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BrunchCon? More like BrunchConned say disappointed New Yorkers

Instead of being a celebration of brunch, New York’s first-ever BrunchCon may have actually ruined it. “I hate this,” muttered one attendee around 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, about three hours into the five-hour event. It was a common sentiment among the 2,250 attendees, who...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:04pm

Best parks and gardens to see NYC in full springtime bloom

No need to wait for April’s showers — there are plenty of blooms coming up to welcome spring. Here are the best places to see truly impressive flower displays around the city. April 1 is the official kickoff to cherry blossom season, but some of the sweet-smelling trees in...

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 11:11am

What's new in Coney Island for 2016

So much for the first day of spring. Last weekend’s random snow flurries canceled Coney Island’s planned opening ceremonies, but they’re making another go of it this Saturday, April 2. Among the festivities will be the annual Blessing of the Rides at Deno’s Wonder Wheel...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:43pm

Food pairings with Guinness, the beer of St. Patrick's Day

When it comes to actual St. Patrick’s Day traditions, Aaron Ridgeway is going to have to stop you at the color green. “There’s a bit of debate about it now,” says Ridgeway, who works at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. “The color green is said to not be the original...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:08pm

Why Semilla is NYC's best new restaurant

There’s a lot of iconic food in New York City; we’re used to ambitious decor, meat as both entree and garnish, and traditional dishes done right. But as the clean-eating trend shifts, restaurants have gone in the opposite direction: smaller, veggie-focused and innovative. And it...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 8:20pm

Mr. Bing brings Chinese street food to Times Square

From his cheerfully orange Mr. Bing booth at UrbanSpace’s Garment Street Holiday Market, Brian Goldberg is serving up something you’ve probably never heard of before. Jian bing is the street cart food staple in Beijing, where he studied Mandarin in 1998. The stuffed sandwich-style...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 7:48pm

Fuku and the chicken sandwich that ate New York City

There’s an admirable democracy to New York City’s food scene. We wait months for the privilege of paying over $400 (per person) for dinner in the same city that spawned the fast-casual revolution. Just look at anytime Shake Shack offers a one-off burger. This time, however, the cows...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 1:43pm

PHOTOS: NYC's best Christmas trees

Rockefeller Center may be the largest Christmas tree in New York City, but size isn't the only thing that matters. Check out our roundup of the most spectacular Christmas trees around the city. New York Public Library This time of year, even the lions get spruced up: Patience and Fortitude...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 9:49pm

Pastrami Pilsner is like drinking the Jewish deli sandwich

It’s a special Chanukah for Shmaltz Brewing Company, which is celebrating 20 years of making Jewish-themed, certified kosher beers this winter. A special occasion deserves a special beer, but… distilling a pastrami sandwich into a pilsner? "Pastrami Pils just kind of manifested...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 9:24pm

SantaCon 2015 will not be the rager of years past

Whether it’s an annual tradition or a rite of passage for you, SantaCon is almost here again. This Saturday at 10 a.m., the festive mob will begin their journey at McCarren Park’s Aphalt Football Fields 1 and 2. From Greenpoint, the day-long march of Santas, elves and (more...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 8:15pm

A blooming marshmallow tops Dominique Ansel's new hot chocolate

The home of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel Bakery, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend by bringing one of its biggest hits from overseas to the original SoHo shop. RELATED: Happy birthday, Cronut! Photos from Dominique Ansel's party for a pastry The Blossoming Hot Chocolate,...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:05pm

Two NYC spots are turning into Bob's Burgers for Halloween

Halloween costumes are great, but what if an entire restaurant got in character? Greenpoint's Alameda on Franklin Street is turning into Bob's Burgers from the Fox cartoon about a family-run burger joint, switching up its usual dishes of elevated American fare for an exclusively...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:02pm

Eataly Downtown is the food hall Lower Manhattan needs

NYC’s second branch of Eataly, the Italian food hall that counts Mario Batali among its partners, couldn't be coming to a neighborhood that needs it more. The food hall opens Aug. 11 on the third floor of World Trade Center 4. CEO Nicola Farinetti knew his team would have to come up...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:53pm

PHOTOS: Le District food hall brings France to Lower Manhattan

It’s finally worth hoofing it out to the west side of Lower Manhattan — Le District, dubbed the “French Eataly” is now open inside Brookfield Place. The project, in the works for more than 32 months by design firm ICRAVE, is divided into four districts (like the...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:52pm

NY's biggest Pet Fashion Show brings Broadway style to the runway

Not even thundersnow could keep away the stylish dogs, cats, a couple of rats and even a bearded dragon from the 2017 New York Pet Fashion Show last night at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Billed as the country’s largest charitable pet fashion show, now in its 14th year, the event’s theme...

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:16pm

NYC fall culture preview: Can't-miss music, dance, burlesque and more

Looking for exciting art shows in NYC? We’ve got just the ticket. Here are some of our best suggestions for kinky, cool, strange or straight-up amazing artistic events coming soon to the five boroughs. New York Burlesque Festival Sept. 24-27 Various locations Free-$70 Over 100...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:55pm

At this art show about the Olsen twins, you're the one on display

Meeting a celebrity in real life is always a risky proposition, but it’s a rite of passage for fans. Viviana Olen was just 7 when she met Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — who turned out to be nothing like on TV. “We waited in line for, like, three hours, and we just kind of passed...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:28pm

Where to get craft beer now in NYC: Long Island City

Looking for the hottest neighborhood to grab a pint? Grab the 7 train at Grand Central to Long Island City, which will soon get its fourth brewery since 2012. First came Rockaway Brewing Company, run by co-owner Ethan Long, then Big Alice and Transmitter. The neighborhood continues to be...

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 11:17am

Eat Here Now: Live the Parisian way at Boucherie

Each week, I'm going to pick three places to check out. They're totally subjective, largely arbitrary and occasionally political, just like New York's dining scene. As anyone who’s had to leave Paris knows, regret sets in sooner or later. For your wanderlusting soul...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:38pm

How to suck the marrow out of the New York City Wine & Food Festival

Setting a food festival in New York City may seem a bit redundant. Food has become a hobby worldwide, but here, it’s reached full-blown obsession. Our badges of honor are scoring a Cronut, finding the best $1 pizza slice and finally getting a reservation at Momofuku Ko (someday, maybe). So...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 5:46pm