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In a World of Pork Ramen, Takashi Makes a Case for Beef

Takashi earned its Chowhound cred by going big with beef, so it makes sense that when this Japanese barbecue house started making ramen in December, it chose to feature steer instead of the customary pig. Served by reservation only after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, it stars a deep, rich beef broth that takes 24 hours to brew, as well as unique toppings of crunchy, mineral-y beef intestine and tender, long-braised beef belly that beats any pork chashu that valcfield's tried. The soup comes in the original flavor or "Grandma's Spicy" version with chile paste. READ MORE

The Hunt for Great Corn Rye Bread

It's a story of memory and betrayal, of old ways replaced by new, of tradition lost, found, and smartly refreshed. As farago tells it on Chowhound, it's also a story of unforgettably delicious corn rye bread. The setting is Orwasher's, an uptown bakery established in 1916 to feed the Hungarian community that once surrounded it. After a nine-decade run, its founding family sold it to an artisanally inclined baker who kept most of the Old World favorites but also made changes that didn't sit well with some longtime devotees: dropping the familiar waxed-paper bags, experimenting with wine-grape yeasts, and—most unforgivable to farago—discontinuing the beloved corn rye that he'd grown up with. READ MORE

5 Chowhound Go-To Spots for Corned Beef in NY

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 occasionally drifts to that other deli meat. Here, in alphabetical order, are five of their favorite places to get it: READ MORE

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 month, when the craft-brew pioneer rolled into town in a big way—not just at beer-geek hangouts but also at chain groceries, drugstores, and corner delis. "It is ridiculously good stuff," rose water writes on Chowhound, "and has quickly taken me from working-mama-who-is-too-tired-to-drink-alcohol-ever to let's-have-beer-with-dinner-again-tonight-shall-we?" READ MORE

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 joojeh chicken kebab is amazingly good, nycguy20011 reports on Chowhound. READ MORE

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 on the savory dishes from the French-leaning menu is mixed. Tasty, generously portioned salads and club sandwiches win praise; undersalted omelets and pommes dauphine marred by a heavy dose of truffle oil do not. READ MORE

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, just sweet enough and distinguished by an outstanding shell. The praline flavor's her favorite, followed closely by plain, maple-walnut, and passion fruit. Other 'hounds single out the proper crème pâtissière filling. READ MORE

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 Elmhurst, Queens, is that its spin on this southern Chinese street bite is Thai—as Chowhounds have discerned from the spot-on fixings, including chiles and robust ginger-garlic soy sauce. READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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 downtown skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Fifteen months after the storm, it's back in business, and recent 'hound intel suggests that the cooking, as well as the damaged structure, has received a needed makeover. READ MORE