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    New York’s Best Hot Chocolate

    If there’s one upside to being smack dab in the middle of bone-chilling winter, it’s this — we get to warm ourselves from the inside out with mugs of thick, sweet hot cocoa. Which, let’s be honest here, is essentially candy in a cup; especially if you order it at the following cafes and restaurants!

  • Seasonal Eats: Spotlight on Citrus

    Seasonal Eats: Spotlight on Citrus

    It can be hard to get jazzed up about winter fruits and vegetables, but citrus is a real bright spot (literally!) in a season full of tubers and roots. And we’re not just talking about lemons and limes, but grapefruit, oranges, tangelos and more, in a number of different hybrids and varieties, that are sure to gift a lift to any hearty, cold weather dish.

  • Cocktail Trends to Watch for in 2015

    Cocktail Trends to Watch for in 2015

    Just as fashions in food tend to go in and out of vogue, so do trends in the bar world. So what did we predict would be big in 2014? Lots of soju and cider, as well as wine on tap. And were we right? You betcha! So here’s what we foresee for New York’s cocktail scene in the coming year, including fizzy champagne-topped tipples, and a resurgence of vodka and rum!

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At Tijuana Picnic, Modern Mexican meets 1970’s Mexico City

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

2015 sure has started off with a bang for Jon Neidich (managing partner of Acme) and Jim Kearns, formerly of the NoMad and Mayahuel. Together, the duo recently launched retro tiki bar, The Happiest Hour, and barely two months later, they teamed up to debut Tijuana Picnic, a modern Mexican cantina and mezcal-focused cocktail lounge on the Lower East Side…

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Blenheim – First Bite

Blenheim

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

Blenheim is not a place you want to be on a cold winter’s night. (At least not until they fix the heat!) On the night I dined there, it was nearly as cold inside as it was outside. (A frigid 16 degrees to be exact.) So dress accordingly and throw back a few cocktails to stay warm. Named after an 150-acre farm called Blenheim Hill in the Catskills, Blenheim makes its own dairy and grows its own pigs, lamb, and beef right upstate…

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New York’s Enduring Obsession with Uni

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 in Trendwatch

Uni seems like an awfully unlikely ingredient to trend hard, but lord knows it is indeed trendy, and has been for some time now. If we died tomorrow, it certainly would be center stage in our last meal. Just what is that gloriously briny shellfish?

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Hot Restaurant Openings to Watch for in 2015

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Sneak Peek

While we feel like we’ve hardly even made headway in the list of restaurants we wanted to try last year, New York’s ever-expanding dining industry stops for no man. And 2015 looks like it’s going to offer another serious onslaught of eateries! From a new & improved outpost of Amanda Cohen’s Dirt Candy to the surprising resurrection of Jonathan Waxman’s ‘80’s-era favorite, Jams…

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Q & A with Quality Meats & Quality Italian’s Michael Stillman

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Chef Q&A

The son of Alan Stillman, founder of the seminal New York steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky, Michael Stillman is bonafide restaurant royalty. And while he eventually launched Fourth Wall in 2007 with his father, the influential hospitality group behind Quality Italian, Quality Meats and the seasonally-metamorphosizing Park Avenue, Stillman insists he never intended to follow his dad’s footsteps into the restaurant industry…

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Mu Ramen Heralds the Inarguable Arrival of Queens

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen is so far beyond being a trend, that noteworthy noodle openings are as commonplace as the launch of new local-seasonal restaurants, or wood-burning pizza spots. But the fact that Mu Ramen — which frequently commands several hour waits for a table — is located in Queens? That’s a pretty surefire indication that the borough has finally arrived…

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Food Trends to Watch for in 2015

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 in Trendwatch

When predicting the dining trends that would take over New York’s restaurant scene in 2014, we have to say, we proved uncannily accurate — cauliflower and ancient grains where simply everywhere last year! So let’s see if we can successfully spot the burgeoning trends of 2015, from the rise of Spanish cuisine to the hot new condiment, harissa…

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Gourmet Gossip: January 2015

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting new restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from Dominique Ansel’s (Cronut-free!) bakery in the West Village, to the Torrisi team’s upcoming, upteenth venture, located under the High Line…

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New York’s Top Pastry Chefs of 2014

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 in Best Of, Dessert

There are certain culinary professionals that still seem to spend the better part of their career in the shadows; whom, for whatever reason, have yet to gain the same widespread respect as their savory compadres. That’s why we’re spotlighting New York pastry chefs, who’ve made ordering dessert not just an option, but a necessity in 2014. From Alexander Zecena, a young unknown with a true flair for spices at White Street, to Pam Yung, the other half of the inventive, talented team behind Brooklyn’s Semilla…

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Edible Events: January 2015

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 in Eating Events

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis — From the annual Cassoulet Cookoff to Cocktails at the Holiday Train Show, Edible Manhattan’s tasty Cocktail & Food Pairing Event and so much more…

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Little Park – Reviewed

Little Park

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

Flawless is how I would sum up my first dinner at Little Park, with the exception of a semi dry Chocolate Rye Cake. But everything else was dreamy. Especially the Black Kale Ravioli – utterly autumnal and perfectly al dente pillows of pasta tucked with kale and anointed with a Squash Sauce of sorts – the kind of dish that makes you admit that cold weather has its benefits. The finishing touch is cipollini onions and a crunchy hailstorm of toasted pine Nuts for textural benefit…

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The Most Influential Chefs of 2014

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

There are a number of restaurants that managed to rise above the considerable pack, to emerge as our favorite new eateries of 2014. But whether or not their establishments ultimately nabbed a spot on our “Best Of” list, it’s hard to ignore the impact the following chefs made on New York’s dining scene last year, from relative newbie, Thomas Chen, who came out of left field to open the utterly fabulous modern Chinese spot, Tuome to…

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Lucky Restaurant Dishes for the New Year

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

It’s one thing to make resolutions for the New Year, but how about increasing your odds for a happy, healthy and wealthy 2015, by edibly upping your luck? We’ve rounded up a number of restaurant dishes designed to do just that, from long-life noodles at Ivan Ramen, to kale and cornbread (green and gold; the color of money!) at Egg…

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The Best Manhattan Restaurants of 2014

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

It’s pretty astounding how many new restaurants open in New York each year, though to be sure, some are a lot more noteworthy than others. So as 2014 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on the establishments that really made an impact on Manhattan’s dining scene, from Enrique Olvera’s Mexican juggernaut, Cosme, to an unexpected sleeper hit — the modern Chinese eatery, Tuome.

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Best Brooklyn & Queens Restaurants of 2014

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 in Best Of, Brooklyn, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

The outer boroughs might never be able to compete with Manhattan when it comes to their sheer number of annual restaurant openings. But that doesn’t mean there was a lack of dining excitement in Brooklyn and Queens this year. Which is why we’re showcasing some of our favorite, far-flung spots of 2014, from Semilla, a fantastic, vegetable-focused tasting room in Williamsburg, to…

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A Tasty Waterside Escape in Manhattan

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 in Restaurant Spotting

As confined as we usually are by skyscrapers and subways, it can be hard to remember that Manhattan is actually an island. Which means we’re surrounded on multiple sides by cool, glistening water, and any parcel of land overlooking that beautiful, peaceful idyll immediately becomes a hot commodity…

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Seasonal Eats: Sweet Potatoes

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 in Seasonal Eats

So lets get this out of the way first — sweet potatoes are not the same thing as yams. In fact, they’re from two entirely different plant families. And as opposed to sweet potatoes, yams are dry, highly starchy & have a white-colored flesh. But if you insist on continuing to refer to that classic Thanksgiving dish as “candied yams,” well, who are we to argue?

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Our Ultimate Guide to Celebrating New Year’s Eve 2014

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Unless you want to be stuck watching the ball drop on TV from a corner of your couch (not that there’s anything wrong with that), it’s time to start seriously considering your New Year’s Eve plans now. Thankfully, we’re here to help you scout out the best bashes at local restaurants, from a Spanish fiesta at the hopping tapas spot, Toro, to a fete complete with fireworks at Tavern on the Green!

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