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Pho Grand: “Authenticity” isn’t Everything

Buzzwords are funny things, especially when it comes to restaurants. Some places comically tout “authenticity," others present an expensive mishmash of ingredients as “fusion“, while still others bandy about words like “original," “modern” or “seasonal”. “Tapas” has come to...

Weekend Kid’s Pick

This Saturday visit the Museum of Chinese in America and try your hand at puzzle solving! MOCA is offering family puzzle-solving workshops on the last Saturday of each month from March to August 2011. Kids 4 and older work with...

Cube 63

The Clinton Street sushi restaurant packs in a young crowd with affordable prices and a BYOB policy. There are only 26 seats, so prepare to wait for a table if you don't have a reservation. 63 Clinton, near Rivington 212-228-6751 Open 5pm-midnight...

Cafe Boho

Karaoke club/Korean restaurant. The menu features a selection of noodle dishes, kimchi and sizzling hot pots, but really people go for the drinks and the Karaoke. 196 Orchard, near Houston (212) 777-0102 Hours 11am-4am Web site

Bun & Company

CLOSED Cambodian-style sandwiches - served in gourmet hot dog buns and stuffed with pulled pork, brisket, catfish and other interesting  ingredients. 78 Rivington, near Orchard 212-253-8441 Hours Monday: 12pm-10pm; Tuesday-Wednesday: 12pm-12am; Thursday-Saturday: 12pm-2am; Sunday: 12pm-10pm Web site Delivery

Tiengarden

A vegan Chinese restaurant that also prepares dishes without garlic and onion (gasp!). Stay away from the mock meat dishes. 170 Allen, near Stanton 212-388-1364 Hours Mon-Sat, 12:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed Menu FEATURES Chinese, vegan, delivery, lunch

Wing Shoon

In the former home of the legendary Garden Cafeteria, this old-school Cantonese restaurant does a reasonably decent job with dim sum, barbecued meats and seafood dishes. The price is right. Downside: they don't deliver. 165 East Broadway, at Rutgers 212-780-0238 Hours: 7am-11pm Menu

Lam Zhou

There's no English sign and you can't expect a warm welcome, but these hand pulled noodle soups and (very thin-skinned) dumplings are some of the best in the neighborhood. A bag of 50 frozen dumplings will set you back...

Super Taste

Hand pulled noodles from Lanzhou, in Central China, is the specialty at this hole-in-the-wall on Eldridge Street. The dumplings are also standouts here. 26 Eldridge, near Canal 212-625-1198 Open 1030am-1030pm Menu

Sticky Rice

This Thai restaurant on Orchard Street is part of a Manhattan mini-chain. If you like your food spicy, be sure to tell the waiter. Dishes tend to be on the mild side. No alcohol served. 85 Orchard, near Broome 212-274-8208 ...
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Photo: The view from Straus Square on a dreary Sunday afternoon. In the news: --As concerns about safety in...
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