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First Look

A series of early reviews on New York restaurants by critic Robert Sietsema.

Find the Greatest Hits of Tibetan and Sichuanese Fare at This Queens Newcomer

Eater Critic Finds ‘Best Pastas I’ve Tasted All Year’ at Cafe Spaghetti

Queens Thai Newcomer Zaab Zaab Is a Welcome Addition to NYC’s Growing Isan Food Scene

Otway Bakery Is Your New Destination for Old-Fashioned Crullers

The All-Star Dhamaka Team’s Spicy Fried Chicken Paradise Is a Red-Hot Success

No Carts, but Great Dumplings, at Flatiron’s Newest Dim Sum Destination

Olmsted, Now in Tasting Menu Mode, Serves a Must-Try Dinner for Under $100

A Reality TV Star’s Buzzy Barbecue Spot Doesn’t Yet Smoke the Competition

Find Some of NYC’s Best Vietnamese Food at the Latest Ha’s Đặc Biệt Pop-Up

Searching for New York’s Next Great Corn Tortilla

Palestinian Fare Finds a Glorious, 100-Seat Stage at Al Badawi

Step Inside Manhattan Chinatown’s Newest Food Court

A Famed Florentine Shop Brings Square, Stuffed Sandwiches to NYC

Lodi’s Pastries Are Ushering in a New Era of Dining for Rockefeller Center

This Persian Teahouse Proves Every Pastry Should Be Made With Rose

Semma Puts a Rare Spotlight on Regional South Indian Fare in Greenwich Village

Find One of NYC’s Best Green Chile Cheeseburgers Yet at This Ode to Santa Fe in Williamsburg 

At Tortazo, Chicago Chef Rick Bayless Is Slinging Out Fancified Tortas and ‘Not-Bad’ Margaritas

One White Street’s Tasting Menu Hammers Out Classic Luxuries

Two More Greasy Burger Joints Slip Into Lower Manhattan

Sami & Susu Channels a 1960s Cartoon, but Its Food Is the Real Deal 

The Lucali Pizza Sequel Needs Time to Rise 

A Japanese Soba Parlor Makes Its U.S. Debut. The Prized Noodles Are Worth the Waitlist.

Gloriously Greasy Burgers Are the Star at Four New Downtown Manhattan Spots

Why You Shouldn’t Eat at the New Momofuku Ssäm Bar Just Yet

Kuttanadan Gifts NYC With Cuisine From the Center of the Spice Trade

Find Stellar Tacos and Ceviches in a Laid-Back Atmosphere at Tacos Güey

The restaurant from chef Henry Zamora joins the city’s ever evolving wave of casual and inventive Mexican cuisine with a loungey atmosphere

What to Eat, and What to Avoid, at Little Island

Iconic Chef Edna Lewis’s Influence Is Everywhere at the Newly Reopened Gage & Tollner

Why You Should Be Eating Korean (and Nashville) Fried Chicken at Chick Chick

Masala-Stuffed Chicken Wings Are Among the Standouts at Sona’s Flatiron Debut

What to Order at Dhamaka, One of NYC’s Most Exciting New Restaurants