Indian Food and Cooking

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    July 2, 2014

    For an Education in Malaysian Cuisine, Head to Williamsburg's Pasar Malam

    New Yorkers have fervently propelled many types of Asian cuisine into buzzy stardom -- just look at the dozens of ramen stalls and Isaan restaurants that line our streets. But Malaysian food remains relatively obscure, and that's something chef Salil Mehta wants to change. Mehta oversees Laut, a U ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Two Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week was a slow one for openings, but here are a pair of new entrants.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Video: The Holi Festival, Explained By Very Happy, Very Messy People

    "What we're trying to figure out is how we're going to get in the car later." That was one Holi festival-goer on Saturday, May 3, 2014. You might have seen it if you were near the UN: Thousands gathered to smear and throw colored powder all over each other, eat Indian food and dance Bhangra at the ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014
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    July 23, 2012

    Say Hello to Moti Mahal Delux, Hot Bread Almacen

    Moti Mahal Delux is opening at the Upper East Side today. As a departure from almost every other Indian restaurant in the city, they will be serving a menu sans chicken tikka masala. Instead, the star dish will be the signature butter chicken. [Fork in the Road] Hot Bread Kitchen is opening a reta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Best Cheap Indian Food In NYC

    Curry Hut isn't spectacular-looking in the slightest. The eat-in or take-out restaurant on Ninth Avenue between 39th and 40th streets is small and not that remarkable, with nothing more than counter seating and not much in the way of décor. The menu isn't terribly exotic or high-flying. Just ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 23, 2011

    Holiday Guide: Heat-Seeking Victuals

    A five-borough tour of winter warm-up meals

  • Dining

    November 16, 2011

    Banana Leaf: Here's Your Skanky Wallop

    Brooklyn's Sunset Park goes a little more Malaysian

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Junoon's John Filby On Indian Cocktails, Unruly Customers and New York's Drinking Scene v. London's

    Junoon's John Filby​If you thought fancy cocktails were something to be sipped only with housemade charcuterie, local cheese and other dressed-up bar bites, you were sorely mistaken. Junoon, the nouveau Indian that opened off Madison Square Park last December, has just re-launched its bar as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Saxon Parole, Goodbye to Stuffed Artisan Cannolis

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. The Porch appears to be giving up its space in the East Village. A source says that an Indian restaurant will move in. [EV Grieve]̴ ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 6, 2011

    Chelsea's Banana Leaf Sails to the Island of Strange Starches

    A new Sri Lankan restaurant slings hoppers, woodapples, and pittu

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Tonight, No. 7 Will Serve India in Taco Form

    India: like a taco, only bigger.​Given that kati rolls are basically Indian burritos, and that everyone these days seems intent on serving the world's cuisines on a tortilla, it seems only fitting that someone has gone and plopped the flavors of South Asia in a taco.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Sol de Quito; Lauren Shockey at Mehtaphor

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema fills up on authentic Ecuadorian at Sol de Quito; Lauren Shockey finds hits and misses at Mehtaphor, but at least doesn't get bored. Sam Sifton files on two new Indians, Tulsi and

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Tulsi Opens This Evening

    ​As expected, Hemant Mathur will open Tulsi for dinner this evening, bringing high-end Indian cuisine to the far eastern end of 46th Street. The 2,000-square-foot restaurant, whose name means "divine basil" in Hindi, will serve a regional Indian menu featuring dishes like semolina-crusted monk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Tawa Tandoor Is Now Serving All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast in Jackson Heights

    Ben Schmerler​Tawa Tandoor, an Indian restaurant with a location in Midtown, has opened its doors at 37-56 74th Street in Jackson Heights, in a space previously occupied by Shereen Mahal. It's now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and offering a $6.95 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Whet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Aasif Mandvi's 'Tandoori Comedy,' Today's Special, Premieres Next Week

    Hot stuff.​The so-called tandoori comedy by The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi premieres next Friday, November 19, at select theaters in the city. See Today's Special, starring Mandvi, Bollywood star Naseeruddin Shah, and Indian cookbook legend Madhur Jaffey, at the Sunshine Cinema on Houston Stree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Vindaloo for You! An NYC Curry Crawl.

    Victoria BekiempisNo need to hurry to Curry in a Hurry​ Every now and then, even the most misanthropic, bookish types need a little excitement in their lives -- more spice, if you will -- than looking at framed pictures of their cats between sips of Earl Grey. Exotic food, in particular, helps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Floyd Cardoz: Tabla's Size Killed Tabla

    ​Feast has an interesting interview with Floyd Cardoz in which the chef talks about what went wrong with Tabla, which is set to close on Dec. 30. Cardoz says that what went wrong with the 12-year-old Indian restaurant was its size: "we realized that we have a lot of seats to fill and we were n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Our 10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants

    Robert SietsemaSapthagiri's kanchipuram idli.​ While New York has no scarcity of excellent vegetarian food, actual vegetarian restaurants are in shorter supply, and categorically superb vegetarian restaurants are an even rarer breed. Or so it would appear if you limit your search only to plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Spicy Mina Closed?

    Spicy Mina​This Chowhound thread points out that Spicy Mina, the cultishly popular Bangladeshi restaurant in Woodside, has been closed since early August, causing the 'hounders to worry the shuttering is permanent.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Bai Cha: Bringing Lots o' Satay to Hell's Kitchen

    The satay was better on a stick ...​Bai Cha -- the name means "tea leaf" in Thai -- popped up in Hell's Kitchen about a month ago, with a Southeast Asian menu mainly made up of various kinds of satay, plus a few sandwiches and sides like roti.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Jehangir Mehta: Where to Get Great Biryani, What New York Restaurants Need Now

    Jehangir Mehta​ After working at Aix, Compass, and Jean-Georges, chef Jehangir Mehta opened Graffiti in 2007. He's one of the few chefs to have worked professionally in both pastry and savory kitchens, and his cooking style features both sweet and savory flavors. It also combines Indian, South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    Here we sit, once again, at the week's terminus, casting a fond glance back at the best posts of the last few days: Here's a few great ideas for where to go on a weekend eating crawl. Battle of the Raw Food Lasagna pitted One Lucky Duck against Organic Avenue. We ranked Our 10 Best Offal Dishes.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Bhojan's Fenugreek Fritters

    ​The vegetarian cuisine from the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat is ancient and complex. Madhur Jaffrey has called it the "haute cuisine of vegetarianism." While special occasion foods are more elaborate, staples include stewed spiced vegetables of all kinds, roti, and khichdi, a spiced r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Pix from Sonali Cuisine in Sunnyside, Queens

    ​The front window proclaims Sonali Cuisine's newbie status. This week Counter Culture sets down in a virtual culinary Bangladesh at Sonali Cuisine. The food is rich, savory, and really cheap, and offers several dishes that distinguish it from other Bangladeshi restaurants in Queens. In additi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Possible Preview of the Preview of Fatty 'Cue on New Year's Eve

    ​Could this double-smoked pork belly be half a special Fatty 'Cue dish being served at Fatty Crab on New Years Eve? A friend and I were hanging out at the uptown Fatty Crab a couple of evenings ago, with the ostensible purpose of comparing the food at the uptown and downtown branches. (Inquir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    A Possible Preview of a Preview of Fatty Cue at Fatty Crab(s)

    ​Could this double-smoked pork belly be half a special Fatty 'Cue dish being served at Fatty Crab on New Years Eve? A friend and I were hanging out at the uptown Fatty Crab a couple of evenings ago, with the ostensible purpose of comparing the food at the uptown and downtown branches. (Inquir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    A New Kathi Roll Joint for Cricket Fans in Curry Hill

    Courtesy Kolkata Mirror​ A new kathi roll spot is coming to Curry Hill, distinguishing itself with a sports-centric focus. "You know, in Australia, Pakistan, and India, cricket is a religion," says owner Gaurav Anand, a Delhi native who also owns Bhatti Grill, across the street. "I miss it all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    What's Happening This Week: Green Cocktails & Greek Lamb

    Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Organic, Shaken & Stirred: Step Up to the Green Bar! (free) Counter November 10 You've greened your kitchen; now it's time to green your bar. Join Paul Abercrombie, author of Organi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC: Gutti Venkaya at Coconut Grove

    ​ ​For lovers of both peanut butter sandwiches and eggplant, there's gutti venkaya, a recipe associated with the high-tech city (and center for annoying phone call solicitations) Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, southeastern India. The peanut sauce is highly textured, though not chunky, while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Recipe: Make Maneet Chauhan's Tandoori Skirt Steak with Sauteed Spinach and Plantain Chips

    ​Chef Maneet Chauhan followed restaurateur Rohini Dey from Chicago's acclaimed Vermillion to New York when Dey opened the Manhattan outpost At Vermillion late last year. The theme of the menu is Latino-Indian, but the theme of the restaurant is, unofficially, girl power. So, Chauhan's Tandoori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Indian Restaurants

    ​ Check here tomorrow for Fork in the Road's 10 Best Indian restaurants. We've ranged around the city, stuffing ourselves with Chettinadu fish curry on Staten Island, dosas in Flushing, khandvi and other regional snacks in Jackson Heights, and pongal in New Jersey (true Desi-land). We're pitch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    The Early Word: Zaffran Bangladeshi in Kensington

    Don't talk politics at Zaffran​ Zaffran, a Bangladeshi restaurant recently opened on Church Street at the corner of McDonald in Kensington, Brooklyn, has an extensive and promising menu. There's nihari, a long-cooked beef stew, haleem, pasinda--chicken or beef cooked in yogurt and spices--goat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC--Noona Vankaya Pulusu

    Noona vankaya pulusu at Southern Spice (click to distend) Sometimes a vegetarian dish is so good it slaps you across the face, leaving a tingling on your cheeks and a slight burn in your mouth. Such is the case with the noona vankaya pulusu (it's even fun to say!) at Southern Spice, a new resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Cookbook Tester--Suvir Saran's American Masala

    Suvir Saran, chef of Devi, has just opened a casual spot in Jersey City called American Masala. That also happens to be the name of the chef's most recent cookbook, and from what I gather, the concept behind the book and the restaurant are the same: simple, Western food (burgers, pasta, chili) twea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats--Chapli Kebab

    Madina Restaurant is on the Pakinstani stretch of Coney Island Avenue in Kensington (bordering Ditmas Park), Brooklyn. The sign on its awning is admirably inclusive (Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi food!), but it mainly focuses on hearty Punjabi-Pakistani dishes. But my favorite item at Madina is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Strange Snacks of the World -- Sel Roti

    Sel Roti at Mustang Thakali Kitchen Sel roti is a bread beloved of Nepalis, featured during their Festival of Lights, but also eaten as an everyday snack. It's made with rice flour and resembles an anorexic Krispy Kreme. Sometimes banana is added to amp up the sweetness, but the version served ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Drinking Problem or Drink Up(ward Mobility)?

    Oh darling, what to sip on while debating the cinematic merits of Slumdog Millionaire, its Oscar chances, the possible exploitation of its child stars, why it did or did not make you cry, and whether it should be called "a fairytale vision of squalid poverty" or "poverty porn," etc? A press release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Get a Jamaican Fix at Gordon's Bakery

    Poking around the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood in Brooklyn today, I came across Gordon's Bakery and Restaurant. At first glace, I thought the place focused mainly on baked goods, but a second look revealed a long breakfast/lunch menu: Cow's foot soup, oxtail, curry goat, chicken and shrimp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Adventures in a Crippled Kitchen

     Chapter 4: Pot Luck I'd learned to boil hot water on my new hot plate by turning the throttle up to 5 and waiting 5 minutes and 34 seconds, and was soon happily drinking cups of Earl Grey tea and press-pot coffee as if I had a real stove. I didn't miss the gas at all.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Sietsema's Cheap Eats: Gol Guppe

    What do we want? Cheap eats. When do we want them? Now! If you're hungry for something delicious but your bank account is in the red, we're here to help you out (see our Cheap Lunch!) series—Our Man Sietsema has been sniffing out the good stuff. Here's Our Man on a fun and inexpensive variety of c ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008
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    June 24, 2008
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    September 5, 2007
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    February 27, 2007

    Let There Be Lite

    Melt your winter heft with dosa, tea, and something nice 'n' stinky

  • Dining

    September 7, 2004

    2 Torn 2B Worn

    Leaning toward China at Flatbushian Guyanese restaurant

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    September 24, 2002
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    July 2, 2002
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    May 21, 2002
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