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An Exciting New World of Sandwiches

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 in Best Of

These are good times for a change in your lunch routine. Besides, why eat another tuna sandwich or ham & cheese when you can choose from a world of sandwiches? In case you haven’t noticed, ethnic sandwiches are popping up all over the city.  Eateries are serving up every imaginable global flavor between bread.  And by bread, I mean everything from Indian roti to Mexican tortillas. Some sandwiches are traditional, while others are a representation of flavors and ingredients used in creative and delicious ways.  There’s even a few mashups of several cultures at once, like Mexican burritos stuffed with Korean barbecue. If you’re not ready to commit to just one cuisine, No. 7 Sub is a good place to start. Tucked inside the Ace Hotel, No. 7 Sub turns out subs with an American, Asian, Latin or a...

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Brunch And The City

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 in Best Of

We love brunch anytime of year, but with fall well underway, we find ourselves indulging in hearty weekend meals more and more. Thankfully, there are so many terrific brunch options these days, from Mexican huevos rancheros to Argentinian breakfast empanadas.  There’s Pulino’s stellar lineup of breakfast pizzas and Café Mogodar’s poached eggs, pita and haloumi cheese.  From the Upper West Side to Park Slope, we’ve honed in on the best in brunch, right down to the mimosas. Mesa CoyoacanAddress: 372 Graham Avenue between Skillman and Conselyea (Brooklyn)Phone: (718) 782-8171Website: mesacoyoacan.comIf it’s huevos rancheros you’re craving, don’t waste your time or your taste buds on the second rate versions at the average diner.  Instead, opt for authenticity at Mesa Coyoacan. Beyond the classic Mexican wake-up call of fried eggs and corn tortillas smothered in a spicy tomato sauce , the...

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Where To Dine Out This Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 in Best Of, Fall Foods, Holiday Eats

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to decide.   If you’re among the scores of people opting to dine out this Thanksgiving, choosing a restaurant can be almost as overwhelming as hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner.  We’ve done the work for you, scouting out a slew of noteworthy Thanksgiving menus this holiday, leaving you only one task – calling in your reservation.  Back Forty in the East Village is braising turkey legs, while in Harlem, Red Rooster is preparing for their first annual Thanksgiving feast.  If you prefer Brooklyn, there’s Fatty ‘Cue and iCi Restaurant. Did we mention the Latin flavors on deck at Palo Santo or the Austrian-inspired dishes at Wallse? And just because turkey steals the show this time of year doesn’t mean there aren’t a few vegan-friendly dishes to indulge in too. Red Rooster Harlem...

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Dishspotting:Le Bernardin Lounge's Geoduck

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 in Dish Spotting

In case you haven’t heard, Le Bernardin just got a new look, and more importantly, a new lounge with a lot more seating and a menu all its own.  For those of us who don’t like to make reservations or wear a jacket & tie (at least not all the time), that’s very good news. Instead of a white tablecloth in the main dining, you can sit at the bar, or at one of the low, lounge tables, and have the same, phenomenal food without the fuss of formal dining or service.  You might wager that you’d have to wait for a table on a Friday night, but in fact, I walked in and got a table right away.  And I wore jeans.  (Mind you, they were black jeans, but it was casual.) The lounge is newly refurbished with...

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Egg Poacher

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 in Gizmo Girl

In case you haven’t noticed, poached eggs are no longer just a breakfast food.  Some chefs serve them on polenta, others over a frisee salad, or even a sirloin steak.  Poached eggs are deceptively tricky.  They often stick to the poacher or break while removing them from the boiling water. You shouldn’t have to go out to get a perfectly poached egg. We finally found a solution (pictured right). Egg Poacher...

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Thanksgiving To-Go

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 in Best Of, Fall Foods, Holiday Eats

What’s not to love about Thanksgiving? It’s that one day of the year that’s almost entirely dedicated to eating. Of course, there’s football games and parades, but we give particular thanksor the smorgasbord of food that awaits us.  But for many of us, cooking the entire meal from appetizers to dessert can be daunting if not down right unrealistic. Fear not, because there are plenty of places to pick up turkeys, sides, phenomenal pies, or even entire meals around the city. Whether you’re hosting or a guest this Thanksgiving, you won’t be short on delicious dishes.  We found one-stop shopping at Butterfield, deep-fried turkeys at Jive Turkey and even gluten free pies at Baby Cakes.  Check out the best of Thanksgiving to go… Jive Turkey Address: 570 Myrtle Ave., btwn. Classon & Emerson Aves (Brooklyn) Phone: (718) 797-1688 Website:...

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All Things Fried For Fall

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 in Best Of

What is it about fried foods that make them so irresistible?  We’re helpless in the face of warm, golden french fries, freshly fried beignets or chicken.  Lately, we’ve noticed that chefs have gotten rather imaginative with what they’ll dunk in the fryer.  How about fried pizza, bacon, or macaroni and cheese?  While some of them may sound like a bad idea, the adage holds true:  anything tastes better fried. ChipShop 383 5th Avenue (at 6th Street) Brooklyn, NY 11215 718.832.7701 129 Atlantic Avenue (at Clinton and Henry Streets) Brooklyn, NY 11215 718.855.7775 If you want a fully fried meal, this is the place to do it.  Chip Shop is like a British temple devoted to all things fried, including dessert.  First things first, you can’t eat at a British chip shop and not try their fish and chips. ...

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Destination Dining: Harlem

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 in Destination Dining

Harlem is getting a lot of attention these days as one of New York’s most up and coming neighborhoods. New apartment buildings, shops, and the newly opened Aloft Hotel are attracting more residents and visitors everyday. Back in 1999, the Zagat’s New York City Restaurant Guide didn’t even give Harlem a mention in its location section.  Ten years later, in 2011, the latest Zagat listings include 35 Harlem restaurants with French, Italian, Mediterranean, New American and soul food offerings.  The wealth of new dining and drinking options has put Harlem on the dining map, and not just because of the opening of Red Rooster.  Frederick Douglass Boulevard is quickly gaining a reputation as a restaurant row.  Here are a few of our favorites.  You might want to consider a day trip to maximize your Harlem food tour. Red Rooster...

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Dishpotting: Zoe's Grilled Octopus

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 in Dish Spotting

It’s strange how some restaurants manage to remain under the radar these days.   You’d think what with twitter, facebook, food magazines, newspapers, and a billion food blogs that it would be next to impossible.  You can find a quick blurb about the opening of Zoe on Grub Street as well as a restaurant listing on Metromix, but there should be much more buzz around this newcomer.   Zoe opened on the Lower East Side in August in the former Satsko space.   The room is newly and minimally outfitted in modern Danish trimmings with unique accents, like a church pew (shipped from North Carolina) along the back wall of the dining room.  Though the restaurant only opened recently, it seems like the kind of neighborhood spot that’s been around for years. That is, except for the food, which is...

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