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Lauren Shockey

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    December 19, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Now here's something to light the holiday spirit within: It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, our weekly photo guessing game. To play, take a look at the photo below and name the restaurant that serves the pictured dish, leaving your guesses in the comments. The first person to answer corre ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market

    Lauren ShockeyA super cheesy pretzel makes for fine snacking while shopping​Well, we've saved the best for last. After visiting several of the bigger, non-pop-up holiday markets that have cropped up this season, we can say that the most varied and delicious culinary options can be found at th ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Corkbuzz Wine Studio's Bone Marrow: For the Animal in You

    Lauren ShockeyBone thugs n harmony, on a plate​Laura Maniec, the world's youngest female Master Sommelier, has created a hub for oenophiles in Greenwich Village with her new Corkbuzz Wine Studio (13 East 13th Street, 646-873-6071). You can drop by to take a recreational class, learn more about ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market

    Lauren ShockeyBreezy Hill Orchard sure makes some cute looking gingerbread men (and women!), but are they tasty enough to make it into the top 10?​Throughout the week we've canvassed the city's holiday markets, looking for edible gifts and tasty snacks. Some have been duds and others have offe ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    The Waverly Restaurant Is Back in Business

    Lauren ShockeyIt's back!​ Stalwart Greenwich Village diner the Waverly Restaurant shuttered earlier this year, but as of this morning (slightly later than the predicted November opening), it's back to business as usual, slinging cups of coffee and big egg breakfasts.

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    December 14, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Lao Di Fang

    Lauren Shockey​Looks like we have some hand-pulled noodle lovers reading Fork in the Road, and for good reason: You can't beat a big bowl of brothy goodness filled with springy strands. I was eating at Lao Di Fang (28 Forsyth Street, 212-941-7678), the Chinatown noodle joint that was formerly ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    The Four Best Things to Eat at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market

    Lauren ShockeyMMM, indeed. A gul börek from MMM Enfes​After yesterday's dud of an exploration, we didn't have high hopes for the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. But the good thing about having low expectations is that you're almost always pleasantly surprised. The Columbus Circle market is ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Eating at Holiday Markets: The South Street Seaport

    Lauren Shockey​'Tis the season to spend mad money on everyone in your life. If you're not down with buying booze or quirky gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, the city's bounty of holiday markets offer a nice selection of unique presents. Even better, most markets offer a selection ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Yao's Dragon Beard Candy: For When You Need Some Sweet Holiday Snacking

    Lauren ShockeyA dragon's beard is similar to Santa's beard. Promise.​Candy canes and gingerbread men might get all the love when it comes to sating your sweet tooth with Christmas candy, but it's worth heading down to Chinatown to discover the tasty traditional Chinese sweet that resembles wi ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Got a case of the Mondays? Well, now it's time for a case of the Fundays! Yep,it's time to play Where Am I Eating?, our fun weekly guessing game, and we've got a rad cookbook to give away this Monday afternoon. All you've got to do to win it is name the spot I'm eating in the picture below. ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    This Week's Specials: Booze, Brains, and Balls

    And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week. Use your noggin.​ Robert Sietsema slurps stews in this week's 10 Best Soups in NYC. From borscht to matzo balls, he offers up the city's tastiest picks. Lauren Shockey tells you what kind of booze to buy in her h ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Gizmodo Gallery Offers You Instant Pancakes (and Other Cool Tech Trends)

    Lauren ShockeyThe Popcake machine: what every kitchen needs​ Have you ever wished there was a machine that magically made mini pancakes instantly and didn't require any cooking? Well, Gizmodo Gallery is up and running once again. Located at 329 Broome Street through December 11, the expo highl ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria's Porchetta: A Sandwich For Pigging Out

    Lauren ShockeyThis little piggy went to market ... and then into my belly.​ In today's review, I visited the new Il Buco spin-off, Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria (53 Great Jones Street, 212-837-2622). The spot functions as a sit-down restaurant, but also boasts a café and gourmet grocery ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Caracas Arepa Bar

    Lauren Shockey​ Looks like that last clue got us a winner. This week's Where Am I Eating? featured wall art from none other than Caracas Arepa Bar, located in the East Village.

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    December 7, 2011

    The Claw Restaurant Will Soon Sling Lobster Rolls on 23rd Street

    Lauren ShockeyLobster rolls? Yes, please.​We've already highlighted the 10 Best Things to Eat on 23rd Street, but it looks like there soon might a new contender for good eating on the busy thoroughfare. Signage is up at the Claw, a soon-to-open lobster roll joint located at 269 West 23rd Str ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Where Am I Eating? Here's a Clue

    Lauren Shockey​ Only a couple guesses in for this week's Where Am I Eating?, and I can tell you that the eatery isn't Bemelmans Bar or Monkey Bar, despite the primate pic. I've got a rad cookbook to give away, so here's a clue that should help you all out in your chance of winning it.

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    December 5, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Holiday shopping got you all tied down? Well, we've got cookbooks galore to give away, and they make excellent presents this holiday season. All you've got to do is play our weekly guessing game, Where Am I Eating? Simply look at the photo below and name the restaurant where I'm eating, le ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Our 10 Best Upper East Side Restaurants

    When you think of hot neighborhoods for dining, the Upper East Side probably isn't the first to come to mind. In fact, it's probably toward the bottom of your mental list. But a crop of new eateries over the past couple of years has resulted in some new -- not to mention exciting -- culinary blood. ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Zoku: Instant Ice Pop Maker, Gift Suggestion No. 1

    ​Zoku: It reputedly makes "healthy" frozen pops on the countertop in 7 minutes. Tired of making your own alcoholic popsicles by mixing up the hooch, pouring it in cheap plastic molds, popping them in the freezer, and then waiting hours for your treats to gestate?

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    December 2, 2011

    This Week's Specials: UES Dining and Grease!

    And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week. Should come with a warning label. ​ Lauren Shockey heads uptown, and scouts the 10 best Upper East Side eats.

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    November 29, 2011

    Meatball Madness! Sampling the Orbs of Goodness at Polpette

    Seems like New York City is going mad for meatballs. In a matter of weeks, the Meatball Shop opened its latest outpost in the West Village, the Meatball Factory launched, and takeout spot Polpette began peddling its orbs in Park Slope adjacent to Fornino. For good reason -- who doesn't love them som ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Za'atar Brings a Feast of the Middle East to the West Village

    Greenwich Avenue has gotten a crop of new eateries recently. Whitehall, the new Brit-influenced spot from the team behind Highlands, is getting lots of buzz, but if it's cheap eats you're after, you're better off checking out new Middle Eastern spot Za'atar (50 Greenwich Avenue, 212-242-3451). The s ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Kobeyaki Offers Rolls, Bowls, Burgers, and Buns to Lunchtime Crowds

    Having recently checked out ShopHouse, a/k/a Asian Chipotle, we were intrigued to learn about Kobeyaki, a new fast-casual Japanese joint directly across the street from the Fashion Institute of Technology that specializes in "rolls, bowls, burgers, and buns." Wanting to see if it followed the ShopHo ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    You might have stuffed yourself silly with food and entertainment over the Thanksgiving holiday, but we've saved some fun here for you at Fork in the Road. Yep, it's time to play our weekly guessing game, Where Am I Eating? As always, take a look at the picture below, then name the restaurant that ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Zito's Sandwich Shoppe Sells Some Super-Sized Subs

    Parm isn't the only spiffy newcomer to offer gigantic, tasty Italian subs. Zito's Sandwich Shoppe opened early this fall in Park Slope, serving up a menu of 13 different sandwiches like chicken parm, eight-hour slow-cooked pork bracciole, potato and egg, and panelle, plus sides like olives, arancini ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    It's that time of the week again! Yes, 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 picture below and name the restaurant where I'm dining. Don't know? No worries -- hints will be given out throughout the week. And why should yo ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Checking Out ShopHouse, the New Asian Chipotle Spinoff

    Lauren ShockeyShopHouse offers rice bowls with either chicken, tofu, steak, or meatballs​I happened to be in Washington, D.C. over the weekend, and while I was there, I ventured to Dupont Circle to check out ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen (1516 Connecticut Avenue NW, 202-232-4141), otherwis ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Flex Doughnuts Pops Up in Grand Central Station Again

    Lauren ShockeyDoughnuts galore from Flex Doughnuts​Flex Doughnuts, the sweet counterpart to Flex Mussels from pastry chef Zac Young, has returned once again to Grand Central Station. Like its pop-up last year, Flex Doughnuts will be located in the Zócalo outpost in the food court on the dinin ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat on 23rd Street

    Lauren ShockeyLa Maison du Macaron makes cookies in every color you can imagine​23rd Street isn't necessarily considered a gastronomic thoroughfare. More likely, it's thought of as being home to various chain eateries (Pret, Chipotle, etc.) catering to the office worker lunch crowd and, of co ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    This Week's Specials: Working 23rd Street, Fancy Champy, Tourtières

    And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week.Poppin' champagne like we won a championship​Lauren Shockey found the most mouthwatering picks that 23rd Street has to offer. Don't let the thoroughfare's bad dining rep fool you: Shockey's lineup includes ta ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    The MasalaWala's Papri Chat Is Kinda Like Indian Nachos

    Lauren ShockeyPapri chat from the MasalaWala ​The Indian fast food trend has been expanding rapidly, with spots like Thelewala and Indian Creperie having opened in the past few months. Now comes MasalaWala (179 Essex Street, 212-358-9300) in the Lower East Side, offering a fairly substantial ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    There's a New Pho Parlor in Town - and It's Pretty Good

    ​A bowl of Xe Lua pho at Pho 88, flanked by giant fresh basil leaves, sprouts, and the usual arsenal of flavorings (chiles pastes, hoisin, etc.) to be added in. The make or break of any full-service Vietnamese restaurant is its pho. While this beef noodle soup originated as street food in F ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Dominique Ansel Makes Some Damn Fine Kouign Amann (and Canelé)

    Lauren ShockeyStart the day with some kouign amann​Dominque Ansel, formerly the pastry chef at Daniel (and before that, Fauchon in Paris), has branched out to open his own eponymous bakery located in Soho at 189 Spring Street (212-219-2773). In addition to the usual buttery suspects found at ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Heidelberg

    Lauren Shockey​And so ends another round of Where Am I Eating?, with the restaurant in question none other than Upper East Side German stalwart, Heidelberg. The pictured dish is the classic pork schnitzel, which comes with crispy potatoes and a side of stewed red cabbage -- hearty home-style ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​The New York City Marathon is over, but we've got our own race here at Fork in the Road -- one to see who can name the restaurant that serves the pictured dish below. Yes, it's time to play Where Am I Eating?, our weekly restaurant photo guessing game. Look at the picture, then tell me what ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    How Does Forcella Bowery Compare to Forcella Brooklyn?

    Lauren ShockeyMini deep-fried pizzas at the new Forcella​Having reviewed and enjoyed new Williamsburg eatery Forcella (home of the now-famous deep-fried pizza) several weeks ago, I was intrigued to check out the fare at its new Bowery outpost (334 Bowery, 212-466-1111), which opened last week. ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    What Is Monster Fruit?

    Lauren ShockeyIt's a monster!​While shopping at Garden of Eden the other day, we came across a fruit in the produce department that we had never seen before: the delicious monster (a/k/a monstera deliciosa or monster fruit). Obviously we had to purchase it, one, because it looked like a giant ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Co.

    Lauren Shockey​ Looks like we have some big pizza eaters here at Fork in the Road. I was eating the delicious stracciatella pie at this Chelsea pizzeria, Co. Topped with crushed tomato, a mountain of arugula, freshly cracked black pepper, and the ultra creamy form of mozzarella cheese called s ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​In the spirit of Halloween, I've got a treat to give out today. Specifically, a brand new cookbook. It can be yours by playing Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly photo guessing game. To play, simply look at the picture below and name the restaurant that serves the pictured dish ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Zucker Bakery Fulfills Your Jewish and South American Cookie Needs

    Lauren ShockeySome sweet treats for sampling​The promise of a bakery that sold both alfajores (the South American sweet filled with dulce de leche) and fruity-nutty Jewish staple rugelach sounded too good to be true. So we recently stopped by Zucker Bakery (433 East 9th Street, 646-559-8425), ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    The Early Word: Cooper's Craft and Kitchen

    Lauren ShockeyMacaroni and cheese: What you want to eat on a cold, rainy day​Working in the East Village, we're always on the prowl for new lunch spots. So we were excited to hear that Cooper's Craft and Kitchen (87 Second Avenue, 646-606-2384) had opened in the old Kurve space just two block ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    The Cannibal: Meaty Treats for All!

    Lauren ShockeyLamb neck terrine, one of the many meaty dishes at the Cannibal​For this week's review, I paid a visit to the Cannibal, the new eatery adjacent to Resto. If you're a vegetarian teetotaler, well, this isn't your restaurant. But for those who love meat and beer (the two food group ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    The Vagabond Cafe Opened, Sells Chocolate Chip Cookie Lattes

    Lauren Shockey​Wong might be the buzzier half of 7 Cornelia Street (212-989-3399), but we've recently become smitten with the Vagabond Cafe, located next door, and which opened a few weeks ago. Amid all the Starbucks and soulless coffee shops, this new cafe offers all that you need in a colle ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Mark

    Lauren Shockey​Fork in the Road readers clearly know their burgers. Or, rather, sliders. The beef patty in question was, indeed, the regular original slider from St. Marks Place standby Mark. With its squishy potato roll, sautéed onions, and melty cheese, the burger style recalls that of W ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​We had a good showing of players participate in the last round of Where Am I Eating?, but let's make this week's even better! Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game is simple: Take a look at the picture below, then tell me where I'm eating, leaving your guesses in the commen ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    This Week's Specials: Grilled Cheese Martinis, Boozy Buns, A Tapas Bar That's No Fun

    And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week. Lauren ShockeyGrilled cheese martini, straight up​ Ever wondered what a grilled cheese martini tastes like? Now you don't have to. Speaking of grilled cheese, here are five tips for making the perfect one. We ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    What Does a Grilled Cheese Martini Taste Like?

    Lauren Shockey​Once upon a time, the martini was simply a gin and vermouth cocktail. Then came such bastardizations as the green apple martini and the coffee martini. You'd think that would have been the apogee of alcoholic disasters, but then came along the grilled cheese martini.

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    October 19, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Colonie

    Lauren ShockeyHow can you go wrong with creamy, fattening duck on toast?​ And once again, the games have ended. But a great showing from everyone who played. Only one person can win, though, and that individual correctly named the restaurant in question as Colonie. I was eating the duck ril ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Where Am I Eating? Here's a Clue

    Lauren Shockey​Some great guesses you've all got for this week's Where Am I Eating?, but I'm not at the Beagle, Catch, Tertulia, Monument Lane, the Cannibal, ABC Kitchen, Ditch Plains, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Buvette, Jones Wood Foundry, or Mile End. The restaurant is actually quite similar to ma ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    The Early Word: Taka Taka

    Lauren ShockeyChipotle sauce adds a Mexican kick to a soft shell crab roll​ Mexican sushi and Japanese tacos: the ultimate in fusion food, right? That's the thinking at Taka Taka (330 West Broadway, 212-966-8252), a new Japanese-Mexican fusion spot located in Soho. We were a bit skeptical ab ... More >>

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