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The Underground Gourmet Archive

May 14, 2012
Hot Pockets

Two downtown sandwich spinoffs leave the bread oven behind.

April 16, 2012
The Gastropub Goes Global

At the Toucan and the Lion, nothing is what it seems.

March 5, 2012
Dean’s Wife Maya

A Soho mom-and-pop reimagines gefilte fish, breakfast shakshuka, and other tokens of the Jewish-food diaspora.

January 30, 2012
The Most Important Taco of the Day

A Tex-Mex breakfast specialty takes root in Brooklyn.

December 5, 2011
Pizza’s Progress

A new style of Neapolitan pizza emerges from the oven by way of the Fryolator.

October 31, 2011
The Georgian Connection

On a bustling Brooklyn thoroughfare, a Transcaucasian taste of home.

October 3, 2011
You Can’t Eat the Scenery

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

August 8, 2011
Steakhouse Undercover

After conquering barbecue and the beer bar, a Williamsburg impresario turns his gaze to another American icon.

May 30, 2011
Coffee Bar With a Gooey Twist

The Queens Kickshaw deftly tackles two trends, bringing Astoria serious joe and fanciful grilled cheese.

April 25, 2011
Earl’s a Pearl

Up in East Harlem, a former U.S. Navy–submarine cook is making some of the best (and cheesiest) bar food in town.