This week in Cheap Laughs, we have daytime talk show legends, charitable causes, lots of gays, lots of pizza, and Jar Jar Binks doing his best Ed McMahon impression. Confused? Don't be. All will be revealed in our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This week in New York comedy, we're all about story. The Creek and the Cave hosts its Rifftown show, highlighting the best off-the-cuff raconteurs in town. Josh Accardo and Kambri Crews deliver one-person shows with professional stand-up chops. And The Moth's Adam Wade--so adorable, he's essentially ... More >>
It's the third week of January. There are no songs about the third week of January. You know why? Because the third week of January sucks. If you're single, you've started worrying about Valentine's Day. You can't stay home because you do that every year and it means the Chardonnay spins and sexting ... More >>
How hard can Brooklyn laugh at itself? We'll find out this week, when the first ever Brooklyn Comedy Festival takes over the borough's most unintentionally ridiculous neighborhood: Williamsburg! It's where everyone dresses like a trendy clown, so it's fertile ground for comedy. Here are our picks fo ... More >>
The dog days of summer are here. And admit it: you can't stand the thought of another outdoor concert, where you pretend to enjoy three art school dropouts indulge their irony-free love of noodling. Change it up, save your money, and go see some comedy in some of New York's finest air-conditioned ve ... 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 >>
Last week, we did a lot of reporting on restaurants operating in the dark, doing whatever they could to provide light and food to those who needed it. We checked in on our review restaurants, both of which happened to be in blackout zones, and found one had stayed open all week, while the other floo ... More >>
Last Friday, a long line waited for the National Guard to arrive and distribute food and other disaster relief. (Click on any image to enlarge.) Meanwhile, trucks -- some bound for Chinatown -- are loaded at the 69th Armory on lower Lexington Avenue. Friday at 4pm Chinatown was a mess. A long li ... More >>
John D. asks: My boss is flying in from St. Louis and he wants to eat lunch in Chinatown (they don't really have a Chinatown there). Where should I take him? Dear John D.: I'm assuming you mean Manhattan Chinatown - there are actually four other ones, two in Brooklyn and two in Queens.
Try to tell the noodles from the tripe. Every once in a while a new noodle slips into town. Remember when ramen arrived, not in a trickle but in an avalanche? Or your first bowl of peel noodles stir-fried with egg and baby bok choy at Sheng Wang?
Peel noodles with lamb in soup even boasts a stray mushroom or two. Five years ago, Counter Culture announced that a new Chinese noodle had hit town. At Sheng Wang on Eldridge Street, in a downstairs location attached to a fish-ball factory, something called peel noodles were served for the ... More >>
The fish soup at Sheng Wang has no noodles, but is a bargain at $3 per bowl. Sheng Wang has produced the best hand-pulled noodles in the city for the last five years, and was also the place to introduce peel noodles into Chinatown. The menu has gradually expanded since last year's renovatio ... More >>
In A-Wah's Hong Kong-style wonton lo mein, the noodles are cooked al dente, and the broth is served on the side. The amazing thing about Manhattan's Chinatown, no matter how it ebbs and flows, no matter how many restaurants come and go: It's always been a bastion of excellent cheap eats. Th ... More >>
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 >>
Khao soi are northern Thai noodles that feature the same egg noodles in two guises: boiled and curried in the bottom of the bowl, fried and crunchy on the top. Tasty, nutritious, wildly variable, and unusually cheap, noodles have long since replaced bread as the world's staff of life. Our no ... More >>
The exterior of Sheng Wang looks pretty much the same--but wait till you see the interior! I got a panicky call from Scooter a couple of weeks ago: "Hey, have your heard anything about Sheng Wang closing? It looks all closed up."
The plate of stir-fried peel noodles at Sheng Wang glistens with egg and baby bok choy. There's no better plate of noodles in town than the stir-fried peel noodles at Sheng Wang, located on the southernmost block of Eldridge Street in the heart of Fujianese Chinatown. Watch as the no ... More >>
The prodigal peel noodles at Tasty Hand-Pulled (click to enlarge) There are at least ten joints in greater Manhattan Chinatown that specialize in Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles. The latest entree in the sweepstakes is Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodle Inc. (note the fussy punctuation), on Doyers in the old ... More >>
The amazing noodle-maker in this video is fashioning peel noodles, a specialty from China's Shanxi province. (Better to show you the video than to spend two paragraphs trying to explain how they're made, no?) These fluttery, hand-cut noodles are very popular in Beijing, but New York didn't have an ... More >>
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Slurping is encouraged late into the night at Fujianese newcomer