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New Bistro ‘Esme’ Brings Modern American Fare to Manhattan Avenue

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©Rosie de Belgeonne

Esme, the newest restaurant to open on Manhattan Avenue, is named after the female protagonist in J.D. Salinger’s ‘For Esmé – with Love and Squalor’. Happily, the new bistro reflects all of the love but none of the squalor of the touching short story about an encounter between an American soldier and an enchanting young British girl during WW2. “My dad gave the book to me and my brother when we were 14 and that story was one of the reasons we ended up going to college” says Esme co-owner Matthew Ricke. Continue reading

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Bread Brothers: Bagels, “A Gelateria of Cream Cheese,” and So Much More

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Bread Brothers Daniel (centre), Jeremy and David

Bagels, delicious bagels! With their amazing array of freshly baked goods and delicious cream cheeses, the brand new Bread Brothers Bagel Cafe will make you crave bagels for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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American Bistro ‘Esmé’ to Open on Site of Papacitos

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So long Papacitos...a new bistro's on its way!

When Mexican restaurant Papacitos abruptly closed its shutters at 999 Manhattan Avenue last summer it was unclear what had happened and what, if anything, would be taking its place.

Now, happily, the space has been taken over by the team behind The Exley who are already well on their way to transforming it into a bright and airy all-American bistro in time for summer. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Safehouse: Yet MORE New Eats on Franklin Street

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Brooklyn Safehouse

On a gorgeous springlike evening last week, Jen G and I popped into the newly opened Brooklyn Safehouse for an early dinner. This is the place at 120 Franklin Street, which seems to have been in the making for at least two years and finally opened its doors last month. Continue reading

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New Bistro Opens at Coco 66

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Bistro kitchen at Coco 66

Greenpoint’s Coco 66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) has had its ups and downs over recent years but, as of last Wednesday, its future is looking decidedly brighter.  A new bistro has opened in the adjoining space, run by Michael Callahan, the Manhattan restauranteur behind the likes of Indochine and BondSt. Continue reading

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Review: Xi’an Famous Foods Opens Greenpoint Outpost

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I’d just like to get this right out of the way and say that black magic works. I’ve dabbled in the dark arts and after all of the proper blood rites have been performed and incantations memorized, I’ve gotten exactly what I wanted.

Xi’an Famous Foods has opened a location closer to me than their East Village spot. Their new location in Greenpoint (86 Beadel St) is a ten minute walk from my house, and I’d personally like to thank the Dark Lord Clothos for making this possible.

For those of you not familiar with Xi’an in all its spicy glory, allow us to show you the way. Originally from Flushing, with two outposts in Manhattan, Xi’an Famous Foods has consistently been credited with helping the resurgence of traditional Chinese food here in New York. Specializing in traditional Western Chinese cuisine, Xi’an represents conventional Americanized Chinese food in much the same way the croissanwich represents French food. A very different beast indeed.

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