So, it might be a full week since Thanksgiving, but if you’re anything like us, you’re still reeling from the absurd amount of insane food you stuffed in your face in frankly shameful quantities. We get it, so we also get the feeling like maybe it’s time to eat right for awhile to even yourself out. Never fear! We’ve got the hookup on three of the best super-healthy eateries in the city, where you can get yourself sorted.
Head downtown to Gingersnaps if you need some raw food recharging. The menu specializes in addressing pretty much any naughty-food craving with a healthy alternative. Try their super-satisfying Kelp Noodle Ramen with Sesame-Ginger Broth, Kimchi, and Mushrooms, and definitely don’t miss the Brazil Nut “Ricotta”.
Just when you think you’ve been to every restaurant, bar, food truck, and hole-in-the-wall café, New York has a tendency of proving you wrong. The best thing about this city’s ever-expanding selection of eateries is that there is always something delightful to be discovered in the most unexpected of places. These are 5 New York food spots that are worth taking a little detour in your daily routine to visit.
The East Village is one of the many neighborhoods in which it’s possible to live for several years and remain completely unaware of a large portion of the eateries. Residents of the area are spoiled for choice, so it’s easy to miss out on places like Paradiso, a small Italian café in Alphabet City with a great deal of homemade tiramisu. In addition to a selection of salads, paninis, and baked goods, tiramisu aficionados can choose from classic, chocolate, amaretto, banana chocolate, strawberry, and apple raisin. If that’s not a reason to take a detour, then nothing is.
We’ve put together a list of the best craft jerky in the city so you can get yourself a piece of the beefy snack revolution.
South African cuisine is another international food tradition that has a version of jerky, and South African-born chef Monique Daniels brings Biltong (from the Dutch bil, meaning “rump”, and tong, meaning “strip”) to American jerky fans. Biltong differs slightly from traditional jerky in that it’s thicker, cured in vinegar, and is generally not sweet. This gives it a unique meaty flavor and tender texture, which Daniels protects by not using any chemicals or preservatives in her curing process. Jonty Jacobs also offers Droewors, dried versions of the traditional coriander-spiced boerwars sausage (think Slim Jims, but way better).
The phrase “authentic Italian” gets thrown around the NYC restaurant scene much more often than it should. However, at Hell’s Kitchen gem Tavola, located at 488 9th Avenue, authentic Italian only begins to scratch the surface of the gustatory delights to be found there. Restaurateur, owner, and Italian mastermind Nick Accardi opened Tavola about a year and a half ago in what was once a New York City landmark, Italian grocer, Manganaro’s. Originally opened in 1893, the grocery was family owned and operated until Accardi created the cozy yet innovative eatery that shares the same passion for Italian flavors. Accardi did a beautiful job of paying tribute to the building’s roots, maintaining many of Manganaro’s original features; the shelves and tile work were all original to the store.
Cooking large, elaborate meals on Thanksgiving is a lovely tradition, but let's face it: it takes a lot of time, energy, and a bigger kitchen than most New Yorkers actually have. The holiday is meant to be cheerful, but it can end up being stressful for any number of reasons. Perhaps you agreed to host Thanskgiving this year and insinuated that you had Gordon Ramsey-level cooking abilities that you do not, in fact, possess. Or perhaps you’re just not in the mood to wield a carving knife or get into a fight with your cousin about the appropriate amount of ginger to put in the pumpkin pie. Whatever your reasons for opting out of the cooking madness Thanksgiving inspires, there’s no need to worry.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which generally means going home (for all you non-native New Yorkers), or maybe having family over to your place. But what about those of us left behind? And more importantly, what about those of us who would really rather not obliterate our kitchens with a frenzy of Thanksgiving cooking? Well, now there's a place for you--or rather, a whole bunch of places for you. We've put together a list of the best Thanksgiving meals in the city, so that this year, you can get all your cooking done for you. You can impress visiting relatives, or just enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner on your own or with your friends. Either way, if you're trying to take the restaurant route this year, here are the best places to do it.
If holiday shopping has you going crazy this year then we have a simple solution for you... chocolate! It makes the perfect holiday gift, especially for those on your list with a sweet tooth. So to make your holiday shopping a bit easier, we've picked out a few of our favorite chocolate treats this year to stuff in stockings and put under trees (and stuff in your mouth as well).
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These petite cubed bonbons make a perfect holiday gift- already wrapped in ribbon. These delectable morsels, stuffed with ganache and praline filling, will keep any chocolate lover smiling.
This year, Thanksgiving and Hannukah will happen simultaniously, which is kind of a really big deal. The last time the two holidays overlapped was1888, and it was only the second time that had happened since Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday. That might seem like a long time ago, but it's nothing compared to how long before it happens again. Thanksgivukkah 2013 is the last Thanksgivukkah for 79,043 years, so make sure to sieze the opportunity to celebrate while you can. Remember, you don't have to be a member of the tribe to go ham on Thanksgivukkah (ha ha, get it?). There's enough Thanksgivukkah for everybody, and we've got the low down on who's celebrating this kickass holiday with inspired culinary creations.
Today (November 14th) is National Guacamole Day, which means you can end your work week with a kick.
Guacamole has stood the test of time: it originated with the Aztecs in the 16th century (the word guacamole comes from the Nahuatl āhuacamolli, meaning “avocado sauce”), and is still popular to this day. But what makes spicy guacamole so good? The answer lies in the science of taste. Virtually all spicy foods contain capsaicin (pronounced cap-say-a-sin), a natural irritant produced by the seeds of plants in the genus Capsicum. All the fire and heat that spicy food aficionados love comes from capsaicin. In nature, the compound acts as a defense mechanism against being eaten, but, as if often the case, nature didn’t count on the strange proclivities of humans. When we eat spicy foods, the capsaicin binds to the thousands of tiny pain receptors on our tongue (called VR1 receptors), which triggers the brain to signal a burning reaction. So, interestingly, the burn we get from spicy food is actually all in our head: while we may feel like our tongue is on fire, no physical damage has actually been done.
Mondy night, Joonbug headed down to The Waterfront for New York Taste, and we were honestly blown away. We’d heard that the annual food fest--hosted by New York Magazine since 1998--was something special, but the whole evening exceeded even our raised expectations. New York Taste was truly an exploration as much as an exhibition of the best of the New York culinary scene, representing the traditional and the cutting edge alike, (often in the same dish.) It also provided a unique opportunity to meet the inspired men and women behind the food. Dishes were prepared on-site, allowing us to glimpse the artistry of the work in progress, and the very approachable chefs fielded questions and greeted diners all night. It was an immersive experience, something more intimate than you’d find if you went to any one of the Chef’s brick-and-mortar locations, that was still casual enough to enjoy freely. In all, a fabulous event.