Reynard is a Chic, but Disappointing Williamsburg Hotspot at the Wythe Hotel

Where do you dine when you are hosting out-of-town guests? What if they are from out-of-the-country? Seems to me that right now most people would choose a French-style bistro since those have become so popular recently, but our guests were from France so we certainly were not going to bring them to an upscale American […]

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Come for the Tea, Stay for the Savory Snacks at ViVi Bubble Tea in NYC

For over three years I have been lucky enough to work within walking distance of Chinatown. I’ve done my fair share of exploration and feel like I have a handle on most of the options. Every now and then I find something really unexpected. On this occasion, I was wandering around the streets of Chinatown […]

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The Best Artisanal Pickles in NYC are at Horman’s Best Pickles

While walking around my new neighborhood, Greenwich Village, I spotted a place I had to check out. Right at the corner of 6th Ave and Carmine St. next to the farmer’s market stand is a big, bright yellow stall selling pickles called Horman’s Best Pickles. I’m a pickle lover, that’s for sure. But I am […]

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Meaty Comfort Food, Cocktails, & Bone Marrow Bliss at Swine in NYC

What do you look for in a date night spot? For me, the ambience should suggest that it’s special, the drinks should be good, getting a table shouldn’t be annoying, it shouldn’t feel like a ripoff, and of course, the food has to be great. […]

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Step into the 20’s in NYC at the Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013

Once a year, this amazing event rolls through NYC. It takes place on Governor’s Island and most people dress up like it’s the 1920s. There’s a 1920s style band, a dance floor, dance competitions, food, and cocktails from the era sponsored by St. Germain. It’s an all around awesome event with plenty of opportunities to […]

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The Taco Shop: Hidden Tacos Down a Stairwell in The West Village

Let’s talk about the state of Mexican food in New York. I grew up in the Northeast, so I can safely say that for most of my life my understanding of Mexican food was incomplete. I happily enjoyed Mexican food all over the Tristate area for many years unaware of its full potential. Then something […]

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Muncan Food Corp: Incredible Romanian Bacon & Butchery in Queens

Welcome to the Romanian Willy Wonka factory of cured meats. After demolishing some BBQ with Tom at John Brown Smokehouse, our meat-filled adventure in Queens wasn’t even close to over. I recently watched the Queens episode of Bizarre Foods featuring one of my eating idols, Andrew Zimmern, and saw something I knew I had to […]

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Outstanding Barbecue in Queens at John Brown Smokehouse & a Final Visit to the Street Art Mecca 5PTZ

*Editor’s Note: I’m sad to report that the incredible 5Ptz has been demolished and no longer exists. This day didn’t go exactly as planned. I had met up with my buddy Tom and had intended to bring him to MOMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens to eat at one of my favorite places in […]

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Mario Batali’s Amazing Greenwich Village Pizza & Pasta Spot

I did it again. For the 9th consecutive year, I moved to a new apartment. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? It is, but this move was a little bit different. My girlfriend and I got an apartment together. We woke at 6:15 in the morning to move out of both of our previous apartments and spent […]

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Really Awesome, Funky Burgers at Umami Burger in NYC

Ah yes, Umami Burger. I had been so anxious to try this food since I first heard about their burgers inciting drool up and down the West Coast. “Umami”, the 5th sense of taste, is an indescribable savory richness that Adam Fleischman, Umami Burger’s owner, claims to have invented a number of recipes around. Personally, […]

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