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Can't Get Into Balthazar? Where to Eat Instead

Max Falkowitz 4 comments

17 years after opening, Balthazar hasn't changed much—not its food, scene, or crowds. So where should you go when a visit is stymied by a long wait? Take a look around you—there's plenty of good food close by. More

Lucky Rice's Danielle Chang's Favorite Nolita/Downtown Restaurants

Neighborhood Guides Bao Ong 2 comments

While Danielle Chang, the founder of Lucky Rice, eats in Chinatown all the time—it's blocks away from her home in Nolita—she's often on the go searching for the best Asian food. Here are her favorites in and around Nolita. More

Lunchtime Spanish Salad Fix at Despaña

Rabi Abonour Post a comment

Despaña clearly cares about great ingredients. When they come on plain salads, even in small quantities, it makes all the difference. More

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up: Ceci Cela's Raspberry Cookie

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 3 comments

Two simple butter cookies, lightly dusted with powdered sugar, and a thin spread of sweet raspberry jam in between. That's it—no fancy tricks, no secret weapons. Late afternoon on a cool foggy day, it's all I need. More

Little Rascal Does Bar Food, Turkish-Style

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman Post a comment

Little Rascal is completely unpretentious and extremely welcoming, and the care put into its food goes above and beyond for a place that likely makes most of its profits off of its booze. More

Pumpkin and Sugar Cone-Flavored Ice Cream at A. B. Biagi

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Your average pumpkin ice cream is a middling way to really enjoy what pumpkin has to offer. That's not true at A. B. Biagi in Nolita. More

Ceci-Cela's Spinach Pie, Sweet and Savory Breakfast All in One

Max Falkowitz 1 comment

When it comes to breakfast there's savory and sweet, and usually ne'er the two shall meet. Not so with Ceci-Cela's Spinach Pie ($3). More

A Historic Salami Sandwich at Mile End

A Sandwich a Day Ben Jay 3 comments

For a change-up from Mile End's smoked meat, consider this salami and mustard sandwich on a kaiser roll. More

Small Space, Small Plates, Big Flavors at Peix, Bar de Mariscos

J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

The Spanish menu created by Mexican chef-consultant Ignacio Carballido (Cafe El Portal and Casa Mezcal) at Peix Bar de Mariscos is simple to the extreme—most dishes are nothing more than pristine seafood, a bit of olive oil, and some good technique—but compelling. It's easy to respect a chef who has the sense to let the ingredients do most of the work for him, letting their own creativity ride in the passenger seat. More

Sugar Rush: Accro Du Caramel from Lafayette

Sugar Rush Niko Triantafillou Post a comment

Pastry Chef Jennifer Yee's Accro du Caramel mousse cake ($6) is so light that I'm not sure what keeps it from floating off the plate and into the air. This small, beautiful pastry is all about subtle flavors and matching soft textures. But the first thing you'll notice is the technical precision: it looks like the components were cut using lasers. More

A Good but Pricey Burrito at Cafe El Portal

Max Falkowitz 12 comments

When I asked you about burritos in New York last week, this was the one I had in mind. Nolita's Cafe El Portal makes a good burrito. Actually it makes one of the better burritos I've had in New York—which is not the same as great—but it comes with a price, $10.50 if you go with the pork filling. Is it ever okay to pay double digits for a burrito? More

A Sandwich a Day: Calabreza at BarBossa

A Sandwich a Day Lauren McInnes 3 comments

While this slender Brazilian cafe in Nolita probably won't make it into our regular lunch rotation, its crisp pork and cheese Calabreza sandwich ($11) makes for a decent, if Nolita-pricey lunch. More

A. B. Biagi Scooping Awesome Gelato in Nolita

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 3 comments

This new gelato shop is spinning ice cream that compares to the city's best. More

Uncle Boons: Traditional Thai Gets a Soho Spin

J. Kenji López-Alt 5 comments

I've got to admit it: I did not like Uncle Boons the first time I went. At least, I thought I didn't. The staff was friendly as could be, the space was fun, I even made friends with some folks at the bar, but the food just seemed... off to me.

Things started fine with a Lon Jai ($10), a Thai version of a michelada that looks like a glass of sriracha with a peppered rim. The cold Singha beer bubbles up through the hot sauce and then—what's that?—coriander wafts up to your nose along with something more mysterious and musky. "It's salted pickled lime juice," the bartender tells me, as he puts a plate of their chopped lamb salad in front of me. Laab Neuh Gae ($14) comes on strong out of the gate, with an unmistakable lamb-y aroma and richness that makes you wonder, is lamb really the best choice for laab? It tasted heavy, fatty, not refreshing, until... wait a minute... Okay, suddenly I got it. Those slices of cucumber and pickled onion aren't just garnishes—their bracing sourness allows you to focus on the flavor of the lamb, not the fat. The dish, surprisingly, worked.

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Sugar Rush: S'mores Pie by Butter & Scotch

Sugar Rush Kathy YL Chan Post a comment

Get all three components in one bite for maximum satisfaction; that dense and creamy chocolate ganache is no slouch. More

Sugar Rush: Black Forest Baked Alaska at DBGB

Sugar Rush Kathy YL Chan 1 comment

There aren't many places in New York where you can find baked Alaska, much less one that alone, can justify (many) returns. Enter DBGB. More

A Sandwich a Day: Hummus Sandwich at Taïm

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Like everyone at Serious Eats, I dig Taïm's falafel. But it's their salads that I really love: bright orange carrots with cumin, earthy crimson beets, sultry eggplant mush—these are things I would like to eat more of, all the time please. Enter the Hummus Sandwich ($6). More

Good Bread: Balthazar Bakery

Good Bread Andrew Coe 2 comments

In 1997, Balthazar opened its doors on Spring Street. Downstairs in the basement, a corner was set aside for a little bread-making operation. On the first day, every table was decorated with a basket containing house-made breads: a baguette, a whole wheat, a rye, and so on. Fifteen years later, nearly identical loaves are still sold by the Balthazar Bakery, which has grown to be one of the city's biggest and most consistently excellent artisan bakeries. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Thanksgiving Special Hero at Parm

A Sandwich a Day Paul Yee 3 comments

Don't wait to head down to Parm for their Thanksgiving hero, as it will only be available until the end of the week. At $14, it's definitely expensive for a sandwich that you won't want to share with anyone, but it's everything Thanksgiving should be. More

The Vegetarian Option: La Esquina

The Vegetarian Option Howard Walfish Post a comment

The dark, intimate space at La Esquina is a place to ease up and forget the anxieties of the week—and it's vegetarian-friendly, too. More

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