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BY GABE HERMAN | Xi’an Famous Foods has several Downtown locations that serve quality Chinese food, though its cuisine is different than most Chinese restaurants in Manhattan. Xi’an is a city in northwest China, where the restaurant’s authentic dishes originate. “The city…boasts a unique cuisine that combines Chinese and Middle Eastern flavors,” according to the restaurant’s […]

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BY CLAUDE SOLNIK | On a recent evening, Chef Emeril Lagasse carried a dish out of the kitchen of Rodos, a restaurant he launched in the Flatiron District. Lagasse looked a little harried, but happy, as he hurried around the restaurant near a date tree. Now and then he stopped to pause for photographs (which promptly […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Mint Masala is among the growing number of halal restaurants in Greenwich Village, and its delicious food is great for any and all who happen to love good Indian food. Located at 95 MacDougal St., between Bleecker and W. Third Sts., it opened in summer 2014 as Mirch Masala, and recently changed […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream opened its second parlor in the city in October, at the former site of longtime Village favorite Silver Spurs. The latter closed last March after anchoring the corner of W. Houston St. and LaGuardia Place for 22 years, in yet another sad example of diners closing in the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Mint Kitchen, a new Middle Eastern restaurant, has opened just below Union Square. It debuted on Jan. 30 and features a fast-casual style in a bright, open atmosphere. The restaurant was co-founded by Israeli chef Erez Komarovsky, who previously started a popular bakery in Israel called Lehem Erez that expanded to more […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Four new vendors have been announced for the new Essex Street Market, set to open this spring in the new development at Delancey and Essex Sts. The New York City Economic Development Corporation, which manages the market, announced the four new culinary additions on Feb. 6. They are Mille Nonne, which serves […]

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BY JANEL BLADOW | And we’re off… 2019 is galloping into history. Hot shots… About 40 neighbors and friends gathered at Barbalu Restaurant (225-227 Front St.) on Sun., Jan 13, to celebrate one of our own neighborhood talents, photographer Joel Greenberg. Joel has been dining at the Italian eatery and over the years struck up a […]

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BY ANNA SPIVAK | Eat your heart out, Manhattan! A dazzling new dining experience will promote the unique cuisines found in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx next month! Dine The Boroughs, a two-week culinary tour of some of the outer boroughs’ best bites, will feature some 200 restaurants offering pre-fixe menu options for just $28, from […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | New York University has opened its first dining hall that is completely halal, meaning in accordance with Islamic dietary rules. On Jan. 27, Lipton Dining Hall, at 33 Washington Square West, at Washington Place, became the “first fully dedicated residential dining location at a major university in North America certified at the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | A new pastry shop has opened in the Village with delicious Japanese/Taiwanese desserts and the curious name Catmint Wheel Cake. The small shop opened less than two months ago at 124 MacDougal St., between Bleecker and MacDougal Sts. It’s located up a flight of stairs from the street. A wheel cake is […]

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