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Haitian Ambiance on the Brooklyn Border

A family gathers to celebrate a christening at Ambiance.

When we spotted the beautifully dressed families outside Ambiance Caribbean Restaurant on Avenue L on Saturday evening, my co-adventurers and I had two thoughts: 1. We were headed to the right place. 2. We hoped that the right place had six seats for us.

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Soup Dumplings and a Reminder of Haiti

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At $5.75 for eight, the soup dumplings at Grand Sichuan are worth a stop, especially since there's a taxi stand close by (on 28th St. between 9th and 10th). I wasn't far from that taxi stand when I hailed Gardy, who showed nothing but Haitian hospitality as we made our way to Union Square...

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Turkish Delight, Further Afield

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Back in January, after Huseyin Kanal led my co-adventurer and me to Adana kebab at Uskudar and extraordinary baklava at Gulluoglu, we knew we had to try the cabbie’s favorite spot for chicken gyro in New York. When he agreed to meet us there, we were even more inspired to check it out...

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Stay tuned for (more) Brooklyn…

A hungry New Yorker took one look at my map of cabbie-recommended restaurants in the Big Apple and had this to say: "More Brooklyn!" More Brooklyn, I hear you...

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Curry and Convergence at No Pork

Photo by Annie Wang: http://www.flickr.com/photos/j0annie/

I really wanted the food at No Pork - cabbie Laskar Korshed's favorite spot for halal Chinese in Brooklyn - to knock it out of the park. Not only because I dragged four hungry New Yorkers there to try the taxi driver's recommended restaurant, but also because the halal-kosher menu draws an unlikely mix of customers...

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Tasting Yemen in Brooklyn

'Middle Eastern food' = Yemeni food at Hadramout Restaurant

At Hadramout Restaurant, Al Jazeera broadcasts at high volume. Customers - primarily men - shout in Arabic, drowning out the noise of the news from the restaurant's 12 tables. And the lamb is as close to home as a Yemeni can find in New York…

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To Little Odessa with Oleg

A former coal mining engineer from Moscow, Oleg Zaretskiy came to Brooklyn in 1990 and eventually brought his entire family to the United States from Russia. Oleg has driven more than a million miles over 16 years as a cab driver, and now he can barely stand to be behind ...

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