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Mai House: Winning Upscale Vietnamese in Tribeca

Refined, upmarket Vietnamese food is winning over hounds at the newish Mai House. READ MORE

Ideal Donut: Platonic Treats in Forest Hills

The sign outside is ancient, but the doughnuts inside are astoundingly fresh. “Ideal Donut makes the lightest, tastiest doughnuts that I remember from my childhood,” swears zeus. READ MORE

Samosa House: Superior Indian Vegetarian in Fishkill, NY

The proof might be in the pickle: Samosa House does not sound like your ordinary curry dive. READ MORE

Masterly Italian, Both Homey and Haute, at L’Orcio

The sublime Italian cooking at L’Orcio is worth a special trip to New Haven from just about anywhere, declares Jim Leff. READ MORE

Le Petit Marche: Crowd-Pleasing Bistro in Brooklyn Heights

Nicely executed bistro standards—and, let’s face it, weak neighborhood competition—have made Le Petit Marche an instant hit in Brooklyn Heights. READ MORE

The Stoned Crow: New Burger Contender in the Village

At the Stoned Crow, the main attractions have been beer and pool, not chow. But that’s changed with the arrival of a cook from Corner Bistro, home of one of New York’s best-loved hamburgers. READ MORE

Hot Chocolate Around Brooklyn

Verandah Place Deli starts with Valrhona chocolate and froths it up with whole milk. The resulting hot chocolate is thick, delicious, not too sweet, and not paralyzingly rich, like some other versions around town. READ MORE

A Slice of the Past at Gustosa

The old-fashioned slice at Gustosa Pizza is a ticket back to a sweet and sunny past for hounds of a certain age. READ MORE

If It’s Sunday, This Must Be Parihuela

Clued-in hounds have long known that Peruvian is the smart order at Flor de Mayo, the “Spanish-Chinese” place on Amsterdam. READ MORE

Excellent Paratha at Jackson Heights’ Desi Biryani

The Bangladeshi chow at Desi Biryani is hit or miss, most say, but one monster hit is its Mughlai paratha. READ MORE