Marina Bennedetto, proprietor of pop-up vegan hot dog stand Yeah Dawg Vegan, speaks in half-punctuated fusillades of clauses, like this: "With a truck, you still need to rent a kitchen, plus you have to do all the permitting, and, like, dealing with the city and parking hassles, so doing a pop-up ca ... More >>
Crowds in this city do not always correlate to good taste -- see the hordes that flock to the Tacos Morelos carts in Williamsburg or the East Village instead of the more venerable Jackson Heights restaurant from which the mobile vendors were born. Further proof is Tacos El Bronco (4324 Fourth Avenue ... More >>
Good morning. Banksy's still here, and we're pretty sure he thinks you're an asshole. The British scourge struck horrifyingly earlier this morning, while your humble bloggers were still caffeinating and thinking up more unkind jokes about the English. The newest piece is on the back of a truck in ... More >>
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.
Now that your days off don't mean getting buried in the sand, you're going to want to fill those 48 work-less hours with something productive. Here's a look at this weekend's upcoming events, where you can still shovel ... some tasty food into your mouth.
At JoJu, your sandwich comes conveniently packaged in a pair of (recyclable) paper-tissue bags, perfect for sharing. Over the last decade, New Yorkers have fallen in love with the Vietnamese sandwich banh mi. The best are found at a pair of places: Saigon Banh Mi in Chinatown and Ba Xuyen in Sunse ... More >>
Two Brooklyn men were indicted on forgery charges yesterday for creating counterfeit identification cards and distributing them out of a Sunset Park bakery. Jose Mateo Castro, 56, and Leonel Escamiilo, 43, allegedly sold counterfeit Social Security Cards, Green Cards and driver's licenses to undocu ... More >>
Is it the flag of some obscure and largely ignored nation? Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.
Potato balls, we mean. At a new Lower East Side Dai spot.
An old warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn will become the new home of the world's largest rooftop garden. A Manhattan-based company, BrightFarms, is in charge of planting the garden, which will grow in a 100,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse, and hopefully produce 1 million pounds of local pro ... More >>
Peeling back the top of a sandwich from a Mexican bodega can sometimes cause momentary confusion. "Where's the pickled jalapeno? What's this green stuff?" is all too common a refrain. Here we clear up the difference between the two most popular Mexican sandwiches, the cemita and the torta, and where ... More >>
Where the hell did the fortune cookie come from, anyway? How they were invented is a matter of some dispute, not where they were invented -- which was California. The magic happened approximately 100 years ago, when a Japanese company in that state decided to make a modern American version of a te ... More >>
A Sunset Park man was recently shot and killed outside his home, and cops want your help bringing in the scumbag who gunned him down. Cops say that 20-year-old Jairo Aguilar was standing at the corner of 54th Street and Fifth Avenue on January 24, around 7:41 p.m., before things took a turn ... More >>
As the political games of redistricting heat up this week, civil rights groups are staying focused on the prize: good maps. A coalition of advocacy groups teamed up yesterday and released what they call the "Unity Map," which contains specific recommendations for Senate, Assembly, and Congressional ... More >>
Polonia's borscht with meat dumplings is so good, you'll want to swim in it. Like the primordial ooze our ancestors crawled out of, soup is a nourishing, regenerative fluid. And when the weather turns cold, there's nothing more revivifying than a great potage - even coming out of a can, it ... More >>
Police sketches of the attacker(s)Last night the NYPD held a precinct council meeting for the 72nd Precinct, which covers much of the area in Brooklyn affected by a serial sexual assailant(s) in recent months. It was open to the public. The police established a few key facts about the case:
A police sketch of the suspect.â€‹Police are seeking a man wanted in connection to one rape and five attempted rapes in Brooklyn over the course of the last few months. Starting in March, the man, who is described as a 5'7" Hispanic male between 25-30 and approximately 165 pounds, attacked six women ... More >>
The 24-year-old accused of raping a Brooklyn woman in Sunset Park on Saturday was arraigned on Wednesday, the very same day he was supposed to have been married. Though police suspect four recent sexual assaults were all carried out by the same man, William Giraldo was identified by just one ... More >>
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 >>
We tried in vain to calculate how many goats the massive barbacoa pot held at El Jarochito. Alongside Sunset Park, East Elmhurst, and Corona, Brighton Beach and Coney Island are collectively becoming one of the foremost destinations for southern Mexican food. That was confirmed last weekend ... More >>
The noted Las Vegas Thai joint chances New York City
Lauren ShockeyDuck banh mi Saigon Shack has been open for about a month, selling banh mi, pho, and other Vietnamese and pan-Asian snacks to hungry NYU students and Greenwich Village residents. Looking for a quick lunch, we popped in today to see how their sandwiches stack up against the comp ... More >>
Ever seen this one before? Shrimp paste and vegetables packaged like sushi at Very Tong. Three years ago, the city was in the dim sum doldrums, a condition that had persisted for a decade or more. What you got when you traipsed into one of the football-field size dining rooms was a processio ... More >>
Include newcomer Eighth Avenue Noodles on your noodle crawlWelcome to this week's installment of Ask the Critics. If you have a question--any question!--you'd like answered in this column, email us. This week, Amol M. asks: "Can you suggest a weekend excursion/eating crawl in the five borou ... More >>
Walking through Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a sign for Tian Yuan Veg Inc. might catch your eye, promising veg mutton, veg silky fowl, veg baby shrimp. Down the stairs into the subterranean shop, where every creature imaginable is available in a soy-based facsimile.
Roast duck peel noodles from Wong WongThese peel noodles, otherwise known as knife-cut noodles, were slurped at Wong Wong Noodle Shop, a Fujianese noodle spot in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The noodles are wide, irregular, and fluttery, made by shaving strips from an oblong of dough. Here they sha ... More >>
Mideast fare—and some new Greek—in Bay Ridge
Rep. Patrick Kennedy is scheduled to speak Monday at Brown University about healthcare. This marks Kennedy's first public appearance since he and then Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin went public with their conflict over abortion. -- Police in Sunset Park, Brooklyn had to cut open a burning car to ... More >>
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Our ever-busy city planners are eager to rezone Sunset Park. To hear them tell it, the rezoning is benign, aiming "to preserve neighborhood character and scale by placing height limits throughout the area, allowing for new development where appropriate at a height and scale that is in keeping ... More >>
Seafood is the great meeting ground of culinary preferences, the foodstuff where all tastes converge. Need a restaurant to please a big crowd? Seafood serves the purpose. Need a place where the scarf ranges from a bland white filet (perfect for dyspeptics) to a quivering raw oyster squirted w ... More >>
Rough-hewn corn tortillas constitute our connection with Mexico's remote past, when women slaked tiny ears of corn with lye procured from blackened seashells to make masa. To put in those tortillas, they made chile-rich sauces, while their husbands sojourned in search of wild boar, crunchy insects, ... More >>
You know the type. The person who refers to the outer boroughs by using phrases like "the wilds of Brooklyn." Your friend who has lived here for a decade but has never crossed the East River. The one who insists you meet for dinner in "the city" rather than, god forbid, get on the L, F or N train ... More >>
The irresistible bun bo hue, a soup that originated in the city of Hue, Vietnam You've probably had your fill of pho (the multi-beef rice noodle soup) and banh mi (the French-leaning Vietnamese hero), but I bet you haven't had your fill of bun bo hue. A rash of immigration from central Vietnam ... More >>
Let there be light meals! Welcome to our choice summer fare.
This weekend, after eating noodles in Sunset Park because it's good luck for the new year and because I love noodles, we stumbled upon this cart, which grills various skewers over glowing hot, smoky coals, and sells them for $1.I believe the 'cue sizzled up here is in the style of the northern Chin ... More >>
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