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Rob Patronite

June 30, 2003 | Top Five
Iced Tea

Any southerner will say iced tea should be strong and sweet, but some Yankee versions get their oomph the old-fashioned way—from booze.

June 16, 2003 | The Underground Gourmet
Local Champion

Williamsburg’s Chickenbone Café features some of the best regional products around—the region being its native borough. The result? Call it “Brooklyn global cuisine.”

April 21, 2003 | The Underground Gourmet
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.

March 10, 2003 | The Underground Gourmet
Griddle Me This

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

February 10, 2003 | Feature
Best Bars to Eat In

New York's best bar food.

February 3, 2003 | The Underground Gourmet
Meze Haul

It's tempting to overdose on the brilliant Middle Eastern appetizers at Tanoreen. But don't miss the main event—lamb, in more ways than you ever imagined.

December 16, 2002 | The Underground Gourmet
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.

November 18, 2002 | Feature
Thanksgiving Pies

Pilgrims and Indians. Lions and Cowboys. Celebrating the harvest and watching the Underdog balloon spiral out of control on Broadway. Yes, Thanksgiving is all that. But what it really comes down to is saving room for pie. Our choices for your table.

November 11, 2002 | The Underground Gourmet
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 14, 2002 | Top Five

For years, the humble meatball lived quietly in the shadow of its limelight-hogging partner, content to play Teller to spaghetti's Penn. But today's meatballs are strutting their own stuff and embarking on solo careers.