Food News | 5 Tasty Side Dishes to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or just in charge of bringing the pumpkin pie, this holiday is best spent inside the kitchen. Below, we have compiled five easy recipes for side dishes designed to perfectly accompany the turkey, and ones that are both traditional and unique! For more fun recipes, be sure to check out Country Living’s ultimate list. And, wherever you feast this Thanksgiving, we wish you a happy holiday spent with friends, family and food!

1. Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls

Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serving Size: 8

Image Courtesy Country Living

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for muffin pans
1 1/4-oz package active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
4 cups self-rising flour, spooned and leveled
2/3 cup chopped tender herbs (such as parsley, basil, dill and chives)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp Kosher salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter two 12-cup standard muffin pans
Combine yeast, sugar and water.
Let stand until foamy, 4 to 6 minutes (if mixture does not foam, discard and start again).
Stir in flour, herbs, egg, salt and butter.
Transfer batter to muffin pans.
Bake until golden, 20 to 24 minutes.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12

Image Courtesy Country Living

Ingredients:
2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
2 tbsps olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Toss together Brussels sprouts, oil and vinegar on a large rimmed baking sheet.
Season with salt and pepper.
Roast, stirring once in the last five minutes, until tender and lightly browned, fifteen to twenty minutes.

3. Squash Casserole

Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Serving Size: 10 to 12

Image Courtesy Country Living

Ingredients:
6 tbsps unsalted butter, divided plus more for a pan
10 medium yellow squash, sliced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 can (10 1/2-ounce) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup whole milk
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
1 large eat, beaten
2 cups crumbled butter crackers (approximately 40)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Add squash, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Drain and roughly chop mixture; reserve.
Add soup and milk to pot and cook until warm, 1 to 2 minutes.
Whisk in cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, until melted.
Stir in egg and reserved squash mixture.
Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
Add crackers and toss to coat. Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake until golden and bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

4. Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Star Anise

Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 8

Image Courtesy Country Living

Ingredients:
4 whole allspice berries
2 whole star anise
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup sugar
12 oz. fresh cranberries
Zest strips from 1/2 orange

Directions:
Gather allspice and star anise in a 4-inch square of cheesecloth and tie into a sachet.
In a medium pot over medium heat, combine sugar, orange juice, and 1/4 cup water.
Add sachet and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts and liquid begins to bubble, for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.
Return pot to stove over medium-high heat and add cranberries and zest.
Cook until cranberries just begin to pop, for about 7 minutes.
Discard sachet.
Transfer sauce to a medium serving container and refrigerate until chilled, for 1 hour or up to 3 days.

5. Apple Walnut Stuffing

Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Serving Size: 8 to 10

Image Courtesy Country Living

Ingredients:
3/4 lb. mild ground pork sausage
1 medium sweet onion
2 medium Granny Smith apples
1 cup celery
2 large garlic cloves
1 cup toasted walnut
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 tbsps fresh sage
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly grounded pepper
12 cups assorted bread cubes
2 1/2 cups low sodium turkey or chicken broth
1/4 cups melted butter

Directions:
Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sauté sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat for six minutes, or until sausage is no longer pink.
Add apples, celery and garlic cloves, sautéfor five minutes or until the apples are tender.
Stir in walnuts, parsley, sage, thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
Transfer into a large bowl. Let cool for ten minutes.
Fold in bread and broth until well blended.
Spoon into a well-greased 3-quart or 13×9-inch baking pan.
Brush top generously with butter.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is crusty and brown.
Garnish, if desired!

Food News | Your New York City Italian Restaurant Guide

Now that the temperatures are dropping, what better way to keep warm than with a steaming plate of spaghetti? These five restaurants located across the city are sure to satisfy your Italian food cravings while offering a warm environment to cozy up in alongside friends and family.

1. Babbo

110 Waverly Place
Greenwich Village

Image Courtesy Babbo NYC

Babbo is a celebration of all things Italian, from the food and the wine to the lifestyle! Shortly after opening in the late 90s, the restaurant received the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant Award, and has since retained this level of acclaim and widespread praise. Chef Mario Batali presents the finest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat, game and seafood, served with Italian olive oils, traditional aceto balsamico and more. The wine list represents one of the most intelligent collections in the city as well!

2. Carbone

181 Thompson Street
Greenwich Village

Image Courtesy Carbone New York

Carbone is the creation of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, standing as the present-day essence of the great Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century New York. The chefs take fan favorite dishes like seafood salad, linguini vongolo, lobster fra diavola, chicken scarpariello and veal parmesan to the next level of flavor and taste. Stop by and sample the menu for yourself!

3. Pasquale Jones

187 Mulberry Street
Nolita

Image Courtesy Pasquale Jones

This small, wood-fired restaurant stands in the heart of Little Italy, beckoning all inside with its hallmark colorful sign. Hospitality is infused into the restaurant’s ethos, and evident from the minute you sit down. Be sure to sample the grilled octopus, burrata pizza and artichoke!

4. Lilia

567 Union Avenue
Williamsburg

Image Courtesy Lilia New York

Lilia strives to bring the best of Italy to Williamsburg, offering wood-fired seafood, handcrafted pastas, classic Italian cocktails and warm hospitality all wrapped up in one stellar dining experience. Be sure to taste the housemade mozzarella, grilled eggplant and sheeps milk cheese filled agnolotti – we promise you’ll finish!

5. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

53 Great Jones Street
NoHo

Image Courtesy Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

The Alimentari & Vineria branch stems from the original il Buco on Bond Street, specializing in house-cured meats and home baked breads. The Italian aesthetic is solidified by handpicked pieces selected by art gallerist David Zwirner, Antonello and Lorenzo Radi, Ian McPheely and Christian Garnett. Sample some of the tastiest Italian meals in the city underneath the gorgeous whimsical chandelier, or atop the upstairs roof garden!

Food News | New Eatery Alert!

We’re all regulars somewhere in New York City, whether it’s a tiny café, a century-old Italian restaurant or that tasty sushi place around the corner. That said, there are too many great new restaurants that crop up on a consistent basis across the city’s grid to avoid in the name of what we know best. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the latest and greatest eateries that have graced the city this past summer. If you haven’t sampled their menus yet, be sure to try them this fall!

1. Martina

198 East 11th Street, East Village

Image Courtesy Eater New York

Union Square Hospitality Group has opened a new Italian mainstay on 11th Street. Though reminiscent of Shake Shack’s buzzer-ordering system, Martina’s chef Nick Anderer shies away from a classification of “fast-casual,” preferring “fine-casual” instead. He stresses his new restaurant’s high quality of service, combined with the organic human interaction between his employees and customers. However, the restaurant is undeniably speedy, with pizzas cooking within two minutes. At prime times, the chef plans to push out up to 90 pies an hour. At under $13 per slice, it’s worth stopping by for a taste!

2. Café Bilboquet

26 East 60th Street, Upper East Side

Image Courtesy Justin Gilliland/The New York Times

The owner of Le Bilboquet, Philippe Delgrange, has opened a new café down the street from his renowned bistro. The casual French eatery now serves tasty treats like breakfast pastries and éclairs, plus ready-made paninis and salads, and refreshments including coffee, tea, beer and wine. Though casual, Café Bilboquet remains reminiscent of its older and more established cousin with its elegantly gilded setting and plush garnet banquettes.

3. Calavera’s 

234 Starr Street, Bushwick

Image Courtesy Bushwick Daily

For those of you who reside in Bushwick, a new Mexican restaurant has opened on Starr Street. A black flag bearing a smiling skull (“calavera”) beckons you inside to taste its tacos, quesadillas and gorditas while sipping tasty margaritas. You’ll find the inside decorated in homage to Mexican folk art, with colorful fantastical figures inspired by artist Pedro Linares lining the shelves. Bar managers Oscar Castro and Rocio Baker sourced all of the art directly from Mexico, and head chef Miguel Rojas carefully crafted the menu to offer only the country’s best. And, the extensive margarita list goes beyond the standard mango and strawberry, including lychee, blueberry and blood orange flavors as well.

4. Queens Bully

113-30 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills

Image Courtesy Queens Bully

Queens Bully (short for “Boulevard”) was the dream of borough natives Rohan Aggarwal and Suraj Patel. The gastropub serves comfort food and barbecue inspired by Queens’ diversity of culture. The eclectic menu by Chef Arim Isabel includes smoked jerk chicken, Corona pork tacos and shrimp and grits, plus locally sourced vegetables and herbs grown at the establishment. Subway tiled decor makes anyone who walks in feel right at home in the city.

5. Feed Your Soul Cafe

14 Wall Street, Financial District

Image Courtesy Feed Your Soul Cafe

Feed Your Soul Cafe is the first express retail location of the brand Feed Your Soul. Born out of a studio apartment over a decade ago, the bakery donates cookies and premium pastries to The Coalition for the Homeless with every order placed. The tasty treats include large and small cookies in flavors ranging from honey oatmeal raisin and white chocolate snickerdoodle to triple chocolate cocoa loco to white chocolate cherry jubilee. Plus, the location serves brownie bars, granola bars, pastries and more!

Food News | The Brunch Brigade

The brunch phenomenon continues to sweep the city, and we’re most definitely reserving a spot on the bandwagon. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 restaurants that have championed the brunch rankings in terms of menu, atmosphere, and location. Be sure to check them out below; we may just have filled up your weekend morning schedules until Labor Day!

1. Augustine

5 Beekman Street, Financial District

Image Courtesy Augustine

Croissants and beignets with Nutella and pastry cream are featured on the pastry menu at this high-end French brasserie located in Manhattan’s Financial District. Other menu standouts include Eggs Cardinal and Sea Urchin Spaghettini, and an impressive array of brunch cocktails, including tasty Bloody Marys.

2. Flora Bar

945 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side

Image Courtesy Urban Daddy

Located on the lower level of New York City’s Met Breuer, Flora Bar offers innovative twists on brunch ideas, including a Shrimp Roll with hollandaise sauce and a Maple and Sesame Pound Cake served with a sunny-side-up egg and thick-cut bacon. A variety of pastry and coffee options round out the menu at this Upper East Side favorite.

3. Sunday in Brooklyn

348 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg

Image Courtesy Behind the Scenes NYC

This popular spot occupies three stories in Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood. Diners flock to the rooftop garden and sidewalk cafe for menu favorites like Hazelnut-Maple Praline Pancakes and Biscuits and Gravy. Weekend brunch is served on a walk-in basis, with a limited number of reservations accepted between 10:00 and 10:30 am.

4. ABCV

38 East 19th Street, Union Square

Image Courtesy ABCV

Come to ABC Carpet & Home for Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Paulette Cole’s selection of plant-based, non-GMO, organic cuisine, sourced locally and globally from small family farms. Start your day with a Maca-Cacao Energy Shake, a Sea Buckthorn and Persimmon bowl, Avocado Toast or Fresh Steamed Tofu!

5. The Bonnie

29-12 23rd Avenue, Astoria

Image Courtesy The Bonnie

This cozy brick-and-wood gastropub serves up brunch staples like Eggs Benedict and Chicken and Waffles in a warm and intimate setting. Located in Queens’ eclectic Astoria neighborhood, the popular eatery features a backyard garden and serves weekend brunch from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Food News | Eating Your Way Through Major League Baseball

America’s favorite pastime collides with delicious eats this summer at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. Regardless of how your team is doing, you’ll never strike out with these top picks interspersed throughout each stadium. In between innings, be sure to stop by one or two of these restaurants and vendors, which include everything from old-timers’ standbys to newcomers’ home runs.

Citi Field

1. Bash Burger

Section 135

Image Courtesy Mets Insider

This casual burger restaurant from Chef Josh Capon features three burger choices, including its namesake topped with onion and bacon jam.

2. Fuku

Section 102

Image Courtesy Citi Field

Celebrity chef David Chang’s restaurant specializes in fried chicken sandwiches.

3. Milk Bar

Section 102

Image Courtesy Twitter / @milkbarstore

While at Fuku, grab dessert at the Milk Bar bakery, serving up unique cookie creations with flavors like pretzel and potato chip, plus their signature cereal milk soft serve.

4. Nicoletta

Section 141

Image Courtesy Mets Insider

Chef Michael White’s Italian eatery offers pizzas, signature parmesan heroes, mozzarella sticks, and soft serve gelato.

5. Papa Rosso

Section 141

Image Courtesy Christine Brown

This casual pizza restaurant features Neapolitan-style pizza with a crispy crust, made with imported Italian and local ingredients.

6. Arancini Bros.

Section 104

Image Courtesy Arancini Bros.

For authentic Italian rice balls, there’s no place like Arancini Bros. The variety of flavors offered changes daily, and often includes carbonara, chicken & fontina, and Philly cheesesteak.

7. Blue Smoke on the Road

Section 140

Image Courtesy Blue Smoke

This spot offers American South barbecue classics like pulled pork and brisket sandwiches from Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois.

8. Daruma of Tokyo

Section 105

Image Courtesy Newsday

The Japanese eatery lets you sample edamame, sushi, lobster rolls, and Asian salads while you watch America’s favorite pastime.

9. Mama’s of Corona

Sections 105 & 415

Image Courtesy AMNY

Mama’s is an Italian-style spot that offers roasted turkey with mozzarella, as well as cannolis and cupcakes.

10. Bao Haus

Promenade Club

Image Courtesy Good Food Stories

Eddie Huang’s popular bao shop offers his three most popular buns, including the Chairman Bao stuffed with pork belly and crushed peanuts. What combo is more baseball-oriented than that?

Yankee Stadium

1. Mighty Quinn’s

Section 133

Image Courtesy The Restaurant Fairy

For authentic and casual slow-cooked barbecue paired with delicious sides, you can’t go wrong with Mighty Quinn’s.

2. Bareburger

Section 132

Image Courtesy AMNY

This eco-conscious burger chain offers beef, veggie, and game patties, topped with a variety of flavors and pairings.

3. Lobel’s of New York

Sections 134 & 321

Image Courtesy AMNY

Watch as world-class butchers cut your UDSA prime steak sandwiches and prepare the ultimate steak fries with gravy at Lobel’s, where you’ll find the pinnacle of comfort food.

4. Parm

Section 104

Image Courtesy Parm NYC

This casual Italian-American sandwich shop serves a famous chicken parm and Italian hero.

5. Hale and Hearty Soups

Section 126

Image Courtesy Hometown Provisions

For a healthy alternative, stop by this soup and sandwich shop, and still make it back to your seats in time for the next inning.

6. Melissa’s Farmers Market

Gate 4

Image Courtesy The New York Times

This food stand resembles a premier farmers market with its fresh fruit and veggie-filled salads.

7. Linda’s Egg Creams

Section 202

Image Courtesy NY Daily News

This vendor offers homemade egg creams in chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors, plus another that rotates daily. It’s the perfect drink to wash down your field-side hotdog.

8. Chicken and Waffle Carts

Gate 6

Image Courtesy AMNY

Get your team-branded waffle sliders with perfectly seasoned chicken at Yankee Stadium’s chicken and waffle carts.

9. New York Yankee Steakhouse

Gate 6

Image Courtesy NYC Go

It doesn’t get any more official than this! The steakhouse serves dry-aged USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood, and first-rate wine and spirits.

10. The Mozzarella Joint

Section 201

Image Courtesy Mozzarella Joint

This staple sandwich concession shop offers fresh-pulled mozzarella sandwiches with mixed veggies, like The Mozz.

Food News | Insta-Friendly Summer Treats

New York Times restaurant critics, step aside. The Instagram Explore Feed is the new go-to destination for those seeking out the food world’s latest and greatest, offering real-time photos of delicious meals and photogenic treats. Whether you’re a food blogging millennial or not, check out these Insta-friendly hotspots for a summer treat that is easy on the eyes and delicious for the taste buds!

Mister Dips Ice Cream

William Vale Hotel, Brooklyn

Image Courtesy www.instagram.com/eatmisterdips

With super-friendly service and soothing views of Williamsburg’s Vale Park, Andrew Carmellini’s Airstream kitchen serves a simple but delicious menu of burgers, fries, and ice cream. Unique flavors of soft serve make for a colorful and Instagrammable moment. Mister Dips is a summer must!

Ice & Vice Ice Cream

221 East Broadway

Image Courtesy www.instagram.com/iceandvice

Situated on the Lower East Side, this experimental ice cream shop scoops up small, handcrafted batches of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet. Ice & Vice is famous for its eclectic flavors like “Tea Dance” and “Milk Money”, and its unique seasonal offerings prove the perfect summer accessory for your latest Insta story.

Frosé from Bar Primi

325 Bowery

Image Courtesy www.instagram.com/barprimi

Bar Primi, Andrew Carmellini’s Bowery eatery, mixes up a tasty frozen cocktail of Sicilian rosé, Rosato vermouth, and strawberries. Better known to aficionados as frosé,  this new summer staple is sure to please your palate and satisfy your social media appetite.

Frozen S’mores at Dominique Ansel Bakery

189 Spring Street

Image Courtesy www.instagram.com/dominiqueansel

Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel, inventor of the Cronut, uses his innovative skills to create the frozen s’more, a marriage of frozen custard coated in chocolate pastry wafers wrapped inside a toasted marshmallow. These perfectly-proportioned confections offer a taste of summer with every Insta-worthy bite.

Melt Bakery’s Ice Cream Sandwiches at Madison Square Eats

May 13th through June 9th
Worth Square, Fifth Avenue, between 25th and 26th Streets

Image Courtesy www.instagram.com/meltbakery

Ice cream cookie sandwiches from Melt Bakery are always in high demand for those looking to satisfy their summer sweet tooth. Available at several locations throughout the city, including the bi-annual Madison Square Eats food festival, these delectable treats are foodie heaven.

Cha Cha Matcha’s Soft Serve Ice Cream

373 Broome Street

Image Courtesy www.instagram.com/chachamatcha

Combining antioxidant-rich Japanese green tea, or “matcha”, with cool and creamy ice cream is the perfect way to enjoy a healthy and delicious treat. Cha Cha Matcha’s vibrant shop and rainbow-esque swirl ice cream provide the perfect backdrop for capturing a colorful Instagram moment in time.

Food News | Somewhere Beyond the Sea

From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a seafood dish or two in May. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten New York City establishments that can satisfy this craving, trusted time and again by Manhattanites and visitors alike. Check out the list below, and see if you can’t hit all ten by the end of the summer!

1. Marea

240 Central Park South

Marea Restaurant, New York, NY
Image Courtesy Marea

Translated into Italian, Marea means “tide,” – and here in the heart of New York City, it’s bringing the Italian coastline straight to your stomachs. Chef Michael White has created the menu to “read like a map of the sea,” with extensive offerings including crudo and oysters; plus a selection of 750 wines.

2. Ed’s Lobster Bar

222 Lafayette Street

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.37.25 AM
Image Courtesy Ed’s Lobster Bar

Chef Ed McFarland brings the beach to the city at Ed’s Lobster Bar in a simple shack setting. He serves lobster each and every way your palate could possibly desire: steamed, grilled, broiled, chilled, inside a pot pie, and, of course, on a roll. Committed to his renowned menu, Ed has testified that he tastes the lobster each day to ensure it lives up to reputation.

3. Le Bernardin

155 West 51st Street

Image Courtesy Le Bernardin
Image Courtesy Le Bernardin

This elite French seafood restaurant is proud to be the only restaurant to maintain a four-star New York Times rating throughout five consecutive reviews. Le Bernardin is committed to upscale service and a menu to match. While the menus reflect the ambiance with a $205 tasting menu and $140 four-course prix fixe, the lounge area includes lighter snacks for a more affordable price.

4. Grand Central Oyster Bar

89 E 42nd Street

Image Courtesy TimeOut
Image Courtesy TimeOut

Since 1913, Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving fresh seafood to Manhattanites, famous for its oyster stew and freshly-shucked Baja and Plymouth Rock oysters. Located inside Grand Central Station, it’s the perfect destination to either begin or complete your New York City experience.

5. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

114 Nassau Avenue

grilled+black+sea+bass

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is committed to serving local and seasonal seafood with sustainability as its guiding mantra. Choosing to source from only the most responsible and careful fisherman, the restaurant offers a menu that is at once tasty, healthy, and cognizant of a viable future for the world’s seafood. Plus, be sure to check out the restaurant’s hands-on classes, like Oyster Tasting and Shucking!

6. Nobu Fifty Seven

40 West 57th Street

Image Courtesy Nobu Restaurants
Image Courtesy Nobu Restaurants

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa partnered with Drew Nieporent, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper to create the now-famous new style Japanese restaurant. Serving fan favorites like Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Black Cod Miso, Nobu ranks among New York’s finest.

7. Blue Water Grill

31 Union Square West

Image Courtesy Blue Water Grill
Image Courtesy Blue Water Grill

Blue Water Grill has now been renovated to accommodate 225 patrons desiring a world-class seafood experience. Committed to sustainability, the establishment works closely with local purveyors and offers an atmosphere that is at once historic and contemporary.

8. Shuko

47 East 12th Street

Image Courtesy The New York Times
Image Courtesy The New York Times

Another traditional Japanese sushi bar, Shuko incorporates the finest fish selections and seasonal ingredients from local and international sources. The popular establishment is strict with reservations, so be sure to schedule in advance!

9. Russ & Daughters

179 East Houston

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 12.57.58 PM
Image Courtesy Russ & Daughters

Russ & Daughters is every lox-lover’s dream, serving various salmon varieties including Norwegian Smoked, Kippered, Pastrami Cured, and Western Wild Nova. The open kitchen-style restaurant boasts a friendly staff and an old-school soda fountain bar – the perfect opportunity to enjoy a light lunch, brunch, cocktails, dinner, and more!

10. Pearl Oyster Bar

18 Cornelia Street

Image Courtesy Pearl Oyster Bar
Image Courtesy Pearl Oyster Bar

Pearl Oyster Bar redefined Maine’s lobster roll and brought it to the heart of New York City. Chef Rebecca Charles elevated the cuisine previously considered “beach food” into an upscale staple. Don’t miss out on Pearl’s delicious plates of shrimp, filet, sea scallops, bouillabaisse, and more!

Food News | The City’s Best Al Fresco Dining

When living in this glorious concrete jungle, there is no better way to make the most of a sunny day than with a little al fresco dining. We’ve curated a list of our favorite upscale restaurants that offer beautiful rooftop or outdoor dining experiences. Whether you’re dining with friends or entertaining clients, these lovely spots are certain to offer a great meal accompanied by a breath of fresh air.

Nougatine at Jean Georges

1 Central Park West

Photo Courtesy Jean-Georges
Photo Courtesy Jean-Georges

A favorite for elegant business dining, Nougatine is the little sister of the adjoining Jean-Goerge’s and offers upscale seasonal cuisine with a French flair. Their lovely terrace is perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner in the heart of Columbus Circle.

Narcissa

25 Cooper Square

Photo Courtesy Narcissa

Walk past The Standard Hotel’s happening bar and head straight back into the lush garden space that is Narcissa, a  farm-to-table American cuisine hot spot in the East Village.  Narcissa is not only one of our favorite picks for outdoor dining, but also for veggie-centric cuisine (order the carrot fries).

Little Park 

85 West Broadway

Photo Courtesy Little Park
Photo Courtesy Little Park

This TriBeCa gem offers farm-to-table New American cuisine by famed chef Andrew Carmellini. You’ll love people watching as you dine on organic vegetables and free-range poultry at Little Park’s beautiful sidewalk patio.

Claudette

24 Fifth Avenue 

Image Courtesy Open Table
Image Courtesy Open Table

Enjoy Mediterranean-accented French cuisine at one of Claudette’s charming outdoor tables. Blue-and-white-checkered tablecloths set the tone for the warm West Village hospitality you’ll experience as you soak in some rays.

Reynard

80 Wythe Avenue

Photo Courtesy Wythe Hotel
Photo Courtesy Wythe Hotel

After strolling about one of the two nearby parks, head to Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel for a chic and upscale meal at Reynard. Following dinner, head upstairs to their swanky rooftop bar, The Ides, for a nightcap featuring incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. 

Barbuto

775 Washington Street

Photo Courtesy Barbuto NYC
Photo Courtesy Barbuto NYC

Walls open up in the springtime at the chic West Village Italian eatery known as Barbuto. Enjoy the fresh air and natural light as you dine on the Bucatini Alla Carbonara; it’s rumored to be one of the in town.

Food News | The City’s Best Guilt-Free Indulgences

Amidst the ever-changing New York City landscape, one thing that remains consistent is the prerogative to grab a slice of pizza or order Thai food at any hour of the day or night. Having such an array of indulgent options at your fingertips can, however, take its toll. Luckily, we have identified five fabulous options for health-conscious treats that allow you to indulge guilt-free. Head to one of these sweet locales to satisfy your sugar craving with a dessert so delicious that you won’t believe it is actually good for you!

Sweets By Chloe

185 Bleecker Street

Image Courtesy Gothamist
Image Courtesy Gothamist

By Chloe has successfully brought elevated cuisine to all of New York. Now you can enjoy decadent vegan desserts such as black and white cookies and dairy-free soft serve at their Sweets by Chloe Bleecker Street location, while leaving the guilt at home.

Vegan Divas

1437 First Avenue

Image Courtesy Vegan Divas
Image Courtesy Vegan Divas

Although Vegan Divas is located on the Upper East Side, you can find their decadent desserts at a various outposts throughout the city, including Whole Foods. Their vegan desserts are not only mouth-watering and delicious, but also made with alternative ingredients such as organic spelt flour (gluten free) and maple syrup (sugar free). What’s more, they list all of their ingredients on their website so you can be more than sure of what you are putting into your system.

Blossom Bakery

174 Ninth Avenue

Image Courtesy Blossom Bakery
Image Courtesy Blossom Bakery

Known as the city’s original vegan empire, Blossom has now opened a bakery that not only is organic and vegan, but also offers an array of items that are gluten and sugar free. Head here to enjoy the most delicious Carrot Cake you can imagine.

Clementine Bakery

299 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn

Image Courtesy Clementine  Bakery
Image Courtesy Clementine Bakery

This delightful bakery prides itself on customer service and the community it serves. All of their baked goods are dairy free, gluten free and made with all natural, organic ingredients. Clementine Bakery is our go-to option for a beautiful, customized birthday cake that is delicious yet health conscious. Remember to order with 24 hours notice!

Erin McKenna’s Bakery

248 Broome Street

Image Courtesy Erin McKenna's Bakery
Image Courtesy Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Formerly known as Babycakes, this spot is a quintessential bakery in every sense of the word. With all staff in adorable uniforms serving baked goods that are gluten free, vegan and actually good for you, Erin McKenna’s Bakery is a must-visit. Their company goal is to make eating vegan and gluten-free fun, and they absolutely succeed in doing so!

Food News | New York City Restaurant Week 2017

Don’t miss out on the best of NYC dining during Restaurant Week, which lasts until February 10th. During this bi-annual event, the city’s most sought after restaurants offer exclusive three-course menus at affordable prices. Here are a few of our favorite Restaurant Week dining locations.

Le Coq Rico
30 East 20th Street

Image Courtesy instagram.com/lecoqriconyc
Image Courtesy instagram.com/lecoqriconyc

New to Restaurant Week, Le Coq Rico serves modern French cuisine while paying homage to the wild birds of the Northeast. Chef and owner Antoine Westermann takes pride in serving the highest quality heritage-breed chicken, turkey, duck and squab. Try the sublime Brune Landaise Chicken with the Deviled “Eggz” to start; you will not be disappointed.
For more information click here

Lueca
111 North 12th Street

Image Courtesy leuca.com

NoHo Hospitality Group’s chef Andrew Carmellini has stepped up the game with Leuca, a rustic-chic, Southern Italian dining destination located on the lower level of the William Vale Hotel. Start with the smoked beets and follow up with the  lamb sausage, or enjoy the delicious wood-fired pizzas to complete your meal. Ranked as one of the best new restaurants to come onto the scene last year, Leuca is not an opportunity to pass up.
For more information click here

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street

Image Courtesy scarpettarestaurants.com

What better time to revisit one of New York City’s dining staples than Restaurant Week? The signature concept of LDV Hospitality, Scarpetta serves sophisticated Italian in elegant surrounds. Try their delicious branzino or stick with their unbelievable spaghetti, a New York City classic. At Scarpetta, you simply can’t go wrong.
For more information click here 

Bar Primi
325 Bowery

Image Courtesy instagram.com/barprimi

You’ll find handmade pastas and daily seasonal specials on the menu at this casual, hip pasta shop. The creation of Andrew Carmellini and Salvatore Lamboglia, Bar Primi serves a deliciously creamy burrata cremosa and a must-have short rib ravioli with sugo rosa sauce. Be sure to check out Bar Primi’s extensive wine list.
For more information click here

Fung Tu
22 Orchard Street

Image Courtesy instagram.com/fungtu

Chef Jonathan Wu has taken New American cuisine and put a traditional Chinese twist on it. At Fung Tu, Wu takes the ever-evolving local tastes, customs and culture of Chinese food and incorporates them to his seasonally changing menu. Start off with the crispy pork belly egg rolls and then try the Chow Fun with chorizo. The fusion of New American and Chinese cuisine has never been so delicious.
For more information click here