Beer of the Week: A Toast Before the Roast

Thanksgiving is the pinnacle of American traditions, no doubt. Stuff your face, watch football, pass out in a tryptophan-induced food coma before the nightly news. With so much awesomeness at hand, finding the appropriate ale to mark the occasion is a daunting task. Sure, the craft beer scene is awash in autumn-inspired offerings. It would be easy to pick any number of bottles stuffed with pumpkin spice and move on to food preparation. But you're better than that. You need a beer that fires on all cylinders; something that tells any number of stories. Shapeshifter Scotch Ale is here for you.

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Momo Crawl 2014: Is the Momo Ready to Go Mainstream?

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Momos. A delicious way to beat the cold -- especially when they're only a buck
Judging by the 650-plus people who RSVP'd for the momo crawl this Saturday, it appears that the era of the momo is very much upon us. This is the third year of the $1 dumpling event -- which encompasses 17 locations in the Himalayan-heavy community of Jackson Heights -- and word is spreading quickly thanks to the work of Queens food tour guide and writer Jeff Orlick.

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Want to Learn a Sherry Lesson? Head to Donostia

Categories: Drink Up

All photos by Rob Christensen
I drank a lot of sherry over the course of the last year or so, but until a couple of nights ago, the category was a blind spot in my booze education -- I had very little idea what I was doing when I ordered. But earlier this week, I stopped in to Donostia (155 Avenue B, 646-256-9773), the Basque pintxos restaurant on Avenue B, which, according to bar manager Will Peet (who also tends bar at Nomad), has the third largest sherry collection in the country.

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Six Restaurants That Opened This Week In NYC

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Michael Tulipan
When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a Brooklyn spot from an Ai Fiori alum, a cupcake shop in the East Village, and a soba-heavy restaurant in Alphabet City.

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The 10 Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner, 2014

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Looking for a Turkey Day deal? Head to DBGB for a Thanksgiving twist.

If the thought of burning the turkey for all your in-laws to see gives you heart palpitations, take a step back. There's no reason to put all that stress on yourself, especially when we live in a city full of restaurants that would love to serve you your holiday meal. Here's a list of 10 great restaurants that will be leaving the light on for you for Thanksgiving dinner.

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This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

Categories: Events

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Explore Jackson Heights this weekend with a food crawl featuring Himalayan dumplings.

Before you break out the suitcases and hightail it to your drunk uncle's for Thanksgiving, take it easy this weekend and enjoy these five food events.

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Pour One Out for Marco's, Closing Mid December

Categories: Closing Times

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Sad news just came down the wire that Prospect Heights restaurant Marco's (295 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-230-0427) is set to shutter on December 14. Marco's is the Italian trattoria Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens opened just over a year ago in the space left vacant by their beloved pizzeria Franny's when that restaurant moved to bigger digs down the street.

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Ai Fiori Alum Brings Cooklyn to Prospect Heights

All photos by Michael Tulipan
Anthony Theocaropoulos grew up in Greek diners -- "I remember going into [my father's] diners and living that skit from Saturday Night Live," he says. "You know, the John Belushi 'cheeburger, cheeburger' line. It really was like that." His love of restaurants might be rooted there, but after culinary school in south Florida, he fell in love with Italian food, and he spent years working in Mario Batali's empire before opening Ai Fiori with Michael White.

He now brings that résumé to Brooklyn, where he just debuted Cooklyn (659 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-915-0721) in Prospect Heights.

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Get Your Hands on Kings County's Rare Peated Bourbon

Categories: Booze News

Liz Barclay
Upon opening in East Williamsburg in 2010, Kings County Distillery (63 Flushing Avenue) became the city's first post-Prohibition distillery. Although co-founder and master distiller Colin Spoelman could trace his roots back to the land of bourbon, he was clearly influenced by the single-malt tradition. Copper stills were imported from Scotland, and malted barley played heavily in the mash bill of his whiskey. After four years of steady growth -- and a relocation to a larger facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard -- Kings County readies itself for an added infusion of scotch-like flavors to its lineup. Spoelman discussed details with the Village Voice.

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Geoffrey Zakarian's My Perfect Pantry Is Bringing Cooking Back to Basics

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In addition to his regular TV appearances on Chopped and Iron Chef America, working as executive chef and owner of the Lambs Club (132 West 44th Street; 212-997-5262) and The National, and overseeing numerous concepts on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship, Geoffrey Zakarian debuted the newly renovated Palm Court in his position as culinary director at The Plaza Hotel. He is also the chairman of City Harvest's Food Council. Oh, and he became a father, yet again, when his wife gave birth to son George Harris in the spring.

On top of all that (and various other projects and commitments), the celebrity chef recently released his second cookbook, My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes From 50 Essential Ingredients.

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