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Week of November 4, 2002
Cheryl Perry is going public. Now that the longtime caterer and cooking teacher has moved her operations base out of her own Lower East Side loft and into a nearby duplex, she's got plenty of skylit space upstairs to cater private events and continue teaching her Jewish Singles and Gay Gourmet cooking classes. And on November 7, she turns the ground-floor storefront into Dish, an American restaurant serving her eclectic take on comfort-food classics. "Small dishes" like salt-cod purée with caper biscotti run $6, and "big dishes" like meat loaf and lamb shank are $12, including any two of an intriguing roster of sides: yucca with green banana and red onion; sweet potatoes with peanut sauce and scallions; or, for the fainthearted, mac and cheese.
165 Allen Street

· Cuisine: American

Chef Josh Cohen grew up in Brooklyn, went to culinary school in Rhode Island, and worked everywhere from San Francisco to Santa Fe before winding up at Relish, the gorgeously restored Williamsburg diner. Somewhere along the way, he fell in love with Carolina barbecue, and over the last two years, southern classics like chicken and waffles and cheddar grits have crept onto his American-comfort-food menu. This week, he goes whole hog and opens Biscuit, an eighteen-seat barbecue joint on the edge of Prospect Heights, where he and pastry chef-partner Maio Martinez plan to smoke, fry, cure, pickle, and bake everything themselves, from ribs and pulled pork to barbecued bologna sandwiches, cold-smoked and broiled salmon, and the house buttermilk biscuits, which will emerge from the oven twice daily.
1367 Flatbush Avenue, near Sterling Place

· Cuisine: Southern

Talk about exclusive: For the privilege of supping on Richard Farnabe's classic French menu and nibbling François Payard's sumptuous desserts, you'll have to fork over a $7,000 membership fee, and then promise not to sneak in any starving food critics under your name. Bruno Jamais used to lord over the dining rooms at Daniel and Ducasse, and he must have gotten the impression they're lousy tippers.
24 East 81st Street

· Cuisine: French

Savannah Steak
Beef may be back, but to hedge their bets, the savvy owners of this lofty new steakhouse supplement the petit filet and New York strip with linguine and clams, pignoli-crusted bass, and enough sandwiches and salads to sate smaller appetites (i.e., attract the chicks). If rambunctious early crowds are any indication, it's got the makings of a happening post-work bar scene.
7 East 48th Street

· Cuisine: Steakhouse

Willow Creek Fresh Baja Grill
This new Long Island City taqueria bills itself as Cal-Mex, which means less heat, more tofu, and a smidgen of wasabi dill in the seafood taco. Fire-eaters can calibrate spiciness to their own internal Scoville meters with housemade salsas. As soon as the liquor license arrives, the owners plan to open a lounge in the basement, and the backyard by next summer.
10-93 Jackson Avenue, Queens

· Cuisine: Tex-mex

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