Sifton Goes Casual at Balaboosta; Cheshes Lands a Table at the Lion

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Balaboosta is a "charming and casual Middle Eastern trattoria," says Sam Sifton. It's "a casual, take-your-parents-or-a-date restaurant." [NYT]
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"Like the citys other clubby spots, the food takes a backseat to the scene" at the Lion, notes Jay Cheshes. "Which isnt to say that its not often delicious." [TONY]
Related: Getting a Decent Table at the Lion May Not Be Utterly Impossible

"The almost dizzying array of options" at Tanoreen reveal "a place that revels in temptation and, even more so, in sating it," says Katherine Sterling. [NYer]
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The Neapolitan pies at Totale Pizza are "seriously delicious bargains," says Ed Levine. The "stupendous" Totale Pie is a "must-order." [Serious Eats NY]
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Despite "overcrowding of tables, low levels of service, and limited bills of fare" at Cascabel Taqueria, "after the first uncomfortable bite, you'll fall in love," says Robert Sietsema. [VV]