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Smorgasburg’s New South Street Seaport Spin-Off

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The words South Street Seaport and hip have never been strung together by a New Yorker. That’s changing: the cool factor is rising in the cobblestoned historic district downtown, which was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Now in-the-know residents are watching outdoor movies, browsing pop-up shops, and sharing tables with tourists at SmorgasBar, a new spin-off of Brooklyn’s red-hot bazaar Smorgasburg. Through October, vendors cook up everything from lobster rolls to bulgogi burgers, while drinks such as bourbon-spiked slushies are served out of former shipping containers. That’s what we call precious cargo.

Photo by Martha Camarillo

A Chef's Istanbul Travel Guide

Istanbul Travel: Galata Tower

As a pioneer of the city’s locavore food movement, chef Didem Şenol serves obsessively crafted Turkish dishes at her popular restaurants, Lokanta Maya ($$) and Gram (lunch only; $$ ), both in Beyoğlu. We asked Şenol for tips on navigating the area.

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“On the way to work, I often stop at Galata Simitçisi. Simit are like Turkish bagels; the ones here, made in a wood-burning oven, are especially salty-sweet.”

“For dinner, Asmali Cavit (90-212/292-4950; $$$) is an institution known for its mezes. Try the fava beans and the burnt-aubergine salad.”

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