Robert Sietsema at Plein Sud; Sarah DiGregorio at Cienfuegos
Sam Sifton approves of Tamarind Tribeca, which "might rate a pleasant shrug [in Indian cuisine-happy London]. But in Manhattan, it is shaping up to be the best thing to happen to Indian food since Hemant Mathur and Suvir Saran opened Devi in 2004."
Adam Platt (and his kid) rather love Fatty 'Cue, where "[chef-owner Zak] Pelaccio is the first to combine the classic salty-sweet flavor profile of the East with the bulky, messy, down-home goodness of authentic American barbecue." He is also a fan of Balaboosta, Einat Admony's new Israeli comfort-food haven.
TONY raves over two ramen spots, Totto and Hide-Chan, deeming the former's miso ramen a "fragrant, fiery masterpiece," and the latter's pork tonkotsu broth "a luscious meaty soup, more cloudy than creamy."
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