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New dishes to try at NYC restaurants this spring

Spring has sprung, bringing fresh new dishes along with it.

The chefs at Alta Calidad, Little Tong Noodle Shop and other New York City restaurants are whipping up some new eats for the season.

Below, five must-try dishes.

Alta Calidad's queso

This month-old restaurant from chef Akhtar Nawab (Craft,
Photo Credit: Liz Clayman

This month-old restaurant from chef Akhtar Nawab (Craft, La Esquina, Elettaria) serves traditional Mexican fare in a fun atmosphere. Be sure to start your meal off with one -- or both -- of its queso fundidos: the "simple" (acacia honey, pumpkin seeds and chile piquin) or the "complicado" (artichokes, chorizo and poblano peppers), which come with plantain chips and tortillas. $10-$12, now open; 552 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights, 718-622-1111, altacalidadbk.com

KazuNori's hand roll

Grab a spot at the 24-seat counter for
Photo Credit: Danielle Adams

Grab a spot at the 24-seat counter for the latest import from Sushi Nozawa Group, behind L.A.'s popular sushi chain Sugarfish. At KazuNori, it's all about temaki, or hand rolls. Not sure where to start? Order from one of four set menus, serving up salmon, crab, yellowtail and more. A la carte hand rolls are also available. Now open; 15 W. 28th St., 347-594-5940, kazunorisushi.com

Empellon's avocado dessert

Alex Stupak's empire continues to grow. At his
Photo Credit: Evan Sung

Alex Stupak's empire continues to grow. At his latest restaurant, you can end your meal of falafel and octopus tacos with this playful parfait/mousse dessert. It's not an actual avocado, but lime, olive oil and eucalyptus yogurt cleverly disguised as one. $14, now open; 510 Madison Ave., 212-858-9365, empellon.com

Little Tong Noodle Shop's mixian

Chinese rice noodle dishes are the focus of
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Chinese rice noodle dishes are the focus of this new noodle shop from wd~50's Simone Tong. Inspired by mixian bowls from Yunnan, the bowls are built with mixian, broth, meat, vegetables, herbs and condiments like chili oil. $14-$17, slated to open March 29; 177 First Ave., littletong.com

bb.q Chicken’s golden olive chicken

The first location of this Korean fried chicken
Photo Credit: bb.q Chicken

The first location of this Korean fried chicken and beer chain opened in, fittingly, Koreatown earlier this month (the "bb.q" stands not for barbecue, but "best of the best quality"). Its chicken is fried only in olive oil and comes in a variety of seasonings, from its signature golden olive to gang-jeong sauce to spicy options. Get it at the grab-and-go section, or the full-service restaurant downstairs. $11.99-$16.99, now open; 25 W. 32nd St., 212-967-8093, bbqktownnyc.com

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