Paulaner: The Big, Bold Beer Hall on The Bowery

If you like the idea of drinking beer outdoor or at big tables – this is for you. Paulaner Brauhaus on the Bowery no only makes its own beer and only sells it has amazing food too. Plenty of schnitzel, sauerkraut and salmon and other good ol’ German favorites that are both very good and very heavy fill the menu. If German food does one thing well, it soaks up beer so you can have another round. The interior is large, but not cavernous, with a bar area occupying one half of the restaurant and a dining area with a massive single table smack in the middle of it occupying the other half. Definitely worth checking out!

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Finger Lickin’ Delicious Pies-n-Thighs Arrives In Lower East Side

YES! Pies ‘n’ Thighs, the Williamsburg staple known for tantalizing pies, fried chicken, and donuts, just crossed the bridge and opened its first Manhattan location. Aptly set in the Lower East Side, Pies ‘n’ Thighs has a clean but rustic American feel, very nostalgic, and little bit diner-y. The food is as epic for breakfast and lunch as it is for dinner, but it shines during brunch. Hopefully it eases weekend waits in the notoriously brunch-friendly area, but chances are they’ll all just stay just as packed. Forever.

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Danny Bowein’s Mission Chinese Makes Stellar Comeback

Mission Chinese Food NYC thrice cooked bacon

After a disastrous 2012 opening (and closing) Chef Danny Bowein has reopened his flagship restaurant, Mission Chinese. Contemporary styling, solid playlists, casual-yet-professional staff and upbeat crowd all contribute to make Mission Chinese 2.0 a fun, festive setting for a delicious feast.

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NYC’s Newest Bagel Institutions: Black Seed and Russ & Daughters Cafe

These two eagerly-anticipated restaurants, from a pair of beloved NYC institutions (one new, the other as venerable as it gets) recently opened in downtown Manhattan within a few blocks of each other. Which isn’t really all that unusual in this big, beautiful, food-crazy town of ours… except in this case, the focus of the menu in both places is the bagel. Coincidence? Yes. A bonanza for all of us who worship this most exalted of all the city’s breadstuffs? Absolutely. Absolutely. Go early, go often, but most importantly – make sure you go to both!

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Like NYC Pizza? You’ll Love Marta and GG’s, Two of the Fall’s Best New Restaurants (So Far!)

Two new stars have arrived on the New York pizza scene. Whether you love thin-crust Roman style, or fresh-from-the-oven New York Style, you’ll love Marta and GG’s, two of NYC’s best new fall restaurants (so far!)

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Root & Bone: Bringing Southern Fried to the Lower East Side

Introducing Root & Bone. Avenue B’s newest eatery brings Southern Fried to the Lower East Side in a major way. The talented duo behind the hotspot are none other than Jeff MicInnis and Janine Booth, the newest Top Chef alumni to bring their knives to NYC. Root & Bone has been slinging first-rate Southern-style food to large and lively crowds every night since it opened in late June. If you’re anywhere near the place, for any reason at all, you should definitely consider stopping in for a feast.

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Dinner and a Movie NYC Guide: Landmark Sunshine Theater Edition

It's the classic night out, going for dinner and a movie (or reverse it: a movie, then dinner). Even here in New York City, where there's always 20 million things happening, it's still one of our favorite date-night plans… or when the kids are willing to hang out with us on a Saturday night… or when we go out with friends… or… well, you get it. We do the dinner-and-a-movie night a LOT, and have no problem taking a subway or two to really do it right. Glenwood residents living in apartments in Manhattan may not even have to travel that far. Anyway the point is this: about once every other a week or so, we're going to add an entry to the Glenwood Dinner and a Movie NYC Guide, featuring the Landmark Sunshine theater, a movie theater we frequent and an array of close-by dining options.

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The Ungovernables are in Downtown Manhattan; 2012 New Museum Triennial

New Museum NYC Goes Global: 34 Artists Converge Downtown A nice counterpoint to the upcoming, always-heavily-hyped Biennial at the Whitney Museum, the much-appreciated if too-often-underwhelming New Museum on Bowery just unveiled The Ungovernables, a triennial survey of the state of global contemporary art, opening up all of its gallery space to some 34 artists, artist groups, and temporary collectives (for a total of more than 50 individual participants), all of whom were born between the mid-1970s and the mid-1980s, and many of whom have never before exhibited in this country. In other words: they're young, their life experience is likely different than yours, and you've probably never seen, or even heard of, any of their works before in New York City art museums. Most important, after an afternoon spent wandering all of the New Museum's five exhibition floors, we're pleased to report that there are many more hits than misses…

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2 Reasons February is Amazing: Hot Chocolate Festival & National Pancake Month

Marshmallow floating in hot chocolate.

Even though it's so far been kind of a fake winter here in the big town (which, by the way, we'll gladly take over last year's epic frozen slog of a season), there are still plenty of reasons to get excited over two of our favorite cold-weather New York City February festivals, both starting tomorrow, both guaranteed to satisfy your wintertime desires for welcoming warmth and sweet treats made with love. We go every year, as often as we possibly can, to the Hot Chocolate Festival at the great City Bakery, and the National Pancake Month celebration at the also-great Clinton Street Baking Company, if only because it gives us an excuse to introduce friends and share (for the hundredth time) with loved ones what we consider to be NYC's best hot chocolate, and NYC's best pancakes, respectively. 

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A Pair of East Village Restaurants: The Cardinal and Georgia’s Eastside BBQ

Say you're hanging out in the East Village, or on the Lower East Side, or maybe seeing a movie at Sunshine Cinema on Houston, and a craving for BBQ hits. You know: ribs, chicken, and pulled pork; collards, baked beans, biscuits… the whole thing. For a few years now we've relied on the consistently good Georgia's Eastside BBQ to satisfy our smoky / saucy meat desires in that part of town–and will continue to do so for a few years more–but newcomer The Cardinal offers a solid quick-bite alternative by way of East Village restaurants and is definitely a better place to throw a BBQ party. 

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