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We noticed this sign walking down 8th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in the Village the other day and were perplexed. Fresh food nirvana? On this block? You've got to be kidding. There isn't anything resembling "fresh food" or "nirvana" on that stretch of 8th Street (well, with the possible exception of Gray's Papaya, depending upon how you feel about hot dogs). But last night, we saw some activity inside. Peering in, we saw a clean, small brightly colored cafe, and one of the women inside unlocked the door to let us in. We were immediately engulfed with the aroma of curry and cardamom -- it smelled delightful. They're officially opening today, serving a menu of Indian flatbread sandwiches, and we'll be stopping by later to check it out. Full report next week.

Also noticed in the 'hood: more barbecue! Hooray! We spotted a sign for Bone Lick Park BBQ on Greenwich Avenue near 7th Ave., and despite our concern about the ridiculous (and not-so-family-friendly) name, we certainly hope that the 'cue is good.

Von Singh's, 40-42 West 8th Street, Greenwich Village, 212-477-8411
Bone Lick Park BBQ, Greenwich Avenue, just West of 7th Avenue.