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  • NYC’s Best Summer Dishes – 2016

    NYC’s Best Summer Dishes – 2016

    With all due respect to spring, summer’s as exciting as it gets as far as food is concerned. We’re talking tomatoes, peaches, cherries, eggplant, squash, corn & more! Here’s a list of eateries that are putting that cornucopia of goodies to especially good use — from Nix and its Toybox Melon, topped with housemade cottage cheese, to Blue Hill & their Zucchini Carbonara, sauced with egg & pancetta…

  • Restaurant Spotting: Le Coucou

    Restaurant Spotting: Le Coucou

    One of our favorite restaurants to open in the last couple of years, Rebelle reintroduced New York diners to the culinary stylings of expat Daniel Eddy, whose previous post was at Spring in Paris, under Chicago native, Daniel Rose. And now our cups runneth over, as Rose has made his way from France to New York as well, making his American debut, Le Coucou, on the border of Little Italy…

  • Where To Spend Your Precious Summer Fridays

    Where To Spend Your Precious Summer Fridays

    Do you know what one of the very best things about summers is? Even bosses and executives want to escape from their offices as often as possible! Which has led to the fantastic tradition of Summer Fridays; season-long, early reprieves from work, allowing employees to gleefully flee their cubicles as early as 1pm. So we rounded up the best spots to savor the end of the week…

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The Recently Revamped El Rey Is A Prime Summertime Destination

El Rey Coffee and Luncheonette

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 in Restaurant Spotting, Summer Eats

Come summertime on the Lower East Side, there’s no better spot to peep at beautiful, fashionable passerby than from a sunny window seat at El Rey, sipping on a frozen Tinto de Verano, aka a “Poor Man’s Sangria,” made from equal parts cola and red wine.

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Gourmet Gossip: July 2016

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without some, big food news! And some of the industry’s most enduring names are at the forefront this week; think new projects from Gray Kunz and Joël Robuchon, and a long goodbye from farm-to-table luminary, Peter Hoffman…

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Where to Dine During Restaurant Week: Summer 2016

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 in Best Of, Eating Events, Restaurant Week

Can’t get away from the city for an extended vacation this summer? Consider it the ideal excuse to cross as many restaurants as possible off of your must-visit list for Restaurant Week — running from July 25th-August 9th this year — with close to 400 establishments offering three-course lunches for only $29, or dinner for a mere $42. Feeling overwhelmed by all of the options? Go ahead and narrow it down to the following, incredible eight!

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Chill Out With NYC’s Best Summer Cocktails

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Best Of, Cocktails, Summer

Summer is all about ice cream and seafood, but cocktail culture is just as important. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the city’s most celebratory seasonal drinks! From Suffolk Arms to Betony, Llama Inn & more…

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Vive La France: Where to Celebrate Bastille Day 2016 in NYC

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Eating Events, Summer

This coming Thursday, July 14th, commemorates the storming of Bastille Day, essentially the French counterpoint to Cinco de Mayo. And being that French cuisine has undergone its own sort of local revolution lately, it seems an especially felicitous time to celebrate, at spots like Le Coq Rico, Le District and more…

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Restaurant Girl Road Trip: Where to Eat in Portland, Maine

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 in City Guides, Destination Dining

As the cost of running restaurants has become increasingly prohibitive in NYC, culinary talent has continued to migrate elsewhere. Which has led to the emergence of fledgling food hubs such as the increasingly awesome dining destination that is now Portland…

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Q & A With Barano’s Pizza Guru Albert Di Meglio

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 in Chef Q&A, Chef Q&A Recipes

Having spent the last five years at the venerated Rubirosa, it’s no wonder that Al Di Meglio is indelibly associated with pizza. And so, with the opening of his new Southern Italian restaurant, Barano, it stands to reason that much of the focus has been on his wood burning oven — would he seek to replicate that top-rated Nolita pie in Williamsburg?

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The Best Summer Scoops in the City

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 in Best Of, Dessert, Summer

It’s officially ice cream season, and our cups and cones runneth over, with inspired frozen dairy desserts from a seemingly endless number of NYC suppliers. And while it was exceedingly difficult, we managed to narrow down just a few of our favorites, including guanciale-studded malteds from Hail Mary, top-notch gelato from Superiority Burger, and Hong Kong-inspired sundaes from the Smorgasburg vendor, Wowfulls!

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Shore Up On Seafood, With Our Guide to the Best Shellfish Destinations in NYC

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Best Of, Summer

We’d never dream of knocking on ice cream, but what we really scream for in the summer is seafood. You shuck it, grill it, deep-fry it or steam it, and you can bet your life that we’ll eat it, from the East Coast Oysters at Cull & Pistol, to the Fritto Misto at Sabbia, and the classic Grilled Squid Tacos at Seamore’s…

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Thai-Style Soft Shell Crab Salad

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in Chef Q&A Recipes, Recipes

Soft shell crabs are one of those items we can’t help but order when we’re eating out, but rarely consider actually preparing at home. But as long as you let your fishmonger do the cleaning, believe it or not, they’re a total cinch to cook…

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Edible Events: July 2016

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 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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Food and Film Come Together at Metrograph Commissary

Metrograph Commissary

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 in Restaurant Spotting

The movie theatre-cum-restaurant is already a big thing in Brooklyn and now, it’s finally taken hold in Manhattan, with the recent debut of Metrograph Commissary, inspired by the in-studio eateries from Hollywood’s golden age. Did we mention the food’s legit?

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Marco Canora Transforms Fifty Paces into Zadie’s Oyster Room

Zadie's Oyster Room

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 in Restaurant Spotting

Ever since opening his bone broth window, Brodo, and releasing his books, it’s become evident that Marco Canora is intent on rejuvenating himself. He’s elected to give his Fifty Paces the heave-ho as well, transforming the East 12th Street space once again, into a turn-of-the-century oyster room…

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Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July 2016 in NYC

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Best Of, Eating Events, Fourth of July

Memorial Day may be the unofficial kick-off of summer, but there’s no question that the Fourth of July is the party of the season. So bless America and celebrate your freedom with food, fun and fireworks, at Independence Day best blowouts throughout New York!

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Q & A with Lilia’s Missy Robbins


Posted on Jun 23, 2016 in Chef Q&A, Chef Q&A Recipes

All seemed relatively quiet on the Missy Robbins front, ever since she left A Voce back in 2013. But it turns out that the extended break was a boon not just for the Michelin-honored chef, but for NYC diners in general, when she returned with a bang with the Brooklyn-based, Southern Italian-inspired Lilia this past January…

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Step Right Up: Seasonal To-Go Windows Are NYC’s Hottest New Food Trend

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 in Al Fresco Dining, Summer Eats, Trendwatch

Eating food on the go is a way of life in New York, but it takes on a completely different tenor come spring or summer. That’s because the weather is so agreeably lovely, it seems a shame to waste a second of it cooped up indoors. That’s why the following establishments have opened up seasonal, fast-casual windows; an ideal way to enjoy their excellent fare, without committing to a formal, sit-down meal!

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A Guide to Summer’s Best Sips in NYC

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 in Best Of, Drink Spotting, Summer

Who said everyday iced tea, iced coffee and lemonade need to be the default drinks of summer? Especially since spots around the city are offering all manner of inventive cold beverages, from the frozen Israeli Lemonnana at Mike Solomonov’s Dizengoff to the innovative Agua Frescas at Nick Morgenstern’s El Rey…

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Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen is Hot, Hot, Hot

Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in Brooklyn, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Hot chicken couldn’t be, well, hotter in New York right now. And we have Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen to thank for that, which, thanks to the almost year-long buzz preceding its recent, Brooklyn opening, ended up significantly raising the local profile of the incendiary Nashville favorite, which has been popping up in earnest on menus all around the city…

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