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Eat This Now: Soufflé Potatoes (Fried Puffed Potatoes) From Antoine's in New Orleans

Eric Leath 6 comments

When I first saw the soufflé potatoes at Antoine's Restaurant as a kid, they seemed unreal: smooth, balloon-like cylinders of fried potato that had nothing inside but caverns of air. More

We Try the Falafel Pie From Benjy's Kosher Pizza Dairy Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Queens

Slice Ben Jay 9 comments

The five boroughs are dotted with numerous cuisine-unspecific kosher restaurants, serving everything from shawarma to pizza to sushi, all rabbinically approved for Orthodox Jewish consumption. Benjy's Kosher Pizza Dairy Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Flushing is one notable example. According to the restaurant's extended name, a woman I spoke to while having lunch there, and this blog post (picked up by Gothamist), the pizza is the thing to order at Benjy's. And having read that post, there was no way I'd be ordering anything other than the Falafel Pizza. More

Eat This Now: Salt Cod Croquetas at Ataula, Portland, OR

Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen Post a comment

Unmoved by tapas? The salt cod croquetas at Ataula will change your mind. More

Eat This Now: Frijoles Charros at Mi Mero Mole in Portland, OR

Kat Vetrano 4 comments

Portland, Oregon's Mi Mero Mole's spicy and complex Frijoles Charros has a secret ingredient: time. More

It's Time for Kafana's Hibernation Fare

New York Max Falkowitz Post a comment

If the cold weather alone doesn't convince you, the long walk to Avenue C just might; cold snaps like this call for something like braised beans and sausage, and Kafana, a tiny Serbian spot in Alphabet City, does especially good versions of both. More

Eat This Now: Pork Lychee Salad at Rose's Luxury, Washington, DC

Brian Oh 2 comments

Rose's Luxury is a new spot on Barracks Row from former Momofuku Noodle Bar chef Aaron Silverman, featuring an eclectic menu spanning pho to popcorn soup, but the dish we can't stop talking about is this complex pork and lychee salad. More

Pierogi to Go in the East Village

New York Cleo von Siebenthal Post a comment

First Avenue Pierogi & Deli, a tiny stall of a shop off St. Marks Place, offers an extensive selection of pierogi to eat right away or cook at home. They're not perfect, but they're cheap and satisfying all the same. More

We Love the Uyghur Noodles at Chayhana Salom

New York Max Falkowitz 4 comments

It looks a little like chow mein, but lagman, the handmade noodles native to the Uyghur people of western China and central Asia, are a different thing altogether. More

Staten Island's Dosa Garden Gets Curry Right

New York Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Dosa Garden on Staten Island makes a big deal of their Chettinad-trained chefs. When it comes to the curry, you should listen. More

Don't Miss the Cumin Lamb at Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan

New York Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Your average Sichuan restaurant may turn out a decent, if not exceptional, plate of dry-fried cumin lamb, a dish that tastes pretty solid even when it's not that inspired. But at Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan, it's the must-order plate. More

Bigos in a Bread Bowl at Little Poland

New York Max Falkowitz 3 comments

Poke around the menu and you'll see that this decades-old Polish joint isn't just serving geriatric food. Their Bigos, for instance, is impressive, well worth an order at the counter. More

Beef Tartare at Skal, the Lower East Side's New Icelandic Bar

New York Max Falkowitz 2 comments

There's not much to look at on the walk to Skal, a Nordic cocktail bar and restaurant on the far end of Canal Street. But a recent visit on a cold, cloudy night was rewarded with surprising warmth from the bar and a chatty but civil crowd. And, of course, this tartare. More

There's a Cheesy Gyoza Gratin at Hide-Chan Ramen

New York Jamie Feldmar 3 comments

The name pretty much says it all —these are Hide-Chan's standard fried pork and vegetable gyoza, topped with a layer of mozzarella cheese (think less Joe's Dairy and more Kraft), then broiled the mozz has liquified and formed a golden, bubbly crust. Embrace the gutbomb. More

Indian Fried Chicken in Murray Hill Now at Kokum

New York Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Shiva Natarajan, the man behind some of the city's most interesting refuges for underrepresented regional Indian cuisine (Chote Nawab, Malai Marke, Dhaba, and others), is at it again. His new restaurant Kokum has much to recommend, but start with this plate of fried chicken. More

Eat This Now: A Double-Layered Pizza at Pizzeria Via Mercanti in Toronto

Slice Michael Nusair 10 comments

The double-layer pizza is basically what would result from the union between a Margherita pizza and a calzone. It sounds overstuffed—and it kind of is—but in this case I suspect that's the point. More

Eat Your (Fried) Vegetables at Telly's Taverna

New York Max Falkowitz 4 comments

Frying is something of a specialty at Telly's Taverna in Astoria, from the Greek fried doughnuts that end your meal (on the house) to the thinly sliced fried vegetables that should begin it. Zucchini, red pepper, and eggplant are available for $6 apiece or $14 in combination; the zucchini, rendered intensely sweet and tender by the heat of the fryer, is your best bet. More

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

New York 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

Taqueria Diana Joins the Late Night St. Marks Circuit

New York Max Falkowitz 2 comments

St. Marks Place has its share of late night taco stops, some more disreputable than others. The latest to join the fray is Taqueria Diana, which was opened by a homesick Californian. More

Why You Should Get Your Fresh Rice Rolls From a Tofu Factory

New York Max Falkowitz 6 comments

There's no shortage of street carts in Chinatown that sell freshly steamed rice noodle rolls. But if you can only go to one, I'd suggest skipping them all in favor of a visit to a tofu factory near the Manhattan Bridge, which makes a fresher, more delicate rice roll than any I've had from a cart. More

Taste of Persia NYC, Your Ambassador to Persian Home Cooking

New York Max Falkowitz 2 comments

In the past couple months I kept hearing whispers from Middle Eastern food devotees about Saeed Pourkay's Persian cooking lodged in the corner of a Flatiron pizzeria. Then he received some glowing press. So here's hoping Taste of Persia NYC becomes the city's ambassador to homestyle Persian cuisine, a vacant position we'd do well to fill. The food certainly merits the title. More

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