Trattoria Bianca Will Bring Casual Italian to Midtown South

Categories: Coming Soon

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Cooper's Tavern is becoming Trattoria Bianca this fall
Nearly 45 years ago, Joseph Baum, revered for his work with elaborate themed restaurants, and Michael Whiteman, founding editor of Nation's Restaurant News, created Baum + Whiteman International Restaurant Consultants, a company that's been behind such prolific New York projects as the restoration of the Rainbow Room and the creation of Windows on the World. Now, the company is working on a project on 35th Street and Eighth Avenue, turning Cooper's Tavern into Trattoria Bianca (481 Eighth Avenue), an informal trattoria meant to draw the neighborhood with simplicity and comfort on the plate.

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Champs Family Bakery Appeals to Vegans and Meat-Eaters Alike

Categories: Veggielante

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Tofu Benedict at Champs Family Bakery | Tara Mahadevan
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick.

Destination: Champs Family Bakery (176 Ainslie Street, 718-599-2743)

Neighborhood: North Williamsburg

Cuisine: Vegan diner

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Ogle This Food Porn From Jersey City's Project: EATS Food Festival

Categories: Photo Essay

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All photos by Emily Tan
Animals Food and Drink
Over the weekend, the hungry and thirsty masses filed into Jersey City's City Hall Plaza for Project: EATS, a food festival featuring more than 30 local vendors. After eating their fill of meatballs, pizza, and ice cream sandwiches -- and drinking frozen cocktails and sangria -- attendees hit the games court and played bocce, cornhole, and beer pong. Have a look at this food porn captured the day of the event.

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Union Square Mango Cart's Sliced Mango, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

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Dish no. 66: Sliced mango from the Union Square Mango Cart (14th Street between Broadway and University)

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This Week's Five Best Food Events

Categories: Events

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Courtesy Rhfv.org
Can't make it to Red Hook? Enjoy a class on pupusa making at the Bowery Culinary Center

Looking to challenge yourself? Check out food trivia, a class on pupusa-making, or a film about what makes specialty coffee so special -- other than your barista. Here are five events on our radar this week.

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Chez Sardine Changes Course, Now Bar Sardine

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Photos by Zachary Feldman

The city's fish face-eating fanatics were left distraught earlier this month when restaurateur Gabriel Stulman and chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly closed their eccentric West 10th Street izakaya Chez Sardine for a design and concept revamp (RIP miso maple salmon head). The petite space reemerged last night as Bar Sardine (183 West 10th Street, 646-360-3705), a bar for small plates and cocktails. We stopped in to sample and get the skinny on the new approach.


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The Affogato Gets an Upgrade at Sirio

Categories: Sweet Beat

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The affogato is an espresso that can sate a sweet tooth, and a dessert that carries eye-opening powers. Literally translating to "drowned" in Italian, the original rendition sees vanilla gelato drenched in piping hot espresso, but the dish's straightforward composition also leaves room for experimentation.


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The 10 Best Summer Cocktails in NYC, 2014 Edition

Categories: Best of

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Each New Yorker has his or her own remedy for the stinking, thick blanket of heat that covers the city all summer. Some go for weekend getaways along the New England coastline. Others opt rely on what may as well be an IV drip of cold brew coffee and air-conditioned hermit lifestyles. Still others venture across the city's dining rooms and patios searching for a boozy, frosted-glass remedy to curb the suffering. We raise a glass to that group -- and offer a list of suggestions. These are the 10 best summer cocktails in NYC.

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Mike's Deli's Mozzarella, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

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Dish no. 67: Mozzarella at Mike's Deli, Arthur Avenue Retail Market (2344 Arthur Avenue, Bronx, 718-295-5033)

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Here Are a Few Edible Reasons to Explore Port Chester, Greenwich, and Stamford

Categories: Summer Fridays

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All photos by Adam Robb
Fried-to-order churros and iced lattes by the jar at Stamford's Lorca cafe
Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular day trip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives.

Port Chester is more than that town The Strokes played the weekend before Governors Ball -- it's also a walkable gateway into the wealth of southern Connecticut's dining scene, home to a tourable local craft distillery, and an outpost of Mario Batali's Otto, under the more WASP-friendly moniker Tarry Lodge. It's exactly the kind of overlooked town Billy Joel and Steve Buscemi should talk about in those vague ubiquitous commercials promoting New York summer tourism -- except they don't, which means more honeycomb vodka and meatball pizza for you.

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