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
An assortment of brochettes from this innovative Chinatown barbecue cart is Dish #22 in our countdown. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. It was only five year ... More >>
Pie Face, Australia's 24-hour pie shop and café opened its second U.S. location in New York's Murray Hill neighborhood on Tuesday. The new kid on the takeout-shop block, which opened its first stateside location in midtown Manhattan in January 2012, is now serving up its popular Australian pies in ... More >>
Meli, a new Greek restaurant, just opened in Murray Hill. Menu highlights include a charcoal-grilled octopus ($18) with roasted peppers, onions and capers, as well as roasted baby beets with feta skordalia ($10) and raki-cured salmon ($16) served with shoestring potatoes. Glaze Teriyaki Grill ope ... More >>
You can eat Hetman's blintzes right out of the carryout container... [See What Else Is For Breakfast: Pain au Lait From Choice Market | The Story of Kolaches] Walk into any Polish obiady, or lunch joint, in Greenpoint, New Utrecht, or Ridgewood and find a steam table of prepared foods for sale, f ... More >>
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 Interviews: Restaurateur Carlos Suarez on Rosemary's | Dan Ross-Leutwyler of Bellwether | Chez Jose's Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pam Yung] Becoming an authority on the latest New York eateries is for the most part left to food professionals.But if you're a foodie who loves to serve tips on loc ... More >>
From time to time, Fork in the Road asks it readers to identify something we've stumbled on. In this case it's a flowering herb -- almost too beautiful to use in cooking -- discovered at Atlixco Deli, the premier purveyor of herbs used in southern Mexican cooking. So, what is it? And how is it used ... More >>
[See More Favorites: 5 Cooling Dishes to Help You Beat the Heat | 5 Best Cheap Eats on Eldridge Street] Despite the hype, Baja-style fish tacos have never quite gotten the traction here we might have expected, still constituting something of a gastronomic rarity in New York. Following are the seven ... More >>
There's good news for intravenous drug abusers: there are free syringes washing up on the shores of New York City beaches.This, of course, is bad news for the rest of us, who don't necessarily want to get poked with a potentially deadly needle while taking a stroll on the beach.Last month, an NBC 4 ... More >>
The Hozziner has his eyes set on the tech industry, repeating over and over that he wants New York City to become the new Palo Alto, the new Mountain View and the new Copertino - all hubs of some of the past decade's greatest innovations. Progress is rapidly being made to make that dream a reality: ... More >>
Every 10th pepper -- Watch out! [See More Market Watch: First Cantaloupes Appear | Monster Jackfruits Invade Jackson Heights | First Corn Appears] These are exciting times in the city's farmers' markets, as the vegetables and fruits that take the longest to grow (eggplants, melons, dirt tomatoes, ... More >>
The soup resembles a miniature floating garden. At Fork in the Road during the last heat spell, we were ransacking our brains to figure out what's the best kind of food for hot weather -- and here we mean sweatingly, swelteringly hot, as it's going to be today. Our most recent stumble-on is a Kore ... More >>
Queens-based food writer Joe DiStefano will guide a tour of Jackson Heights this weekend--not of the neighborhood's Indian joints, as you might have expected, but of its more recent wave of Tibetan and Nepalese fare. The three-hour tour ($80) starts at 11 a.m. this Sunday, June 24, and will include ... More >>
Like a lot of panel discussions about art, Saturday's Silent Barn Public Meeting #2a talk and concert sponsored by the currently on-hold DIY space in the carpeted and wood-paneled upper room at Ridgewood's Gottscheer Hallhad a lot of talk about community engagement. Unlike a lot of art ... More >>
Tonight's the night, devil worshippers, that you finally get your own hamburger.