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Only One Beer For Life: What Would You Pick?

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Camp Bacon Gift Box

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Pork Belly Heaven Package

With brussels sprouts

Serious Sparkling Wine to Give Your Dinner Party Host

There's always Gruet Rose for the win

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Pork Belly Heaven Package

Fried up and crumbled over a green soup.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

1/2 and 1/2 or cream or black

Win Two Tickets to the Fourth Annual Latke Festival at BAM, Monday December 10th

San Francisco: Step Back in Time at Whiz Burger

I miss passing by this place

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Basil, roasted tomatoes, ricotta, garlic

Gluten Free Fried Chicken

Half cornmeal, half chickpea flour

Win Two Tickets to Plate by Plate on October 5th

Blue Ribbon Sushi

My Favorite Happy Hour: Discount Bottles of Wine

Beast in P. Heights does half price on their whole bottle list on Tuesdays, and they have a few very good selections.

Where to Drink Coffee in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Eastern Parkway would make a much better Champ-Elysees analogy.

Taste Test: We Try 9 Green Juices

Instead of juicing, I make my own green smoothies every workday.
Couple handfuls of baby spinach, a banana, some frozen berries, and almond milk or water or yogurt or... Or I sub the berries for a spoon of almond butter.
I just put all the stuff in a tub and immersion blend for about a minute. It's easy, cheap, unmessy and I can put it in a jar and take it with me.

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Favorite Drink On A Hot Summer Day?

campari grapefruit soda

Daily Scoop: Strawberry at Blue Marble

I feel the same way about their Cherry Chip.

Things to do in NYC in between meals

Also: there are always a bunch of free outdoor concerts in NYC in the summer. here's a list: http://www.nycgo.com/articles/free-summer-concerts-2012/

Things to do in NYC in between meals

Good walks: over the Brooklyn Bridge, and along the High Line on the West side.

Check out the New Museum, their fantastic bookstore, and their cookies (which are supplied by City Bakery--huge chewy amazing), on your way from west to east village, or vice versa: http://www.newmuseum.org/

Go to the Upper West Side and check out the clock for an hour or 20 (it really is immersive and spectacular)http://lincolncenterfestival.org/index.php/2012-the-clock

Daily Scoop: Steve's Ice Cream

ok ok maybe salted caramel is in every damn dessert in nyc these days, but Steve's Salty Caramel is really a revelation.

Where to eat on Staten Island (near the ferry)

I'm sorry this isn't as helpful as it could be, since the place is closed on Mondays, but do try Enoteca Maria if you happen to go there Wed-Sun. Wonderful seasonal regional food, and tons of it. And they're such nice people. It's a five minute walk off the Ferry: http://www.enotecamaria.com/wp/

Steak Frites! -- Downtown or Brooklyn

Will check out Canialle though, thanks! One of those places I always pass but don't register.

Steak Frites! -- Downtown or Brooklyn

Whelp. We went to Babbo instead. No steak, but RABBIT FOUR WAYS. Tiny baby vegetables. Cinzano reduction. With a quartino of Paolo Bea Sagrantino for the mf win.

Steak Frites! -- Downtown or Brooklyn

Or maybe we'll just go to Minetta Tavern--late. Any suggestions better than Minetta?

Food/Drink in Park Slope for a bunch of co-workers after work

Bar Toto on 6th has a happy hour and good paninis, and it's a very nice space.

Steak Frites! -- Downtown or Brooklyn

Going out for bday dinner this week. Have been going to a lot of Brooklynish restaurants of late and, much as I appreciate farm-to-table food, am feeling a little fatigued by heirloom farro and assembled carrot plates.

What I'd really love is a wonderful steak frites. And reasonably warm/competent service. Oysters would be nice too, but not a requirement. I may just end up back at the bar of Balthazar again, which would not be the end of the world, but would love to hear any other suggestions!

Valentine's Day A La Carte

(Accidentally posted this in general food first--Apologies)
Would like to have a nicely-paced, delicious meal for Valentine's, but not suffer the prix fixe gouge. Any cuisine is game; would like to stay mid-priced -- entrees in the low $20 range or less. Downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn preferred.
Any anecdotal recs?
Or does anyone know of a comprehensive list of places that eschew the prix fixe/tasting menu?
Was planning on going to Giuseppina's, but they're closed on Tuesdays.

Valentine's Day A La Carte

Would like to have a nicely-paced, delicious meal for Valentine's, but not suffer the prix fixe gouge. Any cuisine is game; would like to stay mid-priced -- entrees in the low $20 range or less. Downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn preferred.
Any anecdotal recs?
Or does anyone know of a comprehensive list of places that eschew the prix fixe/tasting menu?
Was planning on going to Giuseppina's, but they're closed on Tuesdays.

Flambar Apricots in Vodka

They sure are boozy. Had one for dessert and it's a little serious. What can I do with them besides eat straight out of the jar: flame them over ice cream (would that temper the booze a bit?), cook down into sauce...

Remarkably good service in NYC

I'd like to know the restaurants in the 5 boros that serve a high standard of food where people consistently receive good service. By good service I am talking knowledge, eloquence, friendliness and grace--the things that the server him/herself can control.
I find I can rely on service at:
Mas, Lupa, Babbo, Cru, Gramercy, 11 Mad, the bar at Balthazar, Zenkitchi (wburg), and after that I'm drawing a blank...

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