Why the Perfect Manhattan Is, Well, Perfect

Categories: Good Call

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Manhattan with an orange twist

Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round.

Today's call comes by way of Keith Nelson, beverage director of several Manhattan restaurants, including the Arlington Club (1032 Lexington Avenue, 249-5700), LAVO (39 East 58th Street, 212-750-5588), and TAO (42 East 58th Street, 212-888-2288).

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The NYC Pizza Run Combined Running and Pizza in Tompkins Square Park

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On Saturday, September 13, the fifth annual NYC Pizza Run kicked off at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. The ground rules were simple: Run four laps around the park while stopping to eat a slice of pizza after each lap throughout the course. This year, the run attracted 140 pizza lovers, who paid a $50 registration fee, with a few completing the run in pizza costumes.

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Mighty Quinn's Burnt End Sandwich, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

Mighty Quinns
Dish no. 30: Burnt end sandwich from Mighty Quinn's (103 Second Avenue, 212-677-3733)

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Here's Where to Find an Excellent Version of the Elusive Chiles en Nogada

Categories: ¡Oye! Comida

Scarlett Lindeman
For such a colorful plate of food -- roasted green peppers in an ivory puddle dotted with cardinal-red pomegranate seeds and leaves of parsley -- the chile en nogada generates a lot of brow-furrowing. The controversy begins with the dish's provenance, which can be traced to an 1821 Puebla banquet that commemorated Mexico's Independence Day (September 16). Nuns created the dish to honor Agustin de Iturbide, who led the final revolt against the Spaniards, but which nuns, and at which convent? And every cook has firm opinions on the preparation. Should the walnut sauce be sweet or savory? Should the pepper be capeado'd (dipped in beaten egg and fried) or not? It is a complex dish, but most versions are, unfortunately, dessert-sweet, cold, and clashing.

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Sachi, a Pan-Asian Restaurant, Opens in Midtown

All photos by Rafael Marxauch, Myarchn.com
Chef Andy Yang grew up in Thailand, and that's where his culinary education began. "My grandma cooked for the king," he says. "She taught my mother, who taught me. It's more like Bangkok-style cooking." He built on that base by working in different Asian countries, solidifying his understanding of Southeast Asian cooking while adding ingredients from all over the continent to his repertoire.

And he's applying all of that knowledge at Sachi (713 Second Avenue, 212-297-1883), a pan-Asian restaurant that opened last week in Midtown East.

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Lea Is a Flatbush Newcomer With Neapolitan Pizza to Die For

All photos by Bradley Hawks
Brooklyn restaurants cull, by and large, from the same design playbook. They illuminate with Edison bulbs, expose their bricks, and outfit with vintage flea-market bounty. Lea (1022 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 718-928-7100), a Neapolitan restaurant and pizzeria that opened in Flatbush in December, is partially constructed from reclaimed wood, the reincarnation of a water tower that reached lumber nirvana. The corner location on Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park lay dormant for more than two years after the IRS seized what was then home to Vox Pop Café. Its tax troubles notwithstanding, Vox was a community hub, a counterculture nexus of sorts, and a performance space, and Lea clearly has every intention of serving residents in much the same way, only with far better food and fewer run-ins with the law.

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Bond Vivant: Donna Lennard Reflects on Il Buco's Two Decades

Categories: Chef Interviews

Il Buco
Twenty years ago, when Donna Lennard opened Il Buco (47 Bond Street, 212-533-1932) on Bond Street, she wasn't planning to become a restaurateur. Il Buco wasn't even a restaurant then. Lennard was an independent filmmaker caught up in a romance with an Italian named Alberto Avalle, who wanted to export pieces of Americana to Europe. The pair had been collecting antiques from around the region when Lennard learned the artists at 47 Bond were planning to leave the address, which they were using as a studio, because rent was rising from $1,700 a month to $2,000. The couple signed their first 10-year lease, refitted the space, and began selling old radios, quilts, and furniture.

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Takashi's Niku-Uni, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

Dish no. 31. Niku-Uni from Takashi (456 Hudson Street, 212-414-2929)

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Here's Our Final Line-Up for Brooklyn Pour Plus a Handy Map

Categories: Brooklyn Pour

Laura June Kirsch
In less than two weeks, Brooklyn Pour, our annual beer tasting event, will descend on Skylight One Hanson, bringing dozens of samples of craft beer to ticket holders. We're close to selling out, but you still have time to buy your pass. Check out our final line-up of vendors plus our handy map of the event, so you can plan your drinking accordingly.

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Here's What You Missed at Taste Talks

Categories: Events

Photos by Eve Turow
Andy Ricker, Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo and Gabe Stulman during "Is Brooklyn Becoming the Next Manhattan?" at Taste Talks

The weekend's Taste Talks events went off without a hitch, bringing together top New York food mavens and eager eaters to share in conversation and plenty of good dishes. From Friday evening to Sunday night, Taste Talks hosted a round of events -- dinners, presentations, a Future of Food expo, and Sunday's All Star BBQ -- where top chefs like Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, and Andy Ricker shared their thoughts and culinary skills with crowds.

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