North-American Food and Cooking

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    March 14, 2014

    Find a Secret Breakfast Burrito Cache at Stan's Cafecito

    Last summer, Williamsburg climbed up the city's totem pole of burritos when Stan's Cafecito (172 Havemeyer Street, 646-626-9175) quietly opened its doors and became the neighborhood's secret cache for tortilla-wrapped breakfasts. Tucked into a tiny alcove between South 2nd and South 3rd, the space i ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    At the Tiny Ines Bakery, Baked Goods and Stand-Out Tortas

    Despite its diminutive size, Ines Bakery (948 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-788-0594), a Mexican outpost near Greenwood cemetery, packs it in. On weekdays, when offices are shutting down and schools have run their last bells, the triangular standing room of the bakery fills up as tightly as the glass ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    10 Great Portable Potables to Warm Those Chilly Mitts

    Although we'd much rather stay put with a comforting pot of stew, for folks forced to brave the elements while those clumsy weather gods accidentally drop their frozen cocaine stash all over our fair city, hot, portable snacks can act like edible hand warmers (ed. note -- do not use on feet). Short ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Calexico's Fish Taco Platter, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Fish taco platter at Calexico (multiple locations), $7.50 If you're dreaming of beaches in this second round of the polar vortex, head out for a fish taco.

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    January 15, 2014

    Quantity and Quality at the New El Bombon

    El Bombon (75-13 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, 718-672-6500) is a new addition to the line of Jackson Heights Roosevelt Avenue eateries operating under the rumbling 7 train. The restaurant's icon is an anthropomorphic marshmallow, a sombrero-wearing, taco-clutching sweet; not a sweet, curvy lady, as "el ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Taco Chulo's Chile Con Queso Is a Cold Weather Balm

    Taco Chulo (318 Grand Street, 718-302-2856), a middle-class taqueria tucked away on Grand Street in Williamsburg, has an expansive open room as big as a dancehall with high ceilings, red walls, and a tiny bar in the back. It fills up early with families sharing taco salads ($11) and seared fish burr ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    A Taste of the Mission District With B'klyn Burro Burrito

    A Styrofoam cooler of pre-made burritos dragged from dive to dive may not be the ideal format in which to sample a good burrito. Nevertheless, that's just how Pepe Urquijo, a Bay Area expat, started his business B'klyn Burro Burrito (at Don Pedro's, 90 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn) early this year, co ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Xixa's Gorditas Shouldn't Be Missed

    Despite good press, Xixa (241 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-8860) -- the second Williamsburg restaurant from the team behind Traif -- remains somewhat hidden on a frightful corner in the shadows of the on-ramp to the Williamsburg bridge. It's lucky that chef Jason Marcus's polyglot cuisine, wh ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Tres Carnes' Smoked Brisket Burrito, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 3: Smoked brisket burrito from Tres Carnes (688 Avenue of the Americas, 212-989-8737) Serious barbecue meets Chipotle-style burrito production for a hybrid cuisine so good we can only describe it as "Tex-Mexcellent".

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    October 17, 2013

    Northeast Kingdom's Stone Cut Oat Porridge, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 8: Stone cut oat porridge from Northeast Kingdom (18 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-386-3864) Porridge might be a breakfast basic, but on the dinner menu at Northeast Kingdom, it gets special treatment--and it should not be missed.

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    October 15, 2013

    Buvette's Cassoulet, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 10: Cassoulet from Buvette (42 Grove Street, 212-255-3590) As temperatures dip, cozy up with this cold weather staple--and a glass of red wine--from Buvette.

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    October 14, 2013

    Somtum Der's Tum Poo-Plara, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 11: Tum poo-plara from Somtum Der (85 Avenue A, 212-260-8570). At an Isan restaurant that specializes in papaya salad, this one rises to the very top.

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    October 11, 2013

    Nom Wah Tea Parlor's Dim Sum Samplers, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 12: Dim sum samplers from Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyers Street, 212-962-6047) Call it "Dim Sum For Dummies".

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    October 10, 2013

    Montmartre's Pot-au-pho for Two, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 13: Pot-au-pho for two from Montmartre (158 Eighth Avenue, 646-596-8838) Tien Ho flirts with showmanship for this breathtaking share plate that easily feeds three.

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    September 11, 2013

    Bronx Ale House's Alehouse Nachos, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 33: Alehouse nachos from Bronx Ale House These nachos torpedo the tortilla chip and cheese boilerplate--and are a good reason to spend a day drinking beers in the north Bronx.

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    August 14, 2013

    The Campechano Taco at Cuatro Vientos Is Worth Leaving the Late-Night 7 Train

    Walking down Roosevelt Avenue, you spot the boxy edges of a vehicle at about 67th Street. As you move closer, its form emerges out of the dark, a stationary white truck with big block letters that spell out "Tacos Mexicanos, Cuatro Vientos." You groan.

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    July 30, 2013

    A Detour on the Pan-American Highway: Oficina Latina's Delivery Paella Reviewed

    In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. As per usual, my Sunday routine consisted of two primary objectives: allay the anxiety associated with the week ahead and find caloric inputs in spite of having a refrigerator bereft of contents. The bonus objectiv ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    Try the Flan at Panaderia La Espiga Real

    A bad flan is very bad thing. Corn syrup-based sauces, curdled eggs, and imitation vanilla are enough to turn a first-time flan eater into a life-long custard hater. But a good flan, the silken alchemy of eggs, milk, and sugar, gently set into a sweet, wobbling cylinder, is a pure delight. And an e ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    Ample Hills Creamery's Ice Cream (Any Ice Cream), One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 67: Ice cream (any ice cream) from Ample Hills Creamery

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    July 19, 2013
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    July 17, 2013
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    July 16, 2013

    Sushi Dojo's Omakase, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Later this year, we'll pen our Best of New York issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes and drinks. Until then, you can get a ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Find the Tlacoyo, a Mexican Antojito, at Tacos Morelos

    Of the countless regional corn masa snacks called antojitos hand-patted throughout Mexico, the tlacoyo is one of the dozen or so that has made its way to the North.

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    June 14, 2013

    Exploring La Superior's Hot, Williamsburg-Centric Scene

    Why do some $1 beer specials attract the loft-living artist while others lure in the fresh-out-of-school frat boy? What makes one restaurant popular with polo shirts and another a hit with the skinny-jean set? And why do people use three different subway lines just to get somewhere when there are so ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Where Are You Heading to Happy Hour?

    Summer concerts, pool parties, even the thought of weekend Slip 'n Slide might make you forget there's a lot of fun to be had during the week. Happy hour should help you remember. Here's a look at some of our favorite places for cheap weekday drinking.

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    May 13, 2013

    Pigging Out at Fonda's Feast of Cochinita Pibil

    It took full, active engagement of the servers' biceps to lower the cochinita pibil onto the table. The pibil, an entire pork shoulder slow-roasted and burnished with achiote, the caramelized crust glistening with its own juices, was a hefty platter. The commanding centerpiece is now being offered ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    El Giro Gallo Truck Only Comes Out at Night

    Of the coterie of taco trucks that line Roosevelt Avenue from Woodside to Corona, El Gallo Giro is one of the most popular. It's a cart that only comes out at night to haunt the block with the aroma of searing meats and plumes of well-seasoned smoke. The cooks' dexterity on the flat-top griddle is w ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    It's Crawfish Season at Willow Road

    Monday, April 8 Willow Road Crawfish Boil Guest chef Jason Hua of The Dutch joins the Willow Road crew for a late-night all-you-can-eat crawfish boil. Feast on fingerling potato salad, andouille dirty rice, and loads of sides for $20. Add another $10 for all-you-can-drink Labbat brews. E-mail reser ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Carrot Waffles at Oceana, Plus Tiny Desserts at La Mangeoire

    Bucket Mondays at Prospect Fort Greene's Prospect will open on Mondays starting March 18. "Bucket Mondays" will celebrate simple home-style cooking from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the bar will stay open even later. A pared-down menu will feature a whole fried poussin, cornbread, homemade cole slaw, and a ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Park Slope Gets Lincoln Heights and Country Boys; Table Verte Comes to East Village

    Lincoln Heights opened on Monday in Prospect Heights. From the owners of Park Slope's Al Di Là comes a casual cafe where customers can get coffee and pastries as well as charcuterie, organic pork chops, and dry cured sausage. Regulars of Bar Corvo around the corner may recognize some of the flavors ... More >>

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    December 30, 2012

    Where To Take a Middle-School Spanish Class for a Field-Trip Lunch?

    The pozole at Tacos Cachanilla could easily feed two hungry students. Whitney D. asks: I am a middle school Spanish teacher taking my class on a field trip. I was hoping we could stop afterwards to taste the cuisine of a Spanish-speaking country. The restaurant must be open during the weekday and ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012
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    October 31, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Post-Hurricane Sandy Events

    Many of the week's food festivities have been canceled, but the show will go on for these celebrations. Wednesday, October 31 Sound and Cinema at Nitehawk Cinema: Nitehawk Cinema will screen Nosferatu, the 1922 black-and-white silent horror flick. Sip creepy cocktails like "There Will be Blood" and ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Exchange Alley: The Big Easy Apple

    Paul Gerard brings us a touch of New Orleans

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    October 17, 2012

    N.Y.C. Vs. Montreal: Another Urban Cultural Breakdown

    MONTREAL - This past summer, I took a quick leisurely trip to the capital of our country for both historical and introspective reasons. D.C. was a far cry from New York; its citizens did not curse at one another and no one dared to jaywalk. The city was arranged in neatly kept lines with neatly kept ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    2012 Vendy Cup Finalists Announced

    The finalists for the 2012 Vendy Cup, which celebrates the best food vendors in the city, have been announced. The nominees are below:

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    August 13, 2012

    Smoked Meat Poutine from Mile End, Dish #65

    Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More Dishes: Chicken Thighs, Braised Greens, and Polenta at Vinegar Hill House, Dish #66 | Uptown Bourbon BBQ Burger Fro ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Seven Favorite NYC Fish Tacos

    [See More Favorites: 5 Cooling Dishes to Help You Beat the Heat | 5 Best Cheap Eats on Eldridge Street] Despite the hype, Baja-style fish tacos have never quite gotten the traction here we might have expected, still constituting something of a gastronomic rarity in New York. Following are the seven ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Lamb Barbacoa Taco at Empellón Taqueria, Dish #86

    Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Vegetable Samosas at Little Pakistan Deli, Dish #87 | Build Your Own Burger at Kent Ale House, Dish #88 ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Huazontle: DUMBO's Gran Electrica Gives It a Green Whirl

    It's the season for huazontle, a spindly plant from Mexico with bright green branches with thousands of tiny buds, somewhat similar to the beads on broccoli florets. Eaten around the Holy Week of Lent, the buds have a mild spinachy flavor. Though beautiful specimens have been popping up in Mexican m ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Tacos Morelos Introduces the All-Carb Taco

    Look ma, no meat or cheese -- and no gluten, either! There's no doubt that the general population has been manipulated into a carb-hating frenzy. First came the deplorable Dr. Atkins, followed by the South Beach Diet, which saw the overweight downing massive quantities of bacon and eggs, while esc ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Tortaria Opens Monday in Greenwich Village

    A glimpse of the facade during the build-out stage Monday marks the opening of Tortaria, a Mexican-themed place that concentrates on tortas, the signature south-of-the-border sandwich. The place occupies the former premises of Buona Sera, a long-running red-sauced Italian spot.

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    October 5, 2011

    Rosarito Fish Shack: Ayup, It's a Seafood Shack

    Williamsburg gets a taste of life on the ocean

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    June 1, 2011

    Coppelia to Finally Open 24 Hours This Friday

    ​Imagine this at, say, 4:31 in the morning. The long promised extension of the dining hours is finally occurring at Coppelia, which aimed to be a round-the-clock pan-Latin diner when it opened April 4 of this year.

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    March 24, 2011

    Wheeling & Dealing: More Food Truck Publicity Stunts to Look Out For

    Eat like these guys, curbside.​It isn't just fast-food chains that are clued in to the food truck craze. Corporations like Heinz have jumped on the bandwagon, unleashing food truck promotions on the streets of New York. Air France is premiering its own mobile vending publicity stunt today, fea ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Todd P Is Plotting A New Venue Offering Both Mexican Food And "Avant-Experimental Music"

    If Todd gets his way you may not miss the old place much​Totally did not expect to see über-promoter Todd Patrick beaming from the virtual pages of both Grub Street, but there he is and the Voice's own Fork in the Road, eagerly discussing the new restaurant/club he's looking to open at Avenue ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    No. 18: Cemita Milanesa Res at Tulcingo del Valle

    ​A cemita from Tulcingo del Valle is one hell of a meal. Cemitas are the signature sandwiches of Puebla, a region of Mexico south and east of the capital. These sandwiches are made on round seeded rolls traditionally made with cactus pulp.

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    September 16, 2003

    Who Stole the Chiles?

    A Brooklyn Institution Now Resurfaces on Houston Street

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    August 27, 2002
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    November 21, 2000
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