Isaan Thai food, micro-focused establishments, pastry celebrities, celebrity pastries, burgers with buns made of noodles -- this year had it all. As infuriating as the NYC trend machine can often be, the city's dining scene is as vibrant as ever and for that we can only be thankful. Here are some of ... More >>
"I've learned that giving up is not my choice," says Ngam chef-owner Hong Thaimee as she reflects on the journey that brought her from Chiang Mai to owning New York City restaurant Ngam (99 Third Avenue, 212-777-8424).
Ba mee from Larb Ubol (480 Ninth Avenue, 212-564-1822), $9 Gather a group for a cheap feast, or settle for a bowl of Thai noodle soup for one.
If you're feeling torn between voyaging on an intergalactic space mission and enjoying a meat-free dinner, here's some good news: At East Village vegetarian Thai restaurant Pukk (71 First Avenue, 212-253-2742), you can do both.
Three new spots try the other Thai
Zachary Feldman reviewed three recently opened Isaan eateries in this week's paper, examining the history of Thai food in the city along the way. "New York City's introduction to Thai food was predominantly through dishes from the country's interior, full of coconut milk, sumptuous curries, and umam ... More >>
He might be an out-of-towner, but so far, Andy Ricker hasn't found much use for the PR firms employed by most of this city's biggest restaurants--the Portland restaurateur's reputation preceded his Big Apple entrance, and since landing a year and a half ago, he's had no trouble netting press or crow ... More >>
A decade ago, the average New Yorker would be hard-pressed to name 10 destination-worthy Thai restaurants, but as the city's collective palate has expanded, so too have the options for regional cuisines from Southeast Asia; fiery, sour Northeastern Isaan flavors seem to be in particular abundance th ... More >>
Today is, apparently, national hot and spicy food day, and you're not properly celebrating if your meal isn't making you feel like you're about to spontaneously combust. Where, you ask, should you go in this city for volcanic heat?
That's easy! Hell's Kitchen! According to the invaluable map in Next magazine, HK and environs has no fewer than 13 LGBT bars! (There's Vlada, Posh, Barrage, Therapy, Industry, Hardware, Escuelita, Fairytail Lounge, The Ritz, Flaming Saddles, Bar-Tini, xl, and Ninth Avenue Saloon). And there's a ... More >>
Finally, a pad thai that kicks your ass Pad Thai is one of those dishes to be instinctively avoided. Even at great Thai restaurants, the cooks switch into gringo mode and turn out an indifferent heap of pale rice noodles that's invariably bland and way too sweet. But then last Friday evening a gro ... More >>
Lotus Root in Garlic Sauce from Red Bowl (208 Bedford Avenue, 718-388-8898)
Photo courtesy Hong ThaimeeWho says you can't have a tasty fruit salad in winter?Hong Thaimee, the chef and owner of Ngam (99 Third Avenue, 212-777-8424), is looking to extend the reach of Thai cuisine into the homes of New Yorkers by offering a series of monthly cooking classes at her East V ... More >>
Thai Curry Bean Curd from Kam Sing (172 Grand Street, 718-782-7596)
Pichet Ong looks homeward with his latest restaurant
A new Sri Lankan restaurant slings hoppers, woodapples, and pittu
Stucco-covered Julius' may be the city's very first gaystropub. Why is the weather always hot as hell during Pride Weekend? Your best refuge -- before, during, or after the march -- is in a well-air-conditioned restaurant for a meal or snack (with a frozen cocktail or two, if you prefer). ... More >>
Yesterday we talked to Claire Handleman, who cooks at Del Posto and blogs about her constant travels at Passport to Eat, about how she fell in love with Thai cuisine and the best papaya salad she's ever eaten. Today, she talks about fine dining in Bangkok, Del Posto's Italian cuisine and whe ... More >>
The Trader Joe's incident did not involve a tennis racket. Or a man."I love Thai food. I even have a weakness for the sloppy, starchy article dispensed at cheap Thai eateries ruled by the takeout trade, where sauces are thickened to withstand the trip home. But I've never tasted anything as d ... More >>
At Gazala Place, Nice Matin, Gottino, and a host of other NYC restaurants
Photo courtesy Pichet OngPichet Ong, Master of International DessertsPichet Ong is a busy man, lending his culinary cred to restaurants all over town. His most recent venture is creating the pastry options at Coppelia (207 West 14th Street, 212-858-5001), Julian Medina's new Cuban restaurant ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyFork in the Road readers, you're all so smart. Or at least omnivorous and possessing photographic memories. For this week's Where Am I Eating? I was, indeed, dining at Kin Shop, Harold Dieterle's excellent modern Thai restaurant in the West Village.
Rebecca MarxA little Isan in the East VillageWhen we heard that Zabb Elee had replaced the very mediocre Le Da Nang, we were very excited, primarily because we live within walking distance of the restaurant and the East Village is in need of some Isan (the region of Northern Thailand near Lao ... More >>
Zip-a-Dee-DaaDee Daa, a "fast-casual" Thai restaurant concept, has debuted in midtown. The menu includes noodles, infused rice dishes, stir-frys, and curries, which come à la carte or in "bundles" with a recommended side.
The noted Las Vegas Thai joint chances New York City
The Isaan Larb salad at Lotus of Siam (click to enlarge) Larb (also transliterated "Laab" and "Laap") is doubtlessly one of the best-known dishes from the Isaan region in northeast Thailand, which lies adjacent to Laos and Cambodia. On home ground, the salad is made with duck, pork, or river ... More >>
Ty BellinghamSydney, Australia transplant Ty Bellingham has taken over the kitchen at Kittichai, one of the city's best reviewed Thai upscale restaurants. His pedigree is as strong as it gets this side of Bangkok -- of course, with a name like Ty, what else would you expect? What changes hav ... More >>
Finally, Friday afternoon. Early evening, in fact. So without further ado, here's a look back at the week that was. Kittichai's Ty Bellingham talked Thai food, feeding kids, and his curry paste guy. A Fat Pants Friday blow-out at Cannelle Patisserie. Our 10 Best Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candies. ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Tribeca mainstay, Columbine, is closing after 13 years of operation. Owner Barbara Stratton is planning to relocate nearby. [Tribeca Trib via Grub Street] The Corner on the Upper West S ... More >>
positiveictafrica.wordpress.comA typical Kenyan meal featuring the staple starch called ugali and fried fishMorgan S. asks: I've been told you can get every cuisine in the world in New York City. Is that true? Dear Morgan: Well, almost. We've got at least 80 distinct cuisines by my estimate, ... More >>
No pig's blood, but plenty of flavors on 34th Street
Kaeng zom sour curry, featuring shrimp or freshwater fish, is one dish that Pam Real Thai does particularly well. Yes there really is a Pam, and nine years ago she started a restaurant in Hell's Kitchen called Pam Real Thai Food that quickly rose to be one of the best Thais in Manhattan, whi ... More >>
Mo Rocca: Gentleman farmer, duck-lover, possessor of newly acquired abs-of-steel Mo Rocca is a writer and humorist, a regular correspondent on the CBS Sunday Morning show, a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and an Iron Chef America judge. He has appeared on Ugly Betty, The Tonight ... More >>
Pad Chaa-Chaa: You can see some fresh peppercorns at bottom left It sounds like a Latin dance, but pad chaa-chaa is actually a Thai dish named after the sound that vegetables make when they hit very hot oil: "chaa-chaa." It's one of the many new dishes added to the menu at Am-Thai Chili Basil ... More >>
No doubt it has a beguiling name, but did Thai Pot make our top 10? It wasn't too long ago that New Yorkers had to hang their heads in shame when we compared our collection of Southeast Asian restaurants with those in Los Angeles. And our experience of the cooking of Thailand's nort ... More >>
One test of a great northern Thai restaurant is perfect pork larb, laced with herbs and doused with a pungent dressing. Tomorrow, Fork in the Road puts its figurative ass on the line, Southeast Asian style, laying out our favorite 10 Thai restaurants. The rankings may surprise you, b ... More >>
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