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Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: NYC Restaurant Week Tips, Anthony Bourdain Gets Help and The Best NYC Cold Weather Restaurants

  • 20 Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Right Now: It's that time of the year again. The reservation lines for NYC Restaurant are opening today, and we've got your sneak peek at some of the top tables to book. From February 16-March 6, diners can score three-course meals for $25 at lunch and $38 at dinner.
    • 10 New York City Restaurant Week Tips: New York City Restaurant Week is a great chance to sample some of New York City's restaurants for a fraction of the price, making it a great chance to try something new or an old favorite that might be tough on the wallet. Here are some tips for making the most of your New York City Restaurant Week experience.
  • Service After Midnight at Employees Only: Sure New York is the city that never sleeps, but as most locals (and few tourists) know, places still tend to shut down after 2:00 a.m. — especially during the week. Not so at Employees Only, the West Village institution open until 4:00 a.m., seven days a week.
  • New York’s Best Cold Weather Restaurants: In case you’ve somehow missed the snow, or at least the mayor’s stern warnings about snow, allow us to break the news to you that winter is officially upon is. As a result, we’d like to offer up some of our favorite restaurant hangs for the frigid months, each categorized by a freeze-friendly “Perfect For” tag.



  • East Village vs. West — Which is Really the Narrowest House in NYC? Word that the West Village’s 75 1/2 Bedford Street is back on the market always brings attention to the slender house in which Enda St. Vincent Millay is said to have written “my candle burns at both ends.”  But it also raises the question of whether or not this truly is the “narrowest house in New York City,” as it’s frequently called, or a mere pretender to the throne.
    • NYC's Narrowest House Has a Surprisingly Big Backyard: The most recent buyer gave the nine-and-a-half-foot-wide house a thorough renovation, with reclaimed oak flooring, custom cabinetry, and built-in shelving and storage space. But there's one feature the owner didn't need to change: the home's secret garden, a backyard it shares with two neighboring townhouses.
  • Court Finally Forces Joe's Pizza Knockoff Little Joe's to Change Its Name: The owners of Joe's Pizza, one of the city's quintessential and best known pizzerias, has successfully stopped a former employee from operating a rival shop under the name Little Joe's Pizza.
  • New Grove Street restaurant Via Carota Review:  Imagine your friend’s refined, 58-year-old mom who doesn’t color her hair and has an established position as a museum administrator. She wears linens and gray things that aren’t designer name but are made of nice materials, and mostly ignores trends while still having both quirks and some certain sense of classic cool.  Via Carota is kind of like the New York restaurant version of that.
  • Village Prime, Creative, Yet Not Pretentious Steak & Seafood: Village Prime has opened its doors on Bleecker St. in Manhattan’s trendy Greenwich Village on a bet that downtown hipsters and tourists alike will find its “creative yet non-pretentious” steak and seafood menu a welcome alternative

  • The Roots of Indie: The Cafe Wha?  It all started with an Army vet named Manny Roth, son of an Indiana grocer. After the war he kicked around the theater community in Germany, Miami, and eventually New York, where he opened his first club, the Cock and Bull.

  • 5 Public Markets Worth Traveling For: Way more than just your typical open air market, the Chelsea Market is part food market, shopping mall, office building and television production facility. It's also the location of the former National Biscuit Company factory which also happens to be the place where the original Oreo cookie was invented and produced. 

  • Great Jones Café: An Appreciation.  The website of Great Jones Café mentions that when the place first opened in June, 1983, Great Jones Street was so isolated and desolate that after eating, patrons would often rush outside and indulge in a game of Wiffle Ball uninterrupted by traffic. Nowadays in this bustling, now-upscale Bowery neighborhood, street sports — as well as rents — are impossible.

  • Every Year Is the Year of the Dumpling: Dumplings are said to bring good fortune, and eating them is a time-honored traditional way to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which falls on Feb. 19 this year. So why not rally a few friends for a little homemade dumpling feast?

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