A Cuban-Restaurant Primer; Build Your Own Root Cellar

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For those craving ropa vieja and bread pudding, a guide to the citys Cuban restaurants. [NYT]

Increased food prices, along with the continuing obsession with seasonal and local produce, have led some New Yorkers to turn their basements into root cellars. [NYT]

Village Voice food critic Robert Sietsema will be contributing to the paper's dining blog, Fork in the Road. [Fork in the Road/VV]

East Village dive Hanger Bar will be replaced by Elsa, which is part faux-speakeasy, part purveyor of bespoke mens suits. [Eater]

The 11th Annual New York Chocolate Show kicks off tonight with a superhero-themed, chocolate-inspired fashion show. [Metromix]