Sunset Park (Brooklyn)

  • 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

    September 6, 2013

    Pig Island, The Vendy Awards, Chocolate Scavenger Hunt: The Weekend Is Upon Us

    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.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    JoJu in Elmhurst: The Elastic Vietnamese Banh Mi

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Multi-hued Sponge Cake From JW Golden Bakery, Dish #64

    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.

  • Dining

    July 11, 2012

    Lick Some Balls at Yunnan Kitchen

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

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Brooklyn Soon to House the World's Largest Rooftop Garden

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Cemita Versus Torta: Your Mexican Sandwich Primer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Play the Fortune Cookie Game!

    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 >>

  • 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

    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

    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 >>

  • Dining

    December 29, 2010

    Lotus of Siam Rolls the Dice

    The noted Las Vegas Thai joint chances New York City

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    The Early Word: Saigon Shack

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Annals of Dim Sum Innovation: Jin Fong and Very Tong Vie for Supremacy

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Where Should I Go For a Weekend Eating Crawl?

    Include newcomer Eighth Avenue Noodles on your noodle crawl​Welcome 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    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

    June 10, 2009

    Things We Hate--People Who Won't Leave Manhattan

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Dining

    May 13, 2009

    Summer Guide: Salad Daze

    Let there be light meals! Welcome to our choice summer fare.

  • Dining

    April 8, 2009
  • 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 Chin ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 12, 2008

    Keep Your Eyes on MaiThai

    The next threat to the Queens hegemony

  • NYC Life

    May 13, 2008
  • 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

    March 11, 2003

    Tonguing The Black Clam

    Mountain Climbing Food in Sunset Park

  • NYC Life

    July 23, 2002
  • NYC Life

    March 19, 2002
  • News

    March 20, 2001

    Air Wars

    Activists Struggle to Link Proposed Power Plants to Asthma

  • News

    June 23, 1998

    100 Years of Hell-Raising

    The Hidden History of Asian American Activism in New York City

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