National Celebrations From Around the World Come to NYC

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

The Fourth of July has come and gone, and with its weird mid-week placement on this year’s calendar, it left many feeling underwhelmed. Sure, there were fireworks and rooftop grills and too many cans of patriotically branded cheap beer, but some people took the days leading up to it off, some took the subsequent days [&hellip
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The Humor in Soda Ban Protest “Escapes” Bloomberg

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Blog, Eat & Drink, NY Press Exclusive, Our Town

“The humor kind of escapes [him],” Mayor Bloomberg says of the “Million Big Gulp March” in protest of his proposed soda ban. This weekend New Yorkers for Beverage Choices took to the streets to urge Bloomberg to let them put what they want into their bodies. Bloomberg referenced obesity and obesity-related deaths in the City, [&hellip
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No Longer Playing Second Fiddle

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure-150x60 Argentinian malbecs are ready for their close-up It wasn’t all that long ago that I had to beg people to try wine from South America. I almost felt like a snake oil salesman giving them a spiel that, in the end, I always worried would overhype their expectations. But it never did, and the reason [&hellip
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What Wines to Drink for That Spicy Entrée

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure-150x60 I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million more times: Drink what you like, no matter what the “rule” is. That being said, there are suggestions (I won’t call them rules) that are in place because, well, some things just go together better than others. And some things don’t go together at all. [&hellip
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Eating Competitions around NYC Celebrate Uniquely American Pastime

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Dining-kimchi-contest The eating competition is one of those American traditions you can’t quite explain without coming across as an apologist for obscene overconsumption. And while the Major League Eating circuit—yes, an actual organization that considers eating competitions sporting events, which has gone so far as to get airtime on one of the many ESPNs—is an easy [&hellip
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Soda Companies Combat Bloomberg’s Soda Ban

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Breaking News, Eat & Drink, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town, Our Town Downtown

New New Yorkers of Beverages Choice made to promote soft drink freedom It was welcomed by many New Yorkers when it was brought to our attention in May, but Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to restrict the purveyance of 16 oz. sodas has, with no surprise, angered soda companies, movie theaters, and restaurants. Major companies like Pepsi-Cola and [&hellip
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The Seven Pretentious Words to Avoid When Describing Wine

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure “You’re a writer, huh? What kind of stuff do you write?” “Oh, a little of this,” I said, staring at my shoes, knowing exactly where this conversation was headed, “A little of that.” “Like what? What’s one of the things you get paid to write about?” “Wine.” My single-word answer was followed by an unconscious [&hellip
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Best Burgers on the Upper East Side

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Best of Manhattan, Dining Our Town, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town

Ottomanelli Burger Tracking down the best burger and fries in the neighborhood By Paul Bisceglio, Megan Bungeroth, Rebecca Harris, Regan Hofmann, Helen Matsumoto, Amy Smith and Amanda Woods New Yorkers have been searching for the best burger in the city since the dawn of time. But Our Town wanted to find out where Upper East Siders can [&hellip
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What’s Opening and Closing In Lower Manhattan

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in Business, Eat & Drink

downtownalliancelogo Downtown Alliance’s Kelly Rush lets us know what’s opening and closing  Summer has officially begun and, just in time, we have a renovated playground open for children who aren’t stuck in a hot classroom, an Asian kitchen featuring healthy food so we don’t balloon out during swimsuit season and a lovely French café with plenty [&hellip
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