What is it? Ransacking a southern Mexican grocery in East Elmhurst recently, filled with all sorts of unfamiliar fresh herbs and packaged goods, I ran across this odd fruit (or vegetable). The shopkeeper had a name for it in an Indian dialect -- which I despaired of transliterating into Eng ... More >>
Harvey WestmorelandJust to close out a very important story from last week: Remember those two men in Kentucky, Troy Holt and James Hill, who made their once lavishly bearded former friend Harvey Westmoreland eat his beard at knifepoint, following a dispute over a lawnmower sale? They pleaded ... More >>
It's since grown back...a little.Here's something you don't hear every day, thank God. Kentuckians Harvey Westmoreland and his brother Joseph used to be friends with Troy Holt and James Hill...until the two opposing camps got into a fight over a potential lawnmower sale. Holt offered $250; We ... More >>
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob. Every cuisine has its odd passion, and Philippine has its balut. The word refers to the gestated egg of a chicken or duck, which has been incubated for 10 to 19 days, depending on how funky you want it to get inside. Eati ... More >>
It was a fuzzy lesbian-ish sweater with adorable baby seals on it, which I took clubbing the other night. (Yes, I clubbed baby seals.) It was a perfect choice for Murray Hill's riotously funny Miss Lez Pageant at the Knitting Factory, which I judged along with a bevy of real lesbians.
I've been operating a little too much in the gay-male ghetto, so I ventured into the lesbian arena to judge Murray Hill's hilarious Miss Lez pageant the other night at the Knitting Factory, way out in Brooklyn. And I was thrilled to find I wasn't anonymous there. In fact, the second I walke ... More >>
In Astoria, you can do both
The "boiled beef with hot-spicy sauce" is every bit as mouth searing as it looks, but there are plenty of blander options -- such as "special spinach pancake" -- on Lu Xiang Yuan's menu. Like an arcing missile, Chinese cuisine in New York moves so fast, you can barely keep track of it. Thus, ... More >>
Unlike the Midwood original, a full-fledged restaurant for Jackson Heights
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers true Roman fare at Testaccio in Long Island City; Sarah DiGregorio samples the pies at two new pizzerias: Olio Pizza e Più and Campo de' Fiori. Sam Sfiton awards two stars to Il Matto: "Nothing about the restaurant is perfect... The cocktails... ar ... More >>
Goat curryLast night, the sparkling new Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant in Jackson Heights was bustling with hungry diners breaking the daily Ramadan fast. Three young men avidly slurped falooda; a lone woman in a spangled brown chador downed a plate of goat biryani; children fidgeted in their ... More >>
The NYPD is asking for the public's help identifying a missing woman (pictured) found walking in the vicinity of Queens Boulevard and 49th Street on Tuesday, August 17, at 7 p.m. She's a white woman, about 70 years old, 5'0" and 100 lbs., and was found wearing a blue jacket with a red dress a ... More >>
The sel momo at Mustang Thakali Kitchen -- much better than Dunkin' Donuts. This countdown is intended to be a bit different from the other "10 Best" lists, specifically reflecting the places I return to again and again in Queens on my own dime, long after I've critiqued them. The food is co ... More >>
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Our Man Sietsema chronicled the 13 worst restaurant names in New York a little over a month ago, but here's a late entry from Jackson Heights. Needless to say, we don't want to know what they're putting in the barbecue sauce. [Thanks to the intrepid Steven Thrasher for the photo] Have a tip ... More >>
Why are many of Jamaica's biggest acts now barred from entering the U.S.?
Photo by Neil deMauseFollowing the Mets' improbable come-from-way-behind win over the Marlins yesterday, the Shea Stadium Citi Field scoreboard blared the slogan "We Believe in Home Field Advantage," along with the news that the Amazin's now boast a sparkling 22-9 record in Flushing.
Okay, we're calling it a day. Depressed that you're back in the normal grind of things after a lovely three-day weekend? And that the weather sucks? So is everyone else, asshole. Cheer up! How? Funny you ask.
The NYPD is asking for the public's assistance in locating Delvin Garcia, 18, of Queens Village, New York. He was last seen at his residence there today at 2:30 p.m. He's 4'9" and 97 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair, and is in good physical but poor mental health. Delvin, pictured, has ... More >>
Safe, for nowWas K-rod's whiff of A-Rod last night the pitch that saved Jerry Manuel's job -- at least for another week or so? Probably. The first we saw to call for Manuel's firing in print was Mike Vaccaro in the Post last Monday. Last Friday, Filip Bondy said as much in the Daily News (" ... More >>
Amazonian mushrooms is a thick seething jungle of food on the plate. When I heard from an old friend that a restaurant had just opened in Woodside serving both Brazilian and Himalayan food, I almost fell off my chair, but I was there the next day.
Ever have one of those days where you think everyone's out to get you? That would make you paranoid, because there aren't people out to get you, because the people who would be out to get you are out to get other people. Unless you're former Mets player and misogynist Mets sportscaster Keit ... More >>
The New York Times notes this morning that a whole bunch of signs and maps are going to have to get switched out because a whole bunch of changes are happening to the subway system. Because despite having the $400M for hyperawesome fancy new Kawasaki-designed subway cars, we had to cut servic ... More >>
The Mets aren't the most exciting team in baseball, even when they are in extra innings. But are they so boring as to be able to provoke their play-by-play commentators into dozing off?
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has the "one of the hottest things" he's tasted all year: Liberian pepper shrimp at Maima's in Jamaica, Queens. Sarah DiGregorio samples the pie at Paulie Gee's, where the crust "burrows into your brain -- a stretchy, bubbly, char-spotted pillow of a bread, th ... More >>
tibchris/FlickrComing to Long Island City.It looks like the meatballs finally paid off: the folks at Roberta's have found a 40,000 square-foot rooftop home for their Brooklyn Grange Farms. And it will be in Queens.
In the late innings of last night's Mets win over the Cubs, Keith Hernandez, the former all-world first baseman whose baseball commentary has earned him Emmys, once again exposed his dinosaur politics. A shot of the Empire State building, lit up in green, suddenly appeared on the ... More >>
alex-s/FlickrSweet, frothy caffeine.Dallis Coffee has been around since 1913, and supplied many a restaurant with beans from its Ozone Park roaster. Starting tomorrow, the company is giving the general public an opportunity to see how the facility works, with $10 three-and-a-half-hour tours t ... More >>
The incendiary, mouth-searing, mind-bogglingly-hot pepper shrimp at Maima's. It always happens. No sooner had I assembled a collection of the hottest dishes available in city restaurants for the Spring Supplement, than I stumbled on another that put the others to shame.
State Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret_CarrozzaState Assembly Deputy Majority Whip Ann-Margaret Carrozza of Queens, who faces a residency investigation by AG Andrew Cuomo and questions from the press about her self-described "abysmal" attendance record in Albany, announced yesterday that she's dro ... More >>
After years of producing cheap, bad wine, Chinese winemakers are creating high-end offerings, catering to a an increasingly affluent and sophisticated Chinese consumer. [Wall Street Journal] Christie's has announced it will auction Pablo Picasso's portrait, "The Absinthe Drinker," for betwee ... More >>
Why Mavado and Vybz Kartel might be the Biggie and Tupac of Dancehall
View Larger Map Date: Monday, February 22, 2010, 3:00 p.m. Location: 109-16 164th St., Jamaica, Queens The police say two men were shot, one fatally, yesterday afternoon in Jamaica. It was one of two double shootings in the 103rd precinct yesterday. The first victim, 29, was found at the above a ... More >>
View Larger Map Date: Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 Location: 145-50 230th Plc., Springfield Gardens, Queens. The police still haven't put anything out about this one, but a Queens man reportedly shot his wife and two daughters and then killed himself early this morning at the family's home. The ... More >>
View Larger Map DATE: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, 1:17 a.m. LOCATION: 4th St and 27 Ave., Astoria, Queens. The police say 22-year-old Kalif Canady, of 27th Avenue, was shot to death at the above intersection which is near the Astoria Houses, a public housing development. He was shot in the head. He ... More >>
The pig blood renders the broth rich and salty. The Organ Meat Society convened last night at Sripraphai, a Thai restaurant in Woodside, Queens, that began life more than a decade ago as a bakery, also selling homemade snacks and a simple roster of meals. That one room has ballooned into thr ... More >>
View Larger Map DATE: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, 12:06 a.m. LOCATION: 111-21 156 St., Jamaica, Queens. Two men were found slain last night in a basement at the above address. Police reached the scene on a call of shots fired. The victims, a man in his 20s and a man, 28, had been shot repeatedly in t ... More >>
Mmmm... Hot, yellow Jamaican patties.If you live in Brooklyn, you're probably familiar with the bright yellow stores -- and patties -- of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery. The Jamaican-owned chain, which also has locations in the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan, is the biggest Caribbean chain in th ... More >>
llahbocaj/flickrFood in Queens: here, there, everywhere.Roving reporter, serial masticator, and sometimes Fork in the Road contributor Joe DiStefano knows a thing or two about eating his way through Queens, so we can't think of a more fitting author for World's Fare, the blog he's just launch ... More >>
Pictures of the offerings in the window make ordering easy at Xi'an Famous Foods. The advent of northern Chinese fare in Manhattan's Chinatown has been a long-awaited event. First there was a cart at the corner of Forsyth and Division streets dispensing lamb kebabs dusted with a cumin-laced ... More >>
On Sunday around 4 in the morning, this guy came up to a woman as she came out of the 31st Street subway station in Astoria, knocked her down, took her cellphone, and then tried to rape her. Failing in this attempt, and took off. He's described as Hispanic, 5'6", and 165 pounds. If you have ... More >>
The owners of Gold Fashion Jewelry in Far Rockaway are unlikely to be as gracious with bandits as Long Island deli owner Mohammad Sohail. Thugs roughed up workers at the Far Rockaway gem joint and absconded with cash and jewelry.
That the campaign of mayoral candidate Bill Thompson would be fined heavily for illegal postering makes sense -- such campaigns cover a lot of city property. But the city wants out of Susan Hager, owner of the Sketch & Hammer deckmaking business, thousands of dollars in fines for putting up ... More >>
Also spelled "musabaha," mousabaha is a wonderful Lebanese dish that naturally falls into the vegan category of culinary endeavor. The mousabaha at Wafa's--a six-month-old Lebanese spot on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills--is transcendent, a piquant stew of chickpeas, tomatoes, and eggpla ... More >>
The nearly unpronounceable kolokithokeftedes are fried zucchini patties served with an ouzo-laced tomato dipping sauce. This week, Counter Culture triremes into Ovelia, a modernistic boite in Astoria that retains its ancient outlook. The portions are generous, the tariff light. Anything that ... More >>
It's been a bad week for New Yorkers trying to keep their property. First there was the Atlantic Yards decision, which upheld the seizure of citizens' homes and businesses for the Ratner boondoggle. Now Brooklyn Federal Judge Edward Korman has thrown out a complaint by Willets Point landholders w ... More >>
A storefront in Murray Hill, Flushing, Queens, proclaims poultry insanity. Here we go again, offering yet another picture gallery of our favorite names for restaurants, liquor stores, coffee bars, caterers, and other food- and booze-related establishments.
Animal Control has set traps for what the Public Safety Department is calling a coyote or a coyote hybrid on the grounds of the Rochdale Village cooperative complex in South Jamaica.
Salted away in a U-shaped strip mall in the eastern area of Flushing known as Murray Hill, Sukarak is a Korean snack shop and lunch counter that isn't afraid to fuse Korean and American food, with a little Japanese thrown in for good measure...