You better watch out if you live around Tompkins Square Park because come 10 a.m., the sleepy public square will be crawling with brass monkey-breathed Santas primed for a day of drunken revelry. The Alphabet City park is the official starting place for this year's SantaCon.
The time has come again to celebrate your imbibing ancestors who fought for your right to party. We're talking about Repeal Day, of course, which is tomorrow, December 5 -- and this year is extra special, because it's the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Here are five spots where you can ... More >>
Thanksgiving may be a joyous affair, but it's the beleaguered gateway to Christmas. The good news is, it's also the height of white truffle season and the harbinger of black truffle season. And this year, we're seeing some the best fungus we've seen in a while. You don't have to go to a overcrowde ... More >>
Three new spots try the other Thai
It's out! This year's Best Of Issue is, if we say so ourselves, the best. It features (rough count here) 1,000,000 write ups about the unknown or undeniable things that make our city great. Here, we run down some of big Best Of Winners for music, bars, clubs, and comedy. Check it all out and get bac ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
A sizable part of this city's population has a high tolerance for wait lists, and the rest of us avoid lines at any cost--which means we've missed out on some of the restaurants other people rave about because we're simply unwilling to give up three hours to stand around. If you fall in the latter c ... More >>
From Riesling cruises to restaurant weeks (month)--not to mention the chance to try multiple kinds of barbecue--July has been a busy month if you're into food, and the action continues this weekend. With a pair of craft beer parties and a Peruvian Independence day celebration, there's plenty of acti ... More >>
If you don't live nearby, getting to Esperanto in Alphabet City is a bit of a mission: There are 10 blocks between the restaurant and either of the closest subway stops. But the reward for the journey comes in the form of delicious plates of Brazilian-leaning Latin cuisine and a whole lot of booze.
So you're back from spending the first official weekend of summer in the Hamptons/Rockaways/Jersey Shore, and you're trying to cope with your awkward sunburn. Here's a look at some fun food events this week to help soothe your skin -- or at least settle your stomach:
Manhattan has become the most expensive place to live in the country. Brooklyn ranks second on that unfortunate list. The latter is getting so costly that people are moving back to the former in some weird migratory conundrum. A main force behind all of this has been condofication - a mainstay of th ... More >>
Being single on Valentine's Day is secretly awesome. You have to spend exactly $0 on someone else. You can buy a crappy box of chocolates without wondering if it's good enough for a significant other -- it's good enough for you! And you don't even have to think about sky-high prix-fixe menus for two ... More >>
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, where we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff you should be checking out. This week: Alphabet City.
Candela Candela officially closed in January, but owners Shai Zvibak and Marchello Assante aren't giving up the valuable spot on Second Avenue. Instead, they're opening up an organic pizza spot in its place called Organika, said EV Local. Reportedly it will open in the next few weeks.
Monday, January 21 Inaugural Luncheon at 606 R&D Not one of the 250 guests dining at the inaugural luncheon? Have no fear. You can dine on the exact same menu at 606 R&D in Prospect Heights. The $75 prix fixe menu features lobster, grilled bison, and apple pie. Email the restaurant to make a reserva ... More >>
Monday, January 14 Whole Hog Butcher Dinner at Louro Louro celebrates the next Nossa Mesa Supper Club Monday night with a four-course meal from chef Justin Severino of Pittsburgh's Cure. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and the butchering starts at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8:30 p.m. Dinne ... More >>
Reinvention is the new resolution. Ring in 2013 with eats, drinks, music, and more.
UPDATE: We in there. Ladies and Gentlemen: The L train is back.Enjoy your trip home tonight. twitter.com/JoeLhota/statu...-- Joe Lhota (@JoeLhota) November 8, 2012
Starring, Dustin Wong & Dan Friel, White Out, PC Worship 285 Kent Saturday, July 7 Better than: Next week's Crimson ProjeKct appearance, perhaps? It may have ended with a dazzle, but this Northern Spy Records-curated night of intriguingly difficult music did not commence auspiciously, at least for ... More >>
We were wondering what all those helicopters, fire trucks and police cars near Avenue D were about last night. Looks like we may have our answer and it doesn't look pretty.Early yesterday evening, two different persons were stabbed deep in Alphabet City. Luckily, both encounters were non-f ... More >>
Hopefully this rainy week will turn into a stunningly sunny weekend. No one wants a washed out Memorial Day weekend, so we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best as we make our plans. We're mostly half-glass-full types anyway. With that in mind, we'll offer up a few outdoor eats for the c ... More >>
Spare Ribs from China Wok (199 East 3rd Street, 212-228-5888)
Alphabet City loses another dive bar with The Lakeside Lounge gone. [EV Grieve] Niko on Mercer Street has closed due to a plumbing problem. "We had a flood; whether or not we reopen depends on what happens with the insurance,'' owner Cobi Levy told Grub Street. However, sources close to the restaur ... More >>
For rent signs are up at Kate's Joint in the East Village. Apparently, the Indiegogo campaign to save the restaurant didn't work. EV Grieve has also learned from a "reliable tipster" that Starbucks might be moving into the space. [EV Grieve] Cafe Katja is temporarily closed for renovations and will ... More >>
The heat must be getting to a few peoples' heads. At around 9pm last night, a loose pack of around 50 to 60 protestors took to the streets, looting and vandalizing storefronts and property in the East Village. Their targets: the windows of the Starbucks on Astor and the newly opened 7/11 on St. ... More >>
The East Village must be getting used to all these closings by now. First, it was Mars Bars on East First Street; then Banjo Jim's on East Ninth Street; and, now, the Lakeside Lounge on Avenue B will see its doors close for good at the end of this month. And, like its other friends in the ... More >>
Life Cafe, the Alphabet City hangout that inspired Jonathan Larson's musical "Rent," is set to close. [NY Daily News] Veronica People's Club, "a weird, wonderful little bar with some of the best and most unassuming cocktails in Greenpoint" is shutting down. [Flavorpill]
Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Chef Peter Hoffman's former Savoy space, said the be one of the original farm-to-table restaurants, will re-open as Back Forty West this week. The SoHo sister restau ... More >>
According to data released to us by OkCupid, some New York City neighborhoods are more likely to make connections on the dating site than others. This may seem intuitive in some ways, but it's better to know these things for sure, right? After all, just like that map that tells us where the single m ... More >>
This Alphabet City watering hole is supposed to have a New Orleans motif, which apparently means lots of tinkering lights and a bartender in an elastic-looking, headband-sized dress.
Southern food might have been one of the big restaurant trends of 2011, but it shows no signs of slowing down. The newest addition to the city (located not too far from another bird-named Southern spot, the Cardinal) will come in the form of Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, a luncheonette-style eate ... More >>
The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.
The drink: Banana and brown sugar-infused Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey The bar: Common Ground Bar & Restaurant (206 Avenue A, 212-228-6231) The price: $10 The ingredients: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, banana, brown sugar
Benjamin LozovskyAlabama Shakes Lakeside Lounge Friday, December 10 Better than: Alabama (the band and the state). The banks of the Mississippi swell and contract in a brutally accelerated pace, not unlike the current cycle of Internet-fueled indie stardom. Channeling the bona fide heart of ... More >>
Plus: Ed Sanders's memoir Fug You
Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here!Coast to Coast Wine and DineRestaurant Marc ForgioneNovember 15Satisfy your appetite for community service and epicureanism Tuesday night. Forgione's tasting features the talents ... More >>
ChefMattRockWellfleets will try their damnedest. There have been numerous East Coast-West Coast feuds: Biggie vs. Tupac, David Chang's "Fig-Gate," and now a bicoastal oyster rivalry. The country's bivalve bookends will go head-to-head at Alphabet City's Back Forty on November 19 from 3 p.m. t ... More >>
File under "Things That Make Us Sad": S.O.S. Chefs, the 15-year-old specialty shop that supplied chefs from Amanda Cohen to David Chang to Gabrielle Hamilton with hard-to-find ingredients, has closed.
Eve Belgarian performs at The Stone tonight. While reading composer Martin Bresnick's long-but-fascinating personal essay last week, I came across the name of an artist whom I'd never heard of previously. Looking up that obscure name (Eric Stokes) on Amazon and ArchivMusic yielded a couple of ... More >>
A fistful of one-acts from Qui Nguyen, Billy Aronson, Romulus Linney, Ben Rosenthal, and J. Holtham
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A state senator has proposed a new bill that would offer tax breaks to New York restaurants that buy locally grown produce, as well as milk, cheese, and maple products. [LoHud] Republicans' budget approved last week proposes to overhaul the $65 billion food stamp program, making aid continge ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Vai, the Upper East Side spot that just got a Soho outpost, has closed. The building is reportedly being torn down. [Grub Street] Café Flo in Astoria did not survive a four-alarm blaze that r ... More >>
Austria annexes a little bit of Avenue C