The Five Best Things We Ate This Week – 4/10/2014


As you ponder your weekend dining plans, consider these dishes, a round-up of the very best things the Fork in the Road team ate this week. Our list includes a honey-topped pizza, a 70 cent bakery treat, and a snack ideal for fueling up for a long night of drinking.

Sponge cakes from New Kam Hing bakery, 119 Baxter Street, 212-925-0425

For over 30 years, this miniscule coffee shop — really more of an indoor kiosk — has served some of Chinatown’s best sweet treats. You won’t find egg custard tarts or crullers here. It’s the unassuming sponge cake that reigns supreme. Occasionally flavored with chocolate or cinnamon, it’s the green tea cake, with its mossy green interior and near cotton candy-like fluffiness, that has made us loyal customers. The coffee’s nothing special, but at 70 cents per cake, you can stock up and pair them with your favorite artisanal brand. — Zachary Feldman

Hellboy at Paulie Gee’s, 60 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-987-3747

Honey has become one of our favorite pizza toppings, and that’s especially true here, where the sweet syrup has a kick of palate-tickling heat. This pie comes topped with mozz, tomatoes, and slices of spicy sopressata plus a drizzle of Mike’s Hot Honey, which adds a nectar balance to all that salt. We like to pair this pizza to one of the restaurant’s cold tap beers. — Laura Shunk

Fennel salad at Aeronuova, JFK Terminal 5, 718-244-4444

We had some extra time before a JetBlue flight last week, and so we forwent our usual scramble for takeaway snacks we could eat on the plane and instead treated ourselves to a proper lunch. And this terminal has some decent food, like this fennel salad, cloaked in a lemon vinaigrette and inundated with fresh citrus. Way better than a soggy cellophane-wrapped sandwich. — Laura Shunk

Poutine at One Mile House, 10 Delancey Street, 646-559-0702

For a quick, nourishing meal before a show at the Bowery Ballroom, hit up One Mile House for a plate of poutine ($10), that’s equal parts dressed up and classic. It’s a big, shareable plate of wide, hand-cut fries, topped with gooey, lightly tangy curds of marinated cheese and fantastic brown duck gravy. As if that wasn’t enough, the kitchen throws a fried egg on top, yellow yolk runny and rich, which brings it all together. Sit down to that as you lace up your drinking shoes for a boozy late-night marathon. –Hannah Palmer Egan

Pistachio ice cream at Van Leeuwen, multiple locations

Now that warmer weather seems to be around to stay (we hope that doesn’t jinx it), we’re beginning to crave ice cream from our favorite parlors, including this fleet of trucks and storefronts. Van Leeuwen makes nice, subtle scoops, and we’re most enamored of the pistachio, a take on the sweet, earthy classic that feels indulgent but not heavy or unhealthy (though we’re sure there’s sugar and cream aplenty in there). — Laura Shunk