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The Final Frontier

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

On Avenue C, it’s still possible to watch Alphabet City reinvent itself As the old saying once went, “A you’re alright, B you’re brave, C you’re crazy, D you’re dead.” It’s not news that Alphabet City is no longer the minefield of socioeconomic misfortune it once was, but even today, when the focal point for [&hellip
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Cooking Under a Big Tent

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

When some chefs adopt another culture, it’s a crime. Tertulia is proof that there’s room for everyone. Picture an American chef. He falls in love with a cuisine from another country, travels to that country for a few heady months, takes copious notes (maybe studies with a few locals), then opens his own restaurant offering [&hellip
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A Chinatown Gem Shines Brightly

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Looks aren’t everything at Shanghai Café—and that’s a good thing The rule of thumb for most Chinatown restaurants is that the more nondescript the interior, the better the food. The best handmade noodles are found in an underground den where the chefs sit out in the dining room, forming dumplings on massive sheet pans during [&hellip
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Bring Back the Power Lunch

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Dining In the greatest food city on earth, why are we eating so many sandwiches? One of New York City’s most curious native establishments is the steam-table deli. Sprouting like mushrooms wherever offices can be found, these one-size-fits-all, in-and-out lunch factories are baffling novelties to visitors. Where did they come from? How can so many of [&hellip
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Catcher in the Rye

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit

dining 005_Aamanns-52 Aamanns-Copenhagen brings New York the Danish staple we didn’t know we needed In the bathroom at Aamanns-Copenhagen (13 Laight Street, aamanns-copenhagen.com), among a medley of framed photos of Danish scenes both archival and new, is a page cut from a magazine. On a stark white background is a glamour shot of a loaf of dark-crusted, [&hellip
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The King Is Dead, Long Live the King!

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Handicapping the competition for Brisket King of NYC Brisket is big business these days. After years of struggling in the Passover ghetto, the notoriously fickle cut of beef is having a full- fledged moment in the sun, thanks in large part to the awareness campaign begun some six years ago by New York’s Texas BBQ [&hellip
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Just Say No to the Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

552px-Valentines_Candy Celebrate sincerely with a meal that has meaning for you Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark sham, a manufactured non-holiday dreamed up in a craven bid to sell out-of-season roses in the middle of the long, dark winter. Singles hold this trope up like a string of garlic [&hellip
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Zutto is Dead, Long Live Zutto

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

The Tribeca stalwart is revived with a new chef and some new ideas If you serve ramen in a restaurant with none of the traditional trappings, can it still be considered a proper ramen experience? Zutto Japanese American Pub (77 Hudson St., zuttonyc.com) hopes so. No, not the Zutto you’re thinking of, though Tribeca stalwarts [&hellip
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Anna Karenina Comes to New York City

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, West Side Spirit

FireBird navigates the frozen tundra of the Theater District “There is no such thing as Russian food,” says FireBird executive chef Paul Joseph. And while there are entire neighborhoods in Brooklyn that would take jingoistic offense at such a suggestion, over the course of a meal at FireBird (365 W. 46th St.; firebirdrestaurant.com), this starts [&hellip
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