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  • Gourmet Gossip: April 2014

    Gourmet Gossip: April 2014

    In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of a thrilling 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 Floyd Cardoz’s surprising departure from North End Grill in Battery Park to Charlie Palmer’s casual addition to Aureole in Midtown and an exciting Parisian import currently setting up shop in Tribeca…

  • Spring Dishes on the Rise

    Spring Dishes on the Rise

    It’s no wonder most chefs will tell you that spring is their favorite time of the year. That’s because verdantly green produce, like Ramps, Peas, and Fiddlehead ferns are green delicacies, made even more appealing by the fact that their seasons last only a fleeting, few weeks. So you can bet we’re taking advantage of our favorite restaurants warm weather dishes, like Asparagus with Quail Eggs at Juni, Stinging Nettle Ravioli at Betony, Rhubarb Kataifi at Beautique and much, much more…

  • Awesome Ethiopian Cooking At Bunna Cafe

    Awesome Ethiopian Cooking At Bunna Cafe

    Bunna Café is just about as “Brooklyn” as it gets nowadays. The restaurant started life a pop-up, in a series of grungy-chic East Williamsburg bars. They eventually added a Smorgasburg stand into the mix to increase visibility, and started a campaign on indigogo to help fund their new (now two-month-old) brick-and-mortar, Bushwick location. And oh yeah, they specialize in vegan Ethiopian food…

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The Most Exciting Food Events for Spring

Posted on Apr 16, 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, featuring transient chefs throwing sit-down dinners in abandoned warehouses, or barbecue blowouts in someone’s backyard. But unless you have the time and money to party seven days a week, you’ll have to be somewhat discerning about what goes on your calendar. So here are just a few worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets for now…

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Our Favorite Spring Lamb Dishes

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in Best Of, Spring Eats

While rabbit is making a strong play for the protein du jour, there’s no meat as intrinsically associated with spring (especially during Easter) as lamb. And nowadays, it’s appearing on restaurant menus in a number of intriguing guises, so there’s no need to settle for the expected pair of chops or mint jelly-smeared loin. That’s why we’ve rounded up New York’s best new lamb dishes…

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Perfect for Passover Matzoh Lasagna

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in Recipes

It can be difficult to get jazzed about eating a unleavened diet for all eight nights of Passover, centered around the dry, brittle crackers known as matzoh. That’s where this recipe for Matzoh Lasagna comes in, which cleverly transforms the somewhat flavorless flatbread into the perfect noodle substitute for one of our favorite Italian dishes!

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Q & A with Sotto 13′s Executive Chef Ed Cotton

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Chef Q&A

If you’re a Top Chef obsessive, it’s hard to chat with finalist Ed Cotton without eventually working the conversation around to his Season 7 flirtation with fellow cheftestant Tiffany, or if he still thinks that Alex stole his pea puree. But if you’ve been following his career since the show, it also seems a bit silly to dwell on his T.V stint for too long, because the unassuming, nose-to-the-grindstone chef is anything but a wannabe celebrity…

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An Edible Celebration of Cherry Blossom Season

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Spring Eats

One of the most glorious signs of spring is undoubtedly the blooming of the cherry blossoms. And some of New York’s best restaurants are celebrating with a host of fun food and drink specials, like 15 East, Brushstroke, Cherry and Boqueria. Which means that you should too…

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Vietnamese-Chinese-French Fusion at Bushwick’s Falansai

Falansai

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 in Best Of, Brooklyn

Asian fusion doesn’t have the bad rap it used to, conjuring up images of Chinese chicken salads topped with canned mandarin oranges. In fact, there’s plenty of NY restaurants that push the boundaries of traditional Asian dishes, like RedFarm and Pok Pok Ny. So add Brooklyn’s Falansai to that estimable roster, melding together influences from Chinese, Vietnamese & French cuisines…

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Ultimate Easter Dining Guide 2014

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Easter’s right around the corner, which means it’s time to make your holiday brunch and dinner reservations now. Who doesn’t love an excuse to pig out? We’ve got everything from a Scandinavian feast at Aquavit to a Lebanese spread at Ilili or roof-to-table at Rosemary’s. We have all that and more right this way…

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Spotlight on Smorgasburg 2014

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 in Best Of

Although an indoor version of Smorgasburg operates in the colder months, the all-food flea market is best experienced in the open air along the Williamsburg waterfront each Saturday, or in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sundays. Well, it just reopened this weekend with over 20 awesome, new vendors. Here are a few that we’ve definitely got our eye on…

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Gourmet Gossip – April 2014

Posted on Apr 4, 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 Bar Bolonat’s welcome launch on Hudson Street and Gavin Kaysen’s surprising departure from Café Boulud, to a centuries-old macaron recipe currently making waves in Greenwich Village…

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Get Your Caffeine Fix with Yerba Mate

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 in Ethnic Eats

Looking for a jitter-free alternative to your daily cup(s) of coffee? Try mate, a tea-like beverage made from the leaves of the South American holly plant yerba mate. This national drink of Uruguay and Argentina is loved for the clean energy boost it provides…

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Spring Restaurant Preview 2014

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 in Gourmet Gossip, Restaurant Spotting

There’s a whole lot to be excited about in the restaurant world right now — besides the appearance of ramps and fava beans on everyone’s menus, that is. And that’s the highly anticipated openings of a number of hotter-than-hot new eateries, like Drew Nieporent’s Bâtard, Andrew Carmellini’s Bar Primi, and Cosme from envelope-pushing Mexican chef Enrique Olvera. Here are a few other especially buzzy, impending restaurant debuts to keep your eye on this spring…

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Ultimate Passover Dining Guide 2014

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

If you’ve grown up Jewish like we have, you know that most major events and holidays — both joyous and non — are thankfully commemorated with food. And Passover’s no different. Not sure how to cull a craveable meal from a box of matzoh at home? Then eat out! Check out the terrific restaurants featured in our Passover dining guide, including Telepan, Balaboosta and more…

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Telepan Local: First Bite

Telepan Local

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in First Bite, Reviews

Ever been to Telepan on the Upper West Side? If you have, you remember those pea green walls. Now, I’m a food girl (not a looks girl), but it was hard to get pass those oddly colored, downright distracting walls and focus on the terrific Greenmarket cooking. While it’s practically obligatory now, Bill Telepan actually was one of New York’s first chefs to isolate and extol the virtues of ingredients and seasons. His upmarket menu uptown bragged of Farm Eggs, Hen-Of-The-Woods Mushrooms, and Heritage Pork when everyone else was serving plain old pork and tomatoes all year round…

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Drink Spotting: Negronis at The Gilroy

The Gilroy

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 in Drink Spotting

You can order all sorts of inspired cocktails at the recently opened The Gilroy, an attractive new hotspot with art deco chandeliers, reclaimed wood communal tables, a copper bar and red brocade-swathed back room on the drinking den-deprived Upper East Side. But why in the world would you? The name of the game here is Negronis…

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Try This: Slovak Dumplings, Two Ways

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in Ethnic Eats

You may be familiar with spaetzle, the Central European egg dumpling found on menus at popular New York Austrian restaurants like Edi & the Wolf and Blaue Gans, but does the name halusky ring a bell? Restaurant Girl samples this lesser-known Slovak cousin to spaetzle at East Village eatery Korzo Haus.

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Seasonal Eats: The 411 On Meyer Lemons

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in Seasonal Eats

Spring is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times of the year for produce, and it’s only a matter of time before farm stands are flooded with verdant, edible jewels like peas, asparagus, green garlic, ramps, artichokes and even fiddlehead ferns. But it also means that one of our very favorite citrus fruits is coming to the end of its season, which is why we’re taking a moment to spotlight the delectable Meyer lemon…

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Our Favorite “In-Between-Season” Eats

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 in Best Of, Spring Eats, Winter Eats

It may officially be spring, but the weather doesn’t necessarily reflect that right off the bat. Take this weekend, when it was 60 degrees and sunny one day, and 40 degrees and windy the next. And restaurant menus are similarly in flux, with root vegetables and heavy sauces often appearing alongside bright, fresh asparagus and tender fava beans. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite in-between-season eats…

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Rosette – Reviewed

Rosette

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

Why aren’t more people talking about Rosette? New Yorkers can’t seem to get enough restaurant gossip, especially when it comes to openings (though we love a good chef shuffle, too). Yet, Rosette has barely scratched the surface of our collective radar. Which is good for the rest of us until word gets out to the foodie set. And I’m pretty sure it will…

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