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8 Great Soft Shell Crab Dishes with Asian Flair

Posted on May 22, 2017 in Best Of, Spring Eats

While often associated with Maryland, soft shell crabs are equally popular in Asia; where their wholly edible, seasonally available, tender-bodied shellfish of choice is the mangrove. So even though NYC teems with Eastern seaboard-style eats — such as lemon-spritzed soft shells on potato rolls — come spring, you’re just as likely to find iterations inspired by the Far East! From Talde’s Vietnamese bun cha with crab to Nom Wah Nolita’s underwater bao, dusted with Chinese Old Bay…

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A Spotlight On New York’s Best Spring Desserts

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert, Spring Eats

Just as restaurants can’t wait to swap out root vegetables for ramps and asparagus come spring, they’re equally excited to drop apples and pears for delicate seasonal produce such as strawberries and rhubarb. So here are some incredible NYC sweets that absolutely scream spring; from Italienne’s marjoram custard-lined Rhubarb Gateau to Nur’s inspired yogurt and artichoke dessert (yes, really)…

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Seasonal Eats: Peas and Beans

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

Seductively sweet shell peas. Satisfyingly snappy string beans. Buttery, fuzz-covered favas. Delicate, dazzlingly green legumes of all shapes and sizes are one of the greatest delights of spring, shooting their tender tendrils from the ground the second the ground warms…

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Where to Drink and Dine Al Fresco This Season

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Save for slip-on shoes and sunglasses, an outdoor drinking and dining guide is the ultimate accessory for spring. And we’ve got eight exemplary spots to add to your ever-expanding al fresco list, from Enrique Olvera’s cool and casual Atla, to the newly minted courtyard at Ken Friedman & April Bloomfield’s Salvation Burger…

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Where to Dine on Mother’s Day 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017 in Best Of

It’s practically impossible to chip away at the lifetime debt we owe our moms — making Mother’s Day just another one of the 365 days she deserves our unadulterated thanks. Still, if you’re going to make reparations for Sunday (May 14th), they might as well involve truffles and copious amounts of champagne, at distinguished spots like Del Posto, L’Amico and more…

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What to Eat at Smorgasburg this Spring

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Food Markets

NYC’s biggest all-food flea market is always the first edible, al fresco free-for-all to open for the spring/summer season. And it’s proven to be a vital stepping stone over the years, catapulting fledgling small businesses onto New York’s culinary MainStage. Here are just a few we expect to be seeing a lot more from in the future; from Strange Flavor and their mala-basted burgers, to Commissary Kitchen, serving prison-influenced eats…

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 in Best Of, Cinco De Mayo, Mexican

Cinco de Mayo has largely devolved into a drinking holiday. So if you’re going to celebrate Mexican culture by way of margaritas and nachos, you might as well do it at the most legitimately commendable restaurants in town; from Enrique Olvera’s Atla to Alex Stupak’s grand Empellon!

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A Guide to New York’s Dessert Delivery Services

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert

Courtesy of the following door-to-door sugar suppliers, NYC’s insomniacs with sweet tooths will never need to deprive themselves of crepe cakes, éclairs, and bacon-chocolate truffles again…

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An Anti Trump Bar? We’ll Drink to That!

Coup

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert, Dish Spotting

The once innocuous doughnut has proved an innovation generator throughout NYC nowadays, from Doughnut Plant’s Ripple (a doughnut within a doughnut within a doughnut), to Dough’s Lemon Meringue Pie (double dessert hybrid) to Dominique Ansel’s oft imitated Cronut. And the West Village’s Doughnut Project has raised the stakes still further, with their clever collaborative chef series…

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New York’s Sprightliest Spring Dishes

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Every season has its perks, but it’s tough for any of them to hold a candle to spring; with its fleeting cornucopia of coveted, earth-warmed delicacies, such as sugar-sweet peas and coveted ramps. So here’s a handful of greenmarket-focused restaurants, that have made over their menus to reflect the very best of spring, from abcV to Union Square Café, and its rhubarb-sanctified Squab…

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Seasonal Eats: Asparagus

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Spring Eats

While asparagus are one of the first tender veggies to poke their heads out of the ground come spring, they’re not exactly prolific. And their season is sadly fleeting — pencil-thin spears begin to appear at the beginning of April, giving way to fatter, meatier specimens midway through June. So seize the season and check out our guide to the best spots to savor asparagus in NYC…

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Enrique Olvera Takes It Easy with Atla

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in Best Of

For his second NYC venture, Atla, you can forgive Enrique Olvera for dropping his guard just a tad. With little else to prove, he’s taken a cue from other fine dining stalwarts by going (if not exactly quick) than decidedly casual, opening an eatery that aims to be a destination for its NoHo neighbors, as opposed to globe-trotting, charge card-toting prestige seekers…

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Next-Level Easter Candy for Adults

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Best Of, Easter

While it’s hard not to get nostalgic over Cadbury Cream Eggs, speckled Jelly Bellies and Marshmallow Peeps, we adults (with our pesky slowed metabolisms), need to be a bit more discerning over how we rack up calories. So instead of dipping your mitts into your kids’ corn syrup-bolstered baskets, why not procure a personal stash of upmarket candy instead, obtained from certified chocolate artisans like Gabriel Kreuther… instead of the local pharmacy.

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The Ultimate Easter 2017 Dining Guide

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 in Best Of, Easter

To kids, Easter conjures up images of fluffy bunnies bearing baskets of jellybeans & marshmallow peeps. But to food-minded adults, the holiday is all about menus paying loving homage to the fleeting bounties of spring. So here’s where to commemorate April 16th with roasted lamb, tender asparagus and yes, even the season’s first ramps — at New York institutions like Marea, Craft and Bouley…

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Dish Spotting: Orchard Grocer’s Vegan Bagel and Schmear

Orchard Grocer

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert, Dish Spotting

The once innocuous doughnut has proved an innovation generator throughout NYC nowadays, from Doughnut Plant’s Ripple (a doughnut within a doughnut within a doughnut), to Dough’s Lemon Meringue Pie (double dessert hybrid) to Dominique Ansel’s oft imitated Cronut. And the West Village’s Doughnut Project has raised the stakes still further, with their clever collaborative chef series…

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Where to Celebrate Passover 2017

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 in Best Of, Passover, Passover

Passover may just be the Jewish people’s most alluring food holiday — despite the fact that it requires a strict abstinence from leavened bread. Running from April 10th-18th this year, the festival celebrates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery, via roasted meats, sweet, flour-free desserts, and lots (and lots, and lots) of red wine. So here’s where to get your matzoh on, at spots like Mile End, Fung Tu and more…

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NYC’s Best On-the-Go Breakfasts

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 in Best Of, Breakfast

While it’s said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s often an afterthought for on-the-go New Yorkers. Thankfully, the city is saturated with quick-service eateries, whose free-range egg sandwiches, house-crafted sausages, and freshly baked pastries are just as convenient. From Black Seed to White Gold Butchers to Daily Provisions & more…

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Danny Meyer Taps the Commuter Crowd with Daily Provisions

Daily Provisions

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert, Dish Spotting

The once innocuous doughnut has proved an innovation generator throughout NYC nowadays, from Doughnut Plant’s Ripple (a doughnut within a doughnut within a doughnut), to Dough’s Lemon Meringue Pie (double dessert hybrid) to Dominique Ansel’s oft imitated Cronut. And the West Village’s Doughnut Project has raised the stakes still further, with their clever collaborative chef series…

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Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2017

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in Holiday Eats, St. Patrick's Day

There’s nothing especially glamorous about meat-and-potatoes Irish fare, with its gravy-soaked portions and lusterless palette of brown, tan and white. Yet, those homely qualities are precisely what makes it so appealing, and why St. Patrick’s Day (celebrated this Friday) proves a welcome vehicle to push it to the culinary forefront. So hoist a pint of Guinness and a hunk of soda bread instead, at The Breslin, The Dead Rabbit and more…

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A Look at Doughnut Project’s Inspired, Deep-Fried Creations

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert, Dish Spotting

The once innocuous doughnut has proved an innovation generator throughout NYC nowadays, from Doughnut Plant’s Ripple (a doughnut within a doughnut within a doughnut), to Dough’s Lemon Meringue Pie (double dessert hybrid) to Dominique Ansel’s oft imitated Cronut. And the West Village’s Doughnut Project has raised the stakes still further, with their clever collaborative chef series…

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