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Cross the border when Lila Downs hits Town Hall
Spendy weekend? Need to tighten the belt to make it to your next paycheck? We have you covered. Our cheap eats this week span the globe without leaving the boroughs. Not a single one will set you back more than $10.
The first day of a new year brings with it hope, resolutions, and, depending on the previous night's festivities, a well-seasoned hangover. While sleep and caffeine are sound weapons of choice, there's perhaps no better fix than the hair of the dog, and perhaps no better combating cocktail than the ... More >>
This week, we ring in a new month and celebrate the birth of our nation (and hopefully, many of you are getting a long weekend). Here's a look at some of our favorite events coming up in the next few days.
Recently, tequila has been sharing shelf space with more interesting agave-based alcohols. At bars around the city, artisanal mezcals, bacanora, and pulque are catching the eye of those serious drinkers on the lookout for a novel taste. But pechuga, a style of mezcal from Oaxaca, is by far the most ... More >>
Stay safe and dry. We're gathering a list of open restaurants. Keep checking back for updates. Leave us a comment, tweet @ForkintheRoadVV, or email me for tips. 5 Napkin Burger (Hell's Kitchen) 630 9th Ave @ 45th Street 5 Napkin Burger (Upper West Side) 2315 Broadway @ 84th Street 5 Napkin Burge ... More >>
The city gets some long overdue regional Mexican fare
You've given some good guesses so far, but I was not at El Jalapeno, Fonda, Coppelia, Cafe El Portal, Oaxaca, or El Sol Azteca.
Many, many good guesses coming in for this week's Where Am I Eating?, but I'm not at François Payard, Café Ollin, Joe Dough, Tortaria, El Paso Taqueria, Guerrero Food Center, Tacos Morelos, Tortilla Flats, Oaxaca, Tulcino del Valle, Barros Luco (which has closed), or Cemitas at Smorgas ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyThe classic fancy grilled cheeseThe humble grilled cheese has gone gourmet at Little Muenster, the tiny Lower East Side sandwich shop. Indeed, you won't find Kraft on Wonder Bread, but rather combos like Asiago, Parmesan, butternut squash puree and brown butter, or Oaxaca chees ... More >>
Last week, the guys behind Hecho en Dumbo revealed that they were expanding into the space next door with an agave-spirit-focused cantina called Salon Hecho. This week, Ethan Smith and his chef-partner, Danny Mena, discuss the growing popularity of mezcal. Is mezcal still a hard sell? Danny: We ar ... More >>
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 >>
Don't expect to find any Oaxacan food here. The name? A total sham! Lauren S. asks: Where can I get Oaxacan food in New York City? Dear Lauren: This question always makes me sad. In brief, there is no Oaxacan food in Gotham. I'm not really sure why, since it would be easy enough for someon ... More >>
Lauren Shockey A bunch of good guesses this week, but only one was correct. I was, in fact, eating a carnitas taco at the Stong Place outpost of Oaxaca Taqueria (which, despite the name, doesn't offer much in the way of Oaxacan cuisine, but is a decent place for a quick taco lunch on the go, ... More >>
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 >>
dishtip.comQuesillio OaxacaJason 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 >>
Bob MuleroExtra Place, 1978. As of today, Extra Place is one step closer to becoming a consumerist fantasia, thanks to the opening of Oaxaca Tacos.
positiveictafrica.wordpress.comA typical Kenyan meal featuring the staple starch called ugali and fried fishMorgan S. asks: I've been told you can get every cuisine in the world in New York City. Is that true? Dear Morgan: Well, almost. We've got at least 80 distinct cuisines by my estimate, ... More >>
Mexicans are short, impervious to cold
Yesterday, Marion's. This Friday, Mexican. Last September, we reported that Hecho en Dumbo would be moving, name intact, to the Bowery sometime this winter. Per Grub Street, it looks like they'll be opening their doors in the old Marion's Continental space this Friday. There's a slideshow up ... More >>
Funny, this place doesn't remind me much of my Mexican vacation, he thinks as he stops and peers in the restaurant window. Los Angeles has lots of Oaxacan food. New York has no Oaxacan food. Which is why I was excited to hear a new restaurant was opening northeast of Grand Central called Oax ... More >>
A little taste of summer At the corner of 47th Street and Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park, a woman at a cart is frying up gorditas stuffed with chicharrones, and fashioning rolled tacos and elotes, ears of corn slathered with mayo, cotija cheese, and chile powder. Big jugs of homemade green salsa ... More >>
The Know-Nothings have been holding out on the Mexican
Rough-hewn corn tortillas constitute our connection with Mexico's remote past, when women slaked tiny ears of corn with lye procured from blackened seashells to make masa. To put in those tortillas, they made chile-rich sauces, while their husbands sojourned in search of wild boar, crunchy insects, ... More >>
Fair includes film by Brad Will
Protesting Friday in New York at the Mexican Mission to the U.N. The two Oaxacan town officials accused of gunning down Indymedia journalist Brad Will were released from prison today after a state judge claimed there was a "fading of evidence" against them. The Mexico City daily Milenio report ... More >>
After the riots that rocked Oaxaca over the weekend, justice for slain Indymedia journalist Brad Will may be the last thing on Mexican authorities' minds. The crisis peaked Saturday when federal police battled with masked youths hurling Molotovs, fireworks, and rocks. The violence followed a p ... More >>
The family of slain Indymedia journalist Brad Will has renewed its call for an independent investigation of his shooting, which occurred while Will was covering protests in Oaxaca, Mexico. Family members accused authorities in Oaxaca of attempting a "ludicrous" cover-up after the Oaxaca state attorn ... More >>
Mexican police gun down a counterculture hero
More than 200 protesters in New York shut down the Mexican consulate for nearly an hour this morning to call for an end to the violent repression in Oaxaca that has left at least five dead in recent days, including independent journalist Brad Will. Slideshow available here Will was gunned do ... More >>
The last video captured by Brad Will, a radical journalist from New York City who was gunned down while filming protests in Oaxaca, Mexico, is now available online. Will was killed on Friday by a group that included off-duty police officials in plain clothes as he filmed anti-government demonstra ... More >>
Shock is reverberating among American social-justice activists with the news that New York-based independent journalist William Bradley Roland was shot and killed Friday when gunmen in civilian clothes opened fire on demonstrators in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The 36-year-old Roland, w ... More >>
Our rollicking crew checks out a couple of Brooklyn taquerías
Mysterious tacos get the once-over
In Harlem, Mole Makes the Meal
Dispatches From the Zapatista Trek to Mexico City
The Zapatistas Hit the Road on a March for Indigenous Rights
Marcos Makes a Case for Autonomy, Receives Death Threat