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The Season’s Most Creative Drinks NYC

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 in Best Of, Drink Spotting, Summer

We often associate spring and summer with rosé, margaritas, and other icy, alcoholic drinks. But if you don’t want to head to work each day hung over, you’ll cool off with these refreshing, totally booze-free beverages, from the freshly pressed juices at Genuine Superette, to the creamy horchatas at Los Tacos No. 1, the totally fun bubble teas at Thirstea Cafe and more…

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Last Licks of Summer 2014

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Okay, so Labor Day has sadly and all too quickly arrived. But summer’s not over… yet, which is why an edible “In Memoriam” seems fairly appropriate. Corn. Tomatoes. Peaches. Peas. Watermelon. Lobster. We hardly knew you. Sigh. So before the choice picks at the Greenmarket become apples, sweet potatoes and kale, get your final licks of summer by indulging in these vibrant restaurant dishes, highlighting the very best that the season has (sniff, almost had!) to offer…

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Seasonal Eats: The Skinny on Peaches

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

What could be more evocative of summer than biting into a fuzzy, sun-warmed peach? After all, although peaches can technically be found — albeit, often in rock-solid, tasteless and bone-dry iterations — in supermarket fruit bins for the better part of the year, they’re truly at peak, fresh-off-the-tree form from late June through early September. Which means that right this moment is the very best time to stuff yourself silly, on perfect, end-of-summer peaches…

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Dish Spotting: Bubby’s High Line $100 Sundae

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Dish Spotting, Summer

Come summer, who isn’t a sucker for ice cream? No, seriously. But a $100 dollar ice cream sundae? Bubby’s High Line just unveiled a new, over-the-top creation with homemade ice cream you’ll want to know the scoop on (get it, scoop?)…

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Oodles of Cold Noodles for Summer

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Lasagna. Carbonara. Spaghetti Bolognese. Are you drooling yet? Us either. Don’t get us wrong; we absolutely adore warm, saucy pastas in any form, but they lose a large part of their appeal when it’s 80-degrees outside. Not that you need to forgo noodles until the fall, if you simply think exotic Asian — by ordering the Spicy Whelk Salad at Danji, the Chilled Soba at Talde or the Cold Ramen at MokBar…

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Seasonal Eats: Sweet Corn

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

While tomatoes are definitely our favorite summer fruit, when it comes to veggies, we absolutely have to give the top honors to corn. Because what would a backyard barbecue be without ears of succulent, butter-slathered corn, deposited in their husks directly on the grill, or a beachside lobster boil, where you’ll invariably find the sunflower-yellow cobs nestled in pots, alongside bright red crustaceans and floury potatoes?

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The Most Delectable Summer Sweets

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Best Of, Dessert, Summer, Summer Eats

Ice cream is undoubtedly the most popular sweet come summer, but it would be a shame to skip over the dessert menu the next time you go out to eat. Because many of New York’s top pastry chefs are turning out composed treats, that are every bit as appealingly seasonal as popsicles, cups and cones, like the Sweet Pea Cake at Del Posto and the Peaches on Toast at Prune…

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Where to Eat at Rockaway Beach

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Summer

Growing up in New York, beach food to us invariably meant foil-wrapped sandwiches lugged in coolers, or if we were lucky, Nathan’s fries and hot dogs from Coney Island. That was about it. And while waterside dining options have essentially remained status quo around Coney, the same certainly can’t be said of Rockaway Beach, a once sleepy strip in far-flung Queens, which — due to a spate of seriously cut above concessions — has quickly become a top summer destination…

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Seasonal Eats: Heirloom Tomatoes

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

One of our simplest — but most eagerly anticipated — pleasures of summer is biting into a sun-warmed, perfectly ripe tomato, full of flavor and fit to bursting with juice. Because save for a few months out of the year, who actually enjoys eating those wan, mealy wedges that show up in uninspired salads? We’d much rather savor the seemingly endless variety of entrancing heirlooms, such as lush Brandywine, sugary Golden Jubilee, and slightly acidic Green Zebra…

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The Best Ice Cream Treats – Summer 2014

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Once it gets broilingly hot outside, there’s one sweet we crave more than all the rest, and that’s cool, dripping ice cream. We love it all, which is why we’ve rounded up an array of awesome scoop shops to see you through the summer season, including Morgenstern’s, a new, out-of-the-box Lower East Side ice cream parlor, and Eggers, a 1930’s-era, Staten Island classic…

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The Best End-of-Summer Dishes

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 in Best Of, Summer

Now that we’ve all begrudgingly entered back into our regular work and school routines, the leisurely days of summer already seem like a thing of the past. But there’s one thing we’re just not willing to let go of quite yet, and that’s luscious, warm weather produce. So until we start seeing apples, kale and pumpkin taking over restaurant menus, we plan on eating every last end-of-summer dish we can find, like the Heirloom Tomato Panzanella at The Cleveland in Nolita, the Scallops and Sweet Corn at Piora in the West Village, and the Fig and Ribiola-topped Crostini at Red Gravy in Brooklyn!

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Seasonal Eats: Figs

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 in Seasonal Eats, Summer

When it comes to fruit, what could more impossibly exotic, unreservedly luscious, and yes, even as downright sexy as a fig? Native to the Middle East and western Asia — although currently just as popular, if not more so, in the Mediterranean — the intensely sweet and juicy fig has been around since ancient times (you know, that whole Garden of Eden thing). In fact, it was one of the very first plants cultivated by humans, predating barley, legumes, and even wheat!

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New York’s Tastiest Summer Cocktails

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 in Best Of, Summer

There’s no other word for it… summertime cocktails are just so fun. From frosty Margaritas and fragrant Mojitos to fruity Sangrias and spicy Micheladas, each makes you feel like you’re relaxing on a tropical island somewhere — even if you’re merely sipping from a plastic cup on the stoop of your brownstone, or on a crowded restaurant patio along a city street. Since New York’s cocktail scene is only getting better and better, there’s no reason to limit yourself to the usual suspects this season. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the most unique summer cocktails, from the Ouest Daisy at Lafayette to the Big Daddy Kane at Tribeca Canvas and more!

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Our Favorite Fried Dishes for Summer

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 in Best Of, Summer

Have you ever noticed how many foods seriously weaken your resolve to eat healthfully each summer? Ice cream. BBQ. And oh yeah, deep-fried everything. I mean, how can we be expected to rock sundresses, bikinis and itty-bitty short shorts when Belly Clams and Fried Chicken so perfectly complement the season? Resistance is especially futile when you consider divinely crunchy bites, like the Stuffed Zucchini Flowers at Charlie Bird and the Le Grand Aioli (a mixed plate of crispy goodness) at Marlow and Sons.

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The Coolest Popsicles in New York

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 in Best Of, Dessert, Summer

The sweltering summer heat has everyone craving some sort of frozen treats. (I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty much all we’re thinking about.) Remember how excited you used to get about The Good Humor Man’s Strawberry Shortcake Pops and Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Pops? Well, that’s child’s play compared to the new wave of frozen sweets, made with everything from fresh herbs to seasonal fruits and artisanal ice creams. Lest we forget our favorite, alcohol-spiked popsicles – a cocktail & dessert in one!

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Seasonal Eats: Artichokes

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 in Summer, Summer Eats

As happy as we are to order artichokes from seasonal restaurant menus, and as excited as we are to see them at Greenmarkets, artichokes rarely seem to wind up in our grocery baskets. That’s because the spiny, edible flowers can be awfully intimidating to deal with at home. Actually the bud of a plant from the thistle family, this ancient Mediterranean vegetable has a complex, largely inedible outer structure. The tender heart is encased by a sheath of sharp hairs, called the choke, which is further surrounded by a tight formation of fleshy, purplish-green petals.

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New York’s Tastiest Chilled Soups

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 in Best Of, Soups, Summer

Our coats may still be buried away in the back of our closets, but that’s no reason to abandon characteristically cold weather fare like soup. Think about it — what better way to beat the heat than with a chilled soup made of seasonal fruits and vegetables, like Watermelon Gazpacho topped with Feta Cheese or cold Corn Soup crowned with Crabmeat? Is your mouth watering yet? Check out the creamy Cucumber Vichyssoise at Dovetail, or the sweet and savory Borscht at Joseph Leonard, and it will be. Here are a few other cool soups to savor before summer’s end.

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Dreamy Summer Dishes In New York

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 in Best Of, Summer

There are so many reasons to love summer.  Al fresco dining.  Outdoor food festivals and markets.  Seafood shacks.  And best of all, tons of fresh, local produce.  Succulent Sweet Corn, tender Yellow Squash and juicy Heirloom Tomatoes are only really available for a fleeting three months, tops.  That’s why the city’s best restaurants are taking full advantage of the Greenmarket, like Franny’s Crostini with Fava Beans, Pecorino, Alder’s Foie Gras Terrine with Watermelon and Yuzu, and Ignacio Mattos’ newly opened, Estela and its Raw Scallops with Citrus and Bronze Fennel.  Looking for a few more seasonal dishes to celebrate summer with?  Right this way… Estela47 E Houston StreetNY 10012(212) 219-7693 Ever since parting ways with Isa in Williamsburg last year, chef Ignacio Mattos has stayed pretty much under the radar.  But just in time for summer, he’s re-emerged at Estela,...

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Sizzling BBQ Spots for Summer

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 in Best Of, Summer

There’s really no need to travel cross-country in search of a smoked meat fix this summer. Because from the Brontosaurus Ribs at Mighty Quinn’s in Manhattan to the pepper-rubbed beef at BrisketTown in Brooklyn and caper-brined pastrami at The Strand Smokehouse in Queens, our city is shaping up to become one of the next great hubs of righteous, wood-fired ‘cue!

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New York’s Top Hot Dogs

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in Best Of, Summer

In case you didn’t know it, July is National Hot Dog Month. And happily, New York has a lot more to celebrate with nowadays than shriveled ballpark franks and dirty water dogs from street carts. In fact, fancified forcemeat is starting to become just as popular at local restaurants as haute cuisine hamburgers, from the Green Papaya and Quail Egg-topped links at DBGB Kitchen & Bar to the fiery curry-injected Phaal Dog at Brick Lane Curry House and even a hot dog made with Foie Gras at Prospect in Fort Greene. Here are just a few other stellar sausages you’ll want to sink your teeth into this summer…

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