The food at Kokum represents a "culinary tour through the southern coast of India," inspired, among others, by the cuisines of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and—especially rare in New York—seafood-heavy Kerala. New York's Indian cuisine still skews towards the rich (heavy in unskilled hands) cooking of the country's northern regions, which makes the purely southern Kokum one of Manhattan's most distinctive Indian restaurants. A meal there is a journey well worth taking, even if the food doesn't always succeed.
The real determining factor of whether or not a cookie establishment is worth a visit is if they can bake up an impressive chocolate chip cookie. Schmackary's succeeds and then some.
The only Paulaner Bräuhaus in the western hemisphere recently landed in New York City.
I am not sure quite what happened to all the value wines that Buenos Aires used to have, nor how such mediocre pasta sits along side such delicious meats, but if you stick to salads and share the mixed grill, you'll eat well here.
At almost $10, it's definitely overpriced, but if you're looking for something juicy and crunchy and fried to satisfy your hunger quickly, look no further.
When Concourse Village Senegalese restaurant Maryway shuttered some months back, I lost my favorite mafe—a peanut stew— in the Bronx. Rich and savory without being overwhelmingly peanut buttery, Maryway's was one of my favorites in the five boroughs, and, come to think of it, the only one in the Bronx worth seeking out. I've been hunting for a worthy heir ever since, and after months of vain pursuit, I've found one at Williamsbridge's Saloum.
Virgola is a wine bar in a former alleyway, all of 6 feet wide and 60 feet long. We chatted with the owner to learn how this improbable West Village space came about.
If you don't want to fight Brighton Beach parking, New York Bread off on Neptune Avenue (conveniently a few blocks from Totonno's is a perfect place to shop for Russian specialties like bread, smoked fish, pre-made salads, and plenty of kvass.
Dominique Ansel Bakery is now selling a crunchy breakfast cereal with mini meringues and dulce de leche-esque puffed rice. Get on it.
This week on Ask the Critic: Can any restaurant satisfy a vegan, a gluten-free guy, and a man who'll only eat steak and lasagna?
News broke last week that Dairy Queen will be opening in Union Square later this month (its first New York City location outside of Staten Island), and once the Serious Eats office heard, well, let's say things got heated. After words were exchanged and tongues were stuck out, native Midwesterner Jamie Feldmar and native New Yorker Max Falkowitz retreated to their desks to write out their debate in more civilized terms. Their debate is reprinted here.
As last week's foray into the south Asian food available in New York made clear, there are excellent options in town for authentic regional cooking from the subcontinent. So what more could a New Yorker ask for? There's still plenty of eating we could do.
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These made-to-order pumpkin doughnuts from The Dutch are served piping hot with a side of delicious ginger pudding, caramelized apples, and candied hazelnuts.
I am a ramen freak. This is something I didn't really know about myself until about 14 days ago when I waked into Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop in the newly opened Gotham West Market. I've been back five times since they opened. I'd admit to six, but that would be a little embarrassing.
South Asian food in New York City is finally moving beyond tikka masala territory, and this week-long series will help you make the most of these heady times. Not sure of the difference between dosa and roti or how to distinguish good chaat from the rest? We've got you covered. The fiery conclusion to our series: Chettinad and Andhra Pradesh, South India's "spice belt."
Thanks to the nice folks at Shake Shack, one of our favorite burger joints, we're giving away one prize pack with six Shake Shack-themed goodies. Enter here for a chance to win!
Sometimes, takeout gets a bad rap. But I'd be happy to eat the soulful, wonderfully flavored Greek fare at Anthi's any day of the week.
Ian MacGregor's parents moved into a brownstone on Convent Avenue in the 80's, long before any signs of gentrification reached Hamilton Heights. Not much has actually changed. While MacGregor, the owner and chief fishmonger of The Lobster Place, still lives in the house he grew up in with his wife and two children, there are a few restaurants that have popped up. It's still a challenging task to find decent places to eat in Hamilton Heights, but here are some tips from MacGregor.