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First Look

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

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

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