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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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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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Where to Eat White Truffles This Season

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 in Fall, Fall Foods, Seasonal Eats

We all know that apples, asparagus, pumpkins, and corn all have a season — but did you know that truffles are a highly esteemed, seasonal eat too? White alba truffles are ripe for the seizing right about now! Check out where to get your truffle fix here…

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Seasonal Eats: Pumpkin

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 in Fall, Fall Foods, Seasonal Eats

While our immediate pumpkin associations are pie, Jack-O-Lanterns & increasingly, fall-flavored spiced lattes, the gourd is a whole lot more versatile than that. Here’s the scoop on fall’s finest squash! From how & where to pick them to the best spots in NYC to eat them…

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Seasonal Eats: Apples

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 in Fall Foods, Seasonal Eats

Whether or not you believe in the Adam and Eve story, there’s no doubt that apples have been with us for millions of years; originating (on the record) in the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan. And while it’s currently considered the ultimate American fruit (more than 2,500 types are grown in the US today), it’s interesting to note that the crabapple is actually the only one native to North America!

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Seasonal Eats: Melons 101

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 in Seasonal Eats, Summer Eats

To many of us, biting into a crescent of drip-down-your-face melon is the sweet essence of summer. So it’s hard to believe the juicy, tender fruit is directly related to gourds as well as decidedly savory cucumbers. Yet, unlike their brethren, watery melons are generally consumed mature, when the flesh becomes sweet…

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Seasonal Eats: Cherries

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 in Seasonal Eats, Summer Eats

Vegetables steal a good deal of thunder in spring and summer (as soon as we’re done with ramps, here comes the sweet corn!) but there’s plenty of fruit to look forward to. And at the top of that list are ruby-colored, long-stemmed cherries, which are generally available from late May until early August, but are truly at their peak in June and July.

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Eataly’s Rooftop Transforms into Italian Seaside-Themed Sabbia

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Posted on Apr 22, 2015 in Best Of, Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

After a long, cold winter subsisting on roots and tubers, we simply can’t wait to get our hands on incredible, warm weather produce. But it will still be a few weeks yet before farm stands and restaurant menus begin overflowing with fiddleheads, sweet peas, asparagus and more. In the meantime, you can content yourself with a wide array of spring onions — which, much like crocuses, are generally the very first verdant signs of life to appear, merrily popping through the still occasionally frosted ground.

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Seasonal Eats: Here Come the Fiddlehead Ferns

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

Ramps may tend to steal the spotlight as the most lusted-after spring delicacy, but one of the first — not to mention most unusual — veggies to pop from the ground at the end of winter are crunchy, intriguingly coiled fiddlehead ferns. Tasting like a cross between asparagus and young spinach, the tightly wound fern tips appear at the very beginning of spring…

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Seasonal Eats: Broccoli, Cauliflower and Romanesco

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 in Seasonal Eats, Winter Eats

Just like brussels sprouts, gassy brassicas such as cauliflower and broccoli have had quite the hill to climb, in order to be considered legitimately edible, let alone cool. But they’ve finally emerged victorious, trending so heavily at restaurants that they’re lovingly showcased in their purest forms. Honestly, how many whole roasted heads of cauliflower have you seen at eateries in the past few years? Because we’ve come across lots…

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Seasonal Eats: All Things Oranges

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 in Seasonal Eats

Pickings are definitely slim when it comes to winter produce. So if you’re already over apples and pears, you might as well ride out the season with citrus. We’re talking about vitamin C-abundant oranges, clementines and more; whose vibrantly colored, supremely juicy flesh adds a welcome jolt of freshness to an otherwise ultra-rich cold weather diet…

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New York’s Finest Feast of the Seven Fishes Celebrations

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 in Best Of, Holiday Eats, Seasonal Eats

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re not just talking about Christmas — we mean Christmas Eve! Because that’s when Italian’s celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a multi-course, seafood-centric extravaganza. But why should Italians have all the fun? You can get in on the under-the-sea action at the following restaurants — from Seamore’s to The John Dory Oyster Bar to The Clam and more…

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Seasonal Eats: Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 in Best Of, Fall Foods, Seasonal Eats

It’s hard to believe how relentlessly hip brussels sprouts have become. So we’ve rounded up NYC’s Most Delicious Brussels-Centric Dishes: From Motorino’s brussels-scattered pizza to Dirt Candy’s brussels-stuffed tacos & tons more…

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Seasonal Eats: Concord Grapes

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 in Fall Foods, Seasonal Eats

Do you only associate concord grapes with communion wine and Smuckers jelly? Well that’s a shame, because the giant, purple-black grapes (one of only three fruits native to North America) are one of the fall season’s greatest edible delights! We’ve rounded up the city’s best homages to this gorgeous fall fruit — From Cosme’s honey panna cotta with concord grape jelly to….

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New York’s Best End-of-Summer Beach Eats

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Seasonal Eats, Summer

With summer slipping away at an alarming pace, you’re going to want to spend as much of it as possible at the beach. And thankfully, there’s no real reason to step away from the sand and surf even for a minute, as the city’s shorelines are simply packed with amazing eats, from the Smorgasburg vendors at Coney Island, to a revolving stable of Latin American restaurants in the Rockaways.

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Seasonal Eats: Melons

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

Did you know that melons, squash and cucumbers are all part of the same gourd family? If you think about it, most melons have a very similar structure to winter squash, with thick flesh and an inner seed-filled midsection. That being said, squash are classified as vegetables, while melons are sweet and juicy fruit…

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Seasonal Eats: Tomatoes

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 in Seasonal Eats, Summer

We don’t care if they’re technically classified as fruits or vegetables — tomatoes are our favorite summer produce, bar none. Found in a variety of different sizes, shapes and colors, from massive red beefsteaks to elongated plums, delicate cherries and an endless selection of eye-catching heirlooms, they’re also especially versatile — which is why it’s hard to believe that until the 1900’s, tomatoes were believed to be poisonous!

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Seasonal Eats: Strawberries

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 in Seasonal Eats, Summer

Summer may have officially begun, but that doesn’t mean it’s peach and tomato season just yet. In fact, after a bit of a weather-induced delay, strawberries — the first fruit after rhubarb to appear in the spring — have finally hit farmstands in full force, meaning now’s the time to take advantage of the juicy, diamond-shaped treat…

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Seasonal Eats: Spring Peas and Beans

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

It’s been so warm lately (90-degrees in May? Really?) that it feels like we should skip all further discussion of spring vegetables, and move right onto eggplant and tomatoes. And yet, those bright green pods busting with sweet, emerald-colored seeds are at the beginning of their season, and we want to help you make the most of them…

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Seasonal Eats: Spring Onions

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 in Best Of, Seasonal Eats, Spring Eats

After a long, cold winter subsisting on roots and tubers, we simply can’t wait to get our hands on incredible, warm weather produce. But it will still be a few weeks yet before farm stands and restaurant menus begin overflowing with fiddleheads, sweet peas, asparagus and more. In the meantime, you can content yourself with a wide array of spring onions — which, much like crocuses, are generally the very first verdant signs of life to appear, merrily popping through the still occasionally frosted ground.

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