North-American Food and Cooking

  • 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    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 >>

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    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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    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 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

    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

    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 >>

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    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 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

    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

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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:

  • 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 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

    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

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    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 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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.

  • 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

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    February 18, 2003

    A Bowl of Red

    East Harlem Beats Sunset Park

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    January 7, 2003
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