This week's round-up of cheap eats takes us to three boroughs and four continents, highlighting dishes from all corners of the former Soviet Union and an Uruguayan regional specialty. So if you're strapped for cash, you can still eat well.
You likely had a rough commute this morning, which means you're definitely having an end of day drink, right? Right. Here are a few places where you can make that happen cheaply.
In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. As per usual, my Sunday routine consisted of two primary objectives: allay the anxiety associated with the week ahead and find caloric inputs in spite of having a refrigerator bereft of contents. The bonus objectiv ... More >>
A bad flan is very bad thing. Corn syrup-based sauces, curdled eggs, and imitation vanilla are enough to turn a first-time flan eater into a life-long custard hater. But a good flan, the silken alchemy of eggs, milk, and sugar, gently set into a sweet, wobbling cylinder, is a pure delight. And an e ... More >>
Excellent tapas on Bowery
Flan Patissier (center) is one of three custard-based, flan-borne pastries currently available at Francois Payard Bakery on Houston Street. When former Daniel pastry chef Francois Payard abandoned his long-running bistro and bakery on the Upper East Side and eventually moved down to Greenwich Vill ... More >>
Jesus Nunez is the chef of Barraca, a newly opened Spanish spot in the West Village that serves up tapas and paella. During the power outage, the restaurant was able to stay open via a generator and refrigerated truck. No food was spoiled, and on the Friday after the storm, the staff turned the co ... More >>
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.
Another Spanish tapas and wine restaurant is coming to town. From restaurateur Sid Gupta (Pappardella, Village Pourhouse, Hudson Terrace, Little Town) and Marion Maur (who most recently ran her own restaurant Marion's Country Kitchen for five years in Woodstock), Casa Pomona will be debuting on the ... More >>
It's cheap and copious tapas on Starr Street
[See More Recipes: Sweet Tea Done Right | Halloumi Cheese | Wonton Soup] Check out this delicious beet gazpacho recipe from Mymoon. Based in Brooklyn, Mymoom is a Spanish tapas joint with a Mediterranean vibe. Their beet gazpacho with shrimp goes for $12 at the restaurant.
A giant tapas bar tries it one more time
Tapas mania is taking over New York City. It has even infected Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo of Frankies Spuntino restaurants, who are turning their Italian-themed Frankies 17 restaurant on the Lower East Side into a Basque tapas bar, according to the New York Times.
In the dim light of the tapas bar, the darkling burger carries the promise of extra goodness. We're used to burgers being made of ground beef, or other ground meat. And it's usually raw, unprocessed meat we're talking about, even if the cuts are exotic (such as Shake Shack's brisket and short rib, ... More >>
Jesús Manso has opened a narrow storefront next to his Mulberry Street branch of Socarrat Paella Bar called La Churreria (284 Mulberry Street, 212-219-0400), which, as the name implies, sells churros -- the long sticks of fried dough often served with small cups of hot chocolate for dipping. ... More >>
Joe Snack/Flickr It's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and pla ... More >>
Seamus Mullen opens a new Spanish joint in Greenwich Village
The goose barnacle, shown about twice normal size We've all had the usual tapas - slices of Serrano ham, toasts brushed with fresh tomato, potato tortillas, and pale white pickled anchovies - but one of the advantages of going to a fashion forward tapas bar is stumbling on actual Spanish p ... More >>
Michael TulipanCadaqués's Croquetas de BacalaoIf you've been meaning to check out the new Williamsburg tapas bar, Cadaqués (188 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718-218-7776), now's the time. The restaurant will be donating 30 percent of all sales during its monthly paella night tomorrow, March 29, ... More >>
Small plates, that is. A new West Village tapas bar.
eats.com Socarrat, home of paella goodness and crispy rice bits, is expanding to Nolita and we've got a glimpse of what's to come.
Victoria BekiempisA token from the subway The stale trail mix, dusty soda cans, and pre-Cold War candy bars sold at news stands--alongside nudie mags and Kardashian-loaded celebrity rags--pretty much make up the subway's food scene. But deep inside the 59th and Lexington station, where the ... More >>
Westside IndependentJesús Nuñez Jesús Nuñez is known for his Madrid restaurants, Polenta and Flou, where he offered avant garde, imaginative dishes like a deconstructed Spanish tortilla in seven textures. A former graffiti artist, Nuñez often conceives dishes visually first before decidi ... More >>
Manchego, marinated. For some reason, the idea of tapas can be daunting. It probably has something to do with the fact that, to make a meal out of them, you have to make so many different things. But with recipes as easy as Seamus Mullen's marinated cheese, throwing a tapas party could become ... More >>
Make Alex Raij's tapas from The Book of Tapas.Alexandra Raij opened a tiny tapas bar called Tia Pol back in 2004 with partners Mani Dawes and Heather Belz. In 2007, the team, joined by Raij's husband, Eder Montero, debuted the even smaller El Quinto Pino. Raij and Montero eventually split to ... More >>
Anil MhatreIn 1988, the first Lizarran opened in Sitges, Catalonia, a small seaside city about 21 miles south of Barcelona. Now the pintxos (Basque canapes) and tapas restaurant has franchises all over Spain, and in seven other countries, including China, Russia, France, Portugal, and the Uni ... More >>
A great Chelsea tapas spot gets even better
arrozIn weather such as this, there are few cravings as strong as those for carbs and meat. The Arroz de Pato (duck rice) is the most popular dish at Aldea, the restaurant George Mendes opened last summer as an ode to Iberian cooking. Preparing the dish is no quick task, but the results are w ... More >>
Big heros and little tapas for your nooner
Forget football. Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food. Super Bowl Sunday is all about gut-bombing grub, American beer, and exorbitant advertising spots. (Oh yeah, there's also a football game involved.) Rosa Mexicano's culinary director Chef David Suarez has come up with a special dish for ... More >>
Blood sausage: Not exactly pretty, but very deliciousConstruction on Despana's new wine shop is underway, and the newly expanded cafe is up and running, serving an appealing variety of warm tapas and pintxos ( Basque-style canapes), along with salads and sandwiches. The offerings are pan-Sp ... More >>
Around the Clock may not have been a culinary lodestar, but it did live up to its name, serving diner food 24 hours a day. As of next Tuesday, December 15, it will enter a different time zone altogether, as a European-style tapas bar. The restaurant is the latest project from the owner of P ... More >>
Being passed over for a job can lead a man to make drastic decisions. For Martin Olsen, the result was Taza Churros, a bathroom-sized Latin donuts shop he owns with his younger brother Miguel Llinas in the Port Richmond section of Staten Island. A low-income housing counselor by day, Olsen ... More >>
Following in the footsteps of nearby DiPalo's, gourmet Spanish foods market Despana is gearing up to expand with the addition of three communal tables, where tapas and breakfast will be served and, eventually, a wine shop next door. "Calypso moved out so we leased a part of that space for ta ... More >>
One of many stalls in La Boqueria Market where you can get cured pig of all kinds. The smell alone is enough to knock you over. I was recently in Barcelona, a city with a hugely thriving restaurant culture. At all times of day, people flock to cafes, bars, and restaurants to eat pastries an ... More >>
As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Tapas Essentials International Culinary Center August 25 & 27, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Small plates are so ubiquitous these days that it's easy to forget this dining tr ... More >>
This week, I review La Fonda del Sol, the new incarnation of the legendary 60s pan-Latin restaurant now open in the midtown Met Life building. Josh DeChellis is in the kitchen, and the new version of the restaurant serves Spanish food: mains and tapas in the dining room, solely tapas in the large b ... More >>
Earlier this month, I ventured to the International Culinary Center for a two-night "Tapas Essentials" class, where Chef Sixto Alonso taught about ten of us to make nearly a dozen little dishes. Later today, I'll share the recipe for one of my favorites, but first, some pictures to whet the appetite ... More >>
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