I guess you could say every slow cooker recipe is a crowd-pleaser. This one is no-fail. It has richness and a sweet-spicy-tangy balance that lifts it out of the sugar-fat dimension some barbecue is stuck in and into a field of green with birds chirping and Frisbees soaring just past your head. Let’s party. READ MORE
After a couple years' absence, the fiery, tropical cooking of Sri Lanka has returned to Queens. At Spicy Lanka in Jamaica, a chef from the homeland is rocking island standards like string hopper kothu with beef (pictured): lacy rice noodles, steamed, chopped, and tossed with meat, vegetables, and a fistful of herbs and spices. "I'm in love all over again," declares Polecat, a Chowhound who first fell for this dish at the 'hound-endorsed Bownie in Flushing, the borough's only Sri Lankan restaurant for years until it closed around 2012. READ MORE
It took just 100 years, as one Chowhound observes, but the venerable Jewish-appetizing shop Russ & Daughters has finally given lovers of its splendid smoked fish a place to sit down and enjoy it. It's about time, says a delighted howdini, who finds the sable at two-week-old Russ & Daughters Café "sublime, absolutely melting in the mouth." READ MORE
This week I was going to attempt a hard-core chili (no beans, no veg) but I haven't nailed the spices yet, plus requests for a vegetarian Slow Cooker Sunday have been echoing down the pipeline. I hear you—the meatball sandwiches from Chef Huw Thornton we all devoured in the CHOW Test Kitchen were fantastic (stay tuned for Huw's recipe post), but that was the final meaty straw. Time to slow down with a delicious vegan soup. READ MORE
Soup's on. Noodles, too. New Yorkers are now slurping ramen that's as good as it's ever been in this town, and it's only getting better. If this sounds like old news, it's because local standards have been on the rise for several years thanks to worthy arrivals from Kyushu's Ippudo to Hokkaido's Santouka, from Jin Ramen in Harlem to Hide-chan and Totto in Midtown to Chuko, Ganso, and Dassara in Brooklyn. READ MORE
The decades fall away when you step into Mar's, whose period décor and sultry speakeasy mood create a dark, handsome setting for American cooking with Mediterranean accents and an appealing raw bar. Chowhounds describe an excellent seafood platter of oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, and crab; satisfying braised short ribs over polenta with roasted Brussels sprouts; and a well-balanced salad of celeriac, beets, and other root vegetables, enriched by poached egg and Gruyère. READ MORE
Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday! Plug in and chill out on what’s supposed be the laziest day of the week.
This rich, smoky chili is a family-pleaser for the Sunday evening when no one’s coming over, and there are leftovers for the week. With very few ingredients, it tastes more complicated than it is. The smoked paprika and chipotle exaggerate the richness of the chicken and make your taste buds sing. Sprinkle some cheese on top and a handful of crushed saltines. Close the curtains, turn on the projector, grab your chili—it’s movie night. READ MORE