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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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For Chinatown’s Grocery Shoppers, a Worthy New Option

Rising phoenixlike from the ashes of Hong Kong Supermarket a few weeks back was a mini–Marriott hotel—but more important for home cooks, a new, well-provisioned Asian grocery called Chinatown Supermarket

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The East Village’s Siren Call of Gin

“The first rule of the Gin Club,” Chowhound small h writes, “is you post about the Gin Club.” And so she has, recounting the first in a series of reservation-only

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Early Report: Real-Deal Malaysian at Rasa in the Village

New York has relatively few Malaysian restaurants—and fewer still that don’t mute their cuisine’s robust flavors for Western palates. Six-week-old Rasa aims to fill the gap with real Malaysian cooking, and

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An Ace Pueblan Cook Shows Her Stuff in the Bronx

You can get a perfectly fine taco at Carnitas El Atoradero, the little Mexican restaurant spun off late last year by El Atoradero, the grocery-plus-kitchen next door. But you might

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At Bo’s, New American with a New Orleans Accent

The inspiration for Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room is New Orleans, but don’t expect Galatoire’s North. At this three-month-old restaurant from Chef Todd Mitgang of Crave Fishbar, Chowhounds are enjoying

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Breads from the Old Country in Italian Brooklyn

For lovers of old-country Italian bread, New York isn’t what it was. That’s why Brooklyn Chowhounds closely track the dwindling number of bakeries that still do it right. In Bensonhurst,

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Chopped Chicken Liver, Three Winning Ways

Even chicken liver haters find themselves warming to the luscious mousse with pistachio and rye at The NoMad. It’s “silky smooth goodness in a little jar!” a recent convert swears

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Turkish Treats at Midtown’s Mmm…Enfes

Midtown Chowhounds are savoring Turkish-style baked bites at Mmm…Enfes, an itinerant food-market favorite that put down roots last year at a shop near Bryant Park. Its simit, a savory, sesame-sprinkled

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Diving Deep into Chicago Pizza at Emmett’s

New York has very little deep-dish Chicago pizza, and New Yorkers are mostly fine with that. But anyone curious about the style will find a solid, representative version at Emmett’s

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Cookie Perfection from a Haute Chocolatier

We’ve heard about the world-class ganaches and truffles at La Maison du Chocolat. The florentines, not so much. But these irresistible, model-thin cookies—crisp yet chewy, dipped in dark chocolate, flavored

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For Pork-Lovers, the Good Stuff’s in Back

Venture deep into Buon Italia and you’ll be rewarded with killer slow-roasted pork. The meat counter at the back of this well-stocked Italian grocery in Chelsea Market turns out super

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Early Report: Promising Peruvian in Little Neck

“Look out Pio Pio,” one Chowhound warns. That shot across the bow of New York’s favorite Peruvian minichain is an early heads-up about Lima 33, which opened last month in

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Fresh Japanese Cooking, Inside the Box

The owner of Tanoshi, an uptown sushi spot whose surprisingly good bargain omakase won over Chowhounds in spring, switched things up when he took over the neighboring storefront. Tanoshi Bento,

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Kosher Georgian for Omnivores in Queens

Marani leads from strength with winning vegetarian-friendly starters like walnut-dressed greens and beans. But carnivores are also well fed with kebabs, garlicky chicken tabaka, and tarragon-scented lamb chakapuli. Marani is

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Primo Meat and More at Tribeca’s American Cut

The meat’s as good as advertised at American Cut, yet it’s almost upstaged by the bread—a dinner-spoiling “everything” biscuit with cream cheese butter that Chowhounds can’t stop talking about. We

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Splendid Babka at Union Square’s Breads Bakery

As you’d guess, Breads is about breads—like the flax- and sunflower-seeded North Sea loaf, a nod to baker Uri Scheft’s Danish training. But this year-old spot off Union Square also

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Two Indian Food-Fair Favorites Plant Their Flags

Two food-fair favorites that draw crowds with Indian flavors have just gone brick-and-mortar, and Chowhounds are settling in happily. Bombay Sandwich Co., which opened a month ago in Midtown, serves

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Chowhound Find: Eye-Opening Yemeni Cooking in the Bronx

In a little Middle Eastern neighborhood that’s gotten scant attention from Chowhounds, Arth Aljanatain cooks Yemeni food that deserves to be talked about. Its chicken and rice is homey and

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Early Report: Shanghai with Style at China Blue

Fans of Midtown’s Café China may recognize its signature ’30s décor at China Blue, its three-week-old sister restaurant in Tribeca. What’s different at the new place is the food—Shanghai style,

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The Best New York Chowhound Finds of 2013

Not much gets past the true Chowhound. She’ll drill down through a menu of Southern-style seafood to unearth a handful of Burmese rarities, take a chance on a new sushi

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