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  • Gourmet Gossip: November 2014

    Gourmet Gossip: November 2014

    In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting new restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a surprising 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, including the end of an era for The Harrison, a second act cut short for Bill Telepan, and an unprecedented slew of A-list eateries slated for — believe it or not — Newark Airport…

  • Hyper-Seasonal Fare at Galen Zamarra’s Almanac

    Hyper-Seasonal Fare at Galen Zamarra’s Almanac

    Galen Zamarra’s Mas (farmhouse) is basically everything you could want in a neighborhood restaurant. But Zamarra’s sophomore effort, Mas (la grillade), proved a tougher sell for patrons, who never quite got the gimmick of every last menu item being charred, fire roasted or grilled (literally every last one). So three years later, Zamarra wisely elected to go back to the drawing board, transforming Mas (la grillade) into Almanac, serving…

  • Our Favorite Pies for Thanksgiving

    Our Favorite Pies for Thanksgiving

    Pie is as much of a Thanksgiving prerequisite as turkey & cranberry sauce. But there’s really no need to fiddle with fillings and crusts yourself, when New York is home to so many unbelievable bakeries. So place your orders now for the rustic Salted Caramel Apple Pie at Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn, or the extravagant, Brown Sugar Whipped Cream-topped Pecan Pie at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon…

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Marco Canora’s Brodo is Good for What Ails You

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 in Soups

Even New York’s most celebrated chefs are getting into the fast-casual game. All’onda’s Chris Jaeckle has a takeaway sushi spot. George Mendes specializes in sardines at his Madison Square Eats stand. And now, Marco Canora, the award-winning chef and owner of Hearth & Terroir, has joined the fast food fray, erecting a makeshift takeout window…

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Tandoori-Style Thanksgiving Turkey with Cranberry Chutney

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Recipes

While Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey, and it makes an striking centerpiece for the holiday table, let’s be honest here — Turkey isn’t exactly the most flavorful bird. Sure, it’s tasty smothered in gravy and cranberry sauce, or layered into the perfect bite along with stuffing and mashed potatoes, but on its own, turkey can be dry and bland. Well, not this bird. Given the Indian treatment with aromatic, sweet and savory spices, and marinated overnight in a flavorful, moistening blend of yogurt and mustard oil, this Tandoori-style turkey will be the talk of your Thanksgiving feast!

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Q & A with Il Buco Alimentari’s Head Baker Kamel Saci

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 in Chef Q&A

If pastry chefs tend to get less widespread attention than savory chefs, artisan bread bakers generally receive even less. But why should they? After all, bread is one of humanity’s oldest foods (having been around since the dawn of agriculture), and was famously referred to in the Bible as “the staff of life.” So if you stop to think about it, it’s a noble pursuit to devote your career to churning out the tastiest loaves imaginable, and Kamel Saci, the Head Bread Baker at Il Buco Alimentari in the East Village, makes some of the very best…

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A Happy Hour for High-Rollers at American Cut

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 in First Bite

Like any New York steakhouse worth its weight in T-Bones, American Cut (courtesy of Iron Chef Marc Forgione) is giddily over the top. The bi-level space is comprised of a seemingly endless series of stylishly backlit rooms, and they begin to fill, as the night stretches on, with Tribeca high rollers, looking to blow a little mad money on Barolo barrel-aged Negronis and cuts of wet or dry-aged meat. But during the newly installed happy hour, at least, New Yorkers can opt for a dialed down, yet totally delicious version of the American Cut…

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The Best Large Format Feasts in New York

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Best Of

Many holidays, Thanksgiving chief among them, are associated with sprawling, family-style feasts. But it’s become a pervasive trend in the restaurant world to offer large format dinners with whole fish or meat that can be ordered ahead. So why wait for the holidays to enjoy a communal meal when you can make a reservation any time of the year for Fried Chickens at Ma Peche, Suckling Pig at MP Taverna, or a Leg of Lamb at Rotisserie Georgette?

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Upland – First Bite


Posted on Nov 10, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

Do you remember the super short-lived restaurant that was Manzanilla? I’d eaten at Dani Garcia’s Michelin-starred eatery in Marbella, but Manzanilla wasn’t all that. In fact, the food was pretty awful, which is always depressing when a talented chef is in the mix. But let’s not dwell on the past. Especially when Stephen Starr opened such a breath of fresh air in its wake. While Manzanilla was dark and void of personality, Upland has a gorgeous glow to it…

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Q & A with Petaluma’s CJ Bivona

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 in Chef Q&A, Chef Q&A Recipes

Taking the executive chef position at Petaluma, the recently revamped, 30-year-old Italian institution on the Upper East Side, might seem an odd move for CJ Bivona, who, previously, was perhaps best known for cooking James Beard Award-nominated Southern fare, at Jeff McInnis’s praised Miami hotspot, Yardbird. But in actuality, the Hudson Valley native insists that he’s actually a lot more at home with pizza and pasta than fried chicken and shrimp and grits…

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving 2014 Dining Guide

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Some people get tremendous pleasure out of cooking up extravagant Thanksgiving meals from scratch, while others handle the food-centric holiday by making reservations. Now, we’re not advocating one over the other, but we definitely have more input to add if you decide to go the restaurant route; namely, which New York eateries are serving up exciting, affordable, and flat-out delicious holiday feasts…

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Season’s Eatings at Park Avenue Autumn

Park Avenue Autumn

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 in Fall Foods, First Bite

Most legitimate restaurants regularly change their menus with the seasons, to reflect the ever-changing bounty of local farms and greenmarkets. But restaurauter Michael Stillman? He remakes his entire establishment. That would be the inventive, 22-year-old stalwart, Park Avenue, which he recently moved to a new downtown location, just in time for a fall relaunch. And (until just after Thanksgiving, at least), the spot will be known as Park Avenue Autumn…

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Tuome – Review


Posted on Nov 4, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

I wasn’t expecting to stumble on such a buzzy vibe at East Village newcomer, Tuome, on such a rainy night. Chinese fusion — oh how I hate the F word — isn’t exactly in fashion. In fact, most people are wary of any fusion at all. (The mere mention often makes people cringe!) And yet, there I was filing into a packed dining room, filled with the energy of eager eaters, nibbling away on a hybrid of Chinese and New American cooking…

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A Seafood-Lovers Brunch at Barchetta

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in First Bite

Given our self-proclaimed obsession with shellfish, brunch often feels like a missed opportunity. After all, there are generally precious few seafood dishes available during the breakfast-meets-lunch meal, save for smoked salmon. But if anyone understands our penchant for under-the-sea eats, it’s Dave Pasternack, whose claim to fame was opening one of New York’s top seafood destinations, Esca, along with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich back in 2000. That’s why it was especially exciting for us fish-o-philes when Pasternack finally launched Barchetta with a weekend seafood feast…

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Edible Events: November 2014

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 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 Cider Week 2014

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Eating Events, Fall Foods

The popularity of cider has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, to the point that there are practically as many varieties of fermented apple juice on bar menus nowadays as there are of beer and wine. Cider actually has an annual celebration all to its own called New York Cider Week, being held from October 24th to November 2nd this year. So here are a few apple-centric events you simply wont want to miss…

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Haute Halloween Treats

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

While you’re never too old to get into the spirit of Halloween, let’s face it — for our refined, adult palates, Tootsie Rolls, Candy Corn and Krackle can seem more like tricks than treats. So why not have it both ways this holiday, by indulging in a few haute Halloween sweets at shops, like L.A. Burdick and Papabubble…

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Our Favorite Cocktails For Fall

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 in Best Of, Drink Spotting

When restaurants make themselves over for fall, they leave no stone unturned; updating not just their dinner and dessert menus, but their beverage offerings as well. So take a moment to check out some of the delicious, seriously seasonal libations at bars and eateries all over the city, from the cream and allspice-topped “Mare Island” at the award-winning The Dead Rabbit…

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Afternoon Tea 2.0 at The Plaza

The Palm Court

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in First Bite, Sneak Peek

The Plaza is practically, by definition, a destination for indulgence. And the Afternoon Tea Service with a tasty new menu from Geoffrey Zakarian, just reinstituted after a long period of renovation, is the ultimate in pinky-lifting luxury, so if you go, resist the urge to worry unduly about the bill to come…

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Gourmet Gossip: October 2014

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 in Gourmet Gossip

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…

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Super Chefs Tasting

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 in Eating Events

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…

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