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EDITED BY ROB PATRONITE AND ROBIN RAISFELD
Week of December 2, 2002
Sen
With the recruitment of two well-connected new partners and a subtle reworking of the menu and décor, the Vietnamese restaurant formerly known as Vicala has become Sen. But Chris Andrews and Chris Johnson, veterans of hot spots like Canteen, BondSt, and Thom, come bearing more than overstuffed Rolodexes. They've enlisted former Jean Georges pastry chef Eric Hubert to consult on the sampler-style dessert list and added a late-night menu to draw in all their restaurant-industry friends. Chef-owner Michael Huynh has revitalized the menu, too, adding dishes like yam soup with tiger shrimp, lobster-and-lotus-"rootlet" salad, and king prawns with tofu and bouillabaisse reduction.
111 Avenue C
212-254-7773

· Cuisine: Vietnamese

Mama's Food Shop
The East Village comfort-food cafeteria has expanded with a spiffy new branch so close to NYU, it should offer meal plans. Fried chicken and meat loaf come with sides like mac-and-cheese, roasted carrots and beets, and corn salad, but we don’t think Mama will object if you head straight for the banana cream pie or the bread pudding of the day.
222 Sullivan Street
212-505-8123

· Cuisine: American


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