Sunset Park (Brooklyn)

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Is Smorgasburg's La Cemita Ready for a Brick-and-Mortar Location?

    After a month-long residency at Whole Foods and a presences at Brooklyn's foodie bazaar Smorgasburg that commands weekend throngs, Danny Lyu's Cemita's Mexican Sandwich is primed to open a more permanent location for its Poblano-style sandwiches. But does the food warrant it?

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Here's the Key to a Great Taco

    Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back Tue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    I Spent a Day Selling Vegan Hot Dogs With Yeah Dawg Vegan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Split From the Crowd and Head to Tacos El Bronco

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2013

    This Morning's Banksy Asks Who the Asshole Is Here, Really

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Red Hook's El Olomega Wins Top Vendy

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Try the Flan at Panaderia La Espiga Real

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC, 2013 Edition

    The amazing "big tray chicken" at Manhattan's Spicy Village It's been over two years since Fork in the Road appraised the relative merits of the city's Chinese restaurants - things have changed so much in the interim. Northern Chinese fare continues to rule Flushing, Elmhurst has increased the bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Counterfeiters Busted Selling Fake IDs to Undocumented Immigrants in Brooklyn

    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 >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2012

    Lick Some Balls at Yunnan Kitchen

    Potato balls, we mean. At a new Lower East Side Dai spot.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Jose Ortiz Suspected in Fatal Brooklyn Shooting

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Politics Aside, Redistricting Advocates Release 'Unity Map' to Support Minority Voters

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Our 10 Best Soups in NYC

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Happy National Taco Day! Find NYC's Best Tacos

    It's National Taco Day, apparently! While New York City might not be Los Angeles when it comes to scoring premium carne asada off the street, there are still lots of excellent taco options to try. Plenty of new spots have opened since we listed the 10 Best Tacos in New York a couple of years ago, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Cops: At Least Eight Sex Attacks in Brooklyn Since March, By as Many as Three Different Men

    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:

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Man Wanted for One Rape, Five Attempted Rapes in Brooklyn

    A police sketch of the suspect.​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    William Giraldo, Accused Brooklyn Rapist, Missed His Wedding for a Court Date

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Ten Fascinating Ethnic Ingredients Chefs Should Get to Know Better

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Wax Jamboo and Five Other Unusual Fruits and Vegetables at NYC Chinese Supermarkets

    ​1. Celtuce is an extreme variety of lettuce native to southern China. It's also known as stem lettuce, celery lettuce, asparagus lettuce, wo ju, and kaki-jisha. Though the leaves are edible, the cooked stem is the whole point of the vegetable. In addition to steaming and sauteeing, pickling ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 26, 2011

    Cholulita Sells Smut Under the J Tracks

    Corn smut, that is. A Bed-Stuy bodega's authentic Pueblan food.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Weekend Brighton Beach Barbacoa Run

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Where Does Mock Duck Come From?

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Where Am I Eating? Wong Wong Noodle Shop

    Roast duck peel noodles from Wong Wong​These 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Liang Ma Seafood Restaurant: More Fujianese for Brooklyn

    ​In recent years, Fujianese restaurants have become fairly common in Manhattan's Chinatown. There are plenty of places to score the myriad soups, noodles, whole fish, lychee pork, fishballs, and meat stewed in wine lees that distinguish the cuisine of the southern Chinese coastal province. ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 2, 2010

    Hop the Train Out to Tanoreen and Athena Express

    Mideast fare—and some new Greek—in Bay Ridge

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2009

    Quick hits

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Beer Here! A Report From the Brooklyn Homebrewers Tour

    Josh Bernstein spells it all out.​ On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, 23 beer lovers met in Sunset Park to embark on a day of heavy drinking. Waiting for everyone to arrive, beer writer Joshua M. Bernstein held a sign he made out of trash that said, "Hey! It's a HOMEBREW TOUR." Bernstein playe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Yes In My Backyard: Download Dinowalrus' "Electric Car, Gas Guitar"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Ted Gordon​Brooklyn ecstasy-noize troupe Dinowalrus crawl out of the teeny-tiny opening Animal Collective and Black Dice have made for fluttery textures, ambient suckscapes, and incoherent blare-chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Groups Sues Planners to Stop Sunset Park Rezoning

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Our 10 Best: Seafood Restaurants

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Our Ten Best--Tacos

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats--Bun Bo Hue at Thanh Da

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Revisiting Taco Nuevo Mexico

    The Oaxaqueno tamale When I first moved to New York from Los Angeles, I despaired of finding a good taco, or good Mexican food in general. Then I started exploring Sunset Park, Jackson Heights, and the Red Hook ballfields, and realized that New York actually does have good tacos, and Mexican seafoo ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Goodbye Ganda

    The Solitary Cyclist at Monkey Town Food blogging luminaries turned out Saturday night at Monkey Town in Williamsburg to bid farewell to Ganda Suthivarakom of She's leaving this week for a six month stint in Stockholm. The band she fronts as lead singer -- The Solitary Cyc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Got a Dollar? Get a Chinese-KC BBQ Skewer

    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 Chine ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 12, 2008

    Keep Your Eyes on MaiThai

    The next threat to the Queens hegemony

  • Dining

    May 2, 2006

    Frida Fatigue

    Our rollicking crew checks out a couple of Brooklyn taquerías

  • Dining

    August 2, 2005

    Magnificent Morsels

    A brilliant dim sum specialist appears in the Brooklyn outback

  • Columns

    March 29, 2005

    Journey to Norwabia

    A culinary trek through Bay Ridge

  • Dining

    March 22, 2005


    Fill your shoe with beef tongue in East Harlem Mexican

  • Dining

    September 21, 2004

    Smelling Salt Water

    Egyptian eatery bows to its Greek and Italian neighbors

  • Dining

    August 19, 2003

    Meatball Hero Worship

    A Little Slice of Heaven in Sunset Park by Way of Vietnam

  • Dining

    March 11, 2003

    Tonguing The Black Clam

    Mountain Climbing Food in Sunset Park

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    September 17, 2002
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    September 10, 2002
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    September 3, 2002
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    July 23, 2002
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    March 28, 2000
  • News

    June 23, 1998

    100 Years of Hell-Raising

    The Hidden History of Asian American Activism in New York City

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