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Restaurant Spotting: Nur

Nur

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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Alex Stupak Goes Big with Empellon

Empellon

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen is Hot, Hot, Hot

Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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Inside dinnertable, NYC’s First “Reverse Speakeasy”

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

There’s nothing ostensibly clandestine about the goings-on at The Garret East. Make your way through the (well marked) doors, and you’ll find the music pumping, the crowds bumping and everyone drinking; in perfectly plain sight. But if — perhaps in a boozy search for the bathroom — you happen to stumble your way past an inconspicuous curtain, you’ll be confronted with a single, discreet buzzer on a wall, enigmatically demanding that you “Push For Food.”

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Inside Acme’s Unexpected Culinary Revamp

Acme

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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Shockingly Good Vegan Eats at Avant Garden

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Considering seminal bar owner Ravi DeRossi’s especially indulgent projects, like Death & Co. & Mayahuel, you’d hardly finger him to eventually open a refined, vegan restaurant. And yet, that’s precisely what he did this past fall, launching the critically-acclaimed Avant Garden…

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It’s Easy Eating Gluten Free at Oovina

Oovina

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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Uniquely Updated Jewish Deli Fare at Harry & Ida’s

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in Best Of, First Bite, Food Markets, Sandwiches

If the critically-lauded Harry & Ida’s is any indication, classic Jewish deli fare is ripe for reinvention, with pastrami topped with rounds of buttermilk-fermented cucumber, dried into jerky, or transformed into juicy, shitake mayo-slicked hot dogs…

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Restaurant Spotting: Superiority Complex

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 in First Bite, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

If you thought the mayhem surrounding Fuku was insane — in the form of up-to-the-minute reports on lines wrapping around 1st Ave. — it can’t hold a candle to the commotion surrounding Superiority Burger and its killer veggie burgers…

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Timna Takes Israeli Cuisine to the Next Level

Timna

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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The Box Kite Team is Flying High at Bruno

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

If the duo behind Box Kite — the acclaimed tasting room situated in a St. Marks Street coffee shop — could work culinary magic in a 300-square foot space, it’s little surprise that they’ve achieved super-sized success at their newest venture, Bruno…

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BKB Brings East Hampton to the Upper East Side

BKB

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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First Bite of Italian Revamp – Contrada

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Calliope in the East Village was quite well liked; earning high praise from the New Yorker, as well as a starred review from Pete Wells in the New York Times. And yet, it ended up closing after only two years. Fortunately, all is not lost at the gorgeous corner space on East 4th Street, which was quickly transformed into the sunny Italian-bent Contrada…

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Northern Tiger Brings Seasonal Chinese Fare to Hudson Eats

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite

Northern Tiger has taken possession of the last space in Hudson Eats, offering farm-to-table Chinese fare with an emphasis on dumplings and noodles. And while it’s owned by the team from the similarly seasonally-focused restaurant, Yunnan Kitchen, its very much its own project — refreshing, since the market is mostly occupied by mini chains such as Num Pang, Umami Burger, and Mighty Quinn’s.

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Going Greek at Loi Estiatorio

Loi Estiatorio

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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Craft Beer & Fine Dining Converge at Stanton Street Kitchen

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in Beer Bars, First Bite

Stanton Street Kitchen — a brand new Lower East Side eatery — is especially dedicated to the pairing potential of food and beer. So instead of allowing suds to run distant second to vino, it ably treads the line between the two; offering a beer menu as extensive and thoughtfully curated as any wine list…

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Restaurant Spotting: Bara

Bara

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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King Bee Brings Acadia to the East Village

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

New York’s dining scene is such that it’s simply not enough to advertise yourself as an Italian, Mexican or Thai restaurant nowadays. Instead, we’ve got Venetian, Oaxacan and Isaan eateries, which plumb the hyper-regional fare of countries and cities from around the world…

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At Tijuana Picnic, Modern Mexican meets 1970’s Mexico City

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

2015 sure has started off with a bang for Jon Neidich (managing partner of Acme) and Jim Kearns, formerly of the NoMad and Mayahuel. Together, the duo recently launched retro tiki bar, The Happiest Hour, and barely two months later, they teamed up to debut Tijuana Picnic, a modern Mexican cantina and mezcal-focused cocktail lounge on the Lower East Side…

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Mu Ramen Heralds the Inarguable Arrival of Queens

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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