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Use the Force, Lucques

It certainly shaped up to be a Lucques-cullian sort of week, didn’t it? READ MORE

Top Secret Korean Noodles

Corner Place is well known for its cold noodles, but don’t try to get them to go–the recipe is top secret. Not even the owners know how it’s made, says greengelato–it’s concocted by an elderly lady who makes it herself and has the soup shipped in to READ MORE

Flavors of Saigon in the South Bay

Saigon Flavor’s pho beats the other local attempts, says csrbeach, even if the herb plate only has basil, bean sprouts, and lime. Broth has good flavor and pho tai has a nicely sized portion of meat. ... READ MORE

Baklava in the South Bay

Baklava is dangerous. Once you start on the Lebanese and Syrian stuff, it’s really hard to stop. “Maybe because the pieces are so small, and the assortments beg you to try one of each kind–and then another round and another round, like a beauty contest, READ MORE

How to Enjoy Poulet

Poulet can be a great source of homey takeout food, says rworange. She gets whatever looks fresh and good–like the chicken, mushroom, fennel, and red wine sauce with pappardelle. Boozy, wine-soaked mushrooms perfume the experience, and the chicken is READ MORE

Farm-Fresh Salad Dressings with North Fork Flavors

Uncommonly good bottled salad dressings with Asian flavors come from Sang Lee Farms on Long Island’s North Fork. jenniebnyc is hooked on their Asian Vinaigrette–creamy, light, slightly sweet. ... READ MORE

Hamburger Tips from Forest Hills to the Bronx

A stealth burger lurks on the menu at Corfu Grill, where it goes by bifteki and comes with pita triangles and tzatziki. Whatever they call it, it’s really a hamburger, says janie. She declares it the best in Forest Hills–and a deal at $5.50 for the lu READ MORE

La Focacceria Folds Again; and Other New York News

For the second time in a year, La Focacceria has closed. The East Village Sicilian landmark, established 1914, first went under last year when its owner retired. It got a second chance in spring, when a longtime employee opened a new La Focacceria, with c READ MORE

Barrels, Barrels, Everywhere

What says “fun” more than a barrel-rolling competition? Consider us your go-to source for up-to-the-minute reports on this burgeoning sport. READ MORE

Worst-Case Scenario Chorizo

rworange has made a project out of tasting the house-made chorizo of Mexican markets in the Bay Area. Overall, her results are positive–the spicy sausages are generally great, with strong notes of vinegar, chile, and herbs, and lots of variation from READ MORE