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  • Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2017

    Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2017

    What late-winter lacks in federal holidays, it more than makes up with festive, edible observances and chief amongst them is Mardi Gras, a let-it-all-hang-out lead-up to the sacrificial rigors of Lent. So whether you actually intend to give something up for the season (or are merely seeking respite from your daily woes), here’s where to celebrate New Orleans style, with sazeracs, po-boys and more…

  • NYC’s Glitziest Academy Awards Parties: 2017

    NYC’s Glitziest Academy Awards Parties: 2017

    Just because you weren’t invited to the Oscars doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in style. So go on and dwell in la la land (for one night, at least), at the New York’s glitteriest and bubbliest Oscar bashes. From the Roof at the Viceroy to the white hot Metrograph Commissary…

  • Gourmet Gossip: February 2017

    Gourmet Gossip: February 2017

    In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, closing, or chef shuffle. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from the announcement of this year’s James Beard Award noms to the opening of the Golden Girls Cafe…

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Guide to New York Beer Week 2017

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 in Beer Bars, Eating Events

Whether you’re a fanatical homebrewer or just a sometime imbiber, who wouldn’t want to lose themselves in the bottom of a pint glass for nine straight days? Thanks to New York Beer Week — an annual, out-out celebration of suds — there’s an opportunity to do just that, through tap takeovers, festivals, pairing dinners and more…

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Ichimura Outdoes Itself at its Ultra-High End Iteration

Sushi Ichimura

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers

After leaving Ichimura at Brushstroke this past fall, chef Eiji Ichimura raised the stakes with his just-opened, eponymous sushi spot. It offers only two services per night, yet at an elite $300 per person (landing Ichimura just behind Kuruma, Onodera, and the wallet-busting Masa), he hardly needs to pack patrons in for this one of a kind sushi experience…

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Where to Dine Solo (and Love It) on Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 in Best Of, Valentine's Day

No matter how secure you are in your relationship status (or lack, there-of), Valentine’s Day can add unnecessary pressure to be part of a happy twosome. Don’t let a Hallmark holiday get you down: Instead of ashamedly holing up at home on the 14th, celebrate yourself at spots like Olmsted, Momofuku Ko, or Semilla…

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How to Dine Well by Doing Good this February

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Eating Events

The last few weeks have been overwhelming, to say the least. With controversial policy decisions and human rights injustices compounding by the day, it can be difficult to concentrate on simple, everyday tasks; you know, like working, sleeping or eating! And yet, it’s possible to actually enact change by doing just that, whether patronizing a sanctuary restaurant, or booking a Valentine’s Day dinner, the likes of Franny’s, Marlow & Sons, Roman’s & more…

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Restaurant Spotting: Italienne


Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

A name like Italienne (French for Italian) doesn’t exactly portend a red sauce menu of spaghetti and parmigiana. And indeed, the hot Flatiron newcomer from the talented chef, Jared Sippel, represents a culinary meeting of the minds, between Northern Italy and Southern France — melding the former’s heart and soul with the latter’s elegance and refinement…

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Seasonal Eats: Pomegranates

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Winter Eats

Most of us are thoroughly familiar with pomegranate seeds and juice, but how often have you actually come across a whole, seemingly impenetrable fruit? Wrapped in a thick, fibrous skin, the ruby, grapefruit-sized orbs barely betray the supple lushness inside. Here’s everything you need to know on how to peel them, eat them & where to get the best renditions dining out in NYC…

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Brush Off The Ban, By Embracing NYC’s Middle Eastern (and African) Restaurants

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in Best Of, Ethnic Eats

It’s often said that food is love, which goes to show why New Yorkers have reliably come out in force against the so-called Muslim ban. Because when you’re constantly surrounded by the hospitable, culinary culture of international neighbors, it arouses solidarity, which is why it’s so important to show our support to the families that have fed us over the years — from Yemen Café in Brooklyn to Persepolis on the Upper East Side & more…

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“Single Concept” Trends Again with Cookie Dough and Congee

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting, Trendwatch

The single concept craze may have given way to the fast-casual fad, but that doesn’t mean it’s fizzled out completely. Witness a new hyper-focused duo of eateries, whose signature dishes — while less of an obvious choice, certainly, than biscuits, meatballs and mac and cheese — are nevertheless rife for riffing…

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Julieta Ballesteros Adds Spice to the West Village with Tavo


Posted on Feb 3, 2017 in Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

Julieta Ballesteros’ newest West Village establishment, Tavo (slang for a cool, well-to-do Mexican guy) pays homage to signature dishes of Monterrey, while reflecting her frequent travels throughout the world.

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Gourmet Gossip: February 2016

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, closing, or shocking chef shuffle. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from a summertime shakeup at EMP to the debut (we mean it this time!) of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s vegetarian abcV…

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Death by Chocolate: The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Dessert Guide

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert, Valentine's Day

Thanks to Valentine’s Day, chocolate is February’s signature sweet; yet it’s integrity has been somewhat sullied by heart-shaped boxes of (mostly corn syrup and cocoa butter) confections. So if you’re going to let diet resolutions go, you might as well hone in on the good stuff, from the Amadei Chocolate Budino at Leuca, to Hearth’s Chocolate Pudding…

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The Best Super Bowl Grub in NYC

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 in Best Of, Super Bowl Eats

Instead of placing bets on the outcome of the actual game, we’re prepping for Super Bowl Sunday by handicapping catering packages instead! We’ve got your guide on what to order in this Sunday! From Root n’ Bone’s fried chicken buckets to a deli bundle courtesy of Katz’s, Mission Chinese & more…

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Edible Events: February 2017

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 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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Valentine’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in Best Of, Valentine's Day

It’s easy to get stuck in a gift rut on Valentine’s Day. That’s why we’re supplying six, elegant variations on the expected chocolate and flowers routine! From actual edible roses to bottles of DIY sparkling wine, dessert tours & more…

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A Killer French Dip at Maison Pickle

Maison Pickle

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting

News of a respectable restaurant opening on the Upper West Side is always notable. And Jacob’s Pickles proved a welcome addition indeed when it opened on Amsterdam a few years ago — serving southern-styled comfort food, craft beer and of course, plenty of house-brined pickles. Well, the affection seems to be mutual, as the eatery has proved faithful to the neighborhood with its reason expansion; debuting Maison Pickle a short jaunt away on Broadway…

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Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2017

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 in Best Of, Valentine's Day

A Valentine’s Day dinner booking is probably the most important restaurant reservation you’ll make all year. It’s a battle royale to score seats at the city’s sexiest, most critically-acclaimed spots. So if you don’t want to be relegated to the doghouse this holiday, time to make your move on sought-after tables at Le Coucou, Contra and more…

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Where to Dine During Chinese New Year 2017

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 in Best Of, Chinese Restaurants, Eating Events

According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, the New Year — which just happens to be the Year of the Rooster — doesn’t really begin until January 28th. So if you want to hedge your bets for longevity, prosperity, family togetherness and happiness in the coming months (and goodness knows, we all need it), consider feasting on spring rolls, dumplings and noodles at the following observant spots…

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Make Sandwich is Set to Dominate NYC’s Fast-Casual Scene

Make Sandwich

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in Best Of, Sandwiches

Bark Hot Dog’s Josh Sharkey has joined forces with a veritable fast-casual dream team (Melt Shop’s Spencer Rubin and Aurify Brands, behind the health-focused Little Beet) to launch Make Sandwich in Union Square — a have it your way, between-the-bread take on Chipotle.

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