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The Underground Gourmet Archive

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.

October 18, 2004
Unlikely Hero

The brick-walled, tin-ceilinged spuntino is less than a restaurant and more than a bar.

October 12, 1998
Indian Summer

New York's nouvelle-Indian explosion continues apace with Surya, where home cooking gets a distinctly downtown lift.

August 13, 2001
Passing Fancy

AQ Café, 58 Park Avenue, at 38th Street (212-847-9745). Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Date Palm Cafe, 15 West 16th Street (917-606-8210). Open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

March 10, 2003
Griddle Me This

The controversial thin-crust pies at Otto might irk the pizza police, but they suit us just fine.

October 3, 2011
You Can’t Eat the Scenery

At Serge Becker’s latest hyperstylized luncheonette, you don’t have to.

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