In the magazine this week, Adam Platt visits both Vandaag and Takashi, each of which is an "eccentric little establishment with its own quirky, slightly off-kilter agenda" that lands two stars. With Thanksgiving a little over a month away, the time to order your heirloom turkeys is now; Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld round up your best options, including Bourbon Reds from Blue Hill Farm and kosher versions from Heritage Foods USA.
In openings, Harold Dieterle is ready to launch his second venture, Kin Shop, a Thai-inspired spot that avoids the mix-and-match clichés of many Southeast Asian restaurants. Jeffrey Chodorow's Bar Basque is also ready for takeoff this week, with regional dishes like clear gazpacho jelly with lobster or mackerel in escabeche with Txakoli vinaigrette; in Nolita, Hung Ry readies its noodles. And Shea Gallante is almost ready to launch Ciano, the Italian spot that's taken over the old Beppe space. Broccoli is in season; give the much-maligned superfood a fresh angle in a roasted-broccoli salad from Franny's.