In our dining escapades over the last week, we've consumed the best French fries we've had all year, slurped down one hell of a hot pot, and indulged in an impressive dessert. Here are the dishes we've been digging around town this week.
In case you live in a windowless box and haven't noticed, it's freezing cold and snowing outside -- so spending the weekend downing biscuits and gravy seems like a really strong plan right now. As does a batch mimosas. Or many batches of mimosas.
Those who have tasted a good bowl of birria, the Mexican soup from Jalisco made from toasted chiles and roasted goat, know it's a soup that inspires a rapture more consuming than what tweens feel for Justin Bieber. In Los Angeles there are entire restaurants dedicated to birria -- the soft simmeri ... More >>
Ed Lefkowitz/BAM Monday, December 17 Beagle and Governor Dinner: East Village's the Beagle will team up with Governor, the Dumbo restaurant that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, for a three-course sherry-paired dinner. Tickets are $85 or $125 depending on your drink selections. Half of the procee ... More >>
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: #100 Jersey Cow from Home by the Range | #99 Pork Arista Sandwich at Eataly Rosticceria]
Soft-serve collision or collusion? Somewhat mysteriously, a fleet of colorfully painted vans has appeared in the streets of Sunset Park, edging over into adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods. In doing so, they've practically vanquished their rival Mister Softee.
Soy Sauce Chicken(?) from Empire BBQ Restaurant, Inc. (5805 8th Avenue, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 718-435-9692)
Northern Chinese dumplings, thick-skinned and cheap Samantha G. asks: Hey! I love northern Chinese food. I grew up with a wonderful northern/Cantonese dim-sum-style restaurant in Rockville, Maryland. I was wondering if there is anything similar in NYC? Thanks!
This week in the Voice, out today: Graham Rayman reveals the existence of Ray Kelly's list of police officers who cannot be transferred without his personal approval. "The list, which the Voice obtained from an NYPD employee, is part of a 23-page spreadsheet that contains the names of 2,300 o ... More >>
Going bananas for Malay platesThis week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples screwpine at Banana Leaf, Sunset Park's new Malaysian outpost. Slurp the super-sour asam laksa for a true sense of the archipelago's aromas. Eric Asimov savors Sushi Yasuda. His verdict: Even with the departure of ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Here we are, at the end of summer and at the start of Labor Day weekend. And so before we hightail it to an undisclosed location, let's cast a glance back at those last few days of summer. Our 11 Best Places to Eat in Sunset Park. Peels' Shuna Lydon talks pastry, the SF v. NY d ... More >>
via NYC Department of Parks & RecreationNot in southern Brooklyn.Life in southern Brooklyn is rural. Last week we brought you the news that Wi-Fi is coming to 20 parks around the city this summer. But an article in The Brooklyn Paper today points out that none of those locations are south o ... More >>
Artichokes seem like the last thing you'd want to make tea out of. The products of the Hung Phat herbal tea company are prominently displayed in nearly every one of the city's mega-Asian supermarkets in Chinatown, Sunset Park, and Flushing.
Lauren ShockeyThanh Da's Bun RieuWe've been eating a lot of Vietnamese food recently (could we be prepping for a 10 Best? Oh, maybe), and were excited when we saw bun rieu on the menu at Thanh Da. As we've noted in the past, the Sunset Park restaurant does a great bun bo Hue, the spicy beef ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Vic ... More >>
Barb N. asks: I know you've probably heard this one a thousand times before, but what's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Dear Barb: I never get tired of answering that question, but the answer is usually the same. It's not the cow penis I ate in a Chinese place on College Point Boulevard in F ... More >>
Rescue ChocolateSweet, chocolatey pit bulls.Park Slope has given us numerous whimsical and highly specific food products, but until now, it had not produced a line of chocolate bars inspired in part by feral cats and castration.
There are but a few precious short hours left until the weekend, and thus it is time to cast a fond eye back to the best posts of the week. We ranked Our 10 Best Things to Eat at Locavorish Food Markets. The battle of Smarties vs. M&M's: an England-U.S. Rematch. Asked the Critics weighed in on th ... More >>
Eugene Mirman, with friend.Eugene Mirman is a very funny man--so funny that this very publication dubbed him New York's best stand-up comedian in 2009. You've probably seen him on Flight of the Conchords or at Union Hall, where he hosts Tearing the Veil of Maya with Michael Showalter. Last ye ... More >>
Fried lobak platter from the old New Belachan RestaurantMeandering through Sunset Park today, we spotted a recently opened Japanese restaurant. Except it's actually the new incarnation of New Belachan, which was our favorite Malaysian restaurant in Brooklyn.
Left: century egg; Front: shrimp fritters; Middle: bean-curd-wrapped pork; Far back: Fried tofu Although there are several Malaysian restaurants in Sunset Park's Chinatown, Belachan is probably the most worthwhile. When Robert Sietsema favorably reviewed Belachan in 2007, he pronounced that ... More >>
A little taste of summer At the corner of 47th Street and Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park, a woman at a cart is frying up gorditas stuffed with chicharrones, and fashioning rolled tacos and elotes, ears of corn slathered with mayo, cotija cheese, and chile powder. Big jugs of homemade green salsa ... More >>
You've experienced it dozens of times--as you approach your favorite farm stand in the farmers' market, you're confronted by a solid cordon of corn-peelers, clogging the approach to the corn bin, and obsessively peeling every ear of corn.
A new Fujianese spot, Red Apple Fast Food, has popped up on Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and today the place was packed with diners lunching on noodle soups and fish-and-rice combos from the steam table. But on a self-service table in the center of the room sat the most exciting o ... More >>
The Loading Dock, an expansion of Forrest Cole's Choncho's Tacos cart at the Brooklyn Flea, has opened in Downtown Brooklyn. Serving Mexican-style eggs, tacos made with tortillas from Corona's Nixtamal, and Gorilla coffee, it will also act as a gallery. [NY Magazine] Peter Poulakakos, whose father ... More >>
Welcome to Friday afternoon. Without further ado, the week's best posts: The Early Word paid visits to Sunset Park's El Comal taqueria and Luke's Lobster. Spain's Ribera del Duero region is producing some mighty fine wines. In Battle of the Dishes, McDonald's Big Mac squared off against Burger Ki ... More >>
It's Friday afternoon. And these are the week's best posts.Bartenders are crazy. Which is why they enjoy doing shots of Fernet-Branca.Former Marlow & Sons chef Caroline Fidanza prepares to set sail at Saltie.Our 10 Best Food-Themed Pop Songs: Who knew a peach could be so thoroughly debauched?Uma ... More >>
Xochimilco's $11 steak special, in which freshly grilled cactus paddle provides extra lube. Served with rice and cheese-dusted beans (click to consume) This week Counter Culture zooms in on Xochimilco, a profoundly good Sunset Park taqueria named after Mexico City's answer to Coney Isl ... More >>
Here are some of our favorite posts from the week that was. See you on Monday. Sietsema wisdom: Carbs are essential to life and happiness The Early Word on Sunset Park's Casa Vieja In Chile: poutine's fatter, sluttier cousin Gobbling sausage, drinking Pinot Noir and snuggling at Cafe Select Awe ... More >>
El Bohio Restaurant #3 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, has an awning blazoned with the word "lechonera,"--meaning a place that specializes in crackly-skinned roast pig. And indeed, hefty hunks of burnished pork sit in the window, alongside blood sausage, pastelitos (like empanadas) and fried potato fritte ... More >>
Let's forget about foie gras for a moment and dig into a big plate of salchipapas. Like the name ("sausage-potatoes") says, this snack is a toss of french fries and baby hot dogs. The hot dogs have been sliced diagonally, and assume a comically indented shape when they're cooked in hot fat with ... More >>
More election-time vox populi audio from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism: In Staten Island, student Patricia Lacey thinks it's "retarded" we're at war, because "we're not the parents of this world... why should we lose the people we love for people who don't even like us?" Server Corina Episc ... More >>
An art world sprouts near Sunset Park, DUMBO be damned
This week, my column treks through Sunset Park, a Latin American neighborhood in Brooklyn. I found that the best street carts and taco trucks come out at night (and often work their griddles until dawn). My favorite was Yissel's chimichurri truck, where you can get Dominican chimichurris, the awe ... More >>
Sunset Park's most remarkable Cantonese justifies its reputation
Sunset Park Sino-Malaysian skates to culinary victory
The usually bustling N/R subway station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, was shuttered today, the first morning of the transit strike in New York City. Officers from the NYPD were on the scene, saying they were checking all the stations to make sure there was no mischief. Mischief? Transit workers have ke ... More >>
Sunset Pork: An adventure in overeating