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The owners of Bar Henry branch out to Queens with this 40-seat Mexican eatery, specializing in the regional cuisine of Cintalapa, Chiapas. Brothers Cosme and Luis Aguilar, the chef and GM respectively, pay homage to their late mother with traditional plates, including some based on her recipes, such as chicken mole and cochinito chiapaneco (guajillo-marinated baby pork ribs). The white-painted spot features a garden and works from Queens artists.

5-48 49th Ave between Vernon Blvd and 5th St, Long Island City, Queens (347-448-6040)



47 Willoughby Ave
(between Adelphi St & Clermont Ave) Fort Greene
Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Sweetleaf is a coffee & espresso bar with a huge selection of baked goods made on the premises. Opened in 2008 and soon stocking Stumptown while they were still new boys on the NY circuit, Sweetleaf expanded rapidly (sideways), and by 2010 had taken the next door space and after 3 month of toiling was ready to unveil one of the most beautiful cafes in NYC. Exposing the building’s original tin walls and ceiling, and playing up the old world feel allowed the beauty of the building to speak for itself. Working on a budget the size of a coffee bean Sweetleaf’s owner Freddy used recycled, original wood from where else but the very same building. With three times the original size and with three distinct sections including a laptop room and a vinyl room for listening to records, they now serve Verve coffee alongside Stumptown brews.


SWEETLEAF (Long Island City, Queens, NY)
Address: 10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
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72 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10018
at Sixth Ave.

Should Manhattan’s relentless frenzy for change ever wear you down, consider a restorative visit to this steadfast institution for urban carnivores. An iconic chophouse, Keens refuses to coast on its century-plus pedigree, proudly preserving its red-blooded menu along with its clubby Victorian mien. A warren of vintage-1885 rooms—from a splendid antique bar to chandeliered upstairs havens—harbor romantic tête-à-tête, single malt-fueled expense-account blowouts, and post-shopping or pretheater dinners. Many regulars eschew appetizers and desserts, focusing instead on impeccably cut, lovingly cooked, gargantuan slabs of meat. Keens’ signature dish is the mutton chop, a colossal roasted hunk of flavorful mature lamb (otherwise known as sheep).

In 1905, Lillie Langtry, the reigning actress of her day, won women the right to dine at Keens.


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