The Eleven Best Restaurants for Munchies in NYC, 2015

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Queens Kickshaw via Facebook
Question for you, New York: Are you more of a wake-and-baker or a late-night social smoker? Do you get high to ponder the meaning of life, or are you forever chasing the euphoria of the first time you smoked and then laughed until you couldn't breathe? Do you smoke at all? Maybe you forgo the weed for good old friendly alcohol? No matter how you like to get your buzz, New York City is a veritable playground for feeding your resulting munchies. Back away from the $1 slice of pizza and head to one of these eleven places instead.

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The Ten Best Dishes at Barclays Center

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Ross Smirnoff
Boneless wings from Buffalo Boss
When the Barclays Center opened in the autumn of 2012, it promised to be a boon to local business. To deliver on that vow, it launched Brooklyn Taste — a collection of no fewer than 55 Brooklyn-based food vendors scattered across multiple levels of the 18,000-seat arena. Most of these purveyors cook up event-friendly fare specific to the venue. Together they represent a wide spectrum of dining options indicative of their home borough's ethnic diversity. Dining at Barclays is unlike the predictable junk-food-fueled experience of a typical stadium. But as at any other sportsplex, it doesn't come cheap. To accommodate the constraints of your wallet — and stomach — we've assembled a list of the ten best dishes to seek out during your next Nets game, rock concert, or (next season) NHL match.

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The 10 Best Lamb Dishes in New York City

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The Breslin via Facebook
Come springtime, veg-heads rejoice in the return of greenmarket produce, while meat-eaters get excited about the flesh of young sheep. Omnivores combine the two, matching lamb to the abundance of carrots, asparagus, and ramps. Spring lamb's mildness makes it versatile for preparations cooked or raw, while chefs tame the gaminess of more mature animals with slow cooking and pungent spices. In celebration of the season, here are the ten best lamb dishes in NYC.

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The 10 Best Bites at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, 2015

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Billy Lyons
Pat LaFrieda's Steak at Citi Field
Baseball season is upon us, which means it's time again to secure a bleacher seat and cheer on one of our home teams. And/or drink a lot of beer and feast, for dining at the ballpark has never been better. From fancy steak dinners to healthy eats, here's our list of the ten best dishes currently available at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

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The Eleven Best Spring Cocktails in NYC, 2015

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M. Smith, courtesy Extra Fancy
Extra Fancy's Gold Rush
Goodbye to all that wind and snow, those sleeping-bag coats, the salt-stained boots. We're declaring a moratorium on winter now, thank you, and embracing the fact that it is, by the calendar, anyway, spring. And for the warm days — or for the days when your body needs a little more convincing that cold weather really is on its way out — there are these drinks, the eleven best spring cocktails in NYC, 2015 edition.

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Screw Your Bone Broth: The Ten Best Soups in NYC

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Courtesy Bara
Bara's chicken soup
Stock, the product of boiling water with (most often) animal bones, vegetables, and savory herbs, has been around for centuries. "Bone broth," on the other hand, reared its smugly head last year, and the trendy collagen-rich slurry has only gained in popularity, even though the two are essentially the same. Some proponents assert that for stock to be considered bone broth, it requires at least a day bubbling away on the stovetop (for the bones to release the most nutrients, naturally) and a proper drinking vessel. Just like stock, broth helps with inflammation, but its many purported benefits mostly come up short. But that hasn't stopped celebrities from endorsing the stuff, or bone broth-ers from organizing a festival to memorialize marrow and celebrate their superior health.

Giving in to the concept of bone broth as something new feels like accepting a rebranding of oatmeal as "sipping porridge." A $9 paper cup filled with bone-marrow-spiked beef is still a paper cup. How about a bowl of soup instead? Here are the ten best in New York.

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The Ten Best Burgers in NYC, 2015 Edition

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Saxon + Parole via Facebook
We may no longer be in the era of gastropubs and comfort-food joints, but New York City restaurateurs still excel at putting out hamburgers. Some of these are classics, or draped, perhaps, with cheese. Others are gussied up with eggs or onion jam. All of them scratch an itch most of us get. When you're jonesing for a burger, turn to this list, a Fork in the Road collaborative compendium of the ten best burgers in NYC, updated for 2015.

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The Ten Best Bowls of Ramen in NYC

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Sara Ventiera for the Village Voice
Few things are more satisfying on a cold winter's day than a steaming-hot bowl of broth. Some are more exciting than others; unless you're sick at home, few of us are getting worked up over a cup of chicken noodle. Ramen, the dorm room staple, on the other hand, has now reached a level of popularity that was once unimaginable. With new ramen joints sprouting up across the city on a near daily basis, though, it's hard to determine which ones are worth the two-hour-plus waits. We've scoured the city to find the ten best ramens in NYC.

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The Ten Best NYC Restaurants for Dining Alone

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Adam Robb for the Village Voice
Lincoln Ristorante
Sometimes you just want to be alone, ya know? And in a city teeming with people — where rent prices often necessitate roommates — that can be a tall order. Take solace in one of New York City's restaurants, some of which are well set up to accommodate single diners. Fork in the Road contributors are divulging our favorite spots for a solo meal — these are the ten best restaurants in the city for dining alone.

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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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