Dish no. 59: Steamed Dumplings from Super Taste Restaurant (26 Eldridge Street, 212-625-1198)
A Styrofoam cooler of pre-made burritos dragged from dive to dive may not be the ideal format in which to sample a good burrito. Nevertheless, that's just how Pepe Urquijo, a Bay Area expat, started his business B'klyn Burro Burrito (at Don Pedro's, 90 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn) early this year, co ... More >>
In my meat-free book, there are three components to the perfect eatery (in addition, of course, to serving tasty food): First, there must be at least two vegetarian options on the menu -- having only one is boring and makes me feel like an afterthought instead of an valued guest. Second, the food sh ... 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 >>
In more ways than one, no one should really like styrofoam. It has the half-life of most nuclear substances; it doesn't really keep your coffee that hot; it litters the streets of our beloved city; and, most importantly, it indirectly costs you money. How? Landfills. Last week, the Sanitation Depar ... More >>
Outré cinephilia with the bridge-and-tunnel set
Check out this R2-D2 cake from Lola May Cake Factory in the U.K. Word on the street is that it can feed 30 to 40 people.
This week in the Voice, out today: Sean Manning follows the Second Avenue sandhogs: "Here for 470 million years there had been rock, there are now two 20-foot diameter, butter-smooth concrete tubes--a giant, mile-long double-barrel shotgun buried 100 feet below the Upper East Side... Scant attention ... More >>
Rugged Maniacs mud race: Brooklyn, NY 2011 from Village Voice Media on Vimeo. The Village Voice's art director John Dixon, who regularly kills it with his covers, is a man of many talents. The video above is of a 5K "adventure race and music festival" called Rugged Maniac that took place in Floyd Be ... More >>
One of these pastries is also called "macaron," but which one? We've spilled lots of ink lately on the difference between macaroons and macarons -- the former being sticky, coconut-based cookies popular for Passover, the latter cheerless-but-colorful sandwich cookies that taste something l ... More >>
runx/FlickrAlthough that video of two woman fighting over spaghetti on a crowded subway car was certainly a fun (if slightly unsettling) way to waste four minutes, the MTA is not amused.
Big and boxy—but pretty good Chinese
Some interesting facts we gleaned from The Wall Street Journal's profile of D.G. Yuengling & Son, the Pennsylvania-based brewer that last week announced its plans to buy a former Coors brewing facility in Memphis:
Beware.Government food recalls often seem to involve big, faceless industrial food monoliths, but here's one that feels a bit more personal: the New York State Agriculture Department has issued a recall for packaged soybean sprouts sold at Essex Farm, one of the produce vendors in the Essex S ... More >>
Dragon Boat afloat in Flushing Meadows Pond. I went expecting to find a food scene something like the Red Hook soccer fields or the Labor Day parade in Brooklyn, and indeed there were tents, pavilions, and penants galore at the north end of the lake, like some medieval jousting match. Most o ... More >>
The 99-cent slice at Papa John's on West 28th Street In our coverage of the slice at 99 Cent Fresh Pizza and the superior, one-cent-more slice at 2 Bros., I neglected to mention that a national chain has jumped into the cheap-slice act.
A bantam hen seems proud of her newly laid egg. Cathy Erway, author of The Art of Eating In, is launching a new blog Monday that will be the successor to her long-running noteatingoutinny.com. The url is lunchatsixpoint.com, and the subject matter will be her activities as one of Brooklyn's ... More >>
20 Happy Hours for every legal drinking hour in town!
To review: Weezer's "Sweater Song" is your holy text; this howling, elemental singalong conducted by Titus Andronicus and the Vivian Girls's Cassie Ramone last night in Philadelphia will serve as your rites. That Titus's Patrick Stickles nails the solo note for note, and that he and Cassie are abl ... More >>
Yesterday, a petite woman sporting a smart blue cardigan and close-cropped salt-and-pepper hair sat on the south side of Grand Street between the Bowery and Elizabeth. A box propped up in front of her held bamboo-wrapped zongzi and Styrofoam dishes of these jiggly snacks.
Every year about this time Indian mangoes appear in Queens South Asian grocery stores, including Patel Bros., and cause quite a stir. They're smaller, greener, sweeter, darker-fleshed, and creamier than the Mexican and Central American mangoes--which often have a red coloration--that you might ... More >>
This week, I review Bussaco, a restaurant in deepest Park Slope that serves what has come to be called NBC (New Brooklyn Cuisine). I find myself overly annoyed by this NBC coinage. But Bussaco (833 Union Street, Brooklyn) turns out to be a truly excellent restaurant, in no way coasting by on it's ec ... More >>
A soiree that exists only to give you the business on your wedding day
The new extravaganza of Buenos Airesbased company De La Guarda
Audience Participation: What makes a cooler "hipster"? From the craigslist Free Board: Styrofoam box/hipster cooler (Upper East Side) I have a large (about 21" x 14" x 15") styrofoam box originally used to ship Omaha Steaks. I'd rather not see it go to the landfill, and it still has life in it fo ... More >>
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