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Welcome to New York Food Journal. We are focused on cookingrestaurant reviews and food shopping in New York City and beyond. In addition to the content described here, more can be found on our Facebook page, including daily food photos and interactive reader polls. We hope you will find New York Food Journal to be a useful resource and an entertaining read!


Our Vegetarian Chili

We are not professional chefs. Rather, we are dedicated home cooks who try to prepare satisfying meals while dealing with the time constraints of living and working in the busy city. The recipes we post are meant to be cooked at home by ordinary people without culinary training. They are the dishes that we cook at home for ourselves and our families and friends.

Restaurant Reviews

Ike’s Wings at Pok Pok Ny

Our restaurant reviews are centered on the New York City area and cover everything from street food to gourmet restaurants. Food tours, like our recent review of the Lower East Side, offer a broader look at the character and cuisine of New York’s diverse neighborhoods and can make for a fun day of eating and exploring a new part of the city.

The restaurants we visit also influence our cooking. Some of our dishes are inspired by recent meals, such as the setas al ajillo (Spanish mushrooms with garlic) we prepared after visiting Tertulia, a Spanish restaurant in the West Village, or the ravioli with brown butter and sage we made after enjoying a similar preparation at Frankies Sputino in Cobble Hill.

Beyond New York

Shrimp and Avocado Salad in Barcelona

We recognize that great food is made outside New York, too, so from time to time we discuss the culinary delights available in other places in the U.S. and around the world. Our Beyond the Five Boroughs feature includes food tours of U.S. cities like ChicagoDetroit, and New Orleans, as well as international locations like Barcelona and Hanoi.

We also review significant restaurants in other cities, like Restaurant August in New Orleans.

Shopping for Food

Shopping in Chinatown

We cook many recipes from ethnic cuisines like GreekIndianThai, and Vietnamese. We’ll let you know where in New York we get our ingredients and which of New York’s diverse ethnic and specialty food stores we like best. Those stores have greatly expanded our range in the kitchen, saved us money, and provided hours of enjoyment. They also provide a fun way to explore a neighborhood through its food.


Everyone loves a good rant once in a while, and NYFJ is no exception. For your enjoyment and ours, we publish the occasional tirade on something wrong with the food world, like Starbucks or jarred tomato sauce. Suggestions for future rants are welcome.

About the Authors

 New York Food Journal is written by two brothers, Mike and David, who were born and raised in New York City.  Mike got his food writing start covering brunch in Washington, D.C. at Brunch DC and Wonkette. If you have any comments, or wish to suggest a restaurant or recipe to review, please feel free to email us at nyfoodjournal@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.