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Promising Moroccan at Brooklyn’s Fez Cafe

The talented Moroccan chef who charmed Chowhounds at Carroll Gardens’ short-lived Marrackech has resurfaced in Windsor Terrace. At her new place, Fez Cafe, she makes an amazing lamb shank tagine with apricots and prunes, among other things, reports *Barry READ MORE

Goodbye, Gertel’s; and Other Manhattan Casualties

Gertel’s Bake Shop is closing. They’re a piece of Lower East Side history, beloved for challah, hamentaschen, and especially dense, moist rugelach. Its Hester Street quarters, which it has occupied since 1914, will reportedly give way to a condo complex, READ MORE

101 Noodle Stretches to Rowland Heights

101 Noodle Express has opened another branch, reports Chandavkl. The menu is the same as the Alhambra location, with their specialties of DeZhou chicken, luscious beef rolls, and fish, chicken, and scallop dumplings. ... READ MORE

Loose Leaves and Loose Screws

Downtown office workers are psyched about Loose Leaf, a build-your-own salad place where you start with romaine, field greens, or baby spinach and add your choice of toppings–sliced steak, portobello mushrooms, edamame beans, dried cranberries, and goat READ MORE

Sumika Grill

The newly-opened yakitori bar Sumika gets high marks from Melanie Wong for tasty, tender, soft, beautifully fried chicken. Momo (grilled chicken thigh) is soft-textured, very juicy and delicious, with caramelized bits at the grill marks. Pretty much eve READ MORE

Hong Kong Style Desserts

100% Healthy Desserts is a new place specializing in Hong Kong-style desserts, both traditional and modern. Melanie Wong likes ji ma wu, black sesame sweet soup. ($3.25), an ebony-black concoction of smooth, unctuous sesame puree, with intense roasted s READ MORE

Crispy Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

A regional specialty in Iowa and Indiana, the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich is much beloved by locals, and easy to reproduce at home. The pork is a take on schnitzel: it’s pounded thin, marinated in seasoned buttermilk, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep READ MORE

Latke Toppers

Latkes are a traditional Jewish holiday dish, fortunately available year ‘round. They’re fried pancakes made from grated potato, eggs, and often onion. Hot and crisp from the frying pan, they’re great topped with a dollop of sour cream, or a spoonful of a READ MORE

Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron

Lodge claims that Lodge Logic, their pre-seasoned cast iron pan, has an heirloom finish you can use straight out of the box. This is not exactly true; it doesn’t have a completely perfect fin READ MORE

Duck Bones to Go!

Is it incredibly gauche to order Peking duck, and ask to take what’s left of the carcass home with you? It seems to depend on how the duck is served by the restaurant. ... READ MORE