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    December 13, 2013

    The History of Speed Rack, a Three-Year-Old Lady Bartender Competition

    Some serious stirring and shaking is about to arrive in New York with the third annual Speed Rack competition. This Sunday, December 15, female bartenders go head-to-head for the elite award of cocktail champion. This kicks off a whirlwind tour, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix will host eight Speed Rac ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Your Waiter Is Judging You: This Is Why

    Here's some cold hard truth: Your waiter is judging you. And it's not because you scanned our restaurant's list of preachy, precious dishes made with esoteric (but local!) ingredients and then asked what celeriac or chimicurri are. Waiters don't care about that. Answering questions like that is thei ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    The 10 Best Draft Beer Bars in New York

    Some like it bottled. Some like it canned. But really, is there a better experience with beer than when it's drawn from a tap? When that brew is poured, it offers the delightful hoppy blend in true form. The only challenge is that to enjoy a real draft beer, you've gotta head to a bar--well, unless ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Art of the Deep Fry

    That spot where the food and art worlds collide is a really odd place. And I find I'm always fascinated by food-related art projects, even when (especially when?) they're over the top. You may know Brooklyn-based New Zealander Henry Hargreaves from his previous projects, like the old-fashioned type ... More >>

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    March 25, 2012

    Met Director Thomas Campbell Talks The Museum's New Ad Campaign, Celebrities And Social Media

    Have you ever wondered what Alex Rodriguez's favorite works of art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art are? Would you have guessed they include a Manet, a Thomas Eakins, a 10th-11th century Sicán funerary mask and a Rauschenberg among others? Well, that's what the museum's newest ad campaign with the ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Crowned World's Hottest Pepper

    Lauri Rantala/FlickrThe Bhut Jolokia, whose status as the king of hot peppers has just been challenged​The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion has been named the hottest pepper on the planet by New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute, according to the Associated Press.

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    February 2, 2012

    Happy Groundhog Day! Here's All You Need to Know About Cooking the Critter (With a Recipe!)

    La Belle Province / FlickrHello, spring? More like hello, dinner.​Happy Groundhog Day! Not only is today the day that inspired Bill Murray's second greatest film ever, it's the day we get to find out whether we're going to have six more weeks of winter or if it'll be an early spring. But the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Around the World in New Year's Traditions

    erikCom / FlickrOh yeah, we heard it through the grapevine...that California raisins are the snack du jour this NYE.​When the ball drops (on New Years Eve that is) where will you be? You could be crammed into Times Square, with a million other people and one porta potty. There's a chance that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    The Real Thanksgiving: The 10 Best Native American Harvest Dishes

    In 1620, a group of religious extremists set sail from Plymouth, England, on a ship called the Mayflower. The pilgrims basically wanted to set up a theocracy in the New World, and found a couple of British investors to foot the bill. So off they went, hoping that their slice of paradise -- pretty mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    The Week in Food Blogs: Negronis, Truffles and Bad Macarons

    This week in food blogs ... Tom Hilton/FlickrWe'll drink to Friday.​ Eater mapped 12 hot spots to grab a drink right now. Grub Street posted its full list of Grub Street Food Festival vendors. Food Republic dedicated an entire week to the Negroni.

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    September 28, 2011

    New Polls Reveal Americans Aren't Happy With Food System

    KB35, Flickr, CC​Is Michael Pollan's message sinking in? Are Americans finally tired of wolfing down government-subsidized Doritos (R.I.P. Arch West) and Big Macs? According to a new poll, the answer is an encouraging, although by no means overwhelming, yes. Recently, Mark Bittman pointed to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Try Vegetarian/Halal Korean Food?

    Savagecorp / Flickr​Rob Z. Asks: I am fascinated by Korean food due to watching Korean dramas. I have made a dish or two at home but would love to try out an actual restaurant. I don't eat non-halal food but will eat fish and everything else that is not meat. And would love if it is cheap a ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Ask the Critics: What Should I Do with Rib Eye?

    Sifu Renka / Flickr​ Andrea S. Asks: What is the best technique to cook a juicy rib eye? Dear Andrea: A rib eye steak makes for a fine dinner almost any way you cook it, but when cooking meat myself, I like to keep things simple. It's a pretty thick cut of beef, so I'd suggest grilling it ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Chuko Will Bring Ramen to Prospect Heights

    Neil Conway/Flickr​Ramen - and its attendant fanaticism - has made its way to Prospect Heights, courtesy of two Morimoto alums.

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    July 8, 2011

    Countdown to Farmageddon! (The Movie)

    Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden/FlickrRun for cover, cows!​There's still time (albeit only minutes) to buy tickets for the opening-night party to Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms, the latest apocalyptic food documentary to hit the screen. Filmmaker Kristin Canty made the film afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    This Year, Scientists Will Try to 'Build One Burger' in a Lab

    pointnshoot/FlickrWould you like some fries with your stem cells?​Meat. It seems we can't live without it, even if the American Meat Institute, global warming, and the horrors of factory farming keep giving us reason after reason to. Because scientists tend to be a fairly intelligent lot, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    BREAKING: Music Festival Attendees Do Drugs

    Megan Morris/FlickrEach one of these tents? FULL OF DRUGS. ​"Officially, Bonnaroo forbids drugs. Unofficially, all kinds of drugs were as easy to find as the ice cream. Marijuana was most prevalent. As at many festivals and rock concerts, the usual laws seem not to apply; transactions that cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Mars Bar's Days Are Seriously Numbered

    Vivienne Gucwa/FlickrFarewell to all that.​We knew this was coming, but still don't want to accept it. The Mars Bar, one of the East Village's last, venerable pillars of filth, is closing, possibly by the end of the month.

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    May 26, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where's a Quiet Spot for Drinks in the East Village?

    mondoagogo/FlickrDrink up! (And maybe get some business done, too.)​Helen J. Asks: I'm looking for a bar or restaurant in the East Village (between 4th Street and 10th Street, ideally) where I can have a meeting over drinks that's good, but not too loud or scene-y. Suggestions? Dear Helen: W ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Should I Have Lunch Near NYU?

    Jenn and Tony Bot/FlickrIt's time to celebrate!​Coreen K. asks: I'm going to be visiting New York for my son's NYU graduation. Can you recommend some restaurants where we can have a nice but simple lunch near the campus? Dear Coreen: Well, first off, congratulations to your son for graduatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    David Chang Probably Hates You

    Flickr/watchmojoMr. Frowny Face​Oh, David Chang. So many people love you, but you just can't seem to love them back, now can you? Details has a short profile of the king of the Momofuku empire, which basically outlines the most annoying people who venture into his restaurant and their action ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Fork in the Road's Favorite Lobster Rolls

    Flickr/jshyunWill Maine-style or Connecticut-style triumph?​ Welcome to Tuesday Toasts, our new weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    With Lantern's Keep, Opening Today, Times Square Is Becoming a Cocktailian's Paradise

    laverrue/FlickrTimes Square for tipplers​Since it was sanitized of smut in the Giuliani years, Times Square has become the bane of many New Yorkers' existence. Swarming with tourists intent on stocking up on Disney and M&M paraphernalia, it's the last place most discerning natives want to go f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Behold, the Dean Street Butterfly Effect

    GA Shutter Bug/Flickr​Last week, we learned that Mike Franzetti was replacing Nate Smith at Dean Street. Franzetti came to the restaurant from Bar Stuzzicheria, so his departure created a space that needed to be filled.

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    March 2, 2011

    The Royal Wedding Website Is Here! The Royal Wedding Website Is Here!

    Shiny, happy royals.​Almost as thrilling as those two glorious brunettes with the funny accents whom we don't even know (personally) getting hitched in some famous abbey far across that large body of water that separates us Americans from a whole shit-ton of tea is today's news that THE ROYAL ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    New Life for Monte's on Carroll Street?

    Timmy Caldwell/Flickr​In its heyday, Monte's Venetian Room was a favored playground of the Rat Pack and reputed to have the best Italian cheesecake in all of Brooklyn. But when the Carroll Street restaurant closed its doors in 2008 after 102 years of service, it was a sad, musty shadow of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Pizza Duly Conquered, Jeff Orlick Tackles Chinese at Flushing Mall

    Jeffrey Tastes/FlickrThe food court to end all food courts.​Foodies can be competitive -- even, let's face it, outright jerks. One of the most proudly worn badges of honor among such eaters in this city is knowing one's way around the Flushing Mall Food Court. And so, if the subterranean galle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    New Yorkers Statistically Crazy About Brunch

    Carolyn Coles/FlickrEggs Benedict, brunch's bête noir.​Finally, some statistical confirmation that we as a city have a bizarre compulsion to spend our weekend mornings lined up outside of eating establishments.

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    January 26, 2011

    Amazon Unveils AmazonTote, a Home Delivery Service for Food

    justinbaeder/FlickrNo need to go to the store ever again.​New York City already has its fair share of home delivery services, including grocery behemoth FreshDirect, the downtown-only Max Delivery, and the newly launched, drugstore-focused But those companies may soon have competiti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    How to Keep Bees Out of the Red

    david.niknvscanon/FlickrBees, the right color.​Remember the story about the mysteriously red bees? Well -- big surprise -- it turns out that bees are just as drawn to artificial sweeteners as humans are. Bees from several local hives were caught dipping into the red maraschino cherry juice at ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010
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    October 21, 2010

    Greene Hill Co-op in Clinton Hill to Host Membership Drive This Sunday

    whita/FlickrCalling all Clinton Hill locavores.​Brooklyn Based has a great piece on new and forthcoming food co-ops in the borough. The Greene Hill Food Co-op in Clinton Hill, the Bay Ridge Food Co-op, and the Bushwick Food Co-op all hope to open their storefronts soon, but must first focus th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Co. and Frankies Spuntino Offer Opportunities to Drink Beer This Weekend

    apol3/FlickrDrink it, live it.​Between pickles, New Amsterdam, and the Grub/Hester Street festival, there are already plenty of ways to stuff your face this weekend. And now, in honor of Oktoberfest, here are two more.

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    August 23, 2010

    Manhattan Now Has a Souvlaki Truck

    Geoff Peters 604/FlickrBehold, souvkaki.​Indentured office workers now have another reason to take to the streets: over the weekend, the new Souvlaki Truck began peddling grilled meats and pita throughout Manhattan.

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    August 10, 2010

    Meatless Mondays Founder Also Brain Behind 'Squeeze the Charmin' Commercials

    Flickr Commons; Steinfeldt Photography Collection of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper MidwestIf you would like to distress these men ...​ Heard of Meatless Mondays yet? If so, that's probably thanks to the man behind the "Squeeze the Charmin" commercials that ran from the '60s to the ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Bagels Are Coming to Avenue A

    ToastyKen/Flickr​The proprietors of Brooklyn's Bagel World chainlet are expanding to the East Village. One of the owners has divulged his plans for the store, to be located at 165 Avenue A, to EV Grieve, who has plenty of details on his site. Among them: the store should be opening in October, ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    A City Council Member Wants Street Vendors to Be Graded, Too

    Laram777/FlickrStar pupil?​Now that the Board of Health has voted to require restaurants to post inspection letter grades, at least one local politician is hoping the DOH will extend the courtesy to street vendors.

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    March 29, 2010

    Red Hook Vendors Will Return on May 1

    Gary Soup/FlickrThirty-three days and counting...​Yet another sign that the silly season is almost upon us: the Red Hook Ball Fields food vendors will return on May 1, per NYC Food Guy. If you want to start drooling prematurely, check out this slideshow of the Ball Fields opening day in 2008. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    With Bodega, Bushwick Gets a Full-On Wine Bar

    Joe Shlabotnik/FlickrBooze you can use.​Oh, the times they are a-changin': Just weeks after Bushwick got another cafe, it's now home to a full-fledged wine bar. Called Bodega, it opened last weekend on the somewhat barren corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and Troutman Street.

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    February 12, 2010

    East Village Nostalgia Treasure Trove Unearthed

    ​EV Grieve has found a Flickr page maintained by one Michael Sean Edwards that contains a few dozen shots of the East Village from the 1970s and 1980s. While not quite in the same class as the National Archives Flickr page, it may bring a tear of reminiscence to the eyes of old school bohos. W ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Cuomo Announces Removal of Sex Offenders from Social Networking Sites, Warns Others

    Having gotten MySpace and Facebook to remove 3,533 members with a record of sexual predation in 2009, attorney general Andrew Cuomo has facilitated another sweep of other social networking sites and gotten 803 other registered sex offenders removed from their buddy lists. The newly-scrubbed sites ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Voting Starts Today in City's "BigApps" Contest: Restaurant Violation Apps Lead Pack

    ​We mentioned earlier that New York is holding a BigApps competition, for which developers were granted access to public info so they could make phone and computer applications to improve city life. Starting at noon today, you'll be able to vote for the apps you like best. Winners get money an ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    The Decapitator Beheaded DJ AM in a Rather Ill-Advised NYC Adbust

    The Decapitator's Flickr stream The impish genius of the Decapitator, an anonymous street artist who's captured imaginations by skillfully beheading smug advertisements in major metropolitan areas, has been that the objects of his scorn seemed to deserve it. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.) Ca ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Choice Eats: Memories of a Food Coma

    Last night's Choice Eats tasting event went off smashingly, if we don't say so ourselves. Yes, it was crowded, but that's unavoidable given the allure of tasting food from 56 restaurants, representing 37 different cuisines. These restaurants are scattered across all five boroughs, so having them all ... More >>

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    August 22, 2008

    Yank Crankers: "Worst Loss of the Season"

    From a non-groaner perspective, Roy Halliday was in great form and the Blue Jays had a good night. Yankees bloggers see it differently. The Yanks' loss to the Jays last night is, you guessed it, "now the front runner for worst loss of the season," says Pinstripe Alley. "The Yanks continue to lose t ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    New York Times Tries, Fails Drunkblogging

    Drunkblogging is a venerable internet tradition, usually involving a loose, louche attitude that gets looser and loucher as the event progresses. We can't swear that's what Cindy Price was trying in her liveblog coverage of the Japan-U.S. Women's Softball game, but it roughly follows the template, s ... More >>

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    October 23, 2007

    The Battle to Save the Disappearing Jamaica Bay

    Photo by Duluoz Cats via Flickr by Maria Luisa Tucker This summer, environmentalists estimated that dozens of lush marsh islands in Jamaica Bay could turn into dead mudflats and erode into the water within five years if the government did not intervene. Now, the city has taken its first major step ... More >>

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    September 28, 2007

    Sit-In Monday at Burmese Mission

    Photo by Racoles via Flickr Members of New York City's Buddhist community are organizing a sit-in on Monday at the Burmese Mission to show support for the monks and citizens who are posing a challenge to the country's military junta and being met with violent reprisals. The silent protest will beg ... More >>

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    September 17, 2007

    Restaurants Complying with Trans Fat Ban

    Donuts will not fall under the city's trans-fat ban until next July, when the second phase of the initiative kicks in. Photo by Wallyg via Flickr "Nearly all of the violations noted thus far have been for margarine use." — New York City Department of Health press release Sept. 17, 2007 Every now ... More >>

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    February 21, 2007

    Deuce Seven: "New King in Town" Has Left the Building

    Hmm ... maybe this does look like a Siamese-twin va-jay-jay after all. Street-artist Deuce Seven has been getting lots of NY love over the last month. First, Razor Apple spotted his Hindu-Godly peacock-feather flower-people on the Williamsburg Bridge. Then Wooster Collective posted a few snaps, fol ... More >>

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