Buttumak (부뚜막), New Flushing Korean Restaurant

Buttumak (부뚜막) | Northern Blvd | Flushing | Queens | NYC

I recently lunched at Buttumak (부뚜막), a Northern Blvd spot in the Murray Hill section of Flushing that has replaced the same owner’s late, unlamented, strangely named Korean-Chinese restaurant, 짜장.com. Not that there was anything particularly bad about 짜장.com – they produced fine renditions of Korean Chinese standards (what Koreans call Chinese food) – but Buttumak has so much more going for it.

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Nan Yang Kitchen (南洋餐廳) | New Southeast Asian Restaurant

Nan Yang Kitchen (南洋餐廳) | 59-08A Main St | Queensborough HIll | Queens | NYC

During a Labor Day Weekend visit to a favorite restaurant, Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao, I noticed a new spot down the street with the moniker Nan Yang Kitchen — the Chinese name 南洋餐廳 means Southeast Asian Kitchen — and a quick menu perusal turned up mainly Malaysian dishes. I’m looking forward to checking it out — hopefully this spot will raise the level of Malaysian food in New York City.

Some Bridges Can’t Be Crossed | Deng Ji Noodles, Flushing, Queens

Deng Ji Noodle House (云南过桥米线) | 46-22 Kissena Blvd | Flushing | Queens | NYC

Sunset Park’s Yun Nan Flavour Garden is one of my go-to spots for affordable, high quality, flavorful Chinese food, so I was excited when a review of an unknown-to-me Yunnan restaurant, Deng Ji Noodle House (云南过桥米线), popped up in a Flushing blog a few months back, especially since there are very few places showcasing that region’s food in the New York City area.

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Pudge Knuckles Shuttered for Tax Evasion

Pudge Knuckles | Kent Ave (N 4th St) | Williamsburg

Williamsburg’s Pudge Knuckles has been closed by the state for 13 open warrants for tax evasion, but are apparently they’re trying to work it out with the State Department of Taxation and Finance, according to DNA Info. We’re surprised they haven’t been shuttered before now for taste evasion.

Ridgewood, Queens Cafe Roundup

Topos Bookstore Cafe | Woodward Ave | Ridgewood | Queens | NYC

I recently wrote a coffee house overview of Ridgewood, Queens for About.com. It’s the second of a series that will eventually cover the entirety of the borough. The first piece was about Astoria, a much easier place to find a good cafe than Ridgewood.

Eating Vietnam

Vietnam Street FoodPhoto by Premshree Pillai

My pal Premshree Pillai just published a gorgeous treatise, Part 1 in a series, about eating street food in Vietnam. He and his fiancee spent six weeks traveling around Southeast Asia, with a good hunk of that in Vietnam. He’s a wonderful writer, and his photos remind me of those from my all-time favorite food blog, Eating Asia.

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