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How Rahi Makes Two of Its Buzziest ‘Artisanal Indian’ Dishes

Rahi, a word meaning “traveler,” is the name of an upscale Indian restaurant that opened two weeks ago in the West Village. Its menu adapts locally sourced produce to explore the lesser known flavors and dishes from the Indian subcontinent. B+B sat down with owner Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya to understand how the restaurant drills deeper into the cuisine, instead of resorting to fusion. Plus, Chef Pandya serves up two popular dishes from the menu: Banana Leaf Chicken and Inked Crab.

Rahi, open 5-11 pm, 60 Greenwich Ave

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New Nordic Arrives in the East Village– n’eat!

Rehydrated beets, pickled beets, and blackberries (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Rehydrated beets, pickled beets, and blackberries (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Looking for a taste of Copenhagen in the East Village? Last night marked the grand opening of n’eat, the latest entry in New York’s growing list of New Nordic eateries, which offers a relaxed take on one of the food world’s trendiest genres. The restaurant is the first stateside venture from chef Gabriel Hedlund and restaurateur Mathias Kær.

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Magic Words: FREE FOOD, FREE BEER Tonight at Whiskey Burger’s Grand Opening

The classic Whiskey Burger with cheese fries (Photo: Whiskey Burger)

The classic Whiskey Burger with cheese fries (Photo: Whiskey Burger)

Whiskey Burger serves exactly what you’d expect– whiskeys and burgers– and at the Greenpoint restaurant’s grand opening tonight, they can be yours for freeeeeee.

That’s right, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., they’ll be giving away the store. Come early and sip a Paloma or a Pickett’s Mule (Icelandic vodka, ginger beer and lime juice) while stuffing your face with quarter-sized bites of the house burger, boldly named The Whiskey Burger. “It’s an angus burger with cheddar cheese, fried bacon and shallots, served in a brioche bun with a whiskey-infused barbecue sauce,” says chef Richard Krause, who’s done time at Casimir & Co. and Cafe Luxembourg. According to a poster, there’ll also be free salmon burgers, mac and cheese, nachos, grilled cheese, and banana bread pudding.

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Get Your Zappie Fix At Early

(Photo: Jas Chana)

(Photo: Jas Chana)

About a year ago, Radek Kucharski, owner of a Brooklyn-based electrical contracting company, noticed something about Greenpoint’s Manhattan Avenue. The street’s northern-most portion was lined with countless bodegas, laundromats and bars  but not a single place to get a truly gourmet sandwich or cup of coffee. An electrical contractor by trade, Kucharsk lacked any kind of formal or professional culinary training. But a product of his Polish heritage, he knew he appreciated the art that is good sandwich making.
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Long Week? Walk A “Crooked Line” to the Camlin, Williamsburg’s Newest Respite

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Near the banks of the East River, The Camlin’s out of the way location evokes the wine bar’s namesake, a river that flows through Ballinalee, Ireland. The old warehouses and Williamsburg Bridge let you know you’re still in Brooklyn, but the simple, clean food and placid atmosphere make this new restaurant an ideal escape from the pressures of city life.
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This New Hawaiian Pop-Up Is Putting Down Roots

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Brooklyn Wahines has been quietly popping up in the Stan’s Cafecito space two nights a week ever since Honolulu native Siobhán Edwards of Red Wagon Catering opened it last month, but now it’ll be open Wednesday through Saturday nights. Between that and Onomea, South Williamsburg is becoming a virtual archipelago of Hawaiian food.
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