food 10.6.04

Food Notes

Reviewed Today
The Times: Convivium, 68 5th [St. Mark's] Bklyn 718.857.1833. 1 star.
Sweetwater, 105 N. 6th [Berry] Bklyn 718.963.0608
The Post: Kittichai, 60 Thompson [Broome] 212.219.2000. 2 stars.
Newsday: Coal-Fired Pizza

Have You Eaten Yet? The Chinese Restaurant in America
At the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, 70 Mulberry [Bayard] 212.619.4785, "Have You Eaten Yet?" traces the various styles of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. that have evolved since the mid-1800s.

Rude Food
Grated Fanny tuna? Happy Crak popcorn? Cookies called Finger Marie? Brand-name rude foods from around the world, many of which are just too rude-sounding to list here.
[Via The Food Section]

Banh Mi
One of the best food deals in the city has to be Banh Mi, those fabulous and fabulously cheap Vietnamese sandwiches. Cityrag has an excellent roundup of where to find them. (You need to scroll about half way down the page).

Indian Home Cooking
For those of us not fortunate enough to have eaten many Indian home-cooked meals, we've got two new options:
1) Buy the new cookbook called Indian Home Cooking by Suvir Saran and Stephanie Lyness (Clarkson Potter, $32.50).
2) Eat at Dévi, 8 E. 18th [Bway/5th] 212.691.1300, at which Mr. Saran is the executive chef with Hemant Mathur. Forget Chicken Tikka. Try the Tandoor Grilled Jamison Farm Lamb Chops with Sweet & Sour Pear Chutney instead. There's a chef's menu and a vegetarian menu, too.
A shocker. Terminal Five, which we wrote recently was sure to be the "coolest art exhibit of the year" has been shut down by the Port Authority — yes, the same Port Authority that was a sponsor. Seems there was a bit of vandalism on opening night and the PA decided, rather late in the game, that the whole thing would be a security risk. As you can imagine, curator Rachel Ward (who has worked for a year on this with no pay) and the artists are distraught. The PA, over the years, has maintained a fairly unpopular image, which this latest move will no doubt further burnish. You can help get Terminal Five open again by calling the PA's perfectly named Ernesto Butcher, 212.435.7887, and urge him to reconsider.

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