Here's Where to Find the Best Smoked Salmon in the City

Kenny and Danny
On the streets of Williamsburg and throughout Manhattan, the idea of preserving something from years ago, like a vintage Vespa or your grandmother's sewing machine, is very much in style. In the last year alone, three of the most hyped restaurants have been based on old Jewish culinary traditions: Russ and Daughters Café, Baz Bagels, and Black Seed Bagels. But the best place to find the treats that those places specialize in still exists, and it's only a short 6-train away.

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Here Are Three of New York's Most Unexpected Bacon Sweets

Categories: Bacon, Beer, Video

Thousands of bacon and beer lovers flocked to Citi Field on Saturday, July 26 for the Bacon and Beer Classic, which featured 25 different bacon dishes and more than 100 craft beers.

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An Early Taste of Pasta Shop, Now Serving Noodles in Bushwick

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Noodle counters may be fairly ubiquitous in New York City, but thus far, they've served mostly ramen or, perhaps, another Asian staple, like soba or udon. But pull up a stool at Pasta Shop (234 Starr Street, Brooklyn), a new noodle counter in Bushwick, and you're going to get carbonara, cacio e pepe, or ragu, not tonkotsu.

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Why the Hemingway Daiquiri Is a Timeless Summer Classic

Categories: Good Call

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Photo by Billy Lyons
Make "Papa" proud by grabbing a good book and ordering up a Hemingway Daiquiri

Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round.

Today's call comes by way of Nico Szymanski of THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen (212 East 42nd Street; 212-405-4399)

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The Austrian Cure for Vinous Discontent

Categories: Unscrewed

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Lauren Mowery

It's mid-summer, we're steeping in city heat, and thus reaching for a bottle of chilled wine when evening refreshment hour rolls around (which seems to creep up earlier in the day as the season stretches on). By now, you've probably guzzled the last of your Wölffer rosé allotment, dumped out enough wretched Pinot Grigio to fill a kiddie pool, or developed the Sauvignon Blanc overdose blues. The antidote for such vinous malaise: Austrian wines.

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The Chocolate Room's Black Chocolate Stout Float, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

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Adam Robb
Dish no. 64: The Black Chocolate Stout Float at The Chocolate Room (269 Court Street, Cobble Hill, 718-246-2600)

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Ogle This Eye Candy From the East Village's Box Kite

Categories: Photo Essay

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All photos by Bradley Hawks
New York City's new-wave coffee shops may share an affinity for in-house roasting and high-end baked goods, but few expand much beyond the traditional cafe offerings or daytime hours. An exception to that rule is the East Village's Box Kite (115 St Marks Place, 212-574-8201), a shop that's open late and serving much more than pastries and drip. Zachary Feldman heads there for this week's review: "Cora Lambert and Erik Becker launched this aromatic venture as a pop-up inside the Tribeca wine bar Maslow 6 last August, then ditched the kiosk for an East Village demitasse space that seats 10 and dispenses caffeine late into the night," he writes. "While that's great news for sleep-averse Fair Trade fetishists, after 6 p.m. Box Kite becomes a relentlessly gratifying progressive restaurant that operates in tandem with the retail coffee enterprise. Dinner is served à la carte, or as a twice-nightly, 10-course tasting ($85)."

Have a look at this eye candy from Bradley Hawks, then read Feldman's full review to get the full picture.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Crown Heights

Categories: Our 10 Best

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Photo by Zachary Feldman

As Brooklyn's borough-wide gentrification sweeps farther and farther east, it's crystal clear that Crown Heights is under the hazy glow of kale-and-yoga tinted spotlights. Long known for its abundance of West Indian specialties, in recent years the bustling neighborhood has experienced a surge in nouveau New American eateries, a Carob Spring if you will, that's helped solidify its place among the desirable Brooklyn enclaves. Luckily, the old guard stands strong, thanks to still-gentle rents and supportive local clientele, and for now, it seems the community will support both endeavors -- which means more great restaurants for everyone. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Crown Heights.


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Breaking: Pastis Will, Indeed, Be Forced to Relocate

Categories: Breaking News

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When Keith McNally indicated he'd have to close Pastis (9 Ninth Avenue) for a long remodel, rumors began swirling almost immediately that the restaurant titan would have to relocate the eatery. For his part, McNally remained steadfast that he'd reopen on the spot as soon as construction was finished.

But now we get word that he will, indeed, have to move.

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Stanton Street Kitchen Plots a Beer-Centric Restaurant on the LES

Categories: Coming Soon

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Stanton Street Kitchen via Facebook
Erik Blauberg got his first restaurant job at the ripe old age of 12, landing a gig as a pot-washer when a desperate owner needed help after a kitchen walk-out. He started learning to cook the next year, and that set the stage for a career that's included such prolific stops as Tavern on the Green, Bouley, and the 21 Club. For the past several years, he's been consulting all over the globe, and he launched a high-end culinary travel program to expose gastronauts to foreign delicacies. He's back in New York City now, though, and come mid-September, he'll open the Stanton Street Kitchen (178 Stanton Street), a beer-centric restaurant on the Lower East Side.

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