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First Look

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

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

Planet Taco Arrives With a Bewildering-Yet-Delightful Mix of Tacos in the East Village

Ranking the Smoky, Thick-Sliced Brisket Sandwiches From Four New Barbecue Spots

Cheese-Oozing Focaccia and Bursting Buzzetti Are NYC’s Newest Pizza Hits

With Its Signature Jerk Chicken, Peppa’s Is Better Than Ever in Lower East Side Debut

Nostalgia Is in Short Supply at Jersey City’s New Automat

St. Louis-Style Wings Take Flight in NYC — but Do They Exist?

Two New Hot Dog Purveyors Come to the Rescue in Pandemic Times

Xilonen Bolts Out of the Gate With Game-Changing Mexican Fare

Peter’s Crunchy Red Tacos Leads Bushwick’s Booming Birria Scene

An Engineered-Meat Skeptic Reviews Galioto’s Impossible Meatball Hero

Pastrami Queen’s New UWS Outpost Is Bursting With Fatty Pastrami and Superior Matzoh Ball Soup

Senior critic Robert Sietsema takes a first look at the Jewish deli’s offerings, including Hanukkah-ready sufganiyot

Milu’s Crispy Duck Redefines Fast Casual

East Village Tex-Mex Destination Yellow Rose Serves ‘Wonderful’ Tacos on Flour Tortillas

The East Village’s Newest Thai Restaurant Has a Tantalizing Mix of Regional Cooking

East Village’s Charming New Thai Street Food Spot Opened After a Flood and a Pandemic

A Pastry-Packed New Italian Spot Brings Sweet and Savory Sicilian Treats to the Village

What If Black Tap Were Pricier and Tasted Worse? Meet Salt Bae’s New Burger Spot

Is Soho Diner Really a Diner?

NYC Has An Enthralling New Destination For Sinaloan Food

Three Lamb-Packed New Uyghur Restaurants Join Flushing’s Dining Scene

Critic Robert Sietsema reviews three new restaurants serving food from Xinjiang, all of them with hearty menus