Food News | Parkside Dining

With the dawn of spring comes the long-anticipated opportunity for outdoor dining. Better yet, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants located either inside or alongside some of Manhattan’s greatest parks. Spend your morning, afternoon or evening strolling along the Battery Park promenade or rowboating across the Central Park Lake, and follow up with the meal of a lifetime!

The Loeb Boathouse

Central Park
East 72nd Street & Park Drive North

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For a picture-perfect dining experience, visit the Loeb Boathouse alongside Central Park’s historic lake. After lunch, participate in the 150-year-old tradition and grab a rowboat or take a trip across the lake in an authentic Venetian gondola!

Black Barn Restaurant

Madison Square Park
19 East 26th Street

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For the ultimate farm-to-table dining experience just north of Madison Square Park, visit Black Barn Restaurant. Co-owners John Dohert and Tom Struzzieri’s vision to unite seasonal, rustic fare with a modern farmhouse atmosphere truly comes to fruition in the upscale space.

Battery Gardens

Battery Park
1 Battery Place

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Nested inside the southern-most corner of Battery Park, Battery Gardens offers sweeping panoramic views of the New York Harbor, and delicious American fare. Plus, the space offers a beer garden and a harborside patio bar.

Loring Place

Washington Square Park
21 West 8th Street

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Each dish at the renowned Loring Place is designed for sharing, whether a vegetable-forward small plate, locally-caught seafood or meat from a local farmer. For the tastiest meal in Manhattan just steps from Washington Square Park, visit this standout restaurant!


Gramercy Park
2 Lexington Avenue

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The elite and exclusive Gramercy Park culminates in its renowned rustic trattoria Maialino. Chef Jason Pfeifer’s thoughtful Italian cuisine combines his passion for Roman tradition with a commitment to local farmers and purveyors.

Bryant Park Grill

Bryant Park
25 West 40th Street

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Known as the Jewel of Bryant Park, visit this restaurant for Parisian-style dining in a sophisticated atmosphere. Situated behind the landmark New York Public Library, enjoy its seasonal patio and rooftop dining to make any evening magical!

Food News | The City’s Top Ten Most Authentic Irish Restaurants

New York City is full of many Irish pubs and restaurants that serve up good brews and meals year-round. With Ireland’s most celebrated holiday upon us, we’re on a hunt for the most authentic of the selection! Contact us to get in touch with one of our dedicated TOWN Attachés with the inside scoop on these top New York City spots!

1. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

30 Water Street, Financial District

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Irish coffee is one of many specialties at The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, a multi-level cocktail bar and eatery in Downtown Manhattan that has been voted World’s Best Bar more than once. The establishment draws inspiration from “the conviviality of Old New York and the Irish-American tradition.”

2. Donovan’s Pub

57-24 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside

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This longtime neighborhood hangout dishes up burgers and Irish-leaning pub fare like Shepherd’s Pie. On St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy performances by bagpipers, a pint and some good pub grub, including one of the best burgers in New York!

3. The Long Room

120 West 44th Street, Midtown

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This clubby Irish gastropub features an extensive beer menu serving only the best craft, domestic and international brews.

4. McGee’s Pub and Restaurant

240 West 55th Street, Hell’s Kitchen

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Celebrated as the bar that inspired How I Met Your Mother, this wood-lined Irish space spans 3 floors and offers tasty bar food and plenty of draft beers.

5. The Landmark Tavern

626 11th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen

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Originally opened in 1868, this Irish tavern dates back to when there was no 12th Avenue, just the shores of the Hudson River. Today, it remains one of the oldest continually operating establishments in the city, surviving even through Prohibition. Check out its classic decor and pub-grub menu!

6. The Half King
505 West 23rd Street, Chelsea

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This literary-themed Irish pub pairs its eats and drinks with readings and photo exhibits. On St. Patrick’s Day, the Chelsea neighborhood favorite will celebrate with bagpipes, step dancers and traditional Irish music from 6 to 8:30pm! 

7. The Late Late

159 East Houston Street, Lower East Side

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Situated on Houston Street, this Irish-influenced watering hole features retro 1960s decor and is known for its selection of whiskeys, bar bites and brunch fare. The holiday celebration will kick off on Wednesday, March 15th with an evening sampling Jameson whiskey, followed by Irish music the following two days!

8. Molly’s Pub & Shebeen

287 Third Avenue, Murray Hill

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Patrons of Molly’s Pub & Shebeen in Gramercy Park know and love the Irish pub for its glowing wood-burning fireplace, friendly staff and signature Shepherd’s Pie. Enjoy the atmosphere this St. Patrick’s Day, sawdust on the floor and all! 

9. P.J. Clarke’s 

Various Locations

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P.J. Clarke’s has three locations in New York City, and its Third Avenue outpost is just a few blocks from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade – perfect for those who don’t mind a crowd! Reigning as one of Manhattan’s favorite establishments for over a century, P.J. Clarke’s is a time-honored staple of Irish culture in NYC.

10. Rosie O’Grady’s 

800 Seventh Avenue, Theatre District

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A staple of the Broadway Theatre District since 1973, Rosie O’Grady’s combines friendly service with delicious cuisine. With outdoor sidewalk seating and a renowned dining and beer menu inside, the establishment offers the perfect experience for any season, especially St. Paddy’s Day!

Food News | Tables For Two

Valentine’s Day is upon us! For all of you celebrating with a special someone, we have a round-up of the best restaurants serving up the romance throughout the meal. From shareable Spanish tapas to fine French cuisine, here are the best options for Valentine’s Day dinner that New York City has to offer.

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1. Leuca

111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn

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For southern Italian dining by award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini, come visit Leuca at the William Vale.

Valentine’s Day: 5-course menu, $125 per guest, additional $65 for wine pairing

2. Dell’anima

38 8th Avenue, Manhattan

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Visit this tiny Italian restaurant with an upscale crowd and prime seating at the chef’s counter.

Valentine’s Day: À la carte

3. The Pool

99 East 52nd Street, Manhattan

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This reimagined room stands in the landmark setting of the former Four Seasons and specializes in tasty seafood.

Valentine’s Day: À la carte

4. Scarpetta

88 Madison Avenue, Manhattan

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Patrons enjoy handmade pastas and a sophisticated Italian menu at this upscale locale, plus a cool vibe!

Valentine’s Day: Optional tasting menu for 2 and wine pairing suggestions from the master sommelier.

5. Locanda Verde

377 Greenwich Street, Manhattan

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This TriBeCa hotspot showcases rustic Italian cuisine and a lively atmosphere.

Valentine’s Day: 3-course prix-fixe menu, $110, plus optional wine pairing for $85

6. Gotham Bar and Grill

12 East 12th Street, Manhattan

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This West Village fixture serves standout New American plates in a stylish yet relaxed setting. Insider tip: order the house-made bonbons made with Taittinger Champagne!

Valentine’s Day: $175 for a 4-course dinner

7. St Tropez Wine Bar

304 West 4th Street, Manhattan

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For the best in oysters, wine and Provencal cooking in a setting with warm woods, large windows and an open kitchen, stop in at St Tropez Wine Bar!

Valentine’s Day: $49 for a 3-course dinner, mini bottle of Imperial Champagne with each meal!

8. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

85 10th Avenue, Manhattan

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L’Atelier offers French dishes and tasting menus (including vegetarian options) from acclaimed chef Joël Robuchon.

Valentine’s Day: $275 for a 4-course dinner

9. Zuma

261 Madison Avenue, Manhattan

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This trendy, high-end Japanese restaurant offers an izakaya-inspired menu, with sushi standouts and robata grilled fare! We recommend the wagyu tartar with saikyo miso brioche and black winter truffle.

Valentine’s Day: Omakases for $115, $145, $225.

10. Ai Fiori 

400 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Manhattan

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Visit Ai Fiori for gourmet fare from the Italian and French Riviera, plus regional wines, all housed in an elegant hotel setting.

Valentine’s Day: $210 menu with dishes ranging from blue crab spaghetti to roasted lamb saddle

11. One If By Land, Two If By Sea

17 Barrow Street, Manhattan

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This upscale American restaurant reigns as one of New York City’s most romantic!

Valentine’s Day: $295 per person, 6-course prix-fixe

12. L’Appart 

225 Liberty Street, Manhattan

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L’Appart is a unique, apartment-esque restaurant offering a French tasting menu prepared by renowned chef Nicolas Abello.

Valentine’s Day: $195 per person, $110 wine pairing, caviar service available


6 Bond Street, Manhattan

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Visit BONDST for high-end sushi and Japanese dishes in a chic, trendy atmosphere.

Valentine’s Day: À la carte

14. The East Pole

133 East 65th Street, Manhattan

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Serving up creative pub bites and signature drinks, this British tavern is minimalist yet chic, and the perfect place to enjoy a meal for two.

Valentine’s Day: À la carte

15. Buvette

42 Grove Street, Manhattan

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Popular and quaint, this bistro offers French small-plates in a charming setting. Think marble bar, tiny candlelit tables and vintage flatware.

Valentine’s Day: À la carte

Food News | The Best Pancakes in New York City

January is the dawn of a new year, and what better way to celebrate the start of something new than with pancakes? While sometimes there’s nothing better than a simple homemade stack of pancakes, we’ve rounded up a list of the city’s top five locations serving up everybody’s favorite breakfast food. Be sure to venture out and sample some of these all-star pancakes, many of which offer a fresh twist on a classic recipe! (Note: we are well aware that some of you are very loyal to your favorite pancake establishment, which may or may not be included on our list. Comment your favorite venue and flavor, and we will be sure to give it a try!)

1. Bubby’s 

120 Hudson Street, Tribeca
73 Gansevoort Street, Highline

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Many have tasted, and the consensus is in: Bubby’s has some of the best Banana Nut Pancakes this city has ever seen! With many other toppings to choose from, the pancake flavors include James Beard and Sourdough. And if the morning allows, be sure to sample their Fried Chicken Pancake combo as well!

2. Clinton St. Baking Company

4 Clinton Street, Lower East Side

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Neil Kleinberg’s Blueberry Pancakes have been voted best in the city by New York Magazine, two times over! This Lower East Side stronghold serves pancakes all day long, and the rest of the menu has been lauded as “anything but ordinary” by the New York Observer. Come down and try a bite, or two, or three!

3. Win Son

159 Graham Avenue, East Williamsburg

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Open for brunch on the weekends, Win Son in East Williamsburg is the perfect place to go to try pancakes with a twist! With a casual atmosphere, this venue serves up tasty Taiwanese-American fare, like these Scallion Pancakes with black vinegar dipping sauce. Be sure to try them out!

4. Serafina

Various Manhattan Locations, Including: 7 Ninth Avenue, Meatpacking

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Served daily beginning at 7AM, these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes will redefine the way you think about the staple breakfast food. The treat has been described as a “puffy-like zesty lemon cake” and comes served with fresh raspberries and candied lemon. Top it off with maple syrup for a tasty breakfast any day!

5. Queens Comfort

40-09 30th Avenue, Astoria

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Give these Red Velvet Pancakes a whirl at Queens Comfort, Astoria’s favorite comfort food dining destination! Their brunch menu is very extensive, so be sure to come in numbers in order to sample more than one dish.

Food News | Top 5 Standouts of the Season

There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit, but tasting holiday treats and sweets may just be the best way. Whether it’s a meal inside a venue decked out in 15,000 ornaments, a chance to vote for the Best Latke in NYC or a sip of a hot cocoa out of a hug mug, opportunities to indulge abound across New York City. Check out our list of the top five standouts of the season below!

1. Rolf’s German Restaurant

281 Third Avenue

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For holiday decor like you’ve never seen it before, head to Rolf’s German Restaurant in Gramercy. During the season, the space is as populated with people as it is with decorations (15,000 ornaments!), so prepare for a cozy experience! The menu includes tasty schnitzels and signature Holiday Smoothies. And, if you don’t have a chance to pencil it in during the month of December, never fear: the Christmas decorations will be on display until May!

2. The Ninth Annual Latke Festival

December 18th
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

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This festive holiday tasting event is the ultimate celebration of potato pancakes in New York City. Join revelers and a panel of celebrity judges to sample some of the best and most creative latkes in the city, to ring in the holiday season and to vote Best Latke in NYC. Proceeds will benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to educating children and families about healthy eating habits.

3. Max Brenner’s Signature Drinks and Desserts

841 Broadway

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At Max Brenner, take hot chocolate to the next level in this signature hug mug, shaped to be scooped with both hands to create the ultimate sipping experience! Enjoy flavors ranging from Original Chocolate and Marshmallow to Italian Thick and Mexican Spicy. Other signature drinks and desserts that go hand in hand with the holiday season include the Alice Cup, the Chocolate Fondue Tower and the Banana Split Waffle.

4. The Pie Counter by Four & Twenty Blackbirds

634 Dean Street, Prospect Heights

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The original Gowanus pie shop has opened a 10-seat pie counter in Prospect Heights, where patrons can taste the famous pies and purchase them whole or by the slice. Go green with the Matcha Custard, or sample some holiday favorites including Cranberry Sage, Egg ‘n’ Grogg and Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan!

5. The LIC Flea & Food Spiked Mug Fest & Holiday Market

December 15th through 17th
The Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, LIC

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Let Santa, live music and unlimited winter cocktails be the backdrop for your holiday shopping and browsing this season! LIC Flea & Food presents the Spiked Mug Fest & Holiday Market, the biggest holiday market in Queens hosted at the Ravel Hotel. Sample favorite drinks like “Igloo Meter” and “Holiday Mule” to truly get into the holiday spirit!

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


38 East 19th Street, Union Square

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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

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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

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

2. Fuku

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

3. Milk Bar

Section 102

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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

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

5. Papa Rosso

Section 141

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

6. Arancini Bros.

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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

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

8. Daruma of Tokyo

Section 105

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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

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

10. Bao Haus

Promenade Club

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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

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

2. Bareburger

Section 132

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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

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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

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

5. Hale and Hearty Soups

Section 126

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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

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

7. Linda’s Egg Creams

Section 202

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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

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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

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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

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