Ten years ago, Matt Diamond started Coalmine Records. The Brooklyn-based independent rap label's first release was "The Raw," a 12-inch single featuring the Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, horrorcore-styled rapper Bekay, and one-time savior of New York hip-hop Saigon. Since then the Coalmine vault ha ... More >>
If you're still hitting the gym at this point of January, we salute your dedication to healthy living for 2014. But if you've given up on reenacting the Tour De France on an indoor cycle while listening to Katy Perry, here's a look at what's going on this week.
A far, gentrified cry from the neighborhood it once was, the Hell's Kitchen of today is a glossy labyrinth of condominiums and an ever-waning number of low-slung buildings and affordable dining options. Still, the area is teeming with great restaurants catering to all demographics, and with the rece ... More >>
Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>
In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here's a list of restaurants that opened and closed in January.
Marquee, the Chelsea club that closed for renovations last year, reopened this week. After a decade and offshoots -- Las Vegas and Australia locations -- owners Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss gutted and revamped the entire space. Eater reported that some of the walls even feature scratch-and-sni ... More >>
A Top Chef-er takes his toque to the Slope
As traditions go, XXL's annual "Freshman Class" issue is neither all that time-honored or worthwhile. The magazine's been putting rappers it calls freshmen on its cover since 2008, but hasn't exactly been kingmaking or future forecasting in doing so: 2008's list featured Crooked I and Joell Ortiz, h ... More >>
A bowl of Xe Lua pho at Pho 88, flanked by giant fresh basil leaves, sprouts, and the usual arsenal of flavorings (chiles pastes, hoisin, etc.) to be added in. The make or break of any full-service Vietnamese restaurant is its pho. While this beef noodle soup originated as street food in F ... More >>
The pho is simpler than you sometimes find, with only two kinds of beef, while the broth is light and elegant, in the Saigon style. Throw in the sprouts, herbs, and chiles. In the current Village Voice, my review of the East Village's V-Nam Café appears as a cartoon strip. The place ... More >>
The bun bo Hue at Thanh Da presents a dark tempest of a beef broth. Let's enumerate the ways bun bo Hue -- named after the city of Hue (pronounced "Way") in Central Vietnam -- differs from the signature noodle soup of Saigon, pho (pronounced "FFFah"). First off, the noodles are wheat instead ... More >>
Long-suffering NYC rapper Saigon, whom non-rap fans might recall from his brief stint on Entourage, has a new record out, The Greatest Story Never Told. Which is remarkable in that he's been waiting nearly half a decade for someone to type that sentence -- here is a Nah Right post touting a r ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisSaigon's version, with rubber band "extra" removed. Banh mi has quite a rep -- for being a gutbuster on the mean streets of Saigon and New York. Pickled carrot and radish slivers, cilantro, cucumber slices, pâté, grilled meat, and occasionally cheese burst out of a French ... More >>
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tenka.comInside Saigon Shack.The banh mi remains the sandwich trend that refuses to die, and giving it further life is Greenwich Village's Saigon Shack, which opened this past Sunday.
If New York hip-hop has a spiritual gatekeeper, it's DJ Premier. Along with being part of definitive '90s rap duo Gang Starr, Premier has balanced crafting songs for certified rap royalty Jay-Z, Biggie, and Nas with supporting the city's more varied and underground scenes. His upcoming label ... More >>
Stendhal would approve.Rouge et Blanc, the new French-Vietnamese restaurant by Thomas Cregan, a former sommelier at Chanterelle and Beacon, is gearing up for a November launch. The restaurant, originally christened Cinq à Sept, was renamed to refer not only to the wines of France but also th ... More >>
Sarah DiGregorioHanco's and Henry's banh mi. What is it about banh mi or banh mi-like sandwiches that moves people to make tasteless allusions to the Vietnam War? Today, Midtown Lunch takes a look at Cer Te's "The Fall of Saigon," a vaguely banh mi-ish cocoction with buffalo chicken julienned ... More >>
Banh mi #1: Pork roll, shredded pork, liver pate, and the fixings As the journalism business flounders, the banh mi trade booms--no one knows this better than Tai Dang, who was reportedly fired from his job as a photographer for Newsweek, and decided to return to his native Saigon to learn to ... More >>
So producer Paula Wagner is starting to prepare the inevitable movie of the Broadway smash Miss Saigon--the most popular bunch of wet Saigon noodles in history--and Precious director Lee Daniels reportedly might direct.
Fork in the Road is on a Vietnamese binge, scrambling through fields of banh mi and among lakes of pho. Somehow, in all this enthusiasm, everyone has forgotten the rest of the menu. We're not talking about spring rolls and summer rolls, buns (rice noodles) or eggy crepes. The heart of the ... More >>
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