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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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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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The Most Warming Winter Cocktails in NYC

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 in Best Of, Cocktails, Winter Eats

Hot chocolate and cider aren’t the only means of getting warm during winter. At New York bars and restaurants, you’ll discover cocktails calibrated to snuggle you from the inside out; from Tavo’s activated charcoal and smoked maple “Black Widow,” to Nishi’s scotch, honey and ginger-based “Penicillin.”

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Seasonal Eats: Beets

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in Seasonal Eats, Winter Eats

While we understand the instinctive childhood aversion (often extending to adulthood) to vegetables like broccoli and brussels sprouts, it’s harder to process the problem with beets. So here’s just a few, delicious reasons to rethink this winter root veggie! From the loaded & Baked Beet at Union Square Cafe to Gran Electrica’s Beet Cocktail & more…

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Dreamy Winter Dishes in NYC

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 in Best Of, Winter Eats

Post-holiday season can be awfully dreary. That’s why we rely on restaurants to see us through the hump; because in the hands of chefs like Dan Kluger, Jared Sippel and Casey Lane, even parsnips, sprouts and celery root seem positively festive!

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How Sweet It Is: L.A.’s Sugarfish Has Landed in NYC


Posted on Jan 4, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

As much as New Yorkers would like to believe that we’re the epicenter of the food world, we’ve admittedly borrowed a lot from Los Angeles and this year, we’ve even appropriated a number of restaurants as well, including Sugarfish; an outpost of California’s beloved sushi spot…

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Edible Events: January 2017

Posted on Jan 3, 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 the a Donut Fest to Cochon 555 & more…

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Food Trends to Look Out For in 2017

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 in Trendwatch

Trends on the rise generally experience a slow burn — what may seem like mere coincidence one day (a handful of restaurants serving fried chicken sandwiches, for instance), may become an omnipresent, city-wide craze the next. So based on a few early adopters, these are the subtly flickering food movements we expect to catch fire in 2017, to a macabre obsession with charcoal, to a wave of meatless meat products.

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Where to Dine on New Year’s Day

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 in Best Of, New Year's Day, New Years Day Dining

Don’t feel like shelling out $300 per head for some over-the-top New Year’s Eve dinner, or having appletini’s spilled on your cocktail dress at an over-populated party? Or perhaps you’ve stayed out until the wee hours as it is, and are merely in search for some eggs over easy, along with a hair of the dog. In either case, here’s where to go for (comparatively) low-key New Year’s Day celebrations, from Dovetail’s bubbly brunch, to Maysville’s black-eyed pea giveaway…

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The Best NYC Restaurants of 2016

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews, RG's Favorites

From Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio, to April Bloomfield and Jose Andres, there’s no question that the NYC restaurant scene was dominated by heavy hitters this year (who else could be expected to afford such massively exorbitant rents?). And yet, a duo of perennially in-the-wings talents finally found their way onto the mainstage (we’re talking Dan Kluger and Floyd Cardoz), while other, newer names established themselves as culinary forces to be reckoned with; including Frederik Berselius (of Aska) and Greg Baxtrom (of Olmsted) as well as American in Paris Daniel Rose, who took the city by storm with SoHo’s truly phenomenal Le Coucou…

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