The 10 Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner, 2014

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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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The 10 Best Restaurants on the Upper West Side

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The Mary-Kate Olsen to the Upper East Side's Ashley, the Upper West Side, labeled a dining wasteland, has long shivered under a cloud of misunderstanding. And while it's impossible to ignore the massive uptick in real estate development and mallification the area's undergone, the neighborhood's options have expanded to include some truly creative eating. As the numerous Chino-Latino restaurants that once dotted this landscape have faded away, many of the new outfits setting up shop are either popular local mini-chains, like Xi'an Famous Foods and the Meatball Shop, or concepts that would otherwise do well downtown. Like so many of New York's rapidly changing puzzle pieces, it's a mix of satisfying stalwarts and glossy newcomers. Here are the 10 best restaurants in the neighborhood.


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The 10 Best Pies in NYC

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Ashley Hoffman

New York City's bakeries are churning out some inventive pies worth saving room for this holiday season. Some are nostalgic classics, only better; others sport rosemary marshmallow fluff or come spiked with bourbon. While some of these will be up for grabs throughout the winter, we suggest you get to ordering if you'd like to see one of these gracing your table at an upcoming holiday celebration. Here are the 10 best pies in NYC.


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The 10 Best Candy Shops in NYC

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Ashley Hoffman

If you've got a sweet tooth, you probably don't need much of an excuse to go stock up on all the major candy food groups: candy corn (veggies), gummies (fruit,) nostalgic chocolate (dairy), chocolate with nuts (protein), and marshmallow-y things (oxygen). New York City's best candy shops offer those options and more, from candy-encased alcohol to Oreo-filled chocolate brains. Tell yourself you're buying these things for the kids, or the office, if you must. We won't tell anyone that you plan to wolf all that candy down yourself. Here are the 10 best candy shops in NYC.


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The 10 Best New Restaurants in NYC, 2014

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Bradley Hawks
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Our Best of NYC 2014 issue divulges more than 350 things that we love about this city. More than 100 of those are related to food and drink, including our Best New Restaurant. In order to bestow that award, we had to first cull a short list of our favorite places to have opened in the last year. And because each restaurant on there is a place at which you should have a meal, we've whittled things down to this, our 10 best new restaurants in NYC in 2014.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Bushwick

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As rent rose in Williamsburg to match prices in Manhattan, restaurateurs pushed eastward, and they've spent the last several years colonizing Bushwick with unique offerings that run the gamut from vegan Ethiopian fare to Cuban sandwiches. Those businesses join a slew of already-established places, including a pocket of Mexican restaurants that outshines much of what's available in the rest of the city. The neighborhood is now home to dozens of destination-worthy eating establishments, and more open each week. A few, though, rise to the very top, serving as beacons that draw neighborhood regulars and culinary tourists. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Bushwick.

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The 10 Best Pastrami Dishes in NYC That Aren't Sandwiches

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Introduced to New York by 19th century Eastern European immigrants (the same folks who gave us pierogies, knishes, and kishka), pastrami is an easy contender for GMOAT (Greatest Meat Of All Time), and also one of the foodstuffs most synonymous with our fair city. Brined and coated in strong spices including black pepper, mustard seed, coriander, and garlic, beef briskets are smoked and then steamed to create the delicacy's signature meltingly soft texture. The pastrami sandwich? A local luminary and national treasure. But the deli darling that launched a thousand fake orgasms has also found itself the star of numerous dishes that straight up balk at the Earl of Sandwich's beloved invention. Here are our 10 favorites, which may just be the best thing to happen to pastrami since sliced rye bread.


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The 10 Best Restaurants in Sunnyside and Woodside

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Bradley Hawks
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Neither the 7 train thundering overhead nor the rising bourgie Brooklyn overflow into Sunnyside and Woodside have robbed these bordering neighborhoods of their charm. This may be the most diverse corner of the city's most diverse borough, and the area's annual St. Pat's for All Parade -- which, unlike Manhattan's version, embraces LGBT participants -- is emblematic of its inclusiveness. Restaurant-wise, your options span the globe, from Irish pubs to taquerias to Filipino fast food, and almost all are uniformly affordable. Here are the 10 best in the neighborhood.

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The 10 Best Taquerias in NYC

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Laura Shunk
Like bedfellows and debut albums, we're omnivorous in our tastes, which is why we go to different taquerias for specific tacos -- al pastor here, shrimp tacos there. You want the best cecina? Not here. You have to go to Queens. It is hard to do one thing well, and since a taco has the potential to be a perfect palmful of food, we think it deserves genuine focus. Here are the 10 best taquerias in NYC, each of which clearly executes its vision deliciously.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Crown Heights

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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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