5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in NYC

5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in NYC

. May 10 For a great date restaurant in East Williamsburg: Yes, old-time resto Frost is only a block away, and rock club Brooklyn Steel not much further, in an East Williamsburg neighborhood that retains much of its historic ambiance. Named for a children’s street game in which two teams try to capture the other team’s players, Ringolevio is an intimate date spot that offers lots of good snacks (including a full list of crostini) to go with its beer, wine, and mixed drinks, as well as pastas made on the premises. Of particular interest is a Sicilian seafood spedieno, a dainty grilled brochette that is also a popular bar food in Binghamton, New York. 490 Humboldt St., at Richardson Street, East Williamsburg — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For surprisingly solid drinks and snacks in Midtown : I ended up at Gibson + Luce , the basement cocktail bar at the Life Hotel, somewhat accidentally on a recent weeknight. My group had a reservation at JJ Johnson’s restaurant Henry at the Life Hotel but due to a private event we instead ended up eating at the bar downstairs, where there’s full lineup of inventive cocktails plus a few items from Johnson’s restaurant upstairs. I was particularly into the Ryde or Die (mezcal with ginger, passion fruit, lassi, pineapple, lime, vanilla) and, to be frank, kind of surprised to find such a stellar option for drinks and snacks n Midtown. 19 West 31st St., between Broadway and Fifth Avenue, Midtown — Monica Burton, associate restaurant editor For afternoon tea in a whimsical setting : After a visit to the Met, take a little walk downtown along Fifth Avenue to Alice’s Tea Cup, Chapter II , an outpost of the vaguely Alice in Wonderland-themed tea house offering set menus and afternoon tea service. The tea for two option comes with enough food for a genuinely filling lunch for two: three scones with various spreads, two tea sandwiches, and a large piece of cake with cookies. The two-floor space has plenty of room, and taking a leisurely afternoon meal here is encouraged, the servers never rushing. 156 East 64th St., near Lexington Avenue, Upper East Side — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter For giant Mexican sandwiches and smoothies in Sunset Park: Don Pepe Tortas Y Jugos is a colorfully decorated Mexican café that offers twin counters. One offers a selection of huge tortas, while the other squeezes fresh juices, making a perfect lunch combination. The sandwiches are geographically identified with Mexican cities, while the juices can be simple or quite elaborate, with some named after body builders, such as the Mr. T smoothie: coffee, banana, almond butter, almond milk, and whey chocolate protein. 3908 Fifth Ave., between 38th and 39th streets, Sunset Park — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For a chill neighborhood coffee shop to meet a friend: I feel lucky to live near the Commons , a neighborhood coffee shop through and through. Though I wish it were a little larger, it’s usually easy enough to find a table to sit down for espresso drinks, matcha lattes, and a surprisingly robust menu of eggs, sandwiches, salads, and pastries. This is my go-to place to meet a friend for breakfast or coffee on the weekends, or stop by before work for a drink to go. Laptops not allowed on weekends. 128 Seventh Ave., between 17th and 18th streets, Chelsea — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor May 3 For mostly on-point bar food in a congenial space : Park Slope is full of great neighborhood bars, and the Commissioner is one that also happens to serve a roster of pretty solid bar food. The fried pickles, sliced insanely thin, are an ideal salty snack, and the hot dogs come from Williamsburg butcher the Meat Hook, filling concoctions that come two for $8. Word is that the hot chicken sandwich and, bafflingly, the kale and farro salad are decent picks, too. (Skip the burger.) Mostly, though, it’s just a chill spot to hang; the staff is extremely friendly, and the bar doesn’t charge a fee to reserve party space. 247 5th Ave., between Carroll Street and Garfield Place, Park Slope — Serena Dai, editor For alcohol-free drinks that are surprisingly good : Getaway in Greenpoint looks and feels like a bar, but there’s no booze to be found. It goes all-in on the no-alcohol cocktail trend that’s gathering speed in the drinking world, offering a menu of exclusively no-ABV drinks. In other words, it’s just juice. And it’s natural to be skeptical, but these drinks are complex, layered, and exciting, like the “that’s just my face,” made with mango and jalapeño puree, lime, elderflower tonic, and black sesame. It’s spicy and fruity. For now, there’s no food. 158 Green St., near Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter For a relaxed, homestyle Brazilian meal: Favela Grill is a true neighborhood spot. The Astoria Brazilian restaurant is inviting, casual, affordable, and filled with locals looking for a place to gather over food. The food is straightforward and comforting, from fried appetizers to steak and shrimp platters. It was also my first time eating catupiry , a creamy cheese that in my opinion is a far superior stand in than mozzarella for sticks. 33-18 28th Ave., between 33rd and 34th streets, Astoria — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor For perfect picnic fare: Long-running banh mi shop Ba Xuyen is only a block east of the hilltop Sunset Park, the patch of green descending toward the Upper Bay that gives the neighborhood its name. If the weather clears this weekend, grab a banh mi sandwich (my favorite is the one made with sardines) and make your way to the park, which provides magnificent views of downtown Brooklyn, the Manhattan skyline, and Jersey City beyond. If the weather is rainy, eat your sandwich in the dining room. 4222 Eighth Ave., between 42nd and 43rd streets, Sunset Park — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For creamy soft-serve in Chinatown : It’s hard to resist Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory when seeking sweets in the area, but last week, I was tempted by the siren call of a new, nearby spot called Milkcow , which specializes in milk-flavored soft serve. Turns out it’s the first NYC outpost of a Korean chain, and it delivered. The soft serve is thick and creamy, far more flavor-packed than most renditions of soft serve at shops around town. My friend and I split a cup that had a hunk of fresh honeycomb on top, adding a touch of floral sweetness. Milkcow offers tons of over-the-top versions, too, like one with a massive piece of cotton candy, but I’m not so tempted. Next time, I might opt to go even simpler, with no toppings at all. 69a Bayard St., near Mott Street — Serena Dai, editor April 26 For spicy Thai in a glam space : The Upper West Side is shadily home to some pretty good Thai spots, like Land on Amsterdam. A newer option, though, is Sala Thai . In the eight months it’s been open, it’s already become a huge hit in the neighborhood for dishes such as razor clams sautéed in a blazingly spicy but also sweet coconut milk and chile sauce with basil or crispy rice salad with Thai pork sausage. The interior is also a fun departure, lushly decorated with chandeliers, wood paneling, and gold ornaments. 307 Amsterdam Ave., between 74th and 75th streets, Upper West Side — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor For a healthy Brazilian breakfast in Bushwick : It’s become a weekly routine to stop by Pitanga on a Saturday or Sunday morning for an açaí bowl, and I’m not the only Bushwick dweller doing so. The namesake bowl here tops the blended fruit with strawberries, bananas, coconut, and easily the best almond butter around (it’s homemade). There are also egg bowls like the Brazilian Breakfast with black beans, avocado, baked eggs, and homemade pão de queijo , the bouncy cheese bread. There’s no rush to get moving, a good thing since you’ll be charmed easily by the staff here. 207 Starr Street between Wyckoff and Irving, Bushwick — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator For vegetarian dosas in Murray Hill : Pongal was among the wave of vegetarian and also kosher dosa restaurants that hit lower Lexington Avenue starting around 1995, offering a menu based mainly on lentils and grains. Dishes like idli ( dumplings), upma (a cream of wheat dish), rasam (the spiced lentil soup), and the eponymous pongal (a composed rice dish) formed part of the menu, but front and center were a series of dosas, including a butter masala dosa that offered a huge, thin, crisp, ghee-saturated pancake with a separate filling of spiced potatoes, constituting a gluten-free meal long before gluten-free was popular. 110 Lexington Ave., between 27th and 28th streets, Murray Hill — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For a spicy meal before going to see that hot Adam Driver and Keri Russell play : Go check out Taladwat . The new-ish restaurant has effectively taken over the reigns as top Thai spot in Hell’s Kitchen in the wake of Larb Ubol’s closure. David Bank (Pure Thai Cookhouse) and Brian Ghaw serve homestyle cooking in a set-menu format: You choose two dishes for $20 ($16 at lunch), then add on more courses as needed for about nine bucks each. Among the highlights are crabmeat tom turmeric, with the flesh sitting in a fiery chile-laced coconut broth; a soft omelet with seasonal herbs; and an achingly tender pork belly stew, the flesh sweetened with five spice and soy. 714 9th Avenue near 49th St. — Ryan Sutton, chief food critic For Hong Kong-style Chinese food in Brooklyn : This mini-chain, with other another branch in Chinatown (the Bath Beach branch is closed), brings Hong Kong style Cantonese food to Sunset Park. Known as bao zai fan, the specialty of King’s Kitchen is a rice dish steamed in a clay pot with thick sweet soy sauce and a main ingredient that runs to duck, salted fish, pork knuckle, beef navel, and eel, infusing the rice with rich flavor. Dumplings, charcuterie, congee, and noodles fill out the pleasing and inexpensive menu. Open early for breakfast. 5223 Eighth Ave., between 52nd and 53rd streets, Sunset Park — Robert Sietsema, senior critic April 19 For a comfy cafe to spend literally all day in : Outpost in Bed-Stuy is so laptop friendly that there are even outlets in the back patio, which gets ample sun during the day and has a mix of seating. Inside offers plenty of space to post up, too, and the food menu keeps it simple with sandwiches, a huge bowl of mac and cheese that can be topped with chili, as well as salads and pastries. There are also a few wines and draft beers on hand along with coffee drinks and juices. 1014 Fulton St., between Irving Place and Downing Street, Bed-Stuy — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter For a speedy meal in Bushwick that will fuel the night : There’s really only one move when ordering at Bunna Cafe — Bushwick’s beloved vegan Ethiopian restaurant — and that’s to order the feast for you and however many are in your party. The massive platter will include garlic-y enguday tibs (cremini mushrooms), berbere-spiced misir wot (red lentils), shiro (a yellow split pea mash with more berbere and garlic), and if going this weekend the seasonal dish will be a slightly sweet stewed squash. Of course it’s accompanied by all the housemade injera one could hope for, and it will all arrive at the table within five minutes of ordering. Do try some highly rare Ethiopian wine like a semi-dry honey wine that’s light and refreshing; do chat up the very friendly staff. Note that it’s cash only. 1084 Flushing Ave, between Knickerbocker and Irving, Bushwick — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator For some chic Passover fare : Chill all-day seafood restaurant Jeffrey’s Grocery in the West Village is not only holding Seders this weekend for Passover, but it’s also extending that menu for the entire length of the Jewish holiday. Stop in for matzah ball soup with kimchi, deviled eggs with trout roe, a lamb shank with madras curry, and other Passover-friendly specials. 172 Waverly Pl., at Christopher Street, West Village — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor For great pasta near downtown Jersey City : It’s hard to still get excited about Italian pasta these days, when we have so many restaurant choices and so many types of pasta to contemplate. But Jersey City’s Pasta dal Cuore (“pasta from the heart”) makes pasta exciting again, with a lengthy menu with many unexpected pasta and sauce combinations. That menu runs from the conventional (lasagna alla bolognese and spaghetti alla vongole) to the frankly unusual (cauliflower ravioli and spinach linguine in a funky Amatriciana sauce). A noodle retail counter stands in front, with a spare dining room in back, and the place is BYOB. 527 Jersey Ave., between Christopher Columbus Drive and Maxwell Alley, Jersey City, NJ — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For a massive Italian sandwich in the Financial District : I recently traveled to Italy and returned to New York with a constant craving for the Italian panino sold from sidewalk cafes in Florence. When researching “where to find an Italian panini in FiDi” I came across the aptly named Pisillo Italian Panini and decided to give it a shot. The “Bari,” named after the port city on the Adriatic Sea, which originally comes with fresh mozzarella, olive paste, sun-dried tomatoes, and salami — but I subbed the salami for prosciutto — was the largest sandwich I have ever seen. A heaping mountain of prosciutto was piled in between two round slices of focaccia, followed by layers of mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes. It was so big, I ate half for lunch and the other half for dinner. It was delicious, and the menu has at least two dozen other options. Cash only. 97 Nassau St., near Ann Street, FiDi — Carla Vianna, reporter April 12 For a cafe-bar that transitions well from day to night : Sunrise/Sunset in Bushwick has an impressive wine list and cocktail menu for a low-key, neighborhood cafe. It’s an ideal place to do work at during the day, with coffee and bites like a breakfast sandwich and avocado toast. But then it transitions well into evening, with heartier food including a simple but excellent chicken and rice dish and a braised beef sandwich. 351 Evergreen Ave., at Bleecker Street, Bushwick — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter For NYC’s oldest French cuisine: Dating to 1937, the East Side’s La Veau D’Or (“the golden calf”) is the city’s oldest French restaurant, and eating there is to travel back in time. The dining room is decorated with watercolor landscapes of France, and red banquettes ring the dining room. Head for the most traditional fare, including leeks vinaigrette, onion soup, roast duck with cherry sauce, and tripe Caen style. And don’t neglect dessert. Not a bad spot for an unusual date. 129 East 60th St., between Park and Lexington avenues, Upper East Side — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For an easy meal in Nolita: Lower Manhattan on the first nice day of the year feels a little hectic, to say the least. There are people everywhere, all trying to go to the exact same places, and half of them are on their phones instead of paying attention to anything. The restaurants that have any sort of outdoor seating boast interminable waits — doubled if there’s a brunch menu — and if hunger pangs hit and you need something fast, it can be a nightmare to find a place that will serve you an easy, healthy snack. Enter vegetarian Israeli hummus stop Taïm ! It’s in the perfect location at Spring and Mulberry, and a side of falafel, served in a cute brown bag with tahini to dip ’em in, and a smoothie (date-lime-banana or strawberry-raspberry-Thai basil sound pretty great) makes an order that could tide even the hungriest shopper over until their next meal. 45 Spring St., at Mulberry Street, Nolita — Sonia Chopra, director of editorial strategy For breakfast and coffee to-go in Bushwick : The warmer weather forecasted for this weekend means it’s not out of the question to enjoy a bagel out on a street corner, and easy-to-miss Mixtape under the M train is one of the best places for it around Bushwick. The tiny storefront serves expert bagel sandwiches — with bagels provided by Bagelsmith — from a staff that is as lovely as they are quick. They’ve also never served me a bad coffee or tea. Take your order to go, maybe to enjoy at Maria Hernandez Park, or from one of the benches or stools underneath the train’s overpass. 1533 Myrtle Ave., between Linden Street and Gates Avenue, Bushwick — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator For crisp-bottomed soup dumplings: Some of NYC’s best soup dumplings are served on Saint Mark’s Place at the Bao , a spin-off of Flushing restaurant Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao that serves various regional specialties from China. On the XLB front, there are the traditional pork-filled variety, but then there’s also ones with wasabi and chocolate. Hidden on the menu under a different name, though, are “12 finger bao,” ones that are pan-fried and served in the pan, so they come even more hot than usual and with a crispy bottom. Be super careful before you eat one, but once it’s cooled off a bit, you’ll be rewarded with hot dog-like pork and savory soup inside a crispy and soft dumpling. 13 St. Mark’s Pl., between Second and Third avenues, East Village — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor April 5 For some of the city’s best new pastries: With the addition of pastries from Melissa Weller, now is the perfect time to head to High Street on Hudson for brunch. The former Sadelle’s baker is putting out familiar baked goods with twists, like pistachio croissants and black sesame kouign amanns. Best of all, brunch at High Street on Hudson includes all the comforting brunch foods you could want (like hearty breakfast sandwiches and crispy old bay fried potatoes) in relaxed, coffee shop-like environs absent the brunch crowd. On Sunday, the host even let me sit down before my full party had arrived — a rarity in New York! 637 Hudson St., at Horatio Street, West Village — Monica Burton, associate restaurant editor For Bushwick brunch with any size group, including for one : Bushwick’s Le Garage is a naturally lit space that’s very choice in the daytime hours when the sun comes pouring in from nearly every angle. (The chicken for two that’s served during dinner is alternatively the strongest argument for dining here during the evening.) The weekend lunch menu holds its own with dishes like steak and eggs ($17) that’s accompanied by crispy and fatty duck fat potatoes, as well as a seasonally topped pain perdu (French toast), and a homey croque monsieur. You’ll likely find that each bar seat is occupied by a solo diner, enjoying their plate of eggs and a brunch cocktail, too. 157 Suydam St., between Wilson and Central avenues, Bushwick — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator For a cupping pepperoni slice in the West Village: If you crave a slice with the currently fashionable cupping pepperoni , you don’t have to stand in line at Prince Street Pizza. Instead, drop by Il Mattone , a newish pizzeria that constitutes a slightly premium establishment, with slices about 30 percent more expensive than the usual neighborhood pizza parlor. In this case, the $5 wedge-shaped slice with cupping pepperoni also comes optionally with fresh jalapeños. Pastas and compact heroes are also available at this cute spot near the gardens of St. Luke’s Church. Carry out a slice and sit in the garden, weather permitting. 450 Hudson St., between Barrow and Morton streets, West Village — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For a varied, homey Brazilian meal in East Harlem: When Eater critic Robert Sietsema told me he found a buffet-like Brazilian restaurant that casually served churrasco from a tiny grill, I instantly knew I had to check Paladar out. These restaurants are called “kilo restaurants” in Brazil because you pay by the kilogram. Here, of course, it’s by the pound, but the idea is the same: It’s a self-service situation in which you pile on various salads — like Brazilian-style potato salad with lots of mayo and veggies — as well as traditional churrasco pairings like rice, beans, and farofa. Then you make some room on your plate for the meat; I personally suggest going with the extra salty picanha (sirloin cap) and crispy-pink pork sausages. Top it all off with a guaraná , the sweet Brazilian soda. It’s a fun place to get to know Brazilian gastronomy, especially since you can pick and choose a little bit of everything. 358 East 112th St., near First Avenue, East Harlem — Carla Vianna, reporter For a biryani specialist that surpasses its competitors: There are currently a half dozen places specializing in biryani along Newark Avenue’s India Square. At least that many more have opened and closed in the last few years in the ultra-competitive realm of Hyderabad-style biryani in Jersey City. My current favorite is Biryani Darbar , which offers 16 varieties of the composed rice dish, each with unique flavorings and treatments. Some offer geographic identifications, as in Vijayawada biryani, from a town in the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh. But the menu of this fantastic place goes beyond biryani, featuring breads, vegetable dishes, plenty of seafood and goat, and a smattering of Indian Chinese. 769 Newark Ave., between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Herbert Place, Jersey City, NJ — Robert Sietsema, senior critic March 29 For fine fare to fuel a night out in Brooklyn : A small group dinner can often be the best pregame, one that starts the night off with a meal that will fuel the maybe long evening ahead, and soak up any and all alcohol to be had. Since Loosie Rouge may very well be one of the stops in mind for a night in North Brooklyn, it’s a no-brainer to have sit down dinner first at Loosie’s Kitchen — the bar’s attached and equally charming restaurant. The dual space provides an excellent double header evening. Start with bowls of risotto with Chinese sausage and the addicting braised beef with a parsnip-garlic puree, and follow it with a cocktail at the moody bar upfront. A dish that shouldn’t be missed is the charcuterie board, a collection of chicken liver mousse, that Chinese sausage, and brisket rillette — all made in house by chef Henry Lu. 9 1A South Sixth St., between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator For a simple, satisfying diner burger : Nothing quite hit the spots like a no-frills diner burger, and Bonnie’s Grill in Park Slope does the trick, especially since during primetime, when many other restaurants along that section of Fifth Avenue tend to have long waits. The meat gets cooked to the requested temperature, and it’s spiced — though it’s still more simple than bold. The accompanying french fries, too, are crispy. Every table will have a portion of wings; might as well get some of those (plus a cheap beer) as well. 278 Fifth Ave., Garfield Place and 1st Street, Park Slope — Serena Dai, editor For a chill restaurant to catch up with friends: Playa Betty’s on the Upper West Side is a great service to the neighborhood, providing a place to gather with a group around tacos and beer and margaritas in a breezy, California-inspired space. No one rushes you, making it a good venue to catch up and linger over a casual dinner. Beyond tacos, there are salads and bowls, making it an ideal place for people with any dietary restriction. 320 Amsterdam Ave., at 75th Street, UWS — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor For food 24 hours in Chelsea : It may not be the hotspot it was during the Sex and the City era, but Cafeteria is still a nostalgic throwback to a specific NYC vibe, especially now that most of the other SATC restaurants have shuttered. The drinks are still strong, and the menu of American, occasionally fusion-y comfort foods is dependable. The meatloaf is a surprise winner. 119 Seventh Ave., at West 17th Street, Chelsea — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter For an affordable steak dinner (and other options) on the Upper East Side: I swung by Quality Eats for the first time last week for a family dinner. Although I’m not a huge steak fanatic myself, everyone around me is, and I have to say, this is a great spot for people like me. While everyone thoroughly enjoyed their $28 steak dishes — which I happily tried, and yes, they were very good — I enjoyed a patty melt served with a citrusy and spicy slaw, mixed in with tangy pickles. One of us also ordered the salmon, which looked like a beautiful alternative to the bountiful steak dishes on the table. Next time, I may even go for that. 1496 Second Ave., at 78th St., UES — Carla Vianna, reporter March 22 For a dive bar reimagined: Once it was Bait & Tackle, a dive bar in a corner location in downtown Red Hook. (If Red Hook can be said to have a downtown, that is.) The new menu is Mexican, under chef Norberto Piattoni, and the tavern is now known as the San Pedro Inn . A sense of decrepit age reflects calculated renovations on the part of the proprietors. Now the chef can be seen up a few steps through a kitchen window, making tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, and tamales. Standouts on an early visit included a tostada heaped with ceviche, and a trio of black bean quesadillas oozing cheese. The margaritas are excellent, and so are the micheladas. 320 Van Brunt St., at Pioneer Street, Red Hook — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For quick and easy breakfast or brunch in Bushwick: Alongside the sandwich and salad options (and the expensive groceries) at Foster Sundry is a portion of the menu dedicated to biscuit sandwiches, all of which are stacked high. It’s impossible to go wrong with fillings like scrambled eggs and ham which can be accompanied by a drizzle of Mike’s Hot Honey, or even just a sandwich with egg and sausage. No matter the filling, it’ll all be complemented by the biscuit: a moist, crispy, and highly buttery marvel. Diners can also always opt for a toasted biscuit with butter and jam. 215 Knickerbocker Ave., at Troutman Street, Bushwick — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator For a pastrami sandwich in the Theater District: Against all odds, the Upper East Side’s Pastrami Queen has cloned itself, though in far larger form. The new premises lies across the street from the Eugene O’Neill Theater, and its long running Book of Mormon , and has taken maybe a little design inspiration from the Russ & Daughters Café. The $18.95 pastrami sandwich is thicker and cheaper than expected, the meat sliced thinner than usual for the genre, but it works. That price also includes a pickle and dish of slaw or potato salad, making a very good deal, and the meat is nicely fatty. 233 West 49th St., between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, Times Square — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For a pleasant Indian dinner on the Upper East Side: I had a delicious meal at Moti Mahal Delux this week, enjoying everything from the samosas paired with tamarind chutney to the roasted cauliflower with potatoes served in a slightly spicy tomato sauce ( dum ki gobhi aloo ). There was no wait, and my date and I were seated promptly in a dimly lit two-top surrounded by windows. Even better than the food was the service, and the dishware was especially pretty, too. 1149 First Ave., between 62nd and 63rd streets, UES — Carla Vianna, reporter For a relaxing and refined last-minute brunch: A friend and I were able to make day-of brunch reservations at Union Square Cafe this past Sunday, so try your luck this weekend on Resy. It was such a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning, with the restaurant’s renowned hospitality and satisfying brunch fare. Be sure to order the duck fat tater tots. 101 East 19th St., at Park Avenue, Gramercy — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor March 15 For a new twist on a wine bar in Hamilton Heights: There are no shortage of wine bars, but most of them involve food that is basically Italian, French, or Spanish. Now a new formula has emerged. With a sophisticated wine list by the bottle — including Chilean, Argentine, and Uruguayan wines, in addition to more usual offerings — Barepas highlights Venezuelan food in miniature versions. Sure, there are the usual stuffed arepas, but there are also creative twists to cachapas and pabellon, and a very nice salad of sour mango and fennel. 1792 Amsterdam Ave., between 148th and 149th streets, Hamilton Heights — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For an afternoon of fancy tea and pristinely cooked Chinese food: One of the new restaurants in the crew of sleek East Village Chinese restaurants specializes in tea and pan-regional fare, including dim sum and luxurious pots of tea — all of which are both plated for Instagram and delicious. Uluh Tea House has a long menu, and everything I tried was on-point, including a jellyfish and pulled chicken dish, the shumai, and a heaping plate of boneless pig trotter. I initially got sticker shock from a $14 pot of tea for one, but it was a pleasant departure from having a cocktail during a meal, and servers actively refilled the pot when needed. 152A Second Ave., between East Ninth and 10th streets — Serena Dai, editor For overlooked and underrated Greenwich Village pizza: In the shadows of pizza greats like Joe’s, John’s, and Keste, Fiore’s lies hidden. The slice shop is fairly average on the inside, with a few tables, white tiled walls, and a case displaying what’s available. But the thin-crust pizza has a crunchy bottom and tender dough, with above average ingredients on top — including the uber-trendy roni cups . It’s a very ideal way to end a night in the area. 165 Bleecker St., between Sullivan and Thompson streets, Greenwich Village — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor For reliable Greek fare in a semi-posh setting: Pylos has been serving Greek food in the East Village since the early aughts. I hadn’t been for nearly a decade, but on a visit earlier this week, I was relieved to see that not much has changed. While the restaurant advertises “rustic Greek home cooking,” the vibe is a bit upscale, with dim lighting and comfortable seating arranged under a ceiling covered in hanging clay pots. The meze at the top of the menu, like gigantes in a tomato-dill sauce or saganaki cooked in a clay pot, are the real draw; but entrees, like egg noodles with scallops and shrimp in an ouzo cream sauce, are served in refreshingly substantial portions. Dessert, a stack of custard-filled crispy phyllo triangles drizzled with honey and cinnamon, was the best thing I’ve eaten all week. 128 East Seventh St., between First Avenue and Avenue A, East Village — Monica Burton, associate restaurant editor For satay-centric Thai on the fringes of Chinatown: Who would’ve thought a Korean fried chicken chain would spawn such a good Thai restaurant? But Bonchon Chicken has done just that at Noree Thai Bazaar , adjusting our expectations only slightly. That adjustment features an enhanced emphasis on satays, exploiting their compatibility with mixed drinks and other forms of alcohol. Starting at $2 each, and perfectly grilled, choices run to shrimp, chicken, pork, and a host of vegetables, dunked in peanut sauce, marinated in lemongrass, or rubbed with cumin, Xinjiang style. Lots of good curries, salads, and noodles, too. 274 Grand St., between Forsyth and Eldridge streets, Lower East Side — Robert Sietsema, senior critic March 8 For premium fusion Cantonese not in Chinatown : If you’re tired of the dozen or so types of regional Chinese food available in the city (though I’ve never met anyone who was), you might give the cryptically named August Gatherings a try. On a stretch of Canal considerably to the west of Chinatown, it provides a very staid and elegant dining room, and a menu that stretches your idea of what traditional Cantonese food is. The restaurant serves up premium seafood and well-aged steaks and chops, with all sorts of Japanese and French flourishes, including truffles and foie gras. Expect prices to match. 266 Canal St., between Broadway and Cortlandt Alley, Tribeca — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For charming Italian food in Brooklyn : Locanda Vini e Olii in Clinton Hill has so many charms to recommend it. The corner restaurant exudes warmth with plates of satisfying Tuscan fare and decor that recalls the early 20th century pharmacy it once was. There’s a long list of Italian wines, orange included, and with some of the bottles, you can choose to pay for only what you drink. With four or more people, opt for the four-course tasting menu for $55 per person. Dishes like black pepper pici, parpadelle with braised rabbit, and roasted cod are all served in heaping family-style portions. Share them with your favorite friends. 129 Gates Ave., at Cambridge Place, Clinton Hill — Monica Burton, associate restaurant editor For a restaurant that feels like an upscale pizza party : My future parents-in-law were in town recently and suggested we meet them in Tribeca for dinner. I was expecting something either too hip or too stuffy, but we ended up at Adoro Lei , a loungey Italian restaurant on Hudson Street. The space is big, the service is great, and the food is really, really good. A favorite of the night was the extremely well done eggplant parm pizza, and I particularly appreciated that the menu tells you how many arancini come in the risotto ball appetizer so there’s no awkward halving when they come to the table. Most of our party had wine, but there’s also a smoked cocktail section from which drinks will be poured tableside for a little extra dinner theatre. 287 Hudson St., between Spring and Canal streets, Tribeca — Sonia Chopra, director of editorial strategy For good bargain sushi that still exists in a high rent neighborhood : In the world of sushi, it seems like there are only two options these days: buy your sushi as a fast-casual chain and perch on a stool to eat it, or pay $200 or so for an omakase in a place that still looks like a sushi bar. Yes, there are a couple of discount sushi bar where $50 gets a meager eight pieces or so and the quality is acceptable, but these expect you to eat up fast and pay for extras to stay longer. Enter the unfortunately named Umami Sushi in Greenwich Village, where $25.95 gets you a 10 piece sushi deluxe with a maki roll thrown in for good measure. The selection runs to arctic char, flounder, and sardine, with the occasional piece of medium fatty tuna thrown in for good measure, and the fish is notably fresh. Sake is a bargain, too. 50 Greenwich Ave., between Perry and Charles streets, Greenwich Village — Robert Sietsema, senior critic For a cute breakfast in Bed-Stuy : The breakfast sandwich at Bed-Stuy Provisions comes on a crispy seeded slab of ciabatta, loaded up with avocado, cheese, and a soft boiled egg. Add a preserved duck egg for something a little funkier. There are other sandwiches and various congee options on the menu, and the casual, cozy space is the perfect setting for a low-key brunch or breakfast. For those in the neighborhood, the sandwiches also hold up when delivered. 563 Gates Ave., near Tompkins Avenue, Bed-Stuy — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter More From Eater NY

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‘Pride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors’ Is More Than Just Reheated Austen

‘Pride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors’ Is More Than Just Reheated Austen By Kamrun Nesa • 53 minutes ago
Bollywood meets Jane Austen — in San Francisco! — in Sonali Dev’s Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors . Neurosurgeon Trisha Raje’s family is Indian American royalty: Not only is her father is an actual prince in India, but her mother is a former Bollywood star and her brother’s running for governor of California.
Trisha’s estranged from her family, but she’s trying to reconnect — and at one of her brother’s fundraisers, she runs into (almost literally) chef DJ Caine, who’s there to cater the event. It’s a fiery meeting, full of anger fueled by misplaced pride, so you can imagine Trisha’s shock when she realizes that DJ is also the protective older brother of one of her patients.
Born in London to Anglo-Indian and Rwandan parents, DJ turned to cooking to cope with the poverty and racism of his childhood. Trisha’s not-so-white privilege gets his defenses up, and their ongoing battle of wills forces them to examine their own positions in society and their biases against each other.
Their story is reminiscent of Austen’s classic novel — both pride and prejudice abound –but calling it a retelling of Pride and Prejudice would do it an injustice. Dev’s sharp voice cuts through the tension to take a sensitive look at class strife and parlay it into a bigger examination of race and privilege from a diverse perspective.
By juxtaposing a first-generation wealthy Indian American against a struggling multiracial Brit, Dev widens our perception of privilege, and shows Trisha coming to terms with her own. It’s important to note the power dynamic between Trisha and DJ: He works for her family, and she holds his sister’s life in her hands. As readers, we can’t help but empathize with DJ’s circumstances — but Trisha’s drive to protect her family and career from a manipulative ex-friend, and the way she goes above and beyond to save DJ’s sister illuminates the true core of her character.
Though the buildup to Trisha and DJ’s happily-ever-after is paved with contentious encounters, the journey feels emotionally fulfilling — it almost seems like Dev’s main concern is tracking her characters’ personal growth, rather than the romance itself. And she uses their slow-burn bond to launch necessary conversations around race and class. ‘Pride’ feels more like a love story about family, redemption, and acceptance than a traditional romance — with food as a running motif. –
In fact, Pride feels more like a love story about family, redemption, and acceptance than a traditional romance — with food as a running motif. Trisha’s improved relationship with her family allows her to open herself up to DJ, and Dev depicts this transformation through DJ’s skills in the kitchen. By fusing different cuisines and pairing complementary spices, DJ — and in turn Dev — shows us that people can come together just as well as DJ’s luscious Arabica bean gelato with dark caramel sauce.
Vivid and deliciously enticing, Dev’s storytelling is layered with emotional depth as she draws us into Trisha and DJ’s story and endears us to the rest of the Rajes — even Trisha’s seemingly awful father. Much like DJ’s dishes, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors is a flavorful harmony of cross-cultural unions, familial love, and an entertaining ensemble of characters that will leave readers with a serious craving for more.
Kamrun Nesa is a freelance writer based in New York. Her work has been featured in Bustle, HelloGiggles, PopSugar, BookBub, RT Book Reviews , and Alloy . Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. © 2019 WFAE

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‘Pride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors’ Is More Than Just Reheated Austen

‘Pride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors’ Is More Than Just Reheated Austen By editor • 1 hour ago
Bollywood meets Jane Austen — in San Francisco! — in Sonali Dev’s Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors . Neurosurgeon Trisha Raje’s family is Indian American royalty: Not only is her father is an actual prince in India, but her mother is a former Bollywood star and her brother’s running for governor of California.
Trisha’s estranged from her family, but she’s trying to reconnect — and at one of her brother’s fundraisers, she runs into (almost literally) chef DJ Caine, who’s there to cater the event. It’s a fiery meeting, full of anger fueled by misplaced pride, so you can imagine Trisha’s shock when she realizes that DJ is also the protective older brother of one of her patients.
Born in London to Anglo-Indian and Rwandan parents, DJ turned to cooking to cope with the poverty and racism of his childhood. Trisha’s not-so-white privilege gets his defenses up, and their ongoing battle of wills forces them to examine their own positions in society and their biases against each other.
Their story is reminiscent of Austen’s classic novel — both pride and prejudice abound –but calling it a retelling of Pride and Prejudice would do it an injustice. Dev’s sharp voice cuts through the tension to take a sensitive look at class strife and parlay it into a bigger examination of race and privilege from a diverse perspective.
By juxtaposing a first-generation wealthy Indian American against a struggling multiracial Brit, Dev widens our perception of privilege, and shows Trisha coming to terms with her own. It’s important to note the power dynamic between Trisha and DJ: He works for her family, and she holds his sister’s life in her hands. As readers, we can’t help but empathize with DJ’s circumstances — but Trisha’s drive to protect her family and career from a manipulative ex-friend, and the way she goes above and beyond to save DJ’s sister illuminates the true core of her character.
Though the buildup to Trisha and DJ’s happily-ever-after is paved with contentious encounters, the journey feels emotionally fulfilling — it almost seems like Dev’s main concern is tracking her characters’ personal growth, rather than the romance itself. And she uses their slow-burn bond to launch necessary conversations around race and class. ‘Pride’ feels more like a love story about family, redemption, and acceptance than a traditional romance — with food as a running motif. –
In fact, Pride feels more like a love story about family, redemption, and acceptance than a traditional romance — with food as a running motif. Trisha’s improved relationship with her family allows her to open herself up to DJ, and Dev depicts this transformation through DJ’s skills in the kitchen. By fusing different cuisines and pairing complementary spices, DJ — and in turn Dev — shows us that people can come together just as well as DJ’s luscious Arabica bean gelato with dark caramel sauce.
Vivid and deliciously enticing, Dev’s storytelling is layered with emotional depth as she draws us into Trisha and DJ’s story and endears us to the rest of the Rajes — even Trisha’s seemingly awful father. Much like DJ’s dishes, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors is a flavorful harmony of cross-cultural unions, familial love, and an entertaining ensemble of characters that will leave readers with a serious craving for more.
Kamrun Nesa is a freelance writer based in New York. Her work has been featured in Bustle, HelloGiggles, PopSugar, BookBub, RT Book Reviews , and Alloy . Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. © 2019 Georgia Public Broadcasting

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Match Making Auntijies !

I was a total no-no type girl whenever it came to marriage. But as all the happy stories end one day, my story’s happy days ended too. How could I be spared from this inevitable sad drama. So, in the midst of everyone bitching about everyone else, lots of whining over quality of food, cheap but rich looking clothes and ‘noone understands but compulsory to do’ rituals, my parents gave me away to a boy of my choice (well this is a separate story that I will tell you some other day). So, today we have met here to talk about a special and rare species of auntijies- the Match-Making ones ! They appear in their glittering attires at every function, unannounced with their open and whole sole agenda of bringing earthquakes and cyclones of unwanted emotions in our lives. They always dress like there is some ‘Met Gala’ going on. They place their steps very precisely and carefree at the same time and with the perfect swaying of hips to their extremes on the beats of Punjabi music, they make the invisible red carpet feel blessed by their constantly heavy bodies pressing every inch of its existence. I feel so worried for all the celebraties at New York for they don’t have slightest of the idea about this fundraising event which happens in India almost every day of the year (except when Indian Gods take a nap) and one day which will outclass their ‘once in a year’ Gala. Poor celebrities..they aren’t even aware that there is a competition which they are part of ! These auntijies are all about show offs and expressions that make you feel sorry about yourself. So, how can my tiny but ‘wittily noticing everything that vibrates’ kind of brain skip to mention about their very little but dramatic expedition in my life. They were present during all the week long rituals at my wedding, hoping that something bad might happen and they would claim that it was because they were not consulted before the final ‘deal’. Speaking of rituals, it is utterly important to note that only a Panditji knows how to do these scared secretive rituals though there were atleast 200 couples who attended the divine bonding ceremony of me and my love (against our wishes) and who have gone through the same procedures conducted by the same breed of Panditji. Ofcourse, nobody understands a word but just to be in sync with the society, they nod yes each time Panditji asks them something. Even the society they want to be in sync with doesn’t understand any word but just to make an impression over the junior parties of their homes, they repeat the last line of Panditji and make faces so serious yet calm that the greatest of the great Sage- Maharshi Vyas himself would want to listen to their knowledge of hidden wisdom. I though was thinking hard about something even more interesting at that time and still failed to understand the generations old concept of public parties and food wastage. I somehow till this date could never understand the basic concept of humiliating oneself on their own expenditure by the people they hardly like at a place they barely have the money to rent. Ohh I almost forgot..we were talking about the match-making auntijies. People who have talked to me for even 10secs will certify that I have immense capability to be a nuisance under my own will, which can be triggered by anything that breathes and have opinion. And these auntijies were kind of outshining the just said description. So obviously there were quite a few reasons that they were feeling very angry and underrated during the entire ceremony. The topmost of them is that I didn’t give them a chance to boast about their social status and connections and rip them of their only chance to made my parents believe that how useless, ugly and undemanding their daughter was but they had just the right connections to find someone better than I actually deserved. Actually, they were trying to get rid of me since I entered the best and last time of one’s school life- 12th class. And I bullied them away making them feel pity on their dependent and miserable lives with zero feel of their ghost of freedom. I said ghost because it is there, always, they just can’t see it. You have to believe it for it to actually make its presence feel in your life. And since then, they are desperately trying to take away my freedom. But as my usual self, I again took the responsibility of ruining my life by myself. So after enjoying a few years of rich, independent and carefree life, I ticked off myself from their list by chosing a man of my interest. And in doing so, I took away their job role which is way precious to them because it includes lots of buttering by both the parties, plenty of sweet offerings, gifting expensive clothes and utensils to them and ofcourse the divine envelope with money not less than ₹5000/- alongwith a coin of ₹1/- sticked on top of it to complete the concept of cherry on the top. This role is no less than that of a ‘broker’ who succeeds in befooling both the parties by making them believe that they have got a better deal. Whereas in real, the broker enjoy like the ‘cat’ and both the parties are tricked like the ‘monkeys’ of that famous childhood story (spend some time with your grandparents if you haven’t heard till now). After this rebellious act of mine, I could literally hear them crying and shouting at the same time and the dramatis personae of ‘Rani’ of movie Queen after she got horribly drunk, came to life. In my case, these auntijies had horribly fed themselves on the 27 varieties of cuisines (which alone robbed my father of his one flat) with the finishing touch of coffee followed by Indian’s most favourite- Paan. Whenever I see Paan, all I could utter is, “My Precious” just like the Gollum. I am absolutely in love with the Paan. All those reading, please take a note of it. I will accept it as a bribe to listen to all the sagas, tittle-tattle and narratives of your life and widen your wisdom with my intellectual and witty words ! So where were we? Oh yes..so, after marriage these auntijies have suddenly developed bit of a respect for me. I got entitled to be called a good woman from a slutty girl because now I am owned by a man and his whole family who will eventually (try to) control my whole life. This species is now teaching me the other party’s rules and regulations which have been passed to them over generations. This will make me more family-type and lesser friendly-type creature. As per them, after obtaining this sacred knowledge, I will totally, blindly and undoubtedly devote myself to fulfill the family’s bellies with my ‘not so motherly’ food and my husband’s desires with all my bodily fluids. I do not quite understand yet that why they want a 26 years old ‘woman’ to act like a mother to their other 20+ old ‘kids’. Lets get back to track, I was saying that these rules and regulations have been passed over generations. But since these have been tossed orally, it assures me that the paper work in our society has always been pathetic and I can someday rob ‘this is now your home’ easily, not that I am planning it now. But I am not sure of the future, say- what if I end up in spending all my money in gambling. However, it is more likely that I will go bankrupt by the deadly duo of travelling and shopping soon ! Anyways, I think this will finally make the auntijies happy for sure so I decide to listen to my insurgent mind once again. And the outcome is horrible- I have to now act more responsible even if it means getting more boring and unattractive and going against my heart’s willy-nilly wishes. But this has been my life’s paramount goal to never make them feel happy…ever, atleast not because of me and my forever mutinous acts! And therefore, I shall stick to the plan till my last breathe. The fight shall be triumphed ! Uukha !
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Pullman New Delhi Aerocity planning a Sunday brunch this Mother s Day

Pullman New Delhi Aerocity planning a Sunday brunch this Mother’s Day 13 : 00 PM [IST] Our Bureau, New Delhi This Mother’s Day, on May 12, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity plans to pamper the mothers in the city. For this, one can head to Pluck, a modern European & contemporary Indian restaurant with an in-house farm, for a hearty Sunday brunch with mother. The offer holds a complementary brunch for mothers who are accompanied by their kids.The spread offers a plethora of options to choose from the menu that will include scrumptious dishes from pan-Indian and global cuisines. Guests can choose from antipasti bar, salad counter, Indian section, pan-Asian station, hot nibbles on the wheels and a dessert counter. There are a lot of fun activities planned for the kids.The price will range from Rs 2,750 + taxes for Food Lover’s Brunch and Rs 1,250+taxes for Kid’s Brunch. This page allows you to send the current page to your friend. Your Friends Email ID:

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Best places to watch the IPL 2019 Final match | Restaurants & Bars in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune & Bangalore | Live Cricket Screening

GQ Staff Published: May 11, 2019 | 14:00:25 IST After almost two months of exciting moments, nail-biting finishes and lots of ups and downs on the points table, this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is finally coming to an end on Sunday, May 12th. Though the final match is in Hyderabad, the entire nation will be watching it on their screens. And since the final is not on a working day, you can expect many people to either host IPL-viewing parties at their homes or head out with friends to watch the match amidst a whole lot of excitement at various restaurants and bars. Looking for a restaurant/bar in your city to watch the MI vs CSK IPL 2019 final match? We’ve jotted down a list of the best ones in Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru so all you’ve got to do is pick one and have a great evening. MI vs CSK IPL 2019 Final: Live Screening in Mumbai –
1) Geffory’s The English-themed bar found in the city’s Hotel Marine Plaza has a menu curated just for IPL fans. They have dishes such as Googly Prawns and Sixer Crabs. And you can wash down these dishes with their signature cocktails.
2) Hoppipola Located in Kamla mills compound, the place is giving a super impressive discount on the drinks menu – ₹99 only for cocktails and domestic spirits and if you’re willing to pay an extra ₹69, you can get premium drinks.
3) The Boston Butt For just ₹629, you can get house fries, nachos and bloom bread. And even bottomless drinks come at the same price. What more do you want, right?
4) Dive BKC Along with drinks, the bar’s offering cigar rolls while the match is being screened as well. So if you’re in that neighbourhood, grab a few friends and head over.
5) The Good Wife You can avail their match friendly offers including two pizzas and a pitcher of Erdinger beer for ₹3500 and an appetizer with a pizza and a pitcher of Kingfisher for ₹1700.
6) The Beer Café The Beer Café has launched their Power Play package which includes 50% discount on every second tower/tank of beer ordered within the first 6 overs in either inning of every T20 match throughout the IPL season. If the second round of beer tank/tower is made after the Powerplay of an innings, the customers will get to avail a 20% discount on it. Where to watch the MI vs CSK IPL Final in Delhi –
1) The Backyard Located in Hauz Khas Village, The Backyard is offering you food from a variety of cuisines and you can wash all that down with a tall cold glass of beer, all at extremely affordable prices.
2) ERA Bar And Lounge Experience a live screening of the match on their jumbo screens as they give you an exciting match experience, coupled with a wonderful food and beverages menu.
3) BarO Bar They’re offering Goa King’s Beer for just ₹ 99 and whisky pegs for just ₹35 – sounds exciting, right?
4) Tornado Cafe & Restro Bar Located in West Punjabi Bagh, the bar is offering 15% off on munchies throughout the match. 5) Smoke On Water The menu here has dishes specifically designed just for the IPL season. Take, for instance, Daredevil Chicken Wings, Royal Challenger Pizza, Mumbai Indians Vada Pav and lots more. Pune
1) Toss Sports Lounge One of Pune’s best sports bars, it is now offering various exciting deals on drinks to help keep spirits high all throughout the match. Avail offers such as 330 ml of beer for ₹99, 1.5-litre pitcher for ₹499 and a three-litre tower for ₹ 899.
2) Playboy Beer Garden Recently opened in Koregaon Park, it has interesting offers on beer and alcohol such as Dhoni’s Sixers, which is a range of beer buckets, Kohli’s cool and calm beer pitchers or a round of shots or Bumrah’s Bouncers for ₹199 only.
3) Murphies Along with massive projectors to watch the match on the big screen, you can also expect happy hours throughout the match here. Bengaluru The place is offering happy hours during the match timings. NOW READ

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You Won’t Believe This 5-Piece Cast Iron Cookware Set Is Under $60!

A sizzling hot sale on cast iron cookware is happening now! If you don’t have a good set of cast iron cookware, can you really call yourself a cook? Just kidding (but not really). Cast iron skillets, pans, and Dutch ovens are a great investment; durable and long-lasting, delivering consistent results over a myriad of cooking styles, cuisines, and recipes . They only get better over time, too, and as you continue to season your cast iron it pays you back, imparting its base of flavor into whatever you’re cooking. And nothing distributes heat quite as evenly as cast iron can. For those slow Sunday stews , roasts or braises, cast iron is key for evenly cooked, fall-off-the-bone food.
On the downside, cast iron can be expensive, so it’s good to keep your eyes out for a deal…like now! Walmart is offering some seriously deep discounts on cast iron cookware, and if you’re looking to invest in some quality cast iron or upgrade your current kitchen arsenal, we’d seriously suggest jumping at it while supplies last! The below 5-piece set from Lodge is selling for just $59.64, a steal compared to other retailers, like Amazon, which have it priced as much as $100.
Lodge 5-Piece Seasoned & Enameled Cast Iron Cookware Set, $59.64 at Walmart This 5-piece seasoned and enameled cast iron cookware set from Lodge consists of two pre-seasoned, high-rimmed, enameled cast iron skillets (8 inches and 10.25 inches), perfect for cooking anything from steaks to chicken , Indian vegetables , and fish . The cast iron 5.5-quart Dutch oven is just the thing you’ll need for slow Sunday stews, chilis, roasts, or braised dishes like coq au vin or beef bourguignon. Finally, the 10.5-inch cast iron griddle is ace for pancakes, crepes, fried eggs, and more. Buy Now
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‘Pride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors’ Is More Than Just Reheated Austen

‘Pride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors’ Is More Than Just Reheated Austen By Kamrun Nesa • 14 minutes ago
Bollywood meets Jane Austen — in San Francisco! — in Sonali Dev’s Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors . Neurosurgeon Trisha Raje’s family is Indian American royalty: Not only is her father is an actual prince in India, but her mother is a former Bollywood star and her brother’s running for governor of California.
Trisha’s estranged from her family, but she’s trying to reconnect — and at one of her brother’s fundraisers, she runs into (almost literally) chef DJ Caine, who’s there to cater the event. It’s a fiery meeting, full of anger fueled by misplaced pride, so you can imagine Trisha’s shock when she realizes that DJ is also the protective older brother of one of her patients.
Born in London to Anglo-Indian and Rwandan parents, DJ turned to cooking to cope with the poverty and racism of his childhood. Trisha’s not-so-white privilege gets his defenses up, and their ongoing battle of wills forces them to examine their own positions in society and their biases against each other.
Their story is reminiscent of Austen’s classic novel — both pride and prejudice abound –but calling it a retelling of Pride and Prejudice would do it an injustice. Dev’s sharp voice cuts through the tension to take a sensitive look at class strife and parlay it into a bigger examination of race and privilege from a diverse perspective.
By juxtaposing a first-generation wealthy Indian American against a struggling multiracial Brit, Dev widens our perception of privilege, and shows Trisha coming to terms with her own. It’s important to note the power dynamic between Trisha and DJ: He works for her family, and she holds his sister’s life in her hands. As readers, we can’t help but empathize with DJ’s circumstances — but Trisha’s drive to protect her family and career from a manipulative ex-friend, and the way she goes above and beyond to save DJ’s sister illuminates the true core of her character.
Though the buildup to Trisha and DJ’s happily-ever-after is paved with contentious encounters, the journey feels emotionally fulfilling — it almost seems like Dev’s main concern is tracking her characters’ personal growth, rather than the romance itself. And she uses their slow-burn bond to launch necessary conversations around race and class. ‘Pride’ feels more like a love story about family, redemption, and acceptance than a traditional romance — with food as a running motif. –
In fact, Pride feels more like a love story about family, redemption, and acceptance than a traditional romance — with food as a running motif. Trisha’s improved relationship with her family allows her to open herself up to DJ, and Dev depicts this transformation through DJ’s skills in the kitchen. By fusing different cuisines and pairing complementary spices, DJ — and in turn Dev — shows us that people can come together just as well as DJ’s luscious Arabica bean gelato with dark caramel sauce.
Vivid and deliciously enticing, Dev’s storytelling is layered with emotional depth as she draws us into Trisha and DJ’s story and endears us to the rest of the Rajes — even Trisha’s seemingly awful father. Much like DJ’s dishes, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors is a flavorful harmony of cross-cultural unions, familial love, and an entertaining ensemble of characters that will leave readers with a serious craving for more.
Kamrun Nesa is a freelance writer based in New York. Her work has been featured in Bustle, HelloGiggles, PopSugar, BookBub, RT Book Reviews , and Alloy . Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Our Partners

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Northern Virginia Escape Room Releases List Of Top Fairfax Resta

Room Escape Fairfax – Fairfax, VA Escape Rooms Fairfax, Virginia – May 10, 2019 – Room Escape Fairfax, a Northern Virginia escape room , recently published a list of top Fairfax restaurants to enjoy. These restaurants offer a variety of price points and cuisines to help you create the perfect night out, whether you’re hanging out with friends or planning a date.
Coastal Flats is a local favorite serving up fresh seafood, ribs, and of course, its famous shrimp and lobster rolls. At the family-owned Havabite Eatery, diners can enjoy classic Greek and Italian fare. Stop by for the afternoon tea special if you’re in the mood for an early dinner. Craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy Highside, which offers 20 taps in addition to bottles, craft cider, and Asian street food bites. While Pho4Ever specializes in pho soup, its menu includes a range of appetizers, noodles, and rice dishes that make drizzly nights feel cozy. Sisters Thai has two convenient locations, each serving classic dishes like pad thai alongside specialties like duck curry and pottery shrimp. For a light meal, De Clieu offers sandwiches and an all-day breakfast menu. Just be sure to grab a gelatoccino for dessert! Finally, Bollywood Bistro lives up to its motto of “color you can taste” with bright, fresh Indian dishes.
Consider pairing one of these exciting dining options with an escape room adventure for a complete night out. Escape rooms test your critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills in a fun new way. Your group will be locked in a room filled with hidden clues, puzzles, and codes that must be cracked before you can find the key and successfully escape. Escape rooms are a quick, entertaining way to spend some time on the weekend and make an excellent date night idea, too.
Room Escape Fairfax contains 10 themed escape rooms, each filled with high-quality props that help create an immersive experience. Choose the theme that suits you best, from spooky horror movies to cartoon episodes. You’ll become the hero of your own story as you solve puzzles and plot your escape. For more information, or to schedule your escape room adventure, contact Room Escape Fairfax at 703-270-0337. The facility is located at 3949A University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.
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Lime and Lemon Wants to Show You Indian Food You Haven’t Seen Before

Lime and Lemon Indian Grill
811 Ninth Street, Durham, 919-748-3456, limenlemonnc.com
Limes and lemons are “the same fruit,” Maha Rajmohan says, explaining the thought process behind her new Durham restaurant. “But it tastes entirely different. It’s the same with northern and southern Indian food. Both are unique, but both are very different.”
Lime and Lemon Indian Grill opened last month in the space that longtime Ninth Street standby Dales Indian Cuisine occupied until it closed last year. Like Dales, Lime and Lemon is an Indian spot that won’t set you back a week’s paycheck for dinner. But Lime and Lemon isn’t just another place for chicken tikka masala and saag paneer , the northern Indian dishes Americans are accustomed to. Instead, it’s created a fusion from all over the Indian subcontinent.
The restaurant is owned by six friends who hail from all across India. They live in Cary, have worked in IT, and share a passion for the comfort foods of their homeland—which is, it’s worth noting, a third the size of the U.S. but has four times as many people.
“India is so vast,” says Rajmohan, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Raj, and two other couples. “We wanted to introduce something outside of the box, something you don’t get at all the other Indian restaurants.”
Rajmohan and her husband’s families are from Trichy, in southern India. Veena Kumar, who helps manage Lime and Lemon—the other partners kept their full-time jobs—is from Pune, in western India. The others emigrated from southern India. No one—including chef Sengu Arumugam—is from northern India.
What’s the difference?
Northern India boasts tandoori, paneers, masalas, and naan. Vindaloo, a curry-based curry dish common to the north, actually originated in the western state of Goa and, according to Rajmohan, was influenced by the Dutch. Western and southern practices favor coconut gravies over dairy; the food tends to be spicier, as pungent aromas of cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, and mace (the deep red outer covering of nutmeg) generate a level of seasoning that might otherwise be offset by the sweetness of dairy. The tropical desert climate of the west produces chikoo fruit, which Arumugam uses to make gulab jamun, a milk-based fried dumpling soaked in a syrup that’s not excessively sugary—a satisfying bite to cleanse the palate after a big meal.
Like southern Indian cuisine, Lime and Lemon’s menu favors vegetarianism, though some meat items, such as the aromatic goat Chettinad and the Madras chicken biryani, make an appearance. Rice and lentils are primary proteins in the south, yet there’s also a notable Asian influence in both flavor and technique, represented by both the idlis, steamed rice and lentil cakes, and the dosas.
The dosas here are inspired by Chinese spring rolls—thin, crispy crepes stuffed with anything from avocado to potatoes and spiced chutney to onion and green chile uttapam. Other standouts include the Gobi Manchurian, lightly dusted cauliflower flash-fried and tossed with a zesty special sauce reminiscent of General Tso, and the paneer tikka, salted cottage cheese marinated in yogurt and tandoori spices and smoked in a clay oven until delightfully firm. The goat rogan josh, a fragrant, pleasure-inducing brown curry enhanced by ginger and garlic, converted a goat skeptic and paired nicely with the dark cherry and tobacco notes of a Raimat Tempranillo. × Photo by Andrea Rice
The Gobi Manchurian, batter fried cauliflower tossed with special Manchurian sauce, at Lime and Lemon Indian Grill.
Lime and Lemon is bright and cheerful, accentuated by lime- and lemon-colored high-back chairs and booths that offset dark wooden farm-style tables. The few pieces of artwork that adorn the walls were hand-painted by Rajmohan. The modern, stylish bar is well-lit, and each spirit has been carefully selected to complement the menu.
The same kind of intentionality goes into Lime and Lemon’s waste-reduction efforts. You won’t find plastic straws or to-go containers here, only compostable ones.
“We did not want to use any plastic,” Rajmohan says. “Whenever I would order take-out from an Indian restaurant, I would feel bad that the hot curries were put into plastic.”
It’s not just that the plastic doesn’t decompose, but that its toxicity leeches into the food, and then into the body.
“We can all reduce by taking small steps,” she adds. “It costs a lot to use [ compostable containers], but you have to give back something to the environment.”
Contact food and digital editor Andrea Rice at arice@indyweek.com
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