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Hungry City: The Smoky Allure of Lebanon Wafts Through Wafa’s Express

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Source: NY Times Food

At a small restaurant in East Williamsburg, the usual Middle Eastern dishes turn intense: brighter, earthier, smokier, creamier.

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Pete Wells: Parts Are Greater Than the Sum of the Chicken at Torishin

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Source: NY Times Food

3 stars | At a yakitori restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, each bit of the bird, cooked separately, has a different pleasure to offer.

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What’s In Your Fridge: The Small Mammal House

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Source: Brightest Young Things NYC

D.C. is a magical place. There are corners of this city where you can experience things you would never get an opportunity to see anywhere else. Whether it’s the Kennedy Center putting on a breathtaking opera or being able to revel in the awe of an exhibition like Renwick’s Wonder, our city is filled with amazing things. I don’t think anyone would disagree with me when I say the National Zoo is near the top of that list. The 160+ acre park is home to a large swath of animals, from …

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Pete Wells: Adventure (Try a Goat’s Head?) Is Still on the Menu at Babbo

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Source: NY Times Food

2 stars | Mario Batali’s Greenwich Village perennial has kept its robust style but lost a bit of the old finesse.

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Pete Wells: We’ll Always Have Paris, at Augustine

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Source: NY Times Food

1 star | Like Keith McNally’s other French restaurants, this new one is a lovely realm of nostalgia and unfussy food.

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Pete Wells: Testing the Limits of Trust, and Sushi, at Sugarfish

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Source: NY Times Food

Fair | The New York branch of a Los Angeles chain has plenty of efficiency and customers, but the fish options can be limited.

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Hungry City: Finding the Joys of Jianbing Across New York

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Source: NY Times Food

The savory crepe with an omelet underbelly and a heart of fried dough was once elusive, but some chefs are trying to make it as essential as tacos and falafel.

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Pete Wells: A MacGyver of Slow-Cooked Meats at Franklin Barbecue

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Source: NY Times Food

2 stars | Aaron Franklin, a new-traditionalist tinkerer, is producing exemplary brisket and long lines in Austin, Tex.

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Hungry City: Butterfunk Kitchen Is Driven by Soul Food and Built on Memories

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Source: NY Times Food

Deviled eggs, deep-fried corn on the cob and scrapple honor the chef’s roots at this restaurant in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.

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Hungry City: A Different Kind of Alexandria Library, at Little Egypt

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Source: NY Times Food

A restaurant in Ridgewood, Queens, features shelves of groceries, a shrine to Egyptian history and fish from a chef who once worked by the docks.

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Hungry City: Tables for Snooker and Bhutanese Food at Weekender Billiard

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Source: NY Times Food

A restaurant in Woodside, Queens, trades in the keyed-up spicing of the Himalayas.

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Pete Wells: Sahib, in Curry Hill, Lets You Eat All Over India

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Source: NY Times Food

2 stars | The menu darts from Kashmir to South India and beyond at the newest restaurant from the prolific Hemant Mathur (with help from Shiva Natarajan).

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Hungry City: At Cafe Lily, the Korean-Uzbek Menu Evokes a Past Exodus

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Source: NY Times Food

A family restaurant in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, serves the pungent cooking of Koryo Saram, descendants of Koreans who were exiled to Central Asia.

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Pete Wells: Culinary Clashes End in Harmony at Chinese Tuxedo

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Source: NY Times Food

2 stars | A stylish new restaurant melds Asian cuisines in a cavernous former Chinatown theater where a gang massacre once occurred.

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Urban Gourmet: White Gold, April Bloomfield’s Butcher-Shop-Restaurant

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Source: Grub Street NY

If you are even a halfway ambitious chef these days, it’s not enough to cook food and sell it. You must mill your own flour, grow your own herbs, churn your own butter, apply your own tattoos (well, maybe not that), and butcher your own meat. April Bloomfield is a …

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