Sunset Park (Brooklyn)

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Where to Find Classic Mexican Sweets in NYC

    Ines Bakery's (948 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-788-0594) slim counter space does a brisk after school business selling savory snacks like tortas on house made rolls ($5), pupusas ($3), and ham and cheese sandwiches ($4). But the Sunset Park outlet is, first and foremost, a bakery specializing in sw ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Where to Order the Peculiar Taco Placero

    If you've ever ordered a taco placero on a whim in one of New York City's taqueria-bodegas without knowing what it was, you may have been surprised at the result. Did I order this crumble of rice and half a jalapeño on a dry tortilla? Is the taquero out to lunch? The peculiar taco placero is a Pobl ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    A Brooklyn Couple Was Arrested for Scamming Immigrants with Bogus English Language Instruction

    A Brooklyn couple was arrested in Syracuse on August 30 for a plot to scam nearly 100 Asian immigrant families out of tuition paid for English-language instruction. Patrick Panettieri, 63, and Joanne Panettieri, 59, extracted tuition fees ranging from $100 to $2000 before shuttering the three storef ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Tacos Cachanilla Serves Up Chicharron Preparado

    Chicharron preparado, a popular Mexican snack, has many guises. All start with a crispy chip of chicharron (fried pork skin), which serves as a blank canvas for various toppings and ingredients, an edible platform that highlights the cook's artistic strokes and sprinklings. Some chicharrones prepara ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Huazontle, a Mexican Spring Green That's Rarer Than Ramps

    While seasonal foodie rapture over ramps and fiddlehead ferns is starting up, there's another vegetable that's also having a moment--and is even harder to find. Huazontle, a sturdy edible weed from Mexico that you won't find in farmers markets, remains even more elusive. The leafy green branches hol ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Fork in the Road's Updated Dim Sum Dictionary

    Fo tiao qing, braised pork tendon Way back in 2009, Fork in the Road offered readers an original dim sum visual dictionary, our tool to carry with you as you seek out the best small-plate parlors in the city. It was intended to be a resource for identifying and enjoying the traditional dim sum dish ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 22, 2012

    Tacos Cachanilla: Pass Me the Pigskin

    A visit to one of the city's most evolved taquerias

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    August 22, 2012

    5 Best Things To Eat at Tacos Cachanilla

    What the hell is this? It looks like some abstract 3-D painting. [See Tejal Rao's review of Neta in photos] This week, Counter Culture sneaks into Tacos Cachanilla in the shadow of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Sunset Park. It's probably the city's most evolved taqueria and claims to mo ... More >>

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    June 17, 2012

    Happy Father's Day! From Fork in the Road

    Sunset Park, Brooklyn Forget to make dinner reservations? Here are some Father's Day suggestions.

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    June 4, 2012

    Humongous New Chile Relleno Taco Placeros Sighted in Sunset Park

    How lush was my taco? At the invitation of Serious Eats Mexican-food expert Scarlett Lindeman, I visited a newish taqueria in Sunset Park in the shadow of the looming Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn's largest Roman Catholic cathedral. The place is called Tacos Cachanilla, and one of the lures ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 154: Best Bakery

    Melon Cookie and Walnut So from Best Bakery (5812 Eighth Avenue, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 718-439-5138)

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    April 5, 2012

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Chicken Dishes in NYC

    The fried chicken at Sunset Park's Madly Wildly. Will it make the grade? Everybody loves chicken. Or almost everybody. Who doesn't like chicken soup? Fried chicken? Roast chicken with garlic and olive oil rubbed into the skin? Chicken mousse wrapped in a banana leaf and scented with lemongrass? Th ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 16, 2011

    Banana Leaf: Here's Your Skanky Wallop

    Brooklyn's Sunset Park goes a little more Malaysian

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Cops: Attack in Sunset Park Last Night Doesn't Fit the Pattern Of Other Brooklyn Assaults

    DCPILast night's attack in Sunset Park doesn't fit the pattern attributed to these suspects.​In the last few days there have been two sexual assaults in south Brooklyn, one in Windsor Terrace and the other in Sunset Park. The attack in Windsor Terrace, in which a young woman was groped from be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    Asam Laksa at Banana Leaf in Sunset Park, Dish No. 13

    ​Asam Laksa is very, very tart. Asam Laksa is a signature dish of a Malaysian group called Pernanakans -- Chinese immigrants who settled on the Malay Peninsula as long as 400 years ago, and intermarried with Malays. Their cooking is often called Nonya ("Grandmother"), and represents one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Petition Requests Free Self-Defense Classes for Brooklyn Women; Rapist Still at Large [Update]

    ​Not to be alarmist, but there is a serial sexual assailant on the loose in Brooklyn. We've written about him here before, but he's still at large; he's suspected of one rape and five attempted rapes along Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, on 16th Street in Park Slope, and in Bay Ridge. The most r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2011

    Madly Wild Fried Chicken Debuts in Sunset Park With Wildly Cheap Chicken, Dish No: 33

    ​It may not be the world's best fried chicken, but it's pretty good, and the price is right. Who isn't a sucker for a great restaurant name, or at least a really catchy one? One recent addition to this cadre is Madly Wild Fried Chicken in Sunset Park. Though the place advertises itself as a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Who Is — and Isn't — the Sunset Park Rapist?

    Three weeks ago, the cops arrested William Giraldo, 24, for allegedly raping one of four women who they think are victims of a serial rapist in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn. But Giraldo (who was arraigned on the day he was supposed to be getting married in Florida) was charged with only one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    New York City Loses Yet Another Food Plant; Scientists Create 'Super Wheat'

    ​Maramount Corp., a Sunset Park food production plant responsible for school lunches and homeless shelter meals around the city, is moving to Pennsylvania, leaving more than 140 workers unemployed. [NY Daily News] McDonald's and Wendy's are among fast-food chains that have added new summer sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    No. 15: Bun Bo Hue at Thanh Da

    ​The bun bo Hue at Thanh Da presents a dark tempest of a beef broth. Let's enumerate the ways bun bo Hue -- named after the city of Hue (pronounced "Way") in Central Vietnam -- differs from the signature noodle soup of Saigon, pho (pronounced "FFFah"). First off, the noodles are wheat instead ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    No. 10: Bifstec con Nopales at Xochimilco

    ​The cactus paddle could also serve as a ping-pong paddle. Ever had a fresh prickly-pear cactus paddle? Any Mexican bodega-taqueria can provide one, made from a fresh specimen, broad as a human hand, the spines singed off and the flesh grilled over smoky charcoal.

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    February 11, 2011

    No. 5: Bamboo Pith and Sauteed Winter Melon at East Harbor

    ​This dish of pith and unsweet melon is as wan as a wintry day -- but the taste is supremely delectable. Bamboo pith is not a common ingredient in Western gastronomy. In fact, I've never seen it outside grandiose Hong Kong-style restaurants. Winter melon is more common -- you can see it in e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Fried Dumplings and Soup at North Dumpling on the LES

    ​North Dumpling is an old-timer in dumpling-shop years. There are nearly a dozen dumpling shops on the Lower East Side alone, not to mention those in Sunset Park and Flushing, and the vast majority now dispense four for $1. But North Dumpling is different.

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    June 14, 2010

    Sunset Park Weekend Street Eats: Stinky Tofu and Homemade Noodles

    Behold the stinky tofu: Too bad the screen isn't scratch-and-sniff​Skewer grills and noodle-slingers always line the busy Chinatown corridor of 8th Avenue in Sunset Park, but on the weekends, the crowd multiplies and street food vendors come out of the woodwork to feed them. You might walk by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    New 8th Avenue Noodles: Peel Noodles Proliferate!

    Peel noodle soup with beef​The new storefront on Eighth Avenue displays cheerful bunting outside and a lump of dough as big as a Labrador inside.

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    March 26, 2010

    Our 10 Best Sunset Park Restaurants

    Yissel's chimichurris draw a crowd​The neighborhood of Sunset Park is so-called for the park of the same name, a green, hilly spot offering a community pool built in the 1930s and spectacular views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Until World War II, the area was mainly home to Easte ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Restaurants

    Ridiculously delicious Fujianese-style oyster cake ​Tomorrow we'll bring you our 10 favorite restaurants in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The neighborhood's two main drags, Fifth Avenue and Eighth Avenue, are respectively home to excellent Latin and Asian restaurants. And although Sunset Park's Chine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    The Early Word: Lot 2

    ​ Lot 2 is on a stretch of Sixth Avenue in what you might call Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights, or South Slope. It's a quiet avenue. A few blocks south, it dead-ends into Greenwood Cemetery. In the last few years, the area has enjoyed an unlikely mini-boom: Aside from Lot 2, there's Toby's Publ ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 29, 2009

    Fly Heads at the Island of Taiwan Restaurant

    Taiwanese fare finds its way to Bay Ridge

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Somebody Got Murdered: Double Murder Inside Sunset Park

    View Larger Map DATE: On Monday, August 31, 2009 at about 8:30 p.m. LOCATION: Inside of Sunset Park near 41 Street and 7 Avenue The police say two men were shot and killed inside Sunset Park in Brooklyn Monday evening. We should note that a double murder inside a city park is pretty unusual.A 28-y ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 1, 2009

    East Harbor Seafood Palace Excels at Dim Sum

    A new Sunset Park banquet hall provides happy days for chicken-foot fetishists

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Market Watch: Albino Bitter Melon and More at Fei Long Market in Brooklyn

    ​ A rare white bitter melon, shown against a backdrop of the normal vegetable. Actually, maybe it's a fruit. Jaws dropped when Fei Long recently opened on the south end of Sunset Park's Chinatown, and not because it occupies an entire city block, and is twice a big as the next competing groce ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Prosperity Dumpling Gets a Brooklyn Outpost

    Good news for Kings County: Prosperity Dumpling, one of the best $1 dumpling houses in Manhattan, is opening a branch in Sunset Park, at 4317 Eighth Avenue. It joins current favorite Kai Feng Fu Dumpling House (corner of Eighth Avenue on 48th street). More ultra-cheap dumplings and sesame pancakes f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    In Chinatown Markets Now: Rambutan

    ​ Brightly colored rambutans are now being featured in sidewalk produce stands in Manhattan, Sunset Park, and Flushing Chinatowns for about $5 per pound. Looking like the hairy intestinal polyps of space creatures, rambutans are bright pink fruits that can run in size from an olive to a small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats: Octopus Skewers

    ​ If you happen to be walking down Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park's Chinatown, especially on the weekend, follow your nose to the charcoal fires. There are several carts and street-side windows selling Northern Chinese-style charcoal barbecue skewers--lamb, beef, fish balls, and more, for bargai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    Hey folks, just popping in here to bring you our favorite posts from the past week. Happy 4th, and see you on Monday. Coverage of the Un-Fancy Food show, including salty caramels and beer. Cheap lobster from Red Hook Lobster Pound? Grill it! (Maybe give it a valium first.) Ah, summer, when thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC--Sauteed Squash and Bamboo Pith at East Harbor

    Sunset Park is thriving with new Hong Kong-style Cantonese restaurants, many of amazing size and sophistication. And, yes, the fish are alive in the tanks. At newcomer East Harbor, some of the more interesting dishes fall in the Vegetable category, though beware strict vegetarians that some rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    How Do You Spell G-U-T-B-O-M-B?

    Around Sunset Park, the pambazo has almost attained the status of urban legend. It's a sandwich said to have originated in the streets of Guadalajara, a hero-type roll first dipped in fiery red chile sauce, than heaped with cheese, onions, salad stuff, and meat or vegetable filling. Find this workin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2009

    This Guy's a Keeper!

    Cake seen in the window of a Dominican Bakery on Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park (click to engorge). The cake poses the following questions: What is the purpose and meaning of this cake? Why is he lying in the water? Where did Barbie go?    

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    The Name Game

    Like us, you're probably really tired of the boring names lately conferred on Manhattan's food producing establishments. It also seems like all the good names have been taken, as we witness places being named with such faceless monikers as Co., Earth, and Delicatessen, or totally cringewor ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Adventures in Sunset Park: A Pig For Your Very Own

    That'll do, PigI was sniffing out good food in Sunset Park the other day, when I passed a very old-school butcher shop--New Public Meat Market, open since 1940. The piles of pristine honeycomb tripe in the window looked like a good sign, but then I spotted an even better sign. The one that reads: "S ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Anti-Recruiting Street Mural Gets 2 Times Items, "Peacenik" Comments

    The New York Times' City Room blog today mentions an anti-military recruiting mural that's just gone up on a building on 23 Street and Third Avenue in Brooklyn's Sunset Park. The mural, which (from what we can see) depicts young women in fatigues parachuting to earth and features a pile of dog tags, ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    Snapshots of Brooklyn's Chinatown

    Brooklyn's Chinatown, on 8th Avenue in Sunset Park, is one of my favorite places to eat. That cart pictured to the right is at 55th Street and 8th Avenue. The woman inside makes all sorts of noodles—chewy cylindrical steamed rice noodles, and nicely al dente fried lo mein. She also makes those sil ... More >>

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    July 27, 2004

    Getting Gooey

    Secret specialty of a banquet hall in Brooklyn's Chinatown

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    February 18, 2003

    A Bowl of Red

    East Harlem Beats Sunset Park

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