The 10 Best Restaurants in Astoria

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Bradley Hawks
Milkflower
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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All photos by Adam Robb
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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All photos by Adam Robb
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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All photos by Bradley Hawks
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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Kate Sokoler via Flickr
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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The 10 Best Restaurants in Flushing

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It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's case, the 7 train. The Queens neighborhood boasts an impressive array of cuisines, with a notable East and Southeast Asian presence, many of which are among our favorite restaurants of their kind in the city. In fact, as one of the eating-est neighborhoods in town, it was next to impossible to whittle the list down to just 10 -- so here are our "10" best restaurants in Flushing, a list you'll note contains a number of ties.


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The 10 Best Greenmarket Restaurants in NYC

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Zachary Feldman
Blue Hill Stone Barns, sister restaurant to Blue Hill
Nothing makes us happier than traipsing through a Greenmarket in full swing (we've been known to skip as well) checking out the rhubarb, fresh lettuces, asparagus, and, of course, ramps peppering vendors' tented tables. And while our frolicking inevitably leads to some great purchases, we'd much prefer to leave it to the professionals when it comes to fully expressing the flavors of a fiddlehead fern. Here are the 10 best Greenmarket restaurants in NYC, our favorite restaurants for celebrating the bounty of a fruitful harvest.

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The 10 Best Frozen Drinks in NYC

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Kelvin Slush via Facebook

Break out the acid wash denim jorts -- it's downright summery outside. And no better way to celebrate a warm day (or pretend that it's swimsuit season) than with a frozen drink. Here are our 10 favorites around town.


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