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Posted on Apr 1, 2012 in Hottest Newcomers

Teaser: Matthew Lightner has trained in some of the world’s best kitchens, including Noma and Mugaritz. Just this spring, this young chef made his New York debut with Atera. Atera ain’t your average restaurant. It’s got a chef and a full-time forager.

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First Bite: Fatty Cue Manhattan

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

While we’ve been spending lots of time in Williamsburg checking out all of the great new restaurants, one of our favorite Brooklyn eateries did an about-face, opening a second location in Manhattan. Zak Pelaccio caught everyone’s attention when he opened a Southeast Asian bbq joint called Fatty Cue.  And now you don’t have to leave the island of Manhattan to try his brisket with red chili jam, coriander bacon, and spare ribs. The space formerly known as Fatty Johnsons, and before that Cabrito, has stayed in the Fatty family, but you’d hardly recognize it. Once marked by a large pink goat, the Carmine street location is newly outfitted with large wooden doors at the entrance, exposed brick walls, warm wood and hunter green leather booths.  Silver domed light fixtures hang from the ceiling and glass cabinets are filled with...

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Simply Peeled – A Whole New Brand of Soft-Serve

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

This is one of those times I wish I lived on the Upper East Side.   Ever since Simply Peeled opened a few weeks ago, I want to move.  (I’m only half-kidding.)  The Upper East Side has just become home to a unique, new frozen dessert so delicious it may have the downtown set breaking their “no traveling north of 14th street rule.”  Now, I’ve been smitten with Mister Softee and his vanilla soft serve since I was a kid.  If there’s no truck in sight, I’ll cop to ducking into Pinkberry for tart frozen yogurt on occasion.  But I really never thought frozen fruit could be so downright addictive.  Simply Peeled serves soft-serve frozen fruit with the silky, smooth texture of soft ice cream and the clean, crisp flavor of fruit.  It’s called Fruizo and it’s creamy, light and...

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