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    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 >>

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    January 24, 2014

    10 Weekend Ideas Under $10: Idiotarod NYC, Folk Couture, and Red Hook Live

    A mass of freakazoids are taking over the streets of New York for the 10th anniversary of the Idiotarod race, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it so you might as well join in on the fun. Also, the American Folk Art Museum opens "Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art," their first fashion e ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Blanca Reservations, Empanadas, and Taj Tribeca in Today's Neighborhood News

    It's a beautiful Thursday, New York City. Here's a look at what's happening in restaurant news around the city.

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    May 29, 2013

    The Village Voice's Top 5 Book Events This Week, May 29-June 4, 2013

    101 Classic Cookbooks 92Y Tribeca Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 p.m., $15 Here's one for the foodies--or really anyone who cherishes the cookbook as more than just a batter-stained instructional manual. Like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for baked goods, 101 Classic Cookbooks (Rizzoli) is the Fales Libra ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    The Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month

    These are the best jazz shows in NYC this month.

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    March 13, 2013
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    February 7, 2013

    Xi'an Famous Foods Opens in Greenpoint; Three Letters in Clinton Hill

    Xi'an Famous Foods has devoted fans all over the city due to their diverse locations in the East Village, Flushing, and Chinatown. The famously cheap spot known for its cold skin noodles and lamb burgers is ready to conquer Brooklyn. On Saturday, Xi'an Famous Foods' doors will open on Beadel Street ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Aquavit. What Is It?

    This glass of aquavit, from Danish restaurant Aamanns-Copenhagen, is flavored with toasted rye bread. Aquavit (or akvavit) is a flavored liquor beloved of Scandinavians, and served in funny little glasses. Derived from the Latin aqua vitae, it means "water of life."

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    January 9, 2013

    Olive Oil on Tap at Le Midi; Not Everything's Awful at Bill's Food and Drink

    Tejal Rao took a break from professional eating this week, but our own Robert Sietsema kept at it by checking in at Le Midi Bistro. Located in a former East Village Woolworth's building and karaoke den, Sietsema notes in his review of Le Midi that the restaurant "is one of those old-school bistros w ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    What's Happening: Harmony of Beer and Cheese and Cassoulet Cookoff

    Monday, January 7th The Harmony of Beer and Cheese: If you're sick of pairing cheese with wine, Murray's Cheese is offering a beer and cheese pairing class for $75. The experts at Murray's say to pair German smoked Rauchbiers with a "meaty washed rind cheese" to create a "bacon bomb." Sounds delight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    December's Openings and Closings

    In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here's a list of restaurants that opened and closed in December.

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    December 10, 2012

    Hanukkah Face-Off: Ashkenazi Dish #3

    Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on the eighth day. Whose ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 3, 2012

    Cómodo Is Street Legal

    An amateur supper club goes pro in Soho

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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 >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Q&A: Drop The Lime On Growing Up With New York's Dance Underground, Bringing Punk To Le Bain, And The "Devil's Music"

    A dracula is the image most frequently equated with Trouble and Bass founder and DJ Drop the Lime. "It's because I'm a night owl, always showing up everywhere," says Luca Venezia—and he's a New York night owl at that. Born and raised downtown to artist parents, Venezia has lived through three ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    I Was A Teenage Jam Band Scenester: Coming Around On The Ominous Seapods And Other Life Lessons

    Through a series of maybe not-so-unfortunate events, I was a teenage jam band scenester, which, when properly italicized and luridly capitalized, sounds like a sordid music-crit version of a '50s exploitation paperback. But the truth is, I wasn't seduced by drugs, sex, or anything else until college ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Matzo Balls And Disco Balls: Pairing Great GoogaMooga's Food And Music Offerings

    This weekend Prospect Park will host Great GoogaMooga, a festival that brings together some of New York's best restaurants and musicians from New York (disco technicians Escort; bouncy Brooklyn rockers Fort Lean) and outside the city (Saturday's headlined by the hip-hop polyglots The Roots, while Su ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Get Your Duck Schmaltz Fries Delivered! Kutsher's Launches Delivery

    Kutsher's, the Jewish-American bistro in Tribeca, will now offer delivery service.

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    May 10, 2012

    Mother's Day Weekend Food Specials

    Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday and here at Fork in the Road, we've rounded up some restaurant deals and street fairs around the city to ease the planning process. Free stuff 1) Toloache 50 A complimentary mimosa is offered for all mothers at brunch. A $30 pre‐fixe brunch is offered includ ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    This Week's Specials: Kosher Cuisine and Watermelons

    What we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: Lauren Bloomberg interviews Kutsher's Tribeca's Zach Kutsher, who talks about kosher cuisine and smelly cow feet. Robert Sietsema heads over to Ozone Park and reviews the dim sum over at Genting Palace. We rounded up five creative Cinco de ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    This Week's Specials: German Beer Halls, Mexican Delights

    What we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: We give you our picks for German beer halls in the city. Robert Sietsema checks out three types of guacamole and other Mexican offerings at Angelo Sosa's Anejo Tequileria. He also lists the 5 best things to eat at the Cal-Mex restaurant, Floren ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 11, 2012

    Franco Express

    The actor/writer/artist shows off his latest book

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    March 20, 2012

    Passover: Where to Eat

    It's definitely a hurdle. That is, avoiding bread in a city obsessed with all things leavened -- pizza, pancakes, artisanal breads. Sure, you can go to regular restaurants and adjust your meal. Caesar salad with no croutons, a hamburger without the bun. Or, god-forbid, you could go the whole holiday ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Hello, Choice Eats!

    See what epicurean mischief you can get into this week:

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    February 15, 2012


    Don’t forget the cherry pie

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    February 13, 2012

    Dans Le Noir? Opens Near Times Square: Now Tourists Can Finally Eat in the Dark

    ​ After several false starts, Dans le Noir?, the French dine-in-the-dark restaurant chain, is finally open in Manhattan, according to Tasting Table. The company had shopped around for space in the East and West Villages and Tribeca, before finally settling on a location in the Fashion District (24 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Surprise, Surprise: New York Becomes Even Less Affordable

    Manhattan living has become more overpriced than before, even though there are more open apartments than in January 2011, a new study has found. Citi Habitats, one of the town's largest real estate firms, says that rents have gone up 5 percent compared to last year. "While rents often decrease dur ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Make Luzzo's Zuppe Bollito di Scarola e Fagioli

    ​If your weekend plans revolve around alfresco brunching, you should go ahead and cancel your reservations. Weather reports say that it's going to be a pretty nippy weekend. Instead, how about staying home and whipping up some soup? Read a good book. Watch Portlandia.Coming up on their seven-year ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Land of Plenty; Lauren Shockey at Parm

    ​ This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples Sichuan in his review of Land of Plenty: "At the end of the last century, who could have predicted Manhattan would someday be speckled with Sichuan restaurants? But as old-school takeaways vanished, pricier Sichuan places appeared in Chelsea an ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    New York Neighborhoods Make List Of Top NYE Destinations

    Oh, New Year's Eve. The most dreaded of holidays is fast approaching. CBS New York reports that the Times Square Ball is being installed today. But where should you venture come December 31? Luckily made a list of the"Top 50 New Year's Destinations for U.S. Travelers." (Read: "top New ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Thursday Night Whole-Lobster Special at Petite Abeille

    ​Flame-grilling the lobster produces a slight smoky flavor. One of the best red-crustacean deals in town is found Thursday evenings at Petite Abeille, where $25 gets you a whole lobster of an estimated pound-and-a-half with a bowl of fries and a Stella. Oh, and there's a little salad, too, s ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Aquavit: Let's Cocktail Like the Scandinavians

    Flickr/KimtaroLemon aquavit in the making​ The Danish food trend has been brewing for some time (see: Pellegrino's Best Restaurant Noma, the forthcoming Tribeca sandwich shop Aaman's), so it's only natural that aquavit is popping up on cocktail menus around the city, and on a ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Say Hello to Burnside Brooklyn, The Smith Midtown, Ventanas

    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. Plenty is a new bakery on the Upper East Side, offering crumb cake, rugelach, and layer cakes. [NY Times] Williamsburg is getting a Midwestern-themed bar in Burnside B ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Play the Cellphone Restaurant Autocorrect Text Messaging Game

    ​My smart phone is much funnier than I am. Recently, a friend asked where he could throw a birthday party for himself. After mulling the question over, taking into account his preferences in location, cuisine, and price level, I texted back Del Posto. The phone's auto-correct function sprung ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Frites 'N' Meats Is Indeed Back Today, with Free Fries for All

    Welcome back, guys.​We love a truck that keeps its promises. Last week, Frites 'N' Meats, the burger-and-fries food truck that suffered an explosion three months ago, announced that it expected to be back up and running this week. Lo and behold, it is hitting the streets today. And what do New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    With the Cardinal, Dov Charney Penetrates the Restaurant Business

    ​Given that the city is oversaturated with both Southern restaurants and American Apparel outlets, it's only natural that the two have come together, as it were.

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    July 25, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Summer Cocktail Pairing; Free Korean Food

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Marc Forgione with Bryan Miller 92nd Street Y in Tribeca Monday, July 25 at noon Former New York Times restaurant critic and food writer Bryan Miller interviews Iro ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Get Veal Cordon Bleu?

    Archangeli/Flickr​Melanie M. Asks: I'm living in New York as an exchange student from Geneva and I miss my Swiss cuisine from home! Do you know of any restaurants where I can find veal cordon bleu? Dear Melanie: While chicken cordon bleu is a relatively common (though somewhat passé) ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Skirts on Bikes Ride Planned to Celebrate 'Freedom and Fashion'

    ​Earlier in the week we told you about Jasmijn Rijcken, the Dutch tourist in town for the New Amsterdam Bike Show who was stopped by a New York City police officer and told that her skirt, which she was wearing while cycling in Soho, was dangerous and distracting. Now one of her friends, Joann ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Columbine Gets a Name Change

    ClementineSounds better now​Tribeca café Columbine will now be known as Clementine, swapping dismal associations to one of nature's tasty citrus fruits. A staff member confirms that the restaurant wanted to change its name "because the late unpleasantness." The concept and menu items will r ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Theater Bar Illusionist-Mixologist Jeff Grow Reveals the Tricks of His Trade

    Jeff Grow, mixologist-illusionist.​ Jeff Grow has a title you don't come across very often. He's a 'bar illusionist' at Albert Trummer's recently opened-to-the-public Theater Bar (114 Franklin Street) in Tribeca. He discusses just how manages to mix drinks with magic and why the two are a grea ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Brushstroke, Goodbye to Wai? Café

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The East Village's Wai? Café has closed and will be replaced by Sa Aming Nayon, serving "authentic Filipino cuisine." [EV Grieve] Havana Central is closing its Union Square location as part o ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Behold, the Dean Street Butterfly Effect

    GA Shutter Bug/Flickr​Last week, we learned that Mike Franzetti was replacing Nate Smith at Dean Street. Franzetti came to the restaurant from Bar Stuzzicheria, so his departure created a space that needed to be filled.

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    March 16, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Take Visiting Parents to Lunch?

    Need a meal everyone will enjoy?​Joe N. Asks: I want to take my parents out for lunch somewhere that's nice in Lower Manhattan. Can you recommend somewhere that isn't too expensive but that they'll enjoy? Dear Joe: Lower Manhattan used to be a culinary wasteland, but in recent years it's bec ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Housing Works' A Chef Tasting Benefit Returns

    Alex Guarnaschelli, not on her day off.​Feel good as you get fed. The second annual Housing Works A Chef Tasting benefit takes place Tuesday, March 29, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter and The Darby. Other chefs making an appearance (and their signature dishes) will include Brad Farmerie ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Fat Tuesday Dinner; International Women's Day Drinks

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Fat Tuesday Bash Blue Water Grill Tuesday, March 8 at 8 p.m. The restaurant's Jazz Room will host a three-course prix-fixe menu inspired by New Orleans and accompan ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Our 10 Most Pretentious Restaurants

    Sarah DiGregorioIppudo's ramen is good, but is it worth a three-hour wait?​New York City teems with restaurants, offering diners many, many tasty options. With delicious often comes pretentious, though. Just because a restaurant serves up some good grub doesn't mean that the overall dining e ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Marco Canora Talks Turkey and Twitter: Interview Part 2

    Food NetworkDoes Marco Canora use this knife to cut turkey sandwiches?​ Yesterday we chatted with Marco Canora about his appearing on The Next Iron Chef. Today, the Hearth chef and co-owner of Terroir and Terroir Tribeca predicts the next big trends in dining.

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    November 23, 2010

    Marco Canora Dishes About The Next Iron Chef and Cooking at the School of Hard Knocks

    Food NetworkMarco Canora: He might have lost on TV, but he's still a winner.​ The Next Iron Chef ended its run this week, and Marc Forgione was crowned the winner. But runner-up Marco Canora still has plenty to celebrate: A Tribeca location of his East Village wine bar Terroir opened this yea ... More >>

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