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POSTED October 16, 2014

Empellón Al Pastor

It's al pastor all the time at Alex Stupak's newest member of the Empellón family. His graffiti-adorned St. Marks taco shop is set to open this Monday, and we couldn't be more excited. Stupak's been deep in research, learning how to make tortillas and perfecting his rotating spit machine of juicy pork meat. Obviously, al pastor tacos ($4) are the draw—chile-rubbed, spit-roasted pork shoulder is thinly sliced and brushed with two salsas, onion and that all-important pineapple, but there's also a strong Michelada menu, too.

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POSTED October 9, 2014


Armand Arnal, the Michelin-starred chef behind La Chassagnette in southern France, didn't make his U.S. debut with a big splashy restaurant; instead he opened this charming little cafe in Chinatown. And we're glad for it. Along with restaurateur Benjamin Sormonte and baker Elisa Marshall, Arnal's transformed an old movie-poster gallery into a bright, cozy café with exposed brick walls. The shelves are stocked with beautifully packaged Portuguese sardines, big serving bowls with red rice and roasted cauliflower salads ($6 each) and cake stands filled with buttery pastries, like the flaky, decadent dulce de leche bar ($5) and enormous chocolate chip cookies ($3).


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POSTED September 25, 2014


It should surprise no one that Williamsburg is the home of the city's first matcha cafe. Owned by brothers Max Fortgang and Graham Fortgang, the spots serves the Japanese powdered green tea in all sorts of iterations, from simpler shots and lattes to a watermelon-infused iced variety. Hooked? Pick up a tin of caffeinated stuff for the road. Expect snacks from Watty & Meg. Naturally, there are plans to turn the space into a speakeasy after-hours.

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POSTED September 18, 2014


Nicholas Morgenstern can do more than ice cream. He's opening GG's tomorrow with chef Bobby Hellen in the old Goat Town space, taking inspiration from NYC icons. They've got a double-decker oven à la $1 pizza joints for pasta carbonara topped with a sunny-side-up egg ($13) at brunch and, for dinner, 1986 pizza ($15 to $18; a nod to the Mets) piled with sopressata. The cocktails take it easy, with lots of low-alcohol drinks, like the Dawn to Dusk ($8): ginger beer drizzled with Fernet. Just makes it easier to drink the day away in the airy, white-washed space.

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POSTED September 11, 2014

Birds & Bubbles

City Grit's Sarah Simmons traveled all over the Champagne region in search of the best bubbly, and now she's pairing 40 varieties with the ultimate comfort-food companion: fried chicken. Her temple to the high-low brow combo also has modernized Southern favorites like BBQ shrimp and grits with tasso ($24) and, of course, buttermilk fried chicken ($55 for half a chicken with a quarter-bottle of Pol Roger). In addition to sparklers, there's a slew of punches and smashes—some injected with Champagne, though none with fried chicken (yet).

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  • Empellón Al Pastor
  • Maman
  • MatchaBar
  • GG's
  • Birds & Bubbles


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