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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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POSTED July 10, 2014


David Waltuck of the late great Tribeca bastion of French-American fine dining, Chanterelle, is back with this 60-seat restaurant on East 20th Street. The flavors will be far more international than French (hello, General Tso-style sweetbreads!) and the dining room, we expect, will be full: Waltuck's return to the kitchen is definitely cause for celebration. The industrial-looking space is more casual than Chanterelle, but there's still a touch of the highbrow here—the restaurant opens with an installation by Chuck Close on the wall, where the art will rotate regularly

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POSTED July 3, 2014

Root & Bone

The birds are brined in sweet tea, fried to a golden crisp and coated with pickled lemon and honey-sweetened Tabasco. That's how Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth (who you may recognize from their stints on Top Chef) do fried chicken at their new southern spot in the East Village. The duo, who previously cooked together at Miami's Yardbird, is also serving a fine rendition of the all-American BLT, available to go.

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POSTED June 12, 2014

Cherche Midi

Keith McNally's newest restaurant, in the former Pulino's space on Bowery, moves away from the pizzeria theme toward Frenchier things, like skate meunière (and pretty pink tablecloths). The dining room opens tomorrow for dinner, with Shane McBride and Daniel Parilla in the kitchen.

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POSTED June 4, 2014

Bubby's Snowball Sidewalk Cart

Bubby's High Line is now serving mountains of shaved ice drizzled in house-made syrups, like sour currant and cola, and topped with sweetened condensed milk ($5).

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