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TLD Food Wire: Azul, NY Mag Nods, Chinatown Deals, Perfect Picnic

Here's the mid-week roundup of neighborhood restaurant news: The Daily News talks to the new culinary team at Azul on Stanton Street, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a revamp of its menu by Argentinian natives. New York Magazine's annual "Cheap...

Congee Village

The best congee (26 varieties) in New York City can be found at this large restaurant on Allen Street, and its sister outpost on the Bowery. But there's a huge menu (250 items long) featuring a wide variety of...

Congee Bowery

Revel in the tacky decor as you slurp down big bowls of congee (rice porridge). There's an extensive menu featuring many other Cantonese dishes.One of the best bargains in the neighborhood - and they deliver! 207 Bowery, near Rivington 212-766-2828 Open 11am-midnight...

El Nuevo Amanecar

A Mexican spot on Stanton Street serving all the standards (tacos, burritos, enchiladas) -- plus lethal margaritas. Don't expect speedy or attentive service, but if you don't mind waiting, it's a good time. 117 Stanton, at Essex (212) 387-9115 Hours Daily 11am-11pm Menu Delivery

Creperie

A favorite of late night bar crowds, this "hole in the wall" spot serves sweet and savory crepes until the wee hours. 135 Ludlow, near Rivington 212-979-5521 or 212-253-6705 Hours Sunday-Thursday 11am-3am; Friday-Saturday 11am-4am Web site Cash only, late night

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

Birdbath Bakery

The organic cafe in the New Museum run by Maury Rubin of the City Bakery. There's a nice selection of pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads. 235 Bowery, at Prince 212-219-1222 Hours Wed: 11am-6pm ...

Big Hing Wong

A dependable Cantonese place on Grand Street, specializing in noodles, congee and a $5.95 lunch special. 300 Grand Street, between Eldridge and Allen (212) 925-1662 Hours 8am-10pm Menu Delivery, Cash only

Classic Coffee Shop

Like the sign inside says, Carmine Morales has been "serving real Lower East Siders since 1976."  The Classic Coffee Shop is only open weekdays. The menu is super-basic: egg sandwiches, grilled cheese, pb&j, cold cuts. But the price is...

Cibao

Dominican diner serves up comforting stews and soups, plus a tasty cubano. The tostones (fried plantains) are also a highlight. 72 Clinton, near Rivington 212-228-0873 Sun-Thu, 8am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm Menu Delivery
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