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Early Report: French Restaurant Meets Pub at Wallflower

Month-old Wallflower has haute bloodlines, with links to Daniel and Alain Ducasse, but a more modest mission: French-accented food and a neighborhood-bar vibe. Mission accomplished, say Chowhounds, who’ve been kicking

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Fresh South Asian Flavors in a Rising Bangladeshi Hub

Chowhounds discovered Bangladeshi deliciousness in the Bronx early on, but one growing Bangla enclave escaped their notice—until now. Sodesh in Norwood aces South Asian standards like shrimp biryani, and the

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Neighborhood-Changing Sushi at Brooklyn’s Katsuei

Park Slope, land of middling sushi restaurants, may suddenly have Brooklyn’s best in three-week-old Katsuei. Don’t ask for shoyu; instead trust the chef to season impeccably fresh seafood—standouts include uni,

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Early Report: From the M. Wells Team, a “Meat Temple” in Queens

The hotly anticipated M. Wells Steakhouse—envisioned by Chef Hugue Dufour as a “meat temple”—opened last week, and one Chowhound suggests it’s already the best restaurant in Queens. Early winners from

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World-Class Tripe, All Over Town

So you don’t have the stomach for tripe? Salumeria Rosi‘s Tuscan-style trippa converts even sworn haters. It’s part of a United Nations of Chowhound-worthy tripe dishes: Grand Sichuan’s fiery starter

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At a Village Bakery, Croissant Class Is in Session

You can give a Chowhound a great croissant, or you can teach her how to make one. Bakery Mille-feuille takes the latter path. Every month it offers a hands-on crash

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Breakfast for Champions, Henan Style

From the Asian smorgasbord of Flushing’s New World Mall food court, a peppery, bone-warming Zhengzhou-style lamb soup (pictured) transports one Chowhound back to a long-ago breakfast in China’s Henan Province.

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Early Report: Mediterranean Harvest at Brooklyn’s Hummus Garden

The fresh Middle Eastern vegetarian plates at three-week-old Hummus Garden are just what Chowhounds in Windsor Terrace were waiting for. Try the Garden Plate (five salads of your choice—the Moroccan

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Killer Nepali Feasts, Bread on the Side

Since we do not live on Pakistani bread alone, Tawa Food’s roti ladies share their cozy space with Nepali cooks, a nod to a changing neighborhood. Current shopmate Dhaulagiri Kitchen

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Crave-Worthy Chicken Fried Steak for Homesick Texans

As Texpats know all too well, New York is not chicken fried steak country. But they can scratch the itch with above-average versions at The Brooklyn Star, Blue Smoke, Delta

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Where’s the Beet? Inside the Hamburger

Brooklyn Beet Company‘s as much about beef as beets, serving a knockout hamburger in fried Hungarian-style bread—a crowd-pleaser at sister restaurant Korzo. So where’s the beet? Burgerized in a bright

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Early Report: A Welcome Indian Newcomer in Harlem

Harlem brings plenty to the table, but great Indian food hasn’t been part of the mix. Red Chilli Indian Café promises to change that with surprisingly solid North Indian cooking—spinach

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Unforgettable Chinese Sweets at Beautiful Memory

Beautiful Memory Dessert, a Flushing food-court favorite, has just brought its Hong Kong–style sweets to Manhattan’s Chinatown. Go for mango- or durian-filled pancakes and fruit or tapioca soups, commendably light

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Thinking Italian, Korean, and American at Piora

Flavors of Italy and Korea meet happily in the New American cooking at Piora. Winning dishes from Chef Chris Cipollone, who cooked at Tenpenny, include Rohan duck; barbecued octopus with

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From One Lamb, a Many-Splendored Banquet

When packs of ravenous diners take down a whole animal, their quarry at most restaurants is swine. Resto, thinking outside the pigpen, prepares a many-splendored feast of lamb. Highlights might

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Southern Comforts, Sour and Sweet, at Jacob’s Pickles

Southern-accented food with a welcome blast of brine is how they roll at Jacob’s Pickles. Works for Chowhounds, who love the pickles, fried chicken, and biscuits with “freaking outstanding” sausage

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The Modern Delights a Birthday Boy—and Mom and Dad

The Modern‘s at a crossroads as Chef Gabriel Kreuther moves on, but it hasn’t lost its touch with diners. A fledgling gourmet’s unforgettable 13th-birthday dinner included an introduction to rabbit

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Spot-On Peruvian Chicken at Village Pisco

Village Pisco brings rotisserie chicken and other Peruvian chow to a space previously occupied by a nondescript bar. Big-time upgrade, say locals, who love the moist, well-spiced chicken and sides

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Tapas, Greek Style, at Astoria’s E Taverna

Going small pays off big at E Taverna, which serves well-executed Greek standards in “tapas” portions as well as full plates—all the better for exploring the menu at this inviting

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Chowhound Find: A Mango-Coconut Treat in Chinatown

Tao Hong Bakery, a bare-bones shop that’s easy to miss, makes one don’t-miss treat: tender sticky-rice balls with fresh mango inside and shaved coconut outside. Egg tarts and creamy coconut–red

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Bolivian Pastries, Stuffed Just Right, in Queens

Bolivian food, rare in New York, is well represented at Mi Bolivia in Sunnyside. Splendid salteñas (pictured), the empanadalike national dish, are the must order: crisp corn pastries with a

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