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When Life Gives You Day-Old Bagels, Make Bread Pudding

Whenever Norma’s has leftover bagels, they don’t go to waste. This cozy café in Ridgewood, Queens—a Chowhound haunt for cookies and cupcakes—repurposes them in killer bread pudding with savory add-ons

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Hands-On Cajun-Asian Seafood at the Boil

Chowhounds are elbow-deep in rich, spicy seafood at The Boil, which brought the Gulf Coast–by-way-of-California Cajun-Asian crab shack to Manhattan early this year. A hot mess of crawfish, shrimp, lobster,

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Early Report: Basque Bites at Donostia in the East Village

The tiny kitchen at three-week-old Donostia manages to turn out a long lineup of Basque-style pintxos—cheeses, meats, vegetables, fresh and cured seafood, and more. Sealing the deal for Chowhound mitchleeny: a

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Fresh Lamb Intel from Middle Eastern Brooklyn

Cobble Hill’s Yemen Café branched out last year in Bay Ridge, bringing superbly done lamb—grilled, slow-roasted, or in soup—that Chowhound foodwhisperer considers the best around. For a neighborhood that just

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Early Report: At the Simone, Echoes of an Era Worth Revisiting

The Simone might be just what the Upper East Side needed. This month-old restaurant showcases assured New American cooking in an upscale setting that transports Chowhound dzop to an earlier

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Crazy-Good Donut Craft at Dough Loco

In the donut world, there’s no standing still. Among Dough Loco‘s ever-changing offerings, Chowhounds go for light, fluffy yeast donuts in maple-miso and pineapple–brown butter flavors. At Italian small-plate specialist

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Italian Bites and Sips at Tribeca’s Terra

In Terra, downtown Chowhounds have a newish casual Italian hangout for small plates (and a few large ones) with wine. On a menu from Manhattan restaurant veteran Roberto Passon, early standouts

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Early Report: Modern Greek at Midtown’s Snack EOS

Greek standards with a twist are on the menu at Snack EOS, the two-week-old Hell’s Kitchen spin-off of Village favorite Snack Taverna. Lamb turns up in sliders, and saganaki comes

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Grilled Cheese, from Pasture to Park Slope

What kind of grilled cheese sandwiches could you make if you owned a dairy farm? Pretty awesome ones, if three-month-old Meltkraft is any indication. Try the meat- and macaroni-fortified Valley Thunder

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Early Report: Chicken à la Montreal at Rôtisserie Georgette

Spit-roasted chicken, Montreal-style, is the specialty at month-old Rôtisserie Georgette on the Upper East Side. One Chowhound-worthy splurge is a bird for two, stuffed with wild mushrooms and served with

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Snacking Well and Looking Good in Midtown

Busy Midtowners who want to look nice and also indulge a sweet tooth can check two boxes at once at Cosmetic Show. This curious little shop stocks beauty products alongside

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Seafood and Beer with a Latin Beat in Washington Heights

After the fish counter closes, the party begins at Calle 191 Pescaderia. Late at night, the shop morphs into a hot spot for cheap beer, cooked or raw seafood, and

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Pippali: An Upmarket Indian Newcomer in Curry Hill

The dressed-up Indian cooking at Pippali is winning over Chowhounds. Opened in September by veterans of Tamarind, Chola, and Chennai Garden (whose old space Pippali occupies), the newcomer offers a

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Early Report: Promising Pizza in a Changing Corner of Queens

Is Ridgewood the next Williamsburg? The arrival of Houdini Kitchen Laboratory will only encourage that kind of talk. Opened six weeks ago in a brewery-turned-art-space by the owner of the

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Early Report: A Haute Spin on Chinese-American Dining at Fung Tu

At week-old Fung Tu, a chef who cooked at Per Se transforms flavors from the Chinese kitchen in a style described as “creative Chinese-American.” That phrase raises alarms among some

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Hound-Worthy Sandwiches at Midtown’s Everyday Gourmet Deli

In a land of interchangeable delis, Everyday Gourmet stands out with its fresh sandwiches made to order. Chowhound jon recommends grilled chicken with cheddar and hot sauce. No word yet

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Loading Up on Carbs and Deliciousness at Potatopia

It may seem gimmicky, but Potatopia, the all-spuds restaurant in the Village, does right by the humble potato in numerous guises. Alpha Chowhound Jim Leff declares the Smashed Hit—whose crisp,

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Nigerian Discoveries at Staten Island’s Wazobia

Rich, spicy, delicious Nigerian chow surfaced this summer at Wazobia. Try fried bean cakes in tomato sauce, stewed goat with jollof rice, or a knockout specialty of perfectly fried tilapia

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Early Report: Danny Bowien Gives Mexican Food the Mission Treatment

Having reimagined Sichuan cooking at Mission Chinese Food, Danny Bowien moves on to Mexican at week-old Mission Cantina. Look for his signature big flavors (but surprisingly subdued chile heat), unexpected

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Early Report: A Ramen Master Comes Home in Hell’s Kitchen

Ivan Orkin, the Tokyo-tested ramen prodigy from Long Island, set up shop last week at Gotham West Market, a new high-end food hall. In a preview of Orkin’s soon-to-open U.S.

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Secrets of the Garment District: Tacos and Spanakopita

Beyond the Garment District’s uninviting service entrances lurk cheap eateries for the workers, but there’s no reason Chowhounds can’t eat there too. And some do, lunching happily on made-to-order steak

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