When one restaurant's doors close, another's 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: a gastropub in Astoria, a veggie-focused restaurant in Williamsburg, and a California-inspired spot from Stephen Starr.
Take a bite out of the Big Apple and check out this week's five top food events -- a list that includes a free happy hour.
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: Astoria gets its caffeine fix, po'boys hit Bushwick, and the East Village gets a new Asian-American restaurant.
The spree, according to police, began two years ago. The suspect robbed Amalgamated Bank in Jackson Heights, Queens. Since then, police suspect that the same man has struck at six other banks across the borough, most recently last week.
Astoria is blessed with multiple thoroughfares brimming with restaurants, cafes, and bars, which honor the flavors brought here by the many waves of immigrants from Italy, Greece, North Africa, and Latin America. And as interest in the area surges among young people priced out of Brooklyn, shiny new ... More >>
Last night's Taste of Sunnyside event served as both a survey of the neighborhood's dining options and a preview of the public plazas planned for the area. Sunnyside Shines, the local business improvement district, is currently in talks with the Department of Transportation to convert the dim parkin ... More >>
They disguised themselves as white cops, knocked over a check-cashing joint, and got away with $200K -- almost
When married couple Jennifer Lim and Ben Sandler began plotting The Queens Kickshaw (40-17 Broadway, Astoria, 718-777-0913) in Astoria, they wanted simply to arm the neighborhood with good coffee. "Kickshaw derives from rickshaw -- I had my eyes on a Vespa and doing a mobile coffee cart," says Sandl ... More >>
It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's c ... More >>
Fernando Peña had been working in restaurants since his early 20s, but when he saw a "For Rent" sign in a vacant shop on the corner of Crescent Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, he knew he wanted to build a restaurant of his own. He began envisioning Fatty's Cafe (45-17 28th Avenue, Queens).
Though we're currently being treated to a final wintry blast, spring is officially here. As the last piles of exhaust-blackened snow melt away, the city's biggest borough plays host to a number of food-related events. Here, we preview the coming season of eating and drinking in Queens.
If Valentine's Day is stressing you out -- or you just want to celebrate being single -- happy hour is an excellent relaxation technique. Here's a look at a few place you'll always be sure to find true love for less -- we're pretty sure it's at the bottom of a glass somewhere.
The Arctic isn't through with us yet. With significant snowfall predicted for this Thursday night, it may be wise to continue packing on layers of protective winter blubber. Fortunately, multiethnic Astoria boasts warming, fatty foods from every corner of the globe to prepare you for a long hibernat ... More >>
Lotus root salad and spicy cumin lamb noodles from Biang! (41-10 Main Street, Queens), $5.50 and $7.75 Treat yourself to the addicting tingle of Biang's noodles -- and convince a friend to come along to Flushing so you can share a lotus root salad, too.
Astoria is known for its eclectic blend of Greek cafes, gastropubs, and lounges -- but what if each of those styles came together under one roof, featuring a menu that showcases two of the most talented rising chefs in the neighborhood?
The trees have been lit, the rinks have been iced, and all the good shopping deals are gone. Get out and enjoy the city; it's a good time of year for it.
Arepas from Arepas Cafe (33-07 36th Avenue, Queens, 718-937-3835), $3.75-$7.75 These destination-worthy arepas come stuffed with enough juice-drooling meat to put the heft of this usually snack-sized pocket on par with many of this city's sandwiches.
Xiao long bao from Diverse Dim Sum (Flushing Mall, 133-31 39th Avenue, Queens), $6-$7.50 Avoid the long dim sum lines and fill up on these soup dumplings -- or use them to fuel you on an exploratory food tour of Flushing.
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 >>
A decade ago, the average New Yorker would be hard-pressed to name 10 destination-worthy Thai restaurants, but as the city's collective palate has expanded, so too have the options for regional cuisines from Southeast Asia; fiery, sour Northeastern Isaan flavors seem to be in particular abundance th ... More >>
When I sat down with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky for this week's chef interview, we talked a lot about her connection to Astoria in Queens. Her first experiences in the U.S. happened not far from where her restaurant sits, and she and her brother Alex have dug into the community with their s ... More >>
As we detailed in a feature story earlier this month, The Gang War that Wasn't, Lance and Todd Feurtado brought their "Snug" anti-violence program to the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway days after a 2011 gang-related murder turned the neighborhood into a powder keg. The brothers' conflict resolution ... More >>
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.
A birthday party for the femme-friendly zine
If you've lived in New York for longer than about five seconds, you've likely listened to someone (maybe even multiple someones) expounding upon the reasons to stay away from Murray Hill. That person probably offered the argument that the east Manhattan enclave lacks everything but frat boys and is ... More >>
Warily, my food-adventuring party enters the mobile telephone store we found listed on the website for Tibetan Mobile, a Jackson Heights Tibetan restaurant. We cautiously step past a counter of customers purchasing actual devices and work our way down the span of a narrow room adorned with paintings ... More >>
After getting a taste of Malaysian food at Mamak, I was eager to explore the cuisine further, especially because my knowledge of local Malaysian-inspired eateries was limited to Fatty 'Cue. And while researching the Malaysaian street cart, I stumbled randomly upon a brand-new Malaysian restaurant in ... More >>
While some parts of Queens are considered up and coming, Forest Hills has been up for decades. With its historic housing, proximity to Forest Park, and commercial success of Metropolitan Avenue and Austin Street, the neighborhood serves as a sign of desirability for young couples and families lookin ... More >>
Unless you're a teacher, your work week hasn't ended just yet. Not a problem, since happy hour is designed to give you a daily vacation. Here's a look at some of our favorite drink deals around town to get you through Hump Day.
The flea market just got a bit more interesting
This do-it-yourself cold rice noodle dish from Ayada provides you with pickled mustard greens, sprouts, fried pig skin, dried chiles, and an incendiary soup for pouring and dipping. It's great, but will it be great enough to catapult the restaurant into our top 10 for the neighborhood? As one of f ... More >>
Nepalese momo of the type known as kothey, at Lali Guras Momo are Himalayan dumplings, usually round and puckered, but sometimes oblong with a ridge on top. They can be either steamed or fried, and can be stuffed with a variety of substances, often including lamb and onions. Over the last decade, ... More >>
It might get loud at Electric Daisy Carnival
Dueling spice-rubbed chickens
Jalea is one huge heap of seafood! Maybe the last place you'd think to look for great cheap seafood would be a Peruvian rotissserie in Jackson Heights, Queens, much less one whose name is Chicken Festival. Well, FiTR was surprised, too. The best thing on the menu we've tasted so far is jalea, a st ... More >>
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, in which we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff to check out. This week, get off the M train at 36th Street and use these suggestions to guide you through Long Island City.
Original Post: We get it, but the term 'Long Island' shouldn't carry this much of a stigma. Because it doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Over the weekend, the Post reported that the powers that be in Queen's newest "New Williamsburg" are a bit ticked off by the fact that Long Island City . . . is ... More >>
The amazing "big tray chicken" at Manhattan's Spicy Village It's been over two years since Fork in the Road appraised the relative merits of the city's Chinese restaurants - things have changed so much in the interim. Northern Chinese fare continues to rule Flushing, Elmhurst has increased the bre ... More >>
It might be hard to get tourists out to Rockaway Beach this summer, but concessions will be there even if the boardwalk might not be. At the Community Board 14 meeting on Tuesday night, the Queens Park Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski told the crowd that some amenities like lifeguards, bathrooms, a ... More >>
Veteran food writer Joe DiStefano, whose beat is often Queens and the ethnic culinary glories thereof, launched a new website yesterday called Chopsticks and Marrow. Early articles put up in a flurry of activity cover hot dogs and pizza in Chicago, an excellent cevicheria in Jackson Heights, and the ... More >>
Breezy Point was already the epicenter of New York City bad news. All but swallowed by the angry ocean during Hurricane Sandy, the neighborhood at the western tip of the Rockaway peninsula then caught fire, burning 111 homes to the ground as firefighters watched helplessly. Now, a different categor ... More >>
The Hairy Monk, the Boston-themed bar in Murray Hill, closed earlier this month. But according to DNAinfo, Boston fans have taken to Honky Tonk and are calling it Monk North.
And I'm not even in a rest home yet!
Our apologies for our two-day absence, we were holed up in an apartment in an "evacuation zone" in Long Island City that -- as it turns out -- we probably should have evacuated.We've since escaped to the (umm) safety (?) of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, after the flood waters receded in LIC, and ConEd wa ... More >>
Two days after Hurricane Sandy, the situation in the storm-stricken Rockaways and other southern Queens neighborhoods is getting worse in terms of the need for basic supplies and aid. Anger is growing that the government relief agencies have been slow to deal with the problems. Tonight, in Broad Ch ... More >>
Hurricane Sandy is about to hit the Big Apple, which means there's a good chance you're not going to work today -- which is incredibly unfortunate for the blogosphere considering its existence relies almost entirely on people fucking off at work.I'm not going to work today, either -- I'm gonna be ho ... More >>
More great food from China's far northeastern corner