• Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    10 Things the NYC Dining Scene Does Better Than Anywhere Else

    With tens of thousands of brick-and-mortar restaurants and even more kiosks, delis, and roadside stands where you can grab a bite to eat, there's no place in the world like New York City when it comes to food and drink--you could spend your entire life eating and drinking here without conquering all ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 4, 2012

    Mission Chinese Food: Red Hot in a Pink Glow

    A San Francisco transplant wows the city's gastro-cognoscenti

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Postcards from China: Chinese Bayberry

    Welcome to Postcards from China, a series of delicious snapshots from my summer in China and Taiwan. Location: Gulangyu, Xiamen Item: Chinese Bayberry, or Yang Mei Flavor: A cross between a strawberry and lychee.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Our 10 Best Chicken Dishes in NYC

    Who wouldn't want this Peruvian rotisserie bird from Inca Chicken? And it comes with fries. Chicken is such a versatile bird! While McDonald's tries to disguise it, the yardbird's nature keeps asserting itself again and again. The skin is great, the organs are great, the appendages better than oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    10 Iconic Foods of New York City, and Where To Find Them

    ​Ultra-creamy New York cheesecake may be the world's richest dessert. Hotbed of culinary fusion, NYC is not only a repository of cuisines from around the globe, but the place where many important dishes originated, if not by pure invention, then as uniquely compelling adaptations of things t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 36: Homes Kitchen

    ​ (Hunan Tofu from Homes Kitchen, 22 East 21st Street, 212-475-5049)

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Year of the Takeout: Part Deux

    Day 2: General Tso's Chicken from King Dragon (1548 Madison Avenue, 212-369-6788) The identity of General Tso and the origin of his eponymous, ubiquitous chicken has long been a question nagging the American psyche, right along with queries like "Who is John Galt?" (spoiler: he's a total jackass w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2011

    Baltimore: In John Waters' Footsteps

    ​Baltimore kitchen, Saturday morning

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    NYC's Five Greasiest Dishes

    ​Before downing this pair of well-fatted babies, better make sure you have a gastroenterologist on call. We encounter greasy (pronounced "greazy") food the time in our wanderings. Sometimes it's good, but sometimes excessive fat content gets in the way of really enjoying a dish, and makes y ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 8, 2011

    Flushing's Hunan Kitchen Wants to Give You a Hot Time

    The city's best—and damn spicy—Hunan restaurant

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Back Forty's Annual Chesapeake Crab Boils Kick Off on June 14

    'Tis the season.​Savoy may have recently thrown its last big hurrah, but Peter Hoffman is gearing up to throw Back Forty's annual all-summer-long Tuesday night Chesapeake Crab Boils.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Chinese Magician in Hot Water Over Goldfish Trick

    China has come under fire again for human rights violations, despite assurances from government offi -- HOLY CRAP, ARE THOSE GOLDFISH SWIMMING IN FORMATION?

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat in Manhattan's Chinatown

    ​In A-Wah's Hong Kong-style wonton lo mein, the noodles are cooked al dente, and the broth is served on the side. The amazing thing about Manhattan's Chinatown, no matter how it ebbs and flows, no matter how many restaurants come and go: It's always been a bastion of excellent cheap eats. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat on St. Marks Place in the East Village, NYC

    ​Like the sign says: New York's Best Egg Cream St. Marks Place is only three blocks long, but packs an astonishing 63 places to eat along its truncated and colorful length, some of them nearly invisible. It constitutes one of the city's foremost tourist destinations for the under-40 crowd, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2010

    Pit Beef, Crabcakes, and Berger's Cookies: Things I Ate in Baltimore This Weekend

    ​Located underneath Interstate 70, Pioneer Pit Beef has a reputation of being the best pit beef joint in town. This weekend I went to Baltimore to visit friends and relatives, but what started out as a quiet mini-vacation ended up as a full-scale eating binge. Here are some of the highlights. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Pix from Hunan House

         A lush plate of Hunan pickles makes the perfect start to a meal at Hunan House This week Counter Culture visits Hunan House, which may be the only real Hunan restaurant in the city. Located on the outskirts of downtown Flushing, the new restaurant is easy to attain fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    Hello and welcome to Friday afternoon--here are some of our favorite posts from the week. Go out and get yourself some gelato and pig's feet this weekend. We brought you to foodie events all over the city over the holiday weekend. We suggested that you BYOB a bottle of Gutedel to Zaytoons. We br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC--Hollow Stem Vegetable at Hunan House

    "Sauteed hollow stem vegetable with spicy sauce" at Flushing's Hunan House The jury is still out as to what species "hollow stem vegetable" represents, but the taste is wonderful nonetheless. The light-green vegetable--probably some sort of pond weed--is indeed hollow like a reed, and has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Revisiting the Original Grand Sichuan

       A dozen years back, the original Grand Sichuan on Canal Street opened just across from the triumphal entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. It was first out of the gate, gainsaying the Szechuan Empires, Szechwan Gardens, and all the other pallid evocations of Sichuan cuis ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 4, 2007


    Sunset Park's most remarkable Cantonese justifies its reputation

  • Dining

    January 25, 2005


    Short ribs surf gravy wave at old-style Chinatown Cantonese

  • Film

    October 12, 2004
  • Dining

    June 15, 2004

    Democracy Now

    Hong Kong Chinese restaurant in Jersey burbs put to a vote

  • News

    November 25, 2003
  • Long Island Voice

    November 30, 1999
  • News

    November 23, 1999

    China’s Brutal Police State

    Fifty Years of State Terrorism