Fall Flavor Finale

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Humble Bird

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

608px-Arroz-con-Pollo A chicken in every pot—for every budget   There is nothing more basic than a chicken dinner. Once a sign of prosperity (“Winner, winner, chicken dinner,” anyone?) and stability, it has over the years been downgraded to the most basic unit of protein, good for not much more than adding bulk to a Caesar salad [&hellip
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Last Glass with the Penniless Epicure

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 A few bits of ageless wine wisdom to drink by And so we have come, dear reader, to the end of the road. Yes, I am sad to report that you are reading what is to be the final installment of Penniless Epicure published by Manhattan Media. I don’t know if I’ve actually picked up [&hellip
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