Though we're currently being treated to a final wintry blast, spring is officially here. As the last piles of exhaust-blackened snow melt away, the city's biggest borough plays host to a number of food-related events. Here, we preview the coming season of eating and drinking in Queens.
In his introduction for the Best Screenplay award at Sunday's Oscars, Robert DeNiro described writers as "crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy." True enough -- and how better to wade through that morass of debilitating doubt and p ... More >>
The final brunch weekend of 2013 is upon us, and if you need a little practice for New Year's, may we suggest a round of mimosas? Where to brunch:
The only thing scarier than going to a haunted house this October is watching the price of pints rise. Fortunately, we've found a few places where the art of affordable drinking is still practiced.
Next time you find yourself at the LIC Flea & Food in Long Island City and you've sifted through your share of vintage dresses and antique furniture, you might consider rewarding yourself for your hard work with a pint at Rockaway Brewing Company, which is located just around the corner--behind the ... More >>
The restaurant whose sidewalk was the scene of New York's latest hate crime is taking heat on social media. Billie and Jacob James-Vogel were harassed and attacked for being an interracial couple outside Shi Restaurant in Long Island City, Queens, where they had just been celebrating Billie's 40th B ... More >>
Another week has come to a close, and July is flying by. You could head to the beach and get sand in your shoes, but why not slow it down and take a look at this weekend's top events? Might be good reason to stay in the city.
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A new weekend market is in the works, and this one is all about Queens. The Long Island City Flea and Food will open in mid-June and run every Saturday and Sunday out of a 24,000-square-foot lot on the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue -- that should be enough room to hold the 100 vendors they're ... More >>
Our own Tejal Rao welcomes the return of the Mountie-chic M.Wells Dinette at PS. 1 in Long Island City. The menu,"full of fatty odds and ends, slippery bits and bobs," includes "rustic, respectable dishes done right, like the warm tongue salad with cornichons in a creamy tarragon dressing." Also a ... More >>
When Hurricane Sandy hits New York this afternoon, you can expect three things: wind, rain, and a bunch of shit-faced New Yorkers.New York City emergency officials advised residents over the weekend to stock up on things like water, flashlights, canned food, candles, and other items to help New York ... More >>
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Raspberry Tart from Maison Kayser, Dish #63 | Multi-hued Sponge Cake From JW Golden Bakery, Dish #64]
Two of the three storefronts Amy's Bread has long occupied have been papered up, all the humongous ovens removed. It must be accounted something of a set-back for Chelsea Market, if you're going by the original plan. When the 22-building complex -- originally a Nabisco factory -- opened in 1997, i ... More >>
The Warm Up series is back
Let's face it -- Long Island City is just way cooler than your typical go-to trendy neighborhoods in New York City. It's got that great combo of not-yet-too-gentrified, still-a-safe-place-to-chill, not-as-hipster-as-Williamsburg, and very-friggin'-close-to-Manhattan-AND-Brooklyn. At the hea ... More >>
Everything was going right for the once-industrial, now-booming Long Island City -- until a strip club company tried to move its way into the little-neighborhood-that-could. This blossoming section of the city across the East River (the gateway to Queens!) has everything going for it: It's ex ... More >>
Almost three months after its propane tank exploded and injured two people, the Frites 'n' Meats truck is almost ready to get back on the road.
Sandy Hook, New Jersey Here are a few of Fork in the Road's favorite signs of the last few weeks. Who knows what they really mean?
Vegetarians despairing of the massive meat consumption that will in part define the month of July, take heart: July will also offer one whole evening to ingest as much cheese as the human digestive system can bear.
A high school in Queens just sort of forgot to offer gym classes. Which -- woohoo! But actually, gym credits are required in order to graduate in the New York City public school system. So about 100 seniors at the Robert F. Wagner Secondary School in Long Island City might not be able to graduate ... More >>
Flavio/FlickrJust as the commercial kitchens of Long Island City may provide a measure of respite for the laid-off, it seems that Italy is also doing its part for the newly unemployed.
A roundup of nogs and glöggs includes Baltimore Eggnog at Millesime and spicy Indonesian-accented glögg at Aquavit. [NY Post] The troubled supermarket chain A& P has filed for Chapter 11. The company has struggled since buying Pathmark in 2007 for $679 million. [NY Times] Wal-Mart, which ... More >>
What is that heavenly scent?Here in America, November is all about Thanksgiving. We spend the whole month talking about that big turkey dinner we're going to have at the end of it. But in Quebec, Thanksgiving is already over and done with. November instead marks the beginning of tourtière se ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Andrew's Coffee Shop in the Financial District has shuttered after 31 years in operation. It comes a year after a West 34th Street location of the small chain closed its doors. [Jeremiah's Vani ... More >>
Forget the WikiLeaks. The POM Papers detail how POM Wonderful hired the law firm Hogan & Hartson to represent it in an investigation over its purported health claims, racking up more than $600,000 in legal bills that the company refused to pay. [New Yorker] The NYPD and FDNY went head-to-hea ... More >>
Artists are real estate rental geniuses. They always find fabulous deals and settle into cheap but very cool living spaces years before the rest of us realize that where they're living is the best bargain in town and subsequently ruin it with popular demand. Well, this time, artists and anyon ... More >>
Friday afternoon means that it's time to reminisce: We ranked Our 10 Best Manhattan Bars. Tribeca's Il Matto: surrealist cocktails, confused service, rocks that taste like rocks. Battle of the Williamsburg Fish 'n' Chips: Sel de Mer vs. Goods.
A tasty Quebecois mutation of eggs benedict featuring fresh peas and salt cod. There's really nothing visually arresting about the down-at-the-heals diner at the corner of 21st and 49th Avenue in Long Island City, which sits at the head of the Sunnyside Yards -- formerly the world's largest ... More >>
Maybe it's a good thing that so many airlines have abandoned complimentary meals on planes: as it turns out, a lot of airplane food is prepared in unsanitary and unsafe conditions that could lead to illness. [USA Today] Geoffrey McDonald, an heir to the fast-food chain that is his namesake, ... More >>
Old School or New School? The choice is yours.Today, the New York Times takes note of the Museum of Modern Art catering to tourists who're too vapid unfamiliar with our city to sort out the name of their contemporary art outpost in Long Island City, P.S. 1. Thus, the Museum of Modern art has ... More >>
theinvisibleagent.wordpress.comGood news for tiki-lovers: Mouthing Off reports that two of the owners of Long Island City's Dutch Kills, Giuseppe Gonzalez and Richard Boccato, will be opening a tiki bar at 49 Essex Street in March.
The corner of East 4th Street and First Avenue may be getting a new Venezuelan restaurant: The facade of the former Ishikura Sushi, which closed in July, has now been painted and features a sign that says, "Guayoyo is coming soon!"
Tom Cat Bakery of Long Island City (you see their panel trucks with the black cat on the side cruising the streets of the city, delivering to restaurants) bakes a walnut cranberry roll, dense and delicious, which makes a perfect satisfying breakfast or afternoon snack, low in calories and hig ... More >>
Dedicated boozers handle the recession by being (slightly) more selective
photo: HEFort Greene's new (really, I would say the neighborhood's only) gastropub, Brooklyn Public House (247 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn), had a soft opening last night. I had a peak in earlier today and the space is quite lovely with exposed brick, tin ceilings, repurposed woods, and beautiful, vinta ... More >>
Straphangers are inconvenienced by the MTA all the time. This is especially true on the weekends, when construction-based service interruption after service interruption can turn a 10-minute commute into an hour-long, three-transfer horror show. The people of Long Island City, faced with an upc ... More >>
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