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

Categories: Our 10 Best, Ramen

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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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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

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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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