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El Rey Chef Takes Chinatown with Lalo

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Under Gerardo Gonzalez, El Rey emerged as one of the chicest gathering hubs on the Lower East Side. So acolytes who’ve sorely missed his breezy, healthy Cal-Mex fare since his departure last April, would be well advised to follow Gonzalez to Chinatown, where he recently resurfaced with a brand new project called Lalo…

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10Below Ice Cream

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Q & A with Fung Tu’s Jonathan Wu and John Matt Wells

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At the forefront of the refined Chinese food trend, Fung Tu — fittingly straddling traditional Chinatown and the envelope-pushing East Village — gained instant notice for dishes like Bean Curd and Bacon Terrine, Smoked Chicken Salad over Masa Pancakes, and smoky, Duck-Stuffed Dates. But it sort of faded into the background just as fast, in the face of Danny Bowien’s flashier Mission Chinese Food and Thomas Chen’s newer Tuome.

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Redefining Brunch at the Modern Chinese Eatery, Fung Tu

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Brunch has really taken it on the chin lately, with a number of food writers calling into question the appeal of the mid-morning meal — so often associated with overcooked eggs, overpriced pancakes, and overly long lines. But contemporary newcomers, like the year-old Fung Tu, are working hard to counteract those negative connotations, by staying blessedly true to their own culinary identities…

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Summer Sips: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Cuisine: | Featured in Drink Spotting, Ethnic Eats

Now that iced coffee season is in full swing, you may find yourself craving a little variety from your daily cold-brew. For those willing to venture into sweeter realms of coffee on the rocks, Vietnamese-style iced coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) may just be your summer salvation. Restaurant Girl dishes on where to find some of the best Vietnamese iced coffee in New York…

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Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

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Q & A with Skal’s Chef Ben Spiegel

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On the surface, five-month-old Skal might just seem like yet another New Nordic restaurant in NYC. And yes, it’s named after a Northern drinking toast, the owner is from Iceland, and there’s a decided Scandinavian slant to former Noma apprentice, Ben Spiegel’s menu. But the young, Toronto-born chef insists that more than anything, this sunny neighborhood spot (improbably situated in Chinatown, skirting the border of the Lower East Side), simply embodies a fresh approach towards eating and dining out in general.

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

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Fung Tu

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Yao’s Dragon Beard Candy

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For a truly original treat, prowl the streets of Chinatown in hopes of spotting the elusive Yao’s Dragon Beard Candy cart (it’s most often parked outside of the subway on the corner of Chrystie and Grand).  So named because they resemble a mythical dragons beard, the Vendy Award-nominated sweets are made by hand-pulling powdered sugar into gossamer-thin strands, twisting them into a ball and forming a sticky cocoon around a filling of toasted peanuts and coconut.  We hunt them down year round, but Halloween is an especially good...

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