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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
[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 >>
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 >>
Joshua Smookler brings tonkotsu ramen to Tribeca
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Pastrami Egg Roll from Eden Wok (43 East 34th Street, 212-725-8100)
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]
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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!
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 >>
"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.
Fish bellies, that is, at a restaurant in Elmhurst
Sushi Samba's Heirloom Tomato and Seaweed SaladWondering 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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
The Hotel on RivingtonNothing here really says "co-op."Where there was Thor, there will soon be Co-Op Food & Drink.
flickr/A Culinary (Photo) JournalHealth food never looked so goodWest 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 >>
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 ...
MisuwaEveryone's favorite Japanese superstore, Mitsuwa Marketplace, will be holding a sweets festival this weekend, celebrating sugary delights from the Far East.
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 >>
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