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    Our Memorial Day 2017 Dining Guide

    While we’re never eager to see the far side of spring, it’s hard not to get excited about the prospect of summer being just around the bend. And Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of barbecuing, beachcombing, and fruity, frozen drinks, so we thought we’d round up the best spots to celebrate! From Maison Premiere to Root & Bone…

  • 8 Great Soft Shell Crab Dishes with Asian Flair

    8 Great Soft Shell Crab Dishes with Asian Flair

    While often associated with Maryland, soft shell crabs are equally popular in Asia. So even though NYC teems with Eastern seaboard-style eats — such as lemon-spritzed soft shells on potato rolls — come spring, you’re just as likely to find iterations inspired by the Far East! From Talde’s Vietnamese bun cha with crab to Nom Wah Nolita’s underwater bao…

  • Restaurant Spotting: Nur

    Restaurant Spotting: Nur

    A number of incredible New York chefs have helped distinguish Israeli food; long lumped under the label of undifferentiated Middle Eastern cuisine. And now, a Tel Aviv luminary is now serving as an extra special ambassador to the country’s native fare; opening his first stateside restaurant, Nur, in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.

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Long Island Eats Meet Manhattan Chic at Out East

Posted on May 18, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Seafood is an awfully easy sell during spring and summer; especially to city-enslaved New Yorkers, desperate for a weekend respite in the Hamptons. So although it was originally slated for January, the delay could well prove a boon to Out East — located, not in posh Montauk — but on hardscrabble Avenue A in the Village.

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Where to Eat at the Canal Street Market

Posted on May 17, 2017 in Food Markets

12 edible vendors comprise the Canal Street Market, paying homage to the neighborhood’s lively culinary history. Here are a handful of heavy hitters to watch out for, from a rice bowl-spinoff of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, to a fast-casual branch of Ippudo.

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A Spotlight On New York’s Best Spring Desserts

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert, Spring Eats

Just as restaurants can’t wait to swap out root vegetables for ramps and asparagus come spring, they’re equally excited to drop apples and pears for delicate seasonal produce such as strawberries and rhubarb. So here are some incredible NYC sweets that absolutely scream spring; from Italienne’s marjoram custard-lined Rhubarb Gateau to Nur’s inspired yogurt and artichoke dessert (yes, really)…

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Empire Diner Rises Again Under John DeLucie

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting

Chelsea’s Art Deco Empire Diner has exhibited characteristic longevity (originally opened in 1946), yet has experienced considerably more fluctuation in ownership. Thankfully, you can’t keep a good greasy spoon down — or make that not so greasy, considering the current proprietor is John DeLucie, of famously posh institutions, like The Waverly Inn, The Lion…

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Seasonal Eats: Peas and Beans

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

Seductively sweet shell peas. Satisfyingly snappy string beans. Buttery, fuzz-covered favas. Delicate, dazzlingly green legumes of all shapes and sizes are one of the greatest delights of spring, shooting their tender tendrils from the ground the second the ground warms…

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Bubby’s Embraces the Southern Meat & Three

Bubby's

Posted on May 10, 2017 in Dish Spotting

25-year-old Bubby’s has long been a haven of feel-good, all-American eats, such as mac and cheese, apple pie, fried chicken and matzoh ball soup. And now, the collection of finer diners are delving even further into red, white and blue territory, by taking on the hallowed, southern-styled meat + three…

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Where to Drink and Dine Al Fresco This Season

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Save for slip-on shoes and sunglasses, an outdoor drinking and dining guide is the ultimate accessory for spring. And we’ve got eight exemplary spots to add to your ever-expanding al fresco list, from Enrique Olvera’s cool and casual Atla, to the newly minted courtyard at Ken Friedman & April Bloomfield’s Salvation Burger…

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Gourmet Gossip: May

Posted on May 5, 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 — time to pour one out for Craftbar, Bouley and Po.

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A Guide to NYC’s Top Kentucky Derby Parties

Posted on May 4, 2017 in Eating Events

There’s no denying the flamboyant-hatted, julep-drinking appeal of the Kentucky Derby; not to mention the myriad parties to come along with it! And you don’t even need to fly South in order to celebrate the springtime sporting event, thanks to the following rollicking, bluegrass-soundtracked galas, right here in NYC…

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Jose Garces Classes Up Times Square with Ortzi

Ortzi

Posted on May 3, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Can Jose Garces translate his celeb-seeking mojo to NYC’s tourist-thronged Times Square, while still maintaining the polished integrity demonstrated at Battery City’s outpost of Amada? That’s the hope at the just-opened Ortzi, located in the Luma Hotel…

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Where to Dine on Mother’s Day 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017 in Best Of

It’s practically impossible to chip away at the lifetime debt we owe our moms — making Mother’s Day just another one of the 365 days she deserves our unadulterated thanks. Still, if you’re going to make reparations for Sunday (May 14th), they might as well involve truffles and copious amounts of champagne, at distinguished spots like Del Posto, L’Amico and more…

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What to Eat at Smorgasburg this Spring

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Food Markets

NYC’s biggest all-food flea market is always the first edible, al fresco free-for-all to open for the spring/summer season. And it’s proven to be a vital stepping stone over the years, catapulting fledgling small businesses onto New York’s culinary MainStage. Here are just a few we expect to be seeing a lot more from in the future; from Strange Flavor and their mala-basted burgers, to Commissary Kitchen, serving prison-influenced eats…

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Edible Events NYC: May 2017

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 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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Inside Made Nice: The EMP Team’s Foray into Fast Casual Territory

Made Nice

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Hot Take-Out, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

While it wasn’t much of a stretch for shrewd chefs like David Chang to start roll out fried chicken sandwiches, the EMP team letting loose is another matter entirely. Yet even Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have elected to ride the rising tide from fine dining and into the realm of fast casual, with their long floated (and finally realized) food counter, Made Nice…

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 in Best Of, Cinco De Mayo, Mexican

Cinco de Mayo has largely devolved into a drinking holiday. So if you’re going to celebrate Mexican culture by way of margaritas and nachos, you might as well do it at the most legitimately commendable restaurants in town; from Enrique Olvera’s Atla to Alex Stupak’s grand Empellon!

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Alex Stupak Goes Big with Empellon

Empellon

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Alex Stupak has gone somewhat off-script with the direction of his Empellon empire; expanding his Mexican lineup with an inventive (yet still homestyle) Cocina, a laid-back Taqueria, and the even quicker service Al Pastor, before debuting the brand-anchoring Empellon just this past month…

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A Guide to New York’s Dessert Delivery Services

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert

Courtesy of the following door-to-door sugar suppliers, NYC’s insomniacs with sweet tooths will never need to deprive themselves of crepe cakes, éclairs, and bacon-chocolate truffles again…

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An Anti Trump Bar? We’ll Drink to That!

Coup

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in Cocktails, First Bite, Reviews

An anti-trump bar? We’ll drink to that! Ravi DeRossi’s advocacy extends past veganism at his newest establishment, Coup. His Astor Place drinkery will take a stand against Trump’s entire agenda, by donating 100% of proceeds to organizations in the crosshairs of the administration…

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