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GEM

Amer­i­can. Celebrity chef and culi­nary teen prodigy Flynn McGarry’s of­fers two types of ex­pe­ri­ences: an all- day café serv­ing cof­fee, tea, house­made pas­tries and a snack menu, and two din­ner-party seat­ings in The Din­ing Room, at 6 and 9 pm, serv­ing McGarry’s cu­rated 12- course meals. B & L (daily), D ( Tu-Sa). 116 Fo­rysth St., btw Broome & Delancey sts. No phone.

HU­NAN SLURP

Con­tem­po­rary Chinese. Hu­nan rice noo­dles and small plates (cherry tomato mar­i­nated in plum sauce; chicken feet braised and tossed in chili oil) are served in sleek, wood-pan­eled and brick- walled digs, at this el­e­gant, new noodle shop. D ( Tu-Su). 112 First Ave., at E. 7th St., 646.585.9585.

JAJAJA

Con­tem­po­rary Mexican-Vegan. The menu of tra­di­tional Mexican fare—in a cozy, col­or­ful space with a plen­ti­ful te­quila and mescal list—is all vegan, and in­cludes spe­cial­ties such as the palm car­ni­tas taco: blue­berry and flaxseed tor­tilla, hearts of palm, jack­fruit, orange, salsa verde and mi­cro ci­lantro. L & D (daily). 162 E. Broad­way, at Rut­gers St., 646.883.5453.

KATZ’S DELICATESSEN

Jewish/Amer­i­can. This iconic spot has been serv­ing pas­trami, corned beef, knishes, house­made pick­les and other clas­sics since 1888, and stays open around the clock F-Su. Tick­ets are given for pur­chase and seat­ing; don’t lose them! B, L & D (daily). 205 E. Hous­ton St., at Lud­low St., 212.254.2246.

PIG AND KHAO

Filipino/ Thai. South­east Asian-in­spired of­fer­ings— Hainanese duck; pork head with chili and a whole egg; ground pork with ra­men noo­dles and crispy an­chovies— are served in an in­ti­mate, col­or­ful space from a wife/ chef and hus­band/sous chef duo. A cozy out­door pa­tio of­fers a $15 all-you- can- drink, self-pour Nar­ra­gansett beer on tap. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 68 Clin­ton St., btw Riv­ing­ton & Stan­ton sts., 212.920.4485.

SOOGIL

Con­tem­po­rary Korean. French in­fuences from tenures at Daniel and Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica shine in Chef Soogil Lim’s less-spice- ori­ented dishes, but his tra­di­tional Korean plates (shrimp, squid, manila clam and tofu flan in spicy seafood broth) make reser­va­tions hard to get. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 108 E. 4th St., btw First & Sec­ond aves., 646.838.5524.

VESELKA

Ukrainian. A late-night East Vil­lage in­sti­tu­tion since 1954, this 24-hour Ukrainian diner serves up hand­made pierogi and renowned borscht, along­side con­ven­tional Amer­i­can clas­sics and sea­sonal spe­cials like wa­ter­melon iced tea. B, L & D (daily). 144 Sec­ond Ave., at E. 9th St., 212.228.9682.

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