Defonte’s Manhattan Transfer; Double-Burger Boom

Photo: Hannah Whitaker

In the magazine this week, Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld allay fears that the Manhattan outpost of Red Hook sandwich legend Defonte’s has lost anything in the move across the river. “The fresh sesame-seed bread is close to perfect,” they declare, and the “the satisfying, neatly constructed whole is invariably greater than the sum of its parts.” In this week’s openings, Rob and Robin preview the six different flavors of tiramisu available at Paradiso, track the transformation of E.U. into a pizzeria called Tonda, and introduce us to the Japanese vegetarian restaurant Kajitsu. If you want to make a vegetarian treat at home, get hydroponic tomatoes from Washington County and make pan con tomate using this week’s in-season recipe. To satisfy your burger fix, the Robs celebrate the boom of the double and tell you where to find the city’s best. Finally, get ready for warm weather: Citarella will open in Bridgehampton this summer.