Who Makes the Better Doughnut, Peter Pan or Copycat Moe's?

Categories: Rivalries

Moe's Old Fashioned Glaze
Moe's old-fashioned glazed doughnut

As you may have heard, we have a doughnut situation on our hands. The streets just north of McCarren Park in Greenpoint are Peter Pan Donuts and Pastry Shop (727 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-389-3676) territory -- neighbors have lined up for the breakfast pastries here for decades -- but there's a new shop in town, and it's become a favorite subject of conversation among Polish locals and new transplants to the area. The newcomer, Moe's Doughs Donut Shop (126 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-349-1216), appears to use the same recipes as are used at Peter Pan; not coincidentally, Moe's was opened by Mohamed Saleh, a former Peter Pan baker who served the former for more than 15 years. That's a little like an assistant coach leaving a team and taking the plays with him.

But does Saleh do doughnuts better? I went to find out.

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Arepera Guacuco's Vegetarian Options Are Superb

Categories: Veggielante

Vegetariana arepa at Arepera Guacuco | Tara Mahadevan
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick.

Destination: Arepera Guacuco (44 Irving Avenue, 347-305-3300)

Neighborhood: Bushwick

Cuisine: Venezuelan

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Razza's Bread and Butter, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

Adam Robb
Dish no. 41: Bread and butter at Razza (275 Grove Street, 201-356-9348)

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This Week's Five Best Food Events

Categories: Events

Courtesy Idle Hands/Facebook
Start the day before NFL season kickoff right with a Shiner Tasting this Wednesday.

Recovering from a long weekend away can be tough. Here are five events to help ease you into fall.

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Seoul Chicken Brings Korean-Fried and Southern-Fried Chicken to the LES

Justine Dungo
When Chaz Brown would visit New York City as a kid, he fell in love with the neighborhood Chinese joints, the types of places that would serve a half chicken with a side of fried rice for $5. "I wanted to put that on a pedestal," says the Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue alum. And now, he'll get his chance, albeit with a Korean twist. Brown is opening Seoul Chicken (71 Clinton Street) on Tuesday, where he'll serve Korean-fried and Southern-fried chicken to the Lower East Side.

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The Skylark's Johnny Swet on Why Ice Is More Than a Chilling Tool

The Fort Knox

It was art that brought The Skylark's (200 West 39th Street, 212-257-4577) head bartender Johnny Swet to New York, but it was the bar scene that kept him here. Upon discovering his affinity for oil painting at Arizona State, Swet headed to New York to pursue his passion while maintaining the menagerie of bill-paying restaurant roles he had solidified out west. Where his eye for aesthetics led, his behind-the-bar talents followed -- from The Bowery Bar to Balthazar, and from Pastis to Freemans. When he's not curating the d├ęcor at top nightlife destinations (he's outfitted Miami's Marlin Hotel and Rex Restaurant), he's creating the cocktail lists at them, including Rogue & Canon, JIMMY, The Elm at King & Grove, and, most recently, The Skylark. Here, we chatted with Swet about his favorite at-work acronym, his flavorful approach to ice, and why his cocktails benefit from his time in the kitchen.

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Tuome's Corn, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

Noah Fecks
Dish no. 42: Corn from Tuome (536 East 5th Street, 646-833-7811)

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Five Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

Snowadays via Facebook
When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a food and beer hall hits Crown Heights, the East Village gets a snow creamery, and the first Denny's location opens in Manhattan.

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Why You Should Plan a Tasty Weekend in Outer Cape Cod

Categories: Summer Fridays

Lucy Nieboer
A fried clam sandwich and fries from Catch of the Day
The outlying towns of Cape Cod are an environment far removed from New York City. There are trees instead of skyscrapers, calm instead of chaos, the lazy chirp of crickets in place of car horns. While the Outer Cape (anything above the elbow) may seem too rugged trip for the civilized city slicker, especially when it comes to food, fear not -- there's no reason to stock up on a weekend's worth of bland sandwich makings from the Hyannis Trader Joe's before departing the Lower Cape. Throughout Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, and Orleans -- the five towns that dot the great expanse of National Seashore -- there are plenty of places where you can get a taste of the traditional and the innovative, the country cooking and the New England refinement that define Cape Cod.

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This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

Courtesy North Brooklyn Farms/Facebook
If you are sticking around, North Brooklyn Farms is hosting a carnival this weekend

If you're not the barbecue and beach type -- or, perhaps, if you'd prefer not to be stuck in traffic -- check out one of these activities, the best food and drink events happening around town.

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