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Lauren Rothman

Lauren Rothman

Lauren is a Time Out New York freelancer whose culinary obsessions include offal and bourbon. Check out her collection of food snapshots—and cat pics—at @laurenoliviarothman.

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The most impressive Airbnb treehouses in the U.S.

The most impressive Airbnb treehouses in the U.S.

Swap concrete cities for the lush forests that are on offer across the U.S. Sleep up in the stars amongst the treetops in one of the many unique treehouse Airbnbs in the country. Live your childhood dream and immerse yourself fully in treehouse life, mud and all (maybe not the mud).  Find yourself a leafy paradise to stay in on your trip. Whether you fancy one with waterside views, a tropical climate, or a total off-grid experience, we've got it all. The homes we’ve picked range from simple and affordable to treetop luxury. So, if you're planning a road trip, camping excursion, or national park adventure, add these stunning outdoor-indoor Airbnb options to your itinerary. RECOMMENDED: The most unique Airbnbs in the U.S. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnb penthouses in the U.S. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

15 ideas for fabulous girls' weekend getaways

15 ideas for fabulous girls' weekend getaways

When it's time to really let it all hang out, a girls' weekend getaway is just the escape you need to get some real quality time away from work, family and other distractions. Whether your gal group is into mulling around top art museums together, getting pampered all day at premier spas or partying all night in the best clubs, these cities and towns have everything you need for a perfect girls' getaway. No need to jet off to some international locale: the U.S. has an endless array of destinations to explore, from amazing national parks (and more underrated ones) to cities that will make you feel like you're in Europe. You can plan a ladies' road trip, depending on the size of your group, or just consider a quick but jam-packed jaunt to these awesome girls' weekend destinations dotted around the U.S. You'll find a variety of options for activities in each spot, with a little something for everyone, so get planning and make that girls' trip happen. RECOMMENDED: Awesome bachelorette party destinations in America

The 19 best winter vacations in the US

The 19 best winter vacations in the US

While summer gets all the popular attention – sun, sand, sea, surf and so on – it's safe to say that winter is underrated. This is the only time of year you can actually wear nice, big, cozy jackets, scarves and woolly hats and curl up in a cabin. But as temperatures rise across the planet and winters get continually milder every year, it's entirely possible that many of our favorite places to go for the festive season suddenly won't be so winter-y. So, seize the season and make a pilgrimage to one of the best winter vacations in the US.  Want to introduce the kids to the biggest, brightest holiday events? Make your way to New York City for a classic Rockefeller Center Christmas, or give them a full toy-making experience at Kringle's Inventionasium in Cleveland, Ohio. Keen to cultivate a new skill or test your mettle? Try heli-skiing in Telluride, Colorado, or skijoring in Anchorage, Alaska. Hoping to skip the chilly weather and soak up some sunshine instead? Well, we’ve got recommendations for that, too. Whether you're traveling solo, as a pair on a romantic getaway, or escaping with the kids in tow, the best winter vacations in the US will make this season shine.  RECOMMENDED: The best ski resorts in the USRECOMMENDED: The best glasshouse Airbnbs in the US RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs near Yosemite National ParkRECOMMENDED: 8 warm weather Airbnbs in the U.SRECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in New England

The best bachelor party destinations for an epic trip with friends

The best bachelor party destinations for an epic trip with friends

Getting hitched typically comes with plenty of traditions, but perhaps none are as legendary as the bachelor party. The practice is truly time-honored, dating back to the fifth century BC in ancient Sparta when a dinner was held prior to the big day to toast the groom’s honor. Nowadays, the options for marking the end of a man’s single years are vast, whether it’s exploring the great outdoors at the best national parks in the U.S., indulging in the best sushi restaurants in America with your culinary crew, getting pampered at the best spa resorts or a stereotypical weekend of raucous shenanigans. From Sin City to the Big Apple, these are the best bachelor party destinations in the U.S.—ranging from hot spots to offbeat picks—to commemorate the groom in an unforgettable rite of passage. RECOMMENDED: The bachelorette party destinations in the U.S. 

The 21 best cheap eats in the United States

The 21 best cheap eats in the United States

A dish doesn’t have to arise out of a philosophical debate in the kitchen: it should just be delicious. We love good street food and any other items off an affordable menu, so long as the person making it loves cooking. Some of our favorite meals over the years have been ones that cost a pittance. Flavor isn’t free, but simple ingredients can go a long way when prepared with expertise and care. Here’s our list of fantastic cheap eats from all parts of the U.S., including some regional foods as well as just some overall favorites! RECOMMENDED: Looking for affordable bites in a specific city? Check out the best cheap eats in New York, L.A., Miami, Boston, or Chicago. 

The most unique Airbnbs in the U.S. you have to see to believe

The most unique Airbnbs in the U.S. you have to see to believe

Whether your travels this summer take you to the best attractions in the USA, the most bizarre landmarks in the USA, or the best national parks in the U.S., there’s bound to be an interesting Airbnb listing nearby. That’s especially true of these unique Airbnbs in the U.S. — they're the strangest we could find in America. So whether your idea of a good time is sleeping in Hobbit hole or a literal dog house, you’re in luck with these unique Airbnbs in the U.S. you have to see to believe.  RECOMMENDED: The most jaw-dropping secluded Airbnbs in the U.S.  

The 12 best cheap hotels in Seattle

The 12 best cheap hotels in Seattle

Seattle, the alternative darling of the Pacific Northwest, has plenty to offer visitors: great eats at the best restaurants in Seattle, killer attractions and activities (check our guide to the best things to do in Seattle) and much, much more. A visit to this fun-packed city merits at least a few-day stay, but sometimes the best hotels in Seattle are just a little too pricy for budget-conscious tourists. Wallet feeling a little slim? No worries: Check out our recommendations for the best cheap hotels in the city, from Downtown to Belltown and beyond. RECOMMENDED: The best houseboat and waterfront Airbnbs in Seattle

The 12 best hotels in Seattle

The 12 best hotels in Seattle

From diehard ’90s grunge fans and adventure junkies to foodies and night owls, the Pacific Northwest’s indie darling has something for all its visitors. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out our list of the 20 best things to do in Seattle, dine at one of the city's best restaurants or dance yourself clean in one of many Seattle nightlife hotspots. Whichever you choose, a visit to this attraction-packed city merits at least a few-day stay, so when you’re looking for somewhere to lay your head down on a soft, fluffy pillow, check out our recommendations for the best hotels in the city, from Downtown to Belltown and beyond. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in Seattle

The 18 most famous buildings and monuments in the USA

The 18 most famous buildings and monuments in the USA

You don’t need to be a history buff to get excited about the most famous buildings and monuments in the USA. History is everything, after all, and the story of this great nation can’t be told without these iconic locations. The United States is a conveyor belt of historically significant buildings, from the Empire State Building to Independence Hall. Throw in ambitious monuments like Mount Rushmore, and you’ve got a bucket list for the trip of a lifetime.While researching famous buildings for your next themed trip, check out the most stunning castles in the US. Yes, castles. Still, best to get these icons ticked off first. Trust us; they are all so much more impressive in person.  

15 best bachelorette party destinations

15 best bachelorette party destinations

The send-off from single life to living happily ever after should be one for the books, so we recommend that there's no holding back when celebrating with your bridal party (you’re only a bachelorette once, after all). Whether that means dancing until the sun comes up in Miami, maxing out credit cards in Los Angeles or exploring the best art museums in New York. You'd think Las Vegas would be a top destination too, right? And while it does offer a lot of opportunities to misbehave, Nashville is actually the city with the most bachelorette parties. Why, you ask? You'll have to read our list and see.  Need even more ideas? How about trekking through glorious national parks or luxuriating in some serious R&R at the most soothing spas in the country? No matter what you want out of your bash (or what kind of personalities you're toting along), these are the best bachelorette party destinations in the US —choose one and you're guaranteed an unforgettable weekend with your besties.  RECOMMENDED: 15 ideas for fabulous girls' weekend getaways RECOMMENDED: The best glasshouse Airbnbs in the US

The coziest Airbnb cabins in the U.S. to rent this winter

The coziest Airbnb cabins in the U.S. to rent this winter

Winter is here, but the getaways don't have to stop. With the temperature dropping fast across the country, you're not the only one that feels like cozying up in front of a wood-burning stove. And the best place to get your hot-chocolate on is in a cozy Airbnb cabin located in the middle of a forest (or at the edge of a lake—we'll take either). So book some nights of relaxation at one of these cozy Airbnb cabins in the U.S. From a cottage high about the New Hampshire forests to a log cabin nestles in a snowy meadow, these are the most picturesque and secluded Airbnbs you can rent in the U.S. Plus, they're really close to the best ski resorts and places to go snowboarding in the USA. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in the USA 

The best Hamptons restaurants

The best Hamptons restaurants

Oh, the Hamptons: that see-and-be-seen summer paradise where the crùme de la crùme of NYC society retreats to beat the heat—and chow down at the best Hampton restaurants. Sure, you can check out the best restaurants in NYC, but the Hamptons is awash—pun intended!—in restaurants and bars, both classic and of-the-moment. But it can be hard, especially if you only go there for short weekend getaways from NYC, to decide which of the best things to do in the Hamptons are worth your hard-earned cash. Do you go shopping? Or do you head to these spots, including everything from a breezy bayside seafood restaurant to a rustic wood-fired pizza joint? Here are the best Hamptons restaurants. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in the Hamptons

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RedFarm

RedFarm

4 out of 5 stars

At this dim sum house from Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng, dumpling devotees can find signature plates and Asian-inflected fare that, while wildly inventive, relies on classical Chinese technique. The soup dumplings are an absolute must-order, packed with pork and crab in a rich, flavorful broth.

Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport

Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport

3 out of 5 stars

What you lose in time driving from this Red Roof Inn to the beachfront—about a 20-minute journey—you’ll gain in savings on extremely reasonable room rates. Featuring an outdoor pool, free parking and free coffee in the lobby all day long, the hotel should be particularly attractive to pet owners: four-legged friends stay free. Rooms are comfortable and contemporary in design, with flatscreen TVs, microwaves and mini-fridges. Arriving to and departing from the property is a breeze: Norfolk International Airport is just a two-mile drive away.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Virginia Beach

La Quinta Inn & Suites Virginia Beach

3 out of 5 stars

Located just a couple of blocks from the boardwalk and beachfront, this La Quinta property is an excellent choice for an affordable Virginia Beach stay. For a budget option, the hotel offers a surprising number of amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and one free parking space per room. Spacious rooms and suites feature colorful contemporary decor, flatscreen TVs with 30 HD channels, and microwaves, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. At the free daily breakfast, look for the popular make-your-own-waffle station.

Super 8 Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Super 8 Virginia Beach Oceanfront

3 out of 5 stars

You can’t beat the location of this budget-friendly hotel, right on the boardwalk with full view of the ocean. Guests can choose between poolside rooms and those with a view of the water, the latter equipped with private balconies. In addition to the outdoor pool, amenities include onsite parking, a free daily breakfast and fast, reliable Wi-Fi.

Oceans 2700 Hotel

Oceans 2700 Hotel

3 out of 5 stars

Situated just a few blocks from the beachfront and from Neptune’s Park and other downtown attractions, this reasonably priced hotel offers great value for Virginia Beach vacationers. Spacious guestrooms feature linoleum tiled floors, dark wood furniture and plush white bedding, with in-room coffeemakers, refrigerators and microwaves, plus a flatscreen television. The Wi-Fi is fast, the parking is free, and there’s a spacious outdoor pool.

Best Western Center Inn

Best Western Center Inn

3 out of 5 stars

Located a 20-minute drive from the beach, this bright, modern Best Western property passes on the savings of a slight inconvenience. Rooms are neat, with cheery brick-toned walls and colorful bedding, and offer fast, free Wi-Fi, cable television and a refrigerator. The hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool and offers a complimentary full breakfast each morning, and is just a 10-minute drive from Norfolk International Airport.

Econo Lodge Oceanfront

Econo Lodge Oceanfront

3 out of 5 stars

Located right on the beach, this Econo Lodge property boasts clean, comfortable guestrooms with ocean views best taken in from the private balconies. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a free continental breakfast, free garage parking and an indoor heated pool for when the ocean’s just a bit too chilly. Inside your room, find comfy plush bedding, a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and 32-inch flatscreen television.

WoodSpring Suites Virginia Beach

WoodSpring Suites Virginia Beach

4 out of 5 stars

Located a 20-minute drive from the beach, this clean and accommodating hotel is a great option for visitors who don’t require an oceanfront room. Offering fast, free Wi-Fi, a 24/7 guest laundry facility and excellent customer service, the hotel is made up exclusively of suites that sleep one to four guests. Fully equipped in-room kitchens, with full-sized refrigerators, cooktops and microwaves help guests save some extra bucks by cooking in the room instead of dining out. For the most economical vacation, take advantage of WoodSpring’s excellent extended-stay rates.

19 Atlantic Hotel

19 Atlantic Hotel

4 out of 5 stars

Located right on the ocean on the south side of Virginia Beach, this affordable hotel is a longtime favorite among vacationers. With a retro exterior hiding a recently redone interior, the 19 Atlantic offers an expansive rooftop deck, free guest parking and complimentary coffee in the library. The hotel’s 68 guestrooms are colorfully decorated and outfitted with 32-inch flatscreen TVs, microwaves and mini-fridges, and stock Bath and Body Works toiletries in the bathrooms.

Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach

Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach

4 out of 5 stars

Though it’s nice to be right on the ocean, a great way to save some extra dough while vacationing in Virginia Beach is to book a hotel located a little bit further out from the action. It takes about 20 minutes to drive to the beach from this hospitable Red Roof location, which is well worth it when you factor in the savings. Just a five-mile drive from Norfolk International Airport, the hotel features an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and a free parking spot per room reservation. Comfortable modern rooms include 37-inch flatscreen TVs, and there’s free, fresh-brewed coffee available in the lobby around the clock.

Royal Clipper Inn and Suites

Royal Clipper Inn and Suites

4 out of 5 stars

Located smack dab on the north side of the beach and just a few blocks from Neptune’s Park, this affordable hotel is a favorite among budget-conscious beachgoers. Amenities include a refreshing outdoor pool, fast, free Wi-Fi hotel-wide, and one free parking space per room reservation. Clean, brightly appointed guestrooms feature 39-inch flatscreen TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers, and each has a private balcony. Save a few extra dollars by opting for a street-facing room.

Ocean Suites

Ocean Suites

4 out of 5 stars

Guests love this perfectly located budget hotel, situated right on the ocean towards the north end of Virginia Beach. Access to the water couldn’t be easier, but relaxing in the hotel also has its draws, including a spacious outdoor pool and sundeck plus private oceanfront balconies attached to each guestroom. All the hotel’s room are two-room suites with a separate bedroom and living room, plus a fully stocked kitchenette that makes it easy to prepare meals in the room. The whole hotel boasts fast, free Wi-Fi, and each room reservation also receives a free parking spot.

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These are the year’s best food trucks in NYC

These are the year’s best food trucks in NYC

The much-looked-forward-to Vendy Awards are coming right up—this summer’s food truck festivities will be held on Governors Island on September 16. The full list of finalists is all in, including Bad Hombres, a new taco truck category, and, of course, the coveted Vendy Cup. Before the coming food festivities, indulge your salivary glands with this list of the finalists in those categories, plus the trucks facing off in the Best Market Vendor, Best Dessert Vendor and Rookie of the Year categories. Vendy Cup finalists:Big Brother’s Delicious FoodDF NigerianAnton’s DumplingsAdel’s No. 1 Bad Hombres (Y Mujeres) finalists:Born & RaisedEl Rey Del SaborEl Toro RojoLos Viajeros Best Market Vendor finalists:Jhal NYCJoonWhat’s the DillazThe Malaysian ProjectTramezzini NYC Best Dessert Vendor finalists:The Crepes TruckDulcinea ChurrosJean NYC cakesMoon ManSweet Zahra Rookie of the Year finalists:Momo BrosKelvinsHarajuku Sushi and CrepeWarung RoadsideStuf’d

The can’t-miss vendors at this year’s Vendy Awards

The can’t-miss vendors at this year’s Vendy Awards

All summer long, street food aficionados await the city’s annual celebration of the excellent fare slung by carts and trucks throughout the five boroughs: the Vendy Awards. Held each year on Governors Island, 2017’s 13th-annual event brings together mobile food artisans serving specialties all stripes, from Venetian stuffed sandwiches to fragrant Persian “love cake,” before crowning a winner in categories including Rookie of the Year and best taco truck. The action kicks off at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 16, so grab a ticket now and indulge in our picks for the most original dishes, detailed below. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the Vendy Awards Jhal NYC A post shared by Jhal NYC (@jhalnyc) on Jun 30, 2017 at 9:18am PDT Bengali pride is an essential ingredient in the cuisine of Jhal, which employs Bengali women—mostly stay-at-home mothers—to craft subtly spicy snacks like fuchka, fried flour shells stuffed with chickpeas and potatoes and topped with chilies, cilantro, sev (crunchy chickpea-flour noodles) and tangy tamarind sauce. Joon A post shared by Joon (@joon_rice) on Jul 14, 2017 at 7:24am PDT Popularizing the underrepresented fare of Iran is the mission of Joon, run by Jessica Spiegel and Amir Alerasoul. The vendor specializes in the craveable crispy rice known as tahdig topped with a variety of savory stews, from pomegranate-chicken to turmeric beef Momo Bros A post shared by Momo Bros (@momobrosnyc) on May 1, 2017 at 9:12am PDT Founded last y

Taco Bell’s new NYC pop-up is serving these strange breakfast tacos

Taco Bell’s new NYC pop-up is serving these strange breakfast tacos

When it comes to tasty, authentic Mexican food, NYC is no Los Angeles, but we’ve still got easy access to pretty delicious burritos, quesadillas and tacos. That’s why, as a rule, we Gothamites avoid international chain Taco Bell like the plague, or, more aptly put, like the stomach flu its mushy, cheesy menu items are likely to induce. But the Bell continues to do its best to lure in new customers, most recently with a strange, tortilla-free new dish they’re calling the Naked Egg Taco. Crafted, apparently, for haters of corn and flour (or perhaps for the gluten- and carb-free set), the weird-looking breakfast “taco” fills a folded fried egg with crispy potatoes, cheese and the diner’s choice of bacon or sausage, all for just $1.99. The bizarre offering will be available a la carte at Taco Bell locations beginning August 31, but New Yorkers who simply can’t wait a couple of weeks to try the snack can get their fix on Thursday by reserving a seat at Taco Bell’s “Bell & Breakfast” event. Running in a SoHo event space, the breakfast, available for reservation through OpenTable, will feature the weirdo taco as well as other, as-yet-unannounced oddities. Thrill-seekers, look no further.

Soft Swerve will be serving ice cream cupcakes starting Friday

Soft Swerve will be serving ice cream cupcakes starting Friday

When it comes to indulging one’s sweet tooth, it’s not always easy to decide on a treat. That’s why hybrid desserts are so great. Not sure whether you’re in the mood for a croissant or a donut? Go for a Cronut! Can’t choose between a donut and ice cream? Grab a combo ice cream sandwich. And, on Friday, LES soft serve favorite Soft Swerve will fulfill both ice cream and cupcake cravings in a single go with an enticing collaboration with Brooklyn Cupcake. The dessert will feature a moist Coquito cupcake from the Williamsburg bakery, laced with coconut and sweetened condensed milk. The fluffy cake gets crowned with a swirl of Soft Swerve’s addictive, electric-purple ube ice cream. Christened the Coquito Swerve Cake, the $4.99 collaboration comes with one topping—like almond cookies or Fruity Pebbles—gratis. It’s a treat you won’t want to miss.

Where to slurp the best soup dumplings in NYC

Where to slurp the best soup dumplings in NYC

It's always the perfect time to seek out a steamer basket of xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, those beloved Chinese treats typically packed with meat and a mouthful of piping broth within their puckered dumpling skins. From Chinatown all the way to Flushing, these are the best soup dumplings in NYC. Shanghai Cafe Deluxe: Quite possibly the best in the city, the soup dumplings on offer at this Chinatown cafe stand out for the deeply savory, porky broth inside. 100 Mott St. (212-966-3988) Shanghai Asian Manor: The deeply pleated beauties at this Chinatown spot feature exemplary dumpling skins: thin and handmade, they envelop a toasted-sesame–tinged broth and a nice meaty filling. 21 Mott St. (212-766-6311; shanghaiasianmanor.com) Shanghai Asian Cuisine: This narrow Chinatown dining room serves up delicious dumplings with delicately chewy skins and a pork broth infused with the sweetness of cabbage. 14 Elizabeth St. (212-964-5640; shanghaiasiancuisine.com) 456 Shanghai Cuisine: Originally opened in 1963, this dependable Shanghainese spot steams soup dumplings with perfect, chewy skins and a gingery pork broth. 69 Mott St. (212-964-0003) Joe’s Ginger: This perennially packed Chinatown eatery has must-order soup dumplings, with nicely tender skins and balanced broth. 25 Pell St. (212-285-0333; joeginger.com) Old Shanghai Deluxe: You might walk right by this unassuming corner spot in Chinatown, but think twice before you do: its soup dumplings feature respectable skins and a broth

A winter holiday garden is coming to Midnights in Williamsburg

A winter holiday garden is coming to Midnights in Williamsburg

Winter in NYC promises to be a doozy, with bitter temperatures and a fraught political climate making it tempting to just stay in our pajamas, in bed, all day, until spring comes. But next week, Williamsburg hotspot Midnights will be offering a tempting incentive to get out of the house: a festive holiday garden offering yummy seasonal bites and warming winter cocktails. On Thursday, December 1 from 6pm to 9pm, the bar and lounge will transform its spacious patio space into a wintry paradise, complete with charcoal-lit warming stations, festive holiday lights and decorations, and plenty of nibbles and drinks. Brewery Ommegang will be on hand pouring seasonal brews, and Plymouth Gin will stir warming cocktails such as boozy hot cider. Host Christine Cameron of fashion blog My Style Pill will be on hand to dispense sartorial wisdom, so wrap up in your flyest scarf and head to the 'burg. 

This new giant donut has the flavors of a Thanksgiving dinner

This new giant donut has the flavors of a Thanksgiving dinner

  A photo posted by Doughnut Plant (@doughnutplant) on Nov 16, 2016 at 4:35pm PST   NYC foodies, beware: your Instagram account is soon to be dominated by a colorful, triple-layer mega-doughnut, courtesy of Mark Isreal, the fritter genius behind the city's beloved Doughnut Plant. Today, Isreal—who founded the four-location mini-chain in 1994—launched the bakery's newest, and zaniest, flavor to date. The Ripple boasts three levels of flash-fried goodness: a giant outer doughnut in a bright-pink cranberry flavor; a golden middle doughnut flavored with sweet potato; and a normal-sized interior doughnut that tastes of crystallized ginger. The $24 Thanksgiving-themed monstrosity serves six to eight eaters, who can cut a wedge to enjoy all three complementary doughnuts or go to town on their favorite ring. FYI: for those already experiencing Thanksgiving fatigue, the Ripple also comes in Berry Parfait and Mochaccino varieties. 

Five fun alternatives to SantaCon this weekend

Five fun alternatives to SantaCon this weekend

These events will give you all the thrills of SantaCon, with none of the douchiness. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to SantaCon in NYC  1. Juice Crawl: A defining feature of SantaCon is the journey from one drinking destination to the next, but who says those locales have to sling spirits? To cleanse your bod before the next round of holiday feasting, go on an ĂŒberhealthy juice crawl in Soho. The morning kicks off with a 9:30am yoga class, followed by a hydrating “pregame” of maple water and stops at Vitamin Chick, LuliTonix and Pressed Juicery. Bottoms up! Athleta, 121 Wooster St. Sat 12 9:30am–12:30pm; $45–$65. 2. The 2016 NYC Good Whiskey Passport: Then, of course, there are those who think SantaCon’s only redeeming quality is the booze. If a sloppy-drunk night is calling your name, grab a Good Whiskey Passport. You can show the $37 booklet at more than 40 bars for your choice of a whiskey cocktail or one-ounce neat pour at each. It’s good for two months (we don’t suggest hitting all 40 in one night!), kicking off on Saturday. Proceeds support God’s Love We Deliver and the Billion Oyster Project. Sat 13–Feb 13; $3 3. Santa Shuffle 5K: If you fancy yourself a Saint Nick look-alike but your tastes run—literally—more toward cardio than carbo-loading, lace up your sneaks for the annual Santa Shuffle. The 5K run’s $50 fee benefits the Prospect Park youth track club and includes a Santa suit, to be distributed at Windsor Terrace pub Farrell’s. Feel free to grab a morning pint, and don’

The best places to get hot cider in NYC

The best places to get hot cider in NYC

While the city is still on the tail end of a weirdly warm, Indian summer-type heat wave, temperatures are soon predicted to fall to normal autumn temperatures. So while you’re piling on your cozy layers and arranging decorative gourds on your stoop this weekend, why not take a break with that most seasonally appropriate of all fall beverages, the mulled cider? From picturesque greenmarkets to crowded cupcakeries, these are the best places to get hot cider in NYC. Clinton Street Baking Company: This LES bakery-cafe is a favorite breakfast spot, beloved for its loaded pancakes and stuffed omelets. Wash those platters down with a spiced apple cider, or go extra-rich with a hot buttered cider whisked with a pat of maple butter. 4 Clinton St. (646-602-6263; clintonstreetbaking.com) Union Square Greenmarket: The city’s many greenmarkets are some of NYC’s most picturesque spots to pick up a hot cider, and the famous Union Square location is no exception. Various fruit purveyors normally mull: stop by Migliorelli Farms, Red Jacket Orchards and others to see what’s on offer. Union Square Park (212-788-7476; grownyc.org) Wilfie & Nell: The hot cider at this West Village gastropub is spiked with your choice of brandy, bourbon or rum, and is an apt accompaniment to the lunchtime selection of decadent grilled-cheese sandwiches. 228 W 4th St. (212-242-2990; wilfieandnell.com) Magnolia Bakery: While you might instinctively gravitate towards a hot cup of joe to sip alongside your cupcake at

Drink Local Week is bringing you seven days of cheap booze in Brooklyn

Drink Local Week is bringing you seven days of cheap booze in Brooklyn

Brooklyn lushes, mark your calendars: October 20th through 26th is Drink Local Week in the borough, when you can score great deals on your favorite drinks at select bars, distilleries and breweries from Coney Island to Greenpoint.  Like Restaurant Week for watering holes, the promotion will aim to spotlight locally made craft brews and spirits by offering killer discounts on Brooklyn favorites such as Threes Brewing, New York Distilling Company and Red Hook Winery. Newly opened Crown Heights spot BKW will offer 20 percent off its Brooklyn Winery vino; Fort Greene's Greene Grape Annex will serve two New York State beverages for the price of one; and Cobble Hill wine shop Smith & Vine will mark local wine down 15 percent and local spirits down 10 percent.Check out details and map of all participating businesses here—and get ready to drink well, and often, in late October.

This 1974 airstream will be serving waffle fries and burgers from Andrew Carmellini

This 1974 airstream will be serving waffle fries and burgers from Andrew Carmellini

We New Yorkers can't seem to get enough of upscale junk food: think of our unabiding love for patties from Shake Shack, fried chicken sandwiches from Fuku and cones of creamy soft serve from Big Gay Ice Cream. So it only makes sense that trend-watching (and -setting) chef Andrew Carmellini—of the Dutch, Lafayette and Locanda Verde fame—is throwing himself into the ring with Mister Dips. Starting this afternoon at 4pm, the comfort food spot will serve fresh-griddled burgers, tricked-out waffle fries and soft serve, all out of a stylishly retrofitted 1974 Airstream RV.  Carmellini's Noho Hospitality Group helms the food program at Williamsburg's brand-new William Vale Hotel, which opened on Wythe Avenue and North 12th Street just a few weeks ago, and Mister Dips is stationed in the hotel's Vale Park. The stand's speciality is a Dip burger, with aged cheddar and special sauce; there's also a vegetarian "Green Label" burger, a mushroom-and-black bean patty topped with swiss. The fryer stays busy crisping waffle fries, available plain or "dirty," with spicy cheese and scallions.Dessert-lovers will likely head straight to the ice cream menu, where they'll find three creamy options, each with their own special dunk: the Jacker-Crax (buttered popcorn, salted peanuts); the Malter Cronkite (crunchy malt) and the tropical Hawaii Five-O (vanilla, pineapple preserve and toasted coconut). Check it out on weekdays between 4 and 10pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10pm. Photograph:

Where to stuff your face with deals on National Taco Day tomorrow

Where to stuff your face with deals on National Taco Day tomorrow

Get excited, taco lovers: the most hallowed of all days is upon us. Tomorrow, in a double dose of “holiday” goodness, it’s both National Taco Day and Taco Tuesday. All around town, restaurants are offering up great deals on everyone’s favorite topped-tortilla snack. From crispy shrimp to smoked chicken, these eateries are plating the best National Taco Day deals. Pampano: Richard Sandoval’s elegant, white-tablecloth spot fuses traditional Mexican ingredients with European technique. On taco day, diners who sit at the bar can nosh a taco trio platter ($7), featuring tinga de pollo (shredded chicken), chilorio (pulled pork) and chicharron de camaron (crispy shrimp). Pampano Taqueria: This taqueria connected to the Pampano kitchen will plate its own variety of tacos ($3.25 each), including grilled chicken, shrimp with black beans and a vegetarian option with strips of poblano peppers, zucchini and mushrooms. Playa Betty’s: This sunny, West Coast-inspired spot serves up casual, craveable California cuisine. On National Taco Day, it’ll offer a Build Your Own Taco Platter ($12.95), loaded with warm flour tortillas plus chicken, shrimp and beef fillings plus avocados, pico de gallo and other toppings. Otto’s Tacos: Starting tomorrow, all three locations of this Cali-inflected taqueria will serve its tacos on bright pink tortillas, in awareness of breast cancer. The kaleidoscopic tacos will be served all month, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Again

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