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    Dish & Restaurant Spotting: Cacio e Pepe Bombolone at Mulino a Vino

    There tends to be a fast and furious frenzy of restaurant openings in the fall, meaning that, invariably, a few notable spots tend to get lost in the shuffle. So in case your attention has been duly diverted by Dirty French and Marta, we’d like to direct it back to a Meatpacking District newcomer, Mulino a Vino, which quietly debuted recently in a rather under-the-radar location — the basement level of a West 14th St. apartment building.

  • Guide to the New York City Wine and Food Festival 2014

    Guide to the New York City Wine and Food Festival 2014

    Back for its 7th year, the New York City Wine and Food Festival (a collaboration between the Food Network and Food & Wine magazine) pays homage to one of the greatest dining cities in the world, all while fighting to end hunger. With multiple, star-studded events happening each day, and ticket prices averaging well over $100 a pop, we thought we’d whittle down the festivals offerings by highlighting these six don’t-miss events…

  • Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2014

    Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2014

    Fall is high season for all manner of harvest-centric celebrations, but none are quite as — shall we say, boisterous — as Oktoberfest. The annual, 16-day festival lasts from September 20th to October 5th this year, an all-out carnival of German culture, including oompah bands, traditional foods, and massive liters of beer. So here’s where to spend the joyfully rowdy holiday this year, from Zum Schneider’s Gallic gala on the East River, to the New York City Wine and Food Festival’s all-star chef feast…

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Share Benefit’s 11th Annual A Second Helping Of Life

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in Eating Events

New York’s finest females are banding together to strut their skills at the 11th Annual Second Helping of Life Benefit on Monday, September 22nd from 7-9:30 at Chelsea Piers…

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Q & A with Mas (farmhouse) & Almanac’s Galen Zamarra

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Chef Q&A

Although highly respected in the industry, Galen Zamarra doesn’t make the news often. Ever since winning the James Beard Award for “Rising Star” at Bouley early on in his career, he’s essentially kept his nose to the grindstone. Until now that is, with the opening of his super seasonal, new eatery, Almanac…

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Redefining Brunch at the Modern Chinese Eatery, Fung Tu

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 in Ethnic Eats

Brunch has really taken it on the chin lately, with a number of food writers calling into question the appeal of the mid-morning meal — so often associated with overcooked eggs, overpriced pancakes, and overly long lines. But contemporary newcomers, like the year-old Fung Tu, are working hard to counteract those negative connotations, by staying blessedly true to their own culinary identities…

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Unique Indian Fare at Awadh

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

For all of the cuisines represented by New York’s uniquely multicultural dining scene, there’s never been an especially strong showing of Indian restaurants. Especially really regional ones. Sure, there’s a sizable concentration of standard, tikka masala spots in Murray (Curry) Hill as well as a more recent handful of scattered, casual eateries representing the Southern, largely vegetarian side of the country. But there have been precious few places that have examined the more nuanced, hyper-regional dishes from very specific areas of India, making the newly opened Awadh a notable addition to the Upper West Side…

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Where to Celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in Best Of, Ethnic Eats, Holiday Eats

Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, today is the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Coinciding with the harvest moon, the centuries-old Chinese celebration is marked by several traditions, including hanging shining lanterns and eating sticky, sweet moon cakes. Since it’s also a time to gather family and give thanks for the fall harvest, it’s often referred to as “Chinese Thanksgiving,” meaning scrumptious, expansive feasts are frequently part of the package!

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Our Favorite NY Spots to Brunch Right Now

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 in Best Of, Brunch

With leisurely summer evenings and extended vacations behind us, everyone is, once again, working for the weekend. So what better way to kick off a Saturday or Sunday in New York than with a seriously scrumptious and (preferably boozy) brunch? And these following restaurants are going above and beyond boring Eggs Benedict and hum-drum French Toast, with their late morning/early afternoon offerings, like Andrew Carmellini’s awesome new pasta spot, Bar Primi, and Egg Burritos & Pumpkin Tres Leches at April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco…

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Big Easy-Inspired Eats at Bo’s Kitchen and Bar

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 in

The official end of summer is actually September 22nd, which means we’re invariably still in for some hot & humid weather before the leaves start to fall. So as long as it feels as though you’re sweating bullets down on the Bayou, you might as well eat as if you are, starting with a ourbon-based cocktail and a plate of deep-fried alligator nuggets at Bo’s. Yes, really…

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Edible Events: September-October 2014

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 in Eating Events

There are all manner of fu 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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New York’s Most Refreshing Iced Drinks

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Best Of, Drink Spotting, Summer Eats

Labor Day may have come and gone, but buck up sun worshipers — its not hot chocolate and cider season yet! So chill out with a variety of New York’s most delicious iced drinks, like the refreshing Coffee Granita at Greenwich Village staple, Caffe Reggio, and Pizza Moto’s “Palmer Float,” at the recently opened Berg’n…

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Last Licks of Summer 2014

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Okay, so Labor Day has sadly and all too quickly arrived. But summer’s not over… yet, which is why an edible “In Memoriam” seems fairly appropriate. Corn. Tomatoes. Peaches. Peas. Watermelon. Lobster. We hardly knew you. Sigh. So before the choice picks at the Greenmarket become apples, sweet potatoes and kale, get your final licks of summer by indulging in these vibrant restaurant dishes, highlighting the very best that the season has (sniff, almost had!) to offer…

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Gourmet Gossip New York — August 2014

Posted on Aug 27, 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 Mario Batali’s newest project in The Maritime Hotel to a mass exodus from Plaza Hotel neighbor, Beautique, and Food & Wine’s upcoming, culinary salon for visiting chefs…

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Labor Day Weekend 2014 Dining Guide

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 in Best Of, Eating Events, Summer Eats

It’s much harder to get jazzed up about Labor Day weekend, the unofficial finale of summer, than it is to celebrate Memorial Day, which commemorates the (similarly unofficial) kick-off to the season. And yet, being that it’s only a matter of time before we’re resigned, once again, to parsnips and parkas, we might as well bid adieu to balmy weather with one last big hurrah this Labor Day weekend…

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Q & A with Nick Morgenstern of GG’s & Morgenstern’s Ice Cream

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 in Chef Q&A

Nick Morgenstern may have built up an impressive resume as pastry chef in some of New York’s top kitchens — Daniel, Gramercy Tavern and Gilt, and at his own two restaurants, Goat Town and Brooklyn’s General Greene —but it wasn’t until last May that he realized his lifelong dream; of opening up a classic ice cream parlor…

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Seasonal Eats: The Skinny on Peaches

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

What could be more evocative of summer than biting into a fuzzy, sun-warmed peach? After all, although peaches can technically be found — albeit, often in rock-solid, tasteless and bone-dry iterations — in supermarket fruit bins for the better part of the year, they’re truly at peak, fresh-off-the-tree form from late June through early September. Which means that right this moment is the very best time to stuff yourself silly, on perfect, end-of-summer peaches…

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New York Fall 2014 Restaurant Preview

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Sneak Peek

This year promises to be just as exciting as anticipated, with an upcoming collabo between Stephen Starr and Justin Smillie, and a Danny Meyer-less venture for Floyd Cardoz, not to mention a spate of spots from our Summer Preview, that should (finally!) open their doors come September, like Enrique Olveras’ Cosme, Geoffrey Zakarian’s redux of “The Palm Court” at The Plaza, and Dirty French from the Torrisi team…

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Dish Spotting: Bubby’s High Line $100 Sundae

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Dish Spotting, Summer

Come summer, who isn’t a sucker for ice cream? No, seriously. But a $100 dollar ice cream sundae? Bubby’s High Line just unveiled a new, over-the-top creation with homemade ice cream you’ll want to know the scoop on (get it, scoop?)…

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Summer Sips: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 in Drink Spotting, Ethnic Eats

Now that iced coffee season is in full swing, you may find yourself craving a little variety from your daily cold-brew. For those willing to venture into sweeter realms of coffee on the rocks, Vietnamese-style iced coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) may just be your summer salvation. Restaurant Girl dishes on where to find some of the best Vietnamese iced coffee in New York…

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Oodles of Cold Noodles for Summer

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Lasagna. Carbonara. Spaghetti Bolognese. Are you drooling yet? Us either. Don’t get us wrong; we absolutely adore warm, saucy pastas in any form, but they lose a large part of their appeal when it’s 80-degrees outside. Not that you need to forgo noodles until the fall, if you simply think exotic Asian — by ordering the Spicy Whelk Salad at Danji, the Chilled Soba at Talde or the Cold Ramen at MokBar…

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