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Goat Taco Discovery at Brooklyn’s Chinantla

Great barbacoa tacos have surfaced at Chinantla, a Mexican kitchen and grocery in Bed-Stuy, Chowhound JackS reports. Delicious, agreeably fatty slow-cooked goat is complemented by fresh, chunky guacamole and a

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Early Report: Back-to-Basics Korean BBQ in Queens

It’s all about the meat at Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong, a Korean barbecue house that offers minimal sides but top-shelf brisket and off-menu cuts like pork neck. OK, not all about

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Early Report: Uptown Chinese at RedFarm North

RedFarm, which brought playfully conceived dumplings and other dressed-up Chinese chow to the West Village, has just done the same on the Chinese-challenged Upper West Side. Try old favorites like

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Who’s Taking Seafood to a Higher Level?

Among Manhattan’s seafood towers and other briny banquets, the John Dory Oyster Bar‘s plateau is a real catch: oysters, clams, shrimp, crab, whelks, and a whole lobster. Other contenders include

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Casa Pomona: An Uptown Spanish Debut, Take Two

Casa Pomona opened last December, but Chowhounds are just now checking it out because water and gas foul-ups shuttered it until summer. It was worth the wait, they say, for

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Malaysian Homecoming at Chinatown’s Aux Epices

If Chowhounds find the home-style Malaysian cooking at Aux Epices reassuringly familiar, it may be because this inviting spot is a reincarnation of the much-missed Franklin Station Cafe. Seafood laksa

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Chowhound Find: Lebanese Sausages on the Grill

Karam‘s a longtime Lebanese go-to spot in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for chicken shawarma and more. But there’s another don’t-miss dish, Chowhounds report: succulent, nicely spiced sujok sausages of lamb and

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Early Report: A Greek Star from Queens Takes Manhattan

At Taverna Kyclades, keep it simple. Seafood from the grill is the specialty at the new East Village branch of a Chowhound destination in Astoria, Queens. Smart orders include octopus

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A Winner at Smorgasburg: Bolivian Meat on a Roll

Smorgasburg‘s an urban grazing wonderland or a cash-sucking hipster magnet, depending on whom you ask. But Chowhounds who prowl these food bazaars have unearthed a gem in Bolivian Llama Party.

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Early Report: At the Palace, Let Them Eat French Pastry

There’s intrigue at the Palace. The hotel’s latest dining makeover began with Pomme Palais, a bakery-café opened last month by Michel Richard (LA’s Citrus, DC’s Citronelle). Éclairs and St. Honoré’s

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’Cue on a Tortilla at Madison Square Park

At Mad. Sq. Eats, Chowhounds are talking tacos. New to the twice-a-year outdoor feed (through October 25) is the BrisketTown crew, rebranded TacoTown and tucking ‘hound-certified barbecued brisket or pork,

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Early Report: Modern Tapas at Boston Transplant Toro

Toro, whose eclectic tapas have conquered Boston, landed two weeks ago in Manhattan. Locals are buying in: smart orders include blowfish tail with Moroccan spices; grilled corn with cayenne, lime,

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Westerner-Friendly Chinese, Suitable for the Parents

Chinese but not too Chinese, as one Chowhound puts it—even adventurous eaters may need an upscale, gringo-friendly restaurant when the parents are in town. Presentable yet ‘hound-worthy options include the

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Fresh Tamale Intel from the Upper West Side

Sidewalk tamale vendors long ago colonized uptown turf from the 70s to City College. The latest Chowhound sighting is at Columbus and 72nd in the morning. Check out tasty tamales

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Michelin New York: Quibbling with the Stars

“What a boring, stale list,” one Chowhound scoffed, assessing Michelin‘s latest pantheon of New York restaurants—yet as usual it’s given ‘hounds plenty to chew over. In: one-star debutantes Aska and

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Two Inviting Bars, Above the Downtown Fray

Amuse and Café Dancer bring something different and welcome to a downtown nightlife quarter that Chowhound small h calls “the intersection of frat & fabulous.” Expect low-key vibes, smartly conceived

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Early Report: A Laotian Spin on Banh Mi in Tribeca

Banh mi, of course, are from Vietnam—except when they’re from Laos. Khe-Yo, the new Chowhound-approved Laotian place, takes these sandwiches upmarket at a lunchtime takeout window. Try duck confit with

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Early Report: True Texas ’Cue at Morgan’s in Brooklyn

At month-old Morgan’s, a pitmaster from Austin turns out smoky, peppery brisket, among other meats. If you’re not scoring barbecue in Brooklyn nowadays, you’re just not trying: New smokehouses opened

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In Queens, Soup’s On at a Deli on the Rebound

When Ben’s Best in Rego Park lost an ace cook, its once-great matzo ball soup slipped badly, Chowhounds observed. Good news: The cook’s back—and so is that don’t-miss soup, along

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After the Storm, a French Rebirth at Brooklyn’s Atrium

Hurricane Sandy was bad news for many restaurants, but it opened the door for newcomers like Atrium, which succeeds the shuttered Governor. On the Provençal-leaning menu, Chowhounds like the sweetbread

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Early Report: Street-Tested Meat on Bread at Mayhem & Stout

Sandwiches of luscious slow-braised meats are the thing to get at Mayhem & Stout, which graduated last month from street markets to a shop in Murray Hill. House-made add-ons like

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