Week of October 7-13

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<p>Southern snacks</p>

Southern snacks

Photo by Michael Kirby Smith

Lowcountry
The Southern comfort-food boom colonizes yet another outpost, this time displacing the French fine-dining concept at Bar Blanc. Claim your seat at a table made from an old wooden door to dig into snacks like deviled eggs and pimento-cheese spread, plus mains such as andouille-laced shrimp and grits with tomato gravy. The cocktail list heads south of the Mason-Dixon, too, emphasizing bourbon in quaffs like the Lindberg, which features Maker's Mark muddled with blood oranges and garnished with lime and pickled blueberries. 142 W 10th St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-255-2330)

Caf Madeline
The owners of Milk Bar in Prospect Heights take on another up-and-coming 'hood with this Ditmas Park coffeehouse, serving Counter Culture coffee and simple French fare. Deco-era light fixtures hang above antique church pews and imported French caf tables, where locals can take advantage of free Wi-Fi. Stay inside or grab a sidewalk seat to munch on snacks including Ceci-Cela pastries and a selection of ficelles, toasted baguette sandwiches made with fillings such as smoked chicken. 1603 Cortelyou Rd at 16th St, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (718-941-4020)

Jeffrey's Grocery
Joseph Leonard owner Gabriel Stulman sows the seeds of a burgeoning West Village mini empire (his Fedora remake is slated to open later this fall) with this market and casual eatery. The homey corner space has wooden floors, exposed brick and distressed-wood shelves bearing provisions like Orwasher's bread and Stumptown beans. Stock up on farm-raised meats, house charcuterie and domestic cheeses, or sit at the 12-seat lunch counter in back. Daily grub offerings include a rotating selection of East and West Coast oysters, plus a menu of simple sandwiches and salads. 172 Waverly Pl at Christopher St (646-398-7630)

Mehtaphor
Graffiti chef-owner Jehangir Mehta brings his playful take on Pan-Asian flavors to this narrow space in the Duane Street Hotel. Eclectic decor—such as gauzy curtains, antique crystal light fixtures and worn wooden tables—is a fitting match for offbeat small plates like an Indian burger, with a turmeric- and ginger-spiced patty of tomato, onions, peas and potatoes, or the banana-leaf--wrapped sauted cod with coconut-mint--Thai basil chutney. In the morning, hotel guests can refuel with standard American breakfast fare. 130 Duane St at Church St (212-542-9440)

MPD
The name of this clubby restaurant stands for mon petit dejeuner ("my breakfast"), a reference to the rollicking brunch parties owners Derek and Daniel Koch have thrown at spots such as Merkato 55. The sibling duo plans to revive the soirees occasionally at their own first venture—for now, daily breakfast-for-dinner specials like crab Benedict doused in smoked-tomato hollandaise nod to the theme. The rest of the French-leaning menu includes options such as bordeaux-braised short ribs over thyme-redolent polenta, though you may choose to stick with a liquid diet of Hennessy-fortified ros sangria, or cocktails such as the Monsieur Ginger (Maker's Mark, ginger, honey). 73 Gansevoort St at Washington St (212-541-6991)

 

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