Robert SietsemaLet the games begin! As we reported on Saturday, the opening day lines for the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop were long, constant, and festive. As we waited an hour for our American Globs waffle cone, the line behind us kept growing. And apparently it continued to do so all weekend lo ... More >>
The griot, or grillot, come with a luscious green salad. Griot (also spelled grillot) is one of the triumphs of Haitian Kreole cuisine, pork nuggets soaked in a solution of shallots and sour orange juice, boiled in the solution until the pan dries out, and then fried in lard, rendering the ... More >>
The smoked brisket sandwich is a very lush production. The brunch menu at Fatty 'Cue is, in many ways, more approachable than the restaurant's regular menu. There are strange sandwiches, plates of ribs, and a soup among the 10 offerings.
Robert SietsemaAll of this will soon be yours, Washington.Now that Washington, D.C., has almost digested Shake Shack, it should start priming its collective gut for another New York export. As The Huffington Post reports, Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali are planning to open a branch of Eataly ... More >>
Robert SietsemaWhere angels fear to tread.Although we're not really fans of FoodParc, we now have one reason to be grateful for its existence. That reason is Tanoreen.
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema gets a spicy surprise, namely "reconfigured Sichuan fare," at Tibetan café Phayul; Lauren Shockey discovers "totally passé eats" at The Astor Room. Sam Sifton approves of Empellón: "one of the more captivating restaurants to open in recent months, w ... More >>
Robert SietsemaBark Hot Dogs has parked itself at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 for a few weeks now, and beginning this Saturday, it will add to its concession stand with a spot on the pier's rooftop. In addition to their wieners, Bark will be serving Gotham Project wine on tap and Sixpoint's ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has a gastropub revelation at Dean Street in Prospect Heights, where chef Mike Franzetti "illustrates state-of-the-art principles in gastropub menu construction." Lauren Shockey heads to Bi Lokma for Turkish "chow just like babaanne--er, granny--used to make." ... More >>
Robert SietsemaNew Jersey, as viewed from Inwood Hill Park Although this week's weather could make you think otherwise, we have finally made it to picnic season. Picnicking in the city can be a fraught proposition: There are few other places in the country where you risk being dive-bombed by ... More >>
Robert SietsemaPlentiful and pungent savory lamb noodles.A few months after sending out a Facebook message asking its fans for information on available storefronts in Manhattan and Williamsburg, Xi'an Famous Foods has officially announced the imminent opening of its fifth location.
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema revels in authentic German at Heartbreak, proclaiming that "never has there been anything quite like Heartbreak, which seeks to elevate the culinary status of peasant classics." Lauren Shockey pays a visit to Cocoron, which is "poised to change the city's nood ... More >>
via Robert SietsemaFirefighters are currently responding to a fire at the Con Edison plant on 15th Street along the East River. One of the plant's transformers caught fire and 12 units have been on the scene for about half an hour. The fire is still ongoing, but no one is believed to be injur ... More >>
Robert SietsemaWill Bark's dog be top dog?A year after conducting an exhaustive search for the country's best pizza, Everday With Rachael Ray has turned its attention to wieners. The magazine has once against enlisted the folks at Serious Eats to determine the winner; this time, they've narro ... More >>
Robert SietsemaThe bean curd skin salad with sesame oil dressing at Henan Feng Wei in Flushing. Ah, tofu. Although it's all but synonymous with a wholesome (read: bland) vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, the coagulated soy milk enjoys innumerable manifestations in a wide variety of cuisines. As ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers a new and delicious breed of pizza bones at Lievito; Lauren Shockey likes the food, but not the boring beige room, at Junoon. Sam Sifton finds hits and misses at Lyon: "Some of the food is excellent. ... Best of all are the restaurant's offer ... More >>
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 >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is happy to discover that Lotus of Siam delivers "a level of pungency rarely seen in Siamese restaurants on this coast," but advises not to "stop trekking to Queens just yet." Lauren Shockey settles into Karloff, where the food "isn't fancy but has that cooked ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Vic ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema explores the relationship between New York and Montreal food. Sam Sifton awards two stars to Harold Dieterle's Kin Shop, even though it's not quite authentic Thai: "[It's] an American restaurant that serves food prepared using Thai flavors, a restaurant that ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Vict ... More >>
Robert SietsemaArtisanal dairy products = rent hikes.Much as Keith McNally may have inspired landlords in the vicinity of Pulino's to raise their rents, Eataly seems to be giving their West 23rd Street counterparts a few ideas.
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Risot ... More >>
Robert Sietsema The Meatball Shop's much-feted expansion to Williamsburg now has an address: Per the Times, it's 170 Bedford Avenue, which sits midway between North 7th and 8th streets. The block is home to a few restaurants, a couple of organic grocers, the Salvation Army, a bar, and a late- ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the food thrilling, but the premises not so much at the beef temple that is Manzo in Eataly. Sam Sifton slums it on the Lower East Side at Xiao Ye, which he deems "an artful misfire: the sort of place that, as [chef-owner Eddie] Huang sadly appears to d ... More >>
Robert SietsemaThe kanchipuram idly at Sapthagiri, a strictly vegetarian Indian restaurant in Jersey City.Having already explored the inside of a pig's cranium this week, we've decided to venture in a slightly different direction for tomorrow's Our 10 Best. While New York abounds with excel ... More >>
Robert SietsemaBill's burger, up close and personal.The mothership has finally landed: as of today, Bill's Bar & Burger is officially open for business in Rockefeller Center.
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema reckons that Strong Place "might be the most perfect evocation of the Brooklyn bistro to date." Sarah DiGregorio finds that the food at Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant "is a testament to all the many wonderful things one can make with humble cuts of meat, lentil ... More >>
Robert SietsemaTapas on the horizon.When Sintir opened on East 9th Street last spring, Our Man Sietsema wasn't particularly impressed by its boastful claims, flavorless meatballs, and aggressively upselling waitstaff. Apparently others weren't, either: the place closed earlier this month.
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema enjoys simple roasted meats, Yemeni-style, at Bab al Yemen. Sarah DiGregorio deems Hawkers and Bai Cha, "a late-night kill-a-craving joint" and "adequate lunch spot," respectively. Sam Sifton approves of Nuela: "There is good eating at Nuela, if only you can ... More >>
Robert SietsemaThis could be your office.Eataly may have opened with a staff of thousands, but judging by Craigslist, it's still looking for a few thousand more. A quick scroll through the past three days' worth of job postings turned up no less than nine ads for positions ranging from restau ... More >>
Robert SietsemaM&T's sautéed pine nuts and corn.If you don't have any Labor Day plans, consider yourself lucky: that means you'll have the opportunity attend the Asian Feastival, a culinary fantasia taking place in Queens.
Mario Batali presses the flesh with his many fans. "Eataly, what a cute name!" a young woman exclaimed as she attempted to navigate the crushing crowd that surged into the Italian food megaplex shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday. By 4:30 there was a line to get into the door, monitored by a silv ... More >>
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 >>
Robert SietsemaFatty 'Cue's coriander bacon.On September 25, Mad. Sq. Mark't is returning, sans useful vowels, to the west side of Madison Square Park for its second year. While the vegan handbags and cotton tunics on sale will undoubtedly be an attraction for some, we're more interested in w ... More >>
Robert SietsemaThe Bent Spoon's pumpkin ice cream.This weekend's New Amsterdam Market will feature a dairy onslaught, courtesy of its very first Ice Cream Fair on Sunday. The $20 ticket will get you six mini ice cream cones with the flavors of your choosing from the Bent Spoon, Van Leeuwen, M ... More >>
This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema shares his appreciation for I Sodi: "one largely overlooked restaurant in town that has succeeded in reproducing an actual Tuscan bill of fare, such as you might find in roadside osterias near Cortona or Gaiole-in-Chianti." Sarah DiGregorio files on Co Ba in C ... More >>
This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the food looks amazing, but tastes terrible at Plein Sud. Sarah DiGregorio reports hits and misses at Cienfuegos, but gives a nod to the champagne punch. Sam Sifton approves of Tamarind Tribeca, which: "might rate a pleasant shrug [in Indian cuisine-hap ... More >>
Robert SietsemaM&T's pepper with bean curd sheets.Food nerds still hemming and hawing about making Labor Day plans, take note: September 6 witnesses the first "Asian Feastival," a smorgasbord of eats in Queens.
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema squeezes into Casabel Taqueria, where "the tacos are happily similar to something you might get from a truck parked on Roosevelt Avenue." Sarah DiGregorio sees Brooklyn heating up with two new Southern-accented newcomers: Seersucker and Peaches HotHouse. ... More >>
Robert SietsemaBig, gay, delicious."The entire enterprise makes me laugh constantly, all day long. It's just too weird: how did I go from playing bassoon full-time to standing around in this vibrating monstrosity of a truck and slinging ice cream to the people of New York?" -- The Big Gay Ice ... More >>
all photos by Robert Sietsema News we learned too late: NYC has its own all-girl Misfits cover band, Ghoul's Night Out. Make that "had." Comprised of front-woman Glen-nora Danzig, guitarist Aileen, bassist Tibbie X, and drummer Miss Carrie, the foursome, who predominantly came out on Halloween, pla ... More >>
Robert SietsemaNow available at your doorstep.Now available at your doorstep.If you live in the environs of Pies 'n' Thighs, enjoy eating at night, and are often too inebriated to walk but just sober enough to pick up a phone, then you're now in luck: the restaurant has started a night ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema braves the scene at Kenmare, where "the ingredients were unimpeachable, the facile preparation of entrées was a deadly sin." Sarah DiGregorio samples everything plus the pizza at Pulino's, deeming the toppings "undeniably tasty, especially the dryish, concent ... More >>
Robert SietsemaMile End's smoked meat poutine: g-u-t-b-o-m-b.Starting this week, lucky Brooklynites (and anyone else who wants to hop on the F train) will be able to eat pastrami and poutine into the late hours of the night: On Wednesday, Mile End will begin serving dinner. Owner Noah Bernamo ... More >>
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 >>
It's more expensive than our own Choice Eats, but Discover Queens' eating event, Queens, A Taste of the World, will feature some interesting (and Voice-approved) restaurants.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Fork in the Road has a new feature: Ask the Critics. So send us your questions and either Robert Sietsema or Sarah DiGregorio will answer them here. Two weeks ago, we took on the question we get asked the most: My parents are in town, where should I take them? And last week, ... More >>
beefaficionado/blogspot.comThe luscious Wagyu flat-iron steak at WD-50 Here's the second installment of our new feature Ask the Critics. (Find the first installment here.) If you have a question for Sarah DiGregorio or Robert Sietsema, please send it to email@example.com Seth G. writes- ... More >>
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