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    Our Man Sietsema and the Undercover Cops

    This week, Our Man Sietsema checks out McWhorter Barbecue in Newark, which turns out to be an undercover cop hangout, much to Our Man's surprise. The barbecue is of the Portuguese churrascaria genre, which sizzles meat and poultry over very hot cha...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 24, 2008 @ 10:19 am
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    Gourmet Mag Lists Best Oldies

    Grand Central's Oyster Bar, open since 1913 Gourmet always covers restaurants in the October edition, but the magazine that hits newsstands today is very different from restaurant issues of years past. Instead of chasing the next big thing, basical...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 23, 2008 @ 3:04 pm
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    Edible News Roundup

    No moose for you! Sarah Palin is in town for meetings at the UN this week. The UN Cafeteria's menu for today lists dishes like a Cajun chicken sandwich and Swedish meatballs. Or will that be too multi-culti for her taste? [AP] Neanderthals had a m...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 23, 2008 @ 10:29 am
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    The Very Early Word: Porchetta

    Porchetta sandwich--notice the slab of crunchy skin on the left Porchetta, the single-mindedly piggy new Italian sandwich shop, opened today. The roast pork emporium is Sara Jenkins' new venture; most recently, Jenkins was the chef at 50 Carmine, a...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 22, 2008 @ 3:51 pm
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    A Very Special Message from the Apple Council

    Mmmmmmm Ahhh, fall. Pumpkins, Halloween candy, roast turkey...apples. In honor of the change of season, we bring you this appetizing image, courtesy of the Apple Products Research and Info Council! Because nothing says hot mulled cider like an appl...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 22, 2008 @ 9:37 am
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    KF Seetoh on Singaporean Street Food

    The excitable KF Seetoh with a plate of char kway teow at last night's Taste of Singapore Eleven years ago, KF Seetoh realized that Michelin was "bullshit, man," and started work on his own guidebook, the Makansutra. He's half joking on the Micheli...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 19, 2008 @ 11:10 am
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    Edible News Roundup

    Obama is a good tipper, needs a massage and likes pie: This is what we learned from the candidate's visit to The Range Cafe yesterday. The restaurant, which is just outside of Albuquerque, is known for its enchiladas. [AP] The Swiss chef we told yo...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 19, 2008 @ 9:16 am
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    Crazy Legs Conti: Competitive Movie Watcher?

    The International Federation of Competitive Eating sent me a press release on an upcoming competition yesterday, but it doesn't involve food. Apparently, starting on October 2, eight competitors, including Crazy Legs Conti, will compete in the Netf...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 18, 2008 @ 1:27 pm
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    Edible News Roundup

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten will dish up 1.75 million in a settlement with waiters who say that they were forced to share tips with managers, and were not paid for all the hours they worked. [Reuters] A Swiss restaurant will pay women about six doll...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 18, 2008 @ 9:50 am
  • Pambazos and Pozole at Sunset Park's Xochimilco - Brooklyn Mexican taqueria adds to our catalog of regional delights

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    Pambazos and Pozole at Sunset Park's Xochimilco - Brooklyn Mexican taqueria adds to our catalog of regional delights

    Xochimilco ("Place Where Flowers Grow") is an outlying region in the conurbation of Mexico City, a place famous for its Venetian canals and gaily painted tourist boats. It's also the moniker of a great Sunset Park taqueria. The caf fills a handsome...

    by Robert Sietsema on April 15, 2009
  • Smoked Fish at Desnuda - A wine bar with plenty of surprises

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    Smoked Fish at Desnuda - A wine bar with plenty of surprises

    There are certain things you expect from a wine bar in the East Village. You expect the twee chandelier, the artfully distressed copper wall, and the small plates on the menu, but you probably don't expect the owner to flop a fake severed leg onto t...

    by Sarah DiGregorio on April 15, 2009
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    Make Il Buco's Crudo at Home

    For this week's dining newsletter, Hailey Eber talked to Il Buco's chef Ignacio Mattos about his annual pig roast, coming up this Monday. Stop by between 1pm and 6pm to see the great beastie being roasted and to taste it. The pig party moves inside...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 17, 2008 @ 4:51 pm
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    Our Man Sietsema Revisits Jackson Heights

    This week, Our Man Sietsema visits Delhi Heights, a new Punjabi place in Jackson Heights with gussied-up decor (a Spam-colored bar). The spot features good versions of the usual Punjabi dishes, as well as vegetarian South Indian favorites like dosa...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 17, 2008 @ 10:10 am
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    Fork in the Road at Joanne Hendricks' Cookbooks

    This week, my column is about a day spent with Joanne Hendricks, at her cookbook shop on the far western edge of Soho. I love this shop, and think it's the most interesting place in the city to browse antique cookbooks and cookwares. It seems like ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 17, 2008 @ 9:46 am
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    Bagel Smackdown! Winners, Losers, Fakers, Offal

    "Hey, this one looks like blood sausage! Or it could be my kidney," quoth Our Man Sietsema, demonstrating. In a convincing imitation of Mario Andretti, I drove my rattling, on-the-verge-of-death Toyota all over the city this morning, gathering up ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 16, 2008 @ 2:37 pm
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    The Great Bagel Smackdown

    The contenders in plain, pumpernickel and salt Last week I asked you to write in with your favorite bagels. Today, Our Man Sietsema and I sampled bagels from the places you mentioned, seeking the ultimate bagel. We discovered one well-regarded pla...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 16, 2008 @ 2:31 pm
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    What's For Dinner?

    What's For Dinner? In which we stop random New Yorkers on the street and ask them about their food lives. Who: Shameel Arafin Age: 32 Occupation: Programmer Where: Taking a break outside his office on Cooper Square What's your best food memory?...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 15, 2008 @ 2:25 pm
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    The 12 Dirtiest, Cleanest NYC Restaurants

    Yesterday, State Senator Jeff Klein released his annual list of the 12 dirtiest and cleanest New York restaurants. Klein compiles his lists from Department of Health restaurant inspection info, and he reserves special ire for pest-ridden restauran...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 15, 2008 @ 9:27 am
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    Lola: Alive and Kicking

    The Villager reported this week that Lola Is Soul has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy--a sad end, I thought, for a spunky restaurant with good Southern-style food and fun live music. Recently, Lola had been embroiled in disputes with the community ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 12, 2008 @ 2:44 pm
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    Poll: New York's Best Bagels

    Robert Sietsema and I just wrapped up writing our portion of the Best Of New York issue, which comes out in late October. Obviously, any Best Of list is a work of opinion designed to spark conversation more than to be utterly definitive. Everyone l...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on September 12, 2008 @ 12:31 pm
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