Queens County

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    No. 1: Appam With Egg at Bownie

    ​The lacy parabolic flatbread is beautiful, but what's that egg doing in the bottom? It is said that a feast of 100 dishes must begin with a single bite, and today we get that bite as we inaugurate a new feature. In 100 Days/100 Dishes, Fork in the Road traverses the culinary landscape of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Rapist Strikes in Astoria

    Watch out for this Astoria rapist!​Here's a sketch of a rapist who attacked a 19-year-old woman at about 12:30 a.m. last Thursday, January 20, at 26th Avenue and Second Street in Astoria, just south of Hellgate Park. He approached her from behind, pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Lottery Burglar's Luck Still Hasn't Run Out

    ​The NYPD's now asking for the public's help in finding a burglar who busted through the front door of Nature's Chemist, 23-92 21st Street in Astoria, at about 12:15 a.m. on Friday, January 7, and stole a passel of lottery tickets. The guy was captured on video at another store turning in some of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Lima Limon; Lauren Shockey at L'Artiste

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema indulges in "Peruvian Viagra" at Lima Limon in Little Latin America; Lauren Shockey discovers classic bistro fare at L'Artiste in Astoria.​ Sam Sifton awards a mostly enthusiastic two stars to Millesime: "holy cats, is there a beautiful, even exciting b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Xi'an Famous Foods's Expansion Plans: New Locations and a Spot in the Frozen Foods Section

    Spicy and tingly lamb face for Brooklyn and beyond.​Get ready for spicy and tingly lamb face to go mainstream. Xi'an Famous Foods, the Flushing hand-pulled noodle joint that expanded to Manhattan this past year with two new locations, has even bigger plans. According to the Wall Street Journal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Artichoke May Become the Next Shake Shack

    You can run, but you can't hide.​Speaking of chains: It seems that Artichoke's recent expansion to Tenth Avenue and to MacDougal Street is but the tip of a very large ice pick. In an interview with Grub Street, Francis Garcia, one of the pizzeria's owners, says that Pizza Hut "had better worr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What the Hell Is It?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Harvey Westmoreland, Man Forced to Eat Beard, Gets Some Semblance of Justice

    Harvey Westmoreland​Just 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Man Forced to Eat Own Beard. Also: Beards Are Edible.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Eating the Gestated Duck Egg Called Balut at Umi Nom

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    My Cutest Outfit Evah!

    ​ 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.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    A Lesbian Dissed Me Big-Time

    ​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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 13, 2010


    In Astoria, you can do both

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Our 10 Best NYC Chinese Restaurants, 2010 Edition

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    September 22, 2010

    Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant Spreads Its Treats to Queens

    Unlike the Midwood original, a full-fledged restaurant for Jackson Heights

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Testaccio; Sarah DiGregorio at Olio Pizza e Più & Camp de' Fiori

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Breaking the Ramadan Fast at Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant, New in Jackson Heights

    Goat curry​Last 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Missing Woman Found in Queens -- Can You Help Identify Her?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    My 10 Favorite Queens Restaurants

    ​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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 20, 2010


    Have an arty party

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Jackson Heights Restaurant Offers Barbecue, Gutter Humor

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    June 29, 2010

    The Great Dancehall Freeze-Out of 2010

    Why are many of Jamaica's biggest acts now barred from entering the U.S.?

  • Voice Choices

    June 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Are Mets Road Woes to Blame for Empty Seats in Queens?

    Photo by Neil deMause​Following 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.

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    FDNY Saves Puppies and Kitties in Pet Store Fire Peril

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Police Seeking Missing Queens Boy

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Jerry Manuel Saved by K-Rod's Strikeout of A-Rod? If You Think That, You Aren't Paying Attention

    Safe, for now​Was 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Katmandu Spice Turns Mushrooms Amazonian

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    The Plot Against...Mets Broadcaster Keith Hernandez?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    The MTA's Great Subway Sign and Map Change: The Art Class and The Thievery

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Video: Mets Announcer Keith Hernandez Bored to Sleep by Mets Game, Somehow Doesn't End Up in Mets Bullpen After

    ​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?

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Maima's; Sarah DiGregorio at Paulie Gee's

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Roberta's Brooklyn Grange Will Be in Queens

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Keith Hernandez, Idiot

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    This Weekend, Learn Some Dallis Coffee

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    West African Pepper Shrimp from Maima's in Jamaica, Queens

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2010

    Ann-Margaret Carrozza, Embattled Queens Assemblywoman, Drops Re-Election Bid

    State Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret_Carrozza​State 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Chinese Winemakers Go High-End; Anheuser-Busch to Make More Beer with Less Water

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    March 2, 2010

    Reggae's Civil War

    Why Mavado and Vybz Kartel might be the Biggie and Tupac of Dancehall

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Two Men Shot, One Dead in Jamaica: Incident No. 1

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Dionne Bailey, Two Daughters Slain by Her Husband, Mark Bailey

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2010

    Kalif Canady, 22, Shot to Death in Queens

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Tendon Soup Thickened with Pig Blood at Sripraphai

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Somebody Got Murdered: Two Shot Dead in Queens Basement

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Golden Krust Celebrates American Success, Eyes International Expansion

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Edible Queens and Joe DiStefano Join Forces to Create Queens Food Blog

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Anthony Bourdain Smiles Down at Us from Heaven, and Delicious Noodles Appear at Xi'an Famous Food in Manhattan's Chinatown

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Have You Seen... Astoria Mugger, Would-Be Rapist

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Crime Beat: A Gem of a Robbery in Far Rockaway -- If You're a Goon

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Thousands in Fines for One Poster Only the Latest Sanitation Law Scam

    ​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 >>

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