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BY ANNA SPIVAK | Eat your heart out, Manhattan! A dazzling new dining experience will promote the unique cuisines found in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx next month! Dine The Boroughs, a two-week culinary tour of some of the outer boroughs’ best bites, will feature some 200 restaurants offering pre-fixe menu options for just $28, from […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | New York University has opened its first dining hall that is completely halal, meaning in accordance with Islamic dietary rules. On Jan. 27, Lipton Dining Hall, at 33 Washington Square West, at Washington Place, became the “first fully dedicated residential dining location at a major university in North America certified at the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | A new pastry shop has opened in the Village with delicious Japanese/Taiwanese desserts and the curious name Catmint Wheel Cake. The small shop opened less than two months ago at 124 MacDougal St., between Bleecker and MacDougal Sts. It’s located up a flight of stairs from the street. A wheel cake is […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The city’s Winter Restaurant Week has arrived, just in time for foodies and those perhaps less fanatical who still enjoy food, plus a good deal, and perhaps the occasional Instagram food post. The twice-a-year city event recently kicked off on Jan. 21 and runs until Feb. 8. It includes more than 380 […]

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Sunday afternoon, firefighters from Engine 28 at the E. Second St. stationhouse responded to a gas leak at the building at 188 Orchard St., which contains a smoke shop on the ground floor. Meanwhile, Gerry Visco, a fabulous figure from the New York nightlife scene (and also Columbia’s classics department), stopped by the photographer’s famed […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Friends — some sporting sequined G-strings and twirling chest tassels — helped Avenue A egg-cream icon Ray Alvarez celebrate his 86th birthday on Mon., Jan 14. Dancing — combined with disrobing — on the counter at Ray’s Candy Store has become his birthday tradition for more than 10 years running now. Each year […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Panorama Middle Eastern Grill has been a welcome addition to the Village’s food options since opening this past June. The fast-casual restaurant, at 820 Broadway, near E. 12 St., has a slightly sleeker environment than nearby mainstays for Middle Eastern fare like Mamoun’s. But Panorama’s delicious and fresh food, and generous […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Is that street meat clean to eat? Until now, New Yorkers could only wonder about the cleanliness of street food, or perhaps choose not to think about it at all. But the city has started a grading program for all 5,500 food carts and trucks across the boroughs, which will give […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Very few Village establishments have survived the trying tests of times, including rent hikes and passing fads, like frozen yogurt, ramen and beyond. Even fewer of the survivors have remained family owned. Caffe Dante, at 79 MacDougal St., for example, was sold after 100 years to an Australian company, which made […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | After closing for renovations early in fall 2018, Ghandi Cafe reopened last month and continues to serve its tasty Indian cuisine. The cafe, at 283 Bleecker St., offers a self-described “authentic Anglo-Indian cooking style.” The cozy, hole-in-the-wall shop just east of Seventh Ave. opened in 1999. When the eatery was shuttered […]

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