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  • British Invasion: Jason Atherton Debuts The Clocktower

    British Invasion: Jason Atherton Debuts The Clocktower

    Ding-dong, London calling! The highly anticipated Clocktower is officially open for business on Madison Avenue, headed by Michelin-starred British chef, Jason Atherton. Located in Ian Schrager’s brand new, super-swanky Edition Hotel, and in partnership with Philadelphia bigwig, Stephen Starr…

  • Dish Spotting: New York’s Best Soft Shell Crab Dishes

    Dish Spotting: New York’s Best Soft Shell Crab Dishes

    Ramps are so last week — we’ve moved onto our other favorite, fleeting, super-seasonal ingredient, soft shell crabs. Referring to blue crabs that have been removed from the water as soon as they molt (this preventing any further hardening of their shell), the entire crustacean can be eaten; save for its mouth, gills, and abdomen…

  • Q & A with Rebelle’s Chef Daniel Eddy

    Q & A with Rebelle’s Chef Daniel Eddy

    NYC is home to many of the very best French chefs in the world, from Eric Ripert to Daniel Boulud to Jean-Georges Vongerichten. So who would have thought that a Nicaraguan New Yorker — and a former actor, no less — would currently be serving hip French fare in the city?

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Bar Spotting: Mace is the Place

Posted on May 21, 2015 in Drink Spotting, Hottest Newcomers

For uninitiated passerby, there’s nothing outwardly broadcasting that Mace is the hot new place to be — a glance through the floor-to-ceiling windows reveals a handsome, zinc-topped bar in front, a couple of tables in back, and not much else. But it’s what’s going on behind that bar that counts, starting with the brightly colored jars of spices…

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Meet Virginia’s : An East Village Winner from a Chicago-Based Crew

Posted on May 20, 2015 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

Chicago may be considered one of the next great food cities, but it recently lost a bunch of talent to New York. The co-owners of Virginia’s, which recently opened in the East Village, first met while working at Charlie Trotter’s (chef Christian Ramos went on to become sous chef at Per Se, and Reed Adelson moved to Locanda Verde)…

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Inside Ramen Lab’s New Business Incubator

Posted on May 19, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, Gourmet Gossip, Sneak Peek

Instead of simply running a standard noodle-slurping counter, Sun Noodle recently decided to use their Ramen Lab space as a small business incubator as well. They’ve invited ramen chefs and fledgling restaurants from across the U.S., and even Japan, to take over the tiny kitchen for three weeks at a time, to refine their concepts, tweak their broths, and…

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Where to Spend Memorial Day 2015

Posted on May 18, 2015 in Holiday Eats

Spring may seem like it just started, but the unofficial start of summer is just around the corner. That would be Memorial Day this coming Monday 25th, which — in addition to being a time to commemorate those who died in the armed forces — is equally known as a day for picnics, barbecues, and general out-of-doors merriment. So here’s where to spend those precious extra hours off of work, from a beachside jaunt to Coney Island’s Smorgasburg pop up to a joyful Hawaiian luau at The Dutch…

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Seasonal Eats: Spring Peas and Beans

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

It’s been so warm lately (90-degrees in May? Really?) that it feels like we should skip all further discussion of spring vegetables, and move right onto eggplant and tomatoes. And yet, those bright green pods busting with sweet, emerald-colored seeds are at the beginning of their season, and we want to help you make the most of them…

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Guide to the 2nd Annual Queens Beer Week

Posted on May 14, 2015 in Eating Events

Buoyed by the fact that an inordinate number of New York’s local breweries call the borough home, Queens is holding its 2nd annual Beer Week from May 8th-17th, featuring boozy festivities at a number of suds-friendly establishments. So here are some standout celebrations you won’t want to miss this year, from a beer dinner at The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria, to a momo tasting at Little Tibet in Jackson Heights.

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BKB Brings East Hampton to the Upper East Side


Posted on May 13, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Don’t have a house in the Hampton’s to escape to this summer? A meal at Bay Kitchen Bar — the new, Upper East Side outpost of the popular East Hampton sea-to-table spot — might just be the next best thing…

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The Polo Bar – Review

The Polo Bar

Posted on May 12, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews, RG's Favorites

21 Club and Monkey Bar, eat your heart out. There’s finally a new power scene spot in the no man’s land that is midtown, dubbed the The Polo Bar, and it’s single-handedly reviving the notion of “see and be seen.” Throngs of food and lifestyle writers have gushed about random Rihanna, Beyonce, and Barbara Walters sightings at this hot, New York haunt…

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Our Favorite Spring Cocktails

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Goodness knows we can appreciate an expertly made Old Fashioned or Negroni. But now that it’s spring, we couldn’t be happier to abandon brown liquor in favor of crisp, citrusy, fruity and refreshing tipples, at au courant bars and restaurants like Seamstress, Mace, Porchlight, Genuine Superette and more!

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What to Eat at UrbanSpace: Garment District

Posted on May 8, 2015 in Food Markets

Mad. Sq. Eats isn’t the only major market run by UrbanSpace — they’ve opened another vendor paradise in the fast food franchise engulfed Garment District, and it too is back for the spring-summer season. So we’ve done our faithful readers a solid by tasting through this year’s expansive offerings, and spotlighting a handful of stands who’s dishes really stood out from the rest!

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Gourmet Gossip: May 2015

Posted on May 7, 2015 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without word 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 who nabbed coveted medals at the James Beard Awards, to heartbreaking news of a food world luminary gone too soon…

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Best Spring Dishes NYC

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Best Of, Spring Eats

It’s almost impossible to go wrong with dishes that are accented with buttery fava beans, ramps, silky asparagus, meaty artichokes, juicy soft shell crabs and grassy, uniquely coiled fiddlehead ferns. So since it’s exceedingly hard to choose just eight new, noteworthy creations, consider this list a mere jumping off point for a season’s worth of great eating, at places like Alder, Rebelle, Bar Bolonat and more…

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First Look at Mad. Sq. Eats’ Newest Vendors

Posted on May 5, 2015 in Food Markets

Nothing says spring like New York’s al fresco food markets, opening once again for yet another sun and street eats-fueled season. And chief amongst them is UrbanSpace’s Mad. Sq. Eats, a tasty oasis wedged between the Flatiron building, Eataly, and the park…

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2015

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Eating Events

What’s not to love about May? Flowers are blooming, it’s warm, but not too hot, we can finally eat and drink outside, and oh yeah, the month kicks off with the taco eating, margarita swilling celebration known as Cinco de Mayo! Granted, it falls on a Tuesday this year, but that’s no excuse not to party, with a tequila flight at Anejo, a mariachi band at El Vez, or a refined, sit-down dinner at Cosme…

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Edible Events: May 2015

Posted on May 1, 2015 in Eating Events

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis — from lavish, charity-driven galas to crowded, walk-around tastings and an endless array of pop-ups. 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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Guide to New York Burger Week 2015

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 in Eating Events

Frankly, we don’t need much of an excuse to eat hamburgers. So when Schweid & Son’s announces that it’s officially New York Burger Week (now in its fourth gut-busting year), we’re more than happy to go with the flow. And if you’re equally willing to gorge on beef patties for the next seven days, you’ll want to check out our run-down of spectacularly scrumptious events…

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The Best Outdoor Dining Spots in New York

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Best Of

Come spring, summer, and even early fall, there are few experiences more pleasurable than eating and drinking outside. That’s why sun-worshiping New Yorkers flock to bars and restaurants that allow for alfresco dining, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, from the High Line-flanking Santina, to the waterfront-adjacent Pier A Harbor House.

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Where to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby 2015

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 in Eating Events

Place your bets and don your wildest hats, because the Kentucky Derby is galloping into Louisville on Saturday, March 2nd. And whether or not you know anything about racing horses, there’s nothing to stop you from getting into the spirit, during the grand galas at the following restaurants and bars!

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