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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 Balaboosta and Bar Bolonat’s Einat Admony


Posted on Sep 26, 2013 in Chef Q&A

Have you noticed how fashionable Israeli food has become in the last few years? Einat Admony has a whole lot to do with that. The forward-thinking chef first launched her popular falafel spot, Taim, in the West Village, over seven years ago. (There are now two Taim outposts and a mobile Taim truck.) That was just the beginning for this talented chef.

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Gourmet Gossip NY-September 2013

Posted on Sep 25, 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 the start of New York’s Oyster Week to Hill Country’s Brooklyn expansion and Dan Barber’s acidophilus experiments at Blue Hill!

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Spotlight on Madison Square Eats

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Twice a year, Madison Square Park transforms into Madison Square Eats, an outdoor, European- style culinary pop-up market that’s quickly become one of the city’s favorite al fresco dining destinations. Now in its fifth year, the fall market is being held from September 27 to October 25th, and is open from 11am to 9pm to satisfy any and all food cravings.

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The Ultimate Guide to Oktoberfest 2013

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

The end of summer is always bittersweet. But as much as we miss the sun and sand, there’s a lot to love about fall. Think brilliantly colored leaves dotting the trees, pumpkin and apple pie spice-flavored goodies, and a whopping, 16 days of Oktoberfest. Held from September 21st to October 6th this year, the cheerful celebration of Bavarian culture generally includes music from dirndl and lederhosen-clad Oompah Bands, a whole lot of beer drinking, and all the Wurst, Schnitzel and Sauerbraten you can eat. And you don’t even need to be German to get in on the fun and booze. Many of New York’s best restaurants and beer gardens are holding festivities open to all, from the always high-spirited Zum Schneider in Manhattan to the delicious Prime Meats in Brooklyn and the legendary Bohemian Hall and Biergarten in Queens!

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Preserved Sweet Corn Relish

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 in Recipes

As much as we hate to admit it, there are only a few precious days of corn and heirloom tomatoes left before greenmarket tables officially fill up with apples, pumpkins and butternut squash. But thanks to the magic of pickling and preserving, you can turn your final summer haul into a treat you can enjoy all year long.

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New York’s Best Seasonal Prix Fixes

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Best Of, Seasonal Eats

New York City’s Greenmarkets are awfully tempting this time of year; an impossibly colorful cornucopia of yellow squash, crisp greens, blood red tomatoes and deep purple plums. But what are you going to do with baby artichokes and dinosaur kale when you spend half your time stuck at the office? Luckily, we live in a phenomenal food city, where those same fruits and veggies serve as inspiration for seasonal (and surprisingly affordable) menus at restaurants all over the city. Here are just a few places guaranteed to please the time-strapped locavore, from Mas La Grillade and Northern Spy Food Co. in Manhattan to Applewood, Rose Water and iCi in Brooklyn.

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Q & A with RedFarm’s Ed Schoenfeld

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 in Chef Q&A

How does a local, Brooklyn boy, and a Jewish one at that, become a Chinese food expert? Add successful restaurateur and ask the incomparable Ed Schoenfeld, who is currently orchestrating the build out of three exciting restaurants alongside partner, Zach Chodorow. There’s the under-renovations RedFarm in the West Village, his top-rated, modern Chinese eatery that’s expanding to meet a growing demand. There’s Decoy, a Peking Duck spot and cocktail lounge just downstairs, currently operating as a 28-day, pop-up Steakhouse. And then, there’s the spacious new RedFarm on the Upper West Side, which will serve restaurant signatures, like Pastrami Egg Rolls and sculptural Chicken Salad, although Chef Joe Ng’s famous Pac-Man Dumplings will probably be replaced by a new, Hello Kitty version. “The way things have worked out, fortunately or unfortunately, is that everything is coming down at the same time,” Schoenfeld shrugs. “Red Farm UWS took longer and Decoy is coming together quicker, so we’re just rolling with the punches.”

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Dish Spotting: The French Onion Soup Burger at Little Prince

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Dish Spotting

Chef at the family-owned Le Rivage, which has wooed Hells Kitchen with garlicky Escargots and buttery Sole Meuniere since 1982, Paul Denamiel is essentially French food royalty. So it only made sense that the scion should open his own charming bistro called Little Prince… even if it’s just named after the SoHo street, and not actually a tongue-in-cheek reference to his culinary lineage.

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The Best End-of-Summer Dishes

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 in Best Of, Summer

Now that we’ve all begrudgingly entered back into our regular work and school routines, the leisurely days of summer already seem like a thing of the past. But there’s one thing we’re just not willing to let go of quite yet, and that’s luscious, warm weather produce. So until we start seeing apples, kale and pumpkin taking over restaurant menus, we plan on eating every last end-of-summer dish we can find, like the Heirloom Tomato Panzanella at The Cleveland in Nolita, the Scallops and Sweet Corn at Piora in the West Village, and the Fig and Ribiola-topped Crostini at Red Gravy in Brooklyn!

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Grab-and-Go Pear and Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 in Recipes

It’s much easier to grab a junky Pop Tart (or skip a meal entirely) when you’ve overslept, missed your train, and are running dangerously late for that 8am meeting. But in barely more than half an hour, you can whip up enough nutritious and filling Fruit Bars to get you through two whole weeks (they happen to freeze really well).

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Q & A with New York Sushi Ko’s John Daley

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Chef Q&A

New York Sushi Ko’s John Daley doesn’t exactly fit the expected mold of Sushi Chef. His bare arms are covered by a riot of tattoos, with the words “FISH” and “RICE” emblazoned across his knuckles. He plays reggae music over the restaurant’s sound system, and is known for muttering expletives (sometimes playfully, sometimes not) at his sous chefs. Oh, and he’s caucasian.

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The Best New Bites at the Chelsea Market

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in Best Of

Located in the old Nabisco factory, Chelsea Market is a glittering wonderland for gourmands (it should be, considering the landmarked building also houses the Food Network). But even if you can’t score a visit upstairs to hang with Alton Brown and Rachael Ray, a trip down the lower concourse is more than enough to keep your tastebuds occupied.

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Fall Restaurant Preview 2013

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 in Best Of

If you thought this summer’s roster of new restaurant openings was particularly exciting (and it surprisingly was), then get ready for fall. Because autumn is the time when chefs roll out their biggest, flashiest projects, and this year is no exception. From Amanda Freitag’s return to the dining scene at the old Empire Diner space to John Fraser’s upcoming eatery at The Standard hotel, and the long-awaited debut of Brooklyn Fare Manhattan, it’s already shaping up to be one of the busiest, most exhilarating seasons yet!

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Pressure Canning Set

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 in Gizmo Girl

The end of summer is fast approaching, and although we can’t force the season to linger just a little longer, we can still enjoy fresh summer produce long after it’s left us. It’s deceptively easy with this 9-Piece Pressure Canning set made by Fagor, a company based in Spain that prides itself on energy efficient and sustainable products. This unique set uses a pressure cooker to help you safely prepare and can whatever delicious recipes you can dream up. You’ll retain richer flavor and more of the just-plain-goodness of summer than you would using conventional cooking methods. So savor those juicy tomatoes in a homemade pasta sauce or enjoy your plump peaches and delectable berries in a jam or compote long into winter.

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Gourmet Gossip – September 2013

Posted on Sep 6, 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 this week’s most noteworthy bits and bites, including a french fry franchise in Greenwich Village, a coffee klatch in Chelsea, and South of the Border-inspired small bites in Park Slope.

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Apple, Honey & Challah Bread Pudding

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Recipes

Eating apples or challah dipped in honey is a common practice during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, meant to ensure a sweet and prosperous New Year. Which is perfectly tasty (at least a lot more so than jarred gefilte fish), but also a little boring, no? That’s why we’ve combined those traditional foods into one delicious dessert… a honey drizzled, apple-studded Challah Bread Pudding, guaranteed to get your year off to an extra sweet start!

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Q & A with Betony’s Executive Chef Bryce Shuman

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 in Best Of

Three stars from The New York Times? Not bad for a chef no one heard of before, that is until he stepped into the kitchen at Betony this spring. He, along with Eamon Rockey, transformed what was once a doomed restaurant space, which briefly opened as a Russian brasserie called Pushkin’s into a midtown dining destination with sophisticated seasonal cooking sans the pretense that often comes with it.

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Grilled Pork & Fresh Fig Skewers

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 in Recipes

As much as we enjoy grilling stone fruit, we’re pumped that our favorite late summer treat of all, fresh figs, have just hit farmstands. Not only do they take perfectly to open flame, they’re also the perfect complement to smoky, roasted meats. So make the most of the last big BBQ of the season by grilling up a batch of these juicy Fig and honey mustard-marinated Pork Skewers. They’re bound to be the talk of your upcoming Labor Day party!

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