Abby Carney is Time Out’s former New York Assistant Food Editor.
The best afternoon tea NYC has to offer
Afternoon tea in NYC is for those who fancy a scone or crumpet alongside a piping hot kettle of tea as a midday pick-me-up. It may be old hat to chase the yawns away with iced coffee and hot java at the best coffee shops in NYC, but the luxury of tea o’clock serves the same function while making you feel like the Queen of England herself. From hotel restaurants to proper teahouses, here’s where to go for the best afternoon tea NYC’s got to offer. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC
The best soft serve ice cream in NYC
New Yorkers don’t discriminate when it comes to our love for ice cream, from classic scoops to ice cream sandwiches, but we do have a particularly sweet spot for delicious soft serve. Cooling down with a picturesque cone from the city’s best bakeries and finest ice cream shops is one of the best things to do in the summer in NYC. Whether you’re in the mood for festive toppings, a dipped cone or a chocolate-vanilla swirl, here’s where to find the best soft serve ice cream in New York. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best ice cream in NYC
The best Restaurant Week Summer 2016 restaurants in Staten Island
Known for some of the best NYC parks, beaches and green space, Staten Island’s dining scene is earning its place on the New York food map as well. No guide to Staten Island would be complete without mention of its cozy cafes, bistro and rustic Italian restaurants. Make a reservation and explore the three Staten Island restaurants participating in NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016. Menu items are subject to change. For more information, click here for the full list of participants for NYC Restaurant Week. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Restaurant Week
The best Restaurant Week Summer 2016 restaurants in Queens
Queens is laden with diverse cuisines from around the world, from Chinese teahouses and some of the best dumplings in NYC to old-school Greek taverns that master the tzatziki. One of the best things to do in Queens is to sample from all the dining options the expansive borough has to offer. Sample some of the best Queens restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016. Menu items are subject to change. For more information, click here for the full list of participants for NYC Restaurant Week. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Restaurant Week
The best NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016 restaurants in Manhattan
There’s no lack of things to do in the summer in Manhattan, but of all the things, eating through some of the city’s best restaurants is one of the most fun ways to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Between July 25 and August 19 at more than 300 restaurants throughout Manhattan—including some of the best Chinatown restaurants, Lower East Side restaurants and Midtown restaurants—you can enjoy three-course lunch ($29) and dinner ($42). These are ten-reservation-worthy Manhattan restaurants you’ll want to check out during NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016. Menu items are subject to change. For more information, click here for the full list of participants for NYC Restaurant Week. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to NYC Restaurant Week
The best Restaurant Week Summer 2016 restaurants in Brooklyn
Whether lolling in Prospect Park or shopping at the borough’s best flea markets, Kings County residents know there are plenty of things to do in Brooklyn this summer. Chief among them is eating at some of Brooklyn’s best restaurants. Between July 25 and August 19, you can enjoy three-course lunch ($29) and dinner ($42) at some of the borough’s best steakhouses, Korean-American outlets and French brasseries, from Carroll Gardens to Bay Ridge. These are eight Brooklyn restaurants to book a table at during NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016. Menu items are subject to change. For more information, click here for the full list of participants for NYC Restaurant Week. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to NYC Restaurant Week
The best breakfast sandwiches in NYC
There’s more to New York’s best breakfast sandwiches than a mere bacon egg and cheese. Doled out at the city’s best coffee shops, New York delis and all-day restaurants, these morning sammies range from smoked salmon piled on bagels to Italian porchetta on fresh-baked bread. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to brunch in NYC
Battle of the Burger’s 20 best burgers
It’s that time of year again, burger lovers: Battle of the Burger is back again, with the city’s most discerning patty lovers—you guys!—choosing the best burgers in New York, from beefy bar food to downhome versions from the city’s best diners and luncheonettes. Whether you want fries with that—the best French fries in NYC are side-dish goals—or like ’em à la carte, feast your eyes on the top 20 burgers in town, as voted by Time Out New York readers. Time Out New York’s Battle of the Burger presented by BudweiserThursday, August 18 at 5pm, South Street Seaport, $50 Buy Tickets RECOMMENDED: See more on the Battle of the Burger
The best bacon egg and cheese sandwich in NYC
Looking for the best breakfast sandwich in NYC? You can’t go wrong with a classic bacon egg and cheese sandwich, whether they’re from an old-school New York deli, neighborhood bodega or one of the city’s best sandwich shops. Follow our journey to find the best bacon egg and cheese sandwich in NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to brunch in NYC
The best piña coladas in NYC
New York is full of tiki bars and rooftop bars serving up some of the city’s best piña coladas, that summer-friendly quaff of pineapple, coconut and, most importantly, rum. From traditional serve-ups of the tropical cocktail to frozen riffs, there’s an island-inspired drink for every taste. Sip through these tasty piña coladas at some of the best bars in NYC and indulge a brain freeze you won’t be mad about. RECOMMENDED: Find more cocktails in NYC
The best lunch in NYC
Whether you eat at your desk or get a full 60-minute lunch, treating yourself to the best lunch NYC restaurants have to offer is your prerogative. And Gotham’s got you covered with sandwich shops, takeout and delivery restaurants, and some of the city’s best ramen shops. Get out of the office and get to these spots for the best lunch in NYC.
Where to watch U.S. Open matches in NYC
Are you a dedicated sports fan unsure of where to go to watch U.S. Open matches? Now that the Olympics are over, you might be hankering to get courtside, or settle for the next best thing, watching topspins and backhands from the comfort of neighborhood sports bars. NYC has all eyes turned to the U.S. Open, and if you’re not lucky enough to score tickets to see these historic matches in real life, watching on screen over some craft beer as Venus and Serena and all the rest go down to the tennis court and talk it up is the next best thing. Rally your crew and head to these sports pubs, patios and some of the best outdoor bars NYC has to offer to relax with some televised tennis. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the U.S. Open in NYC
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The Gin Parlour
There’s something to be said for knowing one thing exceptionally well—the single-minded gin enthusiasts at the newly restored InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel have poured themselves into preaching the gospel of the fermented juniper berry. Eschewing the usual tropes of the hotel lobby bar (tacky piña coladas and bleary-eyed bartenders may come to mind), the Gin Parlour instead takes cues from 1920s-era Dutch and English gin bars. There are hints of standard hotel accoutrements—a coffee bar that springs to life with a continental breakfast in the morning—but beverage director Orion Berge (Waldorf Astoria, the East Pole) obsesses over details and ingredients with the fervor of Manhattan’s finer bespoke joints. ORDER THIS: With more than 88 gins represented on the menu, aficionados can sample to their heart’s (and liver’s) content. But the best way to experience this lounge is to let Berge take the reins with one of his gin-fueled cocktails. Begin with the Quintessential G&T ($16) as a primer, its stemmed goblet flush with Fords Gin, house-made tonic water and a flamboyant tarragon sprig sticking out. For a refreshing boost, opt for the Brooklyn Bramble ($16) named for its floral and citrusy Brooklyn Gin base, sweetly concocted with champagne, lemon and black currant liqueur. The gem of the bunch is the Alice in Wonderland–inspired Curiouser & Curiouser ($22), livened with honey, lemon, citrus peel and Earl Grey bitters inside a whimsical tea cup. GOOD FOR: Those nights w
Rockaway Brewing Company
For four years, Rockaway Brewing Co. didn’t exactly walk the walk. What was born as a homebrewing project in owners Ethan Long and Marcus Burnett’s Far Rockaway backyards turned into a small operational brewery that eschewed the namesake peninsula for Long Island City, Queens. Now the team has set up shop where it all began. A seven-minute walk from the beach, the expansive, 3,600-square-foot taproom—set inside an industrial garage space with picnic tables and metal barstools—attracts a scruffy group of Rockaway locals and visiting fixed-gear bikers who shoot the breeze over a chalkboard menu of six rotating taps and savor hyperlocal craft brews sans snobbery. ORDER THIS: Six drafts (and a forthcoming cider by local producer Descendant Cider) compose an easy-to-explore menu; you can feasibly sample everything on tap if your liver’s up for it. (These brews come tall and strong though, so keep an eye on your pint count.) Start with the Summer Shandy ($7) comprised of the tart saison pharm (a traditional farmhouse ale) mixed with a light, tingly limonata for a refreshingly simple and low-key drink. The palatable Miss Congeniality of the bunch is the California-inspired 6.2 percent ABV Common Ale ($6), but for those who venture to the dark side, the Night Hop ($6) is the way to go: It’s a tasty crossover between a porter and an IPA, with a dark hue and a hoppy finish. Deeper and fuller yet is the barrel-aged 6.8 percent ABV Risky Business ($7), a robust porter blended with an Eng
after Spending a two-year hiatus from New York in Miami to open South Beach’s Drawing Room, Austrian firecracker Albert Trummer—founder of Chinatown’s pharmacy homage Apothéke—makes his New York comeback with this hospital-themed Alphabet City newcomer. Few have forgotten Trummer’s pyrotechnic proclivities—the barman was arrested twice for pouring liquor all over Apothéke’s bar top and lighting it aflame in 2010—but here the sparks are in the form of high-class cocktails served in a barroom masquerading as a hospital waiting room. And the first-rate booze treatments here are sure to cure your ennui. ORDER THIS: Cocktail remedies ($15) on Trummer’s short but cheeky menu are listed inside a “confidential patient’s file” and sport such on-the-nose names as Stitched Up and Turn Your Head and Cough. At the long marble bar, barkeeps put on a show producing potables like the rum-based O.R. and the vodka-sloshed Recovery Time: The former is a delicate, creamy blend of pineapple, lime-infused sugarcane, Angostura bitters and house-made vanilla elixir kicked up with habanero and cilantro; the latter, a blood-red swirl of raspberry with hibiscus elixir, aromatic Earl Grey tea and lemon. GOOD FOR: A reprieve from Manhattan’s dime-a-dozen craft-cocktail bars, with their same old “posh but friendly” takes on the classics. Sanatorium captivates without playing it safe or relying on camp; instead, 1930s medical–inspired decor is paired with up-tempo electro beats, creating a lounge atmospher
The Shipwreck Lounge
Brooklyn is no stranger to secret supper clubs and underground speakeasies—all manner of mysterious eating and drinking establishments reside in the borough. But a late-night bar within a play is a whole new beast: The Shipwreck Lounge is only open to the public Thursdays through Sundays, following performances of the immersive 1970s-set resort play, The Grand Paradise, with a varying timetable due to the unpredictable nature of the show. It’s an admittedly capricious downside of the tropical cocktail bar, but once you manage to get in the door and flag down one of the spacey but fun-loving bartenders (servers are keen to toss small plastic mermaids into your drinks), the insider’s club begins to feel like a neighborhood haunt full of your newest down-to-earth friends. ORDER THIS: Slushie-style frozen cocktails dreamed up by Alicia Rebensdorf (also of Williamsburg’s Tuffet) are the name of the game here. Highlights include the strong and smoky Hustler ($12), served with Scotch, dark rum, Fernet and ginger beer in a smoked-salt–rimmed glass and garnished with lime and candied ginger, and the Cabana Boy ($12), a punch affair sporting aged rum, passion fruit and absinthe; its sweet orgeat syrup is offset by dry fino sherry and tiki bitters. Topping the totem pole is the spicy piña colada dubbed the Beach Party ($12), pepping up pineapple and crème de coconut with adobe pepper rum and Ancho Reyes chili liquor. GOOD FOR: Late-night revelers looking for a clandestine-cool new hang.
Brooklyn Flea's throwing an ice-cream bonanza this weekend
It can be tiring schlepping all over the city tracking down all the best ice cream tacos, hot dogs and sweet new flavors to cool down with, so it's a boon when you can divide and conquer, tasting multiple frozen treats at once (so long as you don't suffer a brain freeze or bellyache in pursuit of such happiness). That's what Brooklyn Flea had in mind with their Ice Cream Day Bonanza. The fifth-annual social is taking place on Saturday, July 16 at the Fort Greene flea and Sunday, July 17 at the DUMBO flea, with seven local producers and more than 30 flavors showcased. Sate your sweet tooth with ice-cream scoops, floats, sandwiches and sundaes from these New York favorites: RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Brooklyn Flea Doughnut ice-cream sundae from Underwest Donuts and Il Laboratorio del Gelato Made with a to-be-announced custom flavor from Il Laboratorio del Gelato and old-school cake doughnuts from Underwest, this sundae mash-up is a match made in treats heaven. Birthday cake ice-cream sandwich from Good Batch On the menu this weekend are chewy Funfetti sugar cookies filled with Blue Marble vanilla ice cream, lemon buttercream and rainbow sprinkles. Indian ice-cream floats and sundaes from Malai Pooja Bavishi's artisanal ice creamery features unexpected flavor combinations like the spicy-sweet masala chai. Her creations will be on offer with house-made flavored syrups and toppings. Maca-Mo-Nana ice cream from Brooklyn Bell This small-batch Crown Heights producer will introduce
One of the Midwest’s best beers will soon be available in New York
Our friends in Chicago have been enjoying craft beers from Revolution Brewing for the past six years, and, unless you're in Beantown, it's been damn near impossible to get your hands on their brews outside of the Midwest—until now. On October 3rd, Illinois' largest craft brewery will begin distribution of regular beers and seasonals throughout New York. Revolution produces more than 50 beer varieties every year, from the flagship Anti-Hero IPA to bourbon-barrel–aged brews, and you won't have to wait much longer to buy a pack up in these parts. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Take a walking food tour of the High Line focusing on grasslands
Now that temperatures are dropping, it's apt time for leisurely strolls and connecting with nature. Through September, catch a tour of the special Chelsea Grasslands section on the High Line, hosted by Friends of the High Line, and experience the American prairie landscape in urban form. But there's more than just blooms and grass on this dedicated stretch of green space between West 18th and West 20th Streets—there's also food! Vendors on the High Line, including Terroir, People's Pops and Melt, will have grasslands-themed items on offer all month—we're talking stuff like lemongrass-mint lemonade, sweet-corn gelato and blueberry-muffin ice-cream sandwiches. To help celebrate, Friends of the Highline will also be hosting hands-on kids activities, an educational panel and Facebook Live gardener chats. Book Online h/t DNAinfo Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Wylie Dufresne to make madcap doughnuts inside the William Vale Hotel
Joining Andrew Carmellini's Italian newcomer Leuca inside Williamsburg's new William Vale Hotel comes a doughnut shop with serious pedigree: It's helmed by none other than James Beard Award-winning molecular-food icon Wylie Dufresne. Dufresne— who shuttered his iconic restaurant wd~50 in 2014 and its more casual follow-up, Alder, a year later—announced the new project on Twitter today, which will be called Du's Donuts and Coffee. Super excited to announce my new project at 55 Wythe/The William Vale Hotel...more details coming soon!! pic.twitter.com/1DK4XTWg3U — Wylie Dufresne (@wyliedufresne) September 6, 2016 Known for his innovative and wacky cuisine (think pickled beef tongue with fried mayonnaise), there's no telling what kind of gonzo flavors await. A latke doughnut with smoked-salmon sprinkles? Lemon-drop cake doughnuts with boysenberry glaze? Stay tuned for more details. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Philadelphia’s best donuts will be available in NYC for one day only
One of Philadelphia's greatest claims to fame (right next to inventing the cheesesteak) is being the birthplace of the highly addictive doughnuts from Federal Donuts. Thankfully for lucky New Yorkers, the City of Brotherly Love is sharing the love, for a limited time. On September 9, for one day only, Gothamites can buy doughnuts at a pop-up inside Chefs Club NY. Michael Solomonov, the man behind Chelsea hummus operation Dizengoff, brings his delectable treats and fried-chicken sandwiches to the northern masses. There will be two doughnut options: dusted (cinnamon and brown sugar, strawberry and lavender, or orange blossom with cocoa and clove; $2 each) or glazed (chocolate-eclair, blueberry pancake or marshmallow; $3 each). Lunchtime's fried-chicken sandwich offering is an $8 buttermilk-ranch twice-fried chicken breast with melted American cheese, dill pickles and a spicy sauce on a soft potato roll. Get em' while they're hot, or you'll have to catch the next Megabus out of the city to order them.
Eataly is giving away free pizza today for its birthday
There's only one thing we like more than pizza, and that's free pizza. Eataly's Flatiron flagship is celebrating six years in New York today with a proper pizza party on the house. Starting at 4pm today at Le Eccellenze (the tasting corner in La Piazza), you can drop by for complimentary Neapolitan pizza, homemade focaccia and decadent chocolates. If that doesn't get you excited, we don't know what will.
Eight best things to do at the NYC Wine & Food Festival
New York City Wine & Food Festival returns for its ninth year on October 13 to 16, and the time is nigh to start planning your approach to one of the city's most beloved food events. Along with enjoying world-class food and drink, you can hobnob with some of the greatest talents in the culinary world whilst giving back—100 percent of the event's net proceeds are donated to the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank for New York City. Here's what you should snatch up tickets for before it's too late: RECOMMENDED: Full guide to NYC Food and Wine Festival Chicken Coupe with Whoopi Goldberg and Andrew CarmelliniA fancy fried chicken and champagne party with Whoopi and Andrew Carmellini at Leuca, the chef's new restaurant in Williamsburg's William Vale Hotel, makes for a romantic, dance-filled evening of birds and bubbles. ($195) Best of Brooklyn presented by Munchies, starring Action BronsonCharacteristically punchy and flavorful, Munchies and Action Bronson's food bash at Berg'n celebrates the Brooklyn food scene, featuring signatures dishes from borough hot spots like Ovenly, Llama Inn and Mighty Quinn's BBQ. ($150) Blue Moon Burger Bash with Rachael RayShe may not be Becky with the good hair (that's Rachel Roy), but Rachael Ray sure throws one heck of a burger bash. In collaboration with Pat LaFrieda Meats, the TV toque hosts a burger showdown between top-dog chefs including Black Tap's Joe Isidori, Shake Shack's Mark Rosati and Brindle Room's Jeremy Spector. On the rooftop at
This beer garden is hosting a happy hour with dogs on Wednesdays
Picture this: you're holding a pint in one hand, and a tuft of soft little pug fur in the other. Nope, you're not hallucinating, and you're not in Heaven, not technically. You're at Bark Hour, a happy hour for dogs and their human companions, hosted by Andaz Wall Street's Bull and Beer Garden in the Financial District every Wednesday through September 28. To kick off a season of Bark Hours, today's event will go above and beyond the usual happy hour offerings. It's about time we stopped excluding pups from happy hour, and at this inclusive event, not only are four-legged friends welcome, but they get their own post-work treats too. While humans munch and sip on fare from Bull and Beer Garden, pooches get doggie beer (yeah, that's a thing) and fro-yo provided by the Salty Paw. And if you're just looking for a paw to hold, and you don't have a special canine in your life already? Bideawee will be onsite with puppies who are looking for forever homes, ready to adopt at the event.
Eat unlimited pie at one of the city’s best bakeries
Pie Night was such a success when it debuted at Dominique Ansel Kitchen last year that it's back for another go. Every Wednesday and Thursday, from September 14 through September 29, the lauded cronut-king will be hosting pie nights featuring unlimited slices of pie to satisfy your pie-hole during hour long feasting sessions. On the menu: 11 different unique pies, both savory and sweet, as well as a never-ending glass of bubbly are included in the $45 ticket price. Homemade ice cream scoops will be on demand throughout the night to top off your pie, a la mode. Once every guest is stuffed to the rafters with the delectable baked pastries filled with custard, fruits and creams, everyone walks away with a warm cup of spiced apple cider and a new autumn dessert not yet launched on the shop's menu to taste at home. Check out the pie varieties below:Key Lime Pie with Coconut Milk Whipped Meringue Silk Chocolate Ombré Pie with Mascarpone Whipped Cream (layered with 66% dark chocolate ganache, dark chocolate mouse, and milk chocolate mousse) Salted Caramel Apple Pie Flambéed Banana Cream Pie with Buttered Speculoos Crust Whiskey-kissed Sweet Potato Pie with Torched Marshmallow and Gingerbread CrustBlackberry Pie with Roasted Hazelnut Crumble Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a Vanilla Sablé crust, Vanilla Daisy Cookies on top and a hint of Anise Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie with Butterscotch Caramel and a Dark Chocolate Cookie Crust Heirloom Tomato Tart with Fresh Riccota, Herbed
A first look at the renovated Chumley’s
Fans of the iconic West Village speakeasy, Chumley's, have been patiently awaiting the newly renovated bar for nearly a decade now, and it's finally happening in late September 2016. The literary haunt has faced setback after setback following that initial wall collapse in 2007, with opposition from its neighborhood and a long spate of delays until Sushi Nakazawa restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone took the wheel earlier this year, speeding things along. See below for your first look at the fresh space, painstakingly decorated to retain the feel of the original 1922-born pub, with framed book jackets from old regulars like Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds gracing the walls: The renovated bar room at Chumley'sPhoto courtesy of: Liz Clayman Vintage photos and original book jackets at Chumley'sPhoto courtesy of: Liz Clayman Inside the bar at Chumley'sPhoto courtesy of: Liz Clayman Original author book jackets at Chumley'sPhoto courtesy of: Liz Clayman Author photos and book jackets at Chumley'sPhoto courtesy of: Liz Clayman
Here’s the full vendor lineup for Mad. Sq. Eats, returning September 10
Autumn cometh, and greater than the allure of fallen leaves and upstate apple picking is the bounty of markets and seasonal food events coming up. Yes, Mad. Sq. Eats is back! From September 10 through October 7, the bi-annual culinary festival by Urbanspace will set up at Worth Square in the Flatiron District (next to Madison Square Park), where hungry New Yorkers can gobble up all the best fare from local restaurants and food entrepreneurs from 11am-9pm everyday. The fall 2016 lineup has just been released, and includes the following vendors: Mr. Bing Beijing Street FoodsGotham PokeIce & Vice Khao Man Gai NY Renegade Lemonade Jicama “California Street Food” Domo Taco Palenque Columbian Food Inday Chingu Amali Mou Red Hook Lobster Pound La Sonrisa Empanadas Mayhem & Stout Two Tablespoons Roberta’s Hill Country BBQ The Truffleist The Cannibal Beer & Butcher Meltkraft Hong Kong Street Cart Paella Shack by Barraca Bar Suzette Melt Bakery Bangkok Bar
And the winner of Battle of the Burger is…
Last night, 20 vendors duked it out in the Battle of the Burger at the South Street Seaport, but only one could walk away the burger champion. Close to 2,000 burger lovers showed up to watch the showdown, drink beer, sway to the live performances onstage, and of course, try out all the burgers their bellies could handle while the judges deliberated over a blind tasting of all the beefy patties vying for top-burger status. Here are the winners of Battle of the Burger 2016: People's Choice Award - Kobe beef burger by Black TapUltimately, Black Tap won the hearts of the people, with its unmistakable blue cheese, buttermilk-dill and arugula-topped juicy steak patty cooked up by Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori (formerly of Chalk Point Kitchen and Las Vegas' DJT). A photo posted by Time Out New York (@timeoutnewyork) on Aug 19, 2016 at 12:57pm PDT Judge's Award - Chelsea burger by Peter McManus CafeThe panel of judges did a two-round blind tasting, and ultimately fell in love and hit the heart button on the simple, plain half-pound hamburger embellished with American cheese, crispy bacon, red onion rings and a slab of fresh tomato. Chelsea burger at Peter McManus CafePhotograph: Courtesy of Peter McManus Cafe Home Griller Award- Gaucho Burger by Dawn RajendranIn a blind tasting, the distinguished judge's panel selected this thick, juicy patty with caramelized onions and green sauce on a giant, fluffy sesame seed bun, and crowned it as the very best. Wo