• Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Get Your Tickets to Louro's Sun Noodle Dinner Before They're Gone

    Before he presided over Louro (142 West 10th Street), David Santos made a name for himself with his Nossa Mesa Supper Club, a quirky, ever-changing prix fixe that allowed him to experiment with global cuisine and wacky dishes and expand his creative horizons. Nossa Mesa survives at Louro on Monday n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    These Are the Four Best Things We Ate in NYC This Week

    Over the past week in NYC, we've chowed down on some great sashimi, excellent cioppino, and one helluva stack of pancakes. Here are the four best things we ate this week.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    An Early Taste of Daruma-Ya, Now Open in Tribeca

    A few weeks ago, Laura Shunk paid a visit to soba master Shuichi Kotani to learn the secrets of the then-forthcoming soba at Daruma-Ya (428 Greenwich Street, 212-274-0428), which opened earlier this month in the former Greenwich Grill space above Sushi Azabu. The space is largely a holdover from Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Hibino Brings Traditional Japanese Food to LIC

    Although Long Island City is seeing ongoing, rapid residential development -- often to vocal criticism -- the dining scene doesn't always keep pace. Into the Japanese food void steps Hibino (10-70 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 718-392-5190), an offshoot of a bustling Cobble Hill restaurant, and a worthwhi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    What's Up With the Timing at Jewel Bako and Benkei?

    I don't know if I've been craving raw fish recently or if all of your joyless January juice cleanses are serving as a massive guilt trip, but I've found myself steadily plowing my way through sushi restaurants, stuffing my gullet with sea creatures and rice and washing it down with green tea. This i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Momo Sushi's Karaage, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Karaage from Momo Sushi, 43 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, 718-418-6666, $9 Fried chicken joints keep proliferating, but the scene's not exactly saturated with Japanese versions. Check out this Bushwick spot's rendition of karaage, a small entree-sized portion that won't set you back much.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    A Visual Feast at Sushi Nakazawa (PHOTOS)

    Last week, Jon Cheng spoke with Daisuke Nakazawa and Alessandro Borgognone, the two men behind Sushi Nakazawa (23 Commerce Street, 212-924-2212), the West Village sushi restaurant that's been garnering acclaim for its stunning work with fresh fish. Nakazawa apprenticed under sushi master Jiro -- of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Behind the Scenes at Sushi Nakazawa (INTERVIEW)

    For 11 years, Daisuke Nakazawa learned by observing his mentor, Tokyo's acclaimed Jiro of the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. But earlier this year, the 35-year old stepped out from the shadow of his master, heading his own namesake sushi temple: Sushi Nakazawa (23 Commerce Street, 212-924-22 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Cocktail Omakase Night at SakaMai Tonight

    Omakase--or chef's choice--usually only applies to sushi offerings at high-end Japanese spots. But SakaMai takes the concept to a brand new level by moving it from the sushi bar to the sake bar, offering a cocktail omakase night that's distinctive in this city.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    What to Do This Weekend: Mexican Independence Day, Sake Tasting, Sweet Tea City BBQ

    It's Friday, and the start of the weekend is in sight. So ditch the suit and tie or pencil skirt, and head out to one of these events.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    The Upper East Side Is a Sushi Destination in Today's Village Voice

    Let's say you're craving a bit of raw fish in this city. Where do you head? One good neighborhood, writes Zachary Feldman, is the Upper East Side, where there exists a veritable ocean of superlative sushi joints within a few-block radius.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Sushi Dojo's Omakase, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Later this year, we'll pen our Best of New York issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes and drinks. Until then, you can get a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Sharaku's 5-Course Lunch Deal

    This is the main course, and the fourth of five courses (dig the onion ring at the right). Anyone who's read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein remembers TANSTAAFL, an acronym which originated in the 1930s and stood for "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." Well, it's still tru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    In Praise of the Tuna Sandwich

    The tuna sandwich, with raw onions, at Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop I know of no fancy restaurant that lists tuna salad sandwiches on its menu, or its slutty cousin the patty melt, either. Nor do these places offer the sandwich's lo-cal sibling the scoop of tuna salad austerely plated on a leaf of ic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Seafood Fraud on the Loose, Especially in NYC

    Dining at even expensive seafood restaurants won't guarantee that you'll get the fish you ordered. Red Snapper? Could be tilapia. A study released today by Oceana revealed that seafood fraud is rampant, especially in New York City.

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Sushi Cologne: Will Cats Chase You Down the Street?

    Better than a trip to the sushi bar -- or maybe not. Demeter Fragrances, the outfit that brought you perfumes with the odor of Dirt, Baby Powder, Clean Windows, Funeral Home, and Egg Nog (I have the Dirt, and used to use it to disguise the smell of pot in my luggage), has come up with another dooz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Chao Thai Too; Tejal Rao at Sel et Gras

    Robert Sietsema is at Chao Thai Too, maybe one of the best Thai places in the city. He notes that they serve blood Jell-O "interspersed with pork meatballs, and crispy stir-fried frog legs flavored with basil (pad kra prao kob). Gnaw on these, and you might never go back to chicken wings." Tejal R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    What's the Oldest Japanese Restaurant in the East Village?

    Dish #36 in our countdown is found on the menu of this long-running East Village restaurant. 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. [See More 100 Dishes: E-Sarn ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 22, 2012

    Neta: Cool Fish, Cool Place

    Two Masa alums bend the sushi rules in the West Village

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Yuji Ramen's Seafood Mazemen Ramen

    Yuji Ramen, a pop-up noodle shop nestled in a back corner of Williamsburg's Kinfolk Studios, will most likely become your favorite ramen joint come summer. Its specialty dishes feature a style of brothless ramen called mazemen, which is catching on in Tokyo but is still uncommon here. In Yuji Ramen' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Blogroll Gazette: Exploding Food, Sushi Chef Flicks

    This week in food blogs... Food Republic shows us how amazing exploding food is when photographed up close. Gilt Taste remembers Biggie Smalls' death with an essay by Francis Lam on what the rapper's lyrics taught him about food.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Brazilian Happy Hour at Sushi Samba

    ​ This month, Sushi Samba 7 is hosting Brazilian-themed happy hours. Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to close, you can get glasses of Brazilian beer like Palma Luca and Xingu Black Beer for $5, and fruity Caipirinhas and bar snacks for $6. Though it's a bummer that this s ... More >>

  • Film

    March 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call: February's 22 Restaurant Openings and 13 Closings

    The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Maruko Sushi Opening Soon on 23rd Street

    After being hidden behind plywood for months, signage is up at Maruko Sushi, a new Japanese spot set to open at 170 West 23rd Street. It looks like the opening is still a ways off, but the restaurant's Facebook page suggests that it will be inexpensive and somewhat fusion-y. Which sorta sounds like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Say Goodbye to My Maki, Le Bibloquet

    It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Here are some of the dogs who got eaten this week. Know of any restaurants or bars opening or closing? Drop us a line. The somewhat forgettable Foodie, in Midtown, located in the space that once housed Boi Restaurant, has closed. No word yet on a replacement. [Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2011

    What's So Special About Apple's Siri?

    ​Anticipation and hoopla surrounded the release of the iPhone 4S, but when people discovered Apple wasn't debuting the iPhone 5, the launch was dubbed a dud. 5 is one better than 4! Why are you robbing us of 5? On the evening Steve Jobs died,'s main headline was about how the iPhone 4S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Halloween Is Only 27 Days Away! Meaning It's Now Time To Buy Your Sexy Foodie Costume!

    Oh, Halloween. You're a pretty rad holiday because what's better than celebrating candy? And, as Mean Girls' Cady Heron astutely noted, "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it." But let's get real. The sexy nurse and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Duane Reade Just Keeps Getting Fancier, Foodier

    Everything but a maitre d'.​Soon, you might need a jacket and tie to go to the drugstore. Duane Reade, which last year installed a beer bar in one of its Williamsburg stores, has now hired a sushi chef for its new Wall Street location.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Walgreen's Wants to Shove Some Half-Rotten Bananas Up Your Ass

    ​At the big-box Walgreen's on Cooper Square, they know how to stock the fruit on the shelves, but not how to take care of it. Note price: $1.49 per pound. [Click on image to examine the bananas with a shopper's careful eye.] Not content to sell you lifetime supplies of candy and car-size bags ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 22, 2011

    Brushstroke: The Feast From the East

    David Bouley looks to the land of the rising nigiri

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Fork in the Road's Favorite Sushi in New York City

    flickr/ragingwire​It's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Make Sushi Samba's Trio of Sorbets, Like Pastry Chef Michelle Duran

    Sorvete à la Sushi Samba​Michelle Duran, who joined the Sushi Samba empire late last year, is putting her fingerprint on the dessert menu with this trio of Japanese-accented sorbets... or sorvete, in Portuguese. The three flavors include wasabi and green apple, sake with red shiso, and pisco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday: Spicy Tuna Rolls, Sirloin, and Pork

    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 ...

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Sushi Samba to Serve Giant Amazonian Fish This Restaurant Week

    Mother Nature NetworkBig fish in a big pond.​Sushi Samba sends word that it will be the first restaurant in New York and one of the few in America to serve the giant Amazonian fish called arapaima or paiche.

  • Film

    September 29, 2010
  • Dining

    November 10, 2009

    Dodge the Sake Bombs at Laut

    A fine Malaysian joint hides near Union Square

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    The Tao--and Dow--of Tao

    When Eater reported on the New York restaurants that were among the highest grossing in the nation, I was astonished. I guess I expected Tavern on the Green to be there, but I never expected the list to be such a celebration of mediocrity. Number 5 on the list--grossing 24.4 million--was Tao, a midt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Snackshots: Valentine Tasting Menu at Zenkichi

    Yes dear reader, we summoned our courage and braved the Valentine's Day dining scene this past weekend. And while the blogs are on the hunt for V day horror stories, we had quite a nice dinner at Zenkichi (77 North 6th Street) in Williamsburg, a lovely little izakaya serving delicate bites in indivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Bad Food Jokes and Riddles

    It's that time of the month again - time for more bad food jokes and riddles, courtesy of a book I found in the trash, 101 Fast Funny Food Jokes by Phil Hirsch (New York: Scholastic Books, 1983). According to a commentator the last time I tried this, there are several other puerile joke books from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    On a Stick! The Early Word on Daruma

    Daruma is a new yakitori/sushi bar in Nolita with a long, narrow blond wood bar, a few tables and, on the wall, giant images of multi-culti yakitori-eaters wielding meat on a stick and baring their teeth. There are $5 sushi rolls, but the yakitori is the point here. Each skewer is $2. From a perch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    Best Markets: M2M

    A great assortment of Japanese and Korean prepared foods in the East Village.

  • Dining

    July 23, 2008

    Matsugen: When Good Noodles Go Vong

    Expense-account soba in Tribeca

  • Dining

    August 28, 2007

    Are We There Yeti?

    Very strange combination of cuisines flourishes in Sunnyside

  • Dining

    April 24, 2007

    Tonguing the Devil

    East Village Japanese offers unusual home-style delicacies

  • Dining

    April 18, 2006

    Better Belly

    Don't discard the lard at Japanese specializing in Okinawan

  • Dining

    November 29, 2005

    Daruma Bums

    Please don't ban the bomb at cave-like Williamsburg Japanese

  • Dining

    April 30, 2002
  • Dining

    December 26, 2000
  • Dining

    August 8, 2000
  • More >>