The Lower East Side has amassed a collection of California Mexican restaurants: First came Angeleno bar Taqueria Lower East Side, then was Danny Bowien's Mission Cantina, which is at least influenced by the Golden State, even if it's also heavy on ingredients from many other places in the world. Now ... More >>
Choza Taqueria first started slinging its tacos, burritos, and tamales in 2010, eventually expanding into a pair of locations, one on MacDougal Street and the other on Madison Avenue. Now, in preparation for a third outpost in Gotham West Market (600 Eleventh Avenue), it's brought on a new chef and ... More >>
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.
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 >>
Chilaquiles verdes from Pequeña (86 South Portland Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-643-0000), $8 Hit this duo of Mexican restaurants during the daytime hours, and you'll find a number of cheap items -- and the chilaquiles are excellent.
No. 1: Burrata with sauteed wild mushrooms on toast from the Spotted Pig (314 West 11th Street, 212-620-0393) We end our countdown of dishes with an oldie but a goodie: a simple bite from an iconic New York spot.
No. 2: Fried clam roll from Sea Witch (703 5th Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-227-7166) A nautical-themed bar doles out crisp, clam-shaped New England justice.
No. 4: Caramelized onion galette from Dovetail (103 West 77th Street, 212-362-3800) Michelin-starred chef Jon Fraser channels his French training for this edible ode to autumn.
No. 5: Belly goat burger from Louro (142 West 10th Street, 212-206-0606) Goat is the most popular meat in the world. Let David Santos show you why.
No. 6: Sea anemone in soft scrambled eggs from El Comedor at El Quinto Pino (401 West 24th Street, 212-206-6900) Uncommon seafood and a breakfast comfort staple make surprisingly tasty bedfellows.
No. 7: Smoked fish platters from Barney Greengrass (541 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-724-4707) Smoked fish is Greengrass's calling card--and the platter price is worth every penny.
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.
No. 9: Ma po tofu from Mission Chinese Food (154 Orchard Street, 212-529-8800) Mission Chinese boasts a number of wacky hits, but we order the ma po tofu every time we sit down.
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.
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.
No. 12: Dim sum samplers from Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyers Street, 212-962-6047) Call it "Dim Sum For Dummies".
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.
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.
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.
No. 65: Munich Pretzel from Radegast
No. 68: Ghenet Combination at Ghenet
No. 69: Corn ravioli from Locanda Verde
No. 70: Smoked whitefish from Bear
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 >>
One pig a week in the Bronx
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Paul Gerard brings us a touch of New Orleans
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 >>
Hold the exhaust fumes
Two to an order, the breakfast tacos are not far from those you had in Texas. Generations of SXSW attendees have returned from Austin totally addicted to breakfast tacos. They've been treated like drug users on a cold-turkey program due to lack of supply in the city. You'd think some canny restaur ... More >>
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 >>
The bathtub-size Bloody Mary (called "Mamacita Maria") is probably enough for two to share. The offshoot of Manhattan casual Mexican La Esquina opened in midsummer, with a capacious side garden that became one of season's most relaxing sights in Northside Williamsburg (even though there seem to ha ... More >>
Williamsburg gets a taste of life on the ocean
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.
Real Mexican cheese now being coagulated in Windsor Terrace Porcelain-white Oaxacan cheese -- used all over Mexico, and indispensable to such signature recipes as chile relleno and queso fundido -- was prohibitively expensive not too long ago, costing as much as $10 for a 14 ounce baseball ... More >>
If Todd gets his way you may not miss the old place muchTotally 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 >>
Hello, Friday afternoon, and thanks for rolling around again. Here's a recap of our favorite blog posts of the week. Our Man Sietsema found some mighty fine chiles rellenos (a vegetarian delight) in Hell's Kitchen. Chantal continued her running coverage of BYOB spots, and interviewed Jamie Wolff ... More >>
The avocado fries at El Almacen (click to lubricate) When I first spotted them on the menu at Williamsburg's El Almacen, I assumed they would be french fries heaped with guacamole, which is one of the random Mexican dishes on the Argentine tapas bar's menu. When they arrived, I gasped. They turned ... More >>
I first read about Casa Vieja on Chowhound, and a quick Google search yielded this 2006 NYT article, about the restaurant's owner, Lourdes Pena, who was a food vendor at one of the Red Hook baseball (not soccer) fields. This is a very Early Word on Casa Vieja, as the restaurant only opened last Frid ... More >>
Michael Psilakis and Donatella Arpaia say they're less than two months out from opening a new gastropub in the old Kefi space at 222 West 79th Street. It will be called Gus & Gabriel's and feature reasonably priced classic comfort food. [Diner's Journal]The sweet freaks are raving about the new ... More >>
I was hurrying down West 125th on the way to a new Ethiopian place a friend had tipped me to, when I stopped short. One of my favorite soul food spots, M& G Diner, was shuttered tight as a drum. The place had long been a 24-hour pit stop for southern-style fried chicken, sweet corn muffins, c ... More >>
Tamales left to right: Red chile-cheese, green chile-chicken, mole poblano-chickenHomemade tamales and empanadas at a tiny Mexican bakery, tripe stew stacked in the freezer of a Polish deli--these foods aren't exactly undercover, but in order to find this good stuff, you've got to notice the little ... More >>
I get a lot of lovely and unlovely edibles in the mail, but I don't often write about them. Today, though, I got my daily afternoon sugar craving and dug this chocolate specimen from Chuao out of my desk drawer.It's called the Firecracker, and it features chipotle, salt and pop rocks. Seriously, peo ... More >>
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