When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: the Torrisi team is at it again with a new bar, a Southern restaurant is frying up chicken in the East Village, and ... More >>
Last night, two dozen of the city's best mobile eateries lined up along the pier at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex on Pier 86 (West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue) for the Voice's seventh annual Choice Streets food-truck feast. The multicultural menu swung from East (Thai salads; Szech ... More >>
We're just a month away from our Choice Streets tasting event, which descends on The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex on Pier 86 (West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue) on May 7 from 8 to 11 p.m. We've already told you about some of the trucks you'll find at this gathering of mobile food vendo ... More >>
We're still nursing our hangovers from last night's Choice Eats event, but that doesn't stop us from forging forward with planning our next party. Come May 7, 20 of the city's best food trucks will gather at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex on Pier 86 (West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue ... More >>
If you're super tired of the out of town NFL takeover of Bryant Park, Broadway, and any other patch of walking space in the more touristy swatches of the city, we feel you. Here's a look at a few local events that have nothing to do with football.
As businesses continue to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, Robyn Hillman-Harrigan is using the aftermath of the disaster to bring her community to a new level entirely: The Rockaway resident set up the Shore Soup Project in the days following the storm, building a makeshift kitchen and food delivery ... More >>
Drink up at Randall’s Island
This weekend the 2013 Vendy Awards, known as "the Oscars of street food," corralled 28 trucks and tables into Sunset Park's Industry City for a marathon of gormandizing before naming New York City's best mobile cuisine purveyor.
Walking down Roosevelt Avenue, you spot the boxy edges of a vehicle at about 67th Street. As you move closer, its form emerges out of the dark, a stationary white truck with big block letters that spell out "Tacos Mexicanos, Cuatro Vientos." You groan.
Tickets are sold out to our big Choice Eats bash next Tuesday (see Robert tell you all about it here), but tickets go on sale today at noon for the Voice's annual celebration of New York's street food, Choice Streets.
The Afro-Punk festival storms Commodore Barry Park
[See More Events: Free Pickle, Mustard, and Herring Ice Cream at Ripley's | Le Fooding Has Big Plans for Brooklyn] Jaguar (yes, the car brand) is hosting a snow-globe/ice-skating/free food-truck event starting today, August 16 to August 18 under the Highline. Called Chill NY, the event will host ... More >>
Monday, August 13 Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented With Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. The proprietors of Baked in Red Hook will be showcasing their recipes at the New York Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free. Sunday, August 19 Third Annual Ice ... More >>
[See More Events: Free Gluten-Free Pudding On The Upper East Side | Clam Talk at the South Street Seaport Museum] Looking for something to do on the weekend? Thirty of NYC's food trucks and 20 food vendors will be gathering at South Street Seaport for a massive food truck festival on Saturday. The ... More >>
Telegraphing its greenness, the St. Louis food truck Lulu's Local Eatery is ready to sell you a sweet potato falafel. [See More Food For Thought: What 'Belongs' in Harlem? | 12 Careers Created or Transformed by the Age of Foodism | Live Feed From Tokyo: Ramen at Ippudo] Just how green can food tr ... More >>
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 places that are near and de ... More >>
Laine DossChef Rocco DiSpirito's new food truck, called "Now Eat This" after his series of recipe books, has recently started serving New Yorkers nutritious comfort food. DiSpirito says his way of prepping favorites such as meatballs, enchiladas, jambalaya, and brownies shows that good-for-yo ... More >>
Moroccan Meatball Hero with Mint and Ricotta SalataIf you haven't yet made it to Mad. Sq. Eats, you have until Friday before the Madison Square Park street-food extravaganza comes to a close. Chef Ty-Lor Boring, of Almond restaurant (12 East 22 Street), who will also compete in the upcoming s ... More >>
Oh, Korilla, say it ain't so! The Korean BBQ truck, whose chosun bowls we are so very fond of, has been kicked off of The Great Food Truck Race for cheating.
PB&J feed your head
Good to Go Organics hot-dog carts specialize in organic, grass-fed beef franks and locally sourced toppings. For many Manhattan moms, they are good enough to break the no-street dogs rule. [NY Times] Trace and Trust is a boat-to-table initiative that connects chefs and fishermen and lets the ... More >>
Gordon Ramsay is trying to revive his struggling restaurant empire in the U.S. with a deal with Caesars in Vegas to launch three restaurants. [NY Post] A look at the lineup for the food-truck lot in Queens: Kimchi Taco truck, Taim, and Andy's Italian Ices one day; Eddie's Pizza, Desi Food, a ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Crayfish Festival Aquavit August 8-12 and 15-19 Swedes have been eating crayfish since the 16th century. But you don't have to be Swedish to celebrate Aquavit's ann ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg is at odds with the Health Department over letter grades on food carts. He wants them, but with just 20 out of 100-odd inspectors assigned to mobile vendors, there aren't enough resources to grade the city's 5,100 street-food carts. [NY Post] Major food corps may have pledged ... More >>
Food trucks are soooo passé. You can barely walk down the street without hitting one with your fancy new handbag! Since we as a city do not sit and stagnate (unless it's today) but instead ebb and flow like the sewage-filled tides, there is a new entry in the truck camp. There are vibrator t ... More >>
States like Alabama and Florida are adopting limits on the authority cities have to ban unhealthy foods. [Time] Food authorities in Australian and New Zealand are warning citizens against consuming a new coffee that claims to perk up people's sex lives. [Herald Sun] A new study suggests th ... More >>
Ladle of LoveAnother food truck has left Manhattan, and this time, the police have absolutely nothing to do with it.
Gigi and Big R's soul food truck took top honors at Philadelphia's first-ever Vendy Awards. [Wall Street Journal] Why eat shark fin soup when you can save reef fish populations along the Florida coast by eating lionfish, an invasive species? [NY Times] Arturo's is not so out of place in Ma ... More >>
On second thought...Today the Times confirms what we've sort of suspected for awhile: people are hating on food trucks. In this case, "people" is the NYPD.
Rebecca MarxA big, fat ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus. Come the end of May or thereabouts, we more or less live on a diet of frozen dairy and other icy foodstuffs. It's part Darwinian survival strategy and part hedonistic appreciation for anything that can be eaten from a cone -- preferabl ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Want an easy, surefire, and inexpensive way to make a spectacle of yourself? Track the Coolhaus truck to a location in midtown. Make sure the temperature is at least 88 degrees F and the sun is at its ornery peak. Order one ice cream sandwich, which will come to you adorned with ... More >>
Pierre Cardin's now-defunct Maxim's restaurant at 680 Madison Avenue, which closed back in 2000, is finally being dismantled and sold. [NY Post] Gristedes owner and supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis' daughter will marry Richard Nixon's grandson this Saturday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral ... More >>
There will be beer.Following in the sticky steps of Radegast Hall, Hofbrau Bierhaus, Spritzenhaus, the Standard, and La Birrera, Tom Colicchio is planting a beer garden.
Sbarro, which recently announced it might file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is now considering a sale instead. [Nation's Restaurant News] Prague is getting on the foodie bandwagon, as it gears up for the Prague Food Festival, which will feature cuisines from around the world. [NY Times] A new ... More >>
Chantal MartineauYet another taco truck. Yay! When we told you about the newly minted Jalapeño NYC truck last week, you may have thought to yourself, "Great. Not another taco truck." And, yes, it may be the last thing the city needs on the whole. But it certainly isn't the last thing Fort Gr ... More >>
On Monday, a propane tank on the Frites 'n' Meats truck exploded, injuring two of its workers and all but destroying the vehicle. Fortunately, both workers will recover, but it's going to be a while before it's back to business as usual.
Lay's launches a test kitchen in a marquee, naturally.Frito-Lay is going one better than the seemingly endless list of companies using food trucks to promote their brands. Instead of driving around town spreading the word on snacks like Lay's, SunChips, and Tostitos, it's parking itself right ... More >>
Almost two months after announcing the launch of its new cookbook imprint, McSweeney's is accepting pre-orders for its first title, Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas From an Improbably Restaurant. Written by Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, it's both a compendium of recipes from the po ... More >>
Rebecca MarxA few days after we remarked upon the flowers bedecking its facade, Souvlaki GR has opened to the public.
Shadowy people, yes. Shadowy food trucks, no.Once Cooper Square Park gets its facelift, don't expect any food trucks to besmirch its shiny new visage.
Rebecca Marx When we wrote Our 10 Best Vegetarian Street Foods round-up last week, we hadn't yet been able to make it to the Kimchi Taco Truck. But now that we have, we'd like to make its tofu edamame falafel tacos an honorary member of the canon.
Eddie Huang divulges his favorite picks for Chinatown eats, including Shanghai Cuisine on Bayard and Oriental Garden on Elizabeth. [NY Post] Cupcake Stop, Taco Truck, and Desserts Truck are among food trucks getting permanent addresses at brick-and-mortar locations. [NY Post] Taco Bell has ... More >>
Following in the tire tracks of Calexico Carne Asada, the Dessert Truck, Cupcake Stop, NYC Cravings, the Treats Truck, and, most recently, Souvlaki GR, Schnitzel & Things is opening a storefront.
Sigmund Pretzels will stack 'em up next Saturday.Perhaps it's no coincidence that "gourd" sounds so much like "gorge," because fall seems to have become synonymous with feeding events. To the season's already burgeoning roster (and waistlines) you can add one more: next Saturday, Oct. 16, the ... More >>
First lady Michelle Obama hosted spouses of world leaders at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, where a lunch of ingredients from the farm and from the White House garden was served. [AP] The King of Falafel won best vendor and People's Choice at the 2010 Vendy Awards. Fares (Freddy) Zeideia can usua ... More >>
Food trucks have been illegal in foodie Montreal for decades, but two taco truck visionaries are looking to fight the system with their mobile kitchen. [Montreal Mirror] Pig farmers prepare to adjust to raising their animals with new FDA-imposed limits on antibiotic use. [NY Times] The Park ... More >>
We test out the snack shacks
Rebecca MarxGuerrilla Ice Cream's political-statement confections are nominated The Vendy Awards will be held September 25th, and although the savory finalists have already been revealed, today the Street Vendor Project organizers announced the five dessert vendors that will compete for the b ... More >>
Some people in L.A., where restaurant letter grades have existed for some time, apparently seek out eateries with a B or C grade, as that usually means great, authentic ethnic food. [NY Daily News] Just as Taco Bell launches its new Carnitos Tacos, the chain is being linked to two multi-stat ... More >>
Drinks historian David Wondrich dreams of his last meal