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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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Forget Tenderloin and Chicken Breast: These Are NYC’s Tastiest Alternate Proteins

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 in Alternative Meats, Best Of

The average restaurant diner’s palate has really evolved and expanded over the years, meaning that chefs feel emboldened to branch out beyond pork chops, chicken breast and steak. So if you’re looking to chow down on some other white (or red) meats, check out the awesome, alternate proteins at spots like Le Coucou, Aska and more!

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Hanoi House Elevates St. Mark’s Street’s Asian Food Scene

Hanoi House

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

St. Mark’s street has long been a haven for cheap and quick Asian food of all sorts; a mecca for NYU students in search of affordable, filling dinners, or late night, alcohol-absorbing snacks. Yet its myriad holes-in-the-wall have rarely qualified as dining destinations unto themselves — making the just-opened Hanoi House a rather unique, exciting bird for New Yorkers at-large…

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Edible Events: March 2017

Posted on Feb 23, 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. From C-CAP’s annual benefit to Brunchcon…

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Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2017

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 in Eating Events

What late-winter lacks in federal holidays, it more than makes up with festive, edible observances and chief amongst them is Mardi Gras, a let-it-all-hang-out lead-up to the sacrificial rigors of Lent. So whether you actually intend to give something up for the season (or are merely seeking respite from your daily woes), here’s where to celebrate New Orleans style, with sazeracs, po-boys and more…

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NYC’s Glitziest Academy Awards Parties: 2017

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in Eating Events

Just because you weren’t invited to the Oscars doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in style. So go on and dwell in la la land (for one night, at least), at the New York’s glitteriest and bubbliest Oscar bashes. From the Roof at the Viceroy to the white hot Metrograph Commissary…

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Gourmet Gossip: February 2017

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, closing, or chef shuffle. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from the announcement of this year’s James Beard Award noms to the opening of the Golden Girls Cafe…

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Guide to New York Beer Week 2017

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 in Beer Bars, Eating Events

Whether you’re a fanatical homebrewer or just a sometime imbiber, who wouldn’t want to lose themselves in the bottom of a pint glass for nine straight days? Thanks to New York Beer Week — an annual, out-out celebration of suds — there’s an opportunity to do just that, through tap takeovers, festivals, pairing dinners and more…

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Ichimura Outdoes Itself at its Ultra-High End Iteration

Sushi Ichimura

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers

After leaving Ichimura at Brushstroke this past fall, chef Eiji Ichimura raised the stakes with his just-opened, eponymous sushi spot. It offers only two services per night, yet at an elite $300 per person (landing Ichimura just behind Kuruma, Onodera, and the wallet-busting Masa), he hardly needs to pack patrons in for this one of a kind sushi experience…

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Where to Dine Solo (and Love It) on Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 in Best Of, Valentine's Day

No matter how secure you are in your relationship status (or lack, there-of), Valentine’s Day can add unnecessary pressure to be part of a happy twosome. Don’t let a Hallmark holiday get you down: Instead of ashamedly holing up at home on the 14th, celebrate yourself at spots like Olmsted, Momofuku Ko, or Semilla…

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How to Dine Well by Doing Good this February

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Eating Events

The last few weeks have been overwhelming, to say the least. With controversial policy decisions and human rights injustices compounding by the day, it can be difficult to concentrate on simple, everyday tasks; you know, like working, sleeping or eating! And yet, it’s possible to actually enact change by doing just that, whether patronizing a sanctuary restaurant, or booking a Valentine’s Day dinner, the likes of Franny’s, Marlow & Sons, Roman’s & more…

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Restaurant Spotting: 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


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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