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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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Q & A with the Food Network’s Anne Burrell

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 in Chef Q&A

Anne Burrell’s first television gig may have been to roll out pasta for Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, but it quickly became evident that she was a Food Network star in her own right. With her spiky blond hair, spunky skirts, irrepressible energy and can-do attitude, she’s since proven herself as a charming, fun-loving host of cooking shows like Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, and firm but compassionate mentor in competitions like Worst Cooks in America and Chef Wanted.

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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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Dish Spotting: Fish and Chips at The Elm

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 in Dish Spotting

Paul Liebrandt may be British, but you’d hardly associate the exacting, Michelin-starred chef with Bangers and Mash, Yorkshire Pudding and Steak and Kidney Pie. In fact, he’s best known for coupling contemporary French fare with a uniquely modern, graphic presentation while at Corton in Tribeca, and Liebrandt has remained true to his signature style at The Elm, a sleek new eatery housed in the King & Grove Hotel in Williamsburg…

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Gizmo Girl’s Wine Aerator

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 in Gizmo Girl

Of course, you can open a bottle of wine and start drinking. But letting a wine “breath” goes a long away, especially where red wine is concerned. Exposing wine to just the right amount of oxygen not only brings out more flavor, but also enhances the aroma and ensures for a smooth finish…

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Seasonal Eats: Sunchokes

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 in Seasonal Eats

For a vegetable that not many people have heard of, the Sunchoke sure has a lot of names. Jerusalem Artichoke. Sunroot. French Potato. And they’re all rather misleading, as the knobby little tubers are neither from Jerusalem or France, and they’re not related to artichokes or potatoes. So what gives?

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NYC’s Tastiest Winter Stews

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 in Best Of, Winter Eats

Now that it’s winter, chefs are turning their attention towards highly refined (but no less soul-satisfying) slow-simmered stews – from the Toulouse-style Cassoulet at Mountain Bird in Harlem to the Blanquette de Veau at Le Philosophe in NoHo and the rustic Wild Boar Spezzatino at Bar Corvo in Brooklyn…

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Restaurant Trends to Watch for in 2014

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 in Trendwatch

It’s kind of a favorite pastime for food writers to predict the new wave of dining trends for the coming year. And we have to say, our picks for 2013 wound up being pretty on the money, namely Gochujang surpassing Sriracha (could Korean food be any hotter right now?) and the unlikely return of Roast Chicken (Rotisserie Georgette, hello!). So we’re eager to see if we prove every bit as accurate with our forecast for 2014, from a proliferation of single-concept restaurants to a growing obsession with Filipino fare…

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Q & A with Kingside’s Marc Murphy

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in Chef Q&A

While much of the country knows Marc Murphy as a judge, on the popular Food Network show, Chopped, New Yorkers are lucky enough to know him through his restaurants. There’s the elegant and ambitious Landmarc, a contemporary bistro boasting two sprawling locations in both Tribeca and the Time Warner Center. There’s the infinitely more casual Ditch Plains, a slew of beachy seafood shacks (Murphy is an avid surfer). And now, there’s the recently opened Kingside in Midtown’s Viceroy Hotel, a snazzy, 104-seat brasserie featuring…

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Cocktail Trends to Watch for in 2014

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 in Trendwatch

Nowadays, restaurants pay just as much attention to their bar programs as they do to their food menus, which means that mixologists aren’t content to serve the same old drinks or trot out the same old tricks year after year. That’s why we’re turning our attention to trends bound to really take off in 2014, from wine on tap and an increased interest in Soju to the triumphant return of the classic cocktail.

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Gourmet Gossip: January 2014

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting new restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. So what better way to kick off the New Year than with a bit of breaking gossip, from Alain Allegretti’s unexpected shutter in Chelsea to Bill Telepan’s welcome launch in Tribeca and Chuko’s planned expansion in Brooklyn…

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New York Sushi Ko – Reviewed

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New York Sushi Ko

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

By now, you’ve probably heard about New York Sushi Ko. (Or not.) It’s part of the new order of sushi joints popping up around New York City (hurray!). And by new order, I mean hip, laidback, and excellent. Let’s face it: Most sushi temples (the great ones anyway) evoke solemn dining experiences, like eating in church, speaking in hushed whispers, careful not to disturb or annoy the chef behind the sushi counter. And I won’t even get into it that Los Angeles has always trumped New York in the sushi department…

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Manhattan Restaurants To Try in 2014

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

It’s always a daunting task to pinpoint our favorite restaurants at the end of each year. But 2013 brought in such an unprecedented slew of truly notable openings that we couldn’t even contain our borough-wide picks in one single list… so we didn’t. Did you not get the memo about surprise success, Piora and its Korean-Italian mashup menu (we swear it’s delicious), or Richard Kuo’s new hip Bowery spot, Pearl & Ash and its killer drinks? How about New York Sushi Ko and its blow your mind omakase? No problem. Here’s our top ten to put on your must-try list for 2014…

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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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Q & A with Joe & Misses Doe’s Joe Dobias

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 in Chef Q&A

While there’s something innately comforting about the well established or tried-and-true, lets face it, everyone is always looking for the next big thing. That’s what makes the two-month-old Joe & Misses Doe so uniquely appealing… while it’s been assembled entirely from scratch (including the name and menu), it’s also wholly familiar, a 2.0 version of the popular five-year-old restaurant, JoeDoe.

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Best New Brooklyn & Queens Restaurants for 2013

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

2013 was an absolute banner year for Manhattan restaurants… it seemed like practically every week there was yet another place that we absolutely had to try. But that doesn’t mean that things weren’t every bit as exciting outside of the island. So without further ado, here’s a roundup of our favorite new outer-borough eateries, from The Elm, Luksus, and Whiskey Soda Lounge in Brooklyn to Bun-ker, MP Taverna and M. Wells Steakhouse in Queens…

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Local Products to Look for at the New Brooklyn Whole Foods

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 in Best Of

Here at Restaurant Girl, we tend to obsess about great New York restaurants. Not grocery stores and certainly not Whole Foods, a massive chain with interchangeable shops all throughout the U.S. But the recently opened Gowanus outpost of Whole Foods is shaping up to be Brooklyn’s own little version of Eataly… except that instead of Italian imports, the concentration is on hyper-local, artisanally produced goods. From the freshly baked pies from Four and Twenty Blackbirds to the heat-and-eat pizzas from Roberta’s, here are a few brands to look for at Brooklyn’s borough-backing branch of Whole Foods…

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Our Favorite Holiday Cocktails

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 in Best Of

There’s nothing quite as festive as a great cocktail during the holidays. But far too often they can be off-puttingly sweet or just plain goofy, like egg nog-flavored this or candy cane-topped that. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of great seasonal cocktails that manage to feel entirely celebratory while still tasting appropriately adult, like the “Chai No Lait” at Rotisserie Georgette on the Upper East Side or the Peppermint-scented “Hjalmar” at Skal in Chinatown…

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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Cream

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 in Recipes

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, we seem to automatically turn our attention away from fall flavors like pumpkin and apples in favor of Christmassy ingredients, such as gingerbread and peppermint. And we can’t think of a better sweet to kick off the holiday season with than these aromatic, slightly spicy Whoopie Pies; pillowy gingerbread cookies cradling a cloud of luscious peppermint cream!

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