Jigsaw-Puzzle Japanese

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Dining_Courtesy of Ootoya A great meal comes in many shapes and sizes at Ootoya When the Tokyo chain sometimes called the Denny’s of Japan for its sheer ubiquity (somewhat unfairly, as what, then, are we supposed to call the many Dennyses—yes, the Denny’s—that also thrive there?) announced it was opening its first U.S. branch on a side street [&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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Sweet Tooth Paradise

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By Laura Shanahan Sweets for the sweet – especially since it is/was Valentine’s Day, or Valentine’s Week. Like we need a reason to sugar up—right? (Cue maniacal laughter.) Well, whether it’s to get a last-minute or belated holiday gift, or it’s because nothing less than swigging a nearly 8-pound jug of Hershey’s chocolate syrup will [&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

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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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Take Back the Brunch

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

Worthwhile eggs for brunch. Photo courtesy of JoeDoe There’s hope yet for the wayward meal at JoeDoe Brunch stinks. The franken-meal manages to drag through the mud two of our most venerable dining concepts: breakfast foods and the noble art of daydrinking—perverting the latter with baby-strength mimosas and tepid bloody marys and drowning the former in a tidal wave of mediocre egg dishes [&hellip
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