On Saturday, November 22, nearly 700 New Yorkers came to Jackson Heights, Queens in search of dumplings. Using a map that marked each of the 17 different places in the neighborhood that sells momos, the eaters later voted on the winning restaurant that would receive the momo trophy. Winning this t ... More >>
Before you break out the suitcases and hightail it to your drunk uncle's for Thanksgiving, take it easy this weekend and enjoy these five food events.
At the average New York street fair, one tends to encounter the same stalls, hawking knock-off handbags or churning out questionable hot dogs. At Saturday's Viva La Comida!, however, held for the third year in the heart of Jackson Heights, there was a near hour-long line of hungry visitors waiting a ... More >>
The spree, according to police, began two years ago. The suspect robbed Amalgamated Bank in Jackson Heights, Queens. Since then, police suspect that the same man has struck at six other banks across the borough, most recently last week.
Warily, my food-adventuring party enters the mobile telephone store we found listed on the website for Tibetan Mobile, a Jackson Heights Tibetan restaurant. We cautiously step past a counter of customers purchasing actual devices and work our way down the span of a narrow room adorned with paintings ... More >>
Nepalese momo of the type known as kothey, at Lali Guras Momo are Himalayan dumplings, usually round and puckered, but sometimes oblong with a ridge on top. They can be either steamed or fried, and can be stuffed with a variety of substances, often including lamb and onions. Over the last decade, ... More >>
It might get loud at Electric Daisy Carnival
Jalea is one huge heap of seafood! Maybe the last place you'd think to look for great cheap seafood would be a Peruvian rotissserie in Jackson Heights, Queens, much less one whose name is Chicken Festival. Well, FiTR was surprised, too. The best thing on the menu we've tasted so far is jalea, a st ... More >>
Veteran food writer Joe DiStefano, whose beat is often Queens and the ethnic culinary glories thereof, launched a new website yesterday called Chopsticks and Marrow. Early articles put up in a flurry of activity cover hot dogs and pizza in Chicago, an excellent cevicheria in Jackson Heights, and the ... More >>
It's not easy to whittle all the different types of obnoxos down to five, but I love a challenge (if not a cattle car). Here goes: (5) The ones who have no idea how physics works and can't seem to understand that people must be allowed to get off the train before other ones get on. This even tho ... More >>
Every 10th pepper -- Watch out! [See More Market Watch: First Cantaloupes Appear | Monster Jackfruits Invade Jackson Heights | First Corn Appears] These are exciting times in the city's farmers' markets, as the vegetables and fruits that take the longest to grow (eggplants, melons, dirt tomatoes, ... More >>
See what we've been up to this week at Fork in the Road: Robert Sietsema teaches us how to make a perfect batch of marijuana brownies -- Betty Crocker recipe and all. We love cheap ice cream. $0.99 ice cream in Brooklyn by vans that are called the "Dollar Truck." Monstrous jackfruit at Anada B ... More >>
Queens-based food writer Joe DiStefano will guide a tour of Jackson Heights this weekend--not of the neighborhood's Indian joints, as you might have expected, but of its more recent wave of Tibetan and Nepalese fare. The three-hour tour ($80) starts at 11 a.m. this Sunday, June 24, and will include ... More >>
For the second time in as many days, police are asking the public's help in tracking down a serial groper responsible for at least four unwanted gropings -- and the suspect doesn't appear to be the same man responsible for a recent collection of gropings in Queens. In other words, there currently ar ... More >>
There's a man roaming the streets of Queens groping women...again.According to police, the unidentified suspect has extended four unwanted feel-ups to women in Jackson Heights since March 22. In each case, the suspect approached a woman, groped her, and then scampered off.This is the second time in ... More >>
Yes, I checked out the queens in Queens. It was a snowy Wednesday night, but there was still some life to be found in the Jackson Heights bars, where salsa and merengue sounds, twinkly lights, and cheapish drinks make your butt vibrate with the excitement that you've decided to embrace the larger i ... More >>
Square noodles of wiggly, translucent mung bean jelly wobble like worms from another planet, in a sauce of dried chiles, chile oil, and tingly Sichuan peppercorns, with a light aftertaste of soy and vinegar, and a major presence of spring onions and garlic.
Drowning in drink New Yorkers drink a lot, so there's always a steady stream of hospitalizations and emergency room visits because of booze, and some of the city's immigrant communities are leading the way, according to the Spanish-language daily. In 2009, alcohol led to 70,000 emergency room ... More >>
Unlike the Midwood original, a full-fledged restaurant for Jackson Heights
Goat curryLast night, the sparkling new Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant in Jackson Heights was bustling with hungry diners breaking the daily Ramadan fast. Three young men avidly slurped falooda; a lone woman in a spangled brown chador downed a plate of goat biryani; children fidgeted in their ... More >>
Our Man Sietsema chronicled the 13 worst restaurant names in New York a little over a month ago, but here's a late entry from Jackson Heights. Needless to say, we don't want to know what they're putting in the barbecue sauce. [Thanks to the intrepid Steven Thrasher for the photo] Have a tip ... More >>
srqpix/FlickrBelly on up.Ah, these schizophrenic times: even as the First Lady launches a campaign to combat childhood obesity, the government considers telling food companies to go easy on the salt, and a group releases a report stating that Americans are getting too fat to serve in the mili ... More >>
Beef momos, eight for $6, including a bottle of waterAfter itching to stop by Merit Farms in Jackson Heights ever since it was profiled on Serious Eats, today was finally the day for a momo binge. As it turns out, Merit Farms has changed its name to Merit Kabob and Dumpling Palace, a more apt ... More >>
llahbocaj/flickrFood in Queens: here, there, everywhere.Roving reporter, serial masticator, and sometimes Fork in the Road contributor Joe DiStefano knows a thing or two about eating his way through Queens, so we can't think of a more fitting author for World's Fare, the blog he's just launch ... More >>
The Edible family just got a little bigger: The powers-that-be behind Edible Queens have just announced the debut of the magazine, which is edited and published by Leah McLaughlin. The premiere issue includes a trip to Flushing -- the city's "more diverse and affluent Chinatown" -- with Antho ... 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 >>
Breaking the outer limits
Walking around Roosevelt Avenue today in Jackson Heights/Woodside, I noticed that there are quite a few intriguing dive bars in the vicinity. One window-less joint, Ovidios Bar, is conveniently located right next to Sripraphai. And then there is this one, called Bum Bum Bar at 63-14 Roosevelt. I lit ... More >>
Other countries definitely beat us on the potato-chip-flavor front. In Greece, they can nosh on feta cheese or tzatziki flavored chips. In Canada, they have ketchup chips (totally delicious); in Thailand they have spicy chili squid flavor, and in India something called "Magic Masala." (Which you can ... More >>
Jackson Heights rouses itself from a long slumber
Our restaurant critic goes hunting on Roosevelt Avenue
Introducing Kulfi, India's favorite popsicle
The president's prime-time address this evening kicks off a week of intensified lobbying by advocacy groups as the Senate debates different proposals for tightening the borders andin some casesaffording undocumented immigrants a way to normalize their status. There's a push to make phone ... More >>
Jackson heights was very exclusive. Not only did it exclude Jews ...
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