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    September 30, 2013

    Marc Forgione's American Cut Hits NYC (INTERVIEW)

    When Iron Chef Marc Forgione and LDV Hospitality first unveiled American Cut in Atlantic City a couple of years back, "it was like a first date," says Forgione. "We wanted to see if there would be others. I think the first date went really well. Once that happened, conversation started to be, 'What ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    The Sickest Remarks Being Made About Angelina's Double Mastectomy

    Yesterday, Angelina Jolie revealed that she'd had a double mastectomy as a preventive measure against a family history of breast cancer, amidst worldwide kudos and admiration. But on Facebook and other places, some were not convinced. "Her breasts were sagging," said one ex "friend" of mine, "so s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Nas, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Miguel More - Capitale - 4/30/13

    Better Than: Farmville "Why am I here?" That's the refrain that kept running through my head as I walked into Capitale on the Bowery last night, where Nas, 2 Chainz, Miguel, Elle Varner and a whole host of hip-hop and R&B artists emerged to celebrate the launch of Gig-IT, a new performance-based Fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Nino's Pizza Closed on St. Marks; All is Quiet at Fornino Park Slope

    Fornino Park Slope, the offshoot of the Williamsburg location, closed for renovations a few weeks ago, and promised to be back on February 4. But nothing has changed, the tables are still set, and the lights are out, reported Here's Park Slope. No one answers the phone, and the fairly active Faceboo ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Where Am I Eating That Resolution-Breaking Brunch? Hint, Hint

    Here's a hint: Those berry-filled pancakes came from the griddle of an intensely-seasonal Park Slope kitchen. The menu at this sweet Brooklyn spot is constantly rotating -- so go there soon, as the crepe fillings will change -- but the atmosphere is always cool and casual. Need another hint? Find ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Watch SpacesTV Redesign the Financial District's Giardino D'Oro in Record Time Post-Sandy

    Giardino D'Oro was deep in the heart of Zone A during Hurricane Sandy at 5 Gold Street. Even with 30 inches -- table height -- of flooding, they were able to redo the entire place after the devastating hurricane, and they reopened for business on December 3rd. But it took some help from SpacesTV.

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    January 2, 2013

    See a Parks and Rec-Themed Food Poster: Tom Haverfoods For Your Wall

    If you're an Aziz Ansari fan (and, if you're not, watch this), then you probably know that the comedian is also very into food. His Park's and Rec character, Tom Haverford, is also a gourmand and regaled audiences a few years back with his epic food abbreviations monologue.

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    December 3, 2012

    See a Photo of Drake Cooking with Guy Fieri

    If pictures could talk, would this one explain why rapper Drake spent the weekend in the kitchen with Guy Fieri? The improbable friends look to be extremely focused on proper plating techniques -- because they're fancy, huh-- and not appearing overly studied in front of the camera. The Instagramed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Fan Landers: My Excellent Band Knows Jack About Marketing. Help!

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Nicoletta, Tejal Rao at Ducks Eatery

    Robert Sietsema visits Nicoletta in hopes that chef Michael White had made amends to all of the negative press: "I took another bite of that disappointing crust, and my mind went back to college: It tasted like the Tombstone frozen pizzas once served in Wisconsin bars and warmed in lightbulb cabinet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    NYC Hospitals Cracking Down on Junk Food

    New York City hospitals are cracking down on junk food, according to Fox News. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently successfully banished super-size sodas from the city, is now aiming to get rid of sugary and fatty foods from both public and private hospitals. Fox reports that though city hospital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Bacon Shortage Expected Next Year: Sorry, Brunch Just Got A Lot Less Fun

    Wake up and smell the bacon, because you might not be able to get your hands on the stuff as often anymore. The National Pig Association reports that there will be a world shortage of pork next year due to drought conditions that decimated the corn and soybean crop. According to their release: New ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    How To Make Apple Strudel From The Russian Tea Room

    [See More Recipes: Grouper Santiagero From Havana Central | San Felipe Tacos From Rosa Mexicano | Chocolate-Rosewater Creme Brulee From the Baking Bean] Rosh Hashanah is coming up on Sunday and to celebrate, we have a Jewish holiday dessert from Chef Marc Taxiera off the Russian Tea Room's holiday ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Hooters in Queens Calls Customer "Chinx"

    [See More Edible News: Mountain Dew Wants You To Continue Doing the Dew Despite Bloomberg's Proposed Soda Ban | Buy Your Candy Corn Oreos At Target] A customer is suing Hooters after an employee of the chain labeled him "Chinx" on a receipt. Kisuk Cha was dining with his girlfriend in Fresh Meado ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Watch The Brand-New, Emotion-Fueled Video For Hospitality's "Eighth Avenue"

    The Brooklyn indiepop outfit (and 4Knots Music Festival alums) Hospitality have been at the forefront of the city's indiepop resurgence since their formation at the end of the naughts. The video for "Eighth Avenue," from their self-titled debut on Merge, pairs well with lead singer Amber Papini's pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Tapioca Pearls May Cause Cancer, Study Says

    [See More Edible News: Epic Manhattan Pizza Parlor Price War Finally Ends | Baskin-Robbins Introduces Ice Cream Nachos: "Think Nachos, Only Cooler"] According to a recent study by German researchers, the wonderfully gummy tapioca pearls that come in Taiwanese bubble tea drinks may cause cancer. Th ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    How To Make Grouper Santiagero From Havana Central

    [See More Recipes: San Felipe Tacos From Rosa Mexicano | Chocolate-Rosewater Creme Brulee From the Baking Bean] Today we're featuring a grouper from Havana Central. The selling price of this dish is $22.50, but no worries -- the restaurant has kindly provided us the recipe to make at home. It's a f ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Robert Sietsema At Masak; Tejal Rao At Governor

    Robert Sietsema says that Singaporean joint Masak is Asian rustic: "But instead of making diners dodge crab-shell fragments like at Fatty Crab, Masak delivers the primmer and more approachable chili crab dip." Tejal Rao heads out to DUMBO and eats at Governor, where she notes that the chef is both ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Fordham Fights Terrible Food By Launching Gluten-Free Menu

    Fordham has been getting a lot of bad press for their nasty cafeteria food. We're not sure if a gluten-free menu is going to help or hurt their reputation, but they're launching one anyways. The station offers gluten-free grains such as quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, millet, and teff.

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    August 13, 2012

    Freakishly Realistic Snake Cake

    No this isn't a real snake. It's 100% cake. Baker Francesca Pitcher, of the UK's North Star Cakes, posted about the cake on her Facebook page on July 29 and it has since gone viral, doubling her Facebook likes in less than a week.

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    July 17, 2012

    Patti Smith Counts Down Her Top Five Operas

    WQXR has just released a beautiful YouTube video of rocker/poet/memoirist/artist Patti Smith talking about her top five favorite operas. The list is pretty traditional (Wagner, Puccini, Verdi) in the Western European sense; and, given her close collaborative relationship with Philip Glass, it's a bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Jay-Z Adds Two Shows To Barclays Center Run; Tickets Go On Sale Friday

    Jay-Z has added two more shows to his run of gigs at the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn arena that will serve as home to his imminently-of-the-borough Nets. A presale going for American Express cardmembers will last until 10 p.m. tonight; the rest of the tickets, including a bunch priced at $30, go o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Live: Kitty Pryde Has A Graduation Party At The Knitting Factory

    Kitty Pryde Knitting Factory Friday, June 15 Better than: Karmin. What do you want to know about Kitty Pryde's New York debut that you haven't already read? The Wall Street Journal told you Donald Glover was there somewhere taking pictures, as was Tao Lin, who was tweeting with Kitty backstage und ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    The Clip Of Kids Re-Enacting The "Sabotage" Video Is The Best Thing You Will See Today

    To celebrate the memory of the late Adam "MCA" Yauch, Portland filmmaker James Winters enlisted his younger family members to recreate the '70s-cop-flick homage that is the Beastie Boys' video for "Sabotage." The tribute is really well-done, and as someone who used to just shout "COCHISE!" at her fr ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

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    February 17, 2012

    Watch Sleigh Bells Destroy Everything Tonight

    Sleigh Bells, Brooklyn's favorite destructo-pop duo, are having a bit of a coronation month. There's been critical raves for their new album Reign Of Terror, they're on the cover of Spin, and tomorrow they'll play Saturday Night Live, where they will work hard to redeem the concept of internet-bre ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Maruko Sushi Opening Soon on 23rd Street

    After being hidden behind plywood for months, signage is up at Maruko Sushi, a new Japanese spot set to open at 170 West 23rd Street. It looks like the opening is still a ways off, but the restaurant's Facebook page suggests that it will be inexpensive and somewhat fusion-y. Which sorta sounds like ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Tomorrow: NYC's 10 Best Bargain Seafood Restaurants

    Randazzo's shines like a beacon on Sheepshead Bay, the last man standing from what was once a large population of Italian clam bars along the bay. Will it make our top 10? The city's most well-regarded and renowned seafood restaurants -- places like Le Bernardin, Molyvos, and Esca -- are big-ticke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    The Claw Restaurant Will Soon Sling Lobster Rolls on 23rd Street

    Lauren ShockeyLobster rolls? Yes, please.​We've already highlighted the 10 Best Things to Eat on 23rd Street, but it looks like there soon might a new contender for good eating on the busy thoroughfare. Signage is up at the Claw, a soon-to-open lobster roll joint located at 269 West 23rd Str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Bloomberg Takes Flak at Facebook Presser for Comment About Firing Teachers

    ​Mayor Bloomberg, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced today that Facebook is opening an engineering office in New York City. Though Facebook already has 100 employees in New York, this is their first engineering office outside the West Coast. It will open in early 2 ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 9, 2011

    Why I Hate Nightlife! 35 Bitter Reasons!

    The never-ending quest for the VIP room and other indignities

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    October 20, 2011

    You Can Now Hear The Metallica/Lou Reed Collaboration Lulu In Full

    ​The Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration Lulu has been one of the more curiosity-inspiring releases on this fall's docket, thanks in part to what's been revealed so far: the grinding atonality (that veers on amusicality) of lead single "The View," the inscrutable 30-second samples that were loose ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Regurgitating Prisms, Deepening Curtsies: Which Lyrics Are Really From Lulu?

    Compiled by Matt Ealer, Josh Gallaway, and Brad Nelson Anton Corbijin​Lulu, the unearthly result of a collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, is composed of slow, meditative, minimal riffs and sometimes snaking, ambient horror over which Reed, in a sort of drained yet bold drawl—a ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Beyoncé's Eye-Popping Video For The Incredible "Countdown" Has Arrived (Plus A Way To Make It Even Better)

    Beyoncé's thrill-a-minute "Countdown" is one of the best songs of the year, riding a Boyz II Men sample, whirling drums, and a bravura vocal performance by the singer—plus liberal usage of the heretofore-unknown-to-me lovers' appellation "boof"—and zipping them all up into a giddy three ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Get Ready: Here Is "The View," From The Lou Reed/Metallica Collaboration Lulu

    ​Last night Lou Reed and Metallica released "The View," the first track to surface from their forthcoming collaboration Lulu. The breathless press release introducing the album cites its "graphic lyrics of jealousy, lust, violence and revenge, its grinding riffs and tantalizing tones," and, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Beyonce Pregnancy Rumors Are Crazy Right Now

    ​The buzz is starting up again. Beyonce's got a bun in da oven. If the woman was really pregnant as many times as people said, she'd have a reality show.

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    June 22, 2011

    Jason Valdez Facebooks Holding a Woman Hostage in 16-Hour Police Standoff

    ​A 36-year-old Ogden, Utah, man named Jason Valdez has taken social networking to unprecedented levels by updating his Facebook status to reflect that he had taken a woman named Veronica hostage in a motel after the cops tried to give him a warrant for a felony drug offense. He then held her f ... More >>

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    June 19, 2011

    Amber Marie Collins, a.k.a. Miss New York USA: Is She For Real?

    via​ Meet Amber Marie Collins. The 26-year-old is a graduate of NYU, she's a pre-school teacher, and she is New York's representative in the Miss USA pageant, which concludes tonight. She is also working it.

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    March 17, 2011

    Enough With the Kiddie Chefs, Already

    ​Having already chewed up and spit out Greg Grossman, the media has started in on a second course of the little Andrews sisters.

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    March 7, 2011

    Have Any Famous Friends on Facebook?

    ​ Part of the fun of having all those faux-friendships on Facebook is that you can constantly tell people stuff like, "My friend Rihanna said..." Naturally, you don't add that you've never actually met the woman! So here's my query: Do you have any famous FB friends, and did you go after th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Woman Needs a Million People to Join Her Facebook Group So Her Wretched Fiancé Will Marry Her

    ​Imagine if you got engaged. Imagine if you waited a loooooong time, like maybe even 10 years, for your wedding. Imagine if, after those 10 years, your would-be lazy-ass husband tells you that the only way he'll actually marry you is if you create a Facebook Group and get a million people to j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Bloomberg and Zuckerberg: Power Pair Talk Facebook

    ​Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have just hired a "hot" Chief Digital Officer -- Rachel Sterne, New York City's first -- but who better to explain social media to him than Mr. One Billion Dollars himself? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (no relation) sat down with the mayor while he was in town to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Donald Trump Is Getting Another Grand-Baby

    Via Twitter, the Donald's daughter Ivanka and hubby Jared Kushner have announced their procreative prowess. ​This is how the world works now. (She's also been talking up her news on Facebook.) In case you're keeping track, this is the third grandchild for Donald Trump & Co.

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    August 17, 2010

    Teen Mom Arrested for Posting Pics of Baby with Bong

    via the Splash News & the Post​A Florida teen mom posted pictures on Facebook of her baby with a bong, and was arrested when a Texas tipster alerted authorities. That's the thing about Facebook -- anyone can see it from anywhere, and that's the thing about teen moms, they're still teens, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Anna Fermanova, the Latest Hot Spy, Has Hot Facebook Photos, Too!

    ​Brace yourself for the hotter, blonder, Russian Anna: Anna Fermanova. The new improved Anna attempted to smuggle high-tech night vision googles (worth $15,000 and considered weapons) from the United States to Russia, and she now faces a federal felony charge, according to The Smoking Gun. Not ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg Has Taken the Hoodie Off, Admits to Doing "Stupid Things"

    Via Alexia T.Zuck bares all. Or at least his t-shirt. Click to enlarge. ​Facebook's young billionaire-in-charge, Mark Zuckerburg, is currently speaking in a discussion at All Things Digital's D8 conference, where -- as reported first by SF Weekly's Alexia Tsotsis -- Mark Zuckerburg took off hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Morning Links: International Criticism Mounts Against Israel, Hurricane Season Begins, Quit Facebook Actually "Update Your Status" Day

    AP​• Israel is holding more than 600 activists from the Gaza convoy, and international criticism of the country is mounting, with the UN condemning the acts that on Monday killed 9 civilians -- many of them Turks, a country that had once been a friend of Israel -- aboard the flotilla that ha ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Xi'an Famous Foods to Open Fourth Location, on St. Marks Place

    Lamb burgers coming to St. Marks.​ Flushing Mall favorite Xi'an Famous Foods opened its first Manhattan location late last year, to the great delight of Chinese food geeks citywide, from Anthony Bourdain to Joe DiStefano. And now, it's making its way uptown -- although not too far up -- to the ... More >>

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    April 18, 2010

    Gossip Folks: Horse-Killing Socialite Doesn't Get Facebook; Christina Hendricks, Best Looking Woman in America

    ​On this wonderful morning, take a minute to imagine what it would be like to be so foreign and so out of touch that you scrambled to hire a big-time publicist to fight rumors started about you on Facebook. Then, close your eyes for a second and think about what it would be like to look like Chris ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Benedikt v. Roiphe: Is Your Facebook Profile Enforcing the Patriarchy?

    Have you been reading Double X? It's Slate's recently-launched lady web site founded by three smart women, one whose bio proclaims that she "got her start in journalism at the New Republic writing contrarian essays." Last week Double X published Katie Roiphe's desperate cry for relevance, "Get Yo ... More >>

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