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Pete Wells: Is New York’s Best Pizza in New Jersey?

3 stars | At Razza in Jersey City, local buffalo milk and hazelnuts go into pies that can stand up to the best of the five boroughs.

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Hungry City: Burgers and Franks Go Over the Top at Prontito in Queens

This Colombian restaurant in Elmhurst specializes in glorious excess.

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (9.7.2017-9.10.2017)

Welcome back to another weekend, you guys! And it’s not just ANY weekend, either; it’s the US OPEN FINALS! I went to the quarter-finals yesterday and it was pretty much the best day of my life, so if you have the means to grab a ticket and go to either the semi-finals or the actual […]

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Hungry City: A Rare Manhattan Find: Great Vietnamese Food, Times Two

Hanoi House and Madame Vo, which both opened in January in the East Village, specialize in differing styles, but both make exemplary pho.

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    Pete Wells: Is New York’s Best Pizza in New Jersey?

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    Hungry City: Burgers and Franks Go Over the Top at Prontito in Queens

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    NYC Best Weekend Bets (9.7.2017-9.10.2017)

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    Hungry City: A Rare Manhattan Find: Great Vietnamese Food, Times Two

In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix

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Source: NY Times Food

The store-bought box, one of the few dependable food items in a place of scarcity, is tricked out for dinners and fund-raisers by many a “cake lady.”

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These Burgeoning Supermarkets Are a Mirror of Immigrant New York

Source: Grub Street NY

In a time when traditional supermarkets are on the wane, massive so-called ethnic stores like the Asian-focused H Mart and the eclectic Food Bazaar are on a tear, opening new branches around the city and the country (often in the vacant shells of defunct conventional grocery stores). These aren’t the …

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What to Cook: What to Cook This Week

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Source: NY Times Food

Get the slow cooker going, stock the refrigerator and treat yourself to an easy frozen mango dessert.

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Lidia Bastianich ‘Needs to Have her Hands Close to the Ground’ — in Queens

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Source: Eater NY

Her 30-year-old garden and the dishes it inspires | Queens isn’t known for its gardens but Lidia Bastianich has maintained her own in the borough — Douglaston, to be specific, her residence of 30-plus years. It’s here that she’s planted an heirloom garden, shaped by her growing up in Istria, formerly Italian, now Croatian, across the water from Italy-at-large. While what she’s growing may not be served at her restaurants for volume and logistics sake, it has inspired the menu at her restaurants like Felidia, that’s been open since 1981. Italian gardens aren’t a run-of-the mill tomatoes, squash, and herbs. …

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New Yorkers, Better Start Preparing Now for ‘At Least’ 50 More Taco Bell Locations

Source: Grub Street NY

Do you belong to the niche school of thought that holds that fast-food chains are vastly underrepresented in New York City? Great news: Your imperfect municipal area is about to get a bonkers number of new Taco Bells. The chain today announced plans to blanket the city in “at …

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Trump’s Miami-Area Hotel Wants You to ‘Relieve Post-Hurricane Stress’ at Its Restaurant

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Source: Grub Street NY

A good businessmen sees opportunities to cash in in everything, especially natural disasters exacerbated by climate change. Like, Hurricane Irma, which wreaked havoc in Florida and the Caribbean, and is being called the most powerful storm to form in the Atlantic in a decade. On Barbuda, where 95 percent …

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New Upscale Thai Joins Williamsburg Dining Scene

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Source: Eater NY

Thaimee is now open for dinner | The new Thai restaurant in the McCarren Hotel & Pool in Williamsburg is now open: Thaimee at McCarren, which offers an eight- and a ten-course tasting menu, as well as dishes la carte, start serving dinner on Thursday.

Here, chef Hong Thaimee and her business partner Matt Bruck, a consultant turned restaurateur, are labeling the cuisine “true Thai” — an effort to emphasize authenticity. Thaimee grew up Chiang Mai and worked at Jean-Georges’ Perry Street before opening East Village restaurant Ngam. This is her third solo restaurant, located at 160 North …

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Pizza Takes Over NYC — and More Coming Attractions

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Source: Eater NY

Plus, a wine bar expands in Hell’s Kitchen

Conveyor belt pizza | Hot on the heels of its Nomad opening, D.C.-based pizza chain &pizza adds a second NYC location in Noho at 740 Broadway. It’s the 23rd location overall of this slickly branded pizzeria that offers unlimited toppings on pizzas cooked in conveyor belt ovens. Tuesday, October 3 is when this locations opens.

A wine bar expansion tear | Go-to wine bar Bar Veloce is on a hot expansion streak, adding new locations in Hell’s Kitchen at 862 Ninth Avenue, DNAinfo reports, as well as one in the West Village …

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McDonald’s Will Put Watered-down Juice Boxes in Happy Meals So They’re Healthier

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Source: Grub Street NY

McDonald’s has a new trick to make Happy Meals better for kids, and it involves eliminating those incredibly unwholesome … 100 percent juice boxes. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, only maybe halfway: Like most past tricks to promote healthier eating under the Golden Arches, the chain is …

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This Pizza Start-up Created a Cryptocurrency That Pays Workers for the Company’s Success

Source: Grub Street NY

Since the dawn of burger-flipping, the same riddle has plagued restaurateurs — why should the company’s long-term prospects matter to workers who are paid hourly? Even the best answers have big detractors; just this week, Mario Batali said it’s “odd” to think raising wages is a solution. But a …

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A Good Appetite: Roasted Summer Vegetables Tucked Into Tartlets

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Source: NY Times Food

September’s cooler weather means it’s the perfect time to bake with late summer zucchini and tomatoes.

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Taco Bell Will Open 50 NYC Locations in Next Five Years

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Source: Eater NY

Five of them will be ready by early next year | A big wave of CrunchWrap Supremes and chalupas is rolling into NYC: Taco Bell is planning to open at least 50 more locations in the five boroughs by 2022 — including five that will open by early next year. Those five will debut in Greenwich Village near NYU (647 Broadway), Times Square area, Prospect Park South (1034 Flatbush Avenue), Bed-Stuy (491 Nostrand Avenue), and in Corona, Queens — a rendering of which is pictured above. They’ll all serve alcohol, except for the one in Queens. It’s a huge change for …

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Cruising Astoria’s Hot Brunch Scene: 6 Worthy Destinations

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Source: Eater NY

Bloody marys, barbecue, baklava pancakes, and more | New York City certainly has its famed brunch destinations: The sidewalk cafes of Hudson Street in the West Village come to mind, and so do the more eclectic Amsterdam Avenue brunch spots on the Upper West Side. But over the last few years, a hot new destination has emerged in Astoria, Queens along 30th Avenue.

The underpinnings were certainly there, with an increasingly diverse population of young residents, plenty of large corner restaurant spaces with outdoor seating, and what must be cheaper rents than many other well-traveled and easily accessible parts of …

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New Greek Steakhouse Focuses on the Meat in a Stunning Space

Source: Eater NY

Merakia: Greek MountainThief Spithouse + Steak is now open in Flatiron | Is this the year’s most perplexing name yet? No, that honor goes to XYST, but Merakia: Greek MountainThief Spithouse + Steak comes pretty damn close. Named for revolutionary fighters in 1821’s Greek War of Independence who stole livestock and spit-roasted them, the restaurant opens today in Flatiron, in a high-ceiling, brick-walled, stone-cold-stunner of a space. This temple to meat takes over the old Kat & Theo space, from the same owners Renee and Andreas Typaldos. That concept wasn’t quite catching on, though, so Andreas tapped into his Greek …

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City Kitchen: Canned Are Grand, but Fresh Sardines Are Deliciously Simple

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Source: NY Times Food

These small fish are healthy, sustainable and easy to grill at home, whether over hot coals or under the broiler.

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