- September 15, 2003
- Tapas This
With big flavors and small prices, Kuma Inn gives tapas a Thai-Philippine twist (and a dash of Bouley and Boulud).
- December 16, 2002
- Grains of Truth
La Maison du Couscous's namesake dish hits the mark--and that's just the beginning. With Moroccan food this satisfying, you'll never miss the belly-dancer.
- February 23, 2004
- Roux the Day
Natchez brings big New Orleans flavors to the East Village, without frills or gimmicks. Call it Cajun-Creole classic.
- April 21, 2003
- Torta Reform
Amid the new crop of Brooklyn bistros and Manhattan spinoffs, a modest Mexican café makes a spicy name for itself with home cooking and red-hot tamales.
- October 13, 2003
- The Odyssey
From five tiny tables and veggie souvlaki, Snack has expanded with an innovative new taverna.
- November 11, 2002
- Frank Discussion
Out in Williamsburg, Sparky's elevates the humble hot dog to haute cuisine; in midtown, it's curtain time for the Burger Joint, a greasy spoon tucked away in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien.
- October 4, 2004
- The Real Top Ramen
Momofuku Noodle Bar brings a new level of irresistible slurpability to Japanese noodles. The secret is in the pork.
- February 22, 1999
In a Mexican grotto on 14th Street, kitsch provides the kick, but it's shrimp tostadas and earthy enchiladas that keep the crowds returning to El Rey del Sol.
- June 6, 2005
Noodles and dumplings get dished up in seconds ﬂat at two new Chinese spots.
- November 19, 2001
- Playing DUMBO
Superfine 126 Front Street, Brooklyn; 718-243-9005; Dinner, Tues.-Sat. 6-11 p.m.; brunch, noon-5 p.m. Appetizers, $4 to $9; entrées, $9 to $24. Cash only.