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Nelson Blue

Located near the South Street Seaport in Manhattan’s financial district, this restaurant and bar features New Zealand food with an Asian flair.  Its owner, Paul Morgan of Nelson, New Zealand honed his skills as a boisterous host while bartending at Puck Fair.  Chef Eric Lind who is responsible for opening Flatbush Farm, and Inattesso has created their signatures dishes:  New Zealand “Lollipop” lamb chops, green lipped mussels, and curried lamb pie.  Employees of Mexican, American, and Russian origins work in the kitchen where heated English and Spanish are spoken.  Coincidentally, when asked what his favorite New York restaurants are, Pauli names Blue Ribbon and Blue Smoke.  233-235 Front Street www.nelsonblue.com

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This 17-year-old East Village subterranean sake bar is dark and mysterious.  It is easy to miss the small sign, and yet weeknights often finds the place packed.  One has to go down a small flight of stairs and wait at a dusty velvet rope to be seated at a table down a narrow hall.  Or, one can take a seat at the first of two bars, and watch the food being made.  With the help of a two-burner gas range, one electic burner and two microwaves, the sole bartender working the small bar concocts the various Japanese Isakaya-style small plates of food.  They carry about 80 different kinds of sake, and English, Japanese and Korean are spoken by the staff of 13.  240 East 9th Street  www.sakebardecibel.com

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The Rusty Knot

This popular nautically themed watering hole on the far West Side of Manhattan is the brainchild of Taavo Somer of Freeman’s, and Ken Friedman of neighboring Spotted Pig.  In 2009, New York Magazine’s Adam Platt voted their pretzel dog the best in the city.  More recently, chef Sue Torres of Sueno was brought on board to add a Mexican flair to their menu.  There is usually one cook at a time in the kitchen.  On the day of this shoot Adrian was at the helm for the day shift, and  Juan came in for the night shift.  425 West Street

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