Ogle This Eye Candy From Claudette

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All photos by Bradley Hawks
When Zachary Feldman sits down to dinner at Claudette (24 Fifth Avenue), the subject of this week's restaurant review, he finds himself wooed by a surprising version of a tripe stew. "The bundles of tripe-wrapped pork shoulder bob in a white-wine tomato broth dotted with roughly cut mirepoix," he writes. "The carrots, potatoes, and celery, stained ruddy, have sopped up the juices pooled within the stew's shallow copper pot. It hardly resembles the much-derided organ meat I've come to love for its sci-fi appearance and yielding chew. Stretched, rolled into bundles, then browned in the oven, this tripe was as hearty as I'd expected, but lively, too, and almost...graceful." It's a recipe from the woman who inspired the restaurant, it turns out, and it's a window into the kitchen's work.

How so? Take a look at these photos, and then head to the review to find out.

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Ogle This Eye Candy From the East Village's Box Kite

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All photos by Bradley Hawks
New York City's new-wave coffee shops may share an affinity for in-house roasting and high-end baked goods, but few expand much beyond the traditional cafe offerings or daytime hours. An exception to that rule is the East Village's Box Kite (115 St Marks Place, 212-574-8201), a shop that's open late and serving much more than pastries and drip. Zachary Feldman heads there for this week's review: "Cora Lambert and Erik Becker launched this aromatic venture as a pop-up inside the Tribeca wine bar Maslow 6 last August, then ditched the kiosk for an East Village demitasse space that seats 10 and dispenses caffeine late into the night," he writes. "While that's great news for sleep-averse Fair Trade fetishists, after 6 p.m. Box Kite becomes a relentlessly gratifying progressive restaurant that operates in tandem with the retail coffee enterprise. Dinner is served à la carte, or as a twice-nightly, 10-course tasting ($85)."

Have a look at this eye candy from Bradley Hawks, then read Feldman's full review to get the full picture.

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Ogle This Food Porn From Jersey City's Project: EATS Food Festival

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Over the weekend, the hungry and thirsty masses filed into Jersey City's City Hall Plaza for Project: EATS, a food festival featuring more than 30 local vendors. After eating their fill of meatballs, pizza, and ice cream sandwiches -- and drinking frozen cocktails and sangria -- attendees hit the games court and played bocce, cornhole, and beer pong. Have a look at this food porn captured the day of the event.

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Inside Dirck the Norseman, the Subject of This Week's Review

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All photos by Bradley Hawks
The beer is as much of a draw as the food at Dirck the Norseman (7 North 15th Street, Brooklyn), Susannah Skiver Barton writes in this week's review, but the food is what makes the Greenpoint brewpub stand out. "It's no secret that New York is undergoing a brewing renaissance: Six new borough breweries opened in the first half of 2014 alone, and between the continued rise of craft-beer market share and the state's push to streamline licensing and production, there has never been a better time to launch a new brewing venture," she writes. "So far, however, few have made more than a cursory effort to craft beer as part of a complete meal. Which is what makes Ed Raven's Dirck the Norseman, the dine-and-drink arm of Greenpoint Beer & Ale Company, stand out."

How was that food? Check out these photos of the place, then read Barton's full review.

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Take a Look at Paul's Da Burger Joint's Celebration of 25 Years

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Beloved East Village burger counter Paul's Da Burger Joint (131 Second Avenue) celebrated a quarter-century of business by offering up free samples and throwback pricing from 1989, when it was originally known as "Paul's Palace." Take a look at these photos from C.S. Muncy, then head on over to our slide show to see more.

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Ogle This Ice Cream Porn From the Brooklyn Flea Ice Cream Festival

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Lucky for anyone who likes at least the occasional frozen treat, New York City runs deep in good ice creameries, and these parlors are especially worth celebrating in the hot months. Over the weekend, you could have done just that: The Brooklyn Flea hosted an ice cream festival at the Ft. Greene and Williamsburg flea markets, showcasing the work of more than a dozen purveyors. Photographer Emily Tan captured a nice collection of eye candy from the event; have a look at some of the city's best scoops.

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Have a Taste of Pig & Khao's BBQ Blowout at Good Company

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A July downpour couldn't stop Williamsburgians from crowding around the barbecue from the Lower East Side's Pig & Khao, which ventured across the East River and to the back patio of Good Company (10 Hope Street) on Tuesday night. Pig & Khao's chef and owner Leah Cohen was on hand to help serve the $10 plates, while Ducky provided the music for umbrella-holding eaters.

Have a taste of the festivities here, then head on over to our slide show for a second helping.

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Ogle This Eye Candy From Beautique

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All photos by Bradley Hawks
"Sardined into a small foyer next to the Paris Theatre, the entrance to Beautique (8 West 58th Street, 212-753-1200), midtown's newest posh restaurant, could be mistaken for a modern art installation," writes Zachary Feldman in this week's review. "A bouncer guards an unmanned piano in an empty room -- we never saw any ivories tickled. It looks like the lobby of the fanciest walk-up (or -down) apartment in town, but downstairs you'll find a dimly lighted, subterranean complex that's trying very hard to appeal to the tony neighborhood with décor inspired by Coco Chanel, which edges toward the comically baroque."

Still, Feldman acknowledges, it fits the neighborhood. It's in this setting that Le Cirque alum Craig Hopson is putting out "visually appealing, often expensive food," says Feldman. Is it worth its pricetag? Take a look at these shots from Bradley Hawks, and then head over to the review to find out.

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Ogle This Eye Candy From The Eddy

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Zachary Feldman heads toward Sixth Street in the East Village for this week's review, a stretch of the city that's historically "gotten a particularly bad rap, pigeonholed like some Bollywood Joe Pesci as a culinary minefield of sporadic Desi Treats," he writes. "But gradually the tide has shifted, ushering in Italian restaurants and Vietnamese Internet cafés along the way. In April, the stretch between First and Second avenues welcomed the Eddy, a whitewashed, grown-up hideaway that feels like a kindred spirit to the compound of cocktail dens down the road..."

The Eddy (342 East Sixth Street, 646-895-9884) makes an impression on Feldman, and not just because the drinks come from a partner in Wallflower, a West Village drinks lair. How was the food? Take a look at these shots from Bradley Hawks, then head on over to the full review to find out: "The Eddy in the East Village Focuses on Small Plates and Gussied-Up Booze."

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Ogle This Eye Candy From Soho's Chalk Point Kitchen

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All photos by Bradley Hawks
Zachary Feldman's first impression of Chalk Point Kitchen (527 Broome Street, 212-390-0327), which he reviews this week, isn't exactly a friendly one. "I was a walk-in," he writes. "The hostesses looked back and forth between a computer and a near-empty dining room.

'OK, well,' she began, 'I guess we'll seat you anyway.'

If it was an attempt at dry humor, I felt soaked with a cooler's worth of haterade. Of the many odd things about Chalk Point Kitchen, by far the most disappointing is that it hides its best attributes under a soul-crushing hay bale of farm-to-table ennui."

Was the food, described by the restaurant as "Chinatown meets the Union Square Greenmarket," enough to save the visit? See these photos from Bradley Hawks, then head to the full review to find out.

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