Round-Up: Fork in the Road’s Hurricane Sandy Coverage, and How You Can Help [UPDATED]


Well, it’s been quite the week here in New York City. We at Fork in the Road have been working remotely (some without power, heat, or even running water) to bring you the best coverage we can. We’ll continue our reporting but in the meantime, for your convenience, here’s a rundown:


Tejal Rao investigates how the New York restaurant world continues to power through, despite being powerless, as well as other restaurants, like St. John Frizell’s Fort Defiance, which won’t be able to reopen for a while. She also highlights the ways you can help.

Rao also writes of Sadek Abiah at Kennedy Fried Chicken, who reopened in Red Hook to serve the thousands of hungry Zone A-ers without power or running water.

Today, the NYC Food Truck Association teams with Jet Blue to give free food out at various locations across the city.

Robert Sietsema dined at the Spotted Pig last night by candlelight: “A kind of Halloween spookiness still prevailed, and no one mentioned the storm.”

Sietsema also lists his 10 food-related lessons of Sandy, which includes important revelations on how to get through future disasters.

Unfortunately, the Lower East Side Pickle Festival is canceled.

Rao also checked in on Exchange Alley, which she reviewed earlier this week, to see how the East Village restaurant is holding up after Sandy.

Power is expected to return over the weekend. In preparation, we listed 5 quick ways you can sanitize your kitchen.


Some restaurants in the East Village, including Paradiso and Macaron Parlour, are open right now, even though they don’t have any power. Some are lit by candlelight, others by generator, but regardless, they are there if you are powerless and hungry.

In Red Hook, food is being distributed in three areas. If you have any spare goods, some of these spots are also taking donations.

Robert Sietsema reports from the ghost-town that are the East and West Villages, and chatted with Back Forty chef and owner Peter Hoffman, who said they had over three feet of water in the basement.

Our staff scraped by during Sandy, as well, with everyone taking the opportunity to cook chicken. Check out what we ate during the storm.

We also rounded up the various spots you can find hot coffee and food on the Lower East Side, and linked to guides on how you can pitch in your help during the crisis.

Despite Sandy’s wrath, there are still various food events and festivals happening this weekend, and we have a list for you.

Earlier this week, Sietsema reported that West Village restaurants reopened the day after Sandy, despite no power. Sietsema also recorded a diary of his adventures during Hurricane Sandy, with photos of many empty shelves and powerless eateries.

Tejal Rao found a few dedicated fishermen in Red Hook, who took her fishing during the storm. Yep. Fishing in a hurricane.

During the storm, various chefs, restauranters, and foodies tweeted their thoughts and activities. We rounded up the best ones, including Momofuku’s David Chang and Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese.

To prepare for the storm, we found some random ingredients in our cupboards and whipped up some cookies. What did you make to prepare for Sandy?