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  • Last Licks of Summer 2014

    Last Licks of Summer 2014

    Okay, so Labor Day has sadly and all too quickly arrived. But summer’s not over… yet, which is why an edible “In Memoriam” seems fairly appropriate. Corn. Tomatoes. Peaches. Peas. Watermelon. Lobster. We hardly knew you. Sigh. So before the choice picks at the Greenmarket become apples, sweet potatoes and kale, get your final licks of summer by indulging in these vibrant restaurant dishes, highlighting the very best that the season has (sniff, almost had!) to offer…

  • Gourmet Gossip New York — August 2014

    Gourmet Gossip New York — August 2014

    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 Mario Batali’s newest project in The Maritime Hotel to a mass exodus from Plaza Hotel neighbor, Beautique, and Food & Wine’s upcoming, culinary salon for visiting chefs…

  • Labor Day Weekend 2014 Dining Guide

    Labor Day Weekend 2014 Dining Guide

    It’s much harder to get jazzed up about Labor Day weekend, the unofficial finale of summer, than it is to celebrate Memorial Day, which commemorates the (similarly unofficial) kick-off to the season. And yet, being that it’s only a matter of time before we’re resigned, once again, to parsnips and parkas, we might as well bid adieu to balmy weather with one last big hurrah this Labor Day weekend…

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Q & A with Nick Morgenstern of GG’s & Morgenstern’s Ice Cream

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 in Chef Q&A

Nick Morgenstern may have built up an impressive resume as pastry chef in some of New York’s top kitchens — Daniel, Gramercy Tavern and Gilt, and at his own two restaurants, Goat Town and Brooklyn’s General Greene —but it wasn’t until last May that he realized his lifelong dream; of opening up a classic ice cream parlor…

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Seasonal Eats: The Skinny on Peaches

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

What could be more evocative of summer than biting into a fuzzy, sun-warmed peach? After all, although peaches can technically be found — albeit, often in rock-solid, tasteless and bone-dry iterations — in supermarket fruit bins for the better part of the year, they’re truly at peak, fresh-off-the-tree form from late June through early September. Which means that right this moment is the very best time to stuff yourself silly, on perfect, end-of-summer peaches…

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New York Fall 2014 Restaurant Preview

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Sneak Peek

This year promises to be just as exciting as anticipated, with an upcoming collabo between Stephen Starr and Justin Smillie, and a Danny Meyer-less venture for Floyd Cardoz, not to mention a spate of spots from our Summer Preview, that should (finally!) open their doors come September, like Enrique Olveras’ Cosme, Geoffrey Zakarian’s redux of “The Palm Court” at The Plaza, and Dirty French from the Torrisi team…

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Dish Spotting: Bubby’s High Line $100 Sundae

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Dish Spotting, Summer

Come summer, who isn’t a sucker for ice cream? No, seriously. But a $100 dollar ice cream sundae? Bubby’s High Line just unveiled a new, over-the-top creation with homemade ice cream you’ll want to know the scoop on (get it, scoop?)…

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Summer Sips: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 in Drink Spotting, Ethnic Eats

Now that iced coffee season is in full swing, you may find yourself craving a little variety from your daily cold-brew. For those willing to venture into sweeter realms of coffee on the rocks, Vietnamese-style iced coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) may just be your summer salvation. Restaurant Girl dishes on where to find some of the best Vietnamese iced coffee in New York…

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Oodles of Cold Noodles for Summer

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Lasagna. Carbonara. Spaghetti Bolognese. Are you drooling yet? Us either. Don’t get us wrong; we absolutely adore warm, saucy pastas in any form, but they lose a large part of their appeal when it’s 80-degrees outside. Not that you need to forgo noodles until the fall, if you simply think exotic Asian — by ordering the Spicy Whelk Salad at Danji, the Chilled Soba at Talde or the Cold Ramen at MokBar…

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Q & A with The Gander’s Jesse Schenker

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 in Chef Q&A

It ain’t easy to reinvent the wheel, but Jesse Schenker has done just that with his inventive, American fare at West Village sleeper hit, Recette. Well, he’s at it again with a new venture, The Gander, with the likes of Buffalo Sweetbreads and Fries with Beef Aioli…

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Seasonal Eats: Sweet Corn

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

While tomatoes are definitely our favorite summer fruit, when it comes to veggies, we absolutely have to give the top honors to corn. Because what would a backyard barbecue be without ears of succulent, butter-slathered corn, deposited in their husks directly on the grill, or a beachside lobster boil, where you’ll invariably find the sunflower-yellow cobs nestled in pots, alongside bright red crustaceans and floury potatoes?

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Six Great Foodie Daycations

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 in Best Of, Destination Dining, Summer Eats

Are you currently freaking out because summer’s almost over, and you haven’t even been to Rockaway beach as many times as you’d like, let alone booked that dream vacation to the white sand shores of Oahu? Well, take a deep breath, because while you can’t exactly hop the subway to a supremely exotic, palm tree-ringed locale, there are actually a number of totally destination-worthy daycation spots (touting seriously awesome eats) located just hours outside of the city…

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The Most Delectable Summer Sweets

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Best Of, Dessert, Summer, Summer Eats

Ice cream is undoubtedly the most popular sweet come summer, but it would be a shame to skip over the dessert menu the next time you go out to eat. Because many of New York’s top pastry chefs are turning out composed treats, that are every bit as appealingly seasonal as popsicles, cups and cones, like the Sweet Pea Cake at Del Posto and the Peaches on Toast at Prune…

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elan – Review

elan

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

This is what many are calling Waltuck’s comeback, his official return to the New York dining scene. At Chanterelle, David Waltuck leaned very French, with decadent dishes, like Shrimp Risotto and Duck & Foie Gras Dumplings. At élan, he seems to have loosened up…

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A Rhapsody in White: Obica Pizza e Cucina

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 in First Bite, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

When one of your nearest neighbors is the Italian megastore, Eataly, it takes a lot to stand out with regionally-sourced products and refined yet rustic cooking. But Roman export Obica has flourished for the last 10 years with an especially well-defined mission statement (The World’s First Mozzarella Bar). That’s why, when it comes to their new, sleekly stylish, 120-seat restaurant in Flatiron, they’ve smartly retained a distinct dairy through-line, with their prized and inarguably spectacular DOB mozzarella, flown in from Campania twice a week…

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An All-Vegetarian Tasting Menu at Acme

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 in Dish Spotting

Nowadays, chefs are quick to advertise any and all associations with Noma on their resumes, from legitimate staff members, such as Daniel Burns of Luksus, to mere stages (interns), or anyone who worked the burners for a month or two. But no one has greater bragging rights to an influential involvement with the eatery than Mads Refslund, who co-founded the famed, forage-centric Danish restaurant with René Redzepi in 2003, thus ushering in the age of New Nordic cuisine…

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Edible Events: August-September 2014

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Eating Events

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis. But unless you have the time and money to party seven days a week, you’ll have to be somewhat discerning about what goes onto your calendar. So here are just a few worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now…

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Our Favorite Summer Dishes

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Best Of, Summer Eats

With a seemingly endless supply of glorious produce to choose from this summer, it’s practically impossible for restaurants to turn out dishes that are anything short of superb, from the Maine Lobster with Zucchini Blossoms at Bâtard to the Cherry Sundae at élan…

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Where to Celebrate National Oyster Day

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 in Best Of

If you’re a sucker for food holidays, you might be interested to know that tomorrow (Tuesday) is National Oyster Day! But we don’t need a whole lot of incentive to get down with a dozen or so of the succulent, briny mollusks, and it looks like the rest of the world doesn’t either — nearly two million pounds are consumed every year. And while New York may not be the bustling fishing village it once was, you can still find them in spades at many of our great restaurants and bars. So here’s where to get your slurp on during National Oyster Day — and beyond — from the dazzling under-the-sea sanctuary, Oceana, in Midtown, to the sizzlingly sexy dollar oyster mecca, Maison Premiere, in Williamsburg…

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Gourmet Gossip: August 2014

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 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 the shockingly affordable all-dessert tasting menu at Contra to Pastis’ official au revoir to the Meatpacking District…

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Where to Eat at Rockaway Beach

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Summer

Growing up in New York, beach food to us invariably meant foil-wrapped sandwiches lugged in coolers, or if we were lucky, Nathan’s fries and hot dogs from Coney Island. That was about it. And while waterside dining options have essentially remained status quo around Coney, the same certainly can’t be said of Rockaway Beach, a once sleepy strip in far-flung Queens, which — due to a spate of seriously cut above concessions — has quickly become a top summer destination…

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