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    The Best Latkes in New York

    There’s lots to love about Hannukah; particularly the eight nights spent feasting on jelly-stuffed donuts and applesauce-topped potato pancakes. And it’s not only Jewish restaurants that are taking advantage of the delicious holiday tradition; so here’s where to find some of the very best latkes in New York right now, from the classic deep-fried orbs at Katz’s, to the refined, steak and egg-crowned patties at Café Boulud…

  • The Ultimate Christmas Dining Guide 2014

    The Ultimate Christmas Dining Guide 2014

    Most of us get a few vacation days during the holidays. But restaurants actually end up working harder than ever before, devising extra celebratory menus for Christmas Eve, and often, even Christmas Day! So if you’re staying in New York this season, consider giving one of these industrious eateries a call to make a reservation for the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Louro, the Christmas Eve Menu at the hot, new Chefs Club, or the Feast of the Seven Fishes at The Clam…

  • Gourmet Gossip: December 2014

    Gourmet Gossip: December 2014

    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. From the impending relaunch of Mission Chinese Food on the Lower East Side to Marco Canora and Paul Grieco’s surprising breakup…

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New York’s Best Holiday Desserts

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

It’s no wonder so many people vow to lose weight in the New Year; because the days leading up to Christmas are generally chock full of alluring, hard to resist sweets! From Dominique Ansel Bakery’s Mexican Hot Chocolate-spiced Penguin Religieuse to awesomely authentic German stollen at Glaser’s Bake Shop…

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New York’s Best Donuts…Are in a Car Wash

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 in Dish Spotting, Restaurant Spotting

One place we’d never expect to find destination-worthy donuts in New York? How about a car wash — and we’re not talking day-old, self-serve Tim Hortons, lined up on dingy racks. Believe it or not, Scott Levine, a former Chanterelle and Il Laboratorio del Gelato alum, has set up shop inside his father-in-law’s car wash (to be specific, in a formerly unused passageway, just opposite the car wash tunnel) located just steps away from the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, along the West Side Highway.

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Bowery Meat Company – Reviewed

Bowery Meat Company

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

It’s hard not to love Josh Capon. He’s one of those effusive, larger than life chefs who wears his passion for cooking on his sleeve. In the case of the Bowery Meat Company, it’s his unconditional love of meat that drives the menu. He won the popular Burger Bash many times, and opened a bustling joint called Burger & Barrel just a few years ago. But Bowery Meat Company is his first “steakhouse” of sorts, a joint effort…

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Spotlight on New York’s Holiday Markets

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 in Best Of, Food Markets, Holiday Eats

The nice thing about holiday shopping in New York is that you don’t need to head to the mall, or go to crowded, big box stores, like Best Buy. That’s because a number of festive, seasonal, outdoor markets pop up each year, and the best part is — due to the number of awesome food vendors that invariably flock to each— you can even nosh while you shop…

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Root & Bone Redefines Southern Comfort in Alphabet City

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in Restaurant Spotting

For a long time now, 200 East Third Street, has been home to some of the city’s best southern comfort fare. But for a good 15 of those years, the plates piled high with fried chicken came courtesy of Mama’s Food Shop, which was forced to shutter in 2012. Less than two years later, and the heady scent of pork fat is wafting through the windows once again, but this time, it’s via the building’s newest tenants, Root & Bone…

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Our Favorite Holiday Gifts for Foodies

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 in Best Of, Gifts for Foodies

The holiday gift-giving season can be undoubtedly stressful, but shopping for your food-obsessed friends doesn’t have to be. That’s because there are so many awesome, edible presents on the market nowadays, sure to please even the most discerning epicureans, from an elite collection of whiskeys to a cookbook all about, well, cookbooks…

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Edible Events: December 2014

Posted on Dec 2, 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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Where to Satisfy Your Post-Thanksgiving Cravings

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

By now, your Thanksgiving leftovers are likely long gone (or a tad too old to eat!). But if you’re like us, you tend to crave fall holiday flavors (especially Thanksgiving classics!) through New Year’s Day. Luckily, these eateries are ready to help you continue your holiday feasting with turkey-topped pizzas, croissants piped with stuffing, and more…

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Special Holiday Side Dishes: Sweet Potato and Gruyere Gratin

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 in Recipes

We genuinely enjoy cooking. But when it comes time for our family to divide Thanksgiving duties, we somehow always get stuck with sweet potatoes. That’s why, each year, we take great pains to devise exciting, totally adult preparations for sweet potatoes, and one of our favorite inventions thus far is this utterly elegant Gratin…

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The Top Turkey Dishes in New York

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

While we simply couldn’t imagine Thanksgiving without turkey, we don’t think to eat it that often the other 364 days of the year. That’s why we’ve rounded up a number of notable exceptions, that truly take the under-appreciated protein to the next level, from the classic Turkey Chili at Empire Diner to the exotic Turkey Ramen at Talde…

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Cosme – First Bite

Cosme

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews, RG's Favorites

Cosme is an impossible reservation; the kind that can drive a foodie crazy because it feels too important not to eat there, and yet, it’s nearly impossible to snag a table. I guess word that one of the world’s best chefs just opened up shop in town travels fast, nevermind a Mexican joint, which we New Yorkers don’t have enough of…

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Gourmet Gossip: November 2014

Posted on Nov 21, 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 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…

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Hyper-Seasonal Fare at Galen Zamarra’s Almanac

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

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…

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Our Favorite Pies for Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 in Best Of, Dessert

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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