Sichuan Province

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events

    Summer is officially done. Here are a few food events to help welcome fall to town.

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Han Dynasty's Dan Dan Noodles, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 38: Dan dan noodles at Han Dynasty (90 Third Avenue, 212-390-8685)

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Szechuan Gourmet's Wok-Tossed Chicken With Chilies, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 47: Wok-tossed chicken with chilies from Szechuan Gourmet (21 West 39th Street, 212-921-0233)

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Our Five Best Cheap Eats This Week

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Navigating the Wonderful World of 99 Favor Taste

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Five Dishes We've Been Digging Around Town

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    All We Want for Christmas Are These New Trends in NYC Dining

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Scott Conant's Scarpetta Cookbook, our Cookbook of the Week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    An Early Look at Han Dynasty, Now Open in the East Village

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/20/13

    Need plans? Check out any of these 10 shows around the city this week.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Our 10 Best Restaurants in Elmhurst, Queens

    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 >>

  • Dining

    October 3, 2012

    Rural Restaurant: No Rice, Still Nice

    More great food from China's far northeastern corner

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Michelin Reveals NYC's Best Value Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    The Craziest Chinese Menu In Town

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at El Mio Cid; Tejal Rao at Arthur on Smith

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Mission Chinese's New Menu Additions

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Little Pepper; Tejal Rao at La Vara

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: OBIES 2012

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Florencia 13; One NYT Star for Alison Eighteen

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Minzhongle, R.I.P. - Goodbye Corn!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 36: Homes Kitchen

    ​ (Hunan Tofu from Homes Kitchen, 22 East 21st Street, 212-475-5049)

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    NYC's Five Greasiest Dishes

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    October 26, 2011

    The Cannibal: Let's Meat Up

    No human dishes here, but lots of animal ones

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2011

    Spicy Big Tray Chicken at He Nan Flavor, Dish No. 10

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    RedFarm Will Be 'Barn-y,' Inauthentic

    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 >>

  • Art

    June 22, 2011

    Hello Hello Ai Weiwei

    Will the Chinese star's detention force the art world to better confront human rights?

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Ten Fascinating Ethnic Ingredients Chefs Should Get to Know Better

    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 >>

  • Dining

    February 23, 2011

    Bensonhurst's Dai Wah Yummy City Ain't So Itty-Bitty

    Big and boxy—but pretty good Chinese

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Fake Blueberries Plague Our Food Products; Cook Gets Jail Time for Putting Body Hair in Cop's Sandwich

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Szechuan Chalet Slings Some Unexpectedly Hot Hash on the Upper East

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    November 10, 2010

    Henan Feng Wei—a Rare Henan Restaurant—Offers Unfussy Food

    Venture down to Flushing's bargain basement

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Spicy Tingly Beef Noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Feds Bust Tri-State Smuggling Slave Labor Ring, No More General Tso's For You

    ​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.

  • 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 >>

  • Film

    September 1, 2010
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    July 7, 2010

    Eataly Debuts Training Program for Career Changers; Lincoln Center Becomes New Culinary Hotspot

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Play 'I.D. That Organ' in Spicy and Tingly Lamb Face Salad

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Alone in the Kitchen With a Pig's Uterus

    Uteri, awaiting their fate​Of 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 >>

  • Dining

    March 2, 2010

    Hop the Train Out to Tanoreen and Athena Express

    Mideast fare—and some new Greek—in Bay Ridge

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Under Review: DiGregorio at Lan Sheng; Sietsema on Dining Trends of the Aughts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Cookbook Tester: Japanese Hot Pots

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Chinese Drug Addict Performs Touching Baby-Out-Window Tribute to Michael Jackson

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    The Traveling Omnivore's 20

    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 >>

  • Dining

    August 28, 2007

    Are We There Yeti?

    Very strange combination of cuisines flourishes in Sunnyside

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2007
  • Dining

    August 2, 2005

    Magnificent Morsels

    A brilliant dim sum specialist appears in the Brooklyn outback

  • Dining

    June 21, 2005

    Noodle Wizardry

    Dyspeptic General Tso unmasked, nowhere near Chinatown

  • Dining

    January 25, 2005


    Short ribs surf gravy wave at old-style Chinatown Cantonese

  • Dining

    February 10, 2004

    Chinese Twist

    Elmhurst diner specializes in arcane Korean-Chinese noodles

  • NYC Life

    November 26, 2002
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