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New Restaurant And Bar Openings

<strong>The Tippler:</strong> The so-called <a href="http://www.tipplingbros.com/">Tippling Brothers</a>, Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci, who describe themselves as "tipplers of the highest order," are responsible for the latest Meatpacking District bar, promising fancy cocktails and vest-clad mixologists. The twist? <a href="http://thetippler.com/">The Tippler</a> is one MePa bar that means it when they say they're "underground:" it's located in the basement of Chelsea Market.<br/><br/>The brothers, along with Michael Barrett (of China Club fame) and Michael Haber (of the Wooster Project Gallery) have gussied up the downstairs space with reclaimed wood from New York City water towers, repurposed auto part cleaning cages and vintage Frigidaires. Foodwise, expect snacks like soft pretzels, pickles, crudo and coppa/ mozzarella panini. <br/><br/>On the drinks side, go for the Dizzy Oaxcan (made with mezcal, Averna, grapefruit, lemon, ginger beer and chile), The Marauder of 15th St (Reposado tequila, sloe gin, gentian liqueur, dry vermouth, arbol chile, grapefruit bitters) or and The Crippler (Bonded rye, overproof Martinique rhum, Stroh Jagertee, mescal, Yellow Chartreuse, and BBQ Bitters). There are also a dozen beers on tap and blended drinks called "lushies," which should make you feel marginally better about your alcohol intake. <em>(Jamie Feldmar)</em><br/><br/><em>25 West 15th Street, beneath the Chelsea Market // 212-206-0000</em>


<strong>Taka Taka:</strong> The culinary moment when fusion was the cuisine du jour may have passed, but that doesn't mean people aren't still combining cuisines. Everybody give a warm <em>ohayou dias</em> to SoHo's latest addition, which serves up "Mexican Sushi &amp; Japanese Tacos." And hey, why not. People love Korean tacos, right?<br/><br/>The new endeavor, which comes from Mexico City, takes a little bit from each of its cultural progenitors which means the maki rolls (many with "a Mexican twist") are brought out on a classic conveyor belt and are served alongside more traditional hot Japanese dishes like tempura and gyozas. At the same time the drink menu boasts Japanese and beers and sakes alongside Mexican tequilas, not to mention cocktails that mix ingredients form both regions.<br/><br/> The whole thing is wrapped up in a mod 70's Mexican decor with large windows out onto West Broadway. But really? We just love us some conveyor belt sushi. <em>(Garth Johnston)</em><br/><br/><em>330 West Broadway // 212-966-8252</em>


<strong>Old Delhi:</strong> Putting their expertise on Indian food to good use, chefs Gaurav Anand (<a href="http://gothamist.com/2009/07/30/new_restaurants_on_the_radar_bhatti.php">Bhatti Indian Grill</a>) and Peter Beck (<a href="http://gothamist.com/2010/04/07/tamarind_tribeca.php">Tamarind</a>, Chola) are teaming up to bring Indian fast food to Lexington Avenue. Taking their inspiration from the street vendors of Delhi, the chefs have put together a menu full of tasty Indian treats not ordinarily found in a traditional Indian restaurant like crispy croquettes and savory sandwiches. Though in India these dishes are mostly enjoyed while standing on the street, Old Delhi provides a (very) cozy 25 seat dining room where you can chew your <em>chaat.</em><br/><br/>The main staples of the menu are various iterations of <em>roti</em>, flat bread with various fillings, offered in both carnivorous and vegetarian forms. Try the pungent Kashmiri chicken (marinated in cider vinegar, fennel, pomegranate powder &amp; spices) or pleasantly spicy dhania aloo (potato spiced with coriander, cumin, green chilli, ginger &amp; mango powder). Also noteworthy is the vada pav, the Indian equivalent of the hamburger, but made with a potato fritter and chutney served on a bun. The kicker? Everything on the menu is less than $10. <em>(Nell Casey)</em><br/><br/><em>101 Lexington Avenue, between 27th and 28th Streets // 212-683-2293</em>