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The Best Seafood Shacks for Summer

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in Best Of, Summer

There’s little we associate with summer as much as shellfish… from whole steamed lobsters served with corn on the cob and drawn butter, to toasted rolls piled high with full belly clams, and iced platters lined with freshly shucked raw oysters, cocktail sauce, and lemon wedges. Can’t make it to Nantucket, Newport, or Puget Sound this year? There are plenty of seaworthy spots in New York that are no more than a subway ride away, from The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market to the recently opened Kittery in Brooklyn. So treat yourself to a crustacean staycation this summer, by chowing down at some of the city’s best seafood shacks.

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Summer’s Sweetest Ice Creams

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 in Best Of, Summer

We’re not gonna lie. We tend to splurge on ice cream all year round. And the long, hot days and balmy nights of a New York summer give us even more of a reason to overindulge. How can we not, when the city has such an abundance of fun and unique sweet shops? And we’re not just talking vanilla soft serve, chocolate ice cream sandwiches or strawberry on a sugar cone. Oh no. There are all sorts of ways to get your dairy fix this summer, from the elegant sorbet at Amorino in Greenwich Village, to the unusual black sesame seaweed ice cream at SkyIce in Brooklyn, and the sticky sundaes at Eddie’s Sweet Shop in Queens!

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Last Licks of Summer

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

Just because Labor Day is around the bend doesn’t mean summer’s over.  Not until September 22nd anyway.  We say there’s still...

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Seasonal Eats — Cucumbers

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

You can get a cucumber any time of year these days, but once you try a cucumber in the summer, when they’re meant to be eaten, you’ll have a hard time going back to the ones found in the supermarket. Now is when cucumbers are being harvested, and not the usual ones you see everywhere. This is the time for kirbys, burpless and lemon cucumbers.

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Blueberry Soup Fix

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 in Best Of, Recipes, Summer

What’s more summery than plump, indigo-stained blueberries practically bursting at the seams with sweetness?  Berries of all sorts are the...

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Summer’s Best Corn Dishes

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

Summer may be winding down, but things are just getting exciting where corn is concerned. We sampled the city to find the best corn dishes in New York, from the Chilled Corn Soup at Blue Hill to the Sweet Corn Panna Cotta at Esca. Right now is the perfect time to get your corn fix, so check out our list to see where you can get the ultimate taste of summer…

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Blackberry Bliss

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

Blackberries, otherwise known as brambleberries, brumblekites or lawers, are a summertime staple.  That’s when they’re at...

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New York’s Best Summer Desserts

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

Where dessert is concerned, summer might just be our favorite time of year thanks to ingredients, like fresh strawberries, refreshing mint, and tart blueberries. There’s an abundance of stone fruits and berries that are just hitting their peak at this time of year, which means lots of sweet and juicy desserts.

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Best Ice Creams in New York

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

With summer in full swing, sweets of the frozen sorts are in high demand. While we’d eat ice cream all year round, this is the perfect season to discover new shops, trucks and flavors. Leave it to il laboratorio del gelato to push the flavor envelope with Guinness and wasabi ice cream.

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New York’s Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

New Yorkers have always been serious about their sandwiches. We’ve got everything from Katz’s legendary pastrami on rye to Sara Jenkin’s porchetta on a ciabatta roll. Recently, we’ve become just as serious about our ice cream sandwiches.

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Seasonal Treats: Raspberries

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

Raspberry season is officially upon us, which means you don’t have to settle for frozen or canned raspberries (gasp!) when a craving strikes. Freshly plucked raspberries are everywhere right now and you won’t just be seeing red.

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Soft Shell Crab Season

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

Summer marks the rise of some of our favorite foods, whether it be fresh fruits, summer soups, or chasing down the ice cream truck. For the seafood lover, summer months mean the return of soft shell crabs – and what a glorious return it is.

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Seasonal Eatings – Fava Beans

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

Fava beans are one of the hardest beans to crack. They’re fat and puffy and if you don’t know what to do with them, completely confusing. Not to mention the fact that they’re only available in the summer. While browsing through the local markets this time of year, look for the seasonal beans that look like larger lima beans in knobby green pods.

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Best Popsicles In NYC

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 in Best Of, Summer

If you haven’t noticed, popsicles have gotten quite the makeover over the past few years. It seems like we went from Push-Up Pops and Good Humor’s choco-dipped vanilla ice cream pops overnight. There’s a new batch of local shops with their own, innovative twists.

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Sexy Spring Cocktails

Posted on May 30, 2012 in Best Of, Spring Eats, Summer

We’ve been known to enjoy a cocktail (or three), and what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with a fresh from the garden...

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Summer on the Plate

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 in Best Of, Summer

One of our favorite places for a mid-morning stroll is the Union Square Greenmarket, or really any one of the city’s greenmarkets...

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Our Favorite Seasonal Summer Dishes

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 in Best Of, Summer

Now that we’ve reached the halfway mark of summer, we thought we’d look back at our favorite seasonal dishes and go back for...

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New York’s Best Summer Sips

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 in Best Of, Summer

You won’t hear us complaining, but it’s definitely hot outside.  (We’d take the heat over frigid temps any day.) ...

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New York’s Best Summer Soups

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 in Best Of, Summer

When we think of summer, soup isn’t exactly the first thing to come to mind, except gazpacho of course.    The cooling combination of...

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New York’s Finest Ice Cream Shops

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 in Best Of, Summer

If you’re like us, the recent heat has been making you crave the sweet, cool relief of ice cream.  These gelaterias and ice cream trucks...

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