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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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The Best Spring Desserts 2016

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 in Best Of, Dessert, Spring Eats

We’re all about ramps and spindly spring asparagus, but they don’t generally translate to dessert. So if you want to fully experience the best of what the season has to offer, you’ll save room for sweets at the following New York eateries, from the Rhubarb Soufflé at Le Coq Rico, to the “Strawberries and More Strawberries” at Olmsted!

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New York’s Best Spring Dishes 2016

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Best Of, Spring Eats

There’s not much you need to do to manipulate spring ingredients, such as verdant ramps, unctuous morels, succulent soft shell crabs and sprightly fiddlehead ferns. But the following restaurants have managed to take innately amazing items, and somehow make them even more incredible; so eat your way through the season at spots like Contra, Olmsted, Marta and more!

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Edible Events: May 2016

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Eating Events, Spring Eats

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 now…

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Ramps are All The Rage

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Start your engines, ladies and gentleman, as ramp season has officially begun! Obtained only through foraging, the young wild leek (adored for their seductive perfume and flavor) are the prize of any chefs produce section, so take advantage of these seasonal menu additions while you still can!

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Seasonal Eats: Here Come the Fiddlehead Ferns

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

Ramps may tend to steal the spotlight as the most lusted-after spring delicacy, but one of the first — not to mention most unusual — veggies to pop from the ground at the end of winter are crunchy, intriguingly coiled fiddlehead ferns. Tasting like a cross between asparagus and young spinach, the tightly wound fern tips appear at the very beginning of spring…

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Make the Most of In-Between Season at the Best New Restaurants in NYC

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Yes, it’s officially spring, and temperatures have seemingly settled in the 50 to 60 degree range, but we haven’t seen the last of cabbages, gourds, tubers and roots just yet. So until venerated veggies like ramps, asparagus, peas and artichokes fully descend on farmers markets, restaurants like Nix and Lilia are making the most of this interesting, in-between season…

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The Best Easter Candy in NYC – 2016

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 in Best Of, Dessert, Spring Eats

It doesn’t matter how old you get; Easter just isn’t Easter without baskets brimming with candy. That being said, most of us have evolved far beyond Jelly Bellies, Cadbury Crème Eggs, and those omnipresent marshmallow Peeps; so indulge your decidedly adult sweet tooth this holiday, with refined confections from Vosges, Tumbador, La Maison du Chocolat and more!

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Dish Spotting: New York’s Best Soft Shell Crab Dishes

Posted on May 26, 2015 in Best Of, Dish Spotting, Spring Eats

Ramps are so last week — we’ve moved onto our other favorite, fleeting, super-seasonal ingredient, soft shell crabs. Referring to blue crabs that have been removed from the water as soon as they molt (this preventing any further hardening of their shell), the entire crustacean can be eaten; save for its mouth, gills, and abdomen…

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Seasonal Eats: Spring Peas and Beans

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

It’s been so warm lately (90-degrees in May? Really?) that it feels like we should skip all further discussion of spring vegetables, and move right onto eggplant and tomatoes. And yet, those bright green pods busting with sweet, emerald-colored seeds are at the beginning of their season, and we want to help you make the most of them…

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Our Favorite Spring Cocktails

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Goodness knows we can appreciate an expertly made Old Fashioned or Negroni. But now that it’s spring, we couldn’t be happier to abandon brown liquor in favor of crisp, citrusy, fruity and refreshing tipples, at au courant bars and restaurants like Seamstress, Mace, Porchlight, Genuine Superette and more!

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Best Spring Dishes NYC

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Best Of, Spring Eats

It’s almost impossible to go wrong with dishes that are accented with buttery fava beans, ramps, silky asparagus, meaty artichokes, juicy soft shell crabs and grassy, uniquely coiled fiddlehead ferns. So since it’s exceedingly hard to choose just eight new, noteworthy creations, consider this list a mere jumping off point for a season’s worth of great eating, at places like Alder, Rebelle, Bar Bolonat and more…

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Seasonal Eats: Spring Onions

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 in Best Of, Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

After a long, cold winter subsisting on roots and tubers, we simply can’t wait to get our hands on incredible, warm weather produce. But it will still be a few weeks yet before farm stands and restaurant menus begin overflowing with fiddleheads, sweet peas, asparagus and more. In the meantime, you can content yourself with a wide array of spring onions — which, much like crocuses, are generally the very first verdant signs of life to appear, merrily popping through the still occasionally frosted ground.

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April’s Best Rainy Day Dishes

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Best Of, Spring Eats

What about spring — or more specifically, famously rainy April — when temperatures are relatively mild, but we average at least one drizzle a day? We say, turn to these terrific restaurant dishes, which are relatively light on their feet, but comforting enough to weather those persistent seasonal storms…

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For the Love of Lamb: New York’s Best Lamb Dishes

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in Best Of, Spring Eats

According to the saying, March comes in like a lion & goes out like a lamb. Lamb is an especially popular seasonal protein, not to mention a centerpiece of both Easter and Passover holiday tables. Which is why we’re spotlighting some of the most delicious lamb dishes at restaurants throughout NY — from Santina’s sexy Lamb Tartare to Jack’s Wife Freda’s Spiced Rack of Lamb over couscous…

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Our Favorite New Spring Cocktails

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Best Of, Spring Eats

We’ve been lavishing lots of love on spring dishes as of late, like lamb paired with ramps and fiddlehead ferns, and ricotta-swabbed pasta dotted with asparagus tips and morel mushrooms. But restaurant cocktail menus have also undergone a sprightly seasonal makeover, and from the “Organic Pea Mojito” at Rouge Tomate on the Upper East Side to the strawberry-flavored “Kon-Tiki” at Wallflower in the West Village, we’re rounding up the most mouth-watering, warm weather libations in New York!

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Seasonal Eats: Asparagus

Posted on May 12, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

Even though ramp mania is still at its peak, we wanted to give another great, green spring veggie its due: asparagus. A perennial garden plant belonging to the lily family, asparagus is harvested in the spring when it is 6 to 8 inches tall. Asparagus have fleshy spears topped with bud-like, compact heads, with a sweet, buttery taste and a tender texture. And while the most common variety of asparagus is green in color, two other edible varieties are available…

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Seasonal Eats: Ramps

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

Of all of the edible delicacies the spring season is known for — peas, asparagus, fiddlehead ferns, rhubarb, lamb and soft shell crab — ramps are undoubtedly the most lusted after. Sometimes referred to as a wild leek, the tender ramp, tasting like a cross between onions and garlic, is native to North America, with a burgundy-tinted bulb that resembles a scallion, and flat, broad, light green leaves…

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Spring Dishes on the Rise

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in Best Of, Spring Eats

It’s no wonder most chefs will tell you that spring is their favorite time of the year. That’s because verdantly green produce, like Ramps, Peas, and Fiddlehead ferns are green delicacies, made even more appealing by the fact that their seasons last only a fleeting, few weeks. So you can bet we’re taking advantage of our favorite restaurants warm weather dishes, like Asparagus with Quail Eggs at Juni, Stinging Nettle Ravioli at Betony, Rhubarb Kataifi at Beautique and much, much more…

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