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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 Guide to NYC’s Top Kentucky Derby Parties

Posted on May 4, 2017 in Eating Events

There’s no denying the flamboyant-hatted, julep-drinking appeal of the Kentucky Derby; not to mention the myriad parties to come along with it! And you don’t even need to fly South in order to celebrate the springtime sporting event, thanks to the following rollicking, bluegrass-soundtracked galas, right here in NYC…

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Jose Garces Classes Up Times Square with Ortzi


Posted on May 3, 2017 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Can Jose Garces translate his celeb-seeking mojo to NYC’s tourist-thronged Times Square, while still maintaining the polished integrity demonstrated at Battery City’s outpost of Amada? That’s the hope at the just-opened Ortzi, located in the Luma Hotel…

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Where to Dine on Mother’s Day 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017 in Best Of

It’s practically impossible to chip away at the lifetime debt we owe our moms — making Mother’s Day just another one of the 365 days she deserves our unadulterated thanks. Still, if you’re going to make reparations for Sunday (May 14th), they might as well involve truffles and copious amounts of champagne, at distinguished spots like Del Posto, L’Amico and more…

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What to Eat at Smorgasburg this Spring

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Food Markets

NYC’s biggest all-food flea market is always the first edible, al fresco free-for-all to open for the spring/summer season. And it’s proven to be a vital stepping stone over the years, catapulting fledgling small businesses onto New York’s culinary MainStage. Here are just a few we expect to be seeing a lot more from in the future; from Strange Flavor and their mala-basted burgers, to Commissary Kitchen, serving prison-influenced eats…

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Edible Events NYC: May 2017

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 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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Inside Made Nice: The EMP Team’s Foray into Fast Casual Territory

Made Nice

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Hot Take-Out, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

While it wasn’t much of a stretch for shrewd chefs like David Chang to start roll out fried chicken sandwiches, the EMP team letting loose is another matter entirely. Yet even Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have elected to ride the rising tide from fine dining and into the realm of fast casual, with their long floated (and finally realized) food counter, Made Nice…

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 in Best Of, Cinco De Mayo, Mexican

Cinco de Mayo has largely devolved into a drinking holiday. So if you’re going to celebrate Mexican culture by way of margaritas and nachos, you might as well do it at the most legitimately commendable restaurants in town; from Enrique Olvera’s Atla to Alex Stupak’s grand Empellon!

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Alex Stupak Goes Big with Empellon


Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Alex Stupak has gone somewhat off-script with the direction of his Empellon empire; expanding his Mexican lineup with an inventive (yet still homestyle) Cocina, a laid-back Taqueria, and the even quicker service Al Pastor, before debuting the brand-anchoring Empellon just this past month…

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A Guide to New York’s Dessert Delivery Services

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in Best Of, Dessert

Courtesy of the following door-to-door sugar suppliers, NYC’s insomniacs with sweet tooths will never need to deprive themselves of crepe cakes, éclairs, and bacon-chocolate truffles again…

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An Anti Trump Bar? We’ll Drink to That!


Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in Cocktails, First Bite, Reviews

An anti-trump bar? We’ll drink to that! Ravi DeRossi’s advocacy extends past veganism at his newest establishment, Coup. His Astor Place drinkery will take a stand against Trump’s entire agenda, by donating 100% of proceeds to organizations in the crosshairs of the administration…

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New York’s Sprightliest Spring Dishes

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in Best Of, Spring Eats

Every season has its perks, but it’s tough for any of them to hold a candle to spring; with its fleeting cornucopia of coveted, earth-warmed delicacies, such as sugar-sweet peas and coveted ramps. So here’s a handful of greenmarket-focused restaurants, that have made over their menus to reflect the very best of spring, from abcV to Union Square Café, and its rhubarb-sanctified Squab…

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Seasonal Eats: Asparagus

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Spring Eats

While asparagus are one of the first tender veggies to poke their heads out of the ground come spring, they’re not exactly prolific. And their season is sadly fleeting — pencil-thin spears begin to appear at the beginning of April, giving way to fatter, meatier specimens midway through June. So seize the season and check out our guide to the best spots to savor asparagus in NYC…

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Enrique Olvera Takes It Easy with Atla

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in Best Of

For his second NYC venture, Atla, you can forgive Enrique Olvera for dropping his guard just a tad. With little else to prove, he’s taken a cue from other fine dining stalwarts by going (if not exactly quick) than decidedly casual, opening an eatery that aims to be a destination for its NoHo neighbors, as opposed to globe-trotting, charge card-toting prestige seekers…

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Next-Level Easter Candy for Adults

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Best Of, Easter

While it’s hard not to get nostalgic over Cadbury Cream Eggs, speckled Jelly Bellies and Marshmallow Peeps, we adults (with our pesky slowed metabolisms), need to be a bit more discerning over how we rack up calories. So instead of dipping your mitts into your kids’ corn syrup-bolstered baskets, why not procure a personal stash of upmarket candy instead, obtained from certified chocolate artisans like Gabriel Kreuther… instead of the local pharmacy.

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Q & A with Chef Gunter Seeger

Gunter Seeger

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 in Chef Q&A, Chef Q&A Recipes, Restaurant Spotting

In a time when NY’s most elite restaurateurs have defaulted to fast-casual endeavors, it’s intriguing that Atlanta’s own world-class chef — the German-born Gunter Seeger, of The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton and the eponymous Seeger — has chosen this moment to toss his hat into our in-flux, fine dining field, but we’re glad he did…

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The Ultimate Easter 2017 Dining Guide

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 in Best Of, Easter

To kids, Easter conjures up images of fluffy bunnies bearing baskets of jellybeans & marshmallow peeps. But to food-minded adults, the holiday is all about menus paying loving homage to the fleeting bounties of spring. So here’s where to commemorate April 16th with roasted lamb, tender asparagus and yes, even the season’s first ramps — at New York institutions like Marea, Craft and Bouley…

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The “Pescatarian” Gloria is a Catch for Hell’s Kitchen


Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

We’re easily wooed by seafood of any sort, but news that a “pescatarian” eatery recently opened, run by alums of Le Bernardin and Contra? That’s cause for an all-out crustacean celebration. Add in the fact that it’s in the aptly-named restaurant wasteland of Hell’s Kitchen & Gloria becomes one of the most welcome debuts of the season!

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Dish Spotting: Orchard Grocer’s Vegan Bagel and Schmear

Orchard Grocer

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in Alternative Meats, Best Of, Dish Spotting, Eco-Friendly Eateries

The just-launched Orchard Grocer might be the most modern “New Jewish” establishment in NYC, as — instead of celebrating schmaltz, whitefish and gribenes with nostalgic, pseudo-ironic abandon — it’s entirely meat, gluten and dairy-free.

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