TOP 5
Top Five Mac' n Cheese Joints in NYC

Whether elbows, shells, rotini, cavatappi, or peace signs—cover any style of pasta with some type of cheesy deliciousness and we won’t say no. Mac’ n cheese is the ultimate, classic American comfort food that has undergone some of the biggest variations and transformations possible. Whether made with gorgonzola and lobster or simply from the blue box, grab a big bowl and get ready to dig in to a winter staple for everyone’s cabinet or check out a few favorite cheesy spots below.

So you were looking for a large plate of mac’ n cheese Queens-style? Look no further, The Queens Kickshaw makes the classic dish with gruyere, cheddar, smoked mozzarella, French green beans, caramelized onions and topped off with tomato cream. It is nicely paired with their Foggy Ridge Serious Cider, giving a new spin on the classic cheddar cheese and sliced apples snack.

THE NAKED APPLE
The Naked Apple: Mets Game + Met Taye Diggs

I have had a really fun week! I went to the last Mets night game on Tuesday (say what you want about them this season, but I have faith next season will be their season!! ), they played the Cincinnati Reds. It's no secret that I have a major crush on David Wright. While I always see a lot of Athletes at the clubs, he is one I have never seen and am dying to meet out. I hear from my friends who work for the Mets, he's actually a really nice guy too. David, if you're reading this or if someone who knows David Wright is reading this, PLEASE contact me. I'm so obsessed with you, I want your game worn pants so I can sleep in them. I'm not creepy, I swear…

BEST OF
A Side of Jazz with Your Meal

When merely going out to eat or choosing a date destination becomes a tiresome, banal task, just add music. Whether you're on a date or with friends, the live jazz music performed at these intimate restaurants will have you grooving, chewing, and coming back for more.

BLUE SMOKE
NYC Restaurant Week is Back!

NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2010
January 25-February 7, 2010
Lunch: $24.07
Dinner: $35.00

It's that time of year again; it is NYC Winter Restaurant Week! These are the two weeks during the winter that foodies all around New York City look forward to. Now, NYC Restaurant Week is not just the peak of sunshine in the overcast winter sky for all those foodies who love to enjoy first class food at exuberantly low prices a few times a year, but has become a time when people all over New York City can treat themselves to the fine dining and fine foods of 4-star restaurants without the 4-star prices. Other than the NYC Summer Restaurant Week, there is really no other time when people of the five boroughs of New York can enjoy a 3-course lunch for $24.07 or a 3-course dinner for $35.00 in some of the elite restaurants of New York City. Some of these restaurants include Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke, Cipriani Wall Street, Tom Colicchio's Craftbar, Le Cirque, Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill, Nobu, and the legendary Smith & Wollensky. If the thought of fine dining does not appeal to you, there are an ample amount of other insouciant restaurants to choose from.

BLUE SMOKE
Fried Chicken Phenomenon
BBQ
Snapple Putting on Big Apple BBQ Block Party

With Memorial Day just passing and summer on its way, what better way to jump in with a New York style BBQ? Snapple’s infamous Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is returning to Madison Square Park for the 7th year in a row. Known to bring some of the best BBQ that the country has to offer, the event will be set for the weekend of June 13th-14th from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This year’s event will bring some of the most well-known Pitmasters to the grill such as Ken Callaghan from Blue Smoke here in NYC, Skip Steele of Pappy’s in St. Louis, and Jimmy Hagood of BlackJack BBQ in South Carolina. The event is free to attend and will have such events as live music, audience engaging seminars, and even some cooking demonstrations for all of us that have not yet learned our lessons to leaving it to the pro’s. All attendees will get a chance to try some of the best barbecue from around the nation for only 8 bucks a plate! That’s a steal if I ever saw one.

For directions or a full list of all 14 cooks you can go to www.bigapplebbq.org.