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Avocaderia

For the avocado obsessed [Read: Lynn], Avocaderia is the stuff of dreams. Not only do they offer multiple toast and salad options, including vegan varieties, they also offer a few unique and creative menu items (avocoddities, if you will) that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. They have sweet avocado smoothies. An avocado burger. Even an avocado chocolate mousse. Lynn chowed down on the Let It Beet, one of their signature toasts, which included beet hummus and watermelon radish on toasted sourdough bread. I think she enjoyed it because, when there was just a bite left, she turned to me and said, "Did you want some of this? 'Cause it's almost gone.”

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Ends Meat

Calling itself a whole-animal salumeria, this roughly translates to a deli being run out of a butcher shop. The owner (and head butcher) responsibly sources the meat and vegetables from local sources. You can buy meat for your barbecue and provisions for your pantry. Or just order one of their many sandwich offerings. I succumbed to the Beef Neck Sandwich with caramelized onions, 1000 Island dressing and cheddar on perfectly toasted bread.

Pro Tip: I snagged a container of their homemade pickled mustard seeds while I was there. They’ve had a starring role on all my homemade sandwiches ever since.

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Atla

Atla is an all-day cafe offering contemporary Mexican bites in a bright, open, relaxed space. It’s another example in an increasingly crowded field of high-end chefs making moves at the casual end of the restaurant spectrum. In this case, it’s Chef Enrique Olvera, well known for Mexico City’s Pujol and the highly regarded New York City restaurant, Cosme. We found the trio of dishes we ordered simple, fresh, and tasty: the Scrambled Eggs with Cherry Tomatoes and Chilies served with fresh corn tortillas, the Huevos Rancheros smothered in a smoky-sweet salsa, and the creamy, mildly tart whipped Coconut Yogurt with Fresh Blueberries dressed with just a touch of olive oil. It was the perfect meal--not too heavy, not too light.

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Momofuku Milk Bar

David Chang is almost as well known for discovering talent as he is for being a chef. The biggest case for that is probably with Christina Tosi, who was simply working as a food safety consultant when David Chang tasked her with making unconventional desserts at Momofuku. Now Momofuku Milk Bar is its own empire, with multiple locations in USA and Canada. Although there are several well-known items on the menu, the signature item will always be the (trademarked!) Cereal Milk Soft Serve, which features milk, cornflakes, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. It’s meant to taste “just like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cornflakes!” Go ahead and eat it for breakfast, we won’t judge.

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Oso

Oso is a special restaurant in Harlem that captures a magical mixture of good food, good drinks and great ambiance. It manages to feel fresh yet familiar, easy yet sophisticated. The Day of the Dead-inspired wall art is well worth the trip alone. Oso takes Mexican street food and turns it into a dining experience.  It strives to makes sure its dishes maintain authenticity by working with a family from Puebla on the menu. The Pozole was delicious, and I was particularly enamored with their Pulpo entree, which combines octopus, potatoes, stewed pimento and mandarin oranges. It'll make you wish Harlem was your neighborhood, and this was your joint.

And here's a random fact: it's owned by Jeopardy host Alex Trebek’s son!

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King of Falafel and Shawarma

King of Falafel and Shawarma had humble beginnings as a food cart 15 years ago. Living the American Dream, the owner, Freddy, worked hard, built his reputation, and eventually opened his first brick-and-mortar restaurant just a block from his cart’s original location last year.

Freddy moved to the United States at 15, and uses his mother’s recipe. His falafel are unique for their oval or bullet shape. But it’s not just a marketing ploy. He told the New York Times that it was to “expand surface area, for more crust, without sacrificing inner tenderness”. Freddy pays tribute to his truck by in his storefront design, where it looks like the truck was backed into the restaurant. Besides the Falafel Platter, also try the Chicken Shawarma, which is excellent. And when they ask you what rice you want? Go with the proprietary spicy version, you won’t regret it.

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Queens Comfort

Queens Comfort is experiential dining at its best. Lines form not just for the food, but for the fun atmosphere which starts before the doors even open. Getting there early is its own reward, as the host offers a dazzling display of showmanship. The self-proclaimed “barker” is the perfect warm-up to the wacky, childlike joy that awaits. Inside, you'll find a friendly staff and a happening DJ. The bizarre, Texas State Fair-meets-Saturday Morning Cartoons take on seemingly staid and predictable comfort-food dishes results in fun creations like the Cap'n Crunch Crusted Chicken Sandwich pictured here. Donut Diva offers one special donut a day, and we devoured our Strawberry Nutella Donut happily. BYOB and cash only.

Here's a quick video from our Instagram Stories: https://youtu.be/n_6ZFLCHPL0

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Cocoron

Cocoron is a Japanese-owned restaurant that specializes in homemade soba noodles. It has stealthily grown its presence in the Lower East Side with a health-centric focus by using only the highest-quality ingredients. Hot and cold soba options are available, which makes it a wonderful year-round option. You can choose to have your soba noodles served in a soup, or dipping style. The dipping style offers a more concentrated broth, which can be watered down at the end of the meal to be consumed on its own.

Cocoron has always offered several vegan options, but has since expanded to offer gluten-free noodles as well. The staff is keenly aware of potential food allergens, and can provide a detailed guide to their patrons who have strict dietary restrictions. They also consistently experiment with flavors, offering specials like the Thai-influenced Tom Yum soba, the Korean-influenced Kimchee soba, and the Nepali-influenced Nam San special (named for the Nepalese chef who created it). We’ve been patronizing the joint for years, and we’re happy to report that they’ve recently opened a third, more spacious location. Cocoron strikes the perfect balance between something familiar and something experimental.

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Great Northern Food Hall

The Great Northern Food Hall offers Grand Central Station commuters an amazing array of delicious food. You can find anything here from pizza to hot dogs to porridge, all with a delicious Nordic spin. And believe it or not, it’s where we go when we have a hankering for cinnamon rolls. Meyers Bageri, the artisanal bakery here, offers the Kanelsnurre -- the Nordic iteration the bready treat. And believe us, it's not anything like Cinnabon. There’s a crispier edge, a respectable, bready chew, and a solid -- less sweet, more savory -- cinnamon presence. There’s also the option to eschew frosting. It’s something we can’t resist any time we pass through the iconic train station.

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Lalito

Every once in awhile you come across a power couple that brings together two favorites that wouldn’t normally have seemed compatible, but somehow end up being a pretty great match.  No, I’m not talking about Blake and Gwen.  I’m talking about former El Rey chef Gerardo Gonzalez’s partnership with Dudley’s alums Mateusz Lilpop and Ben dos Remedios, which resulted in Lalito. It’s Mexi-Cali fare, though with a completely fresh perspective.  Case in point: there’s NO AVOCADO on the menu. 😱

We love coming here for brunch. The Coconut Grits with 12-hour Braised Turnip was unlike anything we've ever had. Even innocuous menu items like Chilaquiles Tacos and Papas Bravas were distinctly unique. It's Mexi-Cali, done the New York City way.

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