Here Are Two New Quesos Worth Seeking Out in NYC

Categories: Mexican

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All photos by Laura Shunk for the Village Voice
Javelina's queso sampler
If your experience with Tex-Mex-style queso is limited to bubbling pots of processed American cheese laced with canned chilies, you might find the 'Bob Armstrong' version at Javelina (119 East 18th Street, 212-539-0202) somewhat paradigm-altering. On the menu, the Bob reads like typical nacho toppings, apropos for something you're about to dip corn chips into: choose a queso base, and it'll be filled with guacamole, ground beef, pico de gallo, and sour cream. You can pick from a traditional yellow queso, which looks like the Velveeta with which you're familiar, or have a white queso base, which mixes a smooth white cheese with verdant jalapeƱos and poblanos. Go with the latter -- it eats lightly, with a slight tang. Before you know it, you'll have devoured the bowl.

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The Proper Ale to Hit the Campaign Trail Comes From Carton Brewing

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Carton Brewing via Facebook
It's been less than a week since Hillary Clinton made her 2016 Presidential Campaign official, and the excitement already threatens to drown the city. Do you find yourself gasping for air? With frontrunner candidates now emerging from both major political parties, we can finally get down to that eighteen-month-long horse race of speculation dubbed 'election season.' Sweet lord, this calls for a stiff one. Much like with everything else in life, there's a beer for that. In this case, it's GORP -- a beer brewed by the friendly folks at Carton Brewing specifically for hitting the trail. Drink up, America. You're going to need it.

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The Great Cook Offers Home Lessons from Culinary Director of ICE

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Photo courtesy ICE
Pensacola-native James Briscione left the south for a woman. While working at Frank Stitt's legendary Birmingham restaurant, Highlands Bar and Grill, he recognized a young lady from the summer camp he'd attended when he was ten years old. (She didn't remember him, but knew he was from the same home town.) Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst, hit it off, striking up a long-distance relationship; he moved to NYC to be with her. Since arriving, the chef has veered slightly off course -- he became a television personality (he was the first-ever two-time Chopped champion), culinary director at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and cookbook author. He just released his second volume. The Great Cook: Essential Techniques and Inspired Flavors to Make Every Dish Better offers cooking lessons from one of the city's most experienced culinary educators.

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This Weekend's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

Categories: Events

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Courtesy Rayb777/Flickr
Take a bite out of Nebraska this weekend with a runza.
Whether you're craving Nebraskan food or interested in a literary pub crawl, this weekend is stacked with food and drink events that should tickle your fancy. Here are the five best.

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Marcus Samuelsson Wants Streetbird to Be Harlem's Diner

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All photos by Laura Shunk, the Village Voice
Drop in to Red Rooster for dinner and a drink almost any night of the week, and you'll likely feel swept up in a sea of Harlem royalty — neighbors greet one another over cocktails and connect each other with new friends; deals get signed at dining-room tables stacked with fried yardbird and sides of cornbread. Bill Clinton, whose office is in Harlem, and Mayor de Blasio make neighborhood-related political announcements at Red Rooster, and actors, musicians, and artists book booths in the downstairs lounge. The restaurant's success is a testament to the vision of chef and owner Marcus Samuelsson; when he opened the place, he says, Harlem desperately needed a neighborhood brasserie, and so that's what he created.

Now, four years later, Samuelsson thinks Harlem needs a diner — and so that's what he's opened with Streetbird (2149 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, 212-206-2557), a casual eatery dedicated to rotisserie chicken.

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How to Use Fresh Chamomile Leaves, Seasonal in Spring

Categories: Market Watch

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Katherine Knowles for the Village Voice
Fresh on the market today, chamomile leaves, green and tender, ready for foraging. But how do you use them?


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Confess Your Secrets and Eat Good Vegetarian Food at Confessional

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Confessional via Facebook
When you walk in to the East Village restaurant Confessional (308 East 6th Street; 212-477-2400), your eye is immediately drawn to the right wall, which reads, "Have you confessed?" The dark, romantic hole-in-the-wall restaurant is covered from corner to corner with black chalkboard paint, where patrons can pen their secrets. And many have.

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North End Grill Chef Eric Korsh's Best Bite This Month? Korean Barbecue

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Zachary Feldman, the Village Voice
At North End Grill (104 North End Avenue, 646-747-1600), chef Eric Korsh serves up incredibly fresh fish and a French-inspired menu in one of the most welcoming dining rooms in Battery Park City. But when he was recently caught in a rainstorm with his daughters during dinnertime, he turned to Korean barbecue, and found the warm vibe they all needed at the Manhattan location of Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong (1 East 32nd Street, 212-966-9839).

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Take in the Views From Atop 30 Rock Over a Cocktail at SixtyFive

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Katherine Knowles for the Village Voice
This is a view. Possibly The View. Empire State soaring into the sunset, the city spread out below in a sparkling patchwork. A mere five stories above, tourists have paid $30 to admire this vista, and here you are, on the 65th floor, no cover charge required, sipping a cocktail in what has to be one of the most spectacular bars in the city.

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The Five Best Places to Eat in Pelham Gardens in the Bronx

Categories: Excursions

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Sara Ventiera for the Village Voice
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Headed up to the Bronx Zoo or the New York Botanical Garden? Just need a new neighborhood to explore for food? Check out Pelham Gardens, where, with an interwoven web of cultures and ethnicities, there's a grand assortment of things to eat. Here's a guide to eating your way around the neighborhood.

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