Six Can’t-Miss Bites for 2013

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Indien food The new year won’t be complete until you hit our hand-picked dining spots By Regan Hofmann We’re ready to declare 2012 the year of the death of the meal, and we couldn’t be happier about it. As more and more chefs embraced versatile dining, adding snacks to their menus, scaling down dishes or doing away [&hellip
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Carla’s Hall of Fame

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‘THE CHEW’ CO-HOST DISHES ON LED ZEPPELIN, TAKE-OUT MENUS AND HER SIGNATURE MAC AND CHEESE BUNDLES By Angela Barbuti If you turn on The Chew each weekday afternoon, you will see Carla Hall’s warm personality, which she can’t help but blend into all that she cooks. Therefore, it is not surprising that the name of [&hellip
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Leave the Crafts, Take the Cannoli

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Eating your way through the holiday market  Over the past five years, pop-up holiday markets in the city’s larger public spaces (Union Square, Bryant Park, Columbus Circle) have become progressively monochrome, the Brooklyn-handicraft version of the tube-sock street fair. What were once venues for unique creative endeavors are now awash with the same five booths—hilariously [&hellip
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Fall Flavor Finale

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THIS WEEKEND DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THE END OF THE LINE FOR THESE AUTUMN DELIGHTS Thanksgiving is the last hurrah for the multitude of flavors that come together to spell “autumn” in our little lizard brains. Herbs like sage and rosemary, Brussels sprouts and squash, apples and ginger—soon we’ll say goodbye to all that and [&hellip
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Veselka, Part 2: East Village Classic Grows Up With a New Location

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Our Town

Sequels are a terrible idea. Be it movies or restaurants, the impulse that makes a person want to capitalize on a success by replicating or, god forbid, altering it, ultimately ends only in disappointment. Success is a slippery thing made up of hundreds of variables, only a handful of which can be controlled. Audiences are [&hellip
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Dine Out to Help Out: Downtown Restaurants Need You Now

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

forkknife At this point, the roar of Hurricane-Franken-Tropical-Storm-Plus Sandy has faded to a dull murmur of reminders to donate to the Red Cross. As members of the modern era, our attention spans have been diverted at least three times over since last week’s storm; by the election, by the jokes your friends have made about the [&hellip
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Heart of Darkness on 44th Street

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Krista @ GoodiesFirst --1 Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar is too flashy and doesn’t have much heart The arrival at 220 W. 44th St. of Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar, aka The Guy Fieri Restaurant, was for some the final nail in the coffin of the old Times Square, that halcyon place of peep shows and slashers, flashers and [&hellip
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Caveman Chic

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dining photo Caveman_1   Perhaps you remember the Paleo diet. It arose during the great fad-diet renaissance of 2008, after Atkins had been thoroughly debunked by the master’s unfortunate heart attack and the market for bombastic pseudoscience was wide open. Into the vacuum rushed the French Women Don’t Get Fat diet, the Glycemic Index diet, the adoption of [&hellip
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Best Winter Drinks

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Eat & Drink, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town, Our Town Downtown

coffee-lin_mei_chen Compiled by Megan Bungeroth, Alicia Bynum and Naomi Cohen Beat the onset of the winter chills with these hot-temp brews Café Lalo 201 W. 83rd St. near Broadway, cafelalo.com Café Lalo is primarily a dessert spot, and it doesn’t disappoint in the drink selection. This is the place to enjoy a cool-weather cordial after dinner [&hellip
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The Best Coffee You’ve Never Had

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Macchiato @ Kaffe 1668-jonathan mcintosh In Manhattan, there is no shortage of coffee shops, and even some of the craft independent houses have gained citywide reputations as big as the ubiquitous corporate giants. Instead of engaging in a caffeinated argument over which of these hallowed spots serves the best coffee, we decided to go off the beaten java path and [&hellip
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