The fresh Middle Eastern vegetarian plates at three-week-old Hummus Garden are just what Chowhounds in Windsor Terrace were waiting for. Try the Garden Plate (five salads of your choice—the Moroccan carrots rock) or the sabich, a pita well stuffed with eggplant, egg, tahini, and more.
Brooklyn Beet Company's as much about beef as beets, serving a knockout hamburger in fried Hungarian-style bread—a crowd-pleaser at sister restaurant Korzo. So where's the beet? Burgerized in a bright magenta beet–and-black-eyed-pea veggie patty served with Edam cheese, caramelized onion, and sweet-sour house-made beet ketchup.
Harlem brings plenty to the table, but great Indian food hasn't been part of the mix. Red Chilli Indian Café promises to change that with surprisingly solid North Indian cooking—spinach dal, chickpea-tomato chaat, fresh naan, and the like—plus tandoori meats, curries, and Bengali-Bangladeshi specialties.
Southern-accented food with a welcome blast of brine is how they roll at Jacob's Pickles. Works for Chowhounds, who love the pickles, fried chicken, and biscuits with "freaking outstanding" sausage gravy. Cocktails skew too sweet for some, but the Bloody BLT with bacon and pickled egg is a keeper.
The Modern's at a crossroads as Chef Gabriel Kreuther moves on, but it hasn't lost its touch with diners. A fledgling gourmet's unforgettable 13th-birthday dinner included an introduction to rabbit and caviar, canapés and other extras, and a kitchen tour. "Our intention was to wow my son," says Mom, "but my husband and I were wowed as well."