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    Q & A with Grocery Guru Eli Zabar

    Eli Zabar just might have the most famous last name in the world of gourmet groceries. But he’s not actually connected to that line of stores, which have plied the Upper West Side for the last 80 years with smoked fish, rugelach, bagels and hand-sliced pastrami…

  • Lincoln Square Steak Jazzes Up New York’s Pre-Show Dining Scene

    Lincoln Square Steak Jazzes Up New York’s Pre-Show Dining Scene

    There are at least two nonflexible prerequisites for a traditional steakhouse; the space must be grand and cozy, and you must source and serve a perfect steak (a killer wine list and assortment of cream and butter-drenched side dishes doesn’t hurt either!). Lincoln Square Steakhouse checks both boxes, plus a few more besides…

  • Danny Meyer Gets into the Cocktail Game at Porchlight

    Danny Meyer Gets into the Cocktail Game at Porchlight

    Don’t be surprised if 11th Avenue in Chelsea becomes a drinking and dining destination, now that Meyer has launched Porchlight along with Blue Smoke’s Mark Maynard-Parisi. Like the duo’s honky tonk barbecue joint, the come-as-you-are Porchlight has a laidback, Southern spirit, with a streamlined, easy-to-eat bar menu instead the likes of Boiled Peanut Hummus, Frogs Legs, Beef Jerky…

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Craft Beer & Fine Dining Converge at Stanton Street Kitchen

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in Beer Bars, First Bite

Stanton Street Kitchen — a brand new Lower East Side eatery — is especially dedicated to the pairing potential of food and beer. So instead of allowing suds to run distant second to vino, it ably treads the line between the two; offering a beer menu as extensive and thoughtfully curated as any wine list…

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Korean Stew Meets Japanese Ramen at Chelsea Market’s Mokbar

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

Lately, Korean cuisine seems poised and ready to jockey ramen for culinary supremacy, with newer spots, like Hanjan and Piora, exposing diners to creative, beyond K-Town fare. At Chelsea Market’s Mokbar, chef-owner Esther Choi has managed to brilliantly straddle both trends —using springy Sun Noodles as a canvas, to showcase otherwise traditional Korean flavors and dishes. Choi’s clever fusion starts with…

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Delicious Comfort Dishes Guaranteed to Get You Through Winter

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 in Best Of, Winter Eats

Had about as much as you can take of winter? Well, we’re not quite out of the woods yet. But instead of desperately counting the days until spring, why not pass the time pleasurably, by enjoying the best of what the season has to offer? We’ve rounded up this winter’s most delicious Comfort Foods 2015, including Dirt Candy’s Vegetarian Hot Pot…

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New York’s Hottest, Food-Fueled Oscar Parties

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 in Eating Events

What with the announcement of the James Beard semifinalists yesterday, and the Oscar’s coming up this Sunday, we’re definitely in the award season spirit! But considering we likely won’t get to attend the JBA’s this year (since they’ve up and moved to Chicago), we’re going to content ourselves with an all-out celebration of the Academy Awards instead — and you can too, with this guide to fun, food-fueled restaurant events!

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C-CAP’s Delicious 25th Anniversary Benefit

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 in Eating Events

All food events aren’t alike. Believe me, we’ve been to more than our fair share and C-CAP’s annual benefit is one of our favorites. Not just because it’s a great cause (it is!), but also because founder Richard Grausman always manages to corral an impressive bevy of New York’s best chefs to all cook under one roof at the same time…

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Gourmet Gossip: February 2015

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 in Gourmet Gossip

Hungry for a little gossip? We’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from Dan Barber’s upcoming, eco-conscious pop-up at Blue Hill, to a star-studded food hall slated for Times Square & Dominique Ansel’s new venture…

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The 8 Luckiest Spots to Spend Chinese New Year 2015

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 in Best Of, Eating Events, Ethnic Eats

Here’s yet another upcoming celebration, to help you party your way into March — Chinese New Year! The longest public holiday in China (commemorated from February 18th-24th this year), it’s an opportunity to welcome the coming spring, and promote good luck during the months to come. And whether you happen to be Chinese or not, it’s an excellent excuse to feast on some of the best Chinese food around, so here’s where to celebrate the Year of the Sheep in New York!

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Zuma – First Bite

Zuma

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

New York is an intimidating place to open a restaurant… to say the least. Even the most celebrated chefs in the world hesitate before dropping a restaurant in Manhattan. And many never dare. So it’s a big deal when a successful chain decides to open up shop on New York turf. Such is the case with Zuma, which just opened its ninth outpost on Madison Avenue near 38th Street…

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Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2015 in New York

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Referred to as “Fat Tuesday” the joyful festival of Mardi Gras precedes the ritual fasting of Lent (and takes place shortly after Valentine’s Day, which, lets be honest, can be even more stressful). So it’s truly the perfect excuse to laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) with bead throwing, Zydeco playing, Hurricane sipping, and crawfish sucking celebrations at restaurants throughout New York!

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Guide to New York Beer Week 2015

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 in Beer Bars, Best Of, Eating Events

Somehow, the NYC Brewer’s Guild managed to managed to make New York Beer Week — their 10 day long celebration of suds — even more appealing this year, by adding keynote events like the Ruppert’s Cup (a battle for the title of best brewery), and debuting SMASH beers, made with only locally-grown malt and hops. And there’s the regular roster of tastings, pairings, dinners and more, held at over 80 establishments throughout the city…

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Restaurant Spotting: Bara

Bara

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 in First Bite, First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

The East Village is arguably New York’s top dining destination right now, with more than its share of noteworthy newcomers (Tuome, Huertas, King Bee, GG’s, Bowery Meat Company, Root and Bone, & Empellon al Pastor), and just as many seminal institutions, like Russ & Daughters, Prune, & Momofuku Noodle Bar. But the restaurant we’re most excited about hasn’t made anyone’s “hot” list yet, which means you can actually still snag a prime time table…

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Where to Dine During Restaurant Week 2015

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 in Best Of, Restaurant Week

With over 300 eateries participating in Restaurant Week from February 16th-March 6th this year, all of wildly varying quality, not all tables are created equal. That’s why we’re guaranteeing you the best bang for your buck, by spotlighting some of the hottest reservations in town, from Chris Jaeckle’s sexy Venetian gem, All’Onda, to Andrew Carmellini’s stellar Little Park, in Tribeca’s Smyth hotel…

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Masseria Dei Vini – First Bite

Masseria Dei Vini

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

Come winter, I start craving pasta. (Not that I don’t in the spring, summer, and fall, too. It’s just that my cravings get more serious.) When the wind is whipping frigid air, slush is everywhere ,and cabs are few and far between, a warm bowl of pasta is a magical thing. If you’ve ever had one of Michael White’s renditions, like spaghetti with sea urchin and crab, or fusilli with octopus and bone marrow, you know exactly what I’m talking about…

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Beyond Chocolates: Unique Foodie Gifts for Your Valentine

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 in Gifts for Foodies, Holiday Eats

Instead of defaulting to chocolates this year, why not give your loved one a truly original (but no less delicious) gift? Think outside of the heart shaped box with these decadent Valentine’s Day treats, from a cheese tasting event to a romantic, food-focused getaway and an artisan ice cream of the month club!

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At Haldi, A Michelin-Starred Chef Explores the Cuisine of Calcutta’s Jews

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

Haldi — an otherwise unassuming space on the corner of 29th Street — is now being helmed by the esteemed Hemant Mathur, an innovative chef who received Michelin stars for the high-end establishments, Tulsi and Devi (the very first Indian eatery to receive that honor in New York). But don’t expect fussy, high-falutin fare at Haldi either…

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Edible Events: February 2015

Posted on Feb 5, 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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King Bee Brings Acadia to the East Village

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

New York’s dining scene is such that it’s simply not enough to advertise yourself as an Italian, Mexican or Thai restaurant nowadays. Instead, we’ve got Venetian, Oaxacan and Isaan eateries, which plumb the hyper-regional fare of countries and cities from around the world…

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Goa Taco Is Redefining Mexican Street Food

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 in Dish Spotting, Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

Up until relatively recently, the basic definition of “taco” has been corn or flour tortillas, wrapped around a combination of beans, meat, and/or cheese. But as the culinary lines between disparate cuisines blur, “tacos” can now refer to tortillas wrapped around just about anything, from bulgogi beef to roasted Japanese pumpkin. Goa Taco — a Smorgasburg stand turned Lower East Side pop-up — has gone one further by doing away with the tortillas themselves, swapping out griddled discs of flour or masa and subbing in flaky, warm Indian parathas…

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