Zachary Feldman dropped a list of the 11 best classic diners and luncheonettes in NYC, tapping into spots that form the fabric of edible history in our city and, therefore, our collective nostalgia for an era ever in danger of passing as rents skyrocket. A number of readers weighed in on the list, a ... More >>
Crowds in this city do not always correlate to good taste -- see the hordes that flock to the Tacos Morelos carts in Williamsburg or the East Village instead of the more venerable Jackson Heights restaurant from which the mobile vendors were born. Further proof is Tacos El Bronco (4324 Fourth Avenue ... More >>
The Killers walk into an Electric Daisy Carnival with known Liars ... these are the 10 best concerts of the weekend.
Of the coterie of taco trucks that line Roosevelt Avenue from Woodside to Corona, El Gallo Giro is one of the most popular. It's a cart that only comes out at night to haunt the block with the aroma of searing meats and plumes of well-seasoned smoke. The cooks' dexterity on the flat-top griddle is w ... More >>
Three years ago, Bianey Garcia was on 86th Street in Jackson Heights with her boyfriend. It was late at night, and they were holding hands and kissing. A van slowly pulled up next to them, and they quickly realized it wasn't any regular van: Garcia says that eight police officers got out and pushed ... More >>
Wantan Frito -- Served with a tamarind ketchup, these fried wontons are gigantic, and each enfolds a nugget of gnarly pork. This cluster looks like a prehistoric armor-plated fish. When Chinese food hit Peru in the late 19th century, it transformed itself to conform to popular tastes, creating an ... More >>
This week, Tejal Rao checks in at a "spot of warmth" on the otherwise gloomy Wilson Avenue, Dear Bushwick. Having previously honed her skills at Goat Town, chef Jessica Wilson offers "English-inspired dishes with American ingredients" and assures us that "this is the sort of simple, seasonal food th ... More >>
A visit to one of the city's most evolved taquerias
An overweight chicken roasted in the Peruvian manner will set you back only $3.10 at La Casa del Pollo in Jackson Heights. For an additional two bucks, you can have a giant serving of rice and beans. But will the place make our list? Most food publications spend their time trying to get you to spe ... More >>
Look closely and you'll see the frank cautiously peeping out at the right end of the assemblage. Those who like their dogs topped with kraut and mustard will be shocked at the South American take on hot dogs. Take the perro Colombiano at La Casa de la Antojitos, a combination bakery and diner in J ... More >>
You've given some good guesses so far, but I was not at El Jalapeno, Fonda, Coppelia, Cafe El Portal, Oaxaca, or El Sol Azteca.
Asian Americans in New York City may actually have the voting power they deserve in Congress if the lines drawn this week by a judge become reality, advocates said today. If you haven't been following the redistricting drama closely, here's what you need to know: Since state legislators, stuck in ... More >>
Peeling back the top of a sandwich from a Mexican bodega can sometimes cause momentary confusion. "Where's the pickled jalapeno? What's this green stuff?" is all too common a refrain. Here we clear up the difference between the two most popular Mexican sandwiches, the cemita and the torta, and where ... More >>
Shop till you drop? No, you wont drop. Its all right here.
We trek on out to two Nepalese cafés in Queens' Little Himalayas
After Uruguay defeated Paraguay in the finals of the Copa America on Sunday, ecstatic fans flooded the streets of Jackson Heights. Minutes later, dozens of police officers arrived at 37th Avenue and 84th Street and began pushing back the crowd. This led to scuffles between the soccer fans and ... More >>
Carved wooden doors at Himalayan Yak Over the last 10 years, Central Jackson Heights (the blocks around the subway/bus station) has turned into a concentrated Himalayan business zone, as immigrants from Tibet and Nepal have moved into the neighborhood, turning the area into a Himalayan hub ... More >>
A new Tibetan place scales the Heights of Jackson
A man in Jackson Heights, Queens, has taken advantage of the remaining snow on the ground to make himself a "fully functional" igloo, which he then decided to sleep in on Thursday's 15 degree night. He could have just stayed at one of our apartments if he wanted no heat and exposure to the el ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisUruguyan civil war! The plain sandwich cookie has indeed met its long-lost -- and far more badass -- sibling, the alfajor. The South American snack is simple, but super-flavorful, made up of a thick layer of dulce de leche between two round, doughy pieces of shortbread. Coco ... More >>
We thought this "oldest trick in the book" sort of con only happened in movies with smooth-talking snake-oil preachers and gullible townsfolk, but clearly, we were the gullible ones here! According to ABC, three wayward church-goers implemented a bingo scam in Jackson Heights that netted them ... More >>
Margherita ExtraThere is a new Neapolitan-style pizza joint in the West Village. Olio Pizza e Più is run by Giulio Adriani, a lifelong pizzaiolo who recently moved from Italy to open this place. He claims hardcore authenticity, and is an instructor in the Verace Pizza Napoletana association, ... More >>
So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
Include newcomer Eighth Avenue Noodles on your noodle crawlWelcome to this week's installment of Ask the Critics. If you have a question--any question!--you'd like answered in this column, email us. This week, Amol M. asks: "Can you suggest a weekend excursion/eating crawl in the five borou ... More >>
Jackson Heights serves up a South Asian two-for-one
The National Weather Service says it's pretty much definitely going to rain all weekend, so indoors is good. Go see the Wizard of Oz today and tomorrow at the Film Forum (double feature, with Captains Courageous)
Update: Thirteen businesses were destroyed and over 100 people were evacuated from their homes. Over 200 firefighters were eventually called in. Four suffered minor injuries. Investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze. Update: ABC News is reporting that the fire was extinguished b ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 18, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 44 The Abortionist on The Circuit of Fear By Marlene Nadle The abortionist is the man hunted by the police and a million desperate women a year. No city can be without him. Few are. In almost ever town ... More >>
...or rather, blow away, in the next election. Ladies and gentlemen, the 'No' votes...
Sure, it's 2009, well into the new century, but as us New Yorkers head to the polls today, we're still using the same clunky, decades old lever voting machines we always have. That's because an effort to purchase newer, more technologically advanced machines is still bogged down in Albany. The sta ... More >>
Martha Clark, center, holds the street sign bearing the name of her only child, Corp. Jonathan Rivadeneira who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Last Saturday afternoon on a Jackson Heights' street corner, Martha Clark clasped her tiny hands around a microphone, tilted her black sunglasses towards the ... More >>
Jump on your yak now, baby, and ride, in Jackson Heights
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 >>
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