Top 12 Vietnamese Restaurants in NYC

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When Vietnamese immigrants began arriving in the United States en masse after the war ended in 1975, they ended up in places like New Orleans, Orlando, San Jose, and Orange County, CA. It’s no surprise that these cities are some of the best places to eat Vietnamese food in the country.    New York City has […]

The 10 Best Spanish Restaurants in NYC

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Everyone’s heard of the New York neighborhoods Little Italy and Chinatown. Fewer may know Koreatown and Little Guyana. But very few know of Little Spain. That’s because much of it has vanished.  On West 14th Street (and a few blocks north and south on the Chelsea/West Village divide), “Little Spain” was home to New York’s […]

Where to Go for the Absolute Best Steak in NYC

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Despite the rise of plant-based restaurants hitting the mainstream dining landscape in New York City and elsewhere, new and big steakhouses are still firing up their burners for the first time. And hungry carnivores are lining up.   Chef Andrew Carmelini’s Italian-accented steakhouse, Carne Mare, as well as the British-import Hawksmoor and the knockout delicious Gage […]

The Ultimate Outer Boroughs Eating Excursion

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In some ways, New York City is the world in microcosm. There are reportedly 600 different languages spoken throughout the five boroughs. When you go to the ATM in, say, hyper-diverse Jackson Heights, Queens, you’re given the option of doing the transaction in one of 16 different languages.   Here are some other staggering statistics: […]

The 8 Best Day Trips from NYC

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New York City has so much to offer—restaurants serving nearly every cuisine in the world, amazing museums, even the best public park on the planet, among so much else. It’s easy to forget there are things to see and experience outside this metropolis of five boroughs and nearly nine million inhabitants.   But, in fact, taking […]

Our Favorite NYC Restaurants by Neighborhood: Harlem

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If you don’t already reside in Harlem, there’s always been a reason for hungry people to gravitate to this neighborhood across 110th Street in Manhattan. The district has long been the go-to neighborhood for Southern/soul food as well as West African and Ethiopian restaurants.   But it wasn’t until Ethiopia-born, Swedish-raised super chef Marcus Samuelsson opened […]

Best Sushi in NYC: 10 Essential Spots

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In 1963, Craig Claiborne—the very first food/restaurant critic of The New York Times— reviewed two new Japanese restaurants, Nippon and Saito. The former was the very first sushi restaurant in New York. In the review he mentioned sushi, noting that it “may seem a trifle too ‘far out’ for many American palates.”  Raw fish has […]

Vegan Restaurants in NYC: 15 Essential Spots

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Remember when the very utterance of the word “vegan” would induce eyerolls and sighs among everyone at the table? Or when explicitly vegan and vegetarian restaurants were limited to words “Earth,” “Peace,” or “Buddha” in the name?    Being a vegan is no longer marginalizing. After all, New York City mayor Eric Adams is a proud […]

The Best Michelin Restaurants in NYC

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In 2006, the venerable Michelin guide doled out its stars to NYC restaurants for the first time. And New Yorkers, more or less, gave a collective shrug. New York already had Zagat and the New York Times dining section. Did it need another ratings system?   In Europe, where Michelin is a foodies’ bible, the tire/restaurant […]

Our Favorite NYC Restaurants by Neighborhood: Tribeca

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When one thinks about Tribeca—a portmanteau for Triangle Below Canal (Street)—a few things come to mind: cobblestone streets, fancy clothes shops, Robert De Niro. And oh yeah, there also happens to be a lot of nice restaurants in this handsome lower Manhattan neighborhood.   The Tribeca restaurant scene is mostly known for its splurge-worthy spots, some […]