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  • Air’s Champagne Parlor is All About the Bubbly

    Air’s Champagne Parlor is All About the Bubbly

    Beer, wine and even cider bars abound in NYC, but Air’s Champagne Parlor is one of the few area drinkeries devoted to bubbly. To be fair, the Riddling Widow briefly preceded it, but owner Ariel Arce was actually beverage director during its tenure, as well as Birds & Bubbles before that, and Chicago’s Pops for Champagne (not to mention Grant Achatz’s exclusive, original The Office) before that.  Meaning her reputation as queen of Cuvèe absolutely proceeds her.

  • Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017

    Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017

    If you’re already mourning the loss of summer, Oktoberfest is a reliable way to get you over the hump. Essentially spanning the duration of fall (kicking off on September 16th this year & extending all the way to October 31st, allowing revelers to seamlessly transition to Halloween), the 16 to 18-day festival is a giddy saturnalia of German culture…

  • Spotlight on the Finalists for the 2017 Vendy Awards

    Spotlight on the Finalists for the 2017 Vendy Awards

    As a fun challenge to the James Beard Awards, the Vendy ceremony — now in its 13th year — is dedicated to honoring the very best in street food.  So here’s who’s in the running during the September 16th event at Governors Island; from an artisanal twinkie baker to an upstart french toast sandwich maker, to a Chinese meat skewer purveyor, whose been tapped for the Vendy Cup…

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Fall 2017 Restaurant Preview

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

The end of summer is a bummer; unless you’re obsessed with food, of course.  Because even though it’s sad to say goodbye to a bounty of glorious, seasonal produce, fall always assures a bumper crop of incredible, credentialed restaurants.  And this autumn is shaping up to be a Who’s Who of the culinary world’s most famous names; so start saving scratch for projects from Jose Andres, Joel Robuchon, Masa Takayama and more…

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Seasonal Eats: Sweet Corn

Posted on Aug 4, 2017 in Best Of, Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

What vegetable is more deeply ingrained in food culture than corn?  First cultivated thousands of years ago by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans, they actually devised some of the world’s earliest calendars, as a way to keep track of their planting schedule for summer corn…

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Inside City Acres: A Grocery Store-Cum-Food Hall

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in Best Of, Food Markets

While all-vendor food halls are a dime a dozen nowadays, City Acres Market has gone what you might call the Whole Foods route (only way better!), by operating largely as a grocery store, supplemented by an awesome roster of revolving stands…

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten Goes Public, With His Newest Hotel Restaurant

Public Kitchen

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Jean-Georges Vongerichten is making moves once again, and this time, it’s not inside ABC Carpet & Home.  The Uptown and Union Square icon is actually letting lose on the Lower East Side at Public —  a hip hotel from Studio 54 founder, Ian Schrager…

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Think Beyond Cotton Candy with New York’s Most Unique Eats on a Stick

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Best Of, Summer

From carnival perennials like cotton candy and corn dogs to flowers fashioned from mangos and sold along the beach, a multitude of summer’s preeminent foods are speared on sticks.  And in NYC, that formidable lineup even includes sugar-encased bacon courtesy of Landhaus, as well as fork-free chicken and waffles, at Cuban-cum-Mexican Cafe Habana & more…

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Edible Events: August

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 in Eating Events, Summer

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis, so here are just a few worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now. From a Blues & BBQ Festival to a Summer Shuck Off, Kids Food Fest & more…

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Sen Sakana Settles Down in Midtown

Sen Sakana

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 in Ethnic Eats, Hottest Newcomers

Restaurants rarely open exactly when they intend to, thanks to the reliably red tape-ridden, drawn-out processes of wrangling permits and overseeing construction (not to mention somehow retaining sought-after staff throughout).  But Sen Sakana really takes the cake when it comes to a delayed debut, appearing three whole years after their original calculation…

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The Pennsy Provides a Little Taste of Heaven, During Penn Station’s Summer of Hell

The Pennsy

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 in Food Markets

We may be in the midst of the so-called “Summer of Hell” at Penn Station (due to a 20% reduction of service), but at least the stranded damned will be well fed!  Because after a months-long restructuring (thanks to brand to hospitality partner HPH; the group behind Le District, The Dead Rabbit and Pier A), The Pennsy food hall is back — boasting expanded indoor/outdoor seating, a massive bar, and a trio of returning vendors, with three more besides…

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The Best Summer Cocktail Spots in NYC

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in Best Of, Cocktails, Summer

Summer drinks are meant to be fun, full of fruit and fizz and frequently frozen. But that doesn’t mean you should be drinking spiked Slurpee’s — not when masterful seasonal cocktails are available at the following city spots, from the new Narcbar to The Office & more…

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Iceland Asserts Itself in NYC With Icelandic Fish & Chips

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting

With locations in downtown Reykjavik and now the West Village, Icelandic Fish and Chips aims to take on a grease laden British favorite, and give it a wholesome Nordic twist…

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The Great Grant Achatz Officially Opens The Office in NYC

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 in Cocktails

While the city waits with baited breath for $195 cocktail tasting progressions at the Aviary, Chicago’s Grant Achatz and team has made his long-awaited Big Apple debut with an adjunct speakeasy in Columbus Circle called The Office…

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Gourmet Gossip: July 2017

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from a famous pizzaiolo expanding his reach, to a game changing eatery shutting its doors.

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Where to Eat During Summer Restaurant Week 2017

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 in Best Of, Restaurant Week, Restaurant Week

Since dining out is a preferred warm weather pastime, Summer Restaurant Week — running from July 24th-August 18th — affords ample opportunity to do so for a song, thanks to three-course $29 lunches and $42 dinners at some of NYC’s most respectable restaurants, like Leuca, The Ribbon, db Bistro Moderne…

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Pueblan Pork with Blueberry Mole

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 in Chef Q&A Recipes, Recipes

People frequently disregard fruit in non-dessert preparations; and yet, it can provide the perfect, nuanced counterpoint to one-note ingredients like proteins. Especially when said pork or chicken comes draped in the complex Mexican sauce known as mole — a combo chocolate, seeds, spices and herbs, which similarly toes the line between sweet and savory. We think you’ll agree that blueberries add an especially compelling element to the dish; providing a sort of reduced, syrupy earthiness that’s as intoxicating as a splash of red wine!

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Coolest New Ice Creams in New York

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert

Ample Hills, Morgenstern’s, Van Leeuwen and Blue Marble have as much name recognition as Haagen Daaz in New York. And the following dessert destinations are positioned to join the local ice cream pantheon, from La Newyorkina and its traditional Mexican helado to Taiyaki, and its fish-shaped Japanese waffle cones…

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Empire Stores is New York’s Hottest New Pseudo Food Hall

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 in Best Of, Food Markets, Hottest Newcomers

While not exactly a food court, per se, Empire Stores presents an impressive gathering of unique culinary concepts, in one of the city’s most breathtaking locations. Think a 19th century warehouse complete with original architecture (brick masonry façade, 14-foot ceilings, schist stone walls), abutting DUMBO’s waterfront panorama of the Empire State building, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge…

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Seasonal Eats: Blueberries

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

The saying may be “as American as apple pie,” but blueberries happen to be one of the few fruits native to the United States. That local longevity has undoubtedly hoped catapult them in terms of favorability (they rank second only to strawberries when it comes to overall berry consumption)! Here’s everything you need to know about sweet, juicy blueberries this summer…

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Inside Vinegar Hill House’s First-Ever Offshoot

VHH Foods

Posted on Jul 10, 2017 in Brooklyn, Restaurant Spotting

Rather incongruously for such a formative establishment, Vinegar Hill House remained tucked away in the borough’s most obscure, not to mention inaccessible neighborhood. Which is why, almost a decade later, it’s a thrill to witness VHH emerge from the figurative shadows, by opening an outpost in the blossoming nexus of DUMBO…

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