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    March 24, 2014

    Eat Cheaply: Fried Chicken, Bánh Tét, and Pasta

    It can be extraordinarily expensive to eat out in this town, yet most of us head to a restaurant (or online to Seamless) for every meal. Save a few pennies with this week's round-up of cheap eats, which includes Korean fried chicken, a cheap plate of pasta, and a Vietnamese delicacy.

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    February 12, 2014

    Give Manners the Facepalm With These Five Messy Dishes

    If fancy, serious, romantic meals make you want to lose your lunch, opt out of the candlelit steakhouse meal this Friday and sink your teeth into something messy, suitable for fun-loving couples who've been together awhile or pals that are treating the evening like just another night. Because nothin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    The Best Ethnic Grocery Stores in NYC

    New Yorkers are blessed with such a variety of dining options (not to mention fleets of delivery men prepared to bring them takeout from every corner of the city), so they may overlook the opportunity to actually use their kitchens. But if you're using your oven for storage space, that's a shame: Th ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2013

    The Cold Comfort of Chilled Soups

    Offering relief from the sweltering summer.

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    July 8, 2013

    Another Damn Anti-Gay Hate Crime, This Time in Koreatown

    One more hate crime and New York City will earn its "Hate Crimes" merit badge. NY1 is reporting that yet another anti-gay bias crime has gone down in Koreatown. The man allegedly verbally attacked one of the victims before kicking one of them in the shoulder. After the assault the man took off dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    New Age Pizza? Frankfurter Danish? Strange Wiener-Bearing Pastries Appear in Koreatown

    Qu'est-ce que c'est at Tous le Jours? Manhattan's Koreatown has been remaking itself at breakneck pace over the last two years, as Korean food finally approaches mainstream in New York. There are food courts, barbecues, tofu parlors, upscale formal restaurants with views of the city skyline, and, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    New Restaurant Reviews: Three Letters Asks 'Parlez-Vous Brooklyn?'; Cata Serves Sublime Paella

    This week, our critics were equally charmed by a petite French bistro and a bustling Bowery tapas joint. Robert Sietsema dug into a mussels poutine at Three Letters in Clinton Hill, while Tejal Rao scooped up hearty bites of paella at Cata on the Lower East Side. Will the professionals go back for ... More >>

  • News

    April 3, 2013
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    February 1, 2013

    January's Openings and Closings

    In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here's a list of restaurants that opened and closed in January.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Smokey Burger Serving Elk Patties in Midtown; Suzume Ramen in Williamsburg

    Burgers aren't just patties on a bun at newly opened Smokey Burger Organic in Midtown West. The new lunch spot offers burgers of the elk, crab, bison, lamb, salmon, and even ostrich variety, not to mention the boring beef, chicken, and turkey options. The menu claims all the ingredients are ammonia- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Hanjoo Provides Koreatown-Style Cheap Lunch in the EV

    Piping hot and brought to the table bubbling, the squid and crab soup is a formidable lunchtime feed. Korean restaurants can be rather expensive, and a dinner at one of 32nd Street's barbecues will run as high as $50 or more per person if you really want to satisfy yourself. But nearly all the big ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Could Blood Be the Next Big Thing?

    The blood sausage called gyuma at Tibetan restaurant Phayul We may be on the culinary frontier here, but you don't have to be a vampire (or a mosquito) to appreciate blood as an ingredient. What can it do? It thickens stews and helps puddings set. Rich in protein, it can be coagulated into shapes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Food Gallery 32: A Revisit. Already

    You can thank Mr. Fish for this giant lunch. [See more Revisits: Perry St | Barbuto | Daniel] No sooner had the ink dried on the print edition of the Counter Culture review of Food Gallery 32 -- Koreatown's fabulous three-level fast food spot - than reports were coming in about stalls in the comp ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Calliope; Robert Sietsema at Food Gallery 32

    Tejal Rao hits up French country-bistro fare at Calliope in the East Village. Although there were a few glitches in the service, she is overall impressed: "Pity the person who orders the roast chicken, a breast covered in a glorious, impossibly golden skin, beside a cigar of rich, confit-stuffed cab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    This Week's Specials: Mashed Potato Vending Machine, New York's Most Expensive Hot Dog

    What we've been up to this week at Fork in the Road: News from Singapore: a mashed potato machine in their 7-Eleven. Is this New York's most expensive [normal] hot dog? We found it at Daniel Boulud's Epicerie Boulud up near Lincoln Center. We list out the top ten doughnuts in New York. Lauren ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 18, 2012

    Food Gallery 32: Getting Chigae With It

    Wild adventures in a Koreatown food court

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: I Fought The Landlord

    This week in the Voice, out today, Araceli Cruz and Steven Thrasher tell the tale of landlord Moshe Samovha's bad Upper Manhattan building and the lone resident who fought for better living conditions: "This is a landlord who has acted with impunity for decades, content to let the city repair his bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Tired of Paying $15 and More for Ramen?

    This all could be yours... As the price of ramen has spiraled due to its hipness, it's hard to find a cheap bowl anymore, and what was once the least expensive foodstuff, beloved of college students, has become almost a special occasion dish. But there are a few holdouts...return with us now to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Asian Tofu Author Andrea Nguyen's Tips For Terrific Tofu at Home

    Getting down with Meatless Mondays is pretty easy, but truth be told, for the die-hard carnivores in the crowd, cooking with tofu for the first time can be intimidating. Should you use firm or extra firm? Stir-fry or scramble? Why is some tofu tasteless, while others smack of fresh soy? Well, As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Manhattan McDonald's Gets Soda Vending Machine

    Lauren BloombergEnough soda options to give you an anxiety attack. Or a sugar high.​If you happen to be strolling into the Fulton Street McDonald's late at night (because that's the only time you eat fast food right?), you may be shocked to discover that the soda fountain is missing. It isn't your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    The Best Korean Food Court In Town

    I've been keeping this place a personal secret for way too long, and it's starting to make me feel selfish. Even more selfish than usual. So let me urge you to try Food Gallery 32 (11 West 32nd Street), a three-floor food court in the heart of Koreatown where, past the Red Mango on the way in, the ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? HanGawi

    And so the games have come to an end. I was, indeed, eating at HanGawi, the Koreatown restaurant that offers all sorts of vegan and vegetarian dishes, not to mention an extensive gluten-free menu. The pictured dish is the mountain vegetables and greens, chock full of healthy, veggie goodness.

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    November 29, 2011

    Where Am I Eating? Here's a Clue

    OK, so everyone's guessed that I'm eating at a Korean restaurant, which is correct, but no one's named the spot so far. So here's a clue to help you all out with this week's Where Am I Eating?

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    November 28, 2011

    Let's Go, GoGo-Gi: Fast Food Meets Bibimbap

    In Koreatown, bibimbap -- veggies, chili paste, beef, and a fried egg served over rice -- often comes crackling in a stone bowl.

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    October 21, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Find Good Okonomiyaki?

    Niallkennedy/FlickrJapan's answer to flapjacks​Corinne M. asks: Hi, I'm looking for decent okonomiyaki that's not made in a stall or a cheapish restaurant (i.e., not the place on 9th Street, or Sunrise Mart). There used to be a restaurant near Grand Central that had this. I miss it. Know of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    France Bans American Evil: Ketchup; Park Avenue Autumn Serves Up Saddam Hussein's Old China

    Could petit fours be the next cupcakes? Probably not, but here's hoping. [Wall Street Journal] Todd Wilbur, a recipe hacker, has spent years trying to decode restaurant chains' most famous recipes. [NY Times] France has banned school and college cafeterias from serving ketchup with anything but fr ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Try Vegetarian/Halal Korean Food?

    Savagecorp / Flickr​Rob Z. Asks: I am fascinated by Korean food due to watching Korean dramas. I have made a dish or two at home but would love to try out an actual restaurant. I don't eat non-halal food but will eat fish and everything else that is not meat. And would love if it is cheap a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Woo Lae Oak Is Closing After 12 Years

    ​Woo Lae Oak is the latest restaurant to fall victim to lease renegotiation: after 12 years at 148 Mercer Street, the upscale Korean restaurant will close its doors at the end of May.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    'Tis Friday afternoon, and time for a look at the week that was ... Roberto Santibañez talked about his cookbook, his torta concept, and his Cinco de Mayo plans. A battle of the Park Slope Passover macaroons between Trois Pommes and Sweet Melissa. Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Chelsea M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Kunjip in Koreatown

    ​An amazing spread of pan chan is only one of Kunjip's lures. Nearly all the two dozen or so Korean restaurants in Manhattan's Koreatown offer some sort of lunchtime special, often priced at one-third to one-half what a regular meal would cost, and usually incorporating extra freebies.

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    April 8, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to West End, Goodbye to Café Flo

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Vai, the Upper East Side spot that just got a Soho outpost, has closed. The building is reportedly being torn down. [Grub Street] Café Flo in Astoria did not survive a four-alarm blaze that r ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 30, 2011

    NYC Tofu Guide: A Springy Food for Spring

    Isn’t bean curd the blandest substance on earth? Not on your life!

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Goat Town; Lauren Shockey on Mulberry Street

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema enjoys the French bistro fare at Goat Town; Lauren Shockey takes a tour of a revitalized Mulberry Street with stops at Rubirosa, Torrisi Italian Specialties, and Balaboosta. Sam Sifton awards one star to La Petite Maison: 'This scene is not, obviously, for ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Danji's Hooni Kim on the Importance of Being a Businessman and How He Unwinds After a Day of Cooking

    Photo courtesy Hooni KimHooni Kim, Business Man and Chef​Yesterday we spoke with Danji chef Hooni Kim about merging French culinary technique with Korean flavors. Today he shares his wisdom with young chefs who want to own their own restaurants.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Kyochon to Host a Chicken Wing Eating Contest

    feedmytummy.comWings of Desire​The heyday of Korean Fried Chicken might be over, but one can never really have too much KFC in one's life. Which is a good thing, since Korean chain Kyochon is celebrating the one year anniversary of its Koreatown flagship location with a chicken wing eating co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Post Office; Goodbye to Apizza

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. American Trash, a biker bar located on the Upper East Side, is closing after 22 years in business. [Grub Street] The East Village pizzeria Apizza has shuttered. It tweeted its permanent closur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Steve Cuozzo Hates Everything About New York Dining

    New York PostSteve, go take some happy pills​The New York Post's Steve Cuozzo is at it again, this time with a rant about all the things that bother him about New York City dining. Specifically, he gripes against restaurants that don't take reservations, restaurants that do take reservations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    The Incredible Power of Sul Lung Tang Soup at Gahm Mi Oak

    Chantal MartineauBone-in this.​ 'Tis soup season, and there is no shortage of good brothy bowls to warm you in this town. The growing number of great ramen joints comes to mind. But when it comes to the kind of wet cold that gets in your bones, like the kind that soaked through so many socks y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    The Week in Food Blogs: Eyeball-Searing Restaurant Signs; Snowy Day Eats

    This week in food blogs... Eater rounded up 10 eyeball-searing New York restaurant signs. And, yes, Pulino's does make the list. Grub Street wondered why McDonald's Japan gets all the fun burgers? Midtown Lunch documented the internet buzz over Koreatown's new Food Gallery 32. Serious Eats liste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    The Early Word: Food Gallery 32

    Lauren Shockey​Last Friday, we checked out Food Gallery 32 (11 West 32nd Street, 212-967-1678), the massive (15,000 square foot) food court located in the heart of Koreatown. Food Gallery 32 only opened last week, so it's still a work in progress (Red Mango has yet to open its stall), but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    The Week in Food Blogs: The Lineup at Koreatown's Food Gallery 32; Winter's Best Cocktails

    This week in food blogs... Eater rounded up 10 famous New York restaurant names found outside the city. Grub Street chatted with Bon Appetit's new editor-in-chief, Adam Rapoport, who thinks he says "tasty" too much. Midtown Lunch got excited about the lineup at the forthcoming Koreatown Food Gall ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 24, 2010
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    March 24, 2010
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    November 6, 2009

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to UO; Goodbye to Elvie's Turo-Turo

    The new Sigmund Pretzel Shop on the Lower East Side was opened by pastry chef Lina Kulchinsky and partner Tricia Wancko. Expect small batch, hand-twisted pretzels, plain or dressed up with spreads and dips, both sweet and savory. [Always Hungry] Sushi UO has opened on the Lower East Side with 23-ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    VICE Jumps on Foodie Bandwagon, Launches MUNCHIES Mini-Docs

    VICE Media and its online video network,, have introduced a series of mini-documentaries about chefs and other food personalities called MUNCHIES. In proper hipster form, its first webisode stars F-bomb-dropping David Chang, his equally potty-mouthed Momofuku cookbook co-author, Pete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    NY Best Markets: Han Ah Reum

    The Han Ah Reum Korean market on the 32nd Street Koreatown stretch is, as far as I have found, the best Korean grocery in Manhattan. (There's a bigger, better Han Ah Reum in Flushing, the neighborhood with the most delicious things per square mile.) The Manhattan Han Ah Reum branch manages to squee ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 27, 2008
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    June 21, 2005

    Noodle Wizardry

    Dyspeptic General Tso unmasked, nowhere near Chinatown

  • Dining

    June 22, 2004

    Scrape and Eat

    From blood to blog in Northern Boulevard's Koreatown

  • News

    April 13, 1999

    Baseball's New Pitch

    The National Pastime Finally Reaches Out To Its International Fan Base

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