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Air’s Champagne Parlor is All About the Bubbly

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in All Things Wine, Drink Spotting

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.

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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 in Best Of, Oktoberfest

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…

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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 Jun 27, 2017 in Best Of, Fourth of July

Memorial Day has the distinction of being the unofficial kick-off to summer, but the Fourth of July is the season’s central, paramount party. And considering Macy’s fireworks display (finally back over the East River) is the envy of the larger U.S., you don’t need to sweat it if you haven’t scored an invite to some beachfront clambake outside of the city. So here’s where to celebrate Independence Day NYC-style, including rooftop soirees at Westlight, The Crown and more…

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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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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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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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Seasonal Eats: Sweet Corn

Posted on Aug 4, 2017 in Best Of, Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

What vegetable is more deeply ingrained in food culture than corn?  First cultivated thousands of years ago by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans, they actually devised some of the world’s earliest calendars, as a way to keep track of their planting schedule for summer corn…

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Inside City Acres: A Grocery Store-Cum-Food Hall

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in Best Of, Food Markets

While all-vendor food halls are a dime a dozen nowadays, City Acres Market has gone what you might call the Whole Foods route (only way better!), by operating largely as a grocery store, supplemented by an awesome roster of revolving stands…

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Think Beyond Cotton Candy with New York’s Most Unique Eats on a Stick

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Best Of, Summer

From carnival perennials like cotton candy and corn dogs to flowers fashioned from mangos and sold along the beach, a multitude of summer’s preeminent foods are speared on sticks.  And in NYC, that formidable lineup even includes sugar-encased bacon courtesy of Landhaus, as well as fork-free chicken and waffles, at Cuban-cum-Mexican Cafe Habana & more…

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Edible Events: August

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 in Eating Events, Summer

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis, so here are just a few worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now. From a Blues & BBQ Festival to a Summer Shuck Off, Kids Food Fest & more…

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The Best Summer Cocktail Spots in NYC

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in Best Of, Cocktails, Summer

Summer drinks are meant to be fun, full of fruit and fizz and frequently frozen. But that doesn’t mean you should be drinking spiked Slurpee’s — not when masterful seasonal cocktails are available at the following city spots, from the new Narcbar to The Office & more…

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The Great Grant Achatz Officially Opens The Office in NYC

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 in Cocktails

While the city waits with baited breath for $195 cocktail tasting progressions at the Aviary, Chicago’s Grant Achatz and team has made his long-awaited Big Apple debut with an adjunct speakeasy in Columbus Circle called The Office…

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Where to Eat During Summer Restaurant Week 2017

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 in Best Of, Restaurant Week, Restaurant Week

Since dining out is a preferred warm weather pastime, Summer Restaurant Week — running from July 24th-August 18th — affords ample opportunity to do so for a song, thanks to three-course $29 lunches and $42 dinners at some of NYC’s most respectable restaurants, like Leuca, The Ribbon, db Bistro Moderne…

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Coolest New Ice Creams in New York

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert

Ample Hills, Morgenstern’s, Van Leeuwen and Blue Marble have as much name recognition as Haagen Daaz in New York. And the following dessert destinations are positioned to join the local ice cream pantheon, from La Newyorkina and its traditional Mexican helado to Taiyaki, and its fish-shaped Japanese waffle cones…

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Empire Stores is New York’s Hottest New Pseudo Food Hall

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 in Best Of, Food Markets, Hottest Newcomers

While not exactly a food court, per se, Empire Stores presents an impressive gathering of unique culinary concepts, in one of the city’s most breathtaking locations. Think a 19th century warehouse complete with original architecture (brick masonry façade, 14-foot ceilings, schist stone walls), abutting DUMBO’s waterfront panorama of the Empire State building, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge…

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Seasonal Eats: Blueberries

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

The saying may be “as American as apple pie,” but blueberries happen to be one of the few fruits native to the United States. That local longevity has undoubtedly hoped catapult them in terms of favorability (they rank second only to strawberries when it comes to overall berry consumption)! Here’s everything you need to know about sweet, juicy blueberries this summer…

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Guide to French Restaurant Week 2017

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Best Of, Restaurant Week

It’s not enough for New York to have a single, generic restaurant week — the city actually celebrates French Restaurant Week as well. Coinciding with Bastille Day, the annual event encourages locals to Eat, Drink and Be French — so take advantage of the following tres jolie establishments, and their menus set at the revolutionary prices of $17.89, $38, and $178.90.

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Where to Dine on the Fourth of July

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 in Best Of, Fourth of July

Memorial Day has the distinction of being the unofficial kick-off to summer, but the Fourth of July is the season’s central, paramount party. And considering Macy’s fireworks display (finally back over the East River) is the envy of the larger U.S., you don’t need to sweat it if you haven’t scored an invite to some beachfront clambake outside of the city. So here’s where to celebrate Independence Day NYC-style, including rooftop soirees at Westlight, The Crown and more…

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