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Hot Street: Elizabeth Street in NoLita is on Foodie Fire

Elizabeth Street cuts through one of the more picturesque stretches of NoLita: tree-lined streets, minimal traffic, cute boutiques and storefronts. While there have long been dining destinations here — Public and Peasant to name two — several other promising ones have popped up just within the last few months.

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1. The Musket Room
Chef Matt Lambert worked with the AvroKO group (Public, Saxon + Parole) for five years before opening his own restaurant, and he didn’t go far; The Musket Room is just down the street from Public. It features a modern take on Lambert’s native New Zealand’s cuisine, which he defines as clean, focused flavors and seasonal ingredients. Take a peek at the garden out back, where Lambert grows many of the herbs and chiles used in his dishes. 265 Elizabeth St., 212-219-0764, musketroom.com

2. A.B. Biagi
A Brazilian making gelato? It sounds unlikely, but owner Antonio Barros Biagi grew up in Brazil in an Italian family, where his aunt made gelato using Italian methods and Brazilian ingredients. At his NoLita shop, you’ll find flavors such as acai and passionfruit as well as more conventional fior di latte and pistachio. 235 Elizabeth St., 212-219 8094, abbiagi.com

3. The Daily
Public has long been one of NoLita’s landmark restaurants, but only last year did the restaurant open an adjacent bar, The Daily, with ambitious cocktails and bar snacks; it’s since taken off, a destination for casual drinkers and industry folks alike. Proof of its success? The Daily was victorious in the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail — a battle of bars all over the country, in which they emerged the winners. 210 Elizabeth St., 212-343-7011, thedaily-nyc.com

4. Uncle Boons
On Spring Street just a few steps from Elizabeth, Uncle Boons was one of spring 2013′s biggest openings, well-loved for its fun take on Thai drinking food. Go for the sweetbread mee krob; stay for the beer slushies. 7 Spring St., 646-370-6650, uncleboons.com

5. Butcher’s Daughter
Looking for something a little more virtuous than gelato and cocktails? Head to The Butcher’s Daughter, a vegetarian restaurant and juice bar from Heather Tierney, on the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth. If coconut-pineapple-yuzu juices are your thing, you’ll find nowhere better. 19 Kenmare St.; 212-219-3434; thebutchersdaughter.com

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