It’s back! Madcap baker Christina Tosi’s Frankenpastry makes its return again this November. She packs the essential components of a messy Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich into a tidy croissant package. Morsels of slow-roasted turkey, rich gravy from the bird’s stock and bright cranberry sauce compose the filling. Flaky layers of savory dough, made with a thyme-and-celery-seed compound butter, hold it all together. Available at Momofuku Milk Bar, locations throughout the city (milkbarstore.com). Through Thanksgiving Day. $4.50.
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This Italian restaurant on the Williamsburg waterfront serves both the old standbys and more inventive dishes. Start with a classic like buffalo mozzarella served with prosciutto di parma and crispy bread ($17), or go for something more unusual, like the asparagus flan served with steamed spears and parmesan fondue ($16). The chef’s fresh pasta stars in a variety of dishes, including a traditional lasagna ($19) and the beet gnocchi with sage pesto and crispy cauliflower ($19). The veal saltimbocca ($19), brick oven–cooked Cornish game hen marinated in meyer lemon and rosemary ($19) or pizza topped with buffalo mozzarella, pancetta, radicchio and Calabrian chiles ($18) might also tempt you. For dessert, order the almond, hazelnut and caramelized banana semifreddo, panna cotta with creme caramel or hazelnut cake with nutella foam (each $8) to enjoy with an affogato ($8) or glass of amaretto ($11).
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