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    November 26, 2014

    This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

    Need an excuse to avoid going to the mall this weekend? Here are five, all of which promise to be much more fun than waiting in line for a Black Friday sale.

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    November 26, 2014

    Jackson Heights Mexican Restaurant Maravillas Is Marvelous

    The steam table shines inside Maravillas (37-64 90th Street, Queens; 718-507-5678), a Mexican restaurant in Jackson Heights that keeps the lights dimmed low. "Somos los Maravillosos en Comida Casera" says the menu. This means, "We are marvelous with homestyle food," which is certainly true of the so ... More >>

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    November 26, 2014

    Have a Taste of Farm-to-Table Vegetarian Fare at Buttermilk Channel

    The Carroll Gardens restaurant Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, 718-852-8490) is named after the one mile tidal strait that sits between Brooklyn -- near the Gowanus Expressway -- and Governor's Island. There are a few stories behind the name, but the favorite is that when the neighborhoods wer ... More >>

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    November 25, 2014

    The Five Best Flavored-Ice-Cube Cocktails in NYC

    With temperatures dropping into the 20s this past week, the thought of a frosty drink in hand doesn't sound the least bit appealing right now. For cocktails, however, those frozen cubes are a necessary component of the drink-making process; the dilution is part of the chemistry of a well-made cock ... More >>

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    November 25, 2014

    Nothing but Amore for GG's, Bobby Hellen's Über-Pizzeria in the East Village

    For all the efforts by food luminaries to educate our national palate, Americans still have largely uncomplicated, nostalgic appetites. Thanks to the work of Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman, I haven't been this aware of vegetables since I was forced to finish mine before being excused from the table ... More >>

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    November 24, 2014

    An Early Taste of Andrew Carmellini's Sustainable Fare at Little Park

    The interior of Andrew Carmelli's Little Park (85 West Broadway; 212-220-4110) gives off the same natural feel as the food. Warm oak booths are wrapped in neutral variegated fabric. The white-washed ceiling is softened with a rectangular cut-out of draped cream cloth. Subdued lighting highlights the ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner, 2014

    If the thought of burning the turkey for all your in-laws to see gives you heart palpitations, take a step back. There's no reason to put all that stress on yourself, especially when we live in a city full of restaurants that would love to serve you your holiday meal. Here's a list of 10 great resta ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    Six Restaurants That Opened This Week In NYC

    When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a Brooklyn spot from an Ai Fiori alum, a cupcake shop in the East Village, and a soba-heavy restaurant in Alphabet City.

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    November 21, 2014

    Want to Learn a Sherry Lesson? Head to Donostia

    I drank a lot of sherry over the course of the last year or so, but until a couple of nights ago, the category was a blind spot in my booze education -- I had very little idea what I was doing when I ordered. But earlier this week, I stopped in to Donostia (155 Avenue B, 646-256-9773), the Basque pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Pastries Infused With Tea and Love at Tiny Pinecone Teahouse

    Pop-ups continue to proliferate around the city, as rents remain absurdly high and storefronts vacant. Greenwich Village newcomer Tiny Pinecone (58 West 8th Street, 732-977-8775) fills the area's void in high-quality teas, which are here paired with pastries that outshine the usual baked goods found ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants on the Upper West Side

    The Mary-Kate Olsen to the Upper East Side's Ashley, the Upper West Side, labeled a dining wasteland, has long shivered under a cloud of misunderstanding. And while it's impossible to ignore the massive uptick in real estate development and mallification the area's undergone, the neighborhood's opti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Ai Fiori Alum Brings Cooklyn to Prospect Heights

    Anthony Theocaropoulos grew up in Greek diners -- "I remember going into [my father's] diners and living that skit from Saturday Night Live," he says. "You know, the John Belushi 'cheeburger, cheeburger' line. It really was like that." His love of restaurants might be rooted there, but after culinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Primo 135 Brings Venetian-Inspired Fare to the West Village

    After years of searching for the ideal space, Gerry Stevens, a father of two with a recently empty nest, finally found his new baby in an irregularly shaped historic building in the West Village. His Venetian-inspired eatery Primo 135 (135 Seventh Avenue South, West Village; 212-620-6196) celebrates ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    Galen Zamarra's Almanac Brings Hyperseasonal Produce to Old Mas (La Grillade) Space

    When Galen Zamarra opened Mas (La Grillade) in 2011 as a follow-up to his now decade-old Mas (Farmhouse), he wanted to cook everything on his menu over a wood fire. Unfortunately, while the chef received plenty of critical accolades for his venture, the neighbors weren't so pleased with the concept: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    At Mira Sushi and Izakaya, Vegetarian Options Are Drawn From the Chef's Culture

    Mira Sushi and Izakaya's (46 West 22nd Street, 212-989-7889) ultra-modern interior is a reflection of its menu, an assortment of dishes that blends Chef Brian Tsao's Taiwanese and Korean background with Japanese cuisine. The food is a reflection of Chef Tsao's contemporary view on health-conscious f ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    How Public and Saxon Parole Chef Brad Farmerie Helped AvroKO Build a Global Restaurant Empire

    Brad Farmerie has arranged himself neatly into a booth at Saxon Parole (316 Bowery), an easy smile across his handsome face, as he talks about the keys to his success in the restaurant industry in New York, a town he'd never cooked in before he came here to help his brother, Adam, a partner at des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    Desi Galli Serves Hearty Combo Meals for Just $7.49

    Each Monday, we're highlighting a bargain meal worth seeking out in this city. Most will feed you for less than $10. Need more ideas for cheap eats? See our archives. When it comes to eating on the cheap, street food tends to pack the most bang for your buck. Unfortunately, this time of year, dinin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    Reminder: Buttermilk Channel's $30 Prix Fixe Is Still a Screamin' Deal

    Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Brooklyn; 718-852-8490) is an excellent place to be when it's dark, cold, and rainy -- the Carroll Gardens restaurant glows warmly, and pulsates with chatter and buzz from parties huddled close together at tightly packed tables. Charming any night of the week, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    The 2014 Long Island Harvest Through the Lens of Macari Vineyards

    For the New York wine industry, nervous anticipation of fall isn't about the return of fireside cocktails, knee-high leather boots, and felt fedora hats, or tacit permission to eat like a grizzly headed into hibernation. Autumn equals harvest, and depending on the quality of the growing season, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Four Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: an Italian restaurant with a burrata bar, a nautical-themed bar in Greenwich Village, and another steakhouse in Midtown.

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    November 14, 2014

    Brownstone Bar & Restaurant Brings Craft Beer and American Bistro Food to Downtown Brooklyn

    Salvatore Barretta always dreamed of opening a restaurant. After years of owning a construction company, he finally started making headway in his aspirations about a decade ago, with plans for a bar and restaurant in Soho. He was ready to pull the trigger on the project; all that was left was the li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Gems Unearthed by a Culinary Journey to Princeton, New Jersey

    Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town on occasion, since dozens of destinations lie within just a couple of hours of the city. In this Excursions column, we're covering the best places to eat in popular weekend trip locations. See more Excursions and Summer Fridays ideas in our archives ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Have a Taste of the Haitian and West African Food From Le Marecage

    If you want to see the very opposite of the crisp, buzzy, intense restaurant opening that's become the norm in this town, you should head immediately to Le Marecage (137 First Avenue, 212-777-1677), a small eatery that opened three weeks ago in the East Village. Here, you'll find perhaps the nicest ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    Limani Brings Mediterranean Seafood to Rockefeller Plaza

    Chef M.J. Alam is a native of Bangladesh, but he's spent the last 18 years cooking Mediterranean food. "I used to work for the Milos group," he says. "I started in Montreal, where I was sous chef. I also owned a restaurant there. It was a French steakhouse." He moved to New York more than a decade a ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    The Little Beet Table Is Serving Upscale Healthy, Gluten-Free Fare in Flatiron

    When Franklin Becker opened the Little Beet in midtown, he told the Voice that "I decided to create this fast-casual environment here that would still serve the best ingredients I could get but for a reasonable price point. I wanted to make sure that people coming to the Little Beet leave here feeli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    How Il Mulino Got Back on Its Feet in 24 Hours After a Fire

    Restaurants may be putting out metaphorical fires every night, but sometimes an actual disaster can show how well a team works together. Il Mulino New York's (37 East 60 Street; 212-750-3270) uptown location just had one such disaster, a presumed electrical fire on Wednesday, November 5, that closed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Fung Tu's Jonathan Wu Reflects on a Year of Restaurant Ownership

    Glance over the current menu at Fung Tu (22 Orchard Street, 212-219-8785) and it may be hard to wrap your mind around what you're about to eat. Dishes have a Chinese touchstone -- you'll spy fried rice and scallion pancake, duck with plum sauce and a whole steamed fish. But they also incorporate ing ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014

    Calle Dao is a Love Letter to Cuban-Chinese Food and the Restaurants Along Calle Cuchillo

    When the first wave of Chinese immigrants made its way to Cuba more than a century ago, those who made the journey were surely relieved to find that their adoptive country had a fondness for pork products. I certainly breathed a sigh -- half palliation and half excitement -- when the lechón a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Flight Replaces a Decades-Old Restaurant on the Upper East Side

    About eight months ago, the Upper East Side lost Dresner's, a restaurant that had held its York Avenue address for nearly 100 years. Owner Dermont Kelly, who took over the space seven years ago, shuttered it because, he says, he's trying to lure a more balanced crowd.

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    November 10, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events

    Brave the arctic blast this week; you'll be rewarded at these five events.

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    November 10, 2014

    Have a Taste of Au Za'atar's Traditional Arabian French Vegetarian Dishes

    Au Za'atar (188 Avenue A, 212-254-5660) exudes the atmosphere of a laid-back French bistro: the ambience is warm and inviting, the restaurant is outfitted wall-to-wall rustic woods, and the bar lined with bottles of various wines and beers. But this is not a French bistro, at least not exactly, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Four Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a West African-Haitian restaurant in the East Village, a dessert-focused spot in the West Village, and a new Japanese eatery in Brooklyn.

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    November 7, 2014

    Experience Multicultural Snacking and Molecular Cocktails in Toronto

    Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town on occasion, since dozens of destinations lie within just a couple of hours of the city. In this Excursions column, we're covering the best places to eat in popular weekend trip locations. See more Excursions and Summer Fridays ideas in our archives ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Anyone Else Baffled by the Jeremiah Tower and Tavern on the Green Partnership?

    Earlier this week, Tavern on the Green owners Jim Caiola and David Salama announced that they'd finally replaced Katy Sparks, the opening chef who was driven out of the kitchen by scathing reviews. Their pick for her successor, though, is somewhat baffling: Jeremiah Tower is donning the chef's white ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Pour One Out for The Harrison, Closing After the Holidays

    Another one bites the dust. It's been a big year for restaurant closings thanks to massive Manhattan rent hikes -- Union Square Cafe and wd~50 face impending shutters, and today brings word that Jimmy Bradley's beloved Tribeca restaurant The Harrison (355 Greenwich Street, 212-274-9310) will close a ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 5, 2014
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    November 4, 2014

    Jersey City's The Merchant Has Shuttered, Reopening in December as Park & Sixth 3.0

    In downtown Jersey City, expiring leases and expansion plans have lately made an impact along Grove Street's original restaurant row south of Newark Avenue. Hard Grove Cafe is currently relocating to a storefront on Newark Avenue's pedestrian plaza; the former Bar Majestic is now home to Razza, one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    For Franny's Owners, It's Time to Talk Restaurant Economics

    Start talking about the rise of farm-to-table cooking in New York City, and it won't be long before someone brings up Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg, the married couple who opened Franny's (348 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-230-0221) more than a decade ago. The couple met at Savoy, Peter Hof ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    An Early Taste of Justin Smillie's California Cooking at Upland

    Upland, the California town where chef Justin Smillie grew up, is a picturesque little Los Angeles suburb nestled at the base of the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Far removed from the Hollywood Hills and Venice Beach, strip mall chain restaurants decisively outnumber chef-driven concepts h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    With a New Chef at the Burners, Skál Medals in Icelandic Fusion

    Call Skál (37 Canal Street) an Icelandic restaurant and owner Olibjorn Stephenson, a blond, bushy-bearded Reykjavík expat, will shake his head. "We use the north as inspiration," he says before grabbing a bottle of Brennivín, the spiced Icelandic schnapps that tastes of caraway. ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    Ootoya Greenwich Village Coming Soon

    Fans of home-style Japanese fare will soon be able to avoid the trek uptown to get a taste of Ootoya's (11th Street and University Place) expansive menu. The Japanese chain is slated to open its third Manhattan location at the beginning of next month.

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    November 3, 2014

    Rye Offers $5 Burgers and Old Fashioneds

    Each Monday, we're highlighting a bargain meal worth seeking out in this city. Most will feed you for less than $10. Need more ideas for cheap eats? See our archives. Cal Elliott, executive chef and owner of Rye (247 South 1st Street, Brooklyn; 718-218-8047) has made his way through some highly acc ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    An Early Taste of Vegetable-Centric Semilla, Now Open in Williamsburg

    Three seasons have passed since the last Chez Jose pop-up dinner transpired in a coffeehouse in Williamsburg, and during that hiatus, owners Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pam Yung have traveled the world, cooking at Madrid Fusion in Spain and Omnivore in Moscow -- both major international gatherings of the ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Try the Irish-Inspired Vegetarian Eats at the Penrose

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: The Penrose (1590 2nd Avenue, 212-203-2751) Neighborhood: Upper East Side Cuisine: Gastropub

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    October 31, 2014

    This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

    Plans all set for Halloween? Avoid feeling like a zombie the rest of the weekend by checking out these five events.

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    October 31, 2014

    Three Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a gastropub in Astoria, a veggie-focused restaurant in Williamsburg, and a California-inspired spot from Stephen Starr.

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    October 31, 2014

    Brooklyn Winery's Harvest is in Full Swing: Get a First-Hand Look at Urban Winemaking

    Wineries usually elicit images of gently sloping hills covered with twisting vines of grapes -- not brownstones with garbage strewn out front. But wine can be made in any setting. Set just a short walk from the Bedford L stop, Brooklyn Winery (213 North 8th Street, Williamsburg; 347-763-1506) makes ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Experience Celebrity Chefs and Southern Flavor Over a Weekend in Washington DC

    Need to get out of town for a weekend? This column highlights food vacations you can explore in your two days off of work. For more getaways, check out our archives. The only thing elected officials in Washington DC tackle less than good governance is the capital's booming dining scene. Here, it's ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    Meet the Man Behind the First Mexican Restaurant to Win a Michelin Star

    Last month, when the Michelin Guide bestowed its coveted stars, four Queens restaurants were included among the honorees. One of them, Casa Enrique (5-48 49th Avenue, Queens; 347-448-6040), is a first-time recipient, as well as New York's only Mexican restaurant to garner a star. Its Chiapas-born ch ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Candy Shops in NYC

    If you've got a sweet tooth, you probably don't need much of an excuse to go stock up on all the major candy food groups: candy corn (veggies), gummies (fruit,) nostalgic chocolate (dairy), chocolate with nuts (protein), and marshmallow-y things (oxygen). New York City's best candy shops offer those ... More >>

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