On a recent Friday evening, assorted groups of people were waiting on the sidewalk, passing the time until their tables were ready. The crowd was mostly locals, though a few part-time models were standing just off the curb, next to a kid wearing a "Welcome to NYU" shirt, and his parents. This will a ... More >>
Spend the last week of August indulging yourself at these five fine food events.
How attached were you to the original Cafe Noir (35 Lispenard Street, 212-431-7910), a bistro that held its Soho slot for for nearly two decades before succumbing to a lease dispute? Because if you spent dozens of nights or days huddled at a table or staring out the massive front windows at that nei ... More >>
Last night, two dozen of the city's best mobile eateries lined up along the pier at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex on Pier 86 (West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue) for the Voice's seventh annual Choice Streets food-truck feast. The multicultural menu swung from East (Thai salads; Szech ... More >>
Come join us at Choice Streets tonight! And prior to that, kick back with a cocktail at one of these fine establishments. Need more happy hour ideas? Check out our archives.
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In case you live in a windowless box and haven't noticed, it's freezing cold and snowing outside -- so spending the weekend downing biscuits and gravy seems like a really strong plan right now. As does a batch mimosas. Or many batches of mimosas.
Not many people who are familiar with mahia, but those who are rave of its flavor and medicinal qualities. Mahia literally means "water of life," a direct translation of "eau de vie" -- the French term for colorless fruit brandies, of which mahia is one. Mahia is a traditional Moroccan Jewish spirit ... More >>
Morocco has a hand in this Egyptian menu
One of a series of subway teaser ads by TD Bank I was hurrying toward the R train at Elmhurst Avenue with a group of friends - having just eaten a belt-busting Sichuan meal - when I spotted an ad on the mezzanine level. It was a subway billboard for TD Bank ("TD" stands for "Toronto-Dominion"), an ... More >>
Begin the Tajine! Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on th ... More >>
The fried chicken at Sunset Park's Madly Wildly. Will it make the grade? Everybody loves chicken. Or almost everybody. Who doesn't like chicken soup? Fried chicken? Roast chicken with garlic and olive oil rubbed into the skin? Chicken mousse wrapped in a banana leaf and scented with lemongrass? Th ... More >>
If any country understands the appeal of combining sweet and savory , it's Morocco. They flavor their roasted meats with cinnamon and wash them down with sweet mint tea. A contender for Morocco's national dish, pastilla combines sweet and savory like none other. Traditionally made with squab, the he ... More >>
Last fall, Bistro Truck tweeted that it was headed for a hiatus, sending its followers -- both online and curbside -- into a frenzy. Rumors about a brick-and-mortar location circulated and, recently, truck owner Yassir Z. Raouli confirmed that they were, indeed, true.
Foodiesathome.com / FlickrSay cheeseTaureau might be holding down the fort as the East Village's go-to fondue spot, but it'll be getting some competition from Casimir, the cozy French bistro, which is turning its Moroccan lounge into an annex serving all kinds of foods for dipping.
Moroccan Meatball Hero with Mint and Ricotta SalataIf you haven't yet made it to Mad. Sq. Eats, you have until Friday before the Madison Square Park street-food extravaganza comes to a close. Chef Ty-Lor Boring, of Almond restaurant (12 East 22 Street), who will also compete in the upcoming s ... More >>
Who ya calling a rookie, punk?Korilla BBQ may have been unceremoniously booted from The Great Food Truck Race, but its patrons could care less: they've made it one of the finalists for the Vendy Awards' Rookie of the Year prize.
Way down below the Gowanus lurks Schnitzel Bar. We really only ever hear about a handful of restaurants out of the 50,000 that I estimate exist in the city. Even in Manhattan itself, there are vast swatches in Inwood, Washington Heights, Harlem, the Upper East Side, and around the fringes o ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Since opening earlier this year in the former Taro Sushi space off of Flatbush Avenue, Kalushkät Gourmet Falafel has distinguished itself with, simply put, some damn fine balls.
As humans who generally don't name ourselves, we're all prone to wanting another name at some point or another. Sometimes we reject what our parents decided to call us in favor of something better, more likable, or often, more popular. For example, names like Kate or Nicole or Natalie, anythi ... More >>
Belgians and Germans and dance
Robert SietsemaTapas on the horizon.When Sintir opened on East 9th Street last spring, Our Man Sietsema wasn't particularly impressed by its boastful claims, flavorless meatballs, and aggressively upselling waitstaff. Apparently others weren't, either: the place closed earlier this month.
positiveictafrica.wordpress.comA typical Kenyan meal featuring the staple starch called ugali and fried fishMorgan S. asks: I've been told you can get every cuisine in the world in New York City. Is that true? Dear Morgan: Well, almost. We've got at least 80 distinct cuisines by my estimate, ... More >>
Hot Bread Kitchen, the multi-cultural bakery and non-profit that employs lower-income female immigrants, is offering Moroccan m'smen bread at several Greenmarkets this month in celebration of Ramadan.
Congratulations to kim for fingering the dish (chicken, lemon, and olive tajine) and the venue (Mogador), and identifying one of two starch options (couscous, the other: white rice) available with the tajine, which is not served in a tajine, but in a white bowl. She also identified the countr ... More >>
Like the sign says: New York's Best Egg Cream St. Marks Place is only three blocks long, but packs an astonishing 63 places to eat along its truncated and colorful length, some of them nearly invisible. It constitutes one of the city's foremost tourist destinations for the under-40 crowd, th ... More >>
Things that start with "m": Michael, Marea, Mediterranean, MoroccanMetromix also went to the Beard Awards last night, and has a nifty slide show to show for it. The site's intrepid reporters also gathered some choice morsels from the award nominees, including some information about Michael Wh ... More >>
Elizabeth DwoskinThe Baco Cafe's antique Moroccan tables.The Baco Café, on Jay Street, in DUMBO, could just as easily be mistaken for a furniture store, a gallery, an artist's loft, or a small whimsical mirage - only it happens to be a restaurant, with a clothing boutique tucked in the back. ... More >>
Sizzle sizzle goes the cast-iron vessel, as a pair of snails parades across the table, oblivious of the food drama transpiring inches away. We've ordered one of the oddball tajines at Samakmak, the euphonious name of a new Egyptian seafood cafe, recently joining Bahary and Asmak Taama in the co ... More >>
Wine from unexpected places has become an obsession around here, between my New York City urban wine post, and Our Man Sietsema's musings on Mexican wine. This weekend, I was perusing September Wine and Spirits on the Lower East Side, and came across a trove of wine from surprising places: Hungary, ... More >>
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