These Are the Ten Best Restaurant Patios, Rooftops, and Outdoor Dining Experiences in NYC

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Riverpark

Sometimes our hunger can't be contained within mere brick and mortar, and so we set out in search of the city's many courtyards, patios, gardens, terraces, and rooftops, looking for a place to put food into our mouths while enjoying the weather. A fine time can be had outdoors, whether gazing out at a beautiful vista or eating within the confines of ivy-covered walls. Outdoor dining in New York adds its own intangible spice, even if one of those spices is occasionally exhaust fumes. Here are our favorite places to bask in the airy glow of a gorgeous day.


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The 10 Best Restaurants for Munchies in NYC

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Kate Sokoler via Flickr
Noodling with the Kings
In this week's Village Voice, I probe the neuromechanics behind the munchies and why we crave certain foods while we're high. I also talk stoner cuisine, which seems to have taken off in recent years, driven by young, curious mouths who are pushing chefs to experiment with ever more esoteric ingredients, styles, and techniques. There's never been a better time to get high and go eat in New York City.

Where specifically?

Peep the choices below for some dank eats to sate even the strongest of buzzes.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Flushing

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It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's case, the 7 train. The Queens neighborhood boasts an impressive array of cuisines, with a notable East and Southeast Asian presence, many of which are among our favorite restaurants of their kind in the city. In fact, as one of the eating-est neighborhoods in town, it was next to impossible to whittle the list down to just 10 -- so here are our "10" best restaurants in Flushing, a list you'll note contains a number of ties.


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The 10 Best Greenmarket Restaurants in NYC

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Zachary Feldman
Blue Hill Stone Barns, sister restaurant to Blue Hill
Nothing makes us happier than traipsing through a Greenmarket in full swing (we've been known to skip as well) checking out the rhubarb, fresh lettuces, asparagus, and, of course, ramps peppering vendors' tented tables. And while our frolicking inevitably leads to some great purchases, we'd much prefer to leave it to the professionals when it comes to fully expressing the flavors of a fiddlehead fern. Here are the 10 best Greenmarket restaurants in NYC, our favorite restaurants for celebrating the bounty of a fruitful harvest.

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The 10 Best Frozen Drinks in NYC

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Kelvin Slush via Facebook

Break out the acid wash denim jorts -- it's downright summery outside. And no better way to celebrate a warm day (or pretend that it's swimsuit season) than with a frozen drink. Here are our 10 favorites around town.


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10 Great Handheld Foods in NYC

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Photo by Rob Menzer for the Village Voice.
This samosa from Lahore Deli in SoHo had chickpeas with salad and chutney.
Although we'd much rather stay put with a comforting pot of stew, for folks forced to brave the elements while those clumsy weather gods accidentally drop their frozen cocaine stash all over our fair city, hot, portable snacks can act like edible hand warmers (ed. note -- do not use on feet). Short of popping into a bathhouse for a schvitz, ingesting a steamy treat while walking these streets is the best defense city denizens can take against Old Man Winter. When a cup of coffee just won't cut it, here are ten great options for staying toasty while eating something toasted, baked or fried.

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The 11 Best Classic Diners and Luncheonettes in NYC

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Lexington Candy Shop

For a time, diner culture was dining culture in New York. And although those halcyon days have long since passed, the city's need for greasy spoons endures even if wistfulness is often an establishment's most potent spice. Convenience and reliability are the hallmarks of truly great diners, and the most resilient among them usually last thanks to a combination of nostalgia and an occasionally excellent stable of American, Eastern European, Greek, or Italian dishes. Where some see grit and grime, others recognize the smell of a well-seasoned flat top. So brush past the seemingly endless sea of kale salads and join Adam and Eve on that raft ('Adam and Eve on a raft' is diner slang for two poached eggs on toast) in search of these, our 11 best greasy spoons.


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Valentine's Day (or Friend Date) Special: 10 Great Dishes For Two

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Cape Cod clam bake at Extra Fancy
When your dinner party sees a bigger dish variety and a smaller tab, it's hard to argue against shared plates (sorry, solo dish devotees). And while you'll have to be on board with your dining partner's food tastes, these medium-format offerings carry perks -- especially romantic ones. The one-dish-two-fork alternative might alleviate menu decision time (leaving more minutes for that vital first date banter), and the math associated with going Dutch is easier. Plus -- has Lady and the Tramp taught us anything? For Valentine's Day (or not), here are 10 great dishes built for two.

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10 Savory Pies for Surviving Polar Vortex II: Vortlectric Boogaloo

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chicken "pop" pie from the now-defunct Popover Cafe
Baked in a dish or swaddled by a crust, savory pies are essentially just self-contained stews -- and you already know our feelings about those. Now that the polar vortex's creepy uncle has descended upon us, city dwellers are bound to be a bit uncomfortable. But rather than cashing in on that regression therapy Groupon discount, have yourself a good old-fashioned cold weather pie cry. With temperatures dropping, it's only natural to want to indulge your inner carnivore, and the dishes listed here should do a fine job providing an internal defense against winter's worst.

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The 10 Best Mocktails in NYC

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French Vanilla Soda at Center Bar
After a month-long bender through unending holiday parties that culminated in a blow-out year-end fete, you might feel like January is the longest hangover -- ever. Luckily, in the city where debauchery seeps well beyond December and into the other 11 months of the year, NYC bartenders have caught on to the occasionally required break from booze and are proving it by way of inventive, alcohol-free creations. Call them what you will -- mocktails, soft cocktails, prohibition-style sippers -- just don't confuse "sans alcohol" with "sans skill." With one less ingredient (a big, beloved one at that) at play, barkeeps are required to get extra savvy in building complexity and balance for these 0 percent ABV concoctions. Here, we present 10 reasons -- all at $9 or less -- to keep just one of this month's health-conscious resolutions.

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