• Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Sachi, a Pan-Asian Restaurant, Opens in Midtown

    Chef Andy Yang grew up in Thailand, and that's where his culinary education began. "My grandma cooked for the king," he says. "She taught my mother, who taught me. It's more like Bangkok-style cooking." He built on that base by working in different Asian countries, solidifying his understanding of S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    A Revised Recipe: Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya's Chocolate Bruno

    Leave it to proud grandmothers to pass down recipes through generations; leave it to chefs to pass them down through menus. Eric and Bruce Bromberg take the latter approach with Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya's (187 Orchard Street, 212-466-0404) Chocolate Bruno, a dense chocolate mousse they first encoun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Eight Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a pop-up in the former Bowery Diner space, an Arabian-French fusion in the East Village, and a cafe with laundromat s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Noodles, Potatoes, and Matcha Ice Cream: Dishes We're Digging Around Town

    Another week, another stretch of gluttony. As we've eaten our way through numerous NYC establishments in the last seven days, we've loved cold noodles, sausage and grits, and a Japanese ice cream parfait. Here's what we've been digging around town.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Reader: Are There Hawaiian Restaurants in the City Other Than Onomea?

    Yesterday, Billy Lyons spilled details on new Williamsburg Hawaiian joint Onomea, where the Spam fried rice and loco moco burger were particularly enticing to him. And when he spoke with the owner about why she was inspired to open up shop, she told him that she was hoping to give Hawaiian expats li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Reader: Chefs Who Don't Cater to Vegans' Needs Are Irritating

    In my interview with Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo, he noted that it irritates him to accommodate vegans because he doesn't feel like they're getting the full experience of a meal. "It would be like going to Marea and asking for a cheeseburger," he explains. "It's not relevant to what the restaurant is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Our 10 Best Spots to Drink Sake in NYC

    We're certainly not forgoing classic wine, beer, or cocktail options when it comes to summer sipping, but we're also tossing back our fair share of chilled sake, especially after sake expert John Gauntner taught us how to drink the Japanese rice wine and divulged a few places around town with lists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Dine with Descartes at Le Philosophe; Lots of Tongue at Bar Corvo

    Our own Robert Sietsema stumbles upon the new and under publicized Noho bistro, Le Philosophe, and finds that it's a "wonderful place." He writes in his review of Le Philosophe that a slightly grayish "mural depicting dozens of philosophers" looms behind diners in the candlelit space. But he barely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Questlove Instagrams Jiro Sushi

    Some chefs have placed an informal ban on capturing food porn at their restaurants, said the New York Times earlier this week. Heads from Momofuku Ko, Le Bernadin, and Fat Duck spoke out against diners disrupting dinner service with an incessant need to use flash, tripods, or even stand on their ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Great Eats on 41st Street Near the NYPL

    At Mai Sushi, the pigfoot (tonkotsu) ramen is about half the price of Ippudo's. This week Counter Culture breezes into four (now three) fast food spots on East 41st Street in Midtown, the block running east of the New York Public Library's main branch, constituting a kind of open-air Japanese food ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2012
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    September 26, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Balkanika, Tejal Rao at 606 R&D

    Robert Sietsema dives into the pan-Balkan cuisine at Balkanika, where 18 dips are neatly displayed in tubs. Located in Hell's Kitchen, Balkanika adds a passel of Balkan hot dishes served as main courses and a cheeses and charcuterie list that emphasizes Eastern European products: "Other hard-to-find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Food Gallery 32: A Revisit. Already

    You can thank Mr. Fish for this giant lunch. [See more Revisits: Perry St | Barbuto | Daniel] No sooner had the ink dried on the print edition of the Counter Culture review of Food Gallery 32 -- Koreatown's fabulous three-level fast food spot - than reports were coming in about stalls in the comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Wasabi To Bring Individually Wrapped Sushi To NYC

    [See More Openings: Moti Mahal Delux, Hot Bread Almacen] Another Asian transplant is coming into town. This time it's in the form of Wasabi, a London-based sushi and bento chain that specializes in individually wrapped pieces of sushi. Wasabi will open its flagship branch at 561 Seventh Ave in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Whiskey Park Introduces Outdoor Seating

    We've received news that Whiskey Park is launching outdoor seating and introducing a new menu from Rue 57. Located inside the Trump Parc, Whiskey Park does not fall short of glamor. It's a solid after work hang-out place with pool tables, eight big screen TVs, and an awesome view. The new menu feat ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 6, 2012

    Zutto: Slurp That Meaty Liquor

    Joshua Smookler brings tonkotsu ramen to Tribeca

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    This Week's Specials: Lamb Dishes and Shrimp Heads

    Robert Sietsema gives the run-down on New York City's best lamb dishes. Thinking of going camping over the long weekend? We give you five ideas for outdoor eats: mason jar cocktails, spiced chickpeas, kale chips, picnic apple pies, and Hong Kong-style hot dogs. A recap of the not-so-great Goog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    How To Get Head in a Sushi Bar

    Cajun cooks know that the shrimp's head is the best part, oozing the red oil that gives these crustaceans 95 percent of their flavor. And now the Japanese know it, too.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best West Village Restaurants, 2012 Edition

    The fabled Niku-Uni (chuck flap topped with sea urchin) at Takashi. But is it good enough to catapult the restaurant into Our 10 Best? It's been two years since Fork in the Road has offered up a ranking of Our 10 Best West Village Restaurants.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 43: Eden Wok

    Pastrami Egg Roll from Eden Wok (43 East 34th Street, 212-725-8100)

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Say Goodbye to Sweet Melissa, Little Branch

    ​Little Branch in the West Village was shut down by the Department of Health yesterday for operating without a permit. [Eater]Sweet Melissa in Cobble Hill is no more. The owner will now dedicate all her energy to the Park Slope location. [NYT]

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Geoduck: Most Well-Hung Animal in the Universe?

    Some sturdy specimens photographed at a Chinese restaurant in San Mateo, California Have you ever seen a creature -- seagoing or not -- with a longer schlong? Of course not. And even more so when you consider the size in relation to its puny body. Man, can you imagine the geoduck (pronounced "goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Premiere: Lightouts' Decadent Video For "The Eloise Suite"

    ​Another band that resides on the early-'90s fascination street we traveled down last week is slippery Gowanus duo Lightouts, who resurrect the melancholy chug and darkly sexy swagger of bands like The Cure, Girls Against Boys, JAMC and Afghan Whigs and impolitely jam it into the drum machine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Our 10 Best Upper East Side Restaurants

    When you think of hot neighborhoods for dining, the Upper East Side probably isn't the first to come to mind. In fact, it's probably toward the bottom of your mental list. But a crop of new eateries over the past couple of years has resulted in some new -- not to mention exciting -- culinary blood. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Kibo; Goodbye to Hinsch's

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Hinsch's, the beloved Bay Ridge luncheonette, has closed after more than 50 years in business. [Brooklyn Paper] The embattled space th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Dancing Shrimp, Live Snakes, and Other Food That Moves (NSFW)

    We've heard a lot about the Paleolithic Diet. If eating everything raw like the Geico Caveman is good for you, imagine how much better it will be if all the meat, fish, and poultry is still alive and kicking? You can pretend you're a tiger moving in for the kill!

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Is Guy Fieri Opening a New York City Restaurant?

    "There might be a Guy Fieri restaurant coming to this island." That's straight from the horse's mouth. Fieri, who spoke at the New York City Wine & Food Festival this past weekend, previewed the possibility for a Big Apple eatery.

  • Dining

    September 21, 2011

    Belly Up to Taiwanese Specialties

    Fish bellies, that is, at a restaurant in Elmhurst

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Make Sushi Samba's Heirloom Tomato and Seaweed Salad, Like Chef Fernando Navas

    Sushi Samba's Heirloom Tomato and Seaweed Salad​Wondering what to do with those heirlooms tomatoes you picked up at the farmers' market? Sushi Samba's executive chef, Fernando Navas, has a suggestion that involves doing, well, very little to them. He shares the recipe for his Heirloom Tomato a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    A Brief Guide to Some "Gay" Foods Around Town

    flickr/Sifu RenkaShrimp tempura apparently equals gay ​What better way to celebrate Gay Pride week than eating some gay foods? But, what, exactly, constitutes gay food? Honestly, there isn't such a thing. So let's just go by name alone. Behold some of the city's "gay" dishes. Whether the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    Here we are on a rainy Friday afternoon, looking back at the week's sunnier days: Way Station's Andy Heidel talks about Flaming Moes, Dr. Who-themed cocktails, and that infamous stroller manifesto. Our 10 Best New Frozen Treats. Why is my spicy tuna roll spicy? Here's why.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Here's a Glimpse Inside the Massive Food Hall, Milk Street Cafe

    Photo courtesy Milk Street Café​ Last month we told you about Milk Street Café, a massive 23,000-square-foot food hall located at 40 Wall Street. Perhaps aiming to become the international Eataly of the Financial District, the eatery will feature an oatmeal bar, pasta bar, sushi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    The Milk Street Café's Massive Food Hall Will Open on Wall Street Next Month

    WikipediaNew York's newest massive food hall.​After 30 years as a fixture of Boston's financial district, the Milk Street Café is expanding to New York's financial district with a 23,000-square-foot food hall.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Kutsher's Deli's Menu Is Big, Fat, and Pretty Jewish

    ​Way back in January, Jeffrey Chodorow signaled his intentions to partner with the owners of the legendary Borscht Belt resort Kutsher's to open Kutsher's Deli in Tribeca. Many wondered aloud what Le Chod would do to Jewish cuisine, and now, thanks to last night's CB1 meeting, we need wonder n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Co-Op Food & Drink to Colonize the Hotel on Rivington

    The Hotel on RivingtonNothing here really says "co-op."​Where there was Thor, there will soon be Co-Op Food & Drink.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Aki Goes Macrobiotic for Lunch

    flickr/A Culinary (Photo) JournalHealth food never looked so good​West Village Japanese restaurant Aki (181 West 4th Street, 212-989-5440) has shifted its focus slightly and now offers macrobiotic fare come lunchtime. Japanese food is already considered to be relatively healthful, so why woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Mitsuwa Will Help You Get a Sugar High This Weekend

    Misuwa​Everyone's favorite Japanese superstore, Mitsuwa Marketplace, will be holding a sweets festival this weekend, celebrating sugary delights from the Far East.

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Fedora; Lauren Shockey at Graffit

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema gorges himself on Quebecois-accented food at Fedora in "Little Wisco"; Lauren Shockey experiments with Graffit: "While not everything is a smash success, the food is playful and visually compelling."​ Sam Sifton is unimpressed with Fishtag, deeming it " ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 9, 2011


    What would you do for a free beer?

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    January 13, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Should I Eat Pre-Theater?

    commons.wikimedia.orgBright lights, big city. But where to eat?​Christal M. asks: My husband and I are coming to the city from out of state this Saturday to see a show. We were hoping you might recommend a restaurant in the Theater District. When we have done this excursion in the past, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    What to 'B' to Cube 63

    Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine store to recommend a wine under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we ask Gabrio Tosti di Valminuta of De-Vino wine boutique (30 Clinton Street) to recommend a few bottles to pair with some of the dishe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    US History as Told by Hamburgers

    For your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure, a very odd history of US warfare as told by food--starring hamburgers, pretzels, matzo, kimchi, sushi and kabobs. If you never thought of the Cold War in terms of beef stroganoff before... A cheat sheet to all the foods/battles is here.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Toxic Jeremy Piven Departs Mamet's Speed-the-Plow

    Should we blame it on the tekka maki? Earlier this year, The New York Times reported finding high mercury levels in the tuna sushi at 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants, including Nobu Next Door. TV stars love them some Japanese delicacies, which may help to explain why Entourage actor Jeremy Piven ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 15, 2008
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    October 9, 2008

    NY Best Markets: Han Ah Reum

    The Han Ah Reum Korean market on the 32nd Street Koreatown stretch is, as far as I have found, the best Korean grocery in Manhattan. (There's a bigger, better Han Ah Reum in Flushing, the neighborhood with the most delicious things per square mile.) The Manhattan Han Ah Reum branch manages to squee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Summer Friday Short Cuts, from Co-Op City to Qdoba

    The power outage that briefly left much of Co-Op City dark this morning is over, reports WCBS. The Battle of Brooklyn sounds like it should be your favorite Revolutionary War battle, until you realize our side lost it. Nonetheless amNY's Richard Pyle commemorates the August 29th anniversary of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Readers Remember the Blackout

    We got some nice Blackout of '03 reminiscences in response to our request on Thursday. Commenter dstein had just learned how to drive stick and was doing his first solo run through Queens when he wound up on Northern Boulevard with no traffic lights. Chris was at JFK when the power failed and he got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Gay Pride in Fort Lauderdale Is Not an Oxymoron

    photo from 2004 Stonewall Street Festival Once the gays stopped going to South Beach, it became necessary for tropical-shirted homos to schlepp all the way to Fort Lauderdale for an occasional gathering of fruitcakes. So why not celebrate Gay Pride there? Can you bear to miss New York's Pride parad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2008

    Tabloided: The News Says 'Burn in Hell'

    Newspapers serve many functions in society: government watchdogs, history's first draft, keepers of time and tradition. Another role newspapers can play is the calm voice of reason in emotional and turbulent times. Or they can do what the Daily News did today in announcing that six Al Qaeda conspi ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 13, 2007

    A Shrine to Pig Feet Opens in the West Village

    Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture arrives with its odd obsession

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