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Chapli Kebab at Darbar

Melanie Wong samples chapli kebab wherever she can find it, and the version at Darbar still rocks. Maybe it’s the exotic scent of toasted cumin and coriander mingled with sizzling grilled meat. Maybe it’s the crunch of the crackly brown crust, contrasti READ MORE

New Pupuseria in Santa Rosa

For pupusas, Salvadoran empanadas, and other tasty things, check out the new Pupusas Salvadorenos, says Stephanie Sugars. They serve Salvadoran antojitos, such as four kinds of pupusas, empanadas de platano (with beans or custard), tamales, pasteles, an READ MORE

Pushcart Derby: Midtown’s Best Meat on Wheels

Among the countless street carts that peddle grilled meat in Midtown Manhattan, three entries lead the field–though chowhounds disagree on which ones win, place, and show. The cart that feeds throngs of nighthawks till 4 a.m. at 6th Avenue and 53rd S READ MORE

Lunetta: Italian Bites and a Boerum Hill Makeover

The inventive Japanese food at Taku delighted Chowhounds but played to an often-empty house—so the owners rewrote the script. READ MORE

Le Petit Prince: A Little Bit of Paris in Astoria

Le Petit Prince, a new French bakery in Astoria, turns out a beautiful croissant–buttery, flaky, and rich, with just the right density in the soft midbelly, reports Rufo. Apple tarts, pain au chocolat, and irresistible little mini-cakes–soft, nutty, READ MORE

Tasty Pan-Asian Tapas

Why aren’t more people talking about Yatai, wonders Dave and Stuff after two knockout meals there. The “Asian tapas bar” certainly has an eclectic menu, with gado gado, “monsoon ceviche,” sushi rolls, and Korean tuna sashimi. But oysters on the half READ MORE

Rocking the Sea Spiders

The new San Gabriel Valley supermarket 168 is having a crazy deal on Dungeness crab: $2.99/lb, $3.99/lb for the giant ones, reports africanizedkiller, and the crowds are out in force for the deal. ... READ MORE

Spicy Popcorn

If you enjoy your popcorn with a kick, here are a few ways to do it: Use some hot chili oil as part of the oil for popping your popcorn, or mix Creole seasoning into the oil. ... READ MORE

Fondue

Who doesn’t have an old fondue set tucked away in the back of a cupboard? With winter approaching, it’s time to haul that sucker out and have a fondue party. ... READ MORE

Tomatoes of a Different Color

There’s a new hybrid tomato waiting in the wings; it’s an eggplant color, sort of purple. It’s not yet in the markets, but should be available in the next few years. ... READ MORE