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Carey's Favorite New NYC Restaurants of 2012

You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure. More

Where to Drink Cocktails Outdoors in NYC

New York is littered with rooftop bars, sidewalk caf├ęs, and microscopic backyards all vying for your drinking dollar during the summer months. But few can actually mix up a proper cocktail and even fewer can do so without the encroachment of the neighbor's hanging laundry. So we took to the streets, sipped and savored our way through the competition, to bring you our five favorite outdoor cocktail spots in New York. More

First Look: The Full Menu at Maison Premiere in Williamsburg

The elegantly designed salon, drinking parlor in the front and vine-enclosed garden out back, has long been a popular spot for its absinthe list and $1 oyster happy hour. But even though some of us could make a meal of a few strong cocktails and a dozen oysters or two (I'm raising my hand here), new chef Jared Stafford-Hill's menu makes a full meal possible. Come check out what he's serving. More

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