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The 15 Hottest New Restaurants in Brooklyn, October 2021

A rooftop natural wine bar and a Persian cafe in Bushwick join the list this month

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A spread of doughnuts, egg tarts, porridge, and other dishes from As You Are.
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Eater editors get asked one question more than any other: Where should I eat right now? While many people still consider Manhattan the locus of New York’s dining scene, some neighborhoods in Brooklyn have become dining destinations in their own right. Here, see a map of the latest Brooklyn debuts drawing NYC’s dining obsessives.

New to the list in October: Cherry On Top (a natural wine bar with food from the Sami and Susu team); Sofreh Cafe (a Persian cafe from the team behind Sofreh in Prospect Heights); and As You Are (a restaurant and all-day bakery inside Brooklyn’s new Ace Hotel).

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Manhattan, Queens, and the Hamptons.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taqueria Ramirez

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94 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

In a city that seems to have one ear perpetually upturned for Mexican food trends, it’s no surprise that Taqueria Ramirez has been turning heads. This Greenpoint storefront from first-time restaurateurs Giovanni Cervantes and Tania Apolinar serves a game-changing array of Mexican meats prepared in a bubbling choricera. Best of all is the restaurant’s tripa, beef intestine that’s stewed for four hours before being finished off with a blowtorch.

A gloved hands hold a sieve of crumbly red meat over a vat of orange fat and oil, also filled with other meats
The meat-filled choricera at Taqueria Ramirez.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

2. Bar Blondeau

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80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

There’s no shortage of French wine bars in New York City, but Bar Blondeau asserts there’s room for at least one more. This sixth-floor restaurant and bar from the owners of Le Crocodile and Chez Ma Tante is focused on natural wine, classic cocktails, and a menu that leans on vegetables and seafood. The dining room’s velvet banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows might call to mind Midtown Manhattan, but partners Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber say the experience is meant to be more casual than a night out in the city.

An overhead photograph of several dishes including oysters, flatbread, and clams in tomato sauce.
Bar Blondeau’s menu consists mostly of seafood and vegetable dishes.
Liz Clayman/Bar Blondeau

3. Birria-Landia

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486 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 839-8706
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One of the year’s most exciting restaurant openings occurred with little fanfare and almost no forewarning. Birria-Landia, the Jackson Heights taco truck credited with putting Tijuana-style birria on the map in New York City, opened this second location in Williamsburg last fall. From this slightly larger truck, the team is serving the same stewed tacos, mulitas, and tostadas that made the original a citywide hit. Order one of everything, including a large consomé.

Two hands hold a disposable plate with three tostadas, a cup of brothy consomé, and two lime wedges.
A large consomme with three griddled tostadas.
Christian Rodriguez/Eater NY

4. Aldama

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91 S 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(929) 298-0233
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Fueled by mezcal and house-made tortillas, Aldama might be the closest thing Brooklyn has to the hip, late-night bars of Mexico City. The newly opened restaurant comes from Christopher Reyes, a former bartender at Cosme and the Nomad, and chef Gerardo Alcaraz. The duo is keeping the party going with regional Mexican dishes — carne cecina, pulpo zarandeado, campechana — served until 10 p.m. and a weekly lineup of live DJs.

Three dishes, including a daikon tostada, a ceviche with octopus, and tacos, are arranged on a wooden table
The daikon tostada, campechana, and tacos dorados at Aldama.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

5. Francie

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134 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 218-7572
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Sandwiched between Peter Luger Steakhouse and Andrew Tarlow’s Diner is Francie, a lesser-known but equally star-studded restaurant from alums of Bâtard and the Michelin-starred Piora. The Williamsburg restaurant is modeled after the European brasserie, complete with white-suited waiters and a $175 steak for two. Earlier this summer, Francie became one of seven restaurants citywide to receive a Michelin star in 2021.

The interior of the restaurant Francie with a long view of the establishment featuring tables and chairs.
The indoor dining room at Francie.
Francie

6. Tong

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321 Starr St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 366-0586
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Kub klaem, Thai drinking snacks, are having a moment in New York City, and one of the best places to try them is Tong. This Bushwick newcomer specializes in well-seasoned, shareable plates — spicy beef tartare and dressed-up oysters — meant to be eaten alongside a cocktail, a Chang beer, or one of each. Sunisa Nitmai and Chetkangwan Thipruetree are the chefs, a duo whose regional Thai cooking critic Robert Sietsema called “enthralling fun.”

A metal vessel with three kinds of meat next to fried eggs, with toast on the side.
Kai kra ta, a brunch platter made from fried eggs, Chinese sausage, ground pork, and cha lua.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

7. Falansai

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112 Harrison Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 381-0980
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Chef Eric Tran is attempting to do the name Falansai justice at this revamped version of the popular Bushwick hangout, where the restaurant’s name has stayed the same but not much else. Having just come off of a stint at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tran is serving seasonal dishes — pea shoots in duck broth, mussels in red curry — along with a “brilliant” six-course tasting menu priced at $83 per person.

An overhead photograph of a plate of scallions, egg, fried rice, and hotdog-style slices of sausage.
Dad’s Fried Rice, made with Vietnamese-style mortadella.
Erick Kantar/Falansai

8. Cherry on Top

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379 Suydam St #3B
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Even as New York’s outdoor dining season slows down, there’s lots to love about this rooftop natural wine bar in Bushwick. For one, most of the wines here fall under $15 a glass, but also, the bulk of the decor here has been handmade by owner and local illustrator Cerise Zelenetz. (Down to the “choking victim” signs that hang behind its bar.) A spread of seasonal plates from the team behind Sami and Susu — pesto burrata, head-on smoked trout — rounds out the menu.

A plate of burrata, pesto, and vegetables sits in the middle of a red table with a glass of wine and a side dish filled with olives.
An order of pesto, burrata, and tomatoes.
Jeffrey Schroeder/Cherry On Top

9. Sofreh Cafe

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252 Varet St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

At Sofreh in Prospect Heights, Ali Saboor helped bring owner Nasim Alikhani’s pioneering Persian restaurant to life as a chef in its kitchen. Three years later, the roles have now reversed, and Saboor is taking a front-seat role at this Bushwick cafe backed by Alikhani. The menu consists of an array Iranian baked goods — Barbari bread, saffron-raisin cookies — but the main attraction is its black tea. Infused with cardamom, cinnamon, and rose petals, each batch steams for a minimum of 45 minutes.

10. Em Vietnamese Bistro

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57 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 875-7888
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At Em Vietnamese Bistro, chef Ly Nguyen and Patrick Lin are channeling the lively, open-air restaurants of Ho Chi Minh City, which many still refer to as Saigon. Expect saucy bowls of shellfish — scallop congee, clams bathed in butter — and baguette on the side for sopping up whatever’s left in the bowl. A handful of dishes from the couple’s first restaurant in Bensonhurst have also made their way to Dumbo, including its banh mi burger and mango smoothie.

Three dishes sit on a white table, two of which are filled with clams topped in herbs and sauce
Ngheu hap xa, clams in a lemongrass broth, and xao dua, mussels in a coconut and lemongrass sauce.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

11. Gage and Tollner

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372 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 689-3677
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A revival close to three years in the making, the historic Gage and Tollner returned to Downtown Brooklyn in February. The restaurant received encouraging reviews from just about everyone shortly after opening, and close to a year later, Saturday night tables can still book weeks out. Don’t skip pastry star Caroline Schiff’s take on the baked Alaska, a heap of chocolate, cherry, and mint ice creams that’s torched in the kitchen, rather than tableside.

A basket with four pieces of fried chicken, round fritters, and very dark green slaw.
Fried chicken and hush puppies at Gage and Tollner.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

12. As You Are

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252 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Former Breslin chef Ryan Jordan and Eater Young Gun Danny Alvarez have teamed up at this Ace Hotel restaurant that bills itself as “a celebration of Brooklyn culture and cuisine.” It’s a tall order in a borough ripe with neighborhood restaurants and longstanding classics, but the duo is going for it with an all-encompassing menu of pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tarts), black and white doughnuts, and “BEC” (bean, egg, and chorizo) sandwiches.

The exterior of a hotel building with concrete pillars, glass windows, and hanging lights.
Twelve years after opening in Nomad, the Ace Hotel opens in Brooklyn.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

13. KIT

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657 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The closure of MeMe’s Diner in Prospect Heights hit hard for the restaurant’s most avid fans, but a new neighborhood restaurant has opened for business in its place. KIT — short for “keep in touch” — is part cafe and part pop-up incubator, serving jello, wine, and other items from up-and-coming businesses that operate out of the space on temporary contracts. The cafe is backed by former MeMe’s Diner co-owner Libby Willis, who also sells pastries from the shop.

One person in a red shirt and straw hat leans on a wooden bar while another person behind the counter makes coffee.
KIT serves jello, wine, pastries, and more.
Clay Williams/Eater NY

14. Mockingbird Taco

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469 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(347) 789-8207
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Not one to be outdone by Manhattan, Brooklyn is now home to a growing number of restaurants serving breakfast tacos and burritos made with flour tortillas. One of the most exciting new additions arrived earlier this year in the form of Mockingbird Taco, a walk-up window in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Respected sommelier André Mack and partner Nico Bouter are serving five breakfast tacos to start, priced between $6 and $9 each.

A white flour tortilla filled with cubes of potato, scrambled egg, and green cilantro laid on a foil wrapper.
A potato and egg breakfast taco with chimichurri.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

15. Ayat

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8504 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 831-2585
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Restaurateur Abdul Elenani and chef Ayat Masoud opened Ayat in Bay Ridge last fall, drawing praise for their towers of spinning meat — one chicken, one beef — and flatbreads griddled on a piping hot saj. The restaurant caught the attention of New York Times critic Pete Wells shortly after opening, who found that its best dishes weren’t its shawarma or kebabs, but its Palestinian staples, including “improbably delicate” lamb kefta and squash stuffed with onions and rice.

Meatballs, sliced-thin potatoes, and peppers bathe in an oily yellow broth in a brown bowl.
Beef and lamb kefta in a yogurt gravy.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

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1. Taqueria Ramirez

94 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A gloved hands hold a sieve of crumbly red meat over a vat of orange fat and oil, also filled with other meats
The meat-filled choricera at Taqueria Ramirez.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

In a city that seems to have one ear perpetually upturned for Mexican food trends, it’s no surprise that Taqueria Ramirez has been turning heads. This Greenpoint storefront from first-time restaurateurs Giovanni Cervantes and Tania Apolinar serves a game-changing array of Mexican meats prepared in a bubbling choricera. Best of all is the restaurant’s tripa, beef intestine that’s stewed for four hours before being finished off with a blowtorch.

94 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. Bar Blondeau

80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
An overhead photograph of several dishes including oysters, flatbread, and clams in tomato sauce.
Bar Blondeau’s menu consists mostly of seafood and vegetable dishes.
Liz Clayman/Bar Blondeau

There’s no shortage of French wine bars in New York City, but Bar Blondeau asserts there’s room for at least one more. This sixth-floor restaurant and bar from the owners of Le Crocodile and Chez Ma Tante is focused on natural wine, classic cocktails, and a menu that leans on vegetables and seafood. The dining room’s velvet banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows might call to mind Midtown Manhattan, but partners Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber say the experience is meant to be more casual than a night out in the city.

80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

3. Birria-Landia

486 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Two hands hold a disposable plate with three tostadas, a cup of brothy consomé, and two lime wedges.
A large consomme with three griddled tostadas.
Christian Rodriguez/Eater NY

One of the year’s most exciting restaurant openings occurred with little fanfare and almost no forewarning. Birria-Landia, the Jackson Heights taco truck credited with putting Tijuana-style birria on the map in New York City, opened this second location in Williamsburg last fall. From this slightly larger truck, the team is serving the same stewed tacos, mulitas, and tostadas that made the original a citywide hit. Order one of everything, including a large consomé.

486 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

4. Aldama

91 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Three dishes, including a daikon tostada, a ceviche with octopus, and tacos, are arranged on a wooden table
The daikon tostada, campechana, and tacos dorados at Aldama.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

Fueled by mezcal and house-made tortillas, Aldama might be the closest thing Brooklyn has to the hip, late-night bars of Mexico City. The newly opened restaurant comes from Christopher Reyes, a former bartender at Cosme and the Nomad, and chef Gerardo Alcaraz. The duo is keeping the party going with regional Mexican dishes — carne cecina, pulpo zarandeado, campechana — served until 10 p.m. and a weekly lineup of live DJs.

91 S 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

5. Francie

134 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The interior of the restaurant Francie with a long view of the establishment featuring tables and chairs.
The indoor dining room at Francie.
Francie

Sandwiched between Peter Luger Steakhouse and Andrew Tarlow’s Diner is Francie, a lesser-known but equally star-studded restaurant from alums of Bâtard and the Michelin-starred Piora. The Williamsburg restaurant is modeled after the European brasserie, complete with white-suited waiters and a $175 steak for two. Earlier this summer, Francie became one of seven restaurants citywide to receive a Michelin star in 2021.

134 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249

6. Tong

321 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
A metal vessel with three kinds of meat next to fried eggs, with toast on the side.
Kai kra ta, a brunch platter made from fried eggs, Chinese sausage, ground pork, and cha lua.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Kub klaem, Thai drinking snacks, are having a moment in New York City, and one of the best places to try them is Tong. This Bushwick newcomer specializes in well-seasoned, shareable plates — spicy beef tartare and dressed-up oysters — meant to be eaten alongside a cocktail, a Chang beer, or one of each. Sunisa Nitmai and Chetkangwan Thipruetree are the chefs, a duo whose regional Thai cooking critic Robert Sietsema called “enthralling fun.”

321 Starr St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

7. Falansai

112 Harrison Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11237
An overhead photograph of a plate of scallions, egg, fried rice, and hotdog-style slices of sausage.
Dad’s Fried Rice, made with Vietnamese-style mortadella.
Erick Kantar/Falansai

Chef Eric Tran is attempting to do the name Falansai justice at this revamped version of the popular Bushwick hangout, where the restaurant’s name has stayed the same but not much else. Having just come off of a stint at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tran is serving seasonal dishes — pea shoots in duck broth, mussels in red curry — along with a “brilliant” six-course tasting menu priced at $83 per person.

112 Harrison Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11237

8. Cherry on Top

379 Suydam St #3B, Brooklyn, NY 11237
A plate of burrata, pesto, and vegetables sits in the middle of a red table with a glass of wine and a side dish filled with olives.
An order of pesto, burrata, and tomatoes.
Jeffrey Schroeder/Cherry On Top

Even as New York’s outdoor dining season slows down, there’s lots to love about this rooftop natural wine bar in Bushwick. For one, most of the wines here fall under $15 a glass, but also, the bulk of the decor here has been handmade by owner and local illustrator Cerise Zelenetz. (Down to the “choking victim” signs that hang behind its bar.) A spread of seasonal plates from the team behind Sami and Susu — pesto burrata, head-on smoked trout — rounds out the menu.

379 Suydam St #3B
Brooklyn, NY 11237

9. Sofreh Cafe

252 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

At Sofreh in Prospect Heights, Ali Saboor helped bring owner Nasim Alikhani’s pioneering Persian restaurant to life as a chef in its kitchen. Three years later, the roles have now reversed, and Saboor is taking a front-seat role at this Bushwick cafe backed by Alikhani. The menu consists of an array Iranian baked goods — Barbari bread, saffron-raisin cookies — but the main attraction is its black tea. Infused with cardamom, cinnamon, and rose petals, each batch steams for a minimum of 45 minutes.

252 Varet St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

10. Em Vietnamese Bistro

57 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Three dishes sit on a white table, two of which are filled with clams topped in herbs and sauce
Ngheu hap xa, clams in a lemongrass broth, and xao dua, mussels in a coconut and lemongrass sauce.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

At Em Vietnamese Bistro, chef Ly Nguyen and Patrick Lin are channeling the lively, open-air restaurants of Ho Chi Minh City, which many still refer to as Saigon. Expect saucy bowls of shellfish — scallop congee, clams bathed in butter — and baguette on the side for sopping up whatever’s left in the bowl. A handful of dishes from the couple’s first restaurant in Bensonhurst have also made their way to Dumbo, including its banh mi burger and mango smoothie.

57 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

11. Gage and Tollner

372 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A basket with four pieces of fried chicken, round fritters, and very dark green slaw.
Fried chicken and hush puppies at Gage and Tollner.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

A revival close to three years in the making, the historic Gage and Tollner returned to Downtown Brooklyn in February. The restaurant received encouraging reviews from just about everyone shortly after opening, and close to a year later, Saturday night tables can still book weeks out. Don’t skip pastry star Caroline Schiff’s take on the baked Alaska, a heap of chocolate, cherry, and mint ice creams that’s torched in the kitchen, rather than tableside.

372 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

12. As You Are

252 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The exterior of a hotel building with concrete pillars, glass windows, and hanging lights.
Twelve years after opening in Nomad, the Ace Hotel opens in Brooklyn.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Former Breslin chef Ryan Jordan and Eater Young Gun Danny Alvarez have teamed up at this Ace Hotel restaurant that bills itself as “a celebration of Brooklyn culture and cuisine.” It’s a tall order in a borough ripe with neighborhood restaurants and longstanding classics, but the duo is going for it with an all-encompassing menu of pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tarts), black and white doughnuts, and “BEC” (bean, egg, and chorizo) sandwiches.

252 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

13. KIT

657 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
One person in a red shirt and straw hat leans on a wooden bar while another person behind the counter makes coffee.
KIT serves jello, wine, pastries, and more.
Clay Williams/Eater NY

The closure of MeMe’s Diner in Prospect Heights hit hard for the restaurant’s most avid fans, but a new neighborhood restaurant has opened for business in its place. KIT — short for “keep in touch” — is part cafe and part pop-up incubator, serving jello, wine, and other items from up-and-coming businesses that operate out of the space on temporary contracts. The cafe is backed by former MeMe’s Diner co-owner Libby Willis, who also sells pastries from the shop.

657 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. Mockingbird Taco

469 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
A white flour tortilla filled with cubes of potato, scrambled egg, and green cilantro laid on a foil wrapper.
A potato and egg breakfast taco with chimichurri.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Not one to be outdone by Manhattan, Brooklyn is now home to a growing number of restaurants serving breakfast tacos and burritos made with flour tortillas. One of the most exciting new additions arrived earlier this year in the form of Mockingbird Taco, a walk-up window in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Respected sommelier André Mack and partner Nico Bouter are serving five breakfast tacos to start, priced between $6 and $9 each.

469 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

15. Ayat

8504 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Meatballs, sliced-thin potatoes, and peppers bathe in an oily yellow broth in a brown bowl.
Beef and lamb kefta in a yogurt gravy.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Restaurateur Abdul Elenani and chef Ayat Masoud opened Ayat in Bay Ridge last fall, drawing praise for their towers of spinning meat — one chicken, one beef — and flatbreads griddled on a piping hot saj. The restaurant caught the attention of New York Times critic Pete Wells shortly after opening, who found that its best dishes weren’t its shawarma or kebabs, but its Palestinian staples, including “improbably delicate” lamb kefta and squash stuffed with onions and rice.

8504 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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