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: an Italian comfort-food restaurant in Hotel Hugo; the infamous ramen burger finds its home downtown; and an East Vill ... More >>
Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>
For 11 years, Daisuke Nakazawa learned by observing his mentor, Tokyo's acclaimed Jiro of the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. But earlier this year, the 35-year old stepped out from the shadow of his master, heading his own namesake sushi temple: Sushi Nakazawa (23 Commerce Street, 212-924-22 ... More >>
There are pros and cons to being a vegetarian, and for a long time, giving up bowls of hot, steamy, noodle soup was a con: It was difficult to find a version in the city that wasn't meat-based. Now, though, vegetarian soups have made their way onto ramen and pho menus all over the city. Just in tim ... More >>
Believe it or not, this chinger is vegetarian. The idea was popularized by Momofuku Ssam Bar and by Xi'an Famous Foods--sandwiches featuring lamb or pork in a steamed or baked bao with pickled vegetables and a thick, sweet soy sauce. The idea might have occurred spontaneously in several places, be ... More >>
Despite the calendar's promises, New York doesn't seem to know that it's spring. Perhaps our food critics had a feeling that the winter chill would linger in the air, as they both sought out belly-warming comfort food this week. Robert Sietsema slurped up ramen at Suzume and Ganso, while Tejal Rao o ... More >>
Two Masa alums bend the sushi rules in the West Village
What's that splatting the top of my ramen? This week Counter Culture yams its way into Ootoya, a Japanese chain restaurant that's been compared to Denny's. (Don't worry, it's way better than that.) Here are some of the things my friends and I enjoyed at this reasonably priced set-meal destination, ... More >>
Brown rice isn't the most glamorous of grains, but when you watch someone fastidiously mold it into a fat, geometrical shape and wrap it in a shining sheet of seaweed, it begins to take on a certain allure. Like the onigiri at Brooklyn Flea from Rice & Miso Everyday.
Welcome to Postcards from China, a series of delicious snapshots from my summer in China and Taiwan. Location: Xiamen Item: Kumquat Rice Cake Flavor: Kumquat-flavored mochi In searching for desserts specific to Fujian, I came across these kumquat-flavored rice cakes. They're very similar to mochi ... More >>
Joshua Smookler brings tonkotsu ramen to Tribeca
Zutto was one of Tribeca's earliest sushi restaurants, and has been puttering along for thirty years, mostly invisible behind the grander, finer Japanese fare of nearby Nobu, Megu and Brushstroke. Last fall, Joshua Smookler took over the kitchen, adding a handful of ramen dishes and some grubby, iza ... More >>
Pork buns, one of the new additions to Rai Rai Ken's menu. Hmmm, where have we seen those before? Without much fanfare, Little Tokyo old-timer Rai Rai Ken has moved into semi-luxurious new digs, just two storefronts east of its original East Village location on 10th Street. Bright red door-banners ... More >>
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 >>
There are certain storefronts in NYC that seem haunted. Restaurant after restaurant opens in the space only to be closed a few weeks later. Like the corner spot at West Houston and Varick streets that has hosted three restaurants in as many years. And 71 Clinton Street.First, in December 2010, it wa ... More >>
Edamame Dumplings at KoiAll three Koi locations -- in Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas -- are hosting a fundraising effort this month to help famine victims in East Africa. Through August 14, half the proceeds from the sale of two new menu items will go toward the U.N. World Food Programm ... More >>
At the big-box Walgreen's on Cooper Square, they know how to stock the fruit on the shelves, but not how to take care of it. Note price: $1.49 per pound. [Click on image to examine the bananas with a shopper's careful eye.] Not content to sell you lifetime supplies of candy and car-size bags ... More >>
Haru's 'summer' spring rollsHaru's new spring bento boxes feature a sashimi salad, Not Your Mama's Chirashi, broiled yuzu-marinated Spanish mackerel, and one 'summer' spring roll, made with shrimp, mesclun, light summer vegetables, and angel hair noodles marinated in spicy tomato soy. Chef Al ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyWhat to eat before a marathonPanya is a great one-stop shop for inexpensive Japanese eats and home to a bountiful Japanese breakfast. But we discovered today that it's also the maker of what might be the most carbolicious sandwich ever: the yakisoba sandwich.
Spaghetti Squash with Bonito Flakes and ChiliWho says you need spaghetti in your favorite spaghetti dish? Chef Joe Vigorito of the newly opened Carmine Club Café shares the recipe for his take on spaghetti aglio e olio, sans the pasta. "One of my favorite dishes to eat is spaghetti aglio e ... More >>
brownstoner.comHead inside for Japanese treats The Sunrise Mart is a favorite one-stop shop for everything Japanese (assuming you can't make it to superstore Mitsuwa in New Jersey, that is) from "manly" Pocky snacks to fresh miso paste to bonito flakes to inexpensive bento box lunches. But ... 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 >>
Otafuku will soon have competition in the East Village octopus ball market. Ichiban-Tei is under construction on 13th Street at the northeast corner of First Avenue, and the restaurant will specialize in takoyaki, those fried octopus fritters often topped with bonito flakes and sweetish brown ... More >>
The somewhat mysterious Korean megaplex that's been under construction on St. Marks is now partially open.
Genius sushi chefs at work in the subterranean East Village restaurant, Hasaki. Sushi originated 1000 years ago in the mountainous region southeast of Tokyo as a method of preserving fish. Someone discovered that fish soaked in a rice solution generated lactic acid, which preserved the fish ... More >>
EN Brasserie's o-zoni Many cultures have certain foods traditionally eaten at the new year, believed to bring luck to the next 365 days. In the American south, it's Hoppin' John made with black-eyed peas; Spaniards eat a dozen grapes for every strike of the clock at midnight; and other cultur ... More >>
Tony Cenicola/The New York TimesSohui Kim tells us her picks for pizza, sushi Yesterday, we caught up with chef/owner Sohui Kim about the state of The Good Fork on its fourth anniversary, and the challenges of juggling her jobs as restaurateur and executive chef with a family. Today, we tal ... More >>
Piquant has opened in the bi-level space that once occupied Mitchell's. Texas-born David Sharp will serve up takes on Southwestern favorites like flautas stuffed with slow-roasted brisket, corn tamales with duck confit, and ancho molasses barbecue pulled pork sliders. [Thrillist] Abe & Arthur's has ... More >>
OiMax/flickrAccording to Midtown Lunch, Onya, an outpost of the Japanese udon chain, will be opening on East 47th Street next Monday, the 14th. Its owners claim that it will be the first restaurant in the city to serve fresh, authentic Osaka-style noodles, saying that "they will do for Osaka ... More >>
Yes dear reader, we summoned our courage and braved the Valentine's Day dining scene this past weekend. And while the blogs are on the hunt for V day horror stories, we had quite a nice dinner at Zenkichi (77 North 6th Street) in Williamsburg, a lovely little izakaya serving delicate bites in indivi ... More >>
No Black Iron Burger till tomorrow.
Short and not so sweet
Very strange combination of cuisines flourishes in Sunnyside