The legendary tunde ke kebab as served at Chote Nawab -- it strives to be the tenderest kebab on earth (green and red sauces in background). It sounds like a Twin Peaks episode: 100 years ago a one-armed chef, to please a toothless old royal family member, invented the tunde ke kebab. It seems the ... More >>
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 >>
At the second annual Tasting Brooklyn, taking place at the Dumbo Loft on April 3, you can try the cooking of over 25 Brooklyn food venders like Little Neck, Arancini Bros, and Fornino Park Slope. Doors open for general admission at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $50. Witness the butchering of a whole p ... More >>
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 >>
A five-borough tour of winter warm-up meals
Brooklyn's Sunset Park goes a little more Malaysian
Junoon's John FilbyIf 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 >>
The beloved Gujarati snack khaman dhokla has a texture and flavor something like cornbread. It's made by soaking, grinding, and fermenting lentils, much the same way as dosas are fabricated.
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 >>
A new Sri Lankan restaurant slings hoppers, woodapples, and pittu
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.
Pennants flapping, and interior vomitously green, King Gyro is now open for business. The bright green façade of King Gyro in the East Village taunted us for months, always seeming on the verge of opening, but never quite doing so. Well, the place finally debuted, and here's a cursory look ... More >>
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
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Spicy MinaThis 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.
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.
It's Friday afternoon, and time to turn a gimlet eye back to the highlights of the past few days: Battle of the Chicken Tikka Masala: Famous Dal Cart vs. Desi Food Truck. Veggie Burgers Every Which Way's Lukas Volger chatted about how to make good veggie burgers, bodega vegans, and why so many veg ... More >>
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.
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 >>
Kanchipuram idly (weekends only) are turmeric-orange in color and come studded with cashew nuts, fresh ginger, and coriander leaf. This week Counter Culture wigs out at Sapthagiri, a strictly vegetarian restaurant in Jersey City's Indian Square neighborhood, a three-block walk north of the P ... More >>
The Lower East Side greets a South African restaurant
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Above all, a cookbook should be useful and accurate, but that's not why we love them. A great cookbook isn't just a compendium of recipes; it takes you somewhere--into a cook's kitchen, to the South of France, or the South Pacific, or back in time. Following a 1961 recipe for Chateaubriand do ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Floral Park, Queens is my new favorite neighborhood. It's on the eastern edge of the borough, bordering Nassau County, and it's home to a large and growing Indian population. There are well-stocked South Asian grocery stores, like Patel Brothers and Subzi Mandi, sweets and snacks shops, and many re ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
Melt your winter heft with dosa, tea, and something nice 'n' stinky
Leaning toward China at Flatbushian Guyanese restaurant