The 10 Best NYC Restaurants for Valentine's Day, 2015

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Emily Andrews
The Musket Room's red deer
If you haven't yet made a reservation for the upcoming day of love, you're already behind — so get going. And if you're racking your brain for an ideal reservation, we've got you covered. Here are the ten best places to celebrate this year.

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The 10 Best Beers of 2014

Categories: Beer, Our 10 Best

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Other Half Brewing
2014, I miss you already. The years seem to go by faster and faster, but at least the beers keep getting better and better. Especially here in the city, where our craft beer scene has blossomed into one of the nation's most vibrant. Not long ago, NYC-based breweries were overshadowed by more prominent players from neighboring regions. But the past half-decade has been defined by a renaissance of first-class fermentation. We now boast dozens of producers with global significance, and even more exciting newcomers on the horizon. As we struggle with the inevitable hangover of a new year, here's a little hair of the dog to help you through. In no particular order, here are the ten best local(ish) beers I drank in 2014.

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Our 10 Best Meals Worth Traveling for in 2014

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All photos by Adam Robb for the Village Voice
Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town on occasion, since dozens of destinations lie within just a couple of hours of the city. In this Excursions column, we're covering the best places to eat in popular weekend trip locations. See more Excursions and Summer Fridays ideas in our archives.

When landlords are more ambitious than chefs, old-school restaurants close up shop, and avant-garde chefs opt to challenge palates elsewhere. We saw a lot of that in NYC this year, and we also ate dozens of excellent meals in cities and towns nearby. After scooping spoon bread in a Cincinnati post office and sipping bee pollen lattes in the Bluegrass State, tearing into Mangalitsa lard biscuits and foie gras waffles in the nation's capital, and being brought to tears by the so-hot Jewish-Asian culinary diaspora sweeping North America's coolest neighborhood, we've compiled a list of the 10 best meals worthy of the journey. Looking to travel more in 2015? Consider this a starting point for planning a weekend jaunt, even if that means just crossing the Hudson into Jersey.

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The 10 Best Vegetarian Dishes of 2014

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Mushroom ramen at Dassara | Tara Mahadevan
I've been exploring New York's vegetarian cuisine for less than a year, but I've already come across some great restaurants, dishes, and chefs. Here are the 10 best meat-free dishes I ate in 2014.

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The 10 Best New Bars in NYC, 2014

Categories: Our 10 Best

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Nitecap via Facebook
Another year, another smashing set of bars opening in NYC. This city has long been world-class for imbibing, and 2014 upped the ante again. Without further ado, our 10 best new bars of 2014.

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The 10 Best Eggnog Cocktails in NYC

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Katie via Flickr Creative Common
The holidays are full of stress. We're forced into wasting brainpower attempting to figure out gifts. We're obligated to spend extra time with co-workers we really can't stand. And to top it all off, we're stuck spending time getting in awkward family arguments for days on end. It's no wonder one of the season's most beloved beverages is mixed with booze. Here are the 10 best eggnog cocktails in NYC, to get you through the end of year.


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The 10 Best Winter Cocktails in NYC

Categories: Our 10 Best

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Park Avenue Winter via Facebook
Why should Champagne have all the fun? When it's time to get festive, folks always want to reach for the bubbly. But beware: Projectile corks kill up to two dozen people a year. This year you owe it to yourself (and the ones you hold dear) to embrace the holiday spirit with a non-pop-topped tipple. Safety first, after all. Besides, this is the era of inventive cocktails. Check out our list of the 10 best winter cocktails in NYC right now, each worth savoring during this celebratory season, or warming up with once the holiday glow is gone.

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The 12 Best Places to Spend New Year's Eve in NYC, 2014 Edition

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Courtesy The Happiest Hour
Burger, fries, and a cocktail for $20. The Happiest Hour's NYE deal is hard to beat.

So long, 2014. We hope you checked off all of your culinary to-dos, whether that meant having one last meal at WD~50 before it closed, or spending a lunch break at Eataly's now-shuttered Nutella Cafe. And if you missed one, well, don't think about it too hard -- next year holds more delicious promise. So out with the old, and in with the new -- and no better way to set a tasty tone for the year than by ringing in 2015 while eating and drinking very, very well. Here's where.

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The 10 Best Restaurants for a Christmas Meal in NYC, 2014 Edition

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Courtesy Aquavit/Facebook

Sticking around for the Christmas holiday? Or is the thought of cooking a Christmas goose on your Foreman Grill turning you into the Grinch? Whatever your plans are for the two-day celebration, just know there are plenty of restaurants ready to welcome you with some holiday cheer. Here are the 10 best Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holiday dining deals in NYC.

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The 10 Best East Village Restaurants

Categories: Our 10 Best

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Bradley Hawks for the Village Voice
Gentrification may have long since sunk its tenterhooks into the East Village, but thanks to rent stabilization and diehard denizens who refuse to move away, the neighborhood still holds the distinction of being the most eclectic in the city. That goes for the restaurants, too -- here, you can find old-school diners, fine-dining gems, cab-driver-filled bodegas, and trendy cantinas, sometimes all on the same block, which makes it an exciting place to fill your belly. Here, we present the 10 best East Village restaurants. And given the sheer quantity of excellent spots, we already know we've forgotten your favorite -- so please let us know what we've missed in the comments.

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