Summer is officially done. Here are a few food events to help welcome fall to town.
Dish no. 38: Dan dan noodles at Han Dynasty (90 Third Avenue, 212-390-8685)
Dish no. 47: Wok-tossed chicken with chilies from Szechuan Gourmet (21 West 39th Street, 212-921-0233)
Strapped for cash? We're serving up a fresh platter of five restaurants where you can eat for under $10. Check out dozens of other suggestions in our Cheap Eat of the Day archives.
99 Favor Taste (285 Grand Street, 646-682-9122), recently opened on the edge of Chinatown, is a feastly orgy: trays heaped with raw meats and fishes, feathery greens and fungi, boiling and bubbling pots, and popping and sizzling meats top every table. Diners crowd around, heads-down, slurping noodle ... More >>
We're not even gonna talk about this weather anymore -- at this point, we're so sick of being snowbound that we simply refuse to be, well, snowbound. We're going out and eating, come (frozen) hell or high water. If you're in our (admittedly very cold) boat, consider defying the storm with one of the ... More >>
We celebrated Festivus by airing our grievances, noting a bevy of overcooked culinary trends we hope wane with the dwindling days of December. Now, as we get ready to celebrate Christmas, we're asking that fat, jolly man in the red suit to bring us something delicious to replace what we're losing. H ... More >>
Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>
Philadelphia has been enamored of the burgeoning Han Dynasty chain since it first exploded onto the scene five years ago. Perhaps that's because owner Han Chiang has made a name for himself via an attitude as fiery as his food; more likely it's because the food--mostly Szechuan with a healthy dose o ... More >>
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The southern Mexican food is fine at El Jalapeno, but maybe you'd rather go for the opulent nachos regulares, shaped like a sunflower. To look at the neighborhood today, with its bustling commercial strips, tidy frame houses, apartment towers, and plentiful parks, you wouldn't know Elmhurst was fo ... More >>
More great food from China's far northeastern corner
The Michelin guide recently released their list of New York City's Bib Gourmands, establishments that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. This year's list had a record breaking 126 establishments. Winners include: Alobar, Congee Village, Buttermilk Channel, Katz's, Mom ... More >>
I've seen some offbeat things on Chinese menus--like "Shrimp vs. prawns," which always makes me uncomfortable; I hate the idea of shellfish not getting along! But never have I seen such florid, cuckoo, wacky, fun sounding items as on the menu of Grand Sichuan on 24th Street and 9th Avenue (and othe ... More >>
Robert Sietsema heads out to the Outer Borough and weighs in on El Mio Cid, a Spanish tapas bar with portions that are way larger than fashionable: "Three to an order, the sardines ($7.50) are some of the biggest fatties you've seen lately, sautéed head-on and sprinkled with fresh parsley." Tejal ... More >>
Catfish a la Sichuan swims in a soupy swamp that adds Old Bay seasoning to a spicing scheme that includes cilantro, chile oil, and dried red chiles. One of the pleasures of dining in Mission Chinese during its first two months has been the menu tinkering that's gone on, with fundamental ingredient ... More >>
See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Robert Sietsema tries the Sichuan fare at Little Pepper: "The tiny chunks of light and dark meat lurk among bales of toasted red chiles, and for once, the peppers seem to have conferred their hotness on the poultry. Raw sesame seeds scat ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today, Michael Feingold says in his essay on the OBIES that Broadway kinda sucks: "Sitting through Man and Superman and The Caretaker, after a week that had included Ghost, Don't Dress for Dinner, and Leap of Faith, I realized that I didn't hate theatergoing at all: I jus ... More >>
In this week's Voice, Robert Sietsema tests out Cal-Mex specialties and margaritas at the Village's Florencia 13: "You should start your meal with a flaming margarita, though that flame is confined to a small slice of cucumber floating on top. It's indicative of a playful element in Mexican cuisine ... More >>
This is Chinese food? Looks more like American succotash: the dish called "fried popcorn pine nuts" at Minzhongle. Yesterday, Counter Culture covered Zero Otto Nove, a pair of southern Italian twins, one in the Bronx, the other in Manhattan. That piece had to be moved up a week because the restaur ... More >>
(Hunan Tofu from Homes Kitchen, 22 East 21st Street, 212-475-5049)
Before downing this pair of well-fatted babies, better make sure you have a gastroenterologist on call. We encounter greasy (pronounced "greazy") food the time in our wanderings. Sometimes it's good, but sometimes excessive fat content gets in the way of really enjoying a dish, and makes y ... More >>
No human dishes here, but lots of animal ones
If the name of this dish could be properly written, it might read Soupy Mass of Chicken in a Wok, which describes perfectly what it is.
Robert SietsemaA $5.95 order of Sichuan wontons from Foodparc's RedFarm Stand.After many months of anticipation, RedFarm will most likely within the next couple of weeks. Ed Schoenfeld gave Grub Street many details about the restaurant, which he's opening with Joe Ng. And it looks like no one ... More >>
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Sprinkled with sesame seeds, marinated jellyfish makes a memorable summer salad The last couple of decades have flooded NYC with colorful cuisines many of us never knew existed, and stocked ethnic markets with exotic ingredients that had strange names and fascinating properties. This influx ... More >>
Big and boxy—but pretty good Chinese
An investigation has been launched into what caused a mysterious greenish-yellow goo to fall from the skies in Snyder, New York. Turns out, it might be the poo of seagulls who dined on McDonald's fries. [Daily Mail] Chengdu province is hoping to capitalize on the popularity of spicy Sichuan ... More >>
In what my be its first ever appearance on Upper East Side turf--jellyfish! Like a very, very red oil spill, Sichuan restaurants have fanned out across the five boroughs, and no locale is seemingly exempt. Case in point: Szechuan Chalet on the Upper East Side, a neighborhood more known for i ... More >>
Venture down to Flushing's bargain basement
It's no secret that Xi'an Famous Foods' wide, chewy noodles are completely delicious, but when I was thinking about this week's Ask the Critic question--about where to get the city's spiciest food--I wondered what would happen if I asked for one of Xi'an's chile-oil-napped dishes extra spicy ... More >>
Twenty-six New Yorkers are being charged with money laundering and human trafficking for their roles in a "complex criminal scheme" that included smuggling and employing illegal aliens from China.
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 >>
Mario Batali gains a TV show, a 50,000-square-foot food emporium, and a new restaurant in Singapore, and loses 35 pounds by eating less meat and more vegetables. [Wall Street Journal] Meanwhile, after receiving so many applications form career changers, the team behind Eataly has launched a ... More >>
Oh, hello! What is that piece of flesh looking up at me? Xi'an Famous Foods' "Spicy and Tingly Lamb Face Salad" might be the most perfect summer meal: shredded scallions, green chiles, sprouts, and a catalog of variety meats from the facial area, immersed in a gritty red sauce with lots of a ... More >>
Uteri, awaiting their fateOf all the offal piled in bins at Fei Long Supemarket (6301 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn), the pig uteri are the most intriguing. Maybe it's their shiny, coiled, seashell-like forms, or maybe it's the fact that uteri somehow seem more out-of-the-ordinary than other guts, ... More >>
Mideast fare—and some new Greek—in Bay Ridge
This week in the Voice, Sarah DiGregorio discovers delicious, authentic Sichuan and a labor dispute at Lan Sheng. Our Man Sietsema rounds up the decade's best dining and drinking trends (Neapolitan pizza! Ramen! Beer!). Sam Sifton revisits La Grenouille, pronouncing it "a classic French restaurant. ... More >>
Salmon hot pot--made with arctic char One of the only good things about summer's passing is the arrival of soup season. Just in time, Japanese Hot Pots: Comforting One-Pot Meals by Matsuri chef Tadashi Ono and writer Harris Salat comes out a week from today. Japanese hot pot, or nabemono, ... More >>
The shock waves from Michael Jackson's death continue to be felt around the world. A man in Sichuan Province, China dangled his two-year-old daughter out the window of his apartment in a touching tribute to the King of Pop's similar stunt with infant Prince Michael II, aka Blanket, in 2002. The New ... More >>
So much to eat... Serious Eats' Adam Kuban came across this list called The Omnivore's 100—a quirky run-down of foods that every omnivore should try at least once—everything from bagels and lox to whole bugs and Hostess fruit pies. Very Good Taste, the UK-based blog that came up with the idea, ... More >>
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