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Lauren Shockey

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    August 1, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Here we are once again at the start of a whole new month (can you believe it's August already???), not to mention a brand new round of Where Am I Eating? But the rules of the game remain the same: Take a look at the picture below and tell me the name of the restaurant that serves the feature ... More >>

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    July 23, 2011

    Dish No. 76: Green and Yellow Vine Beans at Beecher's -- The Cellar

    Lauren ShockeyOne of the few cheese-less dishes at Beecher's -- the Cellar​ We had popped into cheese mecca Beecher's on its opening day and checked out the grub at the shop's ground-level café. Enjoying our sandwich and mac, we recently ventured back in for a visit to sample the food ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Battle of the Iced Coffees: Think Coffee vs. MUD Truck

    Lauren ShockeyThink Coffee on the left, MUD Truck on the right​On a day like today when the temperatures swell to unbearable levels, one mustn't spend much time outside. And if one must venture out into the steamy streets, it better be for an iced beverage. Spending more than five minutes o ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    More Coming Soon: a Greek Taverna on University Place and Ivy Bakery on Houston Street

    Lauren ShockeyComing soon to University Place​ More downtown restaurant openings coming soon. The first, a "Greek taverna," will be opening on University Place and 11th Street. Construction is still under way, so most likely this cavernous spot won't open for a couple more months. But Ivy B ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Le Bernardin

    Lauren ShockeyEric Ripert sure can cook salmon.​ It's only Tuesday and we've already come to the end of this week's Where Am I Eating? An interesting range of guesses this week, but the pictured dish -- barely cooked wild salmon with asparagus "risotto," smoked pistachio pesto, and salmon roe ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Where oh where am I eating this week? That's the question of the hour -- at least if you're playing Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly picture guessing game. As always, take a look at the photograph below and name the restaurant that features the pictured dish. Leave your guesse ... More >>

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    July 16, 2011

    Dish No. 83: Tempura Green Bean Fries at Bento Burger

    Lauren ShockeyFreedom beans just doesn't have the same ring...​Green bean fries are kind of amazing. Like, are you trying to justify your consumption of fried fare by throwing a little greenery into the mix? Because, honestly, you might as well be eating potatoes. And the tempura green bean ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Fort Defiance

    Lauren ShockeyThree different types of protein for breakfast? Yes, please!​Another week, another fun round of Where Am I Eating? A lot of good guesses, especially Weather Up, which serves a similar dish of cold fried chicken and oysters. But only Red Hook's Fort Defiance offers a menu item ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Where Am I Eating? Here's a Clue

    Lauren Shockey​Some fine guesses coming in this week, but no one has pinpointed the eatery that serves the featured dish. Thus, a clue to help you out.

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    July 11, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Oh, the joy of Monday afternoon. By which we really mean, the joy of Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly picture guessing game. To play, simply guess the name of the restaurant where the photograph below was taken. Leave your answers in the comments. The first person to reply cor ... More >>

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    July 9, 2011

    Dish No. 90: Softshell Crab Sandwich at The Mussel Pot

    Lauren ShockeyIf you don't want any namesake mussels, try this softshell crab sammy.​ Softshell season -- one of the tastiest times of the year -- is basically over, but you can still find some spots selling the crabs. The Mussel Pot is one such place, frying the crustacean and tucking it int ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Dish No. 91: Roast Carrot Salad at ABC Kitchen

    Lauren ShockeyThis roast carrot salad is a feast for the eyes ... and stomach.​ Given the bounty of veggie delights there, it's really hard to go wrong at locavore hot spot ABC Kitchen. But you will certainly never be disappointed should you order what's become the restaurant's signature dish ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Despaña

    Lauren Shockey​And that concludes another round of Where Am I Eating? I was eating at Despaña, the Spanish foods purveyor, which features a lovely little café in the back. The pictured dish was a tasty plate of warm chorizo with chopped chestnuts, all earthy, spicy, and porky.

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    July 7, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Vietnamese Restaurants

    Lauren ShockeyBaoguette Café offers a tasty chicken and sausage dish over rice, but is the restaurant good enough to make it into the top 10?​While we do have plenty of banh mi peddlers, New York City isn't an enclave for Vietnamese expat communities, so it doesn't possess a bounty of full-sc ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Silver Spoon Coming to Eighth Street

    Lauren Shockey​Perhaps following in the footsteps of Milk Street Cafe or FoodParc, it looks like Eighth Street will be getting a food court of its own this summer.

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    July 5, 2011

    It's a Sausagefest at Sausage Inc.

    Lauren ShockeyThe Chipolata is one hefty sausage​New York City isn't short on hot dog vendors, but occasionally the dirty water dog just doesn't cut the mustard. For those times, Sausage Inc. (106 University Place, 212-414-4344) has come to the rescue. We popped into this recently opened sho ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Hope everyone had a good weekend of eating burgers and hot dogs and frolicking outside. The workweek might have begun again, but the fun still continues here at Fork in the Road. It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, our weekly restaurant guessing game. As always, take a look at the pictur ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Dish No. 98: Lupa's Treviso with Vin Cotto

    Lauren ShockeyTreviso with vin cotto: bitter never tasted so sweet​Welcome to the 2011 Edition of 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike. Over the ensuing weeks, we'll be counting down our beloved eats, all leadi ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Dish No. 99: Dim Sum Go Go's Three-Star Dumplings

    Lauren ShockeyThree Cheers for Dim Sum Go Go's Three Star Dumplings ​Welcome to the 2011 Edition of 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike. Over the ensuing weeks, we'll be counting down our beloved eats, all lea ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Phayul; Lauren Shockey at The Astor Room

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema gets a spicy surprise, namely "reconfigured Sichuan fare," at Tibetan café Phayul; Lauren Shockey discovers "totally passé eats" at The Astor Room.​ Sam Sifton approves of Empellón: "one of the more captivating restaurants to open in recent months, w ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Dos Toros

    Lauren Shockey​Once again, another round of Where Am I Eating? has been swiftly conquered. This one was a tad easier than others, with only so many burrito joints in this town. I was, in fact, eating at the recently-opened West Village branch of Dos Toros, the Bay Area-style burrito peddler. ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    The Early Word: Bento Burger

    Lauren ShockeySeafood burger, with bento sides​When a restaurant describes themselves as "an East Village dystopian-futuristic Asian roadhouse," there's only one course of action: Go. So that's how we found ourselves at Bento Burger, a new Asian-ish themed burger restaurant in the East Villag ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Burger House (Zen Grill) Now Open, Continuing the Vaguely Asian Burger Trend

    Lauren ShockeyAn international house of burgers​Asian burgers really seem to be having a moment, don't they, with Danji's sliders, Social Eatz's burger'z, and Bento Burger in the fold? Well, you can now add one more shop to the roster. Burger House, a "Zen Grill," has opened at 820 Broadway, ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​It's almost lunchtime. Are you getting hungry? Not yet? Well, maybe a little Where Am I Eating? food porn action will help whet the appetite. As always in our weekly guessing game, take a close look at the picture below and tell me where I'm eating. The first person to leave the correct ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Beecher's Opened Today, Curd Nerds in Heaven

    Lauren ShockeyCheesemaking in Action​Today marked the New York City opening of Beecher's, the Seattle-based cheese shop, which took over more than 8,000 square feet of space just north of Union Square. A veritable cheese mecca? Obviously we had to scope out the scene.

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    June 23, 2011

    Brushstroke: Artistry on the Plate

    Lauren ShockeyMountain Yam With Sea Urchin in Tomato Water Gelée and Hearts of Palm Tossed With Basil Miso​ When it comes to dining, taste is usually the most important factor. But the kaiseki meal, the multi-course procession of dishes aimed to capture all tastes and geographic region ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    It's Easy Being Green When You're Eating Dim Sum Go Go's Pea Shoots

    Lauren Shockey​Quite often when it comes to cooking, the tastiest food is the simplest available: a juicy ripe peach in the heat of summer, a bowl of spaghetti with tomato sauce, a plain steak thrown on the grill. And this holds true when it comes to seasonal veggies, too. So after stuffing ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Monument Lane's Fluke Fingers and Fish Bellies Ain't No Gordon's Fish Sticks

    Lauren ShockeyHave some fish on Friday, or every day!​Monument Lane (103 Greenwich Avenue, 212-255-0155), the relatively new West Village restaurant that took over the old Day-O digs, has been quietly establishing itself as a spot for tasty, slightly upscaled comfort foods. And a recent visit ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Happy Monday, boys and girls! With a new week comes a new round of Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant guessing game. Take a look at the photo below and tell me the name of the restaurant where it was taken. Leave your answers in the comments. The first person to answ ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Battle of the Fancy(ish) Black and White Milkshakes: Stand vs. BLT Burger

    Lauren ShockeyStand on the left, BLT Burger on the right​ Over the past fortnight, we've been looking at some of the frozen delights that New York City has to offer. We've tried gelato and soft-serve, icy Asian delights, and good ole ice cream sandwiches. But we haven't yet examined the beve ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Num Pang's Yam Sandwiches Will Make You Forget About Ham Sandwiches

    Lauren ShockeyEat this now​It had been a while since we'd checked in on Num Pang, the Cambodian sandwich shop run by Ratha Chau. But while on a trek to nearby Stand for this week's Battle of the Dishes, we thought we'd pop in and check out what's been going on in their kitchen. And are we gl ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Birdbath's Ricotta-Caramel Toast Is a Breakfast of Champions

    Lauren ShockeyBetter than the corner deli donut, that's for sure​ Even though there are a couple other outposts of Birdbath, City Bakery's eco-friendly peddler of pastries and snacks, it's always a happy day when a new one springs forth into the city. The newest location opened last month at ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Rubirosa

    Lauren ShockeyGet a slice of this at Rubirosa​Each week you continue to amaze me, Fork in the Road readers. You know your food like none other. Indeed, I was eating the tasty broccoli rabe and sausage pizza at Rubirosa, the newish pizza and red sauce joint on Mulberry Street.

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    June 13, 2011

    Say Hello-Hello to Sa Aming Nayon's Halo-Halo

    Lauren ShockeyA big bowl of awesome​ Of all the frozen treats that exist, none might be more mutli-faceted than halo-halo, the Filipino delight that combines shaved ice, a motley of beans, tapioca, flattened young rice, a lump of purple yam, and evaporated milk. So when we saw it on the menu ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​It's that time of day. The highlight of the day, one might argue. Yep, it's time to play Where Am I Eating?, our weekly restaurant guessing game. As always, take a look at the picture below, and tell me where I'm eating. Leave your guesses in the comments -- the first person to answer cor ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Battle of the Greenwich Village Macarons (a Double-Header!): Mille-Feuille vs. Francois Payard Bakery

    Lauren ShockeyMille-Feuille's on the left, Francois Payard Bakery's on the right​Oh, little macaron. So many people love you, but refuse to admit it in public, now that pie curries today's culinary favor. Well, guess what - I still love you and am not afraid to profess my love. You charm me ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Xi'an Famous Foods's Chang-an Tofu Will Spice Up Your Life (Or Just Make Your Lips Tingle)

    Lauren ShockeyHot food for a hot day​ Some people argue that spicy foods are supposed to cool you down on hot days, and if there was ever a day to test out this theory, it would be today. So with lunch on the mind, we set off for Xi'an Famous Foods, which has just opened a new branch at 60 Ba ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Amorino's Focaccina Is One Mother of an Ice Cream Sandwich

    Lauren ShockeyThe focaccina looks innocent at first ...​ Continuing with our coverage of this season's tasty ice cream treats, we come to the ice cream sandwich. A quality sweet sammy will lovingly shove scoops of ice cream between cookies (à la the maple-apple extravaganza from Coolha ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​It's Monday, Monday, gotta get down on Monday. Everyone's lookin' forward to Where Am I Eating? Monday, Monday, getting down on Monday. Yep, it's not quite as exciting as the weekend, but today offers a new round of Where Am I Eating? Just like every Monday, look at the picture below and n ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    The Early Word: The Highliner

    Lauren ShockeyLots of sidewalk seating at the Highliner ​It was a sad day when the Empire Diner closed its doors last year, but what's gone certainly isn't forgotten. Tenth Avenue once again shines in Art Deco glory. Occupying the former diner space comes the Highliner (210 Tenth Avenue, 212- ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Manhattan Restaurants With Sidewalk Seating

    Lauren ShockeyTortilla Flats offers a nice shaded spot for dining, but is it good enough to make our top 10?​Eating outside is one of life's great pleasures, but given the cramped quarters in this city, New Yorkers have to take what they can get: Ramshackle back patios, quirky roofs, and yes, ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Pies 'N' Thighs

    Lauren Shockey​Seems like Fork in the Road readers know their pies. I was, indeed, eating a slice of chocolate peanut butter pie at Pies 'N' Thighs in Williamsburg. And boy was it some good pie.

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    May 31, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Back to the grind after the fleeting pleasure of a long weekend. Yes, it's hard being back at work, but a glimmer of hope shines through this afternoon: It's a new round of Where Am I Eating? You have a chance to win a totally cool cookbook, simply by naming the restaurant where the photogr ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Confirmed! Chipsy Will Sell Fried Potatoes...and Fried Twinkies and Oreos!

    Lauren ShockeyEvery day is Fry-Day!​ Earlier this week, we brought to light the advent of Chipsy and presumed that it would be offering up french fries to MacDougal Street revelers this coming summer. And now the owners have written in confirming that it will, in fact, be selling fried fare g ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Barbecue Restaurants

    Lauren ShockeyBBQ has some crazy colored tropical drinks and a loaf made out of onion rings, but will it make it into our top 10? ​Ah, Memorial Day weekend. The start of the vacation season. After months of interminable cold, you can now have summer Fridays, a wardrobe of white, and plenty o ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Manhattan's Cleanest Restaurant (!) Is Coming to MacDougal Street

    Lauren ShockeyHow can you argue with cleanliness and manti?​MacDougal Street's a fickle lover, taking on new restaurants and spitting them out shortly thereafter. Though some recent newcomers like Thelewala and Saigon Shack have been cause for celebration, now comes a restaurant promising gre ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Currywurst Bros. Finally Opens, Bringing Berlin's Favorite Food to NYC

    Lauren ShockeyHallo, Berlin!​Get excited, ja, because Currywurst Bros. has finally opened, bringing the eponymous food to New York after being papered up for months. Always in search of a good sausagefest, we stopped by this weekend to check out the goods.

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    May 23, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​It's midday Monday, which means it's time to get cracking on the real work at hand -- that is, mastering this week's Where Am I Eating? Now's your chance to win an awesome cookbook. All you have to do is examine the picture below and tell me where I'm eating. The first person to name the r ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Goodbye Falafel, Hello Fries: Chipsy to Open on MacDougal This Summer

    Lauren ShockeyChip-chop!​For those lamenting the loss of the Hummus Place at 99 MacDougal Street, don't fret too much (after all, you do have another location close by on Seventh Avenue South). Chipsy is set to open in the space formerly occupied by Hummus Place.

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    May 20, 2011

    Edi & the Wolf and Pizza Roma Unveil Their Secret Gardens

    Lauren ShockeyFind backyard bliss at Edi & the Wolf​Back when we wrote up our post on the 10 Best NYC Restaurants with Secret Gardens, we limited it to places whose gardens were open. But good news for you al fresco dining fans -- two more restaurants have unveiled their own secluded spots fo ... More >>

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