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    Trend Spotting: Soft Serve

    Considering its inherent associations with smoke-belching Mr. Softee trucks, and corporate franchises such as Carvel and Dairy Queen (not to mention that it’s typically a pre-mixed, highly-processed, low quality product, composed of up to 60% air), soft serve has long been low on the totem pole on the ice cream world — it’s somewhat nostalgic and satisfies a sugar craving, but generally nothing to get roused about…

  • Sugar Hill Creamery Ups Harlem’s Ice Cream Game

    Sugar Hill Creamery Ups Harlem’s Ice Cream Game

    Despite its noted restaurant renaissance, Harlem has lagged behind as far as small batch scoops are concerned; its market largely dominated by corporate Baskin Robbins.  That makes Sugar Hill Creamery undoubtably the biggest local opening of the summer; being the first family-owned ice cream shop to grace the area in 34 years, not to mention some of the Best Ice Cream NYC…

  • Mifune Rolls into Midtown on a Constellation of Michelin Stars

    Mifune Rolls into Midtown on a Constellation of Michelin Stars

    There’s no shortage of options in NYC, for where to plunk down hundreds of dollars for a Japanese feast.  And yet, the newly-opened Mifune may just outclass them all, being that it’s helmed by a cadre of Michelin star-wielding chefs & all-star team! Here’s the scoop on this truly exciting midtown newcomer…

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Where to Drink and Dine Poolside in NYC

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

While beach eats have improved exponentially in recent years, so too have the food & drink offerings at the city’s numerous, high-end hotel pools. So if your’e looking to lounge on a chaise surrounded by skyline instead, you might want to check out the menu at one of these spots, including Andrew Carmellini’s (Brooklyn’s the William Vale)…

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Gourmet Gossip: August 2017

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening or devastating closing, which is why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites, from a double-your-pleasure oyster debut from the Grand Banks team, to the unveiling of an all-Cheetos (you better believe it) eatery…

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It’s All About the Lettuce at Local Leaf

Local Leaf

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting, Trendwatch

Love a good sandwich, but want to avoid carbs? Lettuce has been a longtime diet substitute for bread and buns, more recently adopted by gluten-free diners as well, for a way to enjoy sandwiches without wheat. Local Leaf and their build your own sandwich concept aims to turn lettuce into a bonafide lifestyle, by spotlighting roughage at their new, Murray Hill location…

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Addio Perla, Benvenuto Fairfax, Gabe Stulman’s Play on the All-Day Cafe

Fairfax

Posted on Aug 9, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting

Gabe Stulman’s at it again, overhauling West Village Perla completely — transforming it into a laid-back, all-day eatery, called Fairfax, that transitions to a funky wine bar with food at night…

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Fall 2017 Restaurant Preview

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

The end of summer is a bummer; unless you’re obsessed with food, of course.  Because even though it’s sad to say goodbye to a bounty of glorious, seasonal produce, fall always assures a bumper crop of incredible, credentialed restaurants.  And this autumn is shaping up to be a Who’s Who of the culinary world’s most famous names; so start saving scratch for projects from Jose Andres, Joel Robuchon, Masa Takayama and more…

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Seasonal Eats: Sweet Corn

Posted on Aug 4, 2017 in Best Of, Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

What vegetable is more deeply ingrained in food culture than corn?  First cultivated thousands of years ago by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans, they actually devised some of the world’s earliest calendars, as a way to keep track of their planting schedule for summer corn…

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Inside City Acres: A Grocery Store-Cum-Food Hall

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in Best Of, Food Markets

While all-vendor food halls are a dime a dozen nowadays, City Acres Market has gone what you might call the Whole Foods route (only way better!), by operating largely as a grocery store, supplemented by an awesome roster of revolving stands…

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten Goes Public, With His Newest Hotel Restaurant

Public Kitchen

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Jean-Georges Vongerichten is making moves once again, and this time, it’s not inside ABC Carpet & Home.  The Uptown and Union Square icon is actually letting lose on the Lower East Side at Public —  a hip hotel from Studio 54 founder, Ian Schrager…

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Think Beyond Cotton Candy with New York’s Most Unique Eats on a Stick

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Best Of, Summer

From carnival perennials like cotton candy and corn dogs to flowers fashioned from mangos and sold along the beach, a multitude of summer’s preeminent foods are speared on sticks.  And in NYC, that formidable lineup even includes sugar-encased bacon courtesy of Landhaus, as well as fork-free chicken and waffles, at Cuban-cum-Mexican Cafe Habana & more…

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Edible Events: August

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 in Eating Events, Summer

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis, so here are just a few worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now. From a Blues & BBQ Festival to a Summer Shuck Off, Kids Food Fest & more…

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Sen Sakana Settles Down in Midtown

Sen Sakana

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 in Ethnic Eats, Hottest Newcomers

Restaurants rarely open exactly when they intend to, thanks to the reliably red tape-ridden, drawn-out processes of wrangling permits and overseeing construction (not to mention somehow retaining sought-after staff throughout).  But Sen Sakana really takes the cake when it comes to a delayed debut, appearing three whole years after their original calculation…

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The Pennsy Provides a Little Taste of Heaven, During Penn Station’s Summer of Hell

The Pennsy

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 in Food Markets

We may be in the midst of the so-called “Summer of Hell” at Penn Station (due to a 20% reduction of service), but at least the stranded damned will be well fed!  Because after a months-long restructuring (thanks to brand to hospitality partner HPH; the group behind Le District, The Dead Rabbit and Pier A), The Pennsy food hall is back — boasting expanded indoor/outdoor seating, a massive bar, and a trio of returning vendors, with three more besides…

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The Best Summer Cocktail Spots in NYC

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in Best Of, Cocktails, Summer

Summer drinks are meant to be fun, full of fruit and fizz and frequently frozen. But that doesn’t mean you should be drinking spiked Slurpee’s — not when masterful seasonal cocktails are available at the following city spots, from the new Narcbar to The Office & more…

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Iceland Asserts Itself in NYC With Icelandic Fish & Chips

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting

With locations in downtown Reykjavik and now the West Village, Icelandic Fish and Chips aims to take on a grease laden British favorite, and give it a wholesome Nordic twist…

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The Great Grant Achatz Officially Opens The Office in NYC

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 in Cocktails

While the city waits with baited breath for $195 cocktail tasting progressions at the Aviary, Chicago’s Grant Achatz and team has made his long-awaited Big Apple debut with an adjunct speakeasy in Columbus Circle called The Office…

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Gourmet Gossip: July 2017

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting 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 a famous pizzaiolo expanding his reach, to a game changing eatery shutting its doors.

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Where to Eat During Summer Restaurant Week 2017

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 in Best Of, Restaurant Week, Restaurant Week

Since dining out is a preferred warm weather pastime, Summer Restaurant Week — running from July 24th-August 18th — affords ample opportunity to do so for a song, thanks to three-course $29 lunches and $42 dinners at some of NYC’s most respectable restaurants, like Leuca, The Ribbon, db Bistro Moderne…

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Pueblan Pork with Blueberry Mole

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 in Chef Q&A Recipes, Recipes

People frequently disregard fruit in non-dessert preparations; and yet, it can provide the perfect, nuanced counterpoint to one-note ingredients like proteins. Especially when said pork or chicken comes draped in the complex Mexican sauce known as mole — a combo chocolate, seeds, spices and herbs, which similarly toes the line between sweet and savory. We think you’ll agree that blueberries add an especially compelling element to the dish; providing a sort of reduced, syrupy earthiness that’s as intoxicating as a splash of red wine!

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