Wild Fiddlehead Ferns Taste Like Pure Green -- Get Some Now

Fiddlehead Ferns
Katherine Knowles for the Village Voice
The fiddlehead micro-season is here, so get them now before they all unfurl into the fronds of ostrich ferns.

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Get Excited About New York African Restaurant Week

Categories: African, Events

All photos courtesy African Restaurant Week
Dish from African Restaurant Week 2014

According to Akin Akinsanya, it's a good time to be eating African cuisine in New York City. "Chefs are getting a lot more creative and are trying new things," he says. Which is why three years ago he founded New York African Restaurant Week. From May 31 to June 14, more than 30 restaurants from four boroughs will be on hand to offer three-course prix fixe meals, most priced at $28.95.

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Find Authentic, Spice-Infused Azerbaijani Cuisine in Brooklyn

All photos Sara Ventiera for the Village Voice
Lyulya Kebab a la Baku ($18.90)
Tucked up against the Caspian Sea between Armenia, Iran, Georgia, and Russia, Azerbaijan has a unique blend of cultural influences, each of which has left its mark on the food. Down in South Brooklyn, in the neighborhoods around Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay, there's an Azerbaijani enclave, with a handful of restaurants specializing in the cuisine. Baku Palace (2001 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-615-4700) is the best known.

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Learn the Story of Pop-Up Umi Bushwick and Go Eat Bunwiches

All photos by Billy Lyons for the Village Voice
Umi Bushwick, a pop-up specializing in Asian-style buns, is now open.
Though New York is no stranger to late-night eateries, a new summer pop-up in Bushwick aims to offer a different kind of social-eating experience, one that goes beyond guessing what ingredients the Halal Guys use in their white sauce. Umi Bushwick (214 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn), a new Asian-style bun shop operating out of the Sweet & Shiny Bakery, is a project started by NYU students Renal Sun and Phoebe Tran, who aren't shy about discussing where their buns come from, mostly because there is a story behind each one.

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A Beer Made for Burgers, a Classic Style for a Classic Pairing

If you haven't been properly celebrating National Burger Month, you still have a few days left to make up for lost time. The American dining staple has always been enjoyed best alongside a fine, frosted ale. In New York we are blessed with a king's bounty of both. And speaking of royalty, a classic Belgian-style tripel produced in Queens is destined to transport a pedestrian hamburger meal into a realm of mythical proportions. Atnas ale from Finback Brewery is your Beer of the Week.

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A Chinese-American Wine List, Reimagined by Jason Wagner of Fung Tu

Image by Todd Carroll
Not all Western sommeliers pair aromatic, residual-sugar-laden whites with Eastern dishes, like lemmings. Jason Wagner, beverage director and partner at Fung Tu ("Wind Soil"; 22 Orchard Street; 212-219-8785) on the Lower East Side, has quietly reimagined the role of wine at the Chinese dinner table, building one of the most inventive wine programs for Chinese-American food currently available in New York — and possibly the country.

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Southern Comfort Food With a Vegetable Twist at Root & Bone

Rainbow ribbon salad at Root & Bone | Tara Mahadevan
Root & Bone's (200 East 3rd Street; 646-682-7076) Southern-food aesthetic sits somewhere between upscale-restaurant and down-home cooking. James Beard–nominated chefs and co-owners Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth sprinkle their menu at Root & Bone with comfort food classics — think waffles, grits, meatloaf, and fried chicken — but the chefs have put a twist on your typical Southern comfort foods.

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Kings of Kobe Brings Crazy Hot Dog Combos to Chelsea

Jen Mendelsohn
King of Kobe's Classic K
The gourmet burger craze may be morphing into mania over another American classic: the hot dog. The recently opened Kings of Kobe (160 Eighth Avenue; 646-449-8150), a pop-up takeout window on the side of Pounds & Ounces NYC Pub, aims to spread a high-end hot dog and brat brand throughout NYC.

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Grab a Seat at One of This Week's Five Best Food and Drink Events

Categories: Events

Courtesy El Original
Craving breakfast tacos? El Original debuts a new breakfast this Monday.

Start your (hopefully) four-day workweek with breakfast tacos or take a mid-week break at a crab boil. These festivities are just a couple of this week's five best food-focused events.

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Find Fast, Healthy Indian Fare at Chutney Kitchen

Categories: Cheap Eats, Indian

Sara Ventiera for the Village Voice
Chutney Kitchen's Viva Las Vegas (left) and Philadelphia naan tacos
The impact of Chipotle continues to make ripples; fast-casual restaurants are moving on from watered-down Mexican to include cuisines from all over the globe. Chutney Kitchen (856 Eighth Avenue; 212-247-6200) is Manhattan's latest addition. The recently opened spot offers a menu of light and healthy Indian cuisine, all priced under $10.

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