• Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Four 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 soba restaurant above a sushi mainstay, a grilled cheese joint in Bushwick, and a Paris wine bar finds a home state ... 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 5, 2014
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    February 25, 2014

    Five Great Affordable Tasting Menus in NYC

    Multi-course degustation journeys have proliferated in this city over the years, and while an hours-long feast can make for a unique dining experience, the expense can take a toll. Lately, some niche restaurants have offered a solution: four- to five-course menus that don't break the bank and change ... 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.

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    February 10, 2014

    Valentine's SOS: Forgot to Book Your Table? 11 Worthy Options

    Valentine's day is largely about sex, and sex, in primates, is largely about competition. And right now, if you haven't booked a table for Friday's day dinner, you've been bested by super-organized, type-A New Yorkers and devoted hopeless romantics, who booked every good seat in town a month ago. ... 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

    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

    January 25, 2013

    Smokey Burger Serving Elk Patties in Midtown; Suzume Ramen in Williamsburg

    Burgers aren't just patties on a bun at newly opened Smokey Burger Organic in Midtown West. The new lunch spot offers burgers of the elk, crab, bison, lamb, salmon, and even ostrich variety, not to mention the boring beef, chicken, and turkey options. The menu claims all the ingredients are ammonia- ... 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 >>

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    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 3, 2012

    This Week's Specials: Story of Futomaki, Whipped Green Eggs

    Here's what we've been up to this week at Fork in the Road: Robert Sietsema gave us the story on futomaki: "Futomaki in Kansai - where the roll is called eho-maki ("happy direction roll") - originated as a festival food. It would be eaten once a year in uncut form, which must have been quite a spec ... 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

    Supper at the Darby Restaurant; Free drinks at Virgil's

    A round-up on June's hottest restaurant deals and events: Summertime Supper at The Darby The Darby restaurant is hosting it's first-ever Summertime Supper, a $45 three-course, prix-fixe dinner Monday to Friday nights from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Live music will begin at 7 pm. Dishes include oysters on ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 6, 2012

    Zutto: Slurp That Meaty Liquor

    Joshua Smookler brings tonkotsu ramen to Tribeca

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    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 30, 2012

    Sweet Potato Beer? Hell, Yes!

    Does it taste like sweet potatoes? Only slightly. A brewer at Sixpoint Craft Ales recently told me - as I was working on my beer for tomorrow's Beer for Beasts with Cathy Erway - "You know, you can brew beer out of nearly anything."

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2012

    Offered Without Comment

    Cooking ware store, East 8th Street

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    February 28, 2012

    Savoy Becomes Back Forty West; Benares Brings Indian to the Theater District

    Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. ​Chef Peter Hoffman's former Savoy space, said the be one of the original farm-to-table restaurants, will re-open as Back Forty West this week. The SoHo sister restau ... More >>

  • 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)

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    January 20, 2012 Could Be a Good Restaurant Name...if You Owned the Domain Name

    Lauren ShockeyOrder from at​ There's a certain art to creating a good restaurant name. You might want to go for a cheeky pun, like A Salt and Battery or the Soy Luck Club. Maybe you want to name it after the chef, taking the route of Daniel or David Burke Kitchen. Loca ... More >>

  • 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

    November 16, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Banana Leaf

    Going bananas for Malay plates​This 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Michael Chernow on the Meatball Shop - Meatball Factory Rivalry: Interview Part 2

    Photo courtesy Michael Chernow​Yesterday we spoke with Michael Chernow, co-owner of the popular Meatball Shop and co-author of the just-published The Meatball Shop Cookbook, who gave us tips for making great meatballs at home. Today he tells us how New York City's culinary landscape has chang ... 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!

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    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.

  • 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 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 >>

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    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.

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    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 2, 2011

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    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 ...

  • 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 >>

  • Dining

    October 15, 2008
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    June 27, 2006

    Seize the Egg

    Adventures in eating at new Lamb joint on East 5th Street

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    May 16, 2006

    Breech Baby

    A meditation on the colossal new breed of Japanese restaurants

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    May 4, 1999