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  • Guide to Restaurant Week Summer 2014

    Guide to Restaurant Week Summer 2014

    If you thought Restaurant Week existed solely to persuade New Yorkers to dine out during the doldrums of winter, think again. There’s a similar incentive offered during the summer; although how much convincing do you need, really, to venture out into the sunshine, in order to enjoy a three-course lunch for $25 at Bill Telepan’s newest farm-to-table venture, Telepan Local, or dinner for $38 at Jean-Georges unfailingly elegant Nougatine? So here’s where to eat out during Restaurant Week Summer 2014…

  • Tessa – Review

    Tessa – Review

    Tessa had the unfortunate luck of opening with scaffolding over the entrance. I hate that for them. I mean, how do you have a fighting chance if no one even knows you’re there? That’s what I was thinking, anyway, as I headed toward the door on a recent summer night. Guess I was wrong (this time) because Tessa and its whopping, 75-seat dining room was packed, not a seat left in the house, except at the bar. So that’s where my husband and I ended up eating on a recent Tuesday night…

  • Duck, Duck, Good at Decoy

    Duck, Duck, Good at Decoy

    RedFarm has been a fancified Chinese food fixture in the West Village for years now, beloved for owner Ed Schoenfeld, his famous charm & chef Joe Ng, maker of supremely delicate PacMan Dumplings. But over the last months, the restaurant’s undergone a flurry of change, including a swanky cocktail lounge and modern Peking Duck house called Decoy…

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More than Just Noodles at Ivan Ramen

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Dish Spotting, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

There may be more ramen restaurants than you can shake a chopstick at in New York nowadays, but that didn’t keep residents from eagerly anticipating the heralded debut of Ivan Ramen on the Lower East Side, which finally opened in May. Owned by native New Yorker, who catapulted to fame in Tokyo after opening two wildly successful and respected ramen-yas (an unprecedented accomplishment for a foreigner), Ivan Ramen launched his first stand-alone venture back in the States…

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Seasonal Eats: Heirloom Tomatoes

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

One of our simplest — but most eagerly anticipated — pleasures of summer is biting into a sun-warmed, perfectly ripe tomato, full of flavor and fit to bursting with juice. Because save for a few months out of the year, who actually enjoys eating those wan, mealy wedges that show up in uninspired salads? We’d much rather savor the seemingly endless variety of entrancing heirlooms, such as lush Brandywine, sugary Golden Jubilee, and slightly acidic Green Zebra…

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Barchetta – Reviewed


Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

These days a chef isn’t just, well, a chef. Some are TV chefs who have a token restaurant or don’t have a restaurant at all. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Ina Garten is a killer cook and she doesn’t own an eatery.) Some have lines of cookware and shelves of their own cookbooks. Others are pure kitchen guys who rarely make an appearance in the dining room, while some manage to be businessmen who build dining empires. But it’s really hard to pin down Dave Pasternack…

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Al Fresco Drinking at Gallow Green

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Drink Spotting

If we can’t drink and dine on the waterfront all summer, there’s only one other place we’d rather be — up on the roof. It’s the consummate city experience… clinging onto a cocktail while precariously perched at the lip of a high rise building, peering out at the skyline and down at the bustling streets below. And when it comes to especially chic roof bars, it doesn’t get much better than Gallow Green, located on the very top of The McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea…

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Portuguese Clam Roast

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 in Recipes

Classic summer clam roasts are often associated with the salt water-kissed shores of New England, but did you know that the dish was largely influenced by immigrant, Portuguese fisherman? No wonder it’s so often augmented by hunks of linguica sausage or chorizo! That’s why we’ve upped the Spanish quotient even further with our recipe, by adding in tender salt cod, a squirt of piri piri (Portuguese hot sauce), and a smattering of aromatic smoked paprika…

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Summer 2014 Restaurant Preview

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 in Restaurant Spotting

It’s no secret that summer tends to be a slow season when it comes to restaurant openings. Since so many New Yorkers go away on extended vacations, eateries usually prefer to save their grand debuts for the fall. Not this summer. There’s a slurry of highly anticipated spots all slated to launch in the next two months, so don’t you worry if you’ve yet to schedule that dream getaway. Because a summer spent in the city means you’ll be first in line to try them all…

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Edible Events: July-August 2014

Posted on Jul 8, 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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Gourmet Gossip: July 2014

Posted on Jul 7, 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. From major plans for Grand Central’s dining concourse to an unexpected migration for fine dining stalwart, Union Square Café and the Pok Pok dynasty’s complete commitment to Brooklyn..

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Grilled Red, White and Blueberry Cobbler

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Recipes

A Fourth of July celebration spent at home invariably involves the grill. So why not keep it burning, long after you’ve polished off your stash of hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks? Believe it or not, this highly patriotic, Red White and Blueberry dessert can actually be baked right over the coals. So forget about overheating your house by turning on the oven, and spend the entire holiday happily tending the barbecue in your (or someone else’s) backyard…

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The Ultimate July 4th Dining Guide NYC

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

Plan on spending the Fourth of July New York this year? It’s a good year to because Macy’s has finally brought their fireworks spectacular back to the East River, so commemorate it in style. From a moonlit cruise aboard the North River Lobster Company, to a waterside supper at the unfailingly elegant Riverpark, and a rooftop soiree at The Ides, atop the stylish Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn…

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The Best Ice Cream Treats – Summer 2014

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Once it gets broilingly hot outside, there’s one sweet we crave more than all the rest, and that’s cool, dripping ice cream. We love it all, which is why we’ve rounded up an array of awesome scoop shops to see you through the summer season, including Morgenstern’s, a new, out-of-the-box Lower East Side ice cream parlor, and Eggers, a 1930’s-era, Staten Island classic…

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Restaurant Spotting: Le Cirque Revitalized

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 in Restaurant Spotting

Unlike tourists meccas like Tavern on the Green, Le Cirque has always been an iconic haven for local glitterati — such as Barbara Walters and Michael Bloomberg, who owns the glass-fronted, u-shaped building where Le Cirque is now housed. Recently, Le Cirque got a new chef and with it a menu makeover, making it worth a revisit…

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Trend Spotting: New York’s Renewed Bagel Obsession

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in Trendwatch

We tend to take great bagels for granted, from the oversized, sesame seed-flecked frisbees at Ess-A-Bagel outposts to the highly burnished orbs at Bagel Hole in Brooklyn. But lately, a growing crew of young, hip chefs and shop owners have revived interest in the iconic breakfast item, like Black Seed and more…

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Cherche Midi – Reviewed

Cherche Midi

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

It’s amazing how a few tweaks can transform a space into a whole new restaurant. What was once a chichi pizza joint named Pulino’s has been triumphantly reinvented as a French bistro called Cherche Midi. Cherche Midi is a total looker. The checkered floors have been replaced with classic bistro, hexagon tile floors, the brick walls are no more, and the glaring fluorescent lighting has made way for soft globes…

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New York’s Most Succulent Summer Seafood – 2014

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 in Best Of

What’s better than ditching your puffy jackets and snow hats and eating ice cream in shorts and flip flops? Lobster Rolls, piles of Crabs dusted with Old Bay, icy raw Oysters, and Fried Clams, that’s what. While New York City may not have an ocean view, you can still joyfully overdose on shellfish this summer, with seafaring dishes from some of the country’s best chefs, such as David Pasternack’s Scallop Crudo at Chelsea newcomer…

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Urban Grilling

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Gizmo Girl

We may not seem like the type (hard core foodies who love a good four star meal), but we’re obsessed with all things barbecued. There’s just something so quintessentially simple, satisfying, and well, American, about grilling up burgers, steaks, corn, freshly caught fish, and even peaches…

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Restaurant Spotting: Paulaner

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in Restaurant Spotting

Originally slated to open just in time for Oktoberfest this year, Paulaner (the 375-year-old German beer brand), couldn’t have picked a better way to make its New York restaurant debut. Unfortunately, that anticipated holiday launch wound up being delayed well into November, and then the brauhaus mysteriously shuttered again a few months later, affixing brown paper to the windows and a cryptic “Coming Soon” sign to the door. But now, Paulaner is once again serving up sausages and giant steins of beer on the Bowery, and seemingly much better for the evident internal shakeup…

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Luxe Greasy Spoon Fare at Empire Diner

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

The Empire Diner’s reputation tends to precede it. After all, there aren’t too many 1940’s-era dining cars left in New York with glossy, Art Moderne exteriors, which has made it a sought-after city symbol in television shows like “Law & Order,” and seminal movies such as Woody Allen’s “Manhattan.” So it only makes sense that the landmark eatery’s newest executive chef, Amanda Freitag, brings her own star power to bear as a food celebrity on Iron Chef & Chopped…

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