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Japanese Deep-Fried Skewers at Sushi Yoshi

It’s surprising that deep-fried items at a sushi restaurant would be so good, marvels yamada3, but these skewers have the perfect combination of crunch, body, and light crispiness in the breading. READ MORE

Southern Spice Bistro (Andhra Style)

The Andhran dishes at Southern Spice Bistro shine with a fiery heat and brightness, says Melanie Wong. Complimentary rasam is refreshingly zippy and packed with flavor, but still light, an excellent palate cleanser for the meal to come. READ MORE

Alluring Lemon Rice at Jackson Heights’ Maharaja

Maharaja in Jackson Heights, celebrated for chaat and sweets, also lays out some fine hot vegetarian dishes, including first-rate palak paneer (Indian cheese with spinach). READ MORE

Miss Mamie’s Revisited: an Uptown Soul Survivor

After years of unpredictable meals at Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too, Ora grudgingly gave the joint another shot–and was blown away. READ MORE

Stellar Pork Hash at Brooklyn’s Pies-N-Thighs

They sling killer hash at Williamsburg’s Pies-N-Thighs. Tender, juicy pulled pork is griddled with onions and potatoes, topped with two eggs over easy, and finished off with a dollop of salsa. READ MORE

Gotta Go to Go’s

To get to the sushi bar at Go’s Mart, you have to push your way through a bunch of shelves holding Japanese videos, refrigerated cases of sake, beer, and soda, and possibly other customers trying to make their way out. It’s worth it for a truly great unsu READ MORE

Oreo and Cream Cheese “Truffles”

These easy-to-make treats, made simply of ground-up Oreos and cream cheese dipped in chocolate may be low-brow as confections go, but they’re universally popular. READ MORE

Blackberry-Sage Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies stand out on a dessert plate: there’s the sage-in-a-dessert aspect, they’re not real sweet, and they have a slightly savory texture due to the cornmeal, says Funwithfood–yet they were voted best in show at a cookie exchange by a bunch of READ MORE

The Useful Meat Thermometer

If you grew up testing food for doneness by touch, a meat thermometer may seem superfluous. But many good, largely intuitive cooks swear by their meat thermometers. READ MORE

This Coffee is for the Birds

Shade-grown coffee is grown under the canopy of trees in Latin America, providing an environment that is friendly to bird life. READ MORE