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Mutton Khandari at Masala

Masala Indian Fusion is actually an excellent choice for classic, non-fusion Indian dishes, like the mutton khandari–a dish Ozumo pronounces the Best Indian Dish Ever. Order it “incredibly” spicy and they’ll actually bring it to you that way–they wo READ MORE

Mr. Pollo

vinchar likes the chicken and arepas at the newly-opened Mr. Pollo. Arepas are kind of like discs of cornbread with cheese inside. The arepas here are huge and terrific, with medium-sweet masa; they go for $1 each. ... READ MORE

Devin Tavern: All-American Comforts in Tribeca

Hearty American chow and creative cocktails are drawing downtown hounds to Devin Tavern, opened in summer by the owners of nearby steakhouse Dylan Prime. Crowd-pleasers include pan-roasted duck, corn souffle with lobster bisque, a Gruyere burger with pork READ MORE

Lucali’s: Masterly Brick-Oven Pizza in Carroll Gardens

New York’s hottest new pizzeria is an old-school kind of joint with deep Brooklyn roots. Lucali’s in Carroll Gardens has equipment from the departed Leonardo’s, sausage from Esposito Pork Store, and an owner whose pizza god is Domenico DeMarco of hound me READ MORE

Chicken Pho – the Good, the Bad, the Gristly

The world of pho eaters can probably be divided between those who love it no-holds-barred funky (bring on the tendon, the tripe, what have you) and those who prefer not to find any funny stuff in their bowls. ... READ MORE

Delicata Squash

Delicata is sweeter than most varieties of winter squash, and denser in texture. It’s difficult to peel, but the peel is edible. You can use it in recipes as you would butternut squash; or cut it in half, seed it, and roast it with 1 Tbsp. each butter and READ MORE

Fire Up the Hot Pot

Hot Pot City is sort of a do-it-yourself place–each table has a cast iron griddle at its center, with a hot pot in the middle. You serve yourself ingredients from the refrigerated case in the back of the restaurant, and you can cook up hot pot soup and READ MORE

Peanut Milk

“Peanut milk” has recently emerged as a possible item of consumption in many of our communities. What’s it like? ipsedixit was “not really blown away,” which is a much more diplomatic response than that of other chowhounds. ... READ MORE

Decadent Country Ham Spread

Country ham, a bit of bourbon, and a lot of butter. That’s all there is in this rich spread pikawicca calls addictive. A southern specialty, country ham can be hard to find outside the south except via mail order, but coconutz notes that many Chinese READ MORE

Themed Dinner Parties

Chowhounds like to feed their friends at dinner parties, and what’s cooler than hosting a dinner party with a theme? Okay, it’s not that cool, but it could be fun. cackalackie suggests a Bollywood theme–serve curries, dosas, and pani poori, play B READ MORE