Is the Bruffin the New Cronut?

Katherine Knowles for the Village Voice

All hail the Bruffin, that latest linguistic mash-up baked good to find the spotlight in the swanky new Gansevoort Market (The Bruffin Café, 52 Gansevoort Street, NYC). A hybrid brioche/croissant dough smothered with fillings, it's rolled up like a cinnamon bun and baked in a muffin tray so that the edges are crisp and flaky, while the center is soft and pillowy. A damn good idea, basically, whatever you think of the name.

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Discover the 11 Best Patios in NYC, 2015

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Patio at Rabbithole
It's Memorial Day weekend, which means we've arrived at the official starting gate to summer. And we're off! While there's no lack of seating on the miles of paved pedestrian surfaces fronting New York City's bars and eateries, finding a perfect patio can feel like a discovering a secret garden. Take a break from the sidewalk, and revel in the beauty of eating, drinking and simply relaxing in the open air — it's what we've all been waiting for. Here are the 11 best patios in the city.

Rabbithole (352 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-782-0910)
Set at the far end of Williamsburg's Bedford Avenue, just down the block from the bridge, Rabbithole is like a little oasis in the chaos that frequently overtakes the street. It does get packed, but you'll find more locals here than you will around the north side. Tucked behind the vintage-like interior, the outdoor patio is even more serene. Umbrellas and potted plants sit between bistro sets, perfect for blocking brunch-goers from the intense summer sun. Wire and rustic wooden tables accommodate larger parties. At night, the whole yard is illuminated with whimsical string lights that set the scene for rustic yet sophisticated dishes like homemade gnocchi and mussels steamed in chorizo, tomato, and white wine. — Sara Ventiera

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Think Pink -- Where to Drink Rose Wine This Memorial Day Weekend

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Rosés at the Gander
Like permission to wear white, Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off pink wine drinking season, although many of us are partial to doing both year-round. If you're grounded in the city over the holiday, here are three spots to get your summer rosé drink-a-thon started.

Celebrate "Hip, Hip Rosé" at the Gander (15 West 18th Street; 212-229-9500)
If your drinking can't wait until five o'clock, the Gander's got your back. Chef and owner Jesse Schenker has launched a summer special in the Bar Room called "Hip Hip Rosé!" which features $25 bottles of pink drink from around the world, every day, starting at 2:30 p.m. Wines hail from Italy, New York, Greece, and even the Republic of Georgia, like Pheasant's Tears Tavkeri Rosé, 2013. Other selections include a crisp, pale Provençal version from Chateau de Roquefort, and a bright, berry-scented Txakolina from Ameztoi Rubentis out of Spain's Basque region.

The list is curated to complement the new Bar Room menu, highlights of which include gnocchi with sofrito, spring peas, and ramps dusted with pecorino; and hamachi collar with worcestershire, radish, and lime.

Drink "Rosé All Damn Day" at Pearl & Ash (220 Bowery; 212-837-2370)
Snag a table early to launch your "Rosé All Damn Day" drinking session on the patio of Bowery hotspot Pearl & Ash. Interesting wines and unique rosé magnums — we expect nothing less from wine director and Renegade Wine Dinner founder Patrick Cappiello and team — will be sourced from their favorite producers. Selections drawing from California to the French pétillant naturels and crémants to Provence will rotate frequently. Offerings include a 2014 Matthiasson from Napa Valley and bubbles by Nathalie Gaubicher out of the Loire Valley. In addition to having the full Pearl & Ash menu available, the restaurant will offer a selection of oysters from either coast (six for $18).

Sample "Rosé All Day" at SixtyFive (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor; 212-632-5000)
If you're stranded in the city on Memorial Day, cheer up. A rare opportunity to drink and dine al fresco with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline has opened up, and you'll have fewer folks to battle for it. On Monday, May 25, SixtyFive, the cocktail bar and lounge steps from the iconic Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, will host "Rosé All Day." The theme "Rosé All Day" is a misnomer; SixtyFive doesn't open until 5 p.m., although specials run until midnight, effectively giving you a seven-hour drinking "day."

Glasses of sparkling rosé and prosecco will be on offer for $10 all night, while wine flights of Fritsch rosé of Zweigelt, Josep Foraster cava rosé, and Sakura Emaki sake rosé will be available for $15 (two-ounce pours of each). Complement your wine with bites from the recently launched small-plates menu, with dishes like spicy tuna tacos with smoked ancho mayo, and fried garlic or langoustine tartare with peanut, tofu, and chilled tom yum broth.

Why You Should Head North to This New Rochelle Pizzeria

Saccone's via Facebook

Want to own a business for half a century? Open a pizzeria across the street from a school. That's what the Saccone family did sometime in the 1950s, and the squat white-and-blue shack has served New Rochelle and hungry Westchester residents ever since. The vintage parlor still goes by its original name, though for the past 23 years, the ovens at Saccone's Pizzeria (56 6th Street, New Rochelle; 914-636-8282) have been under the care of Maria Miele, whose son Joseph bought the business from the original owners. And while much has changed in the two decades since the Mieles took over, the one constant that's remained is its devoted local following.

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Plant Love House Brings Thai Street Food to Queens

Categories: Queens, Thai

All photos Alanna Schubach
Thanks to places like Michelin-starred Zabb Elee, New Yorkers have become well acquainted with the fiery cuisine of Thailand's northern Isan region. Now it's Thai street food's turn — restaurants serving rich noodle soups, grilled meat, curries, and sticky-sweet desserts like roti are popping up, particularly in the Queens neighborhoods where Southeast Asian spots proliferate. Plant Love House (86-08 Whitney Avenue, Queens; 718-565-2010), which opened on Elmhurst's Whitney Avenue in December (the popular Chao Thai is a neighbor), may be the cutest and homiest of the bunch.

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Take a Look at This Weekend's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

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Celebrate in Jersey City this weekend with Filipino delicacies.

Traffic. Crowded beaches. Blackened hot dogs. If your Memorial Day traditions consist of any of these, perhaps it's time to give this one a rest. Here are this weekend's five best excuses to stick around town.

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London Chef Jason Atherton's Clocktower, Now Open at the Edition Hotel

Categories: Openings

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London chef Jason Atherton's beef tartare paired with roasted marrow at the Clocktower
The Edition Hotel's second-story restaurant, the Clocktower (5 Madison Avenue, 212-413-4300), imports more than just the transatlantic talent of English chef Jason Atherton, offering a style of cooking that provokes grown-ups to feelings of childhood nostalgia and playful engagement.

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A New Book by the Farm Sanctuary Is a Guide to a Kind, Mindful, and Vegan Life

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Gene Baur with Meg, one of the rescued animals at Farm Sanctuary
When animal rights activists Gene Baur and Lorri Houston were documenting the conditions at Lancaster Stockyard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they came upon the "dead pile," where animals that had died were left for a renderer to make soap, feed, and fertilizer.

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Why Chef Nick Anderer Keeps Returning to Le French Diner for the Smoked-Mussel Salad

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Mussel Salad at Le French Diner
Nick Anderer, executive chef of Maialino (Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Avenue; 212-777-2410) and Marta (Martha Washington Hotel, 29 East 29th Street; 212-651-3800), spends enough time meandering about the restaurant and bar scene on the Lower East Side to consider it a "second home" to his place in Stuy Town. So much so that he's crowned Le French Diner (188 Orchard Street; 212-777-1577) his neighborhood joint there, and returns regularly for a mussel salad that is the best thing he ate this month — and in many months prior.

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An Experience in Old-School Italian at Alberto in Queens

Categories: Italian, Queens

All photos Kevin Kessler
Carpaccio at Alberto
I had just taken the bus from Williamsburg and was now having visions of an Italian nonna feeding her husband nearly every bite of food on his plate. It was six o'clock on a Monday and I was in Forest Hills, Queens, enjoying the simple but excellent bruschetta laid before me. Sitting under a vaulted ceiling in a room with stained-glass windows and red carpeting, I felt as if I were eating in a former church, instead of one of the best old-school Italian restaurants in any of New York's boroughs. Let me introduce you to Alberto (98-31 Metropolitan Avenue, 718-268-7860).

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