This week in New York, Adam Platt visits Matsugen with his wife. Neither was enthusiastic. In between gathering intel on openings this week it’s Pomegranate, a new Jewish grocery in Midwood and White Star, Sashe Petraske’s latest “sipping spirts” bar Rob and Robin taste-tested seven organic hot dogs and went cool-hunting for new chef’s hats. Gael Greene visited Sheridan Square and found her favorite starter on the menu: grits. Basil is everywhere now, and Queens Thai restaurant Sripraphai uses it to good effect in this week’s In Season recipe for pad kra pao. And if you’re still in a DIY mood, Rob and Robin tell us about a ricotta-making demo this week at Whole Foods on Bowery.