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 >>
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 >>
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.
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!
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Corn smut, that is. A Bed-Stuy bodega's authentic Pueblan food.
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 seafo ... More >>
An art world sprouts near Sunset Park, DUMBO be damned
Sunset Park's most remarkable Cantonese justifies its reputation
Sunset Park Sino-Malaysian skates to culinary victory
Sunset Pork: An adventure in overeating
A brilliant dim sum specialist appears in the Brooklyn outback
A Little Slice of Heaven in Sunset Park by Way of Vietnam