West Siders, Nutritionists Weigh in on Mayor Bloomberg’s Proposed Soda Restriction

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Eat & Drink, News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

FE&FW-Soda Ban By Helen Matsumoto and Rebecca Harris Since Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last month his plan to institute a citywide ban on the sale of sugary beverages over 16 ounces, health experts, politicians, vendors and consumers have weighed in passionately on both sides. Manhattan’s Upper West Siders are no exception. Some praised the mayor’s fight against [&hellip
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Cozy French Cuisine off Madison Avenue

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

m1 Table d’Hôte is your standard neighborhood spot—if your neighborhood spoke French One of the great joys of city life is the neighborhood restaurant. They’re friendly, comfortable, conveniently located—usually on a quiet side street—and the food is good but not complicated, skillful but not demanding. They’re the kind of place you can return to several times [&hellip
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Open Your Mind About Oaky Chardonnays

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

thepennilessepicure-150x60 Don’t follow the mob when it comes to this aging process I want to get it out on the table: I am just as confused as any of you are by many of the popular trends in wine today. And it isn’t just the often hilarious terminology (I could write an entire post on that), [&hellip
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The Gin Palace: Because Why Should Gin & Tonics Ever Stop Flowing?

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Blog, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle

It’s an absolute dream-come-true for gin & tonic lovers: the niche-y Gin Palace, which just opened on Avenue A, is serving gin & tonics on tap.  The menu is reasonably affordable—the $7 on tap option lists gin, Bittermen’s Commonwealth and grapefruit bitters as its ingredients. Gin Palace’s menu also boasts a variety of fancier gin-inclusive [&hellip
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NYC Food Carts: Behind the Scenes of New Regulations

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Blog, Breaking News, Business, Eat & Drink, Uncategorized

Despite the unappetizing nickname “street meat,” food carts are an extremely popular snack and meal option in the City. They range from basic coffee or pretzel carts to elaborate, gourmet food trucks with their own Yelp pages and faithful customers who have no qualms about waiting in line for—what could be—hours. Now the Department of [&hellip
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Despite Rumors McSorely’s Old Ale House, Oldest Saloon in NYC, “Ain’t Going Anywhere”

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure

Photo by Shawn Hoke By Paul Bisceglio Never fear, New York. In the words of McSorley’s Old Ale House’s facebook page, the city’s oldest continually operated saloon “aint going anywhere.” Rumor spread on Monday that McSorley’s was on its way out when Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York posted the following report from an artist friend who went to the 7th [&hellip
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Get a Room: The Hotel Americano is so delightful you may not want to leave

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

The Americano is so delightful you may not want to leave   The words West Chelsea and Beautiful People are enough to strike fear into the hearts of most of us mere mortals—not just those of average self-esteem, but also the pretension averse, the perfume allergic and the food lovers. These are not places you [&hellip
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Grappa 101

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

Obsessing over the uniquely Italian wine It goes without saying that Italy is a wine-obsessed country. It makes perfect sense that they are; every area of Italy is a wine-producing region. Every single one. And it’s all, for the most part, really great. In addition to the culture being centered around wine, there is a [&hellip
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Cold Facts About Ice Wine

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

thepennilessepicure Extreme flavors and price mark it as a cut above “No, you are not spending $65 on that teeny, tiny bottle of wine,” said my wife, arms crossed, hands on hips. “You don’t understand,” I said, cradling the bottle like it was a baby, “it’s ice wine!” I left without my ice wine that day, [&hellip
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Summer, When a Young Man’s Fancy Turns to Thoughts of…Spice?

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

Dining-Zabb Elee salad I don’t know if you noticed, but it got real hot real fast last week, catapulting the city from genuine springtime directly into the gaping maw of summertime. It’s a well-worn trope that when the going gets hot, the hot eat spicy foods. It’s well-worn, sure, but if you’re like 98 percent of the Western [&hellip
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