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Seasonal Eats: Pomegranates

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Winter Eats

Most of us are thoroughly familiar with pomegranate seeds and juice, but how often have you actually come across a whole, seemingly impenetrable fruit? Wrapped in a thick, fibrous skin, the ruby, grapefruit-sized orbs barely betray the supple lushness inside. Here’s everything you need to know on how to peel them, eat them & where to get the best renditions dining out in NYC…

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The Most Warming Winter Cocktails in NYC

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 in Best Of, Cocktails, Winter Eats

Hot chocolate and cider aren’t the only means of getting warm during winter. At New York bars and restaurants, you’ll discover cocktails calibrated to snuggle you from the inside out; from Tavo’s activated charcoal and smoked maple “Black Widow,” to Nishi’s scotch, honey and ginger-based “Penicillin.”

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Seasonal Eats: Beets

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Winter Eats

While we understand the instinctive childhood aversion (often extending to adulthood) to vegetables like broccoli and brussels sprouts, it’s harder to process the problem with beets. So here’s just a few, delicious reasons to rethink this winter root veggie! From the loaded & Baked Beet at Union Square Cafe to Gran Electrica’s Beet Cocktail & more…

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Dreamy Winter Dishes in NYC

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 in Best Of, Winter Eats

Post-holiday season can be awfully dreary. That’s why we rely on restaurants to see us through the hump; because in the hands of chefs like Dan Kluger, Jared Sippel and Casey Lane, even parsnips, sprouts and celery root seem positively festive!

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Seasonal Eats: Broccoli, Cauliflower and Romanesco

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 in Seasonal Eats, Winter Eats

Just like brussels sprouts, gassy brassicas such as cauliflower and broccoli have had quite the hill to climb, in order to be considered legitimately edible, let alone cool. But they’ve finally emerged victorious, trending so heavily at restaurants that they’re lovingly showcased in their purest forms. Honestly, how many whole roasted heads of cauliflower have you seen at eateries in the past few years? Because we’ve come across lots…

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New York’s Most Noteworthy Winter Desserts

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 in Best Of, Dessert, Winter Eats

It’ll be ice cream season before you know it, but until then, you might as well get your last licks of winter’s most swoonworthy sweets, from Michael Laiskonis’ Candied Chestnut Monte Bianco at La Sirena, to April Bloomfield’s Parsnip Chiffon Pie at Salvation Burger…

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Amazing Stews to See You Through Winter NYC

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 in Best Of, Winter Eats

The weather may be ping ponging from spring-like to frigid, but while it’s still officially winter, best to get your stew fix while you can. So we rounded up the most potent potages around the city — from the classic French Coq au Vin at Vaucluse to the seafood-studded Cioppino at Upland, & the sleeper Pozole at El Atoradero in Brooklyn…

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New York’s Newest, Internationally-Inspired Soups

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Best Of, Soups, Winter Eats

It may officially be Hot Soup Month, but you hardly need a faux food holiday to steer you towards warming, good-for-you, and intensely flavorful broth. And we’re rounding up some of the newest & best, internationally inspired bowls! From High Street’s Spiced Pumpkin Soup to…

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Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2016

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in Best Of, Eating Events, Winter Eats

Whether or not you plan on giving anything up for Lent, it’s probably not going to stop you from taking part in Mardi Gras, so we’ve comprised an essential directory of Fat Tuesday-appropriate spots for February 9th — from the East Village’s Acadia-inspired King Bee & the French Quarter-esque Ninth Ward to Brooklyn’s atmospheric absinthe den, Maison Premiere…

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Edible Events: February 2016

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 in Eating Events, Winter Eats

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis, but unless you have the time & money to party seven days a week, you’ll have to be somewhat discerning about what goes onto your calendar this February. So here are just a few worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now!

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Our Favorite Cold-Weather Pastas in New York

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 in Best Of, Winter Eats

We could probably eat pasta three meals a day, seven days a week. But we tend to indulge our penchant for unapologetic carb loading mostly in the wintertime, so we can hide the side effects under bulky coats. So before spring induces us all to start shedding layers, don’t miss the chance to try some of the very best pasta dishes around — from the hearty Red Wine Lumache at Bar Primi to the cloudlike Chestnut Gnocchi at Via Carota…

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Delicious Comfort Dishes Guaranteed to Get You Through Winter

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 in Best Of, Winter Eats

Had about as much as you can take of winter? Well, we’re not quite out of the woods yet. But instead of desperately counting the days until spring, why not pass the time pleasurably, by enjoying the best of what the season has to offer? We’ve rounded up this winter’s most delicious Comfort Foods 2015, including Dirt Candy’s Vegetarian Hot Pot…

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New York’s Best Hot Chocolate

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Best Of, Drink Spotting, Winter Eats

If there’s one upside to being smack dab in the middle of bone-chilling winter, it’s this — we get to warm ourselves from the inside out with mugs of thick, sweet hot cocoa. Which, let’s be honest here, is essentially candy in a cup; especially if you order it at the following cafes and restaurants!

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Seasonal Eats: Spotlight on Citrus

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 in Seasonal Eats, Winter Eats

It can be hard to get jazzed up about winter fruits and vegetables, but citrus is a real bright spot (literally!) in a season full of tubers and roots. And we’re not just talking about lemons and limes, but grapefruit, oranges, tangelos and more, in a number of different hybrids and varieties, that are sure to gift a lift to any hearty, cold weather dish.

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Our Favorite “In-Between-Season” Eats

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 in Best Of, Spring Eats, Winter Eats

It may officially be spring, but the weather doesn’t necessarily reflect that right off the bat. Take this weekend, when it was 60 degrees and sunny one day, and 40 degrees and windy the next. And restaurant menus are similarly in flux, with root vegetables and heavy sauces often appearing alongside bright, fresh asparagus and tender fava beans. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite in-between-season eats…

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NYC’s Tastiest Winter Stews

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 in Best Of, Winter Eats

Now that it’s winter, chefs are turning their attention towards highly refined (but no less soul-satisfying) slow-simmered stews – from the Toulouse-style Cassoulet at Mountain Bird in Harlem to the Blanquette de Veau at Le Philosophe in NoHo and the rustic Wild Boar Spezzatino at Bar Corvo in Brooklyn…

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Best Comfort Foods for 2013

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 in Best Of, Winter Eats

Every cuisine has its own “comfort foods” — dishes that whisk eaters back to childhood. They can be rich and gooey a la mac & cheese or steamy and delicate, like Vietnamese Pho. You might not think about eating another culture’s staples when you’re feeling nostalgic or just plain freezing, but you could discover a new favorite comfort food. It should make a bad day turn into a good one, and make cold weather feel downright cozy.

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Perilla’s Farro Risotto

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 in Best Of, Winter Eats

This neighborhood spot from Harold Dieterle, Top Chef Winner Season 1, has plenty in the way of whole grain options, from wheat berries served with Duck Breast, to a side of Quinoa Salad with Golden Beets or Creamy Polenta with the Pork Chop.  But the best use of grains is the Farro Risotto, which breathes new life into traditional risotto.  A firm grain similar to barley, the farro is cooked with creamy blend of artichoke confit and parmesan, and served with a chili-grape salad on top — perfect for...

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Yonah Schimmel Knishery

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 in Best Of, Winter Eats

This Lower East Side knishery has been cooking whole grains for over one hundred years now.  Just what is a knishery exactly?   It’s a place that peddles Jewish knishes, big, pudgy dumplings filled with anything and everything, and often stuffed with kasha, which refers to a large family of grains eaten in Slavic Europe (make it plural and you get Kashi, thus the name of the eponymous cereal and snack bar purveyor).  The Kasha Knishes at Yonah Schimmel are round, baked shells of dough filled with a savory mixture of kasha and chopped onion.  It doesn’t matter if you lack Eastern European roots – these knishes are undeniably...

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Pates et Traditions’ Buckwheat Crepes

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 in Best Of, Winter Eats

This charming Williamsburg creperie has over 24 savory crepe options, but what sets them apart from traditional, white-flour crepes is that they’re made with 100% organic buckwheat flour.  That’s the way they make them in Breton, France, where they call them galettes.  Ground from buckwheat seeds, they taste bold and slightly bitter, with a dark whisper of mushroom.  We haven’t even gotten to fillings, like bacon, onions, eggplant, or potatoes.  And with fall options like the Bergere Crepe with goat cheese, swiss, fig, honey, caramelized onions, and rosemary, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll find something  to love.  Perhaps Trois Fromages with potatoes, camembert, roquefort and goat, or the Sultan with chicken, bacon, cumin and cream.   And there’s plenty of sweet buckwheat crepe offerings, so you can get your whole grains for dessert, too. Try the Bananas Flambe Crepe or Orange...

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