Thistle Hill Tavern Transcends its Neighborhood; ‘Inherent Quirkiness’ at Vandaag

• Neighborhoody South Slope spot Thistle Hill Tavern "produces dishes that are too good to be bound by a single zip code," says Jay Cheshes, though it "may take some tweaking before gastro-tourists start jostling neighborhood families and young professionals for a table." [TONY]
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Vandaag has "inherent quirkiness," notes Robert Sietsema. It "isn't so much a Dutch restaurant as a Dutch-themed one, proving how far a restaurant must go to distinguish itself these days. Interesting and inspired cooking just isn't enough." [VV]

• Food at the futuristic FoodParc is "way better than the food court setting might have you believe," says Ed Levine. "In fact much of the food is remarkably delicious ... Just about every type of dumpling is worth having," and the burger is "perhaps one of the top 5 under $10 in New York right now." [Serious Eats NY]
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• As restaurants go, Atlantic Grill is "especially handsome," notes Gael Greene, with "tufted rust leather banquettes, soft light from table lamps and sexy black-and-white Hollywood photographs." Chef Chris Lim has a "fetish for sweetness in savories," which works more often than not. [Insatiable Critic]

• The kitchen at Balaboosta "produces spunky, nouveau-Mediterranean fare," says Mike Peed. "This rings especially true for the small plates," like a fried cauliflower dish with pine nuts and currants. [NYer, Subscription required]
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