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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 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

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 ... READ MORE

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 sh... READ MORE

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 in front, and was rewarded with satisfying home-style cooking, notably a spicy turkey stew. The daily-changing steam-table spread might also include beef and vegetable soups, whole fried fish, and chicken pepián in pumpkin-seed sauce, all served with rice and small, thick house-made tortillas. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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 mo... READ MORE

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, sea... READ MORE

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 to open a restaurant. As Serious Eats reports, she and her family will run a year-round spot on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens, not far from the corner where she parks her cart from the end of winter until late fall. They hope to be in business by this spring—perhaps with new arepa toppings—and expect to keep the cart on its customary schedule. READ MORE

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 mor... READ MORE