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The Flying Cow

The Flying Cow Photograph: Jeff Gurwin

The Flying Cow
An eclectic Argentine-style restaurant—part Latin steakhouse, part tapas bar—has opened in Williamsburg. The South American influence is visible in dishes like the mixed grill, which features beef short ribs, sweetbreads, blood sausage, veal kidneys and hanger steak with chimichurri sauce. Affordable tapas (priced around $5 each) range from shrimp with an avocado mousse to asparagus with lemon and puffed rice. Drinks, which can be enjoyed at the 15-seat bar, include an impressive beer selection curated by Radegast's Ivan Kohut. 2 Hope St at Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-387-7111)

Corner Caf & Bakery
This Upper East Side spot has opened a sister location across town, offering the same wide-ranging menu spanning three dining options: The bakery focuses on goods like pastries, bagels and cakes; a 28-seat sit-down caf offers brunch, lunch and dinner; and a market area sells take-home items, including packaged sandwiches, soups and salads. 2328 Broadway between 84th and 85th Sts (212-860-8060)

The name reveals much of what you need to know about this small East Village eatery, which focuses on preserved meats. Platters come with your choice of savory delicacies like Tuscan white-boar soprassata, duck-breast prosciutto and paprika-and-garlic-rubbed, dry-aged pork loin, to name a few. Other options include small plates (Gruyre, baby spinach and pancetta quiche), salads and sandwiches. A trim 12-bottle list of international wines, meanwhile, allows for appropriate pairings. 131 E 7th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-777-7799)

Compiled by Daniel Gritzer

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