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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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Festive “Feast of the Seven Fishes” Stew

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 in Recipes

Looking forward to making a Feast of Seven Fishes spread at home this year, but not quite as excited about the prospect of making seven actual dishes? Well, this delectable stew is a one pot wonder. Just add as many fish as you wish to a fragrant stock of wine, saffron, fennel and orange peel, and you’ll be able to spend a lot more time “waiting” for the birth of baby Jesus with friends and family, instead of hunched over a hot stove!

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Q & A with Khe-Yo’s Soulayphet Schwader

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 in Chef Q&A

Southeast Asian food couldn’t be more popular in New York right now, from Kin Shop, Pig and Khao and Fatty ‘Cue in Manhattan, to Talde, Pok Pok Ny and Nightingale 9 in Brooklyn. But as familiar as we’ve become with spicy Thai Curries or Vietnamese Bun, you’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant entirely focused on the cuisine of Laos. That’s where Soulayphet Schwader comes in. The AZT, BLT Steak and Umi Nom alum has just opened Khe-Yo, the city’s first fully Laotian restaurant, with the help of Iron Chef Marc Forgione, his longtime friend and collaborator.

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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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Rotisserie Georgette – Reviewed

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

God knows New York could always use a few more great restaurants north of 57th Street on the east side. I know, I know; solid progress has been made over the years (The Mark, Salumeria Rosi, & The East Pole), but nonetheless there remains a culinary no man’s land between uptown and midtown. Aside from Fred’s at Barney’s, Rouge Tomate and the famously overpriced Nello, there ain’t a lot of choices. But things have been looking up since Rotisserie Georgette flung open its doors on 60th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Who would have thought you could get a killer Roast Chicken in these parts? Or better yet, a Roast Chicken for Two…

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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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Gourmet Gossip NY: December 2013

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 in Gourmet Gossip

So what’s the gourmet gossip for this week? Well, New York’s two foodiest boroughs appear to have staged a serious switcheroo, with Brooklyn favorites like Dough and Red Hook Lobster Pound making moves towards Manhattan, and big name Manhattan chefs like Seamus Mullen, Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi crossing the bridge into Brooklyn!

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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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Swedish Pastry 101

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Destination Dining, Eating Out 101

It’s that time of year. Days are darker, the air colder, New Yorkers surlier. Perhaps we could learn a thing or two about thriving in harsh weather from Northern Europe, namely Sweden, whose citizens rely on two crucial survival tools to endure their long winters: Coffee and pastries. In fact, the Swedes take their coffee culture so seriously that they even have a verb for it, fika, an all-encompassing term for the daily ritual of enjoying time with friends and family over coffee and an accompanying treat. Those looking to get in on the fika fun can acquaint themselves with the tradition at several Swedish cafés in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Konditori, the aptly named coffee shop Fika, and a cafe hidden inside the Swedish Seaman’s Church in Midtown (yes, it’s a real place!).

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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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Restaurant Letdowns: Pagani & Villard

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 in Reviews

If you’re a foodie, there’s nothing more exciting than discovering a great, new restaurant. And there’s nothing worse than wasting an evening at a mediocre or awful, new eatery, especially if you’ve dragged a group of friends along with you. Something about it being “new” makes it all the more depressing when hopes of a potentially fantastic find are dashed and calories wasted. But the truth is it happens all the time…

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Gizmo Girl’s Doughnut Maker

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Gizmo Girl

It seems as though everyone always needs an excuse when they want to devour a doughnut… So hey, you’re in luck! Eating doughnuts is often associated with Hanukah, so whether you celebrate the holiday or not, this is one tradition you want to adopt! And what is more fun and a “healthier” way to eat a doughnut than to make it in your own kitchen? And let us add, it is stress and mess free!

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New York’s Tastiest Apple Desserts

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Best Of, Dessert

One of America’s favorite desserts is undoubtedly Apple Pie: It’s traditional, comforting, and well, very American. But there’s a lot more to apples than just deep-dish double crusts. From the Apple Cheesecake at Blue Hill to the Honeycrisp-layered Mille-Feuille at The Elm in Brooklyn, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite apple desserts, boasting the delicious versatility of the beloved fall fruit!

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The Best Holiday Gifts for Foodies

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Best Of, Gifts for Foodies

Our requisite holiday gift list only seems to grow every year, including trinkets for our tech-obsessed nephew, our tough-to-please sister in law, and our baby cousin who only likes pink.  Luckily, we’ve got you covered on perfect present ideas for that hardcore foodie in your life (because honestly, we all have one nowadays), from a freshly baked bread of the month club to an ingenious 10-in-one bartender tool…

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What to Eat at the New Gotham West Market

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Best Of

Not that there aren’t some real bright spots in the area (like Esca and Danji), but for the most part, Hell’s Kitchen has largely been known as a restaurant wasteland. How could it be anything else, with a name like that? Well, believe it or not, Hell’s Kitchen has suddenly become a hot dining destination with the introduction of Gotham West Market, a high-end food court akin to hubs like Chelsea Market or the High Line.

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Q & A with Contra’s Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in Chef Q&A

If you ask chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske to describe the concept for Contra, their new, tasting-menu only restaurant, they’ll insist that its clean and spare, like their Lower East Side space, with food that’s serious, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. “We’re just trying to stay focused, showcase great products, and avoid doing things that represent who other people are as cooks…

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Gourmet Gossip: December 2013

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 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. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites, from Paul Liebrandt’s sought-after new Chef’s Counter at The Elm to Dominique Ansel’s ingenious Cronut preorder system and Zak Pelaccio’s unexpectedly breaking ties with the Fatty ‘Cue crew.

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Caramel Apple Donuts

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 in Recipes

We’re not going to lie. Making donuts from scratch (especially donuts as fabulous as these) takes a decent amount of effort. But we promise that it’s so entirely worth it! Especially since a batch of our decadent, salted caramel-filled sweets will last you for all eight days of Hanukkah… although if you have a sweet tooth as powerful as ours, you might just find yourself doubling up on the recipe.

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