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New York’s Most Outrageously Delicious Ice Cream

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 in Best Of, Dessert

Ice cream is summer’s number one dessert by far, but goodness knows, not all scoops are created equal. So in order to avoid eventual Mr. Softee fatigue, check out our list of the very best frozen treats in town, from Filipino shaved ice at Pig and Khao to ice cream “flights” at MilkMade and burrata-flavored soft serve at Dominique Ansel Kitchen.

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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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Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July 2015

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Considering how many terrific Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens restaurants currently dot the waterfront, we couldn’t be happier that the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display is finally back on the East River. So instead of watching the celebration unfold from your TV set, pop in for drinks or dinner at one of these ideally located eateries instead, at Riverpark, The River Café, the Water’s Edge and more!

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New York’s Best Barbecue

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 in Best Of, Summer

After a long winter of braised and roasted meat, it’s easy to forget how incredible pork, beef and chicken tastes when prepared over a smoker or grill. So now that it’s summer, we’re ready to fully celebrate New York’s wealth of awesome barbecue places, by rounding up some of the very best dishes at each, from the classic Texas Brisket at Hometown to the Carolina-style Outside Brown at Arrogant Swine and the wholly unique Duck Tacos at Fletcher’s…

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BEC Peddles All-Day Breakfast in a Bun

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 in Best Of, Sandwiches

Got a breakfast sandwich fetish? Jessica Bologna does, which is why she opened BEC, an-all day breakfast sandwich joint in Chelsea with some seriously delicious options…

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The Season’s Most Creative Drinks NYC

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 in Best Of, Drink Spotting, Summer

We often associate spring and summer with rosé, margaritas, and other icy, alcoholic drinks. But if you don’t want to head to work each day hung over, you’ll cool off with these refreshing, totally booze-free beverages, from the freshly pressed juices at Genuine Superette, to the creamy horchatas at Los Tacos No. 1, the totally fun bubble teas at Thirstea Cafe and more…

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What to Eat at Harlem’s Vendy Plaza

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 in Best Of, Food Markets

Harlem is steadily becoming a happening food hub. And now, they’ve debuted a summer-long alfresco food market (set to rival Smorgasburg!) called Vendy Plaza; which brings Vendy award finalists and local vendors to East Harlem’s bustling La Marqueta…

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Inside Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 in Dessert, Hottest Newcomers

Ever since opening his very first bakery, Dominique Ansel has been a food news fixture. After all, it’s of utmost importance to stay abreast of the latest flavor of Cronut — or even more noteworthy — the pastry master’s newest, groundbreaking creations, from Magic Soufflés to Frozen S’mores to Milk and Cookie Shots. But the sugar wizard’s latest venture is his most exciting yet; a second, West Village outpost, called Dominique Ansel Kitchen…

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Where to Pack a Picnic Basket in New York

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Drinking on rooftop bars and lunching at backyard patios is great, but now that it’s the height of spring-summer season, we want to get as close to nature as humanely possible. Which is why we’re more than happy to take an occasional break from restaurant dining, by picnicking at one of New York’s expansive outdoor spaces or parks…

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Dish Spotting: New York’s Best Soft Shell Crab Dishes

Posted on May 26, 2015 in Best Of, Dish Spotting, Spring Eats

Ramps are so last week — we’ve moved onto our other favorite, fleeting, super-seasonal ingredient, soft shell crabs. Referring to blue crabs that have been removed from the water as soon as they molt (this preventing any further hardening of their shell), the entire crustacean can be eaten; save for its mouth, gills, and abdomen…

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Bar Spotting: Mace is the Place

Posted on May 21, 2015 in Beer Bars, Best Of, Drink Spotting

For uninitiated passerby, there’s nothing outwardly broadcasting that Mace is the hot new place to be — a glance through the floor-to-ceiling windows reveals a handsome, zinc-topped bar in front, a couple of tables in back, and not much else. But it’s what’s going on behind that bar that counts, starting with the brightly colored jars of spices…

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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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Our Favorite Spring Cocktails

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Goodness knows we can appreciate an expertly made Old Fashioned or Negroni. But now that it’s spring, we couldn’t be happier to abandon brown liquor in favor of crisp, citrusy, fruity and refreshing tipples, at au courant bars and restaurants like Seamstress, Mace, Porchlight, Genuine Superette and more!

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Best Spring Dishes NYC

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Best Of, Spring Eats

It’s almost impossible to go wrong with dishes that are accented with buttery fava beans, ramps, silky asparagus, meaty artichokes, juicy soft shell crabs and grassy, uniquely coiled fiddlehead ferns. So since it’s exceedingly hard to choose just eight new, noteworthy creations, consider this list a mere jumping off point for a season’s worth of great eating, at places like Alder, Rebelle, Bar Bolonat and more…

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The Best Outdoor Dining Spots in New York

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Best Of

Come spring, summer, and even early fall, there are few experiences more pleasurable than eating and drinking outside. That’s why sun-worshiping New Yorkers flock to bars and restaurants that allow for alfresco dining, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, from the High Line-flanking Santina, to the waterfront-adjacent Pier A Harbor House.

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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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Mother’s Day 2015 Dining Guide

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

It’s almost Mother’s Day, and you know what that means — all of New York’s best brunch tables will soon be filled. But we’ve got a list of eight great places where you can still arrange to indulge and pamper your mom, from Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark, with sweeping views of the waterfront, to White Street & more…

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April’s Best Rainy Day Dishes

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Best Of, Spring Eats

What about spring — or more specifically, famously rainy April — when temperatures are relatively mild, but we average at least one drizzle a day? We say, turn to these terrific restaurant dishes, which are relatively light on their feet, but comforting enough to weather those persistent seasonal storms…

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Spring Restaurant Preview – 2015

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 in Best Of, Restaurant Spotting

Spring is, unsurprisingly, the ideal season to open a new restaurant — because during snowy, rainy, windy, freezing winter, who (save for the most intrepid diners) would choose to regularly leave the comfort of their homes. That’s why, as soon as the crocuses begin to emerge from the newly thawed ground, exciting eateries begin to pop up in earnest, and we’re tracking some of the most notable impending openings of spring 2015!

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UrbanSpace Joins the Food Hall Fray

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 in Best Of, Food Markets

Over the last 30 years, UrbanSpace has been responsible for creating some of the best-known seasonal, outdoor bazaars in both London & New York. And now, the ever-expanding company is jumping on the burgeoning food hall bandwagon with the debut of UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, its very first year-round, brick-and-mortar establishment…

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