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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 in Best Of, New Year's Eve

Another year is drawing to a close, and you know what that means — it’s time to party hearty! And it seems that the entire city feels exactly the same way, as almost every bar and restaurant is readying to throw some sort of massive, New Year’s Eve bash. But if you’re going to ring in 2016 right, you might as well do it at one of the top-tier spots in town, from Toro and its Spanish masquerade, to lush Le Bernardin’s extravagant sit-down dinner…

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How Sweet It Is: New York’s Top Holiday Treats

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 in Best Of, Christmas Eats, Dessert, Holiday Eats

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah over-indulgences may have left you desperate to start a diet, but isn’t that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for? Until then, you might as well embrace the season by gorging yourself silly on extra-festive sweets, from The Meatball Shop and Ovenly’s “Boozy Rudolph” Sundae, to Dominique Ansel Kitchen’s shimmery Christmas Tree Cake…

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The Best Christmas Eve & Day Dining in NYC – 2015

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Best Of, Christmas Eats, Holiday Eats

If “going home for the holidays” involves staying in (or traveling to) New York, consider yourself fortunate — especially since it means that you don’t actually have to cook on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. That’s because a slew of the city’s best restaurants are throwing elaborate, multi-course feasts or holding extra-celebratory dinners on either one or both nights — from Piora to Rebelle to Chefs Club…

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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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New York’s 8 Greatest Latkes for Every Night of Hanukkah

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 in Best Of, Holiday Eats

You’ve got to love Hanukkah — the Jewish holiday that obligates its observers to eat oil-blessed foods for eight straight nights (because a one day supply of oil miraculously burned for eight nights!). And as much as we dig jelly donuts, Hanukkah’s signature dish is Latkes…

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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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Perfect Potato: New York’s Best Spud-Centric Dishes

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 in Best Of, Dish Spotting

Still dreaming of gravy-drowned mashed & marshmallow-dotted sweet potatoes? Thanksgiving may be over, but spud season sure isn’t. Not only is Hanukkah right around the corner, but the cold weather tubers are currently playing a starring role in the restaurant world, showcased in all manner of craveable and imaginative dishes, at spots like Sadelle’s, Huertas, Mekelburg’s and more!

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New York’s Tastiest Turkey Sandwiches

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 in Best Of, Sandwiches

Turkey doesn’t tend to get a whole lot of love beyond the Thanksgiving table except when it comes to sandwiches — and even those can be snooze-worthy affairs. Which is why we rounded up a few, awesome between-the-bread creations, that actually shine an ultra-flattering spotlight on the oft-maligned bird — from the Asian-inspired Pulled Turkey at Num Pang, to Parm’s Spicy Roast Turkey & Mozzarella to No. 7 Sub’s Turkey & Frito Combo…

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Court Street Grocers is Raising Manhattan’s Sandwich Game

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in Sandwiches

We’re so far removed from the days when grabbing a to-go sandwich in New York meant ham and cheese from the local deli. In fact, the past six months alone have ushered in a slew of cutting edge sammy shops, including Fuku and now, Court Street Grocers Manhattan foray…

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Our Favorite Pumpkin Dishes this Fall

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 in Best Of, Fall Foods

When you think about that utterly autumnal ingredient, pumpkin, does your mind immediately go to pie? Consider expanding your horizons this season, by taking a cue from the inventive, gourd-based dishes at the following restaurants, from the Pumpkin Gnocchi at Spiga to the Bruleed Pumpkin Cheesecake at Untitled…

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Holiday Cookie-Palooza

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 in Best Of, Dessert, Eating Events

Got a sweet tooth? You’ll want to get in on this killer (that’s right, I said killer!) Cookie Festival, hosted by Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry guru, Christina Tosi. Just imagine fifteen of the top Pastry Chefs baking up their most prized cookie recipes all under one roof…

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Our Favorite Fall Desserts

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 in Best Of, Dessert, Fall Foods

Try to resist stuffing yourself on your leftover holiday candy, because autumn just happens to be a particularly great season for sweets. And we’re not just talking about pie, but all manner of rustic, comforting confections at bakeries & restaurants throughout New York — from the Concord Grape Sorbet at Gabriel Kreuther’s eponymous new eatery to Semilla’s Squash Tart with Chestnut Ice Cream…

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Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Pies

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 in Best Of, Dessert, Holiday Eats

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home this year (or spending it at someone else’s), consider saving yourself the trouble of crimping dough or pre-baking pastry shells. That’s because NYC is absolutely glutted with spots serving incredibly innovative, artisanal pies, including Bien Cuit, Butter & Scotch, Momofuku Milk Bar and more. So go ahead and place your holiday order now, for apple-lined, pumpkin-filled and pecan-topped treats…

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dining Guide: 2015

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 in Best Of, Holiday Eats, Thanksgiving

While you probably won’t hear Christmas carols being piped through store loudspeakers , it’s not the least bit early to start planning for Thanksgiving dinner! Especially if it’s a meal you generally eat at restaurants, all of which have begun opening their books for reservations now. From the James Beard Award-nominated Hearth to the super seasonal Market Table…

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Where to Find Fresh Truffles in New York

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 in Best Of, Fall Foods

Forget apples, pumpkins and (as much as we love them) even concord grapes — because white truffle season has hit New York in force. Generally sourced from Alba, Italy, the gloriously perfumed, highly prized pale fungi are just waiting to be shaved over pastas, pizzas and more, at refined spots like Midtown’s Chevalier, and Tribeca steakhouse, American Cut…

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Our Favorite Fall Dishes in NYC

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 in Best Of, Fall Foods

October may have remained warmer than expected for longer than expected, but there’s no doubt about it — fall is here in force. Which is why you’re way more likely to spot pumpkin, thyme and apple on restaurant menus than tomatoes, basil and corn, and we’ve rounded up some of the tastiest autumn-centric dishes, at places like Laurent Tourondel’s L’Amico, Jonathan Waxman’s Jams and more.

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Our Favorite Fall Cocktails

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 in Best Of, Cocktails, Fall

It’s definitely in-between season as far as cocktails are concerned — it seems a bit silly to sip on citrusy mojitos and other sugary, thirst-quenching libations, and yet, Irish coffees, hot toddies, and dark, smoky negronis don’t quite make sense either. Which is why we’re bridging the gap with all manner of apple, maple and yes, even truffle-topped tipples, at autumn-ready places like A Voce, Pouring Ribbons, and Saxon + Parole…

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Halloween 2015 Dining Guide

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 in Best Of, Fall, Halloween

As much as we miss trick-or-treating, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween as an adult in NYC. And, if you know us, you can be assured that we’re not talking about the aptly named “Webster Hell” bacchanalia at Webster Hall, but rather, deliciously festive meals and celebrations at restaurants, from a haunted feast at One If By Land, Two If By Sea, to an “Excesses of Imperial Portugal” party at Lupulo in Chelsea….

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NYC’s Best Traditional & Untraditional Tacos

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 in Best Of, Ethnic Eats

It’s tough for New York to truly challenge L.A. on the classic Mexican taco front, but when it comes to inventive tortilla sandwiches, our game is especially strong. Which is why we’ve rounded up a handful of the city’s very best tacos, both utterly traditional and decidedly non — from the gold standard carnitas at Tacos El Bronco in Brooklyn to the lamb-filled parathas at Goa Taco & the pan-Asian creations at Korilla BBQ…

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Sweet & Spooky: Grown Up Halloween Candy

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Best Of, Fall Foods, Holiday Eats

Why should kiddies have all the fun on Halloween? Instead of going house to house for candy, make a holiday pilgrimage to New York’s best sweet shops and chocolatiers instead, for highly adult treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar, Li-Lac Chocolates & more…

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