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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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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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