North-American Food and Cooking

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    October 8, 2014

    Find Out What Acadian Fare Is When King Bee Opens in the East Village

    When Eben Klemm and Ken Jackson began plotting opening a restaurant together a few years back, they originally planned to bring Cajun fare to New York City, but they quickly realized they'd have to retool: "We both felt that real Cajun cooking is hard to do in the north," says Klemm, a beverage cons ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Here's What to Eat at Taqueria Tehuitzingo's Ninth Avenue Offshoot

    Early this year, Taqueria Tehuitzingo (578 Ninth Avenue, 646-707-3916) opened an offshoot of its Tenth Avenue bodega in a diminutive stall on Ninth. The splashy font of signage catches the eye of travelers pouring out of Port Authority, filling the spot's five tiny tables for post-expedition plates ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Bushwick

    As rent rose in Williamsburg to match prices in Manhattan, restaurateurs pushed eastward, and they've spent the last several years colonizing Bushwick with unique offerings that run the gamut from vegan Ethiopian fare to Cuban sandwiches. Those businesses join a slew of already-established places, i ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Sunnyside and Woodside

    Neither the 7 train thundering overhead nor the rising bourgie Brooklyn overflow into Sunnyside and Woodside have robbed these bordering neighborhoods of their charm. This may be the most diverse corner of the city's most diverse borough, and the area's annual St. Pat's for All Parade -- which, unli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Hey Chefs: Stop Putting Crap in That Guacamole

    Gringos love guacamole. Actually, almost everyone in the United States loves guacamole. We consumes millions of pounds a year, in stripmall taquerias and sceney cantinas, rolled up in chain burritos and poured from a hermetically sealed bags purchased in supermarkets, as we have a God-given right to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The Secret Behind the Meat Hook's Unique Escabeche

    Mexican products have always held a corner in the refrigerator case at the Williamsburg whole-animal butcher shop the Meat Hook (100 Frost Street, 718-349-5033). The outlet carries chips and tortillas from Nixtamal, house made salsas and hot sauce, and all of the fixings needed to turn skirt steaks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Six Restaurants That Opened This Week In NYC

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: the team behind Rosemary's brings us a Southern French restaurant, fresh mini donuts are being served up in Harlem, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Here Are the 20 Best Derby De Mayo Events in NYC

    Break out the festive hats, it's about time to bet on some horses and hit a fiesta. And a slew of venues all over the city are ready to accommodate your antics, whether you're planning on donning a sombrero or a floppy bonnet, whether you'll be drinking margaritas or mint juleps. Here are the 10 be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    How Small, Immigrant-Owned Taquerias Are Weathering the Lime Shortage

    A multitude of factors have converged to contribute to the drastic lime shortage in the United States this month. Thanks to citrus blight, erratic weather, and inner-state narco politics in Mexico, the price of the little green citrus fruits has skyrocketed, prompting the public to reconsider the ub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Naren Young on His New Cocktail Program at Empellon, Which Debuts Tonight

    Naren Young's spirits career has taken him all over the world, and he's worked both behind the stick and behind the pen, crafting drinks for patrons and stories on the industry for notable publications. His latest endeavor? He just took over the drinks program at Empellon Cocina and Taqueria, and he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Coppelia's Havana Salad, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Mole Poblano Goes Mainstream: Cosi's Sandwich Fail

    Cosi's bread looks like an alligator, or maybe tree bark. Those of us who fervidly celebrate the joys of immigrant cooking and its eventual assimilation into the standard American diet―think tortilla chips and guacamole, beef stroganoff, wonton soup, and IKEA's bouncy Swedish meatballs―may sti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Huazontle, a Mexican Spring Green That's Rarer Than Ramps

    While seasonal foodie rapture over ramps and fiddlehead ferns is starting up, there's another vegetable that's also having a moment--and is even harder to find. Huazontle, a sturdy edible weed from Mexico that you won't find in farmers markets, remains even more elusive. The leafy green branches hol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    New York Pitmasters to Compete for Title of 'Brisket King'

    Wednesday, February 20 Brisket King of NYC There's been a lot of talk about brisket as New York experiences a great boost in barbecue talent. Taste the work of the city's pitmasters at Santos Party House during the second annual brisket contest. John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Daniel Delaney of Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    A Sole Cup of Birria at Tacos El Bronco

    Those who have tasted a good bowl of birria, the Mexican soup from Jalisco made from toasted chiles and roasted goat, know it's a soup that inspires a rapture more consuming than what tweens feel for Justin Bieber. In Los Angeles there are entire restaurants dedicated to birria -- the soft simmeri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Q&A: Julieta Ballesteros of China Latina, Part 2 -- Let's Eat Ant Eggs!

    Yesterday, we interviewed Julieta Ballesteros about her newest venture, China Latina. She talked about the marriage of Latin and Chinese cuisine and where she gets her inspiration. Today, Ballesteros reveals that she will eat anything that people give her including one of her favorite dishes from Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    How to Make Scallop Aguachile From Gran Electrica

    [See More Recipes: Boozy Sparkling Watermelon Punch from the Smith | How to Make the Whipped Green Eggs from Paprika] Here's a recipe for scallop aguachile from Gran Electrica chef Sam Richman. At this Mexican restaurant in DUMBO, Richman (formerly of Jean Georges) serves market-driven dishes inspi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    'Gourmet Vegan Soul Food' Coming to Harlem

    Mother and son Brenda and Aaron Beener are raising some funds over on Kickstarter for Seasoned Vegan. The "vegan gourmet soul food" restaurant will be coming to Harlem if the duo can meet their $20,000 goal in the next 17 days. More on what to expect below, in their own words:

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Despite the Buzz, Wahoo's Fish Taco Is Actually Kinda Meh

    Transplanted West Coasters were pretty pumped when Wahoo's Fish Taco opened its doors at 333 Park Ave South (212-466-3330) a few weeks ago, its first outpost east of the Mississippi River. The fast-casual Cal-Mex chain dates from 1988 and its branches in California, Hawaii, Colorado, and Texas soon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Tepito's Quesadilla Is Full of Shroomy Cheesiness

    Lauren ShockeyCheese, please​First Avenue near 13th Street has seen a lot of restaurant turnover recently. In addition to the just-unveiled Sao Mai and BaoBQ, there's a new Mexican restaurant on the block called Tepito (228 First Avenue, 212-777-7980). As the East Village Local notes, the eate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Rojo Guacamole at Toloache 82

    Lauren ShockeyChristmas-colored guac at Toloache 82​While doing some reconnaissance for our 10 Best Upper East Side Restaurants, we paid a visit to Toloache 82, the newest branch of the Toloache empire, which opened several weeks ago. Inspired by the colors of the Christmas season, we opted f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Happy National Taco Day! Find NYC's Best Tacos

    It's National Taco Day, apparently! While New York City might not be Los Angeles when it comes to scoring premium carne asada off the street, there are still lots of excellent taco options to try. Plenty of new spots have opened since we listed the 10 Best Tacos in New York a couple of years ago, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Dish No. 74, Plus a Look Inside the New Dos Toros

    ​Dish No. 74 in our countdown is the crispy carne asada taco at Dos Toros. If you're accustomed to the cramped and tumultuous Dos Toros on Fourth Avenue, the new branch at Father Demo Square will tranquilize you. There are more than twice as many tables for eating in, plenty of room for the ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to West End, Goodbye to Café Flo

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Vai, the Upper East Side spot that just got a Soho outpost, has closed. The building is reportedly being torn down. [Grub Street] Café Flo in Astoria did not survive a four-alarm blaze that r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Where Do I Find Oaxacan Cheese?

    dishtip.comQuesillio Oaxaca​Jason T. asks: Where in NY can I get authentic Oaxacan cheese? Looking for a queso fundido made with Oaxacan cheese. Thanks in advance. Dear Jason: I concur in your appreciation for Oaxacan cheese. Even though we have few actual Oaxacans in town (and no actual Oax ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Tacos Morelos Truck Brings Tacos Placeros to Williamsburg. Double Yum!

    ​Now you don't have to go to East Elmhurst to enjoy a taco placeros, just take the L to the Bedford stop. Four years ago on an extreme taco run from Corona to Woodside on Roosevelt Avenue - intent on sampling every at least two tacos from every store, truck, and cart - my gang and I stumbled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    May 11, 2009

    Mexican Food in the Village in '63?

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 11, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 38 Tortilla Flat, Mexican Food 130 Seventh Ave. South-Sheridan Square, 224 Thompson Street Menu Soup (cup) .25 Tacos, beef or chicken .35, Mexican sausage .40 Two Tostados and Beans (chicken or beef) .90 Chick ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Fish Taco Food Porn

    Fish, especially cheap fish tacos, might not seem the most likely candidate for food porn, but to me they are thing of pure beauty. The crisp cabbage, the bright red and green salsas, the rainbow of trimmings. With my Baja salsa research expedition over, I'm spending Monday back in New York hungry f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Fork in the Road Hates the Snake, Loves the Fry Bread

    This week, I review Ellis Bar, a Southwestern restaurant that serves food like rattlesnake and fry bread. Real Southwestern-American fare is a rarity in New York (not fake-y Mexican, but actual Southwestern). So although Ellis Bar is an odd place that does some dishes very well and others rather bad ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008

    Our Man Sietsema and the Kid

    Our Man Sietsema reviews Cabrito.

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