply for the sake of argument, of course -- that you are running a Congressional campaign. And let's also say -- again, completely hypothetically, simply for the sake of argument -- that your first campaign manager spokesman recently resigned after writing ... More >>
It's the holidays and time for nightly benefit parties. This month, we'll be circling back to non-profits and art groups we've talked to through out 2011 as they gear up for their annual shindigs. Today we're talking to Eve Biddle, the Co-Director of the Wassaic Project, which is having a silent au ... More >>
Dating to 1849, the Golden Russet is a real New York apple. Everyone has a favorite apple or two. Kids love Red Delicious for their sugary flavor and bright red color. Gourmands crave Granny Smiths because they have hard, tart flesh and can be used to make crisps that retain their apple-y texture. ... More >>
An upstate New York small business owner is trying to break into the breakfast market with his product, Muesli Fusion, now available in health-food stores in four states. [NPR] With its third location in Murray Hill, the Terroir wine bar mini-empire is announcing its plans for domination, wh ... More >>
Gary Grogan/Flickr via The Butcher's CaseFleisher's Meats won't open its Park Slope store until Sept. 22, but it's already making its presence known by way of a new blog. Called The Butcher's Case, it came online on August 30th to "help our new neighbors in Brooklyn get familiar with what Fle ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Bravo Gianni, a go-to Midtown Northern Italian, has closed after nearly 30 years in operation due to the chef and owner, Gianni Garavelli, suffering a stroke. [NY Times] Cosmos Diner, which ha ... More >>
Sweet, sweeet blueberries, at $5 per pint. The first farmers' market blueberries appeared today at the Kernan Farms stall in the Abingdon Square farmers' market. How did they do it, a full month before the fruit usually appears?
Earlier this week, Acme Bar & Grill owner Bob Pollock confirmed to us that is partnering with the Indochine/Kittichai team in the restaurant replacing Acme, which had been a Great Jones Street fixture for 25 years. Today, Pollock contacted us with the following statement about "Acme's evoluti ... More >>
For some, it doesn't matter that the Brooklyn Flea is full of cool handmade jewelry, weird old apothecary jars and bottles, vintage clothes, eyeglass frames, records, furniture made from reclaimed wood, and countless other oddities. For some, it's all about the rows of stands dedicated to fo ... More >>
flickr/Allerina & Glen MacLartyShuck 'em!Get ready for some shucking and slurping: It's going to be an oysterpalooza on Saturday, April 9 at New Amsterdam Market!
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No hacky sacks, but plenty of hearty grub on Court Street
The First Ladies of butter Yes, Brooklyn foodism is reaching an apogee of somewhat annoying proportions, but one new company stands out as a worthwhile addition to the larder: The Butter Queen of Brooklyn, which sells a variety of flavored butters.
The Union Square Greenmarket has no shortage of pumpkin- and apple-endowed treats right now, but while we went there earlier this week fully intending to eat at least one of them, we were instead swayed by the unassuming cranberry-walnut square pictured above.
Cannolis popping up.You might know La Bella Torte as one of the vendors at the ever-so-short-lived Greenpoint Food Market. Chef-owner Joe Glaser will soon also be recognizable as a contestant on TLC's Cake Boss spin-off, The Next Great Baker. Tomorrow, November 9 through December 31, you'll b ... More >>
The $8 hot dog at Brats--Dogs & Wieners Daniel Angerer - chef of the pretty-good restaurant Klee Brasserie - made a big splash a few months ago by offering customers a taste of cheese allegedly made from his wife's breast milk. At the time, I called it a hoax, asserting that it would take wa ... More >>
Saucy Salad/FlickrBridge to the land of milk and U-Bet.It's been more than a year since Sarah waged a battle of the egg creams between Russ & Daughters' and Katz's, but both Nikki Cascone's forthcoming Octavia's Porch and the folks at Brooklyn Farmacy are giving us all sorts of reason to want ... More >>
Alex Van BurenThe classic, plus a little anarchy.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: A vanilla malted milkshake ($5.10) at Brooklyn Farmacy (513 Henry Street, at S ... More >>
Tiny, sweet sugar plums from Tree-Licious Orchard out of Port Murray, NJBecause of our unusually hot spring, most produce is arriving early this summer. That means that the last of the cherries are now overlapping with the very first tomatoes and corn--and it means that today is a very good d ... More >>
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daveness_98/flickrDe-liver me.The question of whether or not foie gras is torture earned our own Sarah DiGregorio a James Beard Award nomination. But her writing chops would probably be lost on the folks from the Animal Protection & Rescue League. The organization and several other animal rig ... More >>
Dream (and moonshine) chaser Max WatmanIn his book, Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine, Max Watman traces the history of distillation in America, from the Whiskey Rebellion to today's rogue bootleggers and artisanal moonshiners. Along the way, he learns how to ... More >>
New York gets a new, old-timey vodka.There's been a lot of talk about the backlash against the backlash against vodka lately. The supposedly odorless and colorless spirit may not be the antitheses to the current cocktail culture Renaissance, after all. So, go ahead and let yourself get excite ... More >>
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reports that New York sales tax revenue went down last year by 5.9 percent versus 2008. And city sales tax collection declined even in the spender's paradise of New York City, by the same percentage. (It was worse elsewhere: in the Lower Hudson Valley collect ... More >>
Wal-Mart is testing the idea of switching to private-label spices by replacing McCormick products with its own generic brand in some stores. The chain is currently responsible for 11 percent of McCormick's sales. [Wall Street Journal] Weight loss success stories marketed by such fast-food ch ... More >>
CyclosportThe view from the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, with vineyards in the foreground.Two wineries on the eastern shore of sylvan and deep Seneca Lake make dry Rieslings. Are they really dry, and which one is better? We set out to make a determination.
In line with locavoric principles, the cheese-eating public has shown a greater interest in cheeses produced in our part of the country, which means New York and New England. Of course, this is partly due to the efforts of Anne Saxelby at Saxelby Cheese, but ideas like this are infectious and ... More >>
Hungry Girl heads to the new Yankee Stadium to scope out tasty low-cal foods and finds Lobel's Steak Sandwich (464 calories), Nathan's Grilled Chicken Sandwich (380 calories), and cotton candy (175 calories). [NY Times] The Hudson Valley, once known as New York's "breadbasket," is full of gr ... More >>
thoughtsonthetable.wordpress.comAmong the many matters that Robert LaValva must attend to before his New Amsterdam Market returns to the South Street Seaport next month is that of cake. Specifically, the kind of cake that may or may not be sold at the stand run by Saltie's, the new bakery fro ... More >>
Late-night revelers are still "discovering" the halal food cart at 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue, which was started in 1992 by Mohamed Abouelenein, who wanted to serve taxi and limousine drivers sick of hot dogs. [NY Times] Cocktails are a vital element of the AMC series Mad Men. Drinks histo ... More >>
galleyslave/flickrNot the New York foodshed. In an article he wrote for the Huffington Post last week, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer outlined his plans for making food policy a priority for city government. Among the initiatives he mentioned was a city "foodshed...consisting of far ... More >>
"Snowflake" babies, embryo "adoption," and being pre-born again
Eater has a very thoughtful piece by David Chang about serving foie gras in his restaurants. Apparently, an activist stopped by Ko to tell Chang that his group would start to picket the restaurant if he didn't stop serving the liver. Chang has been to Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm, (so have I) and fe ... More >>
And the holidays won't be the same
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