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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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Where to Eat and Booze on a Boat in NYC

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Everyone rushes to the nearest restaurant backyard or rooftop once spring hits, but there’s an even better way to take advantage of al fresco season — eating and imbibing on a boat. Believe it or not, there are numerous water-situated establishments scattered throughout the city; so chow down eastern seaboard style at spots like Frying Pan, Grand Banks and more.

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Gotham West Market Lightens Up for Summer

Gotham West Market

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in Best Of, Food Markets

It can be difficult to choose amongst vendors when it comes to food halls. Which is why — if you’re anything like us — you end up eating a swath through the entire place. But now that swimsuit season is upon us, it’s somewhat inadvisable to ping-pong from pizza to burgers to pies. Thankfully, due to a roster of surprisingly healthful options, you can graze your way through Gotham West Market with only a modicum of guilt…

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Tokyo’s E.A.K. Ramen Takes on America

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 in Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

The latest Japanese export is E.A.K. Ramen; newly situated in the former Kin Shop space in the West Village. And while New Yorkers tend to think that, at this point, they know everything there is to know about ramen, the prolific chain focuses on a seldom-seen variant known as iekei with a deliciously different broth…

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Oceana Opens a Poke Outpost

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting, Trendwatch

Assumed the poke craze was finally slowing down? Think again — if anything, it’s just attracting higher-end proponents. Witness the Livanos hospitality group, behind the Bill Telepan-helmed Oceana, which is sticking with its fresh fish theme at Oceana Poke…

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Spotlight on Spring Cocktails in New York

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Best Of, Cocktails

When it comes to blink-and-you’ll miss it spring, you’ll want to consume its endowment of transcendent produce as often as you can, and in as many permutations as possible. So be sure to visit bars and restaurants intent funneling the garden to your glass, from Olmsted’s sweet pea and sake tipple, to Motel Morris’ strawberry-balsamic drink…

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Little Tong’s Mixian Mixes Up NY’s Noodle Landscape

Posted on May 26, 2017 in Best Of, Chinese Restaurants

From ramen and lo mein, to pad thai, pho, and laksa, there are endless variations of Asian-style noodles available in New York. Yet, Little Tong Noodle Shop has managed to introduce a seldom-seen species to the pasta savvy city, focusing on a Yunnanese specialty called mixian…

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Edible Events: June 2017

Posted on May 25, 2017 in Eating Events

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

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Our Memorial Day 2017 Dining Guide

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Best Of, Memorial Day

While we’re never eager to see the far side of spring, it’s hard not to get excited about the prospect of summer being just around the bend. And Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of barbecuing, beachcombing, and fruity, frozen drinks, so we thought we’d round up the best spots to celebrate! From Maison Premiere to Root & Bone…

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8 Great Soft Shell Crab Dishes with Asian Flair

Posted on May 22, 2017 in Best Of, Spring Eats

While often associated with Maryland, soft shell crabs are equally popular in Asia. So even though NYC teems with Eastern seaboard-style eats — such as lemon-spritzed soft shells on potato rolls — come spring, you’re just as likely to find iterations inspired by the Far East! From Talde’s Vietnamese bun cha with crab to Nom Wah Nolita’s underwater bao…

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Restaurant Spotting: Nur


Posted on May 19, 2017 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

A number of incredible New York chefs have helped distinguish Israeli food; long lumped under the label of undifferentiated Middle Eastern cuisine. And now, a Tel Aviv luminary is now serving as an extra special ambassador to the country’s native fare; opening his first stateside restaurant, Nur, in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.

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Long Island Eats Meet Manhattan Chic at Out East

Posted on May 18, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Seafood is an awfully easy sell during spring and summer; especially to city-enslaved New Yorkers, desperate for a weekend respite in the Hamptons. So although it was originally slated for January, the delay could well prove a boon to Out East — located, not in posh Montauk — but on hardscrabble Avenue A in the Village.

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Where to Eat at the Canal Street Market

Posted on May 17, 2017 in Food Markets

12 edible vendors comprise the Canal Street Market, paying homage to the neighborhood’s lively culinary history. Here are a handful of heavy hitters to watch out for, from a rice bowl-spinoff of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, to a fast-casual branch of Ippudo.

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A Spotlight On New York’s Best Spring Desserts

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert, Spring Eats

Just as restaurants can’t wait to swap out root vegetables for ramps and asparagus come spring, they’re equally excited to drop apples and pears for delicate seasonal produce such as strawberries and rhubarb. So here are some incredible NYC sweets that absolutely scream spring; from Italienne’s marjoram custard-lined Rhubarb Gateau to Nur’s inspired yogurt and artichoke dessert (yes, really)…

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Empire Diner Rises Again Under John DeLucie

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting

Chelsea’s Art Deco Empire Diner has exhibited characteristic longevity (originally opened in 1946), yet has experienced considerably more fluctuation in ownership. Thankfully, you can’t keep a good greasy spoon down — or make that not so greasy, considering the current proprietor is John DeLucie, of famously posh institutions, like The Waverly Inn, The Lion…

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Seasonal Eats: Peas and Beans

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

Seductively sweet shell peas. Satisfyingly snappy string beans. Buttery, fuzz-covered favas. Delicate, dazzlingly green legumes of all shapes and sizes are one of the greatest delights of spring, shooting their tender tendrils from the ground the second the ground warms…

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Bubby’s Embraces the Southern Meat & Three


Posted on May 10, 2017 in Dish Spotting

25-year-old Bubby’s has long been a haven of feel-good, all-American eats, such as mac and cheese, apple pie, fried chicken and matzoh ball soup. And now, the collection of finer diners are delving even further into red, white and blue territory, by taking on the hallowed, southern-styled meat + three…

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Where to Drink and Dine Al Fresco This Season

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Save for slip-on shoes and sunglasses, an outdoor drinking and dining guide is the ultimate accessory for spring. And we’ve got eight exemplary spots to add to your ever-expanding al fresco list, from Enrique Olvera’s cool and casual Atla, to the newly minted courtyard at Ken Friedman & April Bloomfield’s Salvation Burger…

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Gourmet Gossip: May

Posted on May 5, 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 — time to pour one out for Craftbar, Bouley and Po.

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