Lauren ShockeyMmmm, fried What can we say, we're suckers for anything fried: fried pizza, fried green beans, fried bunny rabbit. Submerging food in vats of bubbling oil just adds to the deliciousness factor, hence the trend at county fairs of frying anything edible (even Kool-Aid balls and s ... More >>
Got your eyes on a new cookbook for your collection? Well, then you'd better play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game where the prize is a cool cookbook from our ever-growing stacks. To play, simply look at the photo below. Name the restaurant that ... More >>
Images_of_Money/Flickr Fifteen percent? Eighteen percent? Twenty percent? Knowing how much to tip these days can be tricky. Jonathan Gold suggests 20 percent, all the time, no exceptions. But what if the tip is already written in? Do you add more on top of that? The economics of tippin ... More >>
Lauren ShockeySoy, soy, and more soy More signage is up at NY Tofu House, a new Korean eatery opening up at 6 St. Marks Place, formerly the site of Mondo Kim's (R.I.P.). The restaurant will, naturally, specialize in tofu, plus a variety of other Korean specialties.
Lauren ShockeyYep, that big ole slice of pie is the signature apple sour cream baby from the Little Pie Company (424 West 43rd Street, 212-736-4780), made with thinly sliced apples and a wallop of sour cream, all topped with a sugary streusel topping. It's the company's best seller for a rea ... More >>
Did you all have fun this weekend, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather? Hopefully! But the good times don't have to end now that the workweek is upon us. Nope, the fun continues with a new round of Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant picture guessing game. To play, simply ... More >>
Not long ago, the museum cafeteria was where you lunched on sad ham-and-cheese sandwiches while resting your weary feet after gallivanting through crowded exhibits. No more. New York City boasts not only some of the best museums in the world, but also some of the top museum eateries, offering up e ... More >>
Was last Monday a little less fun than usual? Probably, since it lacked a round of Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly photo guessing game. But I'm back from vacation, and all shall resume as usual! To play the game, take a look at the photo below. Name the restaurant that serves the p ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyTuna tartare, JGV styleTuna tartare, which seemed so exotic back in the mid-90s, has become something of a derided appetizer in recent years. But every now and again, it's nice to revisit those foods and to marvel anew at them. Jean-Georges Vongerichten's classic tuna tartare a ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyA salted caramel macaroon from Danny MacaroonsHere at Fork in the Road, we enjoy nothing more than stuffing our faces with food. So, anytime there's a food festival or culinary market, we're there. This past summer marked the launch of Smorgasburg, an outdoor food fest held ev ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyDeep-fried delicious For this week's review, I paid a trip to Neapolitan newcomer Forcella. Now, I've eaten my fair share of pizzas, but I have to say I'd never eaten a deep-fried pie before, and the restaurant kinda blew my mind with its unusual celebration of caloric excess. ... More >>
Lauren ShockeySlantShack Jerky makes some fine dried meat, but will they make it into the Top 10? See for yourself tomorrow.Although we tend to associate food festivals with summertime fun, one of our favorite outdoor foodie markets, Smorgasburg, will be up and running at the Williamsburg wa ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples fly heads and chicken neck at Taiwainese Specialties; Lauren Shockey indulges in the deep-fried pies at Forcella.Liz BarclayTaiwanese Specialties Sam Sifton praises St. Anselm for the "pulsing bass line of ambition beneath its simple steakhouse ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyMeaty and friedOh, you Fork in the Road readers with your amazingly awesome food spotting skills. I was eating at Empanada Mama in Midtown, noshing on their classic ground beef empanada. The meaty patty is a perfect midday snack, or get a few and make it a meal.
Lauren ShockeyNot to be confused with BBQTwo new restaurant openings coming soon to the Flatiron: Signage (and a hiring sign) is up at BBQue's at 668 Sixth Avenue, promising a "smoke shack" and other barbecue specialties. And just a few blocks south at 8 West 18th will soon be home to Ootoya, ... More >>
The weather may be changing, but Monday afternoons remain the same: Once again, it's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game. To get in on the fun -- and have your chance at winning a super rad cookbook -- take a look at the photo below and ... More >>
Lauren ShockeySome dishes at Per Se--like the famed Oysters and Pearls--are classics that will appear on the bill of fare each time you visit. But other dishes on the elaborate multi-course tasting menus reflect the season and the chefs' whimsy. On a recent visit (a very rare occurrence, ev ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyNot your typical meatball hero. Better.For a while now, our go-to meatball hero has been the chicken meatball and mozzarella topped with mushroom gravy from the Meatball Shop. It's savory and cheesy and a big satisfying bite. But then we stumbled across the Ukrainian meatball ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyCalling all chocoholicsIf you're going to spend $10 on a chocolate bar, it had better be a damn good one. Or so you'd hope. But what do you do when the market becomes flooded with overpriced chocolate bars? How can you know how to best blow your weekly paycheck on cacao? Wel ... More >>
Lauren ShockeySoon there will be pie. Organic Avenue isn't the only spot foodies may soon flock to on West 8th Street. Apple Café Bakery is set to open next week at 24 West 8th Street, according to its owners, who told us as we walked by the other day. A new bakery in the neighborhood ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyFree cornichons for all! A speedy round of Where Am I Eating? this week, with the featured crock of pickles coming from none other than Joseph Leonard. The jar of tiny gherkins are placed down on your table as soon as you arrive and make for great snacking while you peruse the ... More >>
Another weekend has come and gone, and back to the grind we go. But every blue Monday has a silver lining: Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly picture guessing game. For your chance at a free cookbook, take a look at the photo below and name the restaurant that serves the pictured ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyFried yum Although the namesake baos didn't triumph in our battle of the bougie pork buns, we did come away having feasted well at Eddie Huang's new Baohaus outpost, the appropriately named Baohaus 2 (238 East 14th Street). One item we particularly liked: the sweet black sesame ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyAnd how quickly we come to the end of this week's Where Am I Eating? It was a relatively easy one this week, with the pictured dish being none other than the famed oysters and pearls at Per Se. The dish, a Thomas Keller classic, is a menu staple at the luxe restaurant located ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyVada, a/k/a fried rice doughnuts with curry leaves and chiles, at Indian CreperieInexpensive Indian eats are relatively plentiful at the intersection of Bleecker and MacDougal Streets, with the Kati Roll Company, Thelewala, and Masala Times offering rolls, chaats, and curries. ... More >>
Now that the long weekend (and summer!) has ended, it's time to get back to business. And by business, I obviously mean playing Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant guessing game. Simply look at the photo below and name the restaurant that serves the pictured dish. Leav ... More >>
The griot, or grillot, come with a luscious green salad. Griot (also spelled grillot) is one of the triumphs of Haitian Kreole cuisine, pork nuggets soaked in a solution of shallots and sour orange juice, boiled in the solution until the pan dries out, and then fried in lard, rendering the ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyOne of ABC Kitchen's fine homemade sodasOh, how quickly Labor Day, signaler of summer's end, approaches. The back to school commercials are airing repeatedly on television, and mannequins are donning fall clothes in store windows. And while the temperatures may be beginning to ... More >>
Lauren ShockeySo healthy, yet so deliciousMiso soup is truly one of the city's most ubiquitous dishes, found at basically every single Japanese restaurant in the city. With so many options, it's easy to become jaded by the dish, but every once in a while an exceptional version comes along an ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyAnd thus concludes another round of Where Am I Eating? I was, in fact, eating the Green Market Gazpacho from Num Pang, which has just opened a Midtown branch on 41st Street. The soup, which is decidedly Spanish in origin, has some slight hints from the Far East, most notably f ... More >>
Lauren Shockey Some decent guesses coming in, but none is correct thus far. So here's a clue to help you out.
It's that time of the week. You know, the one where you can score a free cookbook from our growing stacks. Yep, it's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly picture guessing game. Like those Mondays that have come before, simply take a look at the picture below and name t ... More >>
The smoked brisket sandwich is a very lush production. The brunch menu at Fatty 'Cue is, in many ways, more approachable than the restaurant's regular menu. There are strange sandwiches, plates of ribs, and a soup among the 10 offerings.
Lauren ShockeyWhen it comes to oatmeal, there's not a whole lot you can do to sex it up. Sure you can add some fruit or streusel topping, but at the end of the day (or morning, as it were), it's still really the same old mush. The Smile, however, ingeniously adds rich coconut milk to its st ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyThere's a block of Nutella inside this cupcake from Molly's Cupcakes. The death of the cupcake has been predicted for some time now, but that hasn't stopped Chicago-based confectionery Molly's Cupcakes from setting up shop in town. On Sunday, the spot opened at 228 Bleecker Str ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyFight night!!! When coming up with this week's Battle of the Dishes, we thought, let's take this battle beyond the same old taste-taste and make it a bona fide battle. As in, let's FIGHT. It was Breaking Bread Week here at Fork in the Road, so obviously what better tool for jo ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyKalBQ's kimchi tacoWe're big fans of multi-functional spaces. Why specialize in one type of service or food when you can do multiple ones? Banh Mi Saigon Bakery, for example - who doesn't want a jewelry store and a Vietnamese sandwich shop? So when we heard about KalBQ, a new ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyThis week's dish was a bit tricky -- were they pancakes? Latkes? Johnny cakes? Nope. Instead, the pictured plate was the corn-and-zucchini fritters at Nelson Blue, the New Zealand-centric restaurant just off the South Street Seaport. A simple summery appetizer best enjoyed o ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyThis one is a stumper, isn't it! Some decent guesses coming in, but none are really that close, so here's a small clue to help you on your way to winning a free cookbook.
Once again we find ourselves at the beginning of the work week. Not necessarily the most exciting part of the week, so here's some fun to brighten up those Monday blues. It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly picture guessing game. As always, take a look at the pic ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyJaal moori makes for great snacking at ThelewalaThelewala has quickly established itself as a go-to spot for chaats, or Indian street food snacks. A recent visit had convinced us of the deliciousness that is the bhel pori, which combines puffed rice, potatoes, chickpeas, red on ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyCool and crunchy iceberg lettuce at the Knickerbocker Bar & Grill Iceberg wedges are so uncool that they're cool. Indeed, there's something alluring about the plain Jane of lettuces. Maybe it's the icy, watery crunch. Or perhaps it's the allure of blue cheese, which makes any ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyWill the Meatball Shop's chicken parmesan sandwich make the list? What do you think?In addition to being home to an impressive number of underage drinking charges, the four short blocks between Houston and Delancey Streets boast an equally high concentration of restaurants. From ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyThis one was tricky, with many guesses going to Frankies 457. Not a bad guess; their ricotta, honey, and black pepper crostini is nearly identical, both in taste and flavor. But the pictured dish is much sweeter and is flavored with orange. Meaning that it came from 'Ino!
Lauren ShockeyA homemade still, for some homegrown moonshineIn this week's Voice, I wrote about the underground moonshine scene that's quietly been emerging in New York City over the past several months. During that time, I met with professional moonshiners (like those at Kings County Distil ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Lauren Shockey tracks down the moonshiners of New York City so she can sample their wares. After she sips moonshine with Lance, a young college professor in Brooklyn who makes shine in his spare time, Shockey explores the trend that moonshining has become in recent yea ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyStill good guesses coming in, but no one has named the restaurant that serves the pictured dish. Need more help? Sure thing -- here's another clue.
Lauren ShockeyOutside Pop PubPop Burger, the mini-chain that helped make mini-burgers a big hit has sort of grown up, turning the focus of its newest spot, Pop Pub (83 University Place, 212-477-7574) onto beer. We stopped by one afternoon last week to check out the burgers and brews.
Lauren ShockeyA bounty of good guesses so far, but none hits the nail on the head, so here's a clue on your way to helping you win a free cookbook...
Lauren ShockeyComing soon!Perhaps capitalizing off the success of Thiru Kumar, a/k/a "the Dosa Man," who peddles his vegan, South Indian rice-and-lentil crepes on the south side of Washington Square Park, a new spot called Indian Creperie is set to open in the upcoming weeks at 190 Bleecker S ... More >>