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Memorial Day Dining Guide 2016

Posted on May 23, 2016 in Best Of, Eating Events, Memorial Day, Summer

While we’re in no real hurry to see the end of spring, it’s hard not to get excited for the seafood-slurping, beach-going, barbecue-scented onslaught of summer. And since Memorial Day weekend is essentially the gateway to the season, you’ll want to celebrate it in style, whether you’re going to a grilling party on the waterfront, a crawfish boil at a restaurant, or a bar on a barge…

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Eat Your Way Through Labor Day

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 in Best Of, Eating Events, Summer

Pour one out for summer, you guys (if you can spare a single drop of your mojito, michelada, or frozen margarita, that is), because Labor Day is sadly, officially here. But before you put your white clothes into storage and steel yourself for six months of roots and tubers, the weekend presents one final opportunity to party. So check out our guide to New York’s edible end-of-season goings on, from a shellfish celebration at Grand Banks, to an alfresco barbecue at Pig Beach.

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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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The Best Summer Dishes in NYC

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 in Best Of, Summer, Summer Eats

The dog days of summer are officially here, which means you only have a handful of precious weeks left to feast on heirloom tomatoes and sweet corn. That’s why we’re rounding up a selection of scrumptious restaurant dishes, that will help you make the most of the fleeting season, from the Panzanella Salad with cucumbers at Via Carota, to the Sea Scallops over gazpacho at Untitled…

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The Summer’s Best Sweets

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 in Best Of, Dessert, Summer

As tempting as it may be, you probably shouldn’t eat ice cream every day of the summer. And not for health or diet reasons mind you, but because it would be a shame not to miss out on other (non-frozen) and equally delicious seasonal sweets — from the “Comfort” with roasted apricots and pistachio mousseline at Gabriel Kreuther, to the Cherry Kuchen at Virginia’s & the expanded menu of ice cream cakes at Parm…

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The Best Seafood Dishes for Summer

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 in Best Of, Summer

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — there’s little we adore more than seafood. Which is why summer is totally our happy time; the season for raw, shimmering oysters, crispy soft shell crabs, buttery lobster boils and more! Want to get in on the shellfish fun? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite, seafaring dishes on New York restaurant menus right now — from Lupolo’s smoky, Portuguese Octopus, to Noreetuh’s Hawaiian Tuna Poke & more…

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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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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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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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Last Licks of Summer 2014

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Okay, so Labor Day has sadly and all too quickly arrived. But summer’s not over… yet, which is why an edible “In Memoriam” seems fairly appropriate. Corn. Tomatoes. Peaches. Peas. Watermelon. Lobster. We hardly knew you. Sigh. So before the choice picks at the Greenmarket become apples, sweet potatoes and kale, get your final licks of summer by indulging in these vibrant restaurant dishes, highlighting the very best that the season has (sniff, almost had!) to offer…

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Seasonal Eats: The Skinny on Peaches

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

What could be more evocative of summer than biting into a fuzzy, sun-warmed peach? After all, although peaches can technically be found — albeit, often in rock-solid, tasteless and bone-dry iterations — in supermarket fruit bins for the better part of the year, they’re truly at peak, fresh-off-the-tree form from late June through early September. Which means that right this moment is the very best time to stuff yourself silly, on perfect, end-of-summer peaches…

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Dish Spotting: Bubby’s High Line $100 Sundae

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Dish Spotting, Summer

Come summer, who isn’t a sucker for ice cream? No, seriously. But a $100 dollar ice cream sundae? Bubby’s High Line just unveiled a new, over-the-top creation with homemade ice cream you’ll want to know the scoop on (get it, scoop?)…

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Oodles of Cold Noodles for Summer

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Lasagna. Carbonara. Spaghetti Bolognese. Are you drooling yet? Us either. Don’t get us wrong; we absolutely adore warm, saucy pastas in any form, but they lose a large part of their appeal when it’s 80-degrees outside. Not that you need to forgo noodles until the fall, if you simply think exotic Asian — by ordering the Spicy Whelk Salad at Danji, the Chilled Soba at Talde or the Cold Ramen at MokBar…

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Seasonal Eats: Sweet Corn

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

While tomatoes are definitely our favorite summer fruit, when it comes to veggies, we absolutely have to give the top honors to corn. Because what would a backyard barbecue be without ears of succulent, butter-slathered corn, deposited in their husks directly on the grill, or a beachside lobster boil, where you’ll invariably find the sunflower-yellow cobs nestled in pots, alongside bright red crustaceans and floury potatoes?

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The Most Delectable Summer Sweets

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Best Of, Dessert, Summer, Summer Eats

Ice cream is undoubtedly the most popular sweet come summer, but it would be a shame to skip over the dessert menu the next time you go out to eat. Because many of New York’s top pastry chefs are turning out composed treats, that are every bit as appealingly seasonal as popsicles, cups and cones, like the Sweet Pea Cake at Del Posto and the Peaches on Toast at Prune…

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Where to Eat at Rockaway Beach

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Summer

Growing up in New York, beach food to us invariably meant foil-wrapped sandwiches lugged in coolers, or if we were lucky, Nathan’s fries and hot dogs from Coney Island. That was about it. And while waterside dining options have essentially remained status quo around Coney, the same certainly can’t be said of Rockaway Beach, a once sleepy strip in far-flung Queens, which — due to a spate of seriously cut above concessions — has quickly become a top summer destination…

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Seasonal Eats: Heirloom Tomatoes

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 in Seasonal Eats, Summer, Summer Eats

One of our simplest — but most eagerly anticipated — pleasures of summer is biting into a sun-warmed, perfectly ripe tomato, full of flavor and fit to bursting with juice. Because save for a few months out of the year, who actually enjoys eating those wan, mealy wedges that show up in uninspired salads? We’d much rather savor the seemingly endless variety of entrancing heirlooms, such as lush Brandywine, sugary Golden Jubilee, and slightly acidic Green Zebra…

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The Best Ice Cream Treats – Summer 2014

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Best Of, Summer

Once it gets broilingly hot outside, there’s one sweet we crave more than all the rest, and that’s cool, dripping ice cream. We love it all, which is why we’ve rounded up an array of awesome scoop shops to see you through the summer season, including Morgenstern’s, a new, out-of-the-box Lower East Side ice cream parlor, and Eggers, a 1930’s-era, Staten Island classic…

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