What is New York's Dive Bar of the Moment?

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Timothy Fadek for the Village Voice.
The Subway Inn.
Someplace in Bushwick, right? Vote on that topic of massive cultural weight and 36 other Food & Drink categories in our annual Best of NYC® readers' poll, part of a sprawling 90-category survey we conduct each year about this time to gauge the best of the five boroughs that year.

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The 10 Best Summer Cocktails in NYC, 2014 Edition

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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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The 10 Best Restaurants on the Lower East Side

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The pastrami sandwich at Katz's Deli, one of the best restaurants on the LES
Gentrification has been pretty thorough in the traditional immigrant stronghold of the Lower East Side, and for proof, you need only to look at the restaurants--trendy spots usurp long-held leases here all the time. But despite all the turnover that's happened in the last decade or so, several old joints have still hung on, making this an area with diverse culinary options. Herewith, the ten best restaurants on the Lower East Side, which run the gamut from a cheap Chinese canteen to a brand new locavore spot.

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The Ten Best Sushi Restaurants in NYC

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The best sushi transcends the sum of its parts, achieving self-evidence by way of pure ingredients and honest process. Whether it's meticulous, traditional edomae-style, or a modernized, experimental take, New Yorkers are fortunate to have some of the best seafood available--even if much of it comes with a Gulliver-sized carbon footprint and prices to match (some restaurants attempt to offset these offerings with local, sustainable options). Arguments abound as to the superiority of a particular style, but wherever your allegiances lie, sushi in New York is as diverse a cuisine as the city itself. Every bite is a promise; a dream that we too can be Jiros, even if just for one day (or perhaps twice in one day if you're Jeremy Piven). Here are our favorites.

Related: Read my story about the Upper East Side's ocean of sushi, which appeared in last week's paper.

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The 10 Best (Real) Farm-to-Table Restaurants in NYC

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Brian Park
The rooftop garden at Rosemary's
At this point, the farm-to-table-buzzword craze has largely subsided, and restaurateurs and chefs finding ways to thoroughly integrate the locavore ethic into their kitchens is not so much an exception as it is a rule. Still, there's a difference between adding a few token Greenmarket ingredients to the menu and pushing the envelop when it comes to local sourcing, and some restaurants are working faster and going further to get produce from area farmers and give diners the freshest possible experience. Here are the 10 best real farm-to-table restaurants in NYC.

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The 10 Best Ice Creams in NYC

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Ample Hills Creamery
The go-go yogurt craze (thankfully not the Go-Gurt craze) of the mid-'00s still hangs on, but like a double scoop of freedom with a patriotism swirl, ice cream is back on top. It's hard to find a more satisfying sweet treat in so simple a package, and once mix-ins get involved, a single scoop is often a better choice than some fully plated desserts. If barbecue is summer's savory calling, then ice cream is surely its sweet. Here are the 10 best in NYC.

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The 10 Best Burgers in NYC

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Whitman's
Long before David Hasselhoff became a Teutonic favorite, Germany gave us the cooked-meat puck known as the hamburger, and we think it's safe to say we came away the victors in that cultural trade-off. Yes, the hamburger is America's sandwich, and as an American, it's your Xenu-given right to stuff your American maw with American ground beef cooked to the American temperature of your choice. Your definition may be rigid (beef plus bun ONLY equals burger), but burgers in this city come in all shapes, sizes, and combinations, and each iteration probably deserves its own list. For our purposes, we're focusing on the best of beef, though lamb does get an honorable mention. Here are the 10 best burgers in NYC, which you might try eating Hasselhoff-style: on the floor while disappointing your family.

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The 10 Best Breweries in NYC(-ish)

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Brooklyn Brewery
Pre-Prohibition New York City was flush with fermenting, bubbling, steeping barrels of brewing beer, but it was several decades after Repeal Day that the boroughs began making a beer-industry comeback. Today, though, local breweries are in a revival, and New York now ranks fourth for beer shipments by state. So get acquainted with your neighborhood brewer--we've rounded up the 10 best breweries in New York City (and just beyond). Go forth and drink local.

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Our 10 Best Spots to Drink Sake in NYC

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Robyn Lee
We're certainly not forgoing classic wine, beer, or cocktail options when it comes to summer sipping, but we're also tossing back our fair share of chilled sake, especially after sake expert John Gauntner taught us how to drink the Japanese rice wine and divulged a few places around town with lists worth perusing. Like any international city worth its salt, though, New York has many good places to try the drink, and you can find sake bars in basements and tiny cutaways throughout town, many of which you'll walk right past unless you know to look for them. So we've put together our list of the 10 best sake spots in NYC, listed here in alphabetical order. See something we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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Our 10 Best Pop-Up Restaurants in NYC

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Restaurants have a hard time standing out beneath the intense glow of the New York City spotlight, which might be why so many entrepreneurs in this generation have launched with a pop-up, testing out their concept in a lower-stakes environment. Some of those ventures, though, have taken on a life of their own, and the temporary dining experiences offer an air of exclusivity that becomes part of the attraction.

Williamsburg has become the de facto epicenter of pop-up nation in this town, whether it's because experimenting without fear of failure is part of living in this 'hood or the fact that starving artists need more creative dining outlets. But pop-ups have proliferated throughout the boroughs, and we bring you a look at our 10 favorite pop-up dining experiences happening in NYC.

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