One Great Plate: Fried Octopus Balls

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Walking the gastronomically diverse stretch of St. Marks Place between Second and Third Avenues, you’d never guess that Go Restaurant was the first Japanese outpost on the block. “We opened in 1985,” declares longtime proprietor Isami Nagai. “It was all Polish places and homeless people with garbage can fires back then,” he continues with a [&hellip
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Passing the Bar

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BACKED IN PART by the owner of local fixture Clem’s,The Richardson—open since late September— seeks to adapt the recent trend of fancy retro cocktails to the laid-back Graham Avenue neighborhood.The only competitor in the area is the beautiful but pricey Hotel Delmano two L stops to the west, so a bar in these parts could [&hellip
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THE PERFECT CODA TO A CLOISTERS VISIT

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New Leaf amounts to a true getaway for Manhattan dwellers, and it’s an easy walk from the A train’s 190th Street subway stop. (Don’t tremble—it’s only a half-hour from Times Square.) Perched on the highest elevation in Manhattan, the restaurant and its expansive outdoor dining area afford diners the city’s most spectacular view of the [&hellip
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BISTRO ON THE (FREDERICK DOUGLASS) BOULEVARD

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Les Ambassades has the feel of a neighborhood bistro…if the neighborhood happens to be the 18th Arrondissement. Remarkably, this French Senegalese boulangerie-patisserie-café is not a Parisian ethnic outpost: it’s based in Harlem. I came in for hot tea and a sweet, but my eyes popped at the sight of giant lamb shanks surrounded by couscous [&hellip
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FRENCH COOKERY WITH AN ASIAN FLAIR

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It takes a certain amount of confidence to set your restaurant in an utterly unmarked brownstone, but Bobo is all about confidence, and with good reason. This yearling restaurant, owned by maverick restaurateur Carlos Suarez, has a brand-new executive chef, the James Beard Award-winning Patrick Connolly. He is fresh from the four-star Radius in Boston, [&hellip
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NEW THAI RISING STAR

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While most people associate comfort foods with blandness, Pad Thai makes it into the comfort food pantheon with its incredible balance of sweet and tangy, crunchy and slippery. As recognizable to Americans as Chinese moo-shu pork, Pad Thai consists of stir-fried rice noodles, fish sauce, tamarind, peanuts, egg, bean curd and cilantro. Sura’s sprightly version, [&hellip
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SHAKE SHACK CREATES A STIR

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It was 3 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon, and the normally placid corner of 77th Street and Columbus Avenue was thronged. Despite a driving rain, mothers with strollers jockeyed with twenty-somethings and retired folk in a line that extended around the corner and halfway down the block to Amsterdam Avenue. A Miley Cyrus album signing? [&hellip
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BBRRRING! BUTTERFIELD-ATE

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Sitting on the median strip of Park Avenue, I felt slightly odd and derelict. There are artfully coiffed Begonia beds, but no benches as there are across town on the Upper West Side. There I sat and emptied my bag of provisions from Butterfield Market, the immaculate upscale grocery that’s been in business since 1915 [&hellip
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LOUNGE-STYLE SUSHI

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There’s plenty of great sushi in town, but there’s always room for more, especially if it’s as imaginatively prepared as it is at Rock-N-Sake. In fact, many of chef David Hoang’s handrolls are not available anywhere else. The restaurant is co-owner Joseph Ulloa’s third edition of Rock-N-Sake. He opened his first in the posh warehouse [&hellip
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