Subterranean Sushi Azabu has built a reputation as one of the best omakase experiences in the city; take a table in the snug den, and you'll be privy to plate after plate of dazzling seafood, sometimes draped silky and raw over a pat of rice, other times mixed into inventive izakaya dishes or set in ... More >>
Another week, another stretch of gluttony. As we've eaten our way through numerous NYC establishments in the last seven days, we've loved cold noodles, sausage and grits, and a Japanese ice cream parfait. Here's what we've been digging around town.
Stamina soba from Cocoron (37 Kenmare Street, 212-966-0800), $8.80-$10 The name for this soup is apt -- which makes it ideal for slurping while enduring another cold NYC weekend.
French baker HervĂ© Poussot was forced to close his Dumbo bakery, Almondine, after Hurricane Sandy destroyed all the equipment in the basement's production kitchen. Almondine, named Best Bakery by the Voice in 2008, finally reopened yesterday. The next few days will be "a sort of soft launch," says ... More >>
The ramen ride
Gyoza and Spring Roll from East Noodle & Izakaya (E 119 Second Avenue, 212-982-4285)
Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar at the Mondrian SoHo opened today. It's Sicilian food by executive chef Victor LaPlaca, who spent the last 17 years opening restaurants with Todd English. Signatures off Isola's trattoria menu will include cuscinetto with goat cheese and black olive, baby heirloom tomato ... More >>
Yup, that's strips of smoked breakfast bacon stuck right in the middle of those maki rolls. It seems bacon has penetrated every lost galaxy of the dining firmament. Heck, you can get a peanut butter and bacon sandwich nearly everywhere, bacon is de rigueur on your burger, you can buy a men's tie i ... More >>
Joshua Smookler brings tonkotsu ramen to Tribeca
Yuji Ramen, a pop-up noodle shop nestled in a back corner of Williamsburg's Kinfolk Studios, will most likely become your favorite ramen joint come summer. Its specialty dishes feature a style of brothless ramen called mazemen, which is catching on in Tokyo but is still uncommon here. In Yuji Ramen' ... More >>
Vegan cuisine can often leave much to be desired in the flavor and excitement departments. Kale salads and sprout medleys can only go so far. Which is why we were pleased to discover Gingersnap's Organic (170 East 7th Street, 212-533-9939), a newish (opened in November) casual café in the Eas ... More >>
For this week's review, I headed to the Lower East Side to check out Family Recipe, a cute little spot run by Akiko Thurnauer that dishes up home-style Japanese fare. What makes this eatery worth a trip is that it offers a (relatively) large number of both vegan and vegetarian dishes, a rarity in ou ... More >>
Having recently checked out ShopHouse, a/k/a Asian Chipotle, we were intrigued to learn about Kobeyaki, a new fast-casual Japanese joint directly across the street from the Fashion Institute of Technology that specializes in "rolls, bowls, burgers, and buns." Wanting to see if it followed the ShopHo ... More >>
Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Sushi & Sake 101 SUSHISAMBA 7 Tuesday, October 4, 7 p.m. The sushi-and-sake series is back, with dates throughout the fall. Learn how to make sushi rolls at home, and how to pair yo ... More >>
Toyohara / FlickrMmm, miso ramenWith Rai Rai Ken, Ippudo, and Ramen Setagaya all located in the East Village, you'd think the neighborhood had reached its peak of noodle peddlers. Well, get ready to add one more to the bunch. Ramen Misoya, specializing in miso-flavored ramen, will open at 12 ... More >>
flickr/Sifu RenkaShrimp tempura apparently equals gay What better way to celebrate Gay Pride week than eating some gay foods? But, what, exactly, constitutes gay food? Honestly, there isn't such a thing. So let's just go by name alone. Behold some of the city's "gay" dishes. Whether the g ... More >>
flickr/xxHxxOodles of noodles makes for a yummy meal It's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but ... More >>
Naruto ramenUntil now, Park Slope and the surrounding area has had only one ramen to chose from--ZuZu ramen, which serves a delicious, though expensive and not particularly traditional, green curry ramen. Naruto Ramen, a branch of an existing place on the Upper East Side, recently opened wi ... More >>
After reading about Eddie Huang's Xiao Ye for so long, it was almost a relief to finally stop in there for the first time last night and have a taste--we discovered that we love the fried tofu, like the idea of the unagi corn, and overheard a manager telling friends that Sam Sifton has alread ... More >>
Sable's rolls up something odd..."Lobster sushi," proclaims a sign set above a container that looks, at first glance, to be filled with maki rolls.
Ippudo's karaka-men, spicy ramen with ground pork In the port city of Yokohama, Japan, there is a large museum dedicated to ramen. There, one can learn the story of ramen's genesis between slurps of noodles and broth: Though the noodle is now practically Japan's national dish--popular enough ... More >>
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 >>
The somewhat mysterious Korean megaplex that's been under construction on St. Marks is now partially open.
Japan invades Koreatown, armed with gizzards and Coors Light
The tofu salad gave one an opportunity to scarf huge quantities of EN's signature substance. (click to enlarge) Last Saturday evening at 10 pm En Japanese Brasserie hosted a makanai, or restaurant family meal. The food was presented buffet style at the sold-out event in the resetaurant's bar ... More >>
A sushi assortment from Kanoyama shimmers, with huge eel filets slithering down the center of the plate. The East Village is swarming with restaurants, many of them excellent. The mixture is as eclectic as anywhere in town, with 30 or so ethnicities represented, and price levels ranging from ... More >>
Casey Kelbaugh for The New York TimesDavid Bouhadana is the 23-year-old executive chef of Sushi Uo, a new sushi restaurant on the Lower East Side. Earlier today, we showed you a few of Bouhadana's dishes. Here, we talk with him about how he's gotten where he is at such a young age, the state ... More >>
A gutbomb for sure: corn-tuna-mayo roll The recently re-opened, expanded Panya includes a large, glassed-in kitchen, whence come all sorts of puffy white breads, cakes, and stuffed rolls, like this corn-tuna-mayo explosion, above. But the kitchen will soon be churning out a much more elabora ... More >>