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Seven years ago, Satsko Watanabe left a career as a computer consultant to open this sake bar and restaurant.  Having no background in the food industry, she drew from her experience as a someone who loves to cook and entertain.  She incorporates the traditional cuisine of her native Japan with ingredients such as brown rice, olive oil, avocado and cilantro and attributes her Westernized style to the fact that she has lived in New York a long time.  Satsko is a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a local and friendly crowd.  Two marriages,  three engagements and counting – in the words of Satsko “people meet people here”.   There is a crew of two working each night:  one in the tiny kitchen and one behind the equally small bar.  They are open for dinner nightly, whereas the latest and second Lower East Side location will be serving brunch as of this coming weekend!  207 East 7th Street www.satsko.com and 245 Eldridge Street

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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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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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Rai Rai Ken

This restaurant has a narrow kitchen, serving ramen and gyoza to a clientelle seated along an equally narrow bar.   Three or four people work in the kitchen at one time taking turns cooking, serving and cleaning.  English, Spanish and Japanese are spoken.  Tacked to the kitchen ceiling in phonetic chinese characters  is a list of  Spanish words.  One of their most popular dishes is the Shoyu Ramen, a typical Tokyo ramen.  The owner, Mr. Yagi, who is from Japan and a longtime New Yorker, owns a total of 11 Asian restaurants, nine of which are within blocks of each other in the East Village.  Decibel, which was recently featured on this blog, is another of his very successful establishments.  214 East Tenth Street

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