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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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Tim Ho Wan is Your Ultimate Chrismukkah Destination

Tim Ho Wan

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Best Of, Fall Foods, Holiday Eats

Why should kiddies have all the fun on Halloween? Instead of going house to house for candy, make a holiday pilgrimage to New York’s best sweet shops and chocolatiers instead, for highly adult treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar, Li-Lac Chocolates & more…

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Day of the Dead Dining Guide: 2016

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Eating Events, Holiday Eats

Save for the sweet consumption of candy, Halloween isn’t exactly known as a food holiday (at least not savory anyway!). Which is why we tend to be more partial to the Day of the Dead. Think masa, mole, tamales and tequila…

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A Guide to Haute Halloween Candies in NYC

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Best Of, Dessert, Halloween, Holiday Eats

Sad but true: It’s socially unacceptable to trick or treat and beg for candy from your neighbors past a certain age (don’t put it past us to try though!). Check out this year’s most deliciously grown up sweets…

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The Best Jewish Desserts for the High Holidays

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 in Best Of, Dessert, Holiday Eats

One of the most pervasive customs associated with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah is to consume treats like apples dipped in honey — thought to ensure a sweet new year. Which means if you’re observant (or just constantly in search of a sugar rush), you’re practically obligated to eat dessert! From the pistachio and fig-laced halvah at Seed + Mill, to the babka-blessed ice cream at Mekelburg’s…

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Our Favorite Food-Focused Mother’s Day Gifts

Posted on May 5, 2016 in Gifts for Foodies, Holiday Eats

We’ve got the perfect food-focused gifts for Mother’s Day! From cooking classes at Brooklyn Kitchen to homecooked meals & handcrafted houseware from Blue Hill at Stone Barns…

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Mother’s Day Dining Guide: 2016

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 in Holiday Eats

If you’re angling to express just how much you appreciate your mom, through conspicuous consumption of top shelf alcohol and food, you’ve come to the right place; as we’ve got eight, great suggestions for that all-important reservation — from a upper crust tasting at Gabriel Kreuther, to a classic French prix fixe (complete with all-American Bloody Mary bar!) at Rebelle…

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New York’s Best Passover Desserts

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Just as Hanukkah sweets (i.e., jelly donuts) tend to pale in comparison with the sugar rush associated with Christmas, traditional Passover desserts (i.e., gummy macaroons) don’t exactly hold a candle to Easter’s candy bacchanalia. But this is New York we’re talking about, and our pastry chefs simply don’t miss an opportunity to take treats to the next level; so leave room on your Seder table for Zucker Bakery’s Matzoh Cake, Jacques Torres’ Shalom bars and Mouth’s dark chocolate frogs.

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Where to Celebrate Passover 2016

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

It’s almost time for the Jewish holiday of Passover, lasting from April 22nd-30th this year. And while there are a number of dietary restrictions involved (including not eating leavened bread), it won’t feel like a sacrifice if you dine out in NYC, at deliciously observant spots like Russ & Daughters, Balaboosta, and even the contemporary Chinese Fung Tu!

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Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 in Eating Events, Holiday Eats

As they say, everyone’s Irish on March 17th, so you’ll want to start plotting out your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations now. And we’ve got your guide to holiday-friendly destinations — from rare whiskies and Bangers & Mash at the James Beard award-winning Dead Rabbit Grocery to naturally green delicacies at the plant-based by CHLOE…

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NYC Easter Dining Guide 2016

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

With spring seemingly having already sprung, we’re ready to doff our overcoats and don our bunny ears for Easter! But unless you really feel like spending the holiday roasting off a whole lamb, you’ll want to secure a brunch or dinner reservation now, at celebratory spots like Freemans, The Breslin, or Aquavit, offering an extensive Swedish Smorgasbord…

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Inside Baita: An Italian Alps Pop-Up At Eataly

Baita

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Best Of, Fall Foods, Holiday Eats

Why should kiddies have all the fun on Halloween? Instead of going house to house for candy, make a holiday pilgrimage to New York’s best sweet shops and chocolatiers instead, for highly adult treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar, Li-Lac Chocolates & more…

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How Sweet It Is: New York’s Top Holiday Treats

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 in Best Of, Christmas Eats, Dessert, Holiday Eats

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah over-indulgences may have left you desperate to start a diet, but isn’t that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for? Until then, you might as well embrace the season by gorging yourself silly on extra-festive sweets, from The Meatball Shop and Ovenly’s “Boozy Rudolph” Sundae, to Dominique Ansel Kitchen’s shimmery Christmas Tree Cake…

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The Best Christmas Eve & Day Dining in NYC – 2015

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Best Of, Christmas Eats, Holiday Eats

If “going home for the holidays” involves staying in (or traveling to) New York, consider yourself fortunate — especially since it means that you don’t actually have to cook on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. That’s because a slew of the city’s best restaurants are throwing elaborate, multi-course feasts or holding extra-celebratory dinners on either one or both nights — from Piora to Rebelle to Chefs Club…

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New York’s Finest Feast of the Seven Fishes Celebrations

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 in Best Of, Holiday Eats, Seasonal Eats

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re not just talking about Christmas — we mean Christmas Eve! Because that’s when Italian’s celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a multi-course, seafood-centric extravaganza. But why should Italians have all the fun? You can get in on the under-the-sea action at the following restaurants — from Seamore’s to The John Dory Oyster Bar to The Clam and more…

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New York’s 8 Greatest Latkes for Every Night of Hanukkah

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

You’ve got to love Hanukkah — the Jewish holiday that obligates its observers to eat oil-blessed foods for eight straight nights (because a one day supply of oil miraculously burned for eight nights!). And as much as we dig jelly donuts, Hanukkah’s signature dish is Latkes…

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Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Pies

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 in Best Of, Dessert, Holiday Eats

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home this year (or spending it at someone else’s), consider saving yourself the trouble of crimping dough or pre-baking pastry shells. That’s because NYC is absolutely glutted with spots serving incredibly innovative, artisanal pies, including Bien Cuit, Butter & Scotch, Momofuku Milk Bar and more. So go ahead and place your holiday order now, for apple-lined, pumpkin-filled and pecan-topped treats…

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dining Guide: 2015

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 in Best Of, Holiday Eats, Thanksgiving

While you probably won’t hear Christmas carols being piped through store loudspeakers , it’s not the least bit early to start planning for Thanksgiving dinner! Especially if it’s a meal you generally eat at restaurants, all of which have begun opening their books for reservations now. From the James Beard Award-nominated Hearth to the super seasonal Market Table…

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Day of the Dead Dining Guide 2015

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 in Holiday Eats

Don’t throw your face paint and macabre costumes out right after Halloween, because November 1st -2nd is the Day of the Dead! A Mexican holiday that honors the dearly departed with parties, feasts and brightly colored altars adorned with sugar skulls, it’s a celebration that’s eagerly commemorated at restaurants through NYC, such as Hecho en Dumbo, Calexico, Rosa Mexicano & more…

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Sweet & Spooky: Grown Up Halloween Candy

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Best Of, Fall Foods, Holiday Eats

Why should kiddies have all the fun on Halloween? Instead of going house to house for candy, make a holiday pilgrimage to New York’s best sweet shops and chocolatiers instead, for highly adult treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar, Li-Lac Chocolates & more…

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