North-American Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Here's a Taste of the Breakfast at Cafe El Presidente

    At 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the streets of the Flatiron district are bustling with suits, tourists with sky pointed cameras, and bike commuters, who weave through the chaos at an occasionally terrifying clip. Breakfast for most of these early risers comes in clutched paper cups from corner rolling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    A Reason to Go to La Mesita, a Perpetually Empty Bushwick Mexican Joint

    La Mesita (1513 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-366-8700), a perpetually empty Mexican restaurant that opened in Bushwick last year, seems to be suffering from similar pains that plagued the space's former occupant, a Latin American rotisserie chicken joint called El Asadero: It's overshadowed by other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    On an Ever-Changing Strip of Real Estate, the Nachos at Taqueria Diana Have Staying Power

    No street seems shift as constantly at St. Marks Place in the East Village. If you keep up with the revolving door of real estate that is the stretch between Cooper Square and Avenue A, you seen the evolution of ramen shops, slice joints, and automats. If you don't stroll down the street for a few w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    El Toro Blanco: A Proustian Ride Through the Taco Bell Drive-Thru

    El Toro Blanco (257 Avenue of the Americas, 212-645-0193), a swank Mexican cantina from the owners of Lure Fishbar and Burger & Barrel, opened in the fall of last year on a prosaic stretch of Sixth Avenue. Dressed in orange, black, and red with leather banquettes and ochre wooden beams, it channels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    El Atoradero Gets a New Home, Continues to Crush It

    Last time we checked in with Lina Chavez, the El Atoradero (800 East 149th Street) bodega owner who fashions some of the city's best carnitas, she was still dragging a cauldron into the center of the room every weekend to cook. Now, she has a proper restaurant right next door: She took over the Mexi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Mexico City Expats Will Be Happy at Sembrado

    Over the summer chef Danny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo made his second foray into cosmopolitan Mexican cuisine with Sembrado (432 East 13th Street, 212-729-4206) in the East Village. The space is slim and sleek, with brushed metal chairs, an exposed brick wall, and a mural of dark, psychedelic flowers at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Tacos El Vagabondo, a Roving Taco Truck Where Everyone Knows Your Name

    Though it's a roving taco truck, Tacos El Vagabundo's (Queens Plaza at 40th-41st Street, Sunnyside, 347-276-4522) presence in Sunnyside, Queens is abiding. Every night of the week "The Vagabond" parks on Queens Plaza between 40th and 41st Streets, operating as a nighttime rapid-fire hot-line of burr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Tasting the Mexican Specials at Fritzl's Lunch Box

    Fritzl's Lunch Box is a cheery American luncheonette smack in the middle of Bushwick that opened early this year. Chef Dan Ross-Leutwyler is an alum of Roberta's and Fatty 'Cue, and he has a knack for making de rigeur American food--roasted beets, grilled cheese sandwiches, and caesar salad, for ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013
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    June 25, 2013

    Empellón Taqueria's Skirt Steak Tacos, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Later this year, we'll pen our Best of NYC 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 tast ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 12, 2013
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    April 29, 2013

    The EV Finally Gets an SF Burrito Mojado

    Taqueria Cancun's burrito mojado is a gigantic carne asado burrito drowning in sauces. In San Francisco's Mission District, where the burrito as we know it was invented, the ultimate form is known as the burrito mojado ("wet burrito"). An overstuffed flour-tortilla burrito is smothered in all the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Some of the City's Best Nachos, in an Unexpected Place

    No lack of cheese on this version of New York's favorite bar snack. Nachos is a quintessential Tex-Mex dish that was invented in the border town of Piedras Negras in 1943 by Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, but it's now on the menu of nearly every family-style chain restaurant, fast food establishment, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The Story of Pozole

    This beautiful bowl of green pozole is Dish #2 in our countdown. We're nearly at the end of 100 Dishes to Eat Now, our tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue! Many of us are familiar with the pork-and-hominy stew called pozole that's available as a weekend special at taquerias in ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 19, 2012

    Chiapas, NYC at Casa Enrique

    The city gets some long overdue regional Mexican fare

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2012

    Fish Tacos from Florentina's Restaurant, Dish #53

    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: Beef Hot Pot at Hou Yi, Dish #55 | Cellophane Noodles From Spicy Bampa, Dish #56 | Natu Kodi Biryani ... 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 >>

  • News

    June 6, 2012

    Love the Beans, Hate the Beaner

    One of the greatest stories I ever worked on involved neo-Nazis and burritos

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Humongous New Chile Relleno Taco Placeros Sighted in Sunset Park

    How lush was my taco? At the invitation of Serious Eats Mexican-food expert Scarlett Lindeman, I visited a newish taqueria in Sunset Park in the shadow of the looming Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn's largest Roman Catholic cathedral. The place is called Tacos Cachanilla, and one of the lures ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    What's Angelo Sosa Up To at Anejo Tequileria?

    The best dish we tried was the scrumptious beef taquitos. Angelo Sosa - the season seven Top Chef contestant who ended up in second place - opened Anejo Tequileria in Hell's Kitchen as chef and partner this past January, focusing on aged tequilas and similar Mexican fermented products. Fork in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Cemita Versus Torta: Your Mexican Sandwich Primer

    Peeling back the top of a sandwich from a Mexican bodega can sometimes cause momentary confusion. "Where's the pickled jalapeno? What's this green stuff?" is all too common a refrain. Here we clear up the difference between the two most popular Mexican sandwiches, the cemita and the torta, and where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Goat Town Brings Puffy Tacos, San Antonio Style, to NYC

    The puffy tacos on Mexican Mondays at Goat Town An old friend of mine, Julie Farias, recently took over as chef at Goat Town, an East Village bistro. Julie was born and raised in San Antonio, and with her assistance, I made a trip there a couple of years ago. The Central Texas city is one of the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Dia de los Muertos: Let's Go Eat for the Dead

    Maya's Margarita del Diablo: Just what your late family members might drink?​ Most people gear up for Halloween parties as October comes to an end. With all of the costume planning and candy eating going on, it's easy to forget about that other spooky holiday, Dia de los Muertos. The family-f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Cheap and Filling Veggie Fare at Aussie-Inspired Tuck Shop

    ​ This Aussie-inspired mini-chain is best known for its cheap and filling meat pies, hearty things perfect for a quick meal before or after a night of drinking in the East Village. Its vegetarian options are no less tasty (or cheap). Take the vegetarian chili. At only $6, it has a flavor and c ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 1, 2011

    Empellon--Alex Stupak's Big Experiment

    Can a renowned pastry chef make a decent taco?

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    April 21, 2011

    Roberto Santibañez Discusses His New Cookbook, Truly Mexican, and Espouses His Love of Mexican Cuisine

    Andrew GrantRoberto Santibañez is truly Mexican​Park Slope restaurant Fonda has become a popular dining destination for authentic Mexican cuisine. So its patrons should be very excited that its chef and owner, Roberto Santibañez, has just published a comprehensive cookbook called Truly Mexi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Sietsema's 10 Favorite SXSW Austin Area Restaurant Recommendations for New Yorkers Heading to the Festival

    ​Migas at Cisco's is a "don't miss" Austin dish if ever there were one, served with your choice of tortillas or piping hot homemade biscuits. (Ask for both.) Last year I made some Austin restaurant recommendations for friends traveling to SXSW, the yearly music and interactive extravaganza i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    The Early Word: El Camion

    Lauren Shockey​The East Village has its fair share of Mexican cantinas, but you can't really ever have too many tacos and tequilas in life, can you? So over the weekend we headed to Avenue A to check out the month-old El Camion.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Pix from Xochimilco

     Xochimilco's $11 steak special, in which freshly grilled cactus paddle provides extra lube. Served with rice and cheese-dusted beans (click to consume) This week Counter Culture zooms in on Xochimilco, a profoundly good Sunset Park taqueria named after Mexico City's answer to Coney Isl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    French-Canadian Dream--Real Poutine Coming to New York... Finally!

    As a displaced Montrealer, I naturally miss the tastes of home. Of course, living in New York, it's not too hard to stay gastronomically satisfied. But, just as Sarah DiGregorio states in her column this week, New Yorkers who leave home crave pizza, Californians miss tacos and the Quebecois long for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats--Huaraches

    Too good to throw at George BushThe quality under-$5 meal is elusive. Under-$5 snacks that can be eaten as a meal are plentiful, but a really good, belly-filling meal for less than the cost of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toll is harder to find. Thus, I submit for the Incredibly Cheap Eats record, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    The Best Torta in New York?

    The sandwich that had its way with me"This is the best torta in New York," the young man with dimples, a tiny daughter and a Mexican accent informed me. "I used to work here, I made all the tortas. But now I come back to eat."This, it seemed to me, was a very good sign. How many of you would go back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Strange Snacks of the World - Poutine

    Not to be confused with the former prime minister of Russia, poutine is Quebecois soul food, a crazy toss of French fries, pale squeaky cheese curds, and brown gravy. Since this is really French food we're talking about, the gravy is not the floury kind that comes in cans, but a sort of transparent ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 10, 2008

    Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp, and Grits at BedStuy's Peaches Market

    A Southern-style café that fits in like it's been there for years

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    Our Man Sietsema and the Kid

    Our Man Sietsema reviews Cabrito.

  • Dining

    July 16, 2008

    Eating Kids at Cabrito

    New Carmine cantina reverently replicates Mexican dishes

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    May 13, 2008
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    April 4, 2008

    Endless Summer: Cheap Mexican in WBurg That's Actually Good

    Today, guest blogger Araceli Cruz, an editor here at VV, tells you all about Endless Summer, a taco truck near her apartment in Williamsburg. Araceli happens to be from LA, land of taco trucks, so she knows of which she speaks. Take it away: As a native of California, I’ve inhaled as much Mexican ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 6, 2007
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    October 2, 2007

    More than Pupusas at Uptown Salvadoran

    Our Man finds the "entire peasant diet of El Salvador" in Washington Heights

  • Dining

    June 5, 2007

    Pouting for Poutine at The Inn LW12

    Does Canada really have its own cuisine?

  • Dining

    March 13, 2007

    How Green Was My Mole?

    A New Mexican café in Williamsburg excels at Pre-Columbian fare

  • Dining

    May 2, 2006

    Frida Fatigue

    Our rollicking crew checks out a couple of Brooklyn taquerías

  • Dining

    January 31, 2006

    Serious Scorch

    Flay outflayed by Sonoran hash house east of Union Square

  • Dining

    November 16, 2004

    Bullets and Burritos

    Pan-Mexican fare replaces H at Bushwick's premier park

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    July 6, 2004

    Seafood Aria

    In midtown, something fishy and cheesy this way swims

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    January 27, 2004

    Hometown Mole

    Former delis bring Mexican country cooking to Clinton

  • Dining

    February 18, 2003

    A Bowl of Red

    East Harlem Beats Sunset Park

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    January 7, 2003
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