Greek standards with a twist are on the menu at Snack EOS, the two-week-old Hell's Kitchen spin-off of Village favorite Snack Taverna. Lamb turns up in sliders, and saganaki comes with figs at a spot that one Chowhound calls "delicious and still kind of under the radar."
What kind of grilled cheese sandwiches could you make if you owned a dairy farm? Pretty awesome ones, if three-month-old Meltkraft is any indication. Try the meat- and macaroni-fortified Valley Thunder (pictured) with cheddar from New Jersey's Valley Shepherd Creamery—plus coffee, charcuterie, craft-beer flights, and amazing brownies.
Spit-roasted chicken, Montreal-style, is the specialty at month-old Rôtisserie Georgette on the Upper East Side. One Chowhound-worthy splurge is a bird for two, stuffed with wild mushrooms and served with foie gras. Another, available for groups of six, is a whole baby pig with bacon-onion marmalade and red wine jus.
Busy Midtowners who want to look nice and also indulge a sweet tooth can check two boxes at once at Cosmetic Show. This curious little shop stocks beauty products alongside European confections, preserves, and more. Snack on McVitie's biscuits or Baci chocolate cakes, and freshen up that nail polish.
After the fish counter closes, the party begins at Calle 191 Pescaderia. Late at night, the shop morphs into a hot spot for cheap beer, cooked or raw seafood, and Latin specialties like empanadas and asopao (rice soups), to a soundtrack of Dominican bachata music.
The dressed-up Indian cooking at Pippali is winning over Chowhounds. Opened in September by veterans of Tamarind, Chola, and Chennai Garden (whose old space Pippali occupies), the newcomer offers a pan-subcontinental menu that ranges from tandoori meats to southern-style dosa to the lamb-and-grain stew haleem (pictured).
Is Ridgewood the next Williamsburg? The arrival of Houdini Kitchen Laboratory will only encourage that kind of talk. Opened six weeks ago in a brewery-turned-art-space by the owner of the fondly remembered Miss Williamsburg diner, it's turning out first-rate thin-crust pizza that Chowhounds consider the neighborhood's best.
At week-old Fung Tu, a chef who cooked at Per Se transforms flavors from the Chinese kitchen in a style described as "creative Chinese-American." That phrase raises alarms among some purists, but Chowhound mitchleeny finds a lot to like—small plates like duck-stuffed dates; big ones like steamed local sea bream with fennel, tangerine, and black bean; and bitter/sweet chocolate–peanut butter sesame balls for dessert.
It may seem gimmicky, but Potatopia, the all-spuds restaurant in the Village, does right by the humble potato in numerous guises. Alpha Chowhound Jim Leff declares the Smashed Hit—whose crisp, chewy fried potato stands up to the accompanying cheeses, onions, pepper, and meat of your choice—"KILLERKILLERKILLERKILLERKILLER."