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Week of November 18, 2002
Its name evokes rusting fire escapes and bad plumbing. But the restaurant-lounge Tenement, opening this week in a building that at various times served as a brothel and a gambling parlor, describes its menu in decidedly upscale terms, as "dressed-up comfort food." That means potato pancakes, pork loin stuffed with dried fruit, yucca dumplings, and pierogies, all making reference to immigrants past; the décor does the same, with reproduced Victorian-era wallpaper and framed Berenice Abbott black-and-whites. Nevertheless, some of the newfangled customs here might confuse your grandparents: There's a D.J. in the house Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and a fun bar menu-New York-style pretzels, mac and cheese, BLTs-is offered nightly from 11 p.m. into the wee hours.
157 Ludlow Street

· Cuisine: American

Don Shula wants a meaty bite off Michael Jordan's plate: The legendary ex-coach of the Miami Dolphins is opening the sixteenth branch of his steakhouse chain, Shula's, in the brand-new Westin hotel at Times Square. Upon arriving, you'll be passed (!) a menu-listing the expected shrimp, lobster, snapper, certified Angus beef cut every which way-hand-painted on an official NFL pigskin. Serious carnivores who successfully polish off Shula's football-size porterhouse will be inducted into the 48 Oz. Club—now 18,000 members and counting.
270 West 43rd Street

· Cuisine: Steakhouses

General Store
Given the results of the midterm elections, a whole lot of New Yorkers feel utterly distant from the rest of America. So think of the General Store as a theme restaurant where you can pretend you're visiting one of the red states on the electoral map. Everything on the menu, from the Wisconsin cheese in the ham-and-cheese sandwich to the Maine lobster in the lobster potpie, is American in origin, and the combination restaurant-bar-ice-cream parlor-flower shop-bakery allows Manhattanites to visit an idealized, cuddly, and mercifully apolitical version of middle America. If you really need to drown your left-wing sorrows, there are desserts like Key-lime pie and homemade fudge-as well as twelve American beers on tap and 30 American wines by the glass.
29 Avenue B

· Cuisine: American

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Photos: Kenneth Chen (1-2), Patrik Rytikangas

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