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The Breslin

British chef April Bloomfield and her partner Ken Friedman, owners of the ever popular Spotted Pig, opened this gastropub in the Ace Hotel in the fall of 2009.  Its no reservation policy makes for a crowded bar where patrons wait for an hour or more for a chance to sample the rich food.  Famous for its pork belly, fried head cheese and pig’s feet, the restaurant earned an amusing review from the New York Times food critic Sam Sifton:  “Nowhere in New York right now is the fetish for pork fat and dairy flavor more on display.  April Bloomfield, the chef and an owner, is exhausting gallbladders nightly.”  16 West 29th Street  www.thebreslin.com

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Braeburn

Chef Brian Bistrong cooks and expedites on the line of his restaurant, Braeburn, which has been open nearly two years.  He works quietly and methodically, moves effortlessly and sees everything that goes on in his kitchen.  Bistrong, who spent seven years at Restaurant Bouley, more recently was the executive chef at The Harrison.  Of his food, chef Bistrong says “I want to create dishes that people crave and can’t stop thinking about until they come for more.”  There are six people working in the kitchen nightly, and English, Spanish and Portuguese are spoken.  117 Perry Street  www.braeburnrestaurant.com

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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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Kinski

This small restaurant specializing in central European and Austrian food is owned and run by Zipora Freid.  Originally from Israel, Freid grew up in Austria.  Kinski is famous for its laid back atmosphere, Viennese coffee, and authentic sausages and dumplings.  Her signature dish is the Kaspressknödel.   She has two employees, one who is Geman and the other Japanese.  English and German are spoken in the kitchen.  128 Rivington Street   www.kinski-nyc.com


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Le Pescadeux revisited

during dinner service.

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Minca

While touring throughout Japan as a jazz drummer, the owner of this ramen noodle shop,  Shigeto Kamada, visited some of the country’s most famous ramen noodle shops.  When he settled in New York, he vowed to bring his knowledge and love of authentic ramen to the city.  Tuesday evenings, Shigeto can be found performing with a jazz piano trio at his second noodle house, Kambi.  536 East 5th Street www.newyorkramen.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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