The 10 Best Steakhouses in NYC

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Kept alive by nearly two centuries of chewing carnivores, the New York City steakhouse defiantly broils on. Classic steakhouses, like Peter Luger and Keens, enjoy a certain amount of stability not common in the current dining climate, where even the most exciting chef-driven small plates tasting counters last about as long as the Edison bulbs that light their communal bathroom foyers. Many of these meat mongers have histories as well marbled as the aged cuts they serve, often extending back into the 19th and early 20th centuries. Taking their cues from the gregarious man-and-meat gatherings known as beefsteak socials, these old guard chophouses almost always feature dark wood and clubby atmospheres, but thanks to this current period of food culture awareness, a modern version of the steakhouse has emerged, where starters and sides are less of an afterthought. Traditional or contemporary, the restaurants on this list all excel in both char and charm. These are the 10 best steakhouses in NYC.


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The 10 Best Breakfasts in NYC

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Breakfast offerings from Buvette
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it too often becomes an afterthought, skipped altogether in lieu of a hurried borough-to-borough commute. New York may not be much of a breakfast town -- unless you count the hordes who queue for corner store coffee and a mediocre egg on a roll -- but the city has a lot more to offer than that much-hyped cocktail hour we call weekend brunch. And one could argue that pancakes taste just as good on Monday as they do after an hour-long wait on Saturday.

Here are the 10 best breakfasts in NYC, which range from shops where you can grab sandwiches to-go, bakery/coffee shop duos, and bistros where you can indulge longer mornings playing hooky.

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The 10 Best Ice Creams in NYC, 2014 Edition

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Davey's ultra babka ice cream

Ice cream may have centuries-old roots, but technology and globalization are helping scoop shops push the frozen treat's boundaries with ambitious flavors and toppings. And while it's true that the city's old guard delis, diners, and malt shops are slowly fading away, you can still find a few surviving in neighborhoods that have resisted gentrification. Whether you're looking for wacky combinations, baller banana splits and sundaes, or just a scoop of plain vanilla, it's a great time to not be lactose intolerant in New York. The city that never sleeps has quickly become the city that can't stop, won't stop shoveling icy desserts into its mouth. Let's all follow suit.


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The 10 Best Restaurants in Astoria

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Astoria is blessed with multiple thoroughfares brimming with restaurants, cafes, and bars, which honor the flavors brought here by the many waves of immigrants from Italy, Greece, North Africa, and Latin America. And as interest in the area surges among young people priced out of Brooklyn, shiny new spots focusing on seasonality and cutting edge ingredients are entering the market almost daily. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- for now, the old and the new coexist happily in this corner of NYC. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Astoria.

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The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Jersey City and Hoboken

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The morning grind of crossing over and under the Hudson requires some extra motivation, and with a burgeoning coffee scene that's been quietly percolating far beyond the Starbucks-and-Dunkin-dominated PATH hubs, there's never been a better time to detour for your morning fix. These are the 10 best coffee shops in Jersey City and Hoboken, from a psychedelic living room siphoning single origins in the Jersey City Heights to a newcomer roaster on Hoboken's northern edge that's on the brink of an East Village expansion.

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The 10 Best Appetizing Counters in NYC

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When seeking an enduring taste of this city's culinary heritage, look for preservatives. Smoke and salt have been used as methods of preserving foods far longer than New York has had a grid plan, but the ways in which these techniques were utilized by turn-of-the-century Eastern European immigrants established a subsection of local cuisine -- appetizing -- that was dominant for much of the 20th century.

Used as a noun, the term "appetizing" loosely describes the many pickled, smoked, cured, and cultured edibles served alongside bagels, and in many instances, the places that sell these goods are preserving traditions along with their fish. Their inextricable link to the city has recently reignited, as many relatives of early immigrants look to the past for inspiration while applying newly acquired techniques and culinary know-how. These New Kids on the Kreplach are working within an evolved terroir, but while they look to change the game, plenty of old guard shops have become rarefied destinations in their own right, sustaining a local clientele. Some feature table service, others aren't much more than salty bodegas -- all will give you a pungent taste of New York history. Here are the 10 best appetizing counters in NYC, perfect for noshing on some nostalgia.


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The 10 Best Boardwalk Restaurants in Coney Island and the Rockaways

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When the weather's nice, nothing beats a trip to our city's shores. Whether taking in the waning historic charm of a bygone era at Coney Island or parking yourself on a dune in The Rockaways, both beachside neighborhoods offer a heady mixture of fun and food. Here are the 10 best spots to indulge while enjoying these essential New York boardwalks.


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The 10 Best Bagel Shops in NYC

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While Italian immigrants were busy making this city great by giving us pizza, their Eastern European counterparts set to pickling cucumbers and tomatoes, smoking fish, and rolling bagels and bialys by hand. Long New York's unofficial breadstuff, an outstanding bagel starts and ends with proper technique and a near-continual cook, ensuring a fresh product throughout the day. And like our beloved pizzerias, it's this dedication to quality and respect for the practice that makes for a superior bagel shop. Whether your go-to order is plain with butter or a toasted everything with scallion cream cheese and private stock sturgeon, there's no wrong way to eat the right bagel made by a shop with character. Here are the 10 Best in NYC.

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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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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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