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  • Gourmet Gossip: October 2014

    Gourmet Gossip: October 2014

    In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting new restaurant opening, closing, or must-try dish. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites, including the launch of two major Mexican ventures, some unexpected chef shuffles, and Eataly’s expansion plans…

  • Super Chefs Tasting

    Super Chefs Tasting

    As foodies, we’ll seize any excuse to sample the cooking of pedigreed chefs, the likes of Michael White and Gabe Thompson. Throw in a good cause and there’s just no excuse not to, which is why we’re so excited about this year’s Super Chefs tasting, benefiting six of New York’s underserved elementary schools…

  • Seasonal Eats: Pumpkins

    Seasonal Eats: Pumpkins

    There’s no question that pumpkins are the ultimate fall accessory; arranged in harvest displays amidst haystacks or carved into grinning jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. After all, the cool weather cultivar is native to North America, and remains one of the most popular crops in the US, with over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin produced each year. Much more importantly, they’re one of our favorite fall foods…

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The Back Room – Reviewed

The Back Room

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

Hello gorgeous… Talk about a looker: The newly installed, 90-story Park Hyatt is a knockout; the kind of ultra-glamorous hotel New York has needed (I’m tempted to splurge on a staycation in one of their hotel rooms for a night!). The ceilings soar in this sexy spot, bedecked with beige marble walls and large picture and floor to ceiling windows at every turn…

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A Peek at Marta’s Roman-Style Pizzas

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 in Dish Spotting, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

One thing’s for sure — New York’s hardly lacking in top notch pizza spots; from cheap takeout to neighborhood trattorias and 75-year-old institutions. So there’s no denying that Marta is treading on familiar territory, but whenever Danny Meyer gets involved in a project of any sort, it’s enough to make educated area foodies sit up and take notice…

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What to Eat at the Gansevoort Street Market

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Food Markets

As if the Meatpacking District didn’t have enough awesome options for dining out (including Chelsea Market & the High Line), the former food desert is now home to its own, new 7,500 square foot concessions court, called Gansevoort Street Market. More than 20 vendors will soon pack the space, from sushi to pulled pork to brioche-muffin hybrids…

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City Guide: Best of Paris

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 in

I’ll be honest: I’ve never been tempted to stray from Manhattan, that is until I lived in Paris for two glorious months. Wandering the gorgeous and curiously clean streets, perfectly manicured gardens and parks of Paris makes you wonder why the hell we don’t all get on a plane and move to the city of love. And not just for love or for beauty, but mostly and most importantly (to me anyway), for food! Paris is a foodie’s paradise…

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Our Favorite Fall Desserts

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in Best Of, Dessert

Fine, we’re past ice cream season, but there’s a lot to love about autumn-inspired desserts. Heady, aromatic spices, juicy fruits and even buttery gourds & squash lend themselves to all manner of comforting sweets, from the Apple & Concord Grape Crostata at Andrew Carmellini’s Locanda Verde to the Pear Mascarpone Sundae (who says you can’t still enjoy ice cream!) at Marco Canora’s Hearth…

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Guide to Queens Restaurant Week

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Best Of, Eating Events

Much has been said about how Queens is the next Brooklyn — but there’s still been considerably less attention paid to its diverse dining scene. So what better time to experience the borough’s best eats, than during Queens’ own Restaurant Week, held from October 13th through the 31st this year? Over 100 area establishments plan to participate in the promotion, and we’ve rounded up six great spots that are totally worth the trip!

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Floyd Cardoz’s White Street – First Bite

White Street

Posted on Oct 12, 2014 in First Bite, First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

I’ve been a fan of Floyd Cardoz since the early Tabla days way back in 1998. And like many other foodies, I’m still mourning its closing. But that’s all history: Cardoz has recently resurfaced at White Street and it’s worth going out of your way for…

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Charlie Palmer Does Cocktails at Crimson & Rye

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 in Drink Spotting, First Bite, Hottest Newcomers

Charlie Palmer is one of the restaurant world’s most recognizable names, with a career that spans over 25 years, a hospitality empire on both coasts, and a host of honorifics and awards, including stars from Michelin and medals from James Beard. But his newest venture, Crimson & Rye (located in Midtown’s iconic Lipstick building) is somewhat of a curveball for Palmer…

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Chinese Food Has Its Day

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 in Ethnic Eats, Trendwatch

In light of New York’s current, expansively multi-cultural dining scene, it’s hard to remember that for years, higher-end restaurants in the city were almost exclusively Italian or French. What’s interesting, though, is how long it took Chinese cooking to make its way out of the fast-casual ethnic realm…

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Where to Splurge on White Truffles in New York

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 in Best Of, Fall Foods

In addition to humble, hearty produce like apples, pumpkin and squash, autumn is known for a decidedly more luxurious ingredient — white truffles. And the supremely delicate, highly prized, and intoxicatingly aromatic fungi have arrived in New York, everywhere from Danny Meyer’s hot newcomer, Marta to Babbo, Ai Fiori & more…

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Q & A with Tuome’s Thomas Chen

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 in Chef Q&A

Chinese food is definitely having a moment right now, and we’re not talking about Lo Mein and Fried Rice. Young chefs like Thomas Chen — an Eleven Madison Park vet who just opened his first restaurant, Tuome, in the East Village — are putting a fresh, contemporary face on the cuisine, using top-notch ingredients and refined techniques in order to finally take Chinese fare to the next level…

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Edible Events: October 2014

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 in Eating Events, Fall Foods

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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Seasonal Eats: All About Apples

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Fall Foods, Seasonal Eats

Forget about squash and pumpkins, because when it comes to produce, sweet and crunchy apples are the ultimate harbingers of fall. After all, who hasn’t gone apple picking in the autumn, bobbed for apples during Halloween, or tucked into a cinnamon-scented, all-American apple pie on Thanksgiving?

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Our New York Fall Favorites

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 in Best Of, Fall Foods

It’s officially fall and that means, corn and heirloom tomatoes are giving way to dark, leafy greens and squash. But that doesn’t need to be as big a bummer as it sounds, especially if you elect to dine at the following restaurants, from recently opened GG’s and White Street, to established favorites, like Il Buco Alimentari and Marlow & Sons, all of which are beautifully transforming autumn’s bounty into some seriously delicious dishes…

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Budget-Friendly Dining at Michelin’s Newest Bib Gourmands

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 in Best Of

Being awarded with Michelin stars is one of the highest honors a restaurant can receive. And while landing on Michelin’s newer, “Bib Gourmand” list (comprised of spots offering high quality eats on a budget) isn’t exactly the same, it ain’t too shabby either. So here are a few of our favorite, cost-effective eateries, that made the grade for the first time this year…

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Gourmet Gossip: September 2014

Posted on Sep 25, 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 France’s top female chef making her way to New York, to Five Points’ surprising Italian reincarnation, and an all-Matcha tea parlor setting up shop in Brooklyn…

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Authentic Isan Eats at Larb Ubol

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

Cheap Thai restaurants are pretty much a dime a dozen in New York — you know, the kind that serves plates of sweet, limp Drunken Noodles and wan saucers of Red, Yellow or Green Curry, each utterly indistinguishable from the next. And the dim stretch of 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen has more than its share, which makes it difficult to pick out diamonds in the rough like Larb Ubol…

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Trend Spotting: Seafood Charcuterie

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 in Trendwatch

Charcuterie has long been a staple on restaurant menus — classic, French preparations of smoked, cured or otherwise preserved meat (mainly pork), such as Sausage, Ham, Bacon, Pâté, Terrines, Galantines, Crepinettes and more. But recently, a number of eateries have expanded their repertoire to include charcuterie made of under-the-sea delicacies, including fish, lobster and shrimp…

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