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  • Air’s Champagne Parlor is All About the Bubbly

    Air’s Champagne Parlor is All About the Bubbly

    Beer, wine and even cider bars abound in NYC, but Air’s Champagne Parlor is one of the few area drinkeries devoted to bubbly. To be fair, the Riddling Widow briefly preceded it, but owner Ariel Arce was actually beverage director during its tenure, as well as Birds & Bubbles before that, and Chicago’s Pops for Champagne (not to mention Grant Achatz’s exclusive, original The Office) before that.  Meaning her reputation as queen of Cuvèe absolutely proceeds her.

  • Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017

    Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017

    If you’re already mourning the loss of summer, Oktoberfest is a reliable way to get you over the hump. Essentially spanning the duration of fall (kicking off on September 16th this year & extending all the way to October 31st, allowing revelers to seamlessly transition to Halloween), the 16 to 18-day festival is a giddy saturnalia of German culture…

  • Spotlight on the Finalists for the 2017 Vendy Awards

    Spotlight on the Finalists for the 2017 Vendy Awards

    As a fun challenge to the James Beard Awards, the Vendy ceremony — now in its 13th year — is dedicated to honoring the very best in street food.  So here’s who’s in the running during the September 16th event at Governors Island; from an artisanal twinkie baker to an upstart french toast sandwich maker, to a Chinese meat skewer purveyor, whose been tapped for the Vendy Cup…

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The Best New Vendors at Mad. Sq. Eats

Mad. Sq. Eats

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 in Food Markets

UrbanSpace’s pre-eminent outdoor food market has returned for its September run in the Flatiron District. And as always, it’s managed to gather a number if exciting new culinary concepts on board, not to mention a few intriguing collaborations. So here’s what to eat on your feet if you’re in the Madison Square Park area this fall, from stuffed Roman sandwiches to fried chicken-filled waffle cones…

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The Indian Food Boom Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 in Best Of, Ethnic Eats

New York’s Indian food scene has been on a definite upswing, and a quadrant of newcomers cut an even bigger swath of spice through the city the summer. From aRoqa to Old Monk & Babu Ji, here’s the skinny on this hot & spicy cuisine…

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What to Eat at Smorg Square: SoHo’s Own Al Fresco Food Market

Posted on Sep 7, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Food Markets

No matter how many food halls proliferate in earnest throughout the city, Smorgasburg will always have bragging rights to being amongst the very first to gather disparate, edible vendors all in one place.  The O.G gourmet hub continues to expand its footprint, with its latest iteration is SoHo’s own Smorg Square, boasting a bigger presence (being open on Friday, as well as the weekend), expanded hours and a year-round run, weathering the elements in December and January as well…

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New York’s Best New All-Day Cafes

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 in Best Of

The truth is that dinner-only restaurants are frequently ego-driven; a way for chefs to avoid serving lowest common denominator fare like burgers, and arrange a lifetime’s worth of ambition and hardcore culinary training on a plate.  Yet it hasn’t proven an especially effective way of keeping the lights on, which is why more and more restaurateurs are letting their hair down, in an effort to make money for between 12-20 hours a day.  Because even though $30 entrees are considerably more lucrative than toasts and pastries, the following all-day establishments are playing a numbers game, betting it’s worth letting patrons nurse a single cup of coffee over Wifi, in exchange for a slew of warm bodies constantly coming through the door…

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Edible Events: September 2017

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 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. From Taste Talks Brooklyn to Harvest in the Square…

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Where to Eat at the U.S. Open 2017

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Eating Events

The U.S. Open is back in town, and the stars aren’t just on the court.  Taking a page from resuscitated stadium fare throughout the city, Flushing’s Billie Jean King Tennis Center is flush with myriad restaurant concepts and notable vendors.  So here’s where to eat between sets — from sit-down eateries courtesy of Masaharu Morimoto and Marcus Samuelsson, to an entire “Food Village” featuring David Chang, David Burke and more.

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Gourmet Gossip: August 2017

Posted on Aug 30, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting 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 the unexpected return of a duo of esteemed eateries to a gluten-free pasta project from the original “Top Chef…”

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Labor Day 2017 Dining Guide

Posted on Aug 29, 2017 in Eating Events, Summer Eats

While there’s no enforceable rule about not wearing white after Labor Day, there’s no immediate moratorium about drinking on rooftops, cracking lobsters and OD’ing on ice cream the second that Tuesday rolls around.  Still and all, the holiday traditionally represents the (unofficial) end of the summer, which is why there’s no shortage of celebrations providing a distilled immersion in the season, over in the span of a few short hours! From Maison Premiere to Salvation Taco…

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Cream Cheese-Centric Becky’s Bites is NY’s Newest Novelty

Becky's Bites

Posted on Aug 24, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip, Trendwatch

Becky’s Bites is unswervingly devoted to an unusual subject – Cream Cheese.  By putting the bagel’s sidekick front and center (which is also, incidentally, a primary ingredient in that other local icon, cheesecake), owner Becky Rosenthal hopes to assert the spread as a staple NYC item at her adorable, new East Village shop…

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Your Last-Ditch Summer Foods Bucket List

Posted on Aug 23, 2017 in Best Of, Summer

As we edge ever closer to Labor Day, its high time to start crossing items off of your edible summer bucket list.  So here’s where to engage in oyster slurping, ice cream licking and boozy popsicle cocktail sipping at seasonal destinations throughout NYC!

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Welcome Martina, Marta’s Pizza Mini-Me

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

There’s no doubt that Danny Meyer has the magic touch.  He’s even managed to carve a niche for himself when it comes to pizza (alongside chef Nick Anderer) by masterminding Marta in the Redbury’s NoMad hotel, a haven of Roman, thin-crusted pies & now Martina in the East Village…

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Trend Spotting: Soft Serve

Posted on Aug 17, 2017 in Trendwatch

Considering its inherent associations with smoke-belching Mr. Softee trucks, and corporate franchises such as Carvel and Dairy Queen (not to mention that it’s typically a pre-mixed, highly-processed, low quality product, composed of up to 60% air), soft serve has long been low on the totem pole on the ice cream world — it’s somewhat nostalgic and satisfies a sugar craving, but generally nothing to get roused about…

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Sugar Hill Creamery Ups Harlem’s Ice Cream Game

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert

Despite its noted restaurant renaissance, Harlem has lagged behind as far as small batch scoops are concerned; its market largely dominated by corporate Baskin Robbins.  That makes Sugar Hill Creamery undoubtably the biggest local opening of the summer; being the first family-owned ice cream shop to grace the area in 34 years, not to mention some of the Best Ice Cream NYC…

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Mifune Rolls into Midtown on a Constellation of Michelin Stars


Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

There’s no shortage of options in NYC, for where to plunk down hundreds of dollars for a Japanese feast.  And yet, the newly-opened Mifune may just outclass them all, being that it’s helmed by a cadre of Michelin star-wielding chefs & all-star team! Here’s the scoop on this truly exciting midtown newcomer…

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Where to Drink and Dine Poolside in NYC

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

While beach eats have improved exponentially in recent years, so too have the food & drink offerings at the city’s numerous, high-end hotel pools. So if your’e looking to lounge on a chaise surrounded by skyline instead, you might want to check out the menu at one of these spots, including Andrew Carmellini’s (Brooklyn’s the William Vale)…

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Gourmet Gossip: August 2017

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening or devastating closing, which is why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites, from a double-your-pleasure oyster debut from the Grand Banks team, to the unveiling of an all-Cheetos (you better believe it) eatery…

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It’s All About the Lettuce at Local Leaf

Local Leaf

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting, Trendwatch

Love a good sandwich, but want to avoid carbs? Lettuce has been a longtime diet substitute for bread and buns, more recently adopted by gluten-free diners as well, for a way to enjoy sandwiches without wheat. Local Leaf and their build your own sandwich concept aims to turn lettuce into a bonafide lifestyle, by spotlighting roughage at their new, Murray Hill location…

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Addio Perla, Benvenuto Fairfax, Gabe Stulman’s Play on the All-Day Cafe


Posted on Aug 9, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting

Gabe Stulman’s at it again, overhauling West Village Perla completely — transforming it into a laid-back, all-day eatery, called Fairfax, that transitions to a funky wine bar with food at night…

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