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  • Day of the Dead Dining Guide: 2016

    Day of the Dead Dining Guide: 2016

    Save for the sweet consumption of candy, Halloween isn’t exactly known as a food holiday (at least not savory anyway!). Which is why we tend to be more partial to the Day of the Dead. Think masa, mole, tamales and tequila…

  • Seasonal Eats: Pumpkin

    Seasonal Eats: Pumpkin

    While our immediate pumpkin associations are pie, Jack-O-Lanterns & increasingly, fall-flavored spiced lattes, the gourd is a whole lot more versatile than that. Here’s the scoop on fall’s finest squash! From how & where to pick them to the best spots in NYC to eat them…

  • Where to Celebrate Halloween in NYC

    Where to Celebrate Halloween in NYC

    Haven’t scored an invite to bob for apples at a house party? Don’t have kiddies to escort around the neighborhood for trick or treat? There’s no need to resign yourself to a marathon viewing of horror movies in a darkened apartment…

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From Fish Tacos to a Palace of Pickles, Chelsea Market is Tastier Than Ever

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 in Best Of, Food Markets

Did you know that Chelsea Market draws in a whopping six million visitors every year? And imagine how many more will descend on this buzzing food market now that Dizengoff and its addictive hummus and piping hot pita moved in. It’s no wonder that Chelsea Market has emerged as a formidable dining destination. Here’s the latest & greatest vendors…

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With Flora Bar at the Met Breuer, The Estela Team Hastens the Rise of the Museum Restaurant

Flora Bar

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

In the same way that transit hubs are finally being transformed into dining destinations, museums are sprucing up their food offerings as well — taking savvy advantage of constant foot traffic and hungry, captive patrons, to offer menus that far exceed frozen burgers and fries. Lucky for the Upper East Side, the Estela team just arrived in the Met Breuer with Flora Bar…

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Q & A with Prova Pizzabar’s Donatella Arpaia

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 in Chef Q&A, Chef Q&A Recipes

Having spent the past 15 years entrenched in NYC’s fine dining world (past and present projects include Davidburke & Donatella, Anthos, and Kefi), Donatella Arpaia’s entrance to the fast-casual fray comes as a bit of a surprise with Prova Pizzabar…

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A Guide to Haute Halloween Candies in NYC

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Best Of, Dessert, Halloween, Holiday Eats

Sad but true: It’s socially unacceptable to trick or treat and beg for candy from your neighbors past a certain age (don’t put it past us to try though!). Check out this year’s most deliciously grown up sweets…

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So Meaty: Wolfgang Puck Opens an NYC Outpost of CUT


Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

Alice Waters may embody the wholesome, back-to-the-land aspect of California cuisine, but when it comes to its glitzy, glamorous, show bizzy side, there’s no better poster child than Wolfgang Puck and lucky for us, he just opened a NYC outpost of CUT…

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Scoping Out the Newest Vendors at This Year’s Broadway Bites

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 in Food Markets

The dining options around Broadway used to, well, bite. But thanks to UrbanSpace — which has proven incredibly adept at transforming food deserts into eating meccas — the Times Square area is flush with fabulous kiosks of Boil Boil Ramen and Bunk Sandwiches…

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Trend Spotting: Nashville Takes NYC

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in Trendwatch

NYC had a Southern-fried revolution years ago — and now eateries serving green tomatoes and biscuit and gravy are as commonplace as pizza parlors and Chinese takeout spots. But things have taken a hyper-regional turn with the rise of Nashville cuisine; starting with a major, local obsession with hot chicken, and expanding precipitously from there.

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A Guide to New York Cider Week 2016

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Eating Events, Fall

As Apple Week at Restaurant Girl drew to a close, we thought we’d pass the baton to NY’s own Cider week, a 10-day long celebration of the fermented, alcoholic apple beverage…

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Gourmet Gossip: September 2016

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a shocking chef shuffle, or a must-try dish. We’ve got the scoop on Blue Ribbon Bakery’s unexpected shutter, Rebelle’s brunch collaboration…

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Where to Pick Apples Upstate

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 in Destination Dining, Fall Foods

Visit just about any U-Pick farm upstate during autumn, and you’re likely to find it packed to the gills with city slickers.

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Seasonal Eats: Apples

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 in Fall Foods, Seasonal Eats

Whether or not you believe in the Adam and Eve story, there’s no doubt that apples have been with us for millions of years; originating (on the record) in the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan. And while it’s currently considered the ultimate American fruit (more than 2,500 types are grown in the US today), it’s interesting to note that the crabapple is actually the only one native to North America!

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It’s All About Cider at Wassail on the Lower East Side


Posted on Oct 5, 2016 in Drink Spotting

In the last few years, the city has wholeheartedly embraced crisp, fruity and refined cider as a happy medium between beer and wine. Witness the growing popularity of the annual NYC Cider Week (don’t miss our upcoming festival guide!), as well as a significantly enhanced presence on local menus…

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NYC’s Ultimate Apple Pie Guide

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Best Of, Dessert, Fall Foods

The first thing that comes to mind when we think of fall is apples and, of course, pie. And goodness knows, NYC bakeries kick into high gear the minute that fall rolls around, angling for first prize when it comes to their double crusted, streusel topped, or even tidy, palm-sized apple pies. From Bill Yosses’ Perfect Pie to Four and Twenty Blackbirds and more…

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Edible Events: October 2016

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 in Eating Events

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis, so here are just a few, worthy October food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now! From Citi’s Grub Street Festival to the always awesome New York Wine & Food Festival…

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The Best Jewish Desserts for the High Holidays

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 in Best Of, Dessert, Holiday Eats

One of the most pervasive customs associated with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah is to consume treats like apples dipped in honey — thought to ensure a sweet new year. Which means if you’re observant (or just constantly in search of a sugar rush), you’re practically obligated to eat dessert! From the pistachio and fig-laced halvah at Seed + Mill, to the babka-blessed ice cream at Mekelburg’s…

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TsuruTonTan is Serving Caviar-Crowned Udon in Union Square

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 in Dish Spotting, Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

Ramen has reigned supreme in NYC for some time now, but another Japanese noodle is making a serious play for attention. That would be udon — a type of fat, springy pasta formed from wheat flour — and thanks to the first U.S. outpost of TsuruTonTan, it’s finally getting its well-deserved moment in the sun…

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The Best New Bites at Urbanspace Garment District

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 in Food Markets

Of all of the former food deserts that UrbanSpace has effectively transformed into culinary hubs, the chain eatery-occupied Garment District was probably most in need of hydration. So to the great relief, we’re sure, of area office workers, the market is officially back for the fall season, serving up on-the-go meatballs, Taiwanese bao, and yes, lots and lots (and lots) of tacos. Here are some of the best bites…

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BlackTail in Battery Park is Hardly Your Average Theme Bar

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 in Cocktails

What do you think when you hear the term “theme bar?” Probably cheesy, schticky, over-the-top monstrosities like Senor Frog’s, with servers clad in massive, goofy sombreros, and day glow-colored, vodka and Bacardi-soused cocktails…

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