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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Two Masa alums bend the sushi rules in the West Village
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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]
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 >>
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, CNN.com's main headline was about how the iPhone 4S ... More >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
David Bouley looks to the land of the rising nigiri
flickr/ragingwireIt'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 >>
Sorvete à la Sushi SambaMichelle 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 >>
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 ...
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.
A fine Malaysian joint hides near Union Square
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Expense-account soba in Tribeca
Very strange combination of cuisines flourishes in Sunnyside
East Village Japanese offers unusual home-style delicacies
Don't discard the lard at Japanese specializing in Okinawan
Please don't ban the bomb at cave-like Williamsburg Japanese