Gallery: This Week in Eating Out

Biang!, the Restaurant from Xi'an Famous Foods: A Younger, Modern Edge to Flushing (NYC)
Biang!, the Restaurant from Xi'an Famous Foods: A Younger, Modern Edge to Flushing (NYC)
Biang! is worth making a trip out to Flushing for. In part for the fascinating place it occupies in the food world right now. But in part, too, just for the noodles and buckwheat and lamb skewers. Read more here >>
Fast Food: Dunkin' Donuts Southwest Breakfast Burritos
Fast Food: Dunkin' Donuts Southwest Breakfast Burritos
Burritos tell no lies. We tried their new Southwest Veggie and Southwest Steak burritos to see if Dunkin' Donuts could handle the truth. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Lamb Bhuna Kati Roll at Desi Galli (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Lamb Bhuna Kati Roll at Desi Galli (NYC)
There's a new kati roll place in town; Desi Galli in Murray Hill serves up street snacks like kati rolls, chaat, and other snacks. The filling of the Lamb Bhuna kati roll ($5.99) is a spicy, flavorful stewed lamb that's exceptionally tender and moist. Read more here >>
First Look: Cocktails at Gin Palace, NYC
First Look: Cocktails at Gin Palace, NYC
Gin Palace's design stems from historical research and the owners' affections for subtle steampunk detail. The drinks themselves take a similar approach to historical accuracy; they're inspired by the Victorian drinking culture, but not entombed in it. Read more here >>
Knockout Noodles: 7 Cold Noodles We Love in Chicago
Knockout Noodles: 7 Cold Noodles We Love in Chicago
These seasonally inspired cold-noodle dishes truly run the gamut, from light and delicate to spicy and robust. What could be a better revenge against the oppressive summer heat than noodles that are best served cold? Read more here >>
Behind the Scenes at Dirt Candy, NYC
Behind the Scenes at Dirt Candy, NYC
Dirt Candy's dishes use single vegetables as their themes; they seek to deliver the most tomato-y tomato flavor and the most intense version of mushroom. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Avocado Sandwich at Iris Take Away (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Avocado Sandwich at Iris Take Away (NYC)
It's almost impossible to resist an avocado-based sandwich. The fruit is buttery and rich, but it's also plenty refreshing. The Avocado Sandwich ($8.50) at Iris does not disappoint. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Portobello Mushroom & Gorgonzola at Grounded (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Portobello Mushroom & Gorgonzola at Grounded (NYC)
It features perfectly meaty grilled mushrooms on a crusty, powdery ciabatta. The creamy gorgonzola is sharp enough, but doesn't dominate the intense flavor of the mushrooms. Read more here >>
Decatur, GA: Thoughtfully-Designed Burgers at Thinking Man Tavern
Decatur, GA: Thoughtfully-Designed Burgers at Thinking Man Tavern
Thinking Man Tavern has put some extra thought into so many unique menu items that make it more than just your usual pub grub. It's an enjoyable tavern where you can get a solid burger, three kinds of absinthe, plus a quick brush-up in a variety of scholarly subjects. Read more here >>
Vingenzo's Well Worth the Trip to Woodstock (Atlanta)
Vingenzo's Well Worth the Trip to Woodstock (Atlanta)
Vingenzo's is dishing up some of the finest pizza we've ever tasted... not just in Woodstock, not merely in the suburbs... but in all of the metro Atlanta area... and maybe anywhere. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Portobello Mushroom Sandwich from Beyond Borders Farm to Food Truck (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Portobello Mushroom Sandwich from Beyond Borders Farm to Food Truck (Chicago)
Normally hearty and somewhat dense, the focaccia on this sandwich was sponge-like and almost gummy. Why? Because it sat in the oven too long. And because of that, the bread was a massive distraction from the otherwise tasty, well-cooked mushroom patty. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Monte Cristo at CornerStone Café (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Monte Cristo at CornerStone Café (Chicago)
While the sandwich's construction varies regionally, this simple rendition covered all the bases: egg-dipped bread is griddled on both sides, stuffed with ham and swiss, and cooked together until sufficiently melty. While it hardly reinvents the Monte Cristo wheel, I'd gladly order one of these again. Read more here >>
Put An Avocado On It: 11 Avocado-Based Sandwiches We Love in NYC
Put An Avocado On It: 11 Avocado-Based Sandwiches We Love in NYC
We've been pretty obsessed with avocado toasts and sandwiches lately. Really, is there any better summer lunch? We like sandwiches where avocados are the main feature, not just a spreadable afterthought. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: The Hot Pastrami at All About the Bread in Los Angeles
A Sandwich a Day: The Hot Pastrami at All About the Bread in Los Angeles
Walking into AATB, you land your eyes on a large, wooden communal table in a cool, black and white interior. Just behind it stands the deli counter, and behind that, the menu. The menu lists your standard deli cuts and sandwiches, but the real star is indeed the bread. Read more here >>
Bar Harbor, ME: Nothing Plain About Geddy's Pizza
Bar Harbor, ME: Nothing Plain About Geddy's Pizza
The almost overwhelming menu of pizza toppings on the already overstuffed menu matches the mishmashed decor. With 21 pre-composed pizzas and a list of more than 50 vegetable, meat, and sauce options with which to build your own pie, it's almost too tempting not to go for the weirder stuff like sauerkraut or red hot sauce. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Crispy Brook Trout at Frog N Snail (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Crispy Brook Trout at Frog N Snail (Chicago)
Sandwiched between two soft and buttery slices of pumpernickel is a meaty fillet of trout, fresh red onion, sweet roasted tomato, just a shade of mustard, and a crunchy and creamy Marcona almond spread that pushes the whole sandwich into dangerously delicious territory. Read more here >>
Standing Room Only: In Search of the Gym Shoe, Chicago's Unsung Sandwich
Standing Room Only: In Search of the Gym Shoe, Chicago's Unsung Sandwich
The Gym Shoe is a heretofore unrecognized player in the Chicago sandwich scene. Part Italian beef, part gyro, with slices of corned beef folded in just for the hell of it, it's a mess of a sandwich that can be mystifyingly delicious, if done properly. Read more here >>
Tualatin, OR: Dickie Jo's Burgers Is on the Right Track but Not There Yet
Tualatin, OR: Dickie Jo's Burgers Is on the Right Track but Not There Yet
From the moment you step through the front doors of Dickie Jo's Burgers, you have a pretty clear idea of what you're in for. Read more here >>
Tom Douglas's Guide to Where to Eat in Seattle, WA
Tom Douglas's Guide to Where to Eat in Seattle, WA
Our buddy Tom Douglas is perhaps Seattle's best-known chef-restaurateur. He shared his favorites for pizza, doughnuts, dive bars, and more around Seattle. Read more here >>
Beyond the Taco: 11 Great Non-Taco Dishes at Chicago's Maxwell Street Market
Beyond the Taco: 11 Great Non-Taco Dishes at Chicago's Maxwell Street Market
If you've never visited the Maxwell Street Market before, know that it's perfectly normal to be absolutely, completely overwhelmed. Where do you begin? The only way we've found to make sense of the market is to start eating.
Sugar Rush: Raspberry-Almond Croissant at Mille-Feuille (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Raspberry-Almond Croissant at Mille-Feuille (NYC)
Here's a traditional croissant that's split and spread both with crème d'amandes—that devilish mix of ground almonds, sugar, butter, and eggs—and a housemade raspberry jam. It might difficult to return to plain almond croissants after this. Read more here >>
Chain Reaction: Burger King's New Bacon Sundae
Chain Reaction: Burger King's New Bacon Sundae
Let's not go overboard: This isn't a great dessert, because you can't build a great sundae atop crummy ice cream, but it's better than it has any right to be, especially for $2.49. Read more here >>
Slurped: Buddha Bodai, or, the Omnivore's Dilemma (NYC)
Slurped: Buddha Bodai, or, the Omnivore's Dilemma (NYC)
Buddha Bodai is one of the few, if not only places in Manhattan that serves vegetarian kosher Chinese food, a double-whammy of a restriction for people as obsessed with pork and animal parts as the Chinese. Read more here >>
Sugar Rush: Strawberries and Sichuan Peppercorn Sorbet at Craftbar (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Strawberries and Sichuan Peppercorn Sorbet at Craftbar (NYC)
At Craftbar, tiny sweet summer strawberries are halved and paired with micro basil. They're gently piled into a bowl and topped with three precise scoops of Sichuan peppercorn sorbet ($8). Read more here >>
Street Food at the Hudson Square Food Truck Court (NYC)
Street Food at the Hudson Square Food Truck Court (NYC)
The marriage of food and music is generally a fun affair. It certainly is at the Hudson Square Food Truck Court, a thrice-weekly gathering of food trucks and local musicians and DJs in the triangular LentSpace between Varick, Grand and Canal Streets. Read more here >>
Sugar Rush: Sky-High Cheesecake at J&G Grill, Park City
Sugar Rush: Sky-High Cheesecake at J&G Grill, Park City
Even if you've had a heavy meal, the J&G Cheesecake ($9) is worth trying. The crème fraiche-based filling is fluffy and slightly tangy, making this a lighter dessert option. The other components of the dish change with the seasons. Read more here >>
Sugar Rush: Grand America Bread Pudding at La Bonne Vie, Salt Lake City
Sugar Rush: Grand America Bread Pudding at La Bonne Vie, Salt Lake City
Made from croissant pieces and lots of eggs (with extra yolks thrown in for good measure), the bread pudding is rich and remarkably moist, even after time in the showcase. The outside is firm, but yields easily to a spoon plunged into the soft interior. Read more here >>
Lunch in the Loop: 65 Asian Kitchen (Chicago)
Lunch in the Loop: 65 Asian Kitchen (Chicago)
There's always a time and place for this kind of greasy Chinese food. It's hard not to resist that sweet, salty, umami, and oily flavor now and then, especially if you were monkeying around the night before. Read more here >>
Mexican Eats: Phenomenal Tinga at Roosevelt Tacos in Jackson Heights (NYC)
Mexican Eats: Phenomenal Tinga at Roosevelt Tacos in Jackson Heights (NYC)
The tinga, a delicate braise of chicken, onion, tomato, bay, and garlic, could have been pulled straight from the pages of a Chez Panisse cookbook, if not for the robust boost of chipotle pepper. Read more here >>
Daily Slice: Prep's Pizza & Dairy Bar, Ocean City, New Jersey
Daily Slice: Prep's Pizza & Dairy Bar, Ocean City, New Jersey
The crust is crisp on the bottom though a little more tender at the edge than at boardwalk competitor Manco & Manco. The sauce leaves a little to be desired. It's not as tangy as Manco's. Read more here >>
Bar Eats: Madam Geneva (NYC)
Bar Eats: Madam Geneva (NYC)
For a bar that has no kitchen of its own—Madam Geneva shares one with its sister restaurant Saxon + Parole next door—this gin-focused cocktail den delivers a deliciously creative bar menu true to its vintage Singaporean style. Read more here >>
Chain Reaction: Domino's Artisan Carbonara
Chain Reaction: Domino's Artisan Carbonara
Bacon can indeed work on pizza. Which brings us to today's topic: Can it work on a Domino's Artisan Pizza already freighted with chicken, Alfredo sauce, and a dubious legacy? Read more here >>
Sugar Rush: je & jo's Ice Cream Cart (NYC)
Sugar Rush: je & jo's Ice Cream Cart (NYC)
So long as summer weather permits, find je & jo's ice cream cart parked on the north side of Bleecker Street Playground. Popular for coupling egg-free cookie dough with housemade ice cream, the pre-packed cups ($4, complete with wooden spoons) come in a variety of flavor combinations. Read more here >>
Daily Slice: Bapo at Napizza, San Diego
Daily Slice: Bapo at Napizza, San Diego
Master Pizza Chef Matteo Castagna (an Italian import) has developed an approach that can be summed up in two words: don't rush. Pizza dough is aged for a full 72 hours, then baked for over 30 minutes. Read more here >>
A Sandwich A Day: The Dream State at Reginelli's Pizzeria in New Orleans
A Sandwich A Day: The Dream State at Reginelli's Pizzeria in New Orleans
The Dream State ($8.25) is where roasted vegetables want to go when they die. All the usual suspects are here, including roasted eggplant and red peppers, slices of Roma tomato, pancetta, mixed greens, and creamy goat cheese. Read more here >>
First Look: Cocktails at Weather Up in Austin, Texas
First Look: Cocktails at Weather Up in Austin, Texas
Wanting to "go big and do it Texas style", the menu at the Austin branch of this bar contains 108 classic cocktails. They're divided by spirit and subdivided into six preparations: on the rock, shaken up, tall & cool, stirred up, served long, and fizzes, flips & sours. Read more here >>
Sugar Rush: Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Batter Bakery, San Francisco
Sugar Rush: Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Batter Bakery, San Francisco
These sandwich cookies are a nice medium between a regular cookie and a whoopie pie: they're not too big and the cookie to frosting ratio is in perfect balance. Read more here >>
A Sunset Park Food Crawl: Beyond the Taco (NYC)
A Sunset Park Food Crawl: Beyond the Taco (NYC)
Every year or so, we hit up Sunset Park on a crawl in search of transcendence through masa, griddle-cooked meat, and plenty of hot sauce. Usually these crawls are pretty taco-centric, and hey, we love our tacos, but there's a lot more to the neighborhood to love. Read more here >>
Clay Pot Rice at Yummy Noodle: The Best Deal in Chinatown? (NYC)
Clay Pot Rice at Yummy Noodle: The Best Deal in Chinatown? (NYC)
The clay pot rice here isn't just a satisfying meal for two or three people; included in its whopping $7 to $10 price tag is the clay pot it's served in. That's right: food for a few bucks a head, plus a piece of Chinese cookware. Read more here >>
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A Sandwich a Day: "Liverbest" Sandwich at Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square (Chicago)
Narrow pretzel rolls are cut crosswise and stuffed with a few ingredients—a meat and/or a cheese—topped with maybe a pickle, and then wrapped up in plastic to go. The liverbest sandwich ($5.00) might not be the best joke, but there is no denying the thick slab of creamy liverwurst at its center. Read more here >>
Afternoon Snack: Avocado Toast from Iris Take Away (NYC)
Afternoon Snack: Avocado Toast from Iris Take Away (NYC)
On the one hand, it's lightly seasoned and the avocado is rich and ripe. The 7-grain bread is chewy and nutty: a perfect companion for the avocado. On the other hand, the toast has mayo on it, which seems like overkill. Read more here >>
 Los Angeles: Tacos from the El Paisano Truck
Los Angeles: Tacos from the El Paisano Truck
There's a lot to respect for the day to day loncheros like El Paisano that keep this city rich with tacos, even if their forgettable flavors don't make you jump for joy. So, El Paisano will continue to plug away as a neighborhood favorite, and little more. Read more here >>
Date Night: Amma (NYC)
Date Night: Amma (NYC)
If you've been to India, or seen pictures of the Taj Mahal, then you know that it's a country that values grandeur. Over the top is nowhere near high enough. Amma seeks to capture that attitude via attentive service, flowing tableclothes, multiple changes of flatware. Read more here >>
Affordable Italian at Va Beh' in Brooklyn
Affordable Italian at Va Beh' in Brooklyn
I can't stand the word "authentic," but I have to say that Va Beh' in Brooklyn reminded me more of Italy than just about any restaurant in New York does. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: 'ABC Pang' Special from Num Pang (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: 'ABC Pang' Special from Num Pang (NYC)
The "ABC Pang" ($9.25) is a special sandwich brainchild of ABC Kitchen chef Dan Kluger and the guys behind Num Pang, only available until July 12. The lemongrass-poached chicken salad sandwich comes topped with a spicy cashew butter, Thai basil, that crisp chicken skin, and Num Pang's usual fixin's. Read more here >>
Where to Eat Fried Catfish in Memphis: 6 Spots to Try
Where to Eat Fried Catfish in Memphis: 6 Spots to Try
Look for fish that is fried fresh to order, served hot with good seasoning in the crust (black pepper, a little chile powder, and crunchy cornmeal). An amber crust is better than a pale yellow one. Read more here >>
Chain Reaction: Old-Fashioned Burgers With A Salty Twist At Burger House
Chain Reaction: Old-Fashioned Burgers With A Salty Twist At Burger House
Burger House makes no pretensions towards the gourmet. This is old-school fast food. Read more here >>
Have You Ever Tried a Dinkie? (NYC)
Have You Ever Tried a Dinkie? (NYC)
If you ever said to your plate of pancakes, "I wish this were more spherical, and bite-sized, and in 13 different flavors," dinkies might be just the thing for you. Read more here >>
Los Angeles: After the Fall at Eden Burger Bar
Los Angeles: After the Fall at Eden Burger Bar
The intentions behind the place seem well placed. It's trying hard to make hip evenings centered around premium burgers. I dropped into Eden with an open mind, but alas, reality closed in quickly. The space is self-consciously slick and the burgers were fancy, but not so very tasty. Read more here >>
The Vegetarian Option: Nana Organic (Chicago)
The Vegetarian Option: Nana Organic (Chicago)
For the vegetarian diner, Nana has thought of you—rather lovingly, in fact. The menus have lots of thoughtful meatless options to choose from, and many straddle breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner. Read more here >>
First Look: Salty Sow in Austin, Texas
First Look: Salty Sow in Austin, Texas
The meat-centric restaurant Salty Sow recently opened up on Austin's east side. This latest nose-to-tail venture is powered by the owners of Eddie V's and Hopdoddy (the steakhouse and mini burger chain, respectively). Read more here >>
Daily Slice: Varalli Brothers Bakery, Philadelphia
Daily Slice: Varalli Brothers Bakery, Philadelphia
Varalli's tomato pie is insanely simple. It's really just dough and sauce, no shake of cheese, and little oil if any. Read more here >>
Providence, RI: Meat and Cheese Boards at La Laiterie
Providence, RI: Meat and Cheese Boards at La Laiterie
The cheese plates they serve are fabulous, but so are the charcuterie boards and the tasty housemade accessories that come with them. Read more here >>
Sausage City: Sterling Goss in Bucktown (Chicago)
Sausage City: Sterling Goss in Bucktown (Chicago)
Sterling Goss's sausages were very well made, but mostly I liked their approach: a nice combination of classic with a slight twist. The little dash of creativity goes a long way in refreshing the usual lineup of fennel seed Italian sausage. Read more here >>
Seasonal Summer Sandwiches from 'Wichcraft (NYC)
Seasonal Summer Sandwiches from 'Wichcraft (NYC)
We're always happy to taste the latest sandwiches from Tom Colicchio's 'wichcraft, one of the more reliable and tasty options for your workday lunch. This season they're reintroducing four sandwiches for summer breakfasts and lunch. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: 4 Meat Grinder from Stachowski Market & Deli in Georgetown
A Sandwich a Day: 4 Meat Grinder from Stachowski Market & Deli in Georgetown
The 4 MEAT Grinder is gigantic (the word meat is capitalized, after all). Filled with locally sourced salami, coppa, mortadella, and sopressata, it's an imposing sandwich. Read more here >>
San Diego: The Red Door's Brunch Burger Really Satisfies
San Diego: The Red Door's Brunch Burger Really Satisfies
This beast of a burger starts with all of the usual suspects, including a half-pound patty of hand-formed Meyer Natural Angus beef, a juicy hunk of tomato, sautéed onions, and lettuce from the restaurant's family garden. There's also applewood-smoked bacon, aged white cheddar, and two distinctly brunch-inspired additions: a fried egg and hollandaise sauce. Read more here >>
The Vegetarian Option: Chinese-American Classics Done Right at Nice Green Bo (NYC)
The Vegetarian Option: Chinese-American Classics Done Right at Nice Green Bo (NYC)
There's a lot of mediocre American Chinese out there; where should you go for food that's good, and vegetarian-friendly to boot? Chinatown is a good place to start, and Nice Green Bo (formerly known as New Green Bo) is a great choice for vegetarians. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: The French Dip at Wedgwood Broiler in Seattle
A Sandwich a Day: The French Dip at Wedgwood Broiler in Seattle
The Wedgwood stands on the quality of its food (burgers ground in-house and the like); and on a menu lacking modern excitement, old-school French dip satisfies a craving you didn't know you had. Read more here >>
Los Angeles: Happy 65th Anniversary, Langer's Deli!
Los Angeles: Happy 65th Anniversary, Langer's Deli!
Age is just a number, but when you're a deli, and you're turning 65, it's a pretty big deal. Take Langer's, the family-owned deli powerhouse in Los Angeles, whose influence goes well beyond city borders. Langer's turned 65 this month, and hundreds of people came to celebrate. Read more here >>
L&B Spumoni Gardens vs. The Square (NYC)
L&B Spumoni Gardens vs. The Square (NYC)
You may have read about the beef between legendary Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, pizzeria L&B Spumoni Gardens and The Square, a joint on Staten Island that allegedly borrowed the L&B recipe and started serving what The Square at one time referred to as "L&B–style" Sicilian slices. Read more here >>
Smorgasburg: Some Serious Food That Somehow Has Gone Unnoticed (Until Now), NYC
Smorgasburg: Some Serious Food That Somehow Has Gone Unnoticed (Until Now), NYC
Ed Levine's picks for the best eats at Smorgasburg. Read more here >>
TGI Fry-Day: Ellen Roll from Hachi's Kitchen, Chicago
TGI Fry-Day: Ellen Roll from Hachi's Kitchen, Chicago
Created by the owners' daughter, the off-menu Ellen Roll ($15.00) is over the top while still maintaining balance. Read more here >>
Chicago Tacos: Tacos Ensenada at Mixteco Grill
Chicago Tacos: Tacos Ensenada at Mixteco Grill
These two incredibly light fish tacos showcase the same level of care and craft that Mixteco puts in all of its other dishes. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: The Jo Jo from Caffè Baci
A Sandwich a Day: The Jo Jo from Caffè Baci
Just like its counterpart from Caffè Rōm, this sandwich is comprised of prosciutto, artichoke hearts, fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil leaves, dried spices, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: New-Catch Holland Herring at Russ & Daughters (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: New-Catch Holland Herring at Russ & Daughters (NYC)
Herring in a hot dog bun. It's a pretty common Dutch street food, and now you can get it at Russ & Daughters through August. Read more here >>