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The State of the Deli Is Not Good; ‘Secret’ Spots Revealed

A panel of Jewish food luminaries gathered recently to discuss the state of the deli. They didn't paint a very sunny picture. [Serious Eats] Related: Mother of Mercy! Is This the End of Katz’s? Don’t blame the government for not letting great Chinese chefs into the country: It’s our fault for not wanting better Chinese cuisine. [NYT] Manhattan’s secret spots range from sushi in a midtown basement to the bar across the street from the Corner Bistro. [NYP]

Hell's Kitchen Northeast's Holes-in-the-Wall for Hotshots

If the gangs who once ruled Hell's Kitchen could see the neighborhood now, filled with media hotshots and admen from places like Hearst, Random House, Time Warner, and Ogilvy, they'd no doubt shake down the few fancier restaurateurs and then duck into one of the tiny Asian or Middle Eastern joints for a cheap plate of stir-fry, noodles, or spicy kebabs. Behind the countless family-owned storefronts in the micro-micro-neighborhood centered around 53rd Street and Ninth Avenue, you can find some of midtown's most enlivening flavors and aromatic, well-spiced cooking.