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    Trend Spotting: Soft Serve

    Considering its inherent associations with smoke-belching Mr. Softee trucks, and corporate franchises such as Carvel and Dairy Queen (not to mention that it’s typically a pre-mixed, highly-processed, low quality product, composed of up to 60% air), soft serve has long been low on the totem pole on the ice cream world — it’s somewhat nostalgic and satisfies a sugar craving, but generally nothing to get roused about…

  • Sugar Hill Creamery Ups Harlem’s Ice Cream Game

    Sugar Hill Creamery Ups Harlem’s Ice Cream Game

    Despite its noted restaurant renaissance, Harlem has lagged behind as far as small batch scoops are concerned; its market largely dominated by corporate Baskin Robbins.  That makes Sugar Hill Creamery undoubtably the biggest local opening of the summer; being the first family-owned ice cream shop to grace the area in 34 years, not to mention some of the Best Ice Cream NYC…

  • Mifune Rolls into Midtown on a Constellation of Michelin Stars

    Mifune Rolls into Midtown on a Constellation of Michelin Stars

    There’s no shortage of options in NYC, for where to plunk down hundreds of dollars for a Japanese feast.  And yet, the newly-opened Mifune may just outclass them all, being that it’s helmed by a cadre of Michelin star-wielding chefs & all-star team! Here’s the scoop on this truly exciting midtown newcomer…

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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

Bubby's

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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A Guide to NYC’s Top Kentucky Derby Parties

Posted on May 4, 2017 in Eating Events

There’s no denying the flamboyant-hatted, julep-drinking appeal of the Kentucky Derby; not to mention the myriad parties to come along with it! And you don’t even need to fly South in order to celebrate the springtime sporting event, thanks to the following rollicking, bluegrass-soundtracked galas, right here in NYC…

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Jose Garces Classes Up Times Square with Ortzi

Ortzi

Posted on May 3, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Can Jose Garces translate his celeb-seeking mojo to NYC’s tourist-thronged Times Square, while still maintaining the polished integrity demonstrated at Battery City’s outpost of Amada? That’s the hope at the just-opened Ortzi, located in the Luma Hotel…

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Where to Dine on Mother’s Day 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017 in Best Of

It’s practically impossible to chip away at the lifetime debt we owe our moms — making Mother’s Day just another one of the 365 days she deserves our unadulterated thanks. Still, if you’re going to make reparations for Sunday (May 14th), they might as well involve truffles and copious amounts of champagne, at distinguished spots like Del Posto, L’Amico and more…

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What to Eat at Smorgasburg this Spring

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Food Markets

NYC’s biggest all-food flea market is always the first edible, al fresco free-for-all to open for the spring/summer season. And it’s proven to be a vital stepping stone over the years, catapulting fledgling small businesses onto New York’s culinary MainStage. Here are just a few we expect to be seeing a lot more from in the future; from Strange Flavor and their mala-basted burgers, to Commissary Kitchen, serving prison-influenced eats…

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Edible Events NYC: May 2017

Posted on Apr 26, 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…

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Inside Made Nice: The EMP Team’s Foray into Fast Casual Territory

Made Nice

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Hot Take-Out, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

While it wasn’t much of a stretch for shrewd chefs like David Chang to start roll out fried chicken sandwiches, the EMP team letting loose is another matter entirely. Yet even Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have elected to ride the rising tide from fine dining and into the realm of fast casual, with their long floated (and finally realized) food counter, Made Nice…

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 in Best Of, Cinco De Mayo, Mexican

Cinco de Mayo has largely devolved into a drinking holiday. So if you’re going to celebrate Mexican culture by way of margaritas and nachos, you might as well do it at the most legitimately commendable restaurants in town; from Enrique Olvera’s Atla to Alex Stupak’s grand Empellon!

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Alex Stupak Goes Big with Empellon

Empellon

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Alex Stupak has gone somewhat off-script with the direction of his Empellon empire; expanding his Mexican lineup with an inventive (yet still homestyle) Cocina, a laid-back Taqueria, and the even quicker service Al Pastor, before debuting the brand-anchoring Empellon just this past month…

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A Guide to New York’s Dessert Delivery Services

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert

Courtesy of the following door-to-door sugar suppliers, NYC’s insomniacs with sweet tooths will never need to deprive themselves of crepe cakes, éclairs, and bacon-chocolate truffles again…

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An Anti Trump Bar? We’ll Drink to That!

Coup

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in Cocktails, First Bite, Reviews

An anti-trump bar? We’ll drink to that! Ravi DeRossi’s advocacy extends past veganism at his newest establishment, Coup. His Astor Place drinkery will take a stand against Trump’s entire agenda, by donating 100% of proceeds to organizations in the crosshairs of the administration…

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New York’s Sprightliest Spring Dishes

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Every season has its perks, but it’s tough for any of them to hold a candle to spring; with its fleeting cornucopia of coveted, earth-warmed delicacies, such as sugar-sweet peas and coveted ramps. So here’s a handful of greenmarket-focused restaurants, that have made over their menus to reflect the very best of spring, from abcV to Union Square Café, and its rhubarb-sanctified Squab…

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Seasonal Eats: Asparagus

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Spring Eats

While asparagus are one of the first tender veggies to poke their heads out of the ground come spring, they’re not exactly prolific. And their season is sadly fleeting — pencil-thin spears begin to appear at the beginning of April, giving way to fatter, meatier specimens midway through June. So seize the season and check out our guide to the best spots to savor asparagus in NYC…

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Enrique Olvera Takes It Easy with Atla

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in Best Of

For his second NYC venture, Atla, you can forgive Enrique Olvera for dropping his guard just a tad. With little else to prove, he’s taken a cue from other fine dining stalwarts by going (if not exactly quick) than decidedly casual, opening an eatery that aims to be a destination for its NoHo neighbors, as opposed to globe-trotting, charge card-toting prestige seekers…

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Next-Level Easter Candy for Adults

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Best Of, Easter

While it’s hard not to get nostalgic over Cadbury Cream Eggs, speckled Jelly Bellies and Marshmallow Peeps, we adults (with our pesky slowed metabolisms), need to be a bit more discerning over how we rack up calories. So instead of dipping your mitts into your kids’ corn syrup-bolstered baskets, why not procure a personal stash of upmarket candy instead, obtained from certified chocolate artisans like Gabriel Kreuther… instead of the local pharmacy.

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