It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's c ... More >>
Last week, we did a lot of reporting on restaurants operating in the dark, doing whatever they could to provide light and food to those who needed it. We checked in on our review restaurants, both of which happened to be in blackout zones, and found one had stayed open all week, while the other floo ... More >>
John D. asks: My boss is flying in from St. Louis and he wants to eat lunch in Chinatown (they don't really have a Chinatown there). Where should I take him? Dear John D.: I'm assuming you mean Manhattan Chinatown - there are actually four other ones, two in Brooklyn and two in Queens.
This is what the dan dan noodles at Super Noodle look like before you stir them up. Younger sibling of the East Village's Hot Kitchen, Old Town Hot Pot opened on Seventh Avenue South just as winter approached last year, hoping to capitalize on the comfort-food aspects and do-it-yourself thrill of ... More >>
The Lower East Side greets its first Henan restaurant
Peel noodles with lamb in soup even boasts a stray mushroom or two. Five years ago, Counter Culture announced that a new Chinese noodle had hit town. At Sheng Wang on Eldridge Street, in a downstairs location attached to a fish-ball factory, something called peel noodles were served for the ... More >>
The peanut Pure Snowy at Snopo Last week, Counter Culture rode the long silvery escalators downstairs to the humongous new food court at the New World Mall in Flushing. Obviously, would couldn't eat everything at the 28 stalls -- many of which offered multiple specialties -- but we did sam ... More >>
We ride down into a massive new food court
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema explores the relationship between New York and Montreal food. Sam Sifton awards two stars to Harold Dieterle's Kin Shop, even though it's not quite authentic Thai: "[It's] an American restaurant that serves food prepared using Thai flavors, a restaurant that ... More >>
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 >>
Peel noodle soup with beefThe new storefront on Eighth Avenue displays cheerful bunting outside and a lump of dough as big as a Labrador inside.
The exterior of Sheng Wang looks pretty much the same--but wait till you see the interior! I got a panicky call from Scooter a couple of weeks ago: "Hey, have your heard anything about Sheng Wang closing? It looks all closed up."
Yissel's chimichurris draw a crowdThe neighborhood of Sunset Park is so-called for the park of the same name, a green, hilly spot offering a community pool built in the 1930s and spectacular views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Until World War II, the area was mainly home to Easte ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is fond of Northern Spy, despite "a certain blandness" about the food that can probably be attributed to the Bay Area-style hands-off approach to food preparation. Sarah DiGregorio samples the latest Fujian-owned Lanzhou noodle joint : Kuai An Hand Pull Noodle ... More >>
Get your dough stretched like taffy at a new spot
Kuai An's special hand-pulled noodles.We at Fork in the Road have long been enamored of hand-pulled noodles. Salon's Francis Lam is, too: today on Salon's Food Section, he devotes a few hundred choice words to a recent hand-pulled noodle crawl he conducted through Chinatown. And over the cour ... More >>
The anti-smoking ban pioneered in New York have finally caught on in its natural home of Red China, where the totalitarian government has ordered a ban on smoking in indoor public spaces in seven provincial capitals. It's up to the local governments of Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenyang, Harbin, N ... More >>
The prodigal peel noodles at Tasty Hand-Pulled (click to enlarge) There are at least ten joints in greater Manhattan Chinatown that specialize in Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles. The latest entree in the sweepstakes is Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodle Inc. (note the fussy punctuation), on Doyers in the old ... More >>
The usual bowl of wonton soup carried out from a neighborhood Chinese restaurant is none too interesting -- rubbery, thick skinned dumplings in a broth that tastes like dishwater. The wonton soup slung at Super Taste is different: a wealth of wontons bulging with scallion-scented pork, delicate as g ... More >>
New Flushing malls offer regional Chinese specialties
Food court revels in a variety of regional Chinese styles
Slurping is encouraged late into the night at Fujianese newcomer
On thronged Eldridge Street, maybe the best noodles of your life