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Lauren Shockey

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    March 20, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​ Hi guys, it's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game. Now that Lauren Shockey is no longer at FiTR, I hope you won't mind playing with me. The rules: Take a look at the photo below, then name the spot that serves the pictured dish, leaving your ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Silver Spoon Opens on 8th Street, Selling Fancy Deli Fare

    Only oh, half a year after it was supposed to open its doors, Silver Spoon (53 E 8th Street, 212-995-1100) has brought 8th Street the futuristic deli it didn't know it needed.

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    March 12, 2012

    Romera: Looking Back at the Brief Life of New York's Neurogastronomy Restaurant

    Over the weekend, Romera, the "neurogastronomy" restaurant located in the basement of the Dream Hotel, shuttered after only six months in business. For those who had eaten at the restaurant recently, the news didn't come as any big surprise. Although the chef, Dr. Miguel Sanchez Romera, had modifie ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Five Tacos Offers Some Taco Redemption

    After yesterday's sham of a taco lunch, we decided to venture out and find ourselves some tacos worth eating. Fortunately, we were successful in our quest, chowing down at the recently opened Five Tacos, a sister eatery to next door's Ten Degrees, located on the easternmost block of St. Mark's Plac ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    In the mood for a little lunchtime fun? Well, you're in luck. It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, our weekly restaurant guessing game. To play, look at the photo below, then name the eatery that serves the dish in picture, leaving your guesses in the comments. The first person to answer correc ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Despite the Buzz, Wahoo's Fish Taco Is Actually Kinda Meh

    Transplanted West Coasters were pretty pumped when Wahoo's Fish Taco opened its doors at 333 Park Ave South (212-466-3330) a few weeks ago, its first outpost east of the Mississippi River. The fast-casual Cal-Mex chain dates from 1988 and its branches in California, Hawaii, Colorado, and Texas soon ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    And just a weekend gone by after last week's game came to a close, we're back with a brand new round of Where Am I Eating? To play the game -- and have the chance at winning a great new cookbook -- take a look at the picture below and name the spot that serves the pictured dish. Leave your guesses ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Where Am I Eating? Here's Another Clue

    Lauren Shockey​ Looks like this week's game is turning out to be a stumper! But I'm in the mood to give out a cookbook to a winner, so here's a big clue that should help you guys out.

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    February 21, 2012

    The Hummus and Pita Co.: Pretty Good Fast-Casual Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to the Flatiron

    Looks like the owners of the recently opened fast-casual Mediterranean spot the Hummus and Pita Co. (585 Avenue of the Americas, 212-510-7405) had the Chipotle concept in mind when figuring out the plan for their new eatery. First you pick your protein (falafel, vegetarian salads, gyro, shawarma, ch ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    Did everyone have a good Presidents' Day off? We sure did here at Fork in the Road. We supped on mashed sweet potatoes, corn cakes, string beans with almonds, steak and kidney pie, and fish muddle, just a few of good ole George Washington's favorite foods. Just kidding -- we actually honored the lat ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Tacombi Sets Up a Wee Cart in Chelsea Market

    Lauren ShockeyThe messy-but-tasty corn taco​Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, the popular Nolita taqueria, recently branched out to feed office workers and culinary amblers at Chelsea Market. Unlike the airy, cavernous flagship -- complete with its taco-dispensing VW bus -- this new outpost operates o ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    The winter blues getting you down? Well, here's a chance to put a smile on your face: It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly photo guessing game. To play -- and win a brand-new cookbook from our collection -- simply take a look at the picture below, then name the restaurant ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    This Week's Specials: Ten Best, VDay Edition; Pulqueria Cocktails

    What we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: Lauren Shockey chooses the 10 best restaurants for a Valentine's Day date, and asks Jonathan Waxman for his VDay picks. Lauren Bloomberg shows the advantages of being a homebody on Valentine's Day and plans some takeout feasts. Robert Sietsema com ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Blossom du Jour Will Soon Bring Vegan Treats to Carmine Street

    Lauren ShockeyMeat-free treats, coming soon!​ Signage is up at 41-43 Carmine Street, signaling the city's soon-to-be-newest branch of Blossom du Jour, the rapidly expanding vegan mini empire known for fast-casual fare like its avocado wrap and the Midtown Melt (cajun spiced seitan, vegan chedd ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    Ready for a little lunchtime fun to brighten up the afternoon? Well, you're in luck. It's time to play our weekly photo guessing game, Where Am I Eating? All you have to do is look at the picture below and name the restaurant that serves the featured dish, leaving your guesses in the comments. The f ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    It's a Fried Chicken Feast at Yardbird, Miami's New Southern Hotspot

    Lauren ShockeyWinner winner, chicken dinner​Fork in the Road was in Miami over the weekend and paid a visit to one of the buzziest restaurants around, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (1600 Lenox Avenue, 305-538-5220). While Floridian cuisine might be best known for stone crabs and Cuban sandwic ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​January is just about over, but the fun never ends here at Fork in the Road. Once again, it's time to play Where Am I Eating?, our weekly photo guessing game. To play -- and have a chance at winning a super cool cookbook -- simply take a look at the picture below. Then name the spot that s ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Our 10 Best Cupcakes in NYC

    You gotta feel sorry for the little cupcake. Overhyped by Sex and the City, then derided by food writers, they've become turds of the dessert world. True, cupcake conglomerates like Crumbs and even Magnolia Bakery aren't doing a lot for the single-serving confection (and everyone knows Magnolia is a ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Dorado Now Slinging Inexpensive Baja-Style Fish Tacos and More

    Lauren ShockeyDorado Taco's classic Baja-style taco​The plywood's off at Dorado, a Boston-based taqueria and quesadilla shop that's set up shop in Greenwich Village. On the menu you'll find soft corn tortillas filled with fried fish (Baja-style), grilled fish, beer-battered shrimp, chorizo, st ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Pok Pok Wing Brings Portland's Beloved Spicy-Sticky Poultry to the LES

    Andy Ricker's deep-fried, fish-sauce-dressed chicken wings have been called one of the best restaurant dishes in America, and the chef even won a James Beard Award for his Thai cooking at his Portland restaurant, Pok Pok. Ricker's planning to open a full-blown Pok Pok outpost in Red Hook, but until ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    In the mood for some afternoon delight? Well, we can't give you that type of post-noon thrill, but we can have lunchtime fun here at Fork in the Road. Yep, it's time to play Where Am I Eating?, our weekly restaurant guessing game, where the prize is a brand-new cookbook. To play, take a look at the ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    This Week's Specials: Soused Scribes and Savory Sichuan

    Totally tofu...​Fork in the Road sticks its nose in a book with this week's Literary Lushes: Our 10 Favorite Book (and Play)-Writing Boozers. Robert Sietsema samples Upper East Side sichuan in his review of Land of Plenty. Lauren Shockey snacks on mozzarella sticks in her review of SoHo ho ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    First Avenue Pierogi & Deli: When You Want Some Plump, Tasty Dumplings

    Lauren ShockeyWhen life gives you pierogi, fry 'em up.​ The great thing about New York City is that you can always discover something new to eat, even if it's at a restaurant or shop that's been in the same place for ages. Perhaps the powers of distraction were too great a force and you simply ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Puddin': A New Shop on St. Mark's Place Devoted to, Yep, Fancy-Pants Pudding

    Lauren ShockeyThe Banana Cream Dream parfait at Puddin'​ Puddin', a new storefront at 102 St. Mark's Place (212-477-3537), is continuing the trend of single-item foods, with this shop devoted to all things pudding-related. It opened earlier this month and seems to have had some hiccups in its ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    The Growler Station and Amelie Will Soon Treat Eighth Street to Beer and Wine

    The beer-in-growlers trend keeps on growing. First, Whole Foods launched its growler program, and now you've got bars like the Growler on Stone Street, which lets patrons purchase suds by the jug. Stepping into the arena is a new shop called the Growler Station (26 West 8th Street, 212-777-2337), wh ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Schnipper's Quality Kitchen on 23rd Street: For When It's Too Cold for Shake Shack

    The Shake Shack in Madison Square Park has its die-hard fans, but unlike at the other locations around the city, when the weather gets frigid, patrons are kind of screwed. Sure, there are heat lamps, but it's just not as fun eating a burger with your coat, hat, and mittens on. A reasonable alternati ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    Were you one of the sad souls who had to go into work yesterday? Well, here's something that will cheer you up. It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game. The rules are simple: Take a look at the photo below, then name the spot that serves the pic ... More >>

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    January 14, 2012

    This Week's Specials: New York's Best Ramen and Soda Robots

    Hungry for great food writing this weekend? Then check out some of Fork in the Road's top stories from the past week. And make sure to come back later for more news! Bon appétit! Robert Sietsema slurps noodle soups in this week's listing: NYC's 10 Best Bowls of Ramen. Lauren Shockey talk ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    La Churreria: A New Spot on Mulberry That's Good for Churros But Even Better for Sandwiches

    Jesús Manso has opened a narrow storefront next to his Mulberry Street branch of Socarrat Paella Bar called La Churreria (284 Mulberry Street, 212-219-0400), which, as the name implies, sells churros -- the long sticks of fried dough often served with small cups of hot chocolate for dipping. ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Fork in the Road's Favorite Hummus in NYC

    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 instead represent the things and places that are near and de ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Gazala Place

    Lauren ShockeyA burek a day will keep the doctor away!​Looks like this week's Where Am I Eating? was an easy one, with the correct restaurant named in mere minutes after posting. I was, indeed, eating at Gazala Place, the Midtown Druze eatery (and Fork in the Road BYOB fave). The photo pictu ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Xe May: It's a Banh Mi Blowout on St. Mark's Place

    Lauren ShockeyThe classic banh mi from Xe May​It was only a matter of time that the Korean taco trend evolved into the banh mi taco trend, right? Well that's what Alan Woo and Davis Ngo are banking on. They've just opened Xe May on St. Marks Place, which specializes in both modern takes on Vie ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    Just another manic Monday? Well, if you're searching for some fun this afternoon, look no further. It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game. To play, simply look at the photo below and tell me what restaurant I'm eating in, leaving your guesses ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    The 10 Best $10-and-Under Dishes of 2011

    The end of the year usually sees a lot of money being spent, whether on holiday gifts or new outfits or doling out bonuses to dutiful employees. So with 2012 just beginning, it's probably time to save some dough. While New York City might be expensive, you can still eat quite well for cheap. Below a ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    This Week's Specials: Rude Waiters and Hot Dogs

    And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week. Lauren Shockey channels the cheap with her listing: the 10 Best $10-and-Under Dishes of 2011. Robert Sietsema has few kvetches about Tribeca newcomer Kutsher's, which serves up splendid Jewish-American cuisine.

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    January 4, 2012

    Village Taverna Opens on University Place, Selling Greek Specialties and Sweet Treats

    After being under construction since the summer, Village Taverna has finally opened its doors at 81 University Place (212-982-3457), offering up a comprehensive menu of Greek specialties.

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    January 3, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    It may be a brand-new year, but here at Fork in the Road, we've got more of the same old. Same old fun, that is. Yes, it's time to play our weekly picture guessing game, Where Am I Eating? As always, take a look at the picture below. Then name the restaurant that serves the pictured dish, leaving yo ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Tepito's Quesadilla Is Full of Shroomy Cheesiness

    Lauren ShockeyCheese, please​First Avenue near 13th Street has seen a lot of restaurant turnover recently. In addition to the just-unveiled Sao Mai and BaoBQ, there's a new Mexican restaurant on the block called Tepito (228 First Avenue, 212-777-7980). As the East Village Local notes, the eate ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Cafetiny Replaces Casetta, Trades Chocolate Chip Cookies for Baklava

    Lauren ShockeyTime for a post-lunch baklava break?​Just over a year ago, Casetta opened in what's surely Eighth Street's smallest storefront, selling coffee and baked goods from Sarivole. Alas, that's no longer the case, as 11 West Eighth Street (212-470-4550) has since been turned into Cafeti ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Battle of the Classic vs. Newfangled Fancy Grilled Cheese at Little Muenster

    Lauren ShockeyThe classic fancy grilled cheese​The humble grilled cheese has gone gourmet at Little Muenster, the tiny Lower East Side sandwich shop. Indeed, you won't find Kraft on Wonder Bread, but rather combos like Asiago, Parmesan, butternut squash puree and brown butter, or Oaxaca chees ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    While the present-giving of Christmas and Hanukkah might be over, the real fun is just about to begin here at Fork in the Road. I've got a rad cookbook to give away to the winner of this week's Where Am I Eating?, our weekly restaurant photo guessing game. To play, simply look at the photo below and ... More >>

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    December 24, 2011

    Handy Guide to FiTR Xmas Coverage, Including Last-Minute Gift Suggestions

    ​This year, Fork in the Road pulled out all the stops in our Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa coverage, given you hints on where to shop, what gifts to buy, and examining holiday rituals from a cynical point of view. Here is a guide to our coverage, in case you haven't had enough of the holidays al ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Sottocasa Brings Boerum Hill the Sausage Pizza It's Been Looking For

    Lauren ShockeyOne of the many pies at Sottocasa​Sottocasa opened this past fall in Boreum Hill from Kesté alum Luca Arrigoni, who has brought a wood-fired oven from Italy to make his Neapolitan-style pies. The sunken, white-washed pizzeria offers a selection of pies, both classic (margherita ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    South Brooklyn Pizza on Bleecker Street Now Percy's $1 Pizza

    Lauren Shockey​Looks like the dollar-food trend is continuing. A stroll down Bleecker Street today revealed that the South Brooklyn Pizza outpost that opened back in August at 190 Bleecker Street has now been transformed into Percy's Pizza, which specializes in $1 slices. Additional toppings c ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    This Week's Specials: Holy Eats, Greeks, and Pizza

    And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week. Lauren ShockeySausage fest!​ Just in time for the holidays, FitR gets Sunday-schooled in this week's roundup: Our Top 10 Food Moments in the Bible. Robert Sietsema goes Greek in his review of Gregory's 26 Corn ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Checking Out the Barbecue at BaoBQ

    Lauren ShockeyMeat and two sides​Michael Huynh has never met a pun with the word "bao" he didn't love (think Baoguette, and the shuttered Baotique and Baorrito). So, it was only a matter of time until he opened BaoBQ (229 First Avenue, 212-475-7011), a new spot in the East Village serving, nat ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? La Promenade Des Anglais

    Lauren Shockey​And so ends this week's Where Am I Eating? I was, in fact, eating at La Promenade Des Anglais, Alain Allegretti's new Francophilic spot in Chelsea. The dish in question is a tasty lentil soup flecked with minced spinach and a poached egg bobbing in the middle.

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    December 21, 2011

    Where Am I Eating? Here's Another Clue

    Lauren Shockey​Seems like this week's pictured dish is stumping the crowds. But don't worry. The week isn't over yet and there's still time to win a cookbook. Here's another clue that will help you out.

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    December 20, 2011

    Sao Mai Now Bringing Pho and Other Vietnamese Staples to First Avenue

    Lauren ShockeyLotus root salad at Sao Mai​Michael "Bao" Huynh's BaoBQ (229 First Avenue, 212-475-7011) isn't the only Vietnamese-influenced restaurant to open on First Avenue this month. Just a block south in the old Quantum Leap space, you'll find Sao Mai (201 First Avenue, 212-358-8880), a ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Where Am I Eating? Here's a Clue

    Lauren Shockey​It looks like we have a bit of a stumper with the dish pictured in this week's Where Am I Eating?, so here's a clue that will hopefully help you on your way to winning a cookbook.

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