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POSTED August 14, 2014


Chef-owner Thomas Chen's new spot in the East Village plays with modern American dishes that draw both from his experience as a first generation Chinese-American and his time in Eleven Madison Park's fine dining kitchen. The space is well designed, but we admit we're less interested in reclaimed stools, and way more excited about the delicious-sounding food: the "pig out" dish of Berkshire pork and spicy peanut noodles served with house-made sambal and ginger-scallion sauce, comes with a grilled peach salad and serves two ($58).

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POSTED August 7, 2014

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster

Artisanal butcher shops have flourished in NYC, but our choices for excellent seafood purveyors are comparably limited. Fifth-generation fishmonger Vinny Milburn and chef-co-owner Adam Geringer-Dunn have opened an airy, bright raw bar-slash-sustainable seafood shop in Greenpoint with fresh local fish butchered to order and lobster sold from a live tank. There's an 11-seat marble bar (and a take-out window!) for snacks like fish tacos ($9) made with pollock from Gloucester, MA, and raw kelp noodles ($12) given the pad Thai treatment.

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POSTED July 31, 2014

The Gorbals

Ilan Hall, who won season two of Top Chef, has opened his second location of The Gorbals (the original is in downtown L.A.). The industrial-looking dining room is situated in Williamsburg's new Urban Outfitters and has a menu that's divided into four quirky sections: field, coop, barn and stream. Hall is looking to mash up the flavors of his family's heritage—Jewish and Scottish –with emphatically-unkosher dishes, like bacon-wrapped matzoh balls ($9).

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POSTED July 24, 2014

Corkbuzz Wine Bar

The master sommelier and restaurateur behind Corkbuzz Wine Studio, Laura Maniec, opened her new Chelsea Market restaurant today. To go with the extraordinary globe-trotting list, chef Missy Robbins, who turned out exquisite Italian fare at A Voce for many years, will be serving small plates, like cured sardines ($9), chicken liver mousse ($8) and spicy clams ($13). Sit at the bar or, better yet, find a spot on the more casual steps on the terrace, which are inspired by those glamorous, Euro-style piazzas where people settle down to chat and snack at all times of the day.

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POSTED July 17, 2014

Mimi Cheng's Dumplings

Sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng just opened their bright, airy little dumpling shop in the East Village and it's been slammed every night so far. The menu is tiny—just three varieties of Taiwanese-style dumplings ($8 for six, $10 for eight), but all these beauties are made by hand with organic vegetables and pasture-raised meats from Fleisher's. Our favorite is the Mimi Cheng, named for the owners' mother. It's a chicken and zucchini combo enveloped in a thin skin and served with a bright and vinegary dipping sauce—the shop's delicious secret.

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  • Tuome
  • Greenpoint Fish & Lobster
  • The Gorbals
  • Corkbuzz Wine Bar
  • Mimi Cheng's Dumplings


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