Is the Bruffin the New Cronut?

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Katherine Knowles for the Village Voice

All hail the Bruffin, that latest linguistic mash-up baked good to find the spotlight in the swanky new Gansevoort Market (The Bruffin Café, 52 Gansevoort Street, NYC). A hybrid brioche/croissant smothered with fillings, it's rolled up like a cinnamon bun and baked in a muffin tray so that the edges are crisp and flaky while the center stays soft and pillowy. A damn good idea, basically, whatever you think of the name.


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This Week's Review in Pictures: Wylie Dufresne's Alder

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Dominic Perri
Chefs John Bignelli (left) and Wylie Dufresne (right) at Alder

This week's review is of Alder, Wylie Dufresne's new restaurant in the East Village, where I found the platonic ideal of clam chowder -- lean but incredibly silky, full of flavor -- with a particularly delicious trick up its sleeve.

Photographer Dominic Perri took so many excellent photos at the restaurant, it seemed a shame to show you only one. See the rest after the jump.

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Sietsema on Cole's Greenwich Village; Rao on Alder

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Dominic Perri
Alder's take on pigs in a blanket.

This week Robert Sietsema reviewed Cole's Greenwich Village, a West Village restaurant in a building "shaped like a wedge of brie," while Tejal Rao took a crack at Alder, Wylie Dufresne's new spot in the East Village.

Sietsema begins with a history lesson:


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Grading the New Sushi Bar at Lobster Place in Chelsea Market

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Lobster Place's uni (sea urchin) was breezy and briny, and got a grade of A-.


As part of the current evolution of Chelsea Market, old tenants are grabbing more space and revamping their premises to provide more opportunities for the sale of prepared food. In this connection, seafood distributor and retail fish store Lobster Place has added a new, narrow restaurant on the side with a separate entrance called Cull & Pistol, and placed several prepared seafood counters on its renovated and expanded retail floor. One such is a sushi bar, as distinguished from the sushi carryout mass-production facility directly behind it. Here the choice morsels are in a small glass refrigerator case, including perhaps seven or eight varieties of fish and crustaceans, to be made into sushi, sashimi, and ceviche, plus other miscellaneous tartares and tatakis. Here are some notes from FiTR's first meal there, in the company of Andrew the Sushi Fanatic, who took a somewhat dimmer view of the fish than we did. Together, we assigned grades to the things we ate.


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New Restaurant Reviews: Soup Dumplings at Full House; Vegan at Kajitsu

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Kajitsu's glass noodles

On this sunny May Day, our critics single out two new restaurants to usher in the season. In Midtown, Tejal Rao bows her head in favor of the vegan Japanese Buddhist temple cuisine at Kajitsu, while Robert Sietsema slurps up soup dumplings at Full House on the Bowery. Read on to see how the professionals rated their meals.

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New Restaurant Reviews: Cafe Cluny, Nightingale 9

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Is it summer yet? Not quite. But our dining professionals found themselves in the kind of casually inviting spaces that seem to usher in the warm weather (at least, we hope they will).

Robert Sietsema checked in on longtime West Village favorite Cafe Cluny, while Tejal Rao ventured to Carroll Gardens to visit the brand-new and buzzy Nightingale 9. Find out if the hotspots lived up to their hype after the jump.

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New Restaurant Reviews: Interpretation of Dreams at Pearl & Ash; Outstanding Seafood at Kittery

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Mark Hewko
Spring is ripe with surprises (80 degrees, 40 degrees, you know the drill). This week, our professional eaters explored two curveball restaurants and were pleasantly delighted--though not equally--by each. Tejal Rao appreciated the food at Pearl & Ash more than the dark and noisy space on the Bowery, while Robert Sietsema was bowled over by Kittery in Carroll Gardens.

Find out more about this week's choice eats after the jump.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Tartare at Manzanilla; Pay to Pray at Cathedral

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David Penner

Spring is (finally) in the air and the warm weather seems to be lightening our moods as well as our wardrobes. Did the rising temperatures have the same effect on our critics?

Tejal Rao has mixed feelings about Manzanilla in Gramercy, while Robert Sietsema writes a rave for Cathedral in Flatbush. Read on to find out how they really felt.


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New Restaurant Reviews: Three Letters Asks 'Parlez-Vous Brooklyn?'; Cata Serves Sublime Paella

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Mark Hewko

This week, our critics were equally charmed by a petite French bistro and a bustling Bowery tapas joint. Robert Sietsema dug into a mussels poutine at Three Letters in Clinton Hill, while Tejal Rao scooped up hearty bites of paella at Cata on the Lower East Side.

Will the professionals go back for second helpings? Read on to find out.


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New Restaurant Reviews: Share the Spreads at El Omda; Red Gravy Lays It on Thick

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Village Voice

This week, our professional eaters sought out plates that reminded them of home -- if not theirs, then someone else's. In Astoria, Robert Sietsema enjoyed an Egyptian feast at El Omda, while Tejal Rao sopped up the sauce at Red Gravy in Brooklyn Heights.

How did our critics rate their Middle Eastern and Italian feasts? Find out after the break.


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