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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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Tim Ho Wan is Your Ultimate Chrismukkah Destination

Tim Ho Wan

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 in Best Of, Chinese Restaurants, Christmas Eats, Holiday Eats

Chinese food is actually an integral part of many a Jew’s holiday season — it’s tradition to go out for Asian delicacies like Peking duck on Christmas Day, while most Christian celebrants are tucked away at home. And with the recent opening of a NYC outpost of Tim Ho Wan (i.e., the world’s most inexpensive, Michelin-starred restaurant), the “Chosen People” are really in luck this year because they have a solid chance at scoring one of the year’s most sought-after tables…

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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 in Best Of, New Year's Eve

If you’re still thoroughly shell shocked from the year that was, and trepidatious (to put it mildly) about the year yet to come, there’s never been a better reason to let it all hang loose on New Year’s Eve. For a short while, at least, you can forget your troubles in the bubbles of a glass of complimentary champagne — not to mention feast like there’s no tomorrow at spots like Loring Place, Augustine and more.

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The Eight Craziest Hanukkah Latkes in NYC

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 in Best Of, Hanukkah

You’ve got to love a holiday (Hanukkah) that advocates for the consumption of deep-fried food (latkes). But anyone could lose their taste for sour cream-cloaked potato pancakes after eight straight days, which is why we’re showcasing a host of chef-inspired options; from zaatar hummus-adorned rounds at Mile End, to turkey and latke sandwiches at Ellary’s Greens, Russ & Daughters & more!

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NYC’s Top Holiday Gifts for Foodies 2016

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 in Best Of, Christmas, Gifts for Foodies

How is one expected to track down perfect, highly personal presents for childhood best friends, office colleagues and cousin Mary? Thankfully, food just happens to be the great equalizer, making the following selections go-to gifts for practically anyone on your list! From an egg cream kit to personalized cutting boards…

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Our Guide to NYC’s Most Festive Holiday Sweets

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 in Best Of, Christmas Eats, Dessert

Halloween’s all about candy & Thanksgiving is associated with pie — but when it comes to Christmas & Hanukkah, pretty much everything goes on the dessert front. Which is why we’ve rounded up the city’s most merry, no-holds-barred sweets, from Eataly’s array of Panettone, to Dominique Ansel’s Polar Bear Buche…

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The Talde Team’s Massoni is in a New York State of Mind

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Best Of

Charged with eventually opening three spots within NoMad’s Arlo hotel (as well as providing early morning and late night eats for the “bodega” in the lobby) the Talde team has kicked things off with a giddily inauthentic Italian bistro, Massoni; where they take as many liberties with the cuisine as they do Asian fare.

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Where to Dine on Christmas Day 2016

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Best Of, Christmas Eats

If you don’t especially feel like fussing with a turkey, ham or goose this Christmas (or squeezing friends and family into your miniature NYC apartment) there’s zero shame in passing the buck to a talented, trained chef. Booking a table at one of the following restaurants guarantees double the courses and double the truffles with 100% less of the dishes; so skive off some of your holiday-related responsibilities by scoring a spot at Fowler & Wells today!

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Gourmet Gossip: December 2016

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Gourmet Gossip

In this great restaurant city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting opening, a devastating closing, or shocking chef shuffle. That’s why we’re keeping you apprised of the industry’s most noteworthy bits and bites — from April Bloomfield’s Midtown burger return and upcoming Brooklyn expansion to Gabriel Stulman’s first sortie, into the lucrative land of hotel dining…

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Where to Celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes 2016

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 in Best Of, Christmas Eats

Whether you’re legitimately Italian (or simply seafood lovers like us), here’s where to commemorate La Viglia in NYC, at spots like Oceana, Otto, Grand Central Oyster Bar, and more!

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Shop (and Eat) at New York’s Best Holiday Markets

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 in Best Of, Food Markets

If you’re going to selflessly spend weeks worth of income on gifts for other people this season, you can at least treat yourself to some fabulous food while you’re at it. Conveniently, the following holiday markets provide awesome, one-stop-shopping access to both; boasting vendors selling fabulous presents and awesome eats…

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El Rey Chef Takes Chinatown with Lalo

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 in Restaurant Spotting

Under Gerardo Gonzalez, El Rey emerged as one of the chicest gathering hubs on the Lower East Side. So acolytes who’ve sorely missed his breezy, healthy Cal-Mex fare since his departure last April, would be well advised to follow Gonzalez to Chinatown, where he recently resurfaced with a brand new project called Lalo…

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Great Xmas Gifts: Holiday Pancake Set

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in Gifts for Foodies, Gizmo Girl

Looking for a perfect Xmas gift for teachers, friends or foodies? We’re digging this sweet pancake set from William Sonoma. It comes with a gingerbread man spatula, pancake pen for perfectly sized cakes, and of course, mix…

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April Bloomfield is Spinning White Gold on the Upper West Side

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

April Bloomfield may have released a pro-vegetable cookbook, but who’s she kidding, really? The guiding force in her career has always been meat. And she’s doubled down on her obsession big time with her newest project, White Gold, surprisingly on the Upper West Side…

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Edible Events: December

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 in Eating Events

There are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis, so here are just a few worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now! From Brooklyn Museum’s Latke Festival to an Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl & more…

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The Beekman Opens with a Bang with Augustine and Fowler & Wells

The Beekman Hotel

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

Forget about rooftop pools and in-house spas, destination restaurants are NYC’s hottest hotel amenity. Which means the recently opened The Beekman is an absolute must-stay for discriminating travelers and moneyed tourists, being that it boasts establishments from two of the city’s most acclaimed restaurateurs. We’re talking about Keith McNally’s new Augustine & Tom Colicchio’s Fowler & Wells…

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New York’s Best Beyond-Thanksgiving Turkey Dishes

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Best Of, Fall Foods

Sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, & gravy play an active role on restaurant menus well beyond Thanksgiving; yet the holiday centerpiece, turkey, tends to disappear without fanfare shortly after the meal. Thankfully, a handful of awesome eateries pay respect to the under-utilized bird throughout the year! From Hometown Barbecue to Brodo and even Black Tap’s turkey burger…

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NYC’s Newest Michelin Star Winners for 2017

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Michelin Guide

Chefs can insist all they want that their goal is to run a reasonably successful restaurant that makes their patrons happy. Which we don’t doubt is largely true, but the fact is not one of them would turn their nose up at the industry’s biggest honor, a Michelin star. Here’s a rundown of Michelin’s newest winners for 2017…

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All-American Korean Kimchi Stuffing: And Other Contemporary Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 in Chef Q&A Recipes, Recipes

The average New Yorker’s diet is nothing if not diverse, so why should we abandon our international aesthetic for Thanksgiving? Here’s a very untraditional and delicious stuffing & green bean casserole recipe to sink your teeth into…

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