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A look at what’s new and exciting on the Connecticut dining scene

Pastrami on Wry, Manchester

A longtime favorite in the area for breakfast and lunch, the original Pastrami on Wry opened in 2015 before closing in 2018. However, the restaurant was recently purchased and reopened by husband-and-wife team Miguel and Nancy Proano. The new restaurant offers the same food that made the original famous, but also offers beer and wine.

291 E. Center St., 860-783-8550,

Mama Chow, Southport

Asian street food is featured at this restaurant that draws from the cuisine of several different countries. The eatery offers a variety of ramen and pho options but according to CTBites, its owner wants the restaurant to be known for its laksa, a spicy noodle soup popular in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

3381 Post Road, 203-292-3696,

Anya, Thompson

A high-end steakhouse with contemporary Italian influences, Anya offers broiled lobsters and a variety of steak cuts alongside classic Italian dishes like butternut squash lasagna and tagliatelle. Ingredients are carefully sourced and the menu reflects seasonally available products in New England. The restaurant also has an impressive space with two private dining rooms.

49 CT-193, 860-315-5959,

Taino Prime, Meriden

The popular Middletown barbecue restaurant Taino Smokehouse has expanded to Meriden with this steakhouse and barbecue joint with a striking indoor barbecue pit. Van Hurd, a veteran of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, is the executive chef. Expect the Texas native to serve some of the barbecue he has became known for at Taino Smokehouse with many new additions.

1388 E. Main St., 860-358-9828,

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The senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, Erik is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University