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Leave the Taco, Take the Cemita: Why NYC's Tortas Beat its Tortillas Every Time

Unlike in Mexico (not to mention LA, San Francisco, and Chicago), New York lacks a quality tortilla industry. The corn isn't the same. The nixtamalization process, which breaks down the gluey hemicellulose in corn, is different here, and the common practice in Mexico of using a natural alkaline called tequesquite, isn't a thing here. But New York has an upside: great sandwich bread. More

Big Flavors in Unlikely Places at Rosette

Chinatown's pulse beats fastest at Canal and Bowery, where the Manhattan Bridge spills traffic onto the island and, nearby, the diesel engines of buses idle. Few people consider the eastern reaches of the neighborhood, between the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, as a dining destination. But that's where Rosette opened at the end of January. More

After 16 Years, Lucien French Bistro Still Has Plenty to Say

Lucien is the sort of place you can go when you know what you want to eat, so long as what you want to eat is classic bistro fare. There's risk in running a restaurant so traditional—the food needs to be articulate and speak to guests in special, intimate ways, less the whole concept prove hollow and soulless. Lucien opened in 1998. After 16 years, the restaurant's got a way with words. More

Step Out of the Big City Into Petite Crevette

@VeryHungryHippo I'm glad! Thank you for the note.

Inside the Wonderful Restaurant Stuck in a Tiny Coffee Shop

@EBT84 They do! Limited selection of reds, whites, and bubbles, most of which are available BTG. Beers (mostly domestic) are available in bottle and can, with a pils and cider on draft on my visit. No hard stuff.

Meet the Tiny Lunch Counter Tucked in a Midtown Loading Dock

@wingding Eureka! Thanks so much for sharing, Meredith. How I wish I were present for the charm of old New York..

Cobble Hill is Lucky to Have Brucie

Guilty as charged, Erin. Though it was more like devoured..

Tamales, not Turkey: New York Immigrants' Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanks for the note, @gluttonygal. All fixed! I'm glad you enjoyed the story.