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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

With nudity, 'The Tempest' gets a feminist message

The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society like to do the same things everyone else does in Central Park, just in less clothing. They read books, have picnics, get some vitamin D. This week, they’re joining forces with Torn Out Theater to perform Shakespeare’s The...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 2:01pm

Hot chicken is the next phase of the fried chicken craze

Every time is seems like fried chicken’s 15 minutes are up, it finds a way to reinvent itself and restart the clock. Two of last year’s best openings — Birds & Bubbles, where it’s served alongside no less than flutes of bubbly, and the intensely Southern charmed Root...

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 2:30pm

The world's most advanced virtual reality game is in Times Square

For 200 years, Madame Tussauds has been known for creating wax sculptures of famous people — not exactly the place where you were expecting to step into our digital future. But just as it’s given visitors a way to escort J.Lo down the Oscars red carpet, it’s now home the next...

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 2:23am

Ride with Santa on Christmas Eve through the magic of virtual reality

Ever since “The Santa Clause,” all we’ve wanted for Christmas is a ride in Santa’s sleigh. Well, strap in children young and old, you’re going to the North Pole! Thanks to the magic of virtual reality, you can sit right beside Father Christmas on his busiest night...

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 2:22am

Chick-fil-A opens first double-decker NYC restaurant in Herald Square

The country's most famous (and occasionally notorious) fried chicken chain, Chick-fil-A, is about to make its landing in Midtown Manhattan. Specifically, NYC's first full-size Chick-fil-A will be located at 37th Street and Sixth Avenue. The two-story restaurant has been nearly a...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:49pm