10 Great Hangover-Busting Meals for New Year's Day

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Mighty Quinn's
Hey you! Yes, you there -- with the Ruinart Rosé Brut splashed across your front, vision blurred from tinted 2014 novelty glasses since smeared with, gosh, was that blue cheese foam? You look like you could use a good meal. Maybe you should get on that, once the ringing in your ears subsides, anyway. Whether it's a festive gathering or a solitary indulgence, it just feels right to greet the new year with a gustatory bang. Here are 10 solid options for ringing in 2014 with a belly full of hope, promise, and calories to undo what you did last night.

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The 10 Best Blowout Meals to End 2013

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Feldman

In a little over a week, 2013 will be history, left for archivists to dust off their microscopes and ponder the ramifications of Cronut Fever. But for now, we're approaching something I like to call the holiday sweet spot -- that magical week between Christmas and New Year's where all bets are off, dietarily speaking. Provided you still have some hard-earned dough left over from gift shopping, this is the week to knock a few extraordinary NYC dining experiences off your bucket list. To be clear: a "blowout meal" for our purposes doesn't necessarily command an exorbitant price. The following feasts span brows high and low, their only common denominator being that they provide an overwhelming bang for your dearly departed bucks. Here are our picks.

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The 10 Best Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill Restaurants

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Frankies Spuntino
It's been a slow, uphill battle, but more and more, Brooklynites are winning rounds over Manhattanites in the "my-place-or-yours" social gathering predicament. And while vaguely loftier apartments or fair neighborhood rotation might be at play, you can't negate the charming restaurants in the borough, some of which deem even the G line worthy of a transit swipe. While Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill have always had good cards to play on the eatery front -- the Italian-American neighborhoods are steeped in red sauce history -- you can thank lower rent, tree-lined streets, and a population of ex-Manhats with finely tuned palates for the proliferation of destination-worthy spots that now populate the history. So stay calm and trek on to Bergen Street to check out one of these top 10 Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill restaurants.

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The 10 Best Hot Chocolates in NYC

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Surely one of winter's greatest treasures, a mug of hot chocolate can feel as restorative as a multi-dimensional meditative trance (FYI: nirvana looks like Beyonce eating a cronut). No matter how cold or dreary it gets, this elixir with ancient roots -- the Mayans beat us to it by at least two millennia -- has likely put more smiles on people's faces than antidepressants. Whether staying traditional with plain milk, adding complementary flavors, or spiking your murky brew with booze, New York's frigid months were made for hot chocolate. Here are the city's 10 best.

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The 10 Best Biscuits in NYC

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Step aside cupcakes, hand pies, and -- yes, you too -- cronuts/doughsants, right now, NYC has all eyes on the biscuit. These soft and flaky staples of Southern cuisine have been working their way up north, and the recent entrance of 24-hour Empire Biscuit -- and the crowds that stormed the venue -- proves these rolls have officially arrived. While the classic rendition is still supremely appreciated, chefs are getting creative and particular about their leavened breads. Here, we present 10 hot biscuits to check out now in NYC -- at (almost) any hour of the day.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Hell's Kitchen

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A far, gentrified cry from the neighborhood it once was, the Hell's Kitchen of today is a glossy labyrinth of condominiums and an ever-waning number of low-slung buildings and affordable dining options. Still, the area is teeming with great restaurants catering to all demographics, and with the recent addition of the Gotham West Market -- which imports several white-hot chefs and restaurateurs to the far reaches of the neighborhood -- migratory trust-funders looking to "explore the possibilities of The West" may soon begin popping up like mustachioed groundhogs with a penchant for Gigondas. For now, let's celebrate the Hell's Kitchen we have. Here are our 10 Best.

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The 10 Best Bowls of Punch in NYC

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Gabi Porter
G.M. Gurton's punch at the Dead Rabbit
Few cocktails have the power to form a circle and an engaged -- if outlandish --conversation like punch. Straightforward, boozy, and crowd-pleasing by nature, it is no wonder these table setting tipples are making a big, large-format comeback. With Thanksgiving and out-of-town visitors on the horizon, here are 10 places in NYC to turn to for communal celebrations.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Harlem

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R.I.P. Lenox Lounge
The crown jewel of northern Manhattan, Harlem's creative and socioeconomic identity has undergone -- as all neighborhoods are subject to -- a series of transformations since the renaissance of the 1920s. And while it hasn't experienced enough gentrification in recent years to qualify as the "Williamsburg of the North", there's been a significant uptick in commercial and residential development, including Richie Notar's Lenox Lounge project and Richard Parsons' recently-opened The Cecil, which anchors this list. Even if many of these developments are symptomatic of the sobering fact that Manhattan is charging ever onward toward becoming a rollicking island paradise for the ultra-rich, the neighborhood's vibrant culinary history has remained somewhat of a constant. The businesses may have changed, succumbing to public opinion and the cultural persuasions of the time, but it's hard to imagine that anyone's ever had a difficult time finding a great meal in Harlem, regardless of the day or year. Here are our 10 Best.

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The 10 Best Macaroni and Cheeses in NYC

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Elbow Room
Unless you're a lactose-intolerant celiac, odds are you've got a soft spot for macaroni and cheese. Among the numerous dishes that make up the comfort food lexicon, the spruced up noodles hit that perfect balance of crisp crust and gooey interior, and the top renditions can be downright mesmerizing in their decadence. Few dishes are so easily associated with home, no matter where that may be, and New York City doesn't disappoint when it comes to superlative dairy-laced carbs. As we've seen with so many other foods put through our cultural wringer, this melting pot has a knack for cultivating crossover-foods, and macaroni and cheese is no different. Dig around and you'll find varieties with influences from Mexico, Jamaica, Germany, and beyond. Here are our 10 best.

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The 10 Best Pizzas in NYC

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Pizza from Lombardi's, which, despite being acknowledged as America's first pizzeria, didn't make the cut.
We've been fuming since TripAdvisor's bogus pizza rankings placed New York fourth in the country this summer. The list--a product of crowdsourcing gone awry--proved to be ultimately useless, but in our reactionary anger, it gave us reason to mull over the finest examples NYC has to offer. From light, chewy Neapolitan rounds to Sicilian squares, archetypal "New York" slices and novelty pies, these are booming times for the city that helped introduce pizza to the United States. Certainly, no city in this great land boasts as rich a history with the foodstuff. Our take? You can bet your bottom dollar slice joint, New York is the best pizza city in America. Here's our top ten.

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