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Thanksgiving in the City!

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.

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Sky High Alternatives

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, you’ll want nothing more than to be outdoors in the sunshine and breathing that fresh spring-scented air. Dining al fresco at a sidewalk café is always a nice way to relax on the weekends but the view isn’t always appealing. Who wants to look at people cleaning up after their dogs and inhaling taxi cab exhaust while they eat lunch? Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of high rises in the city, you’re options are numerous if you want to eat outside but without the distractions of the streets of Manhattan. Here are five of our favorite rooftop eateries and lounges to help you escape from the city’s hustle and bustle this spring.

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Happy Margarita Day!
Sotto 13, the Italian hot spot which recently opened in West Village, offers 2 varieties of delicious margaritas. Their signature Watermelon Margarita is made with watermelon-infused pavoneo blanco tequila, fresh watermelon juice and citrus squeeze. Also on the menu is their Mango Margarita, with pavoneo blanco tequila and fresh mango puree. Both can be purchased for $12. The 40/40 Club, Jay Z's upscale restaurant and sports lounge, offers mouth-watering margaritas made with Jose Cuervo tequila and come in passion fruit, peach, strawberry and mango. The bar reopened last year following a $10 million renovation and expansion to include stadium style seating, 5 exclusive lounges and gold plated baseball bats lining the wall. 40/40's margaritas can be purchased for $13. Lantern’s Keep, the intimate cocktail salon located inside the historic Iroquois Hotel in the Theater District is a dimly-lit secret gem that serves perfectly-crafted artisan cocktails. Celebrate National Margarita Day with their Tequila Maid, made with tequila, lime, shaken with mint & cucumber for $15. Hakkasan New York is celebrating this momentous day with their signature Bird's Eye Margarita for $17. The fun cocktail is made with bird's eye chili-infused llegal Joven Mezcal, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, lime juice, agave nectar, pineapple juice and creole bitters. Enjoy the tasty cocktail in their Ling Ling Lounge or with a meal in the main dining room. Spice Market will be celebrating National Margarita Day by serving its signature Ginger Margarita pitchers at half price, just $24. The boozy concoction was created by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and includes Sauza 'Hornitos' Reposado Tequila, ginger, lime, and ginger salt. You can even make it yourself, with this recipe.
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Superbowl Smackdown

The only thing better than football season is Super Bowl night. Friends, food, and brews. That's really all you need for a good time. Oh, and a prime spot to view it all. We've got the best spots to watch the Ravens and 49ers duke it out and with plenty of special deals, everyone will go home a winner.

The Windsor & The Windsor Gansevoort Park: Recently opened, Windsor Gansevoort Park will be throwing an off-the-hook superbowl party starting at 4pm. There will be a live DJ accompanying the four large flat screens that line the walls. Each banquet also has its own personal flat screen TV. The Windsor's original location will also be throwing a viewing party along with fresh, seasonal cocktails and gourmet comfort food.

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Happy National Rice Pudding Day!

In honor of National Rice Pudding Day, you should without a doubt check out some of the best rice pudding dishes around the city. Rice pudding has been around for thousands of years, so why not have a whole day to celebrate it!? Originally, rice pudding was used by ancient Middle Easterners medicinally, but now we know the best way to use rice pudding is to eat it. Enjoy!

Costanera Cocina Peruana, located in Montclair, NJ, serves patrons a delicious Peruvian rice pudding. The Combinado Clasico ($5) is a parfait of vanilla and Arborio rice pudding with golden raisins, Peruvian purple corn pudding, pineapples, apricots, and papaya.

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The Delectable Dishes of David Burke

All NYCers know the famous chef David Burke, who climbed to notoriety with his slew of restaurants and Food Network appearances. The CIA graduate has a plethora of restos to choose from in New York City, so whether you're uptown or downtown, there's a place for you to stop and eat.

David Burke at Bloomingdales is the perfect spot for shoppers to plop down and relax amidst their bag-carrying day, whether it's at their 50-seater dine-in, or at Burke in the Box, the 35-seater casual side of the resto with an open kitchen.