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5 Chowhound Go-To Spots for Corned Beef in NY

No two ways to slice it: New York is a pastrami town. When local Chowhounds talk cured meats, corned beef is a little-mentioned afterthought. But among omnicarnivorous ‘hounds, the conversation

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Bell’s Beer, from Kalamazoo to Your Corner

While Bell’s beers have built a cultish national following over three decades starting in their native Michigan, they’ve been just a tantalizing rumor in New York City. That changed last

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A Rare Taste of Persia in Chelsea

Persian cooking is hard to come by in New York, so when it surfaces on a broadly Turkish and Mediterranean menu like Papa Kebab‘s in Chelsea, that’s news. The yogurt-marinated

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Ladurée’s SoHo Palace Gets Mixed Reviews in Early Reports

Those who don’t think macarons make a proper meal were pleased to learn that Ladurée‘s palatial month-old restaurant in SoHo would cover other food groups as well. Early Chowhound word

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Éclairs and More in Midtown East

A bakery that calls itself Eclair had better make really good éclairs. Happily, Chowhounds who’ve tried them have no complaints. In fact, Monica declares them the best she’s had Stateside,

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Hainan Chicken Rice with a Thai Twist in Queens

Eim Khao Mun Kai knows what it’s about: Hainan chicken rice, the only dish it serves. The twist at this signless storefront, which opened just over a month ago in

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Uptown Manhattan Raises the Bar for Ramen

The ramen scene in Upper Manhattan has never been stronger—an observation that wouldn’t have meant much in the noodle-challenged recent past, but suddenly uptown has the real thing in West

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Brooklyn’s River Café Is Back on Course

One of Hurricane Sandy’s highest-profile casualties was The River Café, a waterfront landmark that most Chowhounds celebrate less for its food and more for its sweeping postcard views of the

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Tribeca’s One-Stop Shop for Coffee, Pastries—and Bicycles?

The Smile, which started dispensing coffee and coolness four years ago in NoHo, colonized Tribeca last summer with a little café called The Smile Newsstand. Chowhounds go for its house-made

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Gin-Glazed Donuts and Other Stylish Sweets in Williamsburg

Chowhounds know Chef Tomoko Kato’s French training and Japanese sensibility from Cha-an, the East Village teahouse hideaway. Now she’s showcasing her elegant sweets at Patisserie Tomoko in Williamsburg. Recent winners

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Guatemalan Home Cooking in Brooklyn

It’s easy to walk right by La Chapincita without noticing that this Guatemalan market also houses a little kitchen. But one Chowhound ventured inside, followed his nose past the groceries

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Chinese Breakfast in a Manhattan Hood Hungry for It

Best northern Chinese breakfast in Midtown? That conversation would’ve ended in disappointment until December, when Queens transplant Kung Fu brought a legit version to Hell’s Kitchen.

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Georgian with the Personal Touch in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has plenty of Chowhound-worthy Georgian restaurants, but few of their owners will patiently talk newcomers through the menu, the way one ‘hound was at Café Caucasia in Bensonhurst. “Service

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Little Spanish Sandwiches, Just $1 Each, in the Village

A few bucks will buy you a passel of Spanish sandwiches and snacks at 100 Montaditos—especially on Wednesdays, when all the namesake montaditos (pictured) are just $1 apiece. Appetizers, including

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Butter Branches Out, and the Meats Are Masterly

The newish Midtown outpost of Butter serves one stellar Berkshire pork chop. It’s nicely seared outside, slightly pink in the center, seasoned with mustard, and crowned with roasted shiitakes, Chowhound

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The Arepa Lady Will Get a Brick-and-Mortar Shrine

For The Arepa Lady, call it an ascension. Maria Piedad Cano, the seasonal late-night cart vendor whose Colombian corn cakes made her a living Chowhound saint two decades ago, plans

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Cypriot-Style Bites, Lots of Them, at Astoria’s Kopiaste

The small plates just keep on coming at Kopiaste, whose Cyprus Meze combo is a 17-course parade of tasty kebabs, spreads, salads, and more, bargain-priced at $22 for two diners.

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Early Report: Fresh Mexican at Brooklyn’s Tacos El Catrin

Chef Raul Leyva, who’s cooked at Chowhound favorite Fonda, just opened Tacos El Catrin, where his fresh, lively Mexican flavors are getting attention. Shrimp tacos with chipotle mayo and quesadillas

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Heidelberg, a German Time Capsule in Manhattan

Heidelberg is nearly 80 years old, the last German restaurant standing in the once-thriving Germantown of Yorkville, yet it hasn’t lost its chops. A recent Chowhound update reports hearty classics

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Booming Greenpoint Gets a Taste of Barcelona

As one Chowhound observes, “Restaurants are opening in Greenpoint so fast it’s hard to keep up.” One of the newest is El Born, a month-old tapas spot named after the

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Good News for South Street Seaport

Recovery from Hurricane Sandy has been slow and halting at South Street Seaport, where some businesses remain closed more than a year after the deluge, but one encouraging sign last

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