It's damn near impossible to find a great egg cream in New York these days, but that wasn't always the case. Where did this weird fountain drink come from, and where can you get a good one today? Read on to find out.
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When Hasan Diab arrived in the U.S. more than a decade ago, it wasn't hard to find familiar street foods from back home: falafel, pita and even shawarma. But the fresh, spice-rich Palestinian home cooking he took for granted growing up in the Galilee was a rare treat here, usually available only in the homes of friends and family.
Do you want a chunky Ben & Jerry's-like scoop full of candy bars? How about pristine gelato? Or creamy frozen custard, so rich it can barely support its own weight? Whatever your ice cream vice, you can find it here.
In the last few years New York has experienced an explosion in the number of French-style bakeries--here's our list of the very best of them along with some suggestion on their best offerings.
What's the most cost-effective way to get cream cheese on your bagel? We visited six of the city's top bagel shops and crunched the numbers to find out.
Rooftop bars, low-key gardens, people-watching patios—whatever your inclination (and whatever your drink), we've got you covered in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.
When great chefs ask you to be their guinea pigs you have to say yes. That's why we headed over to one of New York's top restaurants, Del Posto, to see what chef Mark Ladner would do with an eight-course vegan tasting menu.
Jeremiah Stone of New York's Contra came to love French food late in life, but when he moved to the country to cook there in 2010, he fell hard. Now in New York he has to look harder for good baguettes and croissants, but he still has some go-to spots for his French fix.
For the last four decades, the narrative of Jewish bakeries in America hasn't been a positive one. It consists mainly of bakers retiring, stores closing, and the link between Eastern Europe's great bread-baking traditions and us eroding by the day. But that's starting to change.
In the Jewish deli world, pastrami is king. Except for where it's not. Head north to Canada and you'll find a product called smoked meat. It looks like pastrami, is made similarly to pastrami, and tastes not unlike pastrami. But don't think they're the same thing.
I've had this idea griddling in my brain for quite a while now. New York and Chicago both have a proud hot dog culture that highlights all-beef, natural casing franks. But whose dogs are really better?
It's been a punishing winter, but now that the weather's reliably warm it's time to get outside. This city has plenty of outdoor dining—so much so, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to go. To help you out, we've rounded up some of our favorite restaurants, from cheap to blow-out, that satisfy on both food and outdoor atmosphere.
With the opening of his flagship restaurant on the Lower East Side, Ivan Orkin brings a wacky touch to New York's somewhat staid ramen scene. Beyond the lighter, less fatty ramen broths (a refreshing change-up from the New York standard), he now has menu items like fried tofu with Coney Island chili sauce and roast pork onigiri topped with tomato. Orkin's new restaurant shows the potential for ramen to join the broader category of American cuisine.
New York's Katz's Deli is nothing less than a keeper of the Jewish culinary flame, thanks in no small part to their homemade pastrami. Ever wonder just how they do it? So have we, which is why we set out to find out.
The best way to do Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is to stick to the markets, and from sausage to cheese to pasta to olive oil, we have recommendations for your whole Italian shopping list.
Up until recently, a good canelé was hard to find in New York City. And although there are more bakeries selling them than ever before, some guidance is in order. Here you'll find our recommendations for the best in the city.
Over the past couple decades, thanks in part to the stunning Dia:Beacon museum, Beacon has reinvented itself as a destination for musicians, writers, artists, and art-enthusiasts. Luckily for out-of-towners and Beaconites alike, this means lots of delicious craft beer, cheese, sausages, and fresh produce. Headed to the Hudson Valley town to browse the galleries and shake off the city rush? Here's where to eat.
A bakery on a tiny island closes, and all of a sudden I have six weeks to pick professional brains, do a test run or two, pack up my kitchen, fly to St. Croix, and make a 3-tiered wedding cake for my oldest girlfriend. Here's Part Two of how it all happened.
Paul Giannone, the wonderfully-obsessive, always outspoken, former-IT-guy-turned-pizzaiolo of Paulie Gee's in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, makes one of the finest—if not the finest—pizzas in the city. So when he buzzes you up and says, "Hey, I'm going on a tour of my favorite pizzerias in each borough, wanna come?" your answer is not, "Sounds fun, let me check my calendar," or "I don't know if I can keep up with you this time." Your answer is "I will defy the laws of physics and perhaps my wife's will to go with you—when do we leave?"
In case you didn't know it, I'm leaving New York at the end of this month, quite possibly for good. But before I leave, I need to get a few bites in. These picks aren't my line up of the city's best restaurant or my best bites. What they are, however, is a good representation of the restaurants I'll miss most.