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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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A wd-50 Alum is Cooking Cut-Above Bar Food at Sons & Daughters of NYC

Sons & Daughters of NYC

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in Late Night Bites, Restaurant Spotting

Wylie Dufresne casts an awfully long culinary shadow. And yet his chef and mentee, Jon Bignelli, managed to shine during his final days at wd-50, as well as his truncated run at the short-lived Alder — taking the reigns on cutting edge dishes like rye and pastrami pasta tossed with mustard sauce, and clam chowder topped with oyster crackers (comprised of real oyster).

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Drunken Dumpling Debuts Super Sized Soup Dumplings in the East Village

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 in Dish Spotting, Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

It’s almost soup season, so how about slurping an entire serving of broth from the savory innards of a dumpling? Most xiaolongbao (a special type of Chinese dumpling, whose meatball centers are sheathed in gelatinized soup, which liquefies when steamed) are good for a sip or two. But in the East Village, the recently opened Drunken Dumpling takes things to the next level, with their newfangled, bowl-sized “XL XLB”…

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A Spotlight On This Year’s Vendy Cup Contenders

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 in Eating Events

For the past 12 years, the Vendy Awards have shone a well-deserved spotlight on scrappy, enterprising, street food entrepreneurs. And while there are tremendous bragging rights to be gleaned from being nominated in categories, like “Best Dessert,” “Best Market” and even “Best Vegan,” there’s no honor greater than being fingered for the Vendy Cup…

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Guide to Oktoberfest 2016

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 in Best Of, Oktoberfest

As odd as it seems to switch abruptly from corn and tomatoes to wurst and weiner schnitzel, that’s fall for you — no sooner do we commemorate Labor Day, then it’s straight on to Oktoberfest, the raucous celebration of Bavarian culture is just way too much fun to ignore…

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The Best New Bites at Mad. Sq. Eats this Season

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 in Al Fresco Dining, Food Markets

Still searching for reasons to get excited about fall? Running from September 10th through October 7th this season, the park-side gourmet mecca hosts 25 of the most exciting street carts and restaurant spin-offs in the city. And here are six you won’t want to miss; from the Jianbing specialist, Mr. Bing, to the requisite poke purveyor, Gotham Poke…

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Where to Eat During New York Fashion Week

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 in Eating Events

Models themselves may not be intrinsically associated with eating (although there is Karlie Kloss & Chrissy Teigen), but food and fashion have become increasingly intertwined…

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Gourmet Gossip: September 2016

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. From Wylie Dusfresne’s awesome coffee & donut news to booze before noon (finally!) …

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Leave Room for Dessert During Citymeals on Wheels “Sweet September”

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 in Eating Events

September can feel like one long end-of-summer bummer, so why not lift your spirits with a liberal dose of sugar? Especially since Citymeals on Wheels’ “Sweet September” promotion is back for another season, with 100% of proceeds from designated desserts at participating shops and restaurants such as Aureole and Jacques Torres…

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New York’s Best Chicken and Waffles

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 in Best Of

What’s not to love about chicken and waffles? The all American soul food- meets-Pennsylvania Dutch dish ingeniously combines one of our favorite comfort foods (fried chicken) with one of our go-to brunch treats (waffles), so here’s our favorite spots in NYC to get your fix! From Root & Bone to Buttermilk Channel, Talde & more…

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A Guided Tour Through Eataly Downtown

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 in Food Markets

If you thought it was impossible for Eataly to outdo their flagship Flatiron store, you’ll have to catch an eyeful of the newly opened Eataly Downtown with a fantastic bread bakery, mozzarella bar and more…

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Where to Drink and Dine on Labor Day 2016

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Eating Events, Labor Day

It’s easy to get enthused about Memorial Day, the booze and barbecue-stoked unofficial kick-off to summer. But Labor Day is another story; it’s exceedingly more difficult to whip up excitement about the season’s abrupt end. But if you can’t stem the tide of time, at least you can engage in a final, unbridled hurrah at the following parties and events…

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Where to Eat Poke in New York

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 in Best Of, Ethnic Eats

When we fingered poké as a burgeoning trend at the close of 2015, we had no idea just how frenzied the Hawaiian-style, marinated fish craze would actually get. So here’s a (pared down!) selection of where to stock up on poké in the city, from Midtown to Brooklyn and beyond!

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Edible Events: September

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 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…

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Go Fish at Osakana, an Awesome, New Brooklyn Seafood Market

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 in Food Markets

Before he became a breakout Smorgasburg star (for his mazemen-style noodle stand, Yuji Ramen), and a respected Williamsburg restaurateur (as co-owner of the admired Japanese breakfast spot, Okonomi), Yuji Haraguchi was a successful wholesaler, supplying top-tier seafood to some of America’s top chefs…

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A California Chef Assembles an NYC Dream Team at Casa Apicii

Casa Apicii

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in Restaurant Spotting

Casey Lane is well known in California for his trio of hip Los Angeles restaurants; an English gastropub called The Parish, a rotisserie and pasta spot dubbed Itri, and his original, star-making venture, The Tasting Kitchen, a terroir-focused bistro just steps away from Venice Beach…

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Fall 2016 Restaurant Preview

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

If you spent the summer away from the city, you probably already have a short list of places you need to visit upon your return; Daniel Rose’s Le Coucou (a surprisingly buzzy July debut) and Floyd Cardoz’s Paowalla (a welcome August addition) quickly spring to mind. But since fall is prime season for big deal restaurant openings, you’ll want to clear plenty of space on your dining schedule soon…

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A Guide to Union Fare, Union Square’s Brand New, Block-Long Food Hall

Union Fare

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 in Food Markets

Union Square already seems like an epicenter of New York’s culinary universe; what with its preeminent greenmarket, flush with chefs from all around the city. And now, it’s got its very own formidable food hall as well, aptly dubbed Union Fare — located in the 25,000-square foot complex that used to house Manhattan’s flagship Barnes & Noble. It’s a whopper of a food hall…

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Garlic Shaker

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 in Gizmo Girl

We love a passion project, especially when it comes to all things food and wine. We can totally get behind someone who is passionate about garlic; removing the peel from garlic to be specific. That’s why we love this Garlic Shaker…

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