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Sushi Ganso 31 3rd Avenue, Boerum Hill It’s tough to imagine a time when our vague understanding of sushi centered on faux crab California rolls. Nowadays, not only do middling fish-slingers seemingly outnumber pizza parlors, but sushi has also made its mark on the fine dining world, with elite French restaurants standing shoulder to shoulder with Michelin-starred temples of toro. The breathless veneration of solemn “masters” who famously dedicate a lifetime to the perfection of their...
LILIA 567 Union Avenue, Williamsburg In Rome, my favorite place to go for aperitivo was a restaurant called Gusto. Every night, it would buzz with locals and expats like myself eager to catch up with friends over a glass of wine and the city’s best spread of small bites. The space was vaguely industrial, with whitewashed walls, high ceilings, and huge windows filling it with natural light. The wine list was extensive; the servers never rushed...
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Shut Up and Sing: Insa

INSA 328 Douglass Street, Gowanus While it has little on the bottle-poppin’ Eastern European banquet halls of Brighton Beach, Insa—a 4,600-square-foot bacchanalia of Korean barbecue and karaoke—is as over the top as it gets in South Brooklyn. But instead of vodka, it’s sake, craft beer, and cocktails that flow like water in the cavernous dining chamber set with sterno-topped communal tables, as well as in a quintet of private, themed karaoke dens, and in a dedicated...
Upon entering Moku Moku, there will likely be two hosts there to greet you—one to eventually usher you to your seat (a collection of backless stools pushed up against wooden communal tables, a curved chef’s counter, or a slim metal shelf, i.e. purgatory for solo diners), and another to confirm that you didn’t inadvertently wander over from Momo Sushi Shack. It’s an easy enough error to make; they’re sister spots with similarly discreet signage,...

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