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Where to Dine During the Jewish High Holidays

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in Best Of, Ethnic Eats, Holiday Eats

Autumn is an especially holy season for Jewish people, beginning with Rosh Hashanah on September 24th (the start of the New Year), extending through Sukkot and concluding with Yom Kippur on October 4th. And if you know anything about the Jews, it’s that they love to eat so here’s where and what to eat during the upcoming Jewish High Holidays — from honey-dipped Challah at Breads Bakery in Union Square, to an elegant, Eastern European-style feast at The Russian Tea Room…

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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2014

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in Best Of, Eating Events, Ethnic Eats, Holiday Eats

Fall is high season for all manner of harvest-centric celebrations, but none are quite as — shall we say, boisterous — as Oktoberfest. The annual, 16-day festival lasts from September 20th to October 5th this year, an all-out carnival of German culture, including oompah bands, traditional foods, and massive liters of beer. So here’s where to spend the joyfully rowdy holiday this year, from Zum Schneider’s Gallic gala on the East River, to the New York City Wine and Food Festival’s all-star chef feast…

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Where to Celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in Best Of, Ethnic Eats, Holiday Eats

Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, today is the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Coinciding with the harvest moon, the centuries-old Chinese celebration is marked by several traditions, including hanging shining lanterns and eating sticky, sweet moon cakes. Since it’s also a time to gather family and give thanks for the fall harvest, it’s often referred to as “Chinese Thanksgiving,” meaning scrumptious, expansive feasts are frequently part of the package!

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The Ultimate July 4th Dining Guide NYC

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Plan on spending the Fourth of July New York this year? It’s a good year to because Macy’s has finally brought their fireworks spectacular back to the East River, so commemorate it in style. From a moonlit cruise aboard the North River Lobster Company, to a waterside supper at the unfailingly elegant Riverpark, and a rooftop soiree at The Ides, atop the stylish Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn…

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The Ultimate Father’s Day Dining Guide

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

If your father has already accumulated a lifetime’s worth of golf clubs, neckties and “#1 Dad” coffee mugs, how about showing him you love him this year with food? We’ve rounded up a list of ultimate, guy-approved dining spots for Father’s Day, including scrumptious steaks at Marc Forgione’s American Cut in Tribeca…

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Mother’s Day Dining Guide 2014

Posted on May 6, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

How do we even begin to show our mothers how much they really mean to us? Well, while we can’t express our undying gratitude solely through bottomless Bellinis and Mimosas, or even Toasted Meringue Yarts with passion fruit custard and vanilla gelato (check out the holiday menu at Ai Fiori!) it certainly doesn’t hurt. That’s why we’ve rounded up Mother’s Day celebrations at a few especially luxe restaurants, bound to make your number 1 lady feel extra special, like a lavish afternoon tea at the Palm Court at The Plaza, or a sumptuous brunch at the recently relaunched Tavern on the Green…

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Historically speaking, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican militia’s victory over the French army during The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It’s retained its significance in the city of Puebla to this day, but has also evolved to become more of a celebration of Mexican pride and culture throughout the U.S. Which means that, yes, Cinco de Mayo is indeed an excellent excuse to overindulge on tacos, guacamole, tequila shots and margaritas — and from Los Americanos in Tribeca to Mission Cantina on the Lower East Side and Habana Outpost in Brooklyn, here are a few terrific places to do just that…

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Ultimate Easter Dining Guide 2014

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Easter’s right around the corner, which means it’s time to make your holiday brunch and dinner reservations now. Who doesn’t love an excuse to pig out? We’ve got everything from a Scandinavian feast at Aquavit to a Lebanese spread at Ilili or roof-to-table at Rosemary’s. We have all that and more right this way…

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Ultimate Passover Dining Guide 2014

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

If you’ve grown up Jewish like we have, you know that most major events and holidays — both joyous and non — are thankfully commemorated with food. And Passover’s no different. Not sure how to cull a craveable meal from a box of matzoh at home? Then eat out! Check out the terrific restaurants featured in our Passover dining guide, including Telepan, Balaboosta and more…

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Whiskey Stones from Broadway Panhandler

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Any true liquor connoisseur will tell you that the worst thing you could do to a glass of Chivas Regal is water it down with a fistful of melting ice cubes, making these Whiskey Stones the perfect gift for anyone that insists on ordering their spirits on the rocks. Just pop them in the freezer and drop them in your drink – it will stay well chilled (and undiluted) for 30 minutes or more. We’ll raise a glass to...

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Dark Chocolate and Désir: A Taste of Belgium

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Ethnic Eats, Holiday Eats

If you’re going to give someone your heart this Valentine’s day, make it a chocolate one—Belgian chocolate, to be exact. After all, in the world of chocolate, Belgium is king. The country houses a higher concentration of chocolatiers than any other on the planet, and still sticks faithfully to Old World, artisanal methods of making their candy by hand…

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NYC’s Most Creative Valentine’s Day Chocolates

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Our tastes have refined as we’ve gotten older, and it takes a bit more for our significant others to impress us than with Whitman’s Samplers or packages of Russell Stover. That’s where New York’s most creative candy companies come in, from Vosges Haut with their sweet and smoky Bacon Bars to the Japanese import Royce’ and their supremely decadent Cocoa Squares and Brooklyn’s Liddabit Sweets, currently selling Passion Fruit Truffles from their brand new outpost in the Chelsea Market!

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The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2014

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Do you want to show your significant other that you really care this Valentine’s Day? Then you’d be wise not to wait until the last minute to make a dinner reservation. Granted, it’s still January, but you can bet that all the best holiday tables will get snapped up… fast. So make your phone calls now if you want to treat your sweetheart to White Sturgeon Caviar at Ristorante Morini on the Upper East Side, Lobster and Sea Urchin at Juni in Midtown, or a selection of succulent Oysters from Maison Premiere in Brooklyn…

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Fun Food Holidays to Celebrate this January

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

There’s no need to feel let down now that the holiday season is officially over. Because if you love eating just as much as we do, there’s always a reason to celebrate. That’s why we’re commemorating January’s tastiest food-focused holidays at a number of New York restaurants, including National Hot Toddy Day at Whiskey Soda Lounge in Brooklyn and National Pastrami Sandwich Day at Alder on the East Village!

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NY’s Most Festive Holiday Desserts – 2013

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Halloween has candy. Thanksgiving is famous for pie. Hanukkah celebrants enjoy jam-filled, deep-fried donuts. When it comes to Christmas, it’s practically a cultural imperative to indulge in an endless array of sweets (the likes of gingerbread cookies, marzipan and fruitcake). Which is why we’ve rounded up some of the most festive, decadent desserts imaginable at bakeries throughout New York, from the extravagant Buche de Noel at Maison Kayser to the traditional, sugar-dusted Stollen (and not so traditional Cornflake Peppermint Cookies) at Momofuku Milk Bar in Union Square.

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Awesome International Holiday Feasts in NY

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

One of the most wonderfully unique things about New York is its incredibly international dining scene. And that extends to the holidays, when there’s really no need to limit yourself to meals inspired by the expected American, British, or even French or Italian traditions. So from a Jewish (Chinese Christmas) at Parm to a Scandinavian Smorgasbord at Aquavit and a Greek feast at MP Taverna, here are a few places where you can experience Christmas culinary customs from around the world… without actually having to leave NYC.

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Our New Year’s Eve Dining Guide 2013

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in Holiday Eats

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate (or shake off) the happenings of the last 365 days, and look forward to improving on the year ahead. And whether you have someone to kiss at the stroke of midnight or not, it’s a holiday best spent with good company and most importantly, great food. But choosing just one perfect place to pass the evening from amongst hundreds of fabulous New York restaurants can cause some extra holiday stress. Luckily, we’ve done the legwork for you with a sampling of our favorite spots — from the recently opened Kingside in Midtown and the impossibly buzzy Toro in the Meatpacking District to the cozy neighborhood fixture, Colonie, in Brooklyn Heights…

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What to Eat at New York’s Top Holiday Markets

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

We all know how stressful it can be shopping for Christmas gifts; criss-crossing the city in an attempt to find the perfect present for everyone on your list, and not stopping until the growling of your stomach overtakes the sound of carols blaring through the store speakers. Well thank goodness for New York’s amazing holiday markets, which have the process of shopping down to a science. You’re practically guaranteed to find great gifts for almost everyone you know, and from Union Square’s Christmas Stollen courtesy of Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi to BrisketTown at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, you won’t even have to starve in the process…

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The Feast of Seven Fishes Dining Guide 2013

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Being that we’re obsessed with seafood, we really start wishing we were Italian around this time of year. That’s because their Christmas Eve centers around the Feast of Seven Fishes. Several of New York’s great restaurants are offering under-the-sea spreads set to rival those of any self-respecting Italian kitchen, from Osteria Morini in SoHo to Esca in Midtown and Roman’s in Fort Greene…

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Festive Foods for Thanksgivukkah

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 in Dish Spotting, Holiday Eats

For passionate foodies such as ourselves, it really doesn’t get much better than Thanksgiving. Because what other federal holiday can you think of that’s so entirely focused around eating? And this years meal promises to be the best one yet, as the once in a lifetime overlap of Thanksgiving with the first night of Hanukkah (literally, it only happens once every 70,000 years), has led to a super celebration known as Thanksgivukkah… a delicious convergence of Turkey and Gravy with deep-fried Potato Pancakes.

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