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Nights and Weekends is going the morning and afternoon route with its newest incarnation, 1 Bedford. Formerly known as Five Leaves’s scrappy little sibling, the newly emancipated eatery has outgrown its after-dark reputation. Renouncing booze-absorbing Latin bites in favor of an urbane European concept, it is devoted to the leisurely tradition of aperitivi. Indeed, its bar is back-lit with a veritable library of apéritifs and digestifs, incorporated into coupes of “Perroquet Red” with ricard and grenadine,...
There’s nothing particularly glamorous about meat-and-potatoes Irish fare, with its mountainous, gravy-soaked portions, and lusterless palette of brown, tan and white. Yet those homely qualities are precisely what makes it so appealing, and why St. Patrick’s Day (celebrated this Friday) proves a welcome vehicle to push it to the culinary forefront. So instead of fiddling with your camera phone, here's where to use your instagramming hand to hoist a pint of Guinness and a hunk...
Truth: Greenpoint has transformed dramatically in far less than a decade. Today, artists who decamped to Brooklyn's northern-most neighborhood in the 90s to escape Manhattan rents have been joined by, well, much of Manhattan. And high rises. And popped collars. And yet! If a place ever had a spiritual core, it might be Greenpoint. Authentically Polish on one end, artist- and creative-heavy on the other, these are the populations that still suffuse Greenpoint with its...
The truth is, restaurants no longer live or die on the strength of their menus alone, even when supplemented by seasonally changing dishes and nightly specials. As part of a non-stop hustle just to stand out, they’re forced to function as event planners of sorts, scheduling a steady stream of themed tastings and meet-the-farmer dinners, in order to get the media’s tongues wagging, and otherwise complacent customers through the door. So here’s what a handful...

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