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NYC diners are a discerning bunch. We understand that the asking price of, say, roasted chicken, has a lot less to do with the cost of poultry, olive oil, and potatoes than it does the realties of rent (which, in Williamsburg, averages around $350 per square foot). What gets us ornery is the slow bleed of other, less tangible aspects of the restaurant experience, the pervasiveness of watered-down drinks, indifferent décor and insouciant service—who...
We’ll gladly go almost anywhere for a good meal; from transportation-deprived neighborhoods like Vinegar Hill and Red Hook, to an unmarked bar basement and the roof of Urban Outfitters, if the food is good, we will go. That being said, we never imagined we’d be dining directly under the BQE, after hastily criss-crossing a menacing, car-riddled intersection, sparsely surrounded by neon-lit gas stations and odiferous auto body shops. Obviously, the unlikely location has done little...
  White Tiger 601 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights It’s been years since Korean fare made its great escape from the tight borders of K-Town, with restaurants of all stripes stocking their pantries with kimchi and gochujang, and classically trained chefs like Hooni Kim (Danji) and, more recently, Tae Kyung Ku (Oiji), relaying a refined and modern side of their native cuisine. But save for Red Hook’s much-loved The Good Fork (and its admired Korean-style steak and eggs),...
The Rucola team has been on a roll lately, branching out with projects that have all but dominated Brooklyn’s bar scene, including Julian Brizzi’s Grand Army (which rocks an especially righteous cocktail program), and Henry Moynahan Rich’s luscious wine mecca, June. And now, longtime chef, Joe Pasqualetto, is getting in on the action too, putting food back at the forefront by joining forces with Rich, and opening the French Catalonian bistro, Cassette, on a...

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