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  • Edible Events: July 2017

    Edible Events: July 2017

    We’re going in a bit of a different direction with our Edible Events roundup this July, and by that, we mean we’re heading outside of the city. Because it’s entirely possible to assuage your summertime wanderlust, without having to leave New York State… so take a day trip (or engage in a month-long road venture) with pit stops at the following, seasonal food festivals!

  • What to Eat at DeKalb Market Hall

    What to Eat at DeKalb Market Hall

    Occupying the subterranean sector of the imposing City Point complex, the roster of vendors at DeKalb Market Hall is as diverse as the borough itself; specializing in Chinese steamed buns, Spanish croquetas and even classic corned beef (from an outpost of the seminal Katz’s)…

  • Wylie Dufresne Does Donuts at Du

    Wylie Dufresne Does Donuts at Du

    Wylie Dufresne has taken a page from his high concept peers — think, especially, Daniel Humm — by dialing things back a tad, and opening an establishment geared towards common folk. His everyman eatery? Du’s Donuts in the William Vale hotel; a casual café and bakery with a major pedigree…

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Restaurant Spotting: Italienne

Italienne

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

A name like Italienne (French for Italian) doesn’t exactly portend a red sauce menu of spaghetti and parmigiana. And indeed, the hot Flatiron newcomer from the talented chef, Jared Sippel, represents a culinary meeting of the minds, between Northern Italy and Southern France — melding the former’s heart and soul with the latter’s elegance and refinement…

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Seasonal Eats: Pomegranates

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Winter Eats

Most of us are thoroughly familiar with pomegranate seeds and juice, but how often have you actually come across a whole, seemingly impenetrable fruit? Wrapped in a thick, fibrous skin, the ruby, grapefruit-sized orbs barely betray the supple lushness inside. Here’s everything you need to know on how to peel them, eat them & where to get the best renditions dining out in NYC…

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Brush Off The Ban, By Embracing NYC’s Middle Eastern (and African) Restaurants

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in Best Of, Ethnic Eats

It’s often said that food is love, which goes to show why New Yorkers have reliably come out in force against the so-called Muslim ban. Because when you’re constantly surrounded by the hospitable, culinary culture of international neighbors, it arouses solidarity, which is why it’s so important to show our support to the families that have fed us over the years — from Yemen Café in Brooklyn to Persepolis on the Upper East Side & more…

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“Single Concept” Trends Again with Cookie Dough and Congee

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting, Trendwatch

The single concept craze may have given way to the fast-casual fad, but that doesn’t mean it’s fizzled out completely. Witness a new hyper-focused duo of eateries, whose signature dishes — while less of an obvious choice, certainly, than biscuits, meatballs and mac and cheese — are nevertheless rife for riffing…

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Julieta Ballesteros Adds Spice to the West Village with Tavo

Tavo

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 in Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

Julieta Ballesteros’ newest West Village establishment, Tavo (slang for a cool, well-to-do Mexican guy) pays homage to signature dishes of Monterrey, while reflecting her frequent travels throughout the world.

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Gourmet Gossip: February 2016

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, closing, or shocking chef shuffle. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from a summertime shakeup at EMP to the debut (we mean it this time!) of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s vegetarian abcV…

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Death by Chocolate: The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Dessert Guide

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert, Valentine's Day

Thanks to Valentine’s Day, chocolate is February’s signature sweet; yet it’s integrity has been somewhat sullied by heart-shaped boxes of (mostly corn syrup and cocoa butter) confections. So if you’re going to let diet resolutions go, you might as well hone in on the good stuff, from the Amadei Chocolate Budino at Leuca, to Hearth’s Chocolate Pudding…

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The Best Super Bowl Grub in NYC

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 in Best Of, Super Bowl Eats

Instead of placing bets on the outcome of the actual game, we’re prepping for Super Bowl Sunday by handicapping catering packages instead! We’ve got your guide on what to order in this Sunday! From Root n’ Bone’s fried chicken buckets to a deli bundle courtesy of Katz’s, Mission Chinese & more…

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Edible Events: February 2017

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 in Eating Events

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis — from lavish, charity-driven galas to crowded, walk-around tastings and an endless array of pop-ups. 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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Valentine’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in Best Of, Valentine's Day

It’s easy to get stuck in a gift rut on Valentine’s Day. That’s why we’re supplying six, elegant variations on the expected chocolate and flowers routine! From actual edible roses to bottles of DIY sparkling wine, dessert tours & more…

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A Killer French Dip at Maison Pickle

Maison Pickle

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting

News of a respectable restaurant opening on the Upper West Side is always notable. And Jacob’s Pickles proved a welcome addition indeed when it opened on Amsterdam a few years ago — serving southern-styled comfort food, craft beer and of course, plenty of house-brined pickles. Well, the affection seems to be mutual, as the eatery has proved faithful to the neighborhood with its reason expansion; debuting Maison Pickle a short jaunt away on Broadway…

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Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2017

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 in Best Of, Valentine's Day

A Valentine’s Day dinner booking is probably the most important restaurant reservation you’ll make all year. It’s a battle royale to score seats at the city’s sexiest, most critically-acclaimed spots. So if you don’t want to be relegated to the doghouse this holiday, time to make your move on sought-after tables at Le Coucou, Contra and more…

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Where to Dine During Chinese New Year 2017

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 in Best Of, Chinese Restaurants, Eating Events

According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, the New Year — which just happens to be the Year of the Rooster — doesn’t really begin until January 28th. So if you want to hedge your bets for longevity, prosperity, family togetherness and happiness in the coming months (and goodness knows, we all need it), consider feasting on spring rolls, dumplings and noodles at the following observant spots…

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Make Sandwich is Set to Dominate NYC’s Fast-Casual Scene

Make Sandwich

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in Best Of, Sandwiches

Bark Hot Dog’s Josh Sharkey has joined forces with a veritable fast-casual dream team (Melt Shop’s Spencer Rubin and Aurify Brands, behind the health-focused Little Beet) to launch Make Sandwich in Union Square — a have it your way, between-the-bread take on Chipotle.

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Where to Dine During Winter Restaurant Week 2017

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in Best Of, Restaurant Week

There isn’t generally a whole lot to get pumped about come cold, holiday-devoid January, which makes NYC’s Winter Restaurant Week such a welcome change of pace. From Andrew Carmellini’s Leuca to HIgh Street on Hudson, Quality Eats & more goodies this way…

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The Windy City Meets the Big Apple at 4 Charles Prime Rib

4 Charles Prime Rib

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 in Restaurant Spotting

Chicago luminary Brendan Sodikoff (currently behind 12 Windy City conceptsl) is looking to double his luck in the Big Apple, laying the groundwork for a possible East Coast dynasty with the juicy opening of 4 Charles Prime Rib…

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Gourmet Gossip: January 2017

Posted on Jan 12, 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, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from Le Cirque’s celeb chef coup to John DeLucie’s diner takeover…

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Inside Hao Noodle & Tea: The Biggest Sleeper Hit of 2016

Hao Noodle & Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

A number of new prestige projects reliably made critics “best of” lists this past year, from Daniel Rose’s sumptuous, classically French Le Coucou, to Aska, Fredrik Berselius’ austere Scandinavian tasting room. Yet an (at the time) under-the-radar Chinese restaurant ended up garnering an equal measure of praise — that would be Hao Noodle & Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen — a debut American venture from a prolific restaurateur, with establishments throughout Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai.

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