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    September 26, 2014

    Eight Movies Coming Out This Weekend You Don't Know About But Should

    Each week new movies open in New York (and online) by the dozen. The Voice reviews all of 'em. Here's some you might not have heard about that got our critics excited.

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    September 24, 2014
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    March 21, 2014

    Five Great Non-Potato Fries in NYC

    Don't get us wrong -- the potato is a fine food, and French fries? Hell, they're scalding hot oil's gift to the world (suck it, state fair beer-battered stick of butter). But as vegetables become a larger part of the American diet, chefs around town are throwing leafy greens, roots, and even the occ ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    10 Great Portable Potables to Warm Those Chilly Mitts

    Although we'd much rather stay put with a comforting pot of stew, for folks forced to brave the elements while those clumsy weather gods accidentally drop their frozen cocaine stash all over our fair city, hot, portable snacks can act like edible hand warmers (ed. note -- do not use on feet). Short ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Valentine's Day (or Friend Date) Special: 10 Great Dishes For Two

    When your dinner party sees a bigger dish variety and a smaller tab, it's hard to argue against shared plates (sorry, solo dish devotees). And while you'll have to be on board with your dining partner's food tastes, these medium-format offerings carry perks -- especially romantic ones. The one-dish- ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    I Feel Really, Really Terrible About How Much I Like the New Gowanus Whole Foods

    I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Birthday Bars in New York City

    Greenwood ParkBirthdays are hard. Of course it's about you. But really, it's about everyone else, especially if you're stepping up to plan the party yourself: whom to invite, whom not to invite, how to congratulate yourself for being born without feeling too self-important, whether to celebrate the ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    "Satmar Slumlord" or "The Livelihood of the Synagogue?" Menachem Stark's Mixed Legacy

    Surveillance camera footage shows Menachem "Max" Stark forced into a Dodge Caravan outside his office late Thursday night. On Friday afternoon, Stark's badly charred body was discovered in a smoking trash can at a Long Island gas station. With that information in hand, two local papers dispatched r ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    NYC's 10 Best New Bars of 2013

    The ball's about to drop on 2013, but we're sneaking in one last big list, one that feels particularly celebratory (and, um, apropos going into a season where we could all use a little liquid courage to combat the post-holiday blues and the cold). That's right, it's our best new bars list. Presentin ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    I Got a Free Nirvana Tattoo at a Record Store in Long Island

    I was told by my roommate the night before that passing out would be "uncool." "You're getting a cool person tattoo," she said half-jokingly, half-concerned. "If you pass out or cry, that would defeat the purpose." See also: In Remembrance of Kurt Cobain: The Most Unique Nirvana Covers

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    September 24, 2013

    NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Targets Astroturfing: Fake Reviews of Hair Removal Services, Strippers, and More

    We truly hate to be the ones to tell you this, but sometimes people say stuff on the Internet that is ... not true. Take a moment to collect yourselves. Case in point: 19 companies were scolded and fined yesterday by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for so-called Astroturfing: the ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Want to Know at Which Restaurants People Get Food Poisoning? This App Might Help.

    A group of graduate students at the University of Rochester have devised a program that tells users which restaurants to avoid if they don't want to get food poisoning. But this ain't your run-of-the-mill Yelp for food-borne illnesses. The program, called nEmesis (heh), tracks tweets from dining est ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    The Good, the Bad, and the Tartare at Manzanilla; Pay to Pray at Cathedral

    Spring is (finally) in the air and the warm weather seems to be lightening our moods as well as our wardrobes. Did the rising temperatures have the same effect on our critics? Tejal Rao has mixed feelings about Manzanilla in Gramercy, while Robert Sietsema writes a rave for Cathedral in Flatbush. R ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    The New "On The Go!" Digital Subway Maps Are A Tourist's Dream Come True

    Aside from a subway death solution, a review of the G train and a whole slew of transportation inconveniences, the MTA is also in need of a technological upgrade. Luckily, that'll be arriving shortly (the other issues mentioned... maybe not so much). Two summers ago, the agency installed several ne ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews, Freak Out Over Frozen Yogurt

    Gotta Kid to Feed Productions has been enlisting actors to read actual Yelp reviews for the past year. Last week, they teamed up with Erin Felgar, who was recently seen in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, to create this soul-crushing story of a frozen yogurt store whose spoons were just too damn big. ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    The Windsor Terrace Key Food Is Closing

    The Key Food on Prospect Avenue, in Brooklyn's Windsor Terrace, will close at the end of the month. One Wendy A had a bad experience there in March and went on to review it on Yelp, writing "i literally hate this grocery store, and i wish it would go out of business and get replaced by something bet ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Civilian Foodie Claims Non-Foodie Status to NYMag

    ​"'I'm not a foodie, I just like what I like,' she says. 'Yes, I know, it's just like hipsters saying, "I'm not a hipster."' (The cliché cracks her up.) 'But it's like when my boss says, "Oh, you're such a foodie." I'm like, Oh God. When I hear the word foodie, I think of Yelp. I don't want to be ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Nine Culinary Ventures By Hip-Hop Artists

    Today, excitable Long Island-raised rap firebrand Flavor Flav will open his House Of Flavor restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurant—which will have fried chicken and something called a "red velvet waffle" on the menu—is Flav's second attempt to break into the food world, following the di ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    RedFarm, Yelped!

    We've read a lot about Yelp in the news lately. The company went public on March 2, and the press was abuzz with speculation about and investigation into its financial health and sources of ad revenue. The site also popped up in Pete Wells' latest review of RedFarm, the Times critic saying that the ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Todd P. Hits The Chinese Buffet In His Search For New Concert Venues

    About two weeks after playing a sold-out show at Terminal 5, one of the city's biggest venues that doesn't also double as a sports arena, the rollicking indiepop bands Real Estate has a show lined up in the back room of a Chinese buffet in Queens. Who else could be behind this but Todd P.? The eve ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Village Voice's 'Best of' App Gets Shout-Outs from iTunes, Wired

    ​Have you downloaded our Best of app (which is not only free but also helps you find more than 10,000 of the best things to eat, drink, experience, and buy in 32 cities)? Perhaps you should! "Best of" has been listed in the iTunes' year-end "Rewind" list as one of the five best travel apps of ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Should You Be Able to Trash-Talk Your Dentist on Yelp?

    There's an interesting case in the news today involving New York dentist Stacy Makhnevich, who is facing a class-action lawsuit from Robert Lee, a former patient. Makhnevich, who calls herself "the Classical Singer Dentist of New York," treated Lee for a toothache, but not before he signed a contrac ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Q&A: Tanlines' Jesse Cohen On Winning The Best Band Twitter In NYC Award, Zucchini-Borne Controversies, And Comedy As Soccer

    Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm of Tanlines. ​Giving the Best Local Music Twitter award in our Best of NYC issue to @tanlines was pretty much a no-brainer. The account, which is run by the duo's Jesse Cohen, is heavy on the wry observational humor and light on the "come see our band" or "here's someb ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Mike Bloomberg Reviews Yelp Offices On Yelp

    ​Yelp opened their brand-new New York office at Union Square today. NYC Digital head Rachel Sterne was reportedly there, as was Mayor Bloomberg. Like many an opinionated restaurant or bar patron before him, Bloomberg took to Yelp afterwards as Mike B. from Manhattan to review the office. Five ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Village Voice Media Responds to Clergy

    Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site The full page ad was published in the New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds. Neither government officials nor God' ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    The Original (Really) Ray's Is Closing

    Stephanie B./Yelp​The culinary gentrification of the San Gennaro Festival isn't the only change to befall Little Italy this month: Ray's Pizza, the oldest (and first) Ray's in the city, will likely end its 52 years at 27 Prince Street after the festival wraps up on Sept. 25.

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    September 8, 2011

    Google Buys Zagat, Will No Longer Have to Appropriate Yelp Reviews

    ​Almost four years after putting their dining-guide empire on the market, Tim and Nina Zagat are finally selling out.

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    August 12, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say 'Bonjour' to Cedric; So Long to P & G

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The Blue Donkey Bar on the Upper West Side has closed after complaints to police, specifically from a neighbor. [West Side Rag via Eater] The Upper East Side location of healthy pizza joint Sl ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Graham Avenue Meats and Deli

    ​ So many sandwiches, so little time. Plenty of people surmised the sandwich's Italian-American origins but, sadly, only one person can win "Where Am I Eating?" This week's entry is the famed Godfather sandwich from Graham Avenue Meats and Deli (445 Graham Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn). The san ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Jekyll & Hyde Closes, Will Take Monstery Self to Times Square

    Dave H./YelpGood-bye to all of that.​It's been quite a day for restaurant deaths: first came news of Elaine's closure, then Ray's Candy Store's DOH shutter, and now it seems that Jekyll & Hyde, that bizarro multi-story tourist sinkhole on Sixth Avenue and 57th Street, is leaving the premises. ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Both Mark Iacono and Benny Geritano May Get Off Scot-Free

    Mark Iacono, as seen on YouTube.​Given all of the drama inherent to April's knife fight between Lucali's Mark Iacono and his erstwhile friend Benny Geritano, this comes as a bit of an anti-climax: both men may go free unless one of them testifies before a grand jury.

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    February 11, 2011

    What Happens When's John Fraser on the Next Trends in Dining and his Favorite Aphrodisiac: Interview Part 2

    Emilie BaltzWhat foods put John Fraser in the mood? Read and find out. ​ Yesterday we spoke with What Happens When chef John Fraser about the challenges and rewards of creating a temporary and evolving restaurant. Today, with Valentine's Day looming overhead, we change gears and talk about th ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    We Are All Yelpers Now

    Not Adam Platt.​"[Restaurant criticism is] the most subjective of any of these disciplines, if you can even call it a discipline. You can go to a restaurant and ... [your opinion] can change not just day to day but hour to hour and minute to minute. ... It's going to be subjective. So everybod ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Chefs Don't Really Like Foodies, Either

    ​It's not exactly breaking news, but CNN's Eatocracy has found that chefs, like most other people, don't really care for foodies.

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    September 27, 2010

    Dead Chef Joseph Cerniglia Featured in 2007 Episode of Kitchen Nightmares

    Chef Joseph Cerniglia of Campania restaurant in Fair Lawn, NJ, was found floating in the Hudson River. In 2007, he'd appeared in Season 1 Episode 9 of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Looking at the show, one of the things that strikes you is how little affection Ramsay has for garlicky souther ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    'Kike Barber Shop' Not Exactly a 'High Holidays' Kind of Place

    Via Steven Thrasher.​ When our very own Steven Thrasher was out in the field recently, he happened across this place, a barber shop in Jackson Heights, Queens on 91-19 37th Avenue. Somehow, it didn't seem appropriate to note over the Jewish High Holidays, for some reason, which isn't at all ev ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Facebook Places: It's Basically Foursquare for Facebook (UPDATED) with Yelp

    ​"This is gonna be a really fun, interesting summer," Mark Zuckerburg noted a few minutes ago from a live, streaming press conference. He was not talking about the lead-up to The Social Network, the movie about what a not-nice person he is. What was he talking about? Facebook Places, which he' ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Daniel Boulud to Go Grilling, Neelys to Pig Out

    The Food NetworkPat and Gina Neely will bring yet more pork products to New York.​From the polar opposite ends of the culinary spectrum come new developments in the quasi-Upper Manhattan dining scene: Daniel Boulud's new place across the street from Lincoln Center will have a "grilling concept ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Fornino's Michael Ayoub on Children's Menus and Chefs Responding to Critics

    Michael Ayoub's grilled pizza with clams.​Earlier today we brought you Fornino chef Michael Ayoub's thoughts on Park Slope's charms and former grit, growing up in the kitchen, and why he jettisoned the wood-burning oven for the grill. Here, in the second part of the interview, we talk about ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Fat Mike's Not-So-Punk Restaurant Thistle Hill, Now Open in Park Slope!

    Right before the first seating. Lovely in there!​It's finally here! The opening date went from March to April to May, the menu went from "new American cuisine" to "European- and Mediterranean-influenced cooking," and every dissolute former punk in Park Slope went from denial to bargaining to f ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Food Photography is Rampant; Induction Cooking Blows Up

    ​Keeping a photographic diary of everything one eats is becoming increasingly popular, with photo-sharing sites like Flickr boasting more than 6 million images tagged with the word "food." [NY Times] For tips on how to shoot your food, try using natural light whenever possible, fill your fra ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Sietsema and Others Muse on the Future of Food Journalism

    In this month's Columbia Journalism Review, Robert Sietsema pens a feature on the history of restaurant reviewing; the importance of anonymity; the increasing number of writers not only identifying themselves, but also accepting free meals; and how food blogs and sites like Yelp have changed the lan ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Primary Culler: Incumbents Stay Strong in Council Districts 2 and 3

    ​In City Council Districts 2 and 3, incumbents have much more of a lock than Alan Gerson does in District 1. In the former, first-termer Rosie Mendez built the right connections as a district leader, makes meetings, and has all the big endorsements. Her challenger Juan Pagan (pictured) is ass ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Frank Bruni: On Food Blogs, Restaurants He Would Have Liked to Review, and Advice for Sifton

    Soo-Jeong Kang​ Frank Bruni's last review for the Times came out yesterday, and today marks the official launch of his new memoir, Born Round. (Check out our review of the book.) Bruni has been promoting the book everywhere from Nightline to the New Yorker, but he was nice enough to make time ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Things We Hate--People Who Won't Leave Manhattan

    You know the type. The person who refers to the outer boroughs by using phrases like "the wilds of Brooklyn." Your friend who has lived here for a decade but has never crossed the East River. The one who insists you meet for dinner in "the city" rather than, god forbid, get on the L, F or N train ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Yelping for John Dory

    photo: Daniel NeunerLast week, Frank Bruni reviewed April Bloomfield's John Dory (85 Tenth Avenue), giving it two stars worth of love, but how much love is the new seafood restaurant getting from yelpers? Surprisingly, there are only 8 reviews for the John Dory on Yelp, averaging 3.5 stars, due in p ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    Yelping Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto

    photo: Calvin GodfreyLast week, our own Robert Sietsema reviewed Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto (283 Amsterdam Avenue)  Cesare Casella's new salumi shop and restaurant. He found some of the charcuterie selections from Parmacotto less than thrilling but pronounced much of the cooking "stunning." Yelp ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Yelping the Buttermilk Channel

    Carroll Gardens' Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Brooklyn) has been open about two months, and it's drawing raves from both Yelpers and professional critics. Chef Ryan Angulo (Stanton Social) and his comfort food earned five stars out of six from Time Out this week, and Yelpers have been equal ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    3 Schools Closing; Many More May Follow

    The Times reports three city schools that got low marks in the recent DOH report cards -- The Bronx's P.S. 90, Queens' P.S. 225, and Manhattan's J.H.S. 44 -- will be closed. J.H.S. 44, also known as William O'Shea Junior High, is on the DOH list of dangerous schools, and was in the news last April ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008

    Wallabout: New Dive Bar Frontier

    Robin Lester of Clinton Hill Blog finally went into the Navy Yard Lounge on Flushing Avenue. Her friends got patted down and her bag inspected, and there were "ladies in lingerie." It seems to have given her a grudging thrill. Josh Bernstein of the New York Press got there a few years earlier with h ... More >>

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