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G. Garvin’s New York City Travel Guide

Me and Double Wide's Christen Hagan

There are plenty of reasons to visit the Big Apple, the food scene being just one of them. There are thousands of restaurants in New York City. Obviously, you can’t visit them all, so my advice is to pick a few in different neighborhoods; that way you can explore the city and have different dining experiences.

Bell Book & Candle
Chef John Mooney’s created something special in Bell Book & Candle. The West Village is filled with romantic places perfect for a date, and his restaurant is no exception. The rooftop garden guarantees you’re getting the freshest produce possible, and the space is as imaginative as the menu.

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque
If a New Yorker waits in line, you know it’s worth it! Hugh Mangum brings Texas–style barbecue to the East Village in a modern space. As soon as you step in, the smell from the smoker hits you and makes your mouth water. Sides like the sweet potato casserole are a must when digging into the brisket.

Double Wide
Owner Christen Hagan has created a Southern getaway in the East Village at Double Wide. The drinks are creative and nostalgic, and the tasty bar food pairs perfectly with them. Double Wide doesn’t take itself too seriously, making it a great bar for a fun night.

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3 Hidden Food Gems in NYC

On Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan, Eden travels the country to meet the most outrageous and original food bloggers and social media stars who invite her to devour their favorite dishes. We connected with them to pick their brains and score some exclusive advice and tips.

Famous Fat Dave (left) hanging with Eden on Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan

There are foodies, and then there are food fanatics. I do not consider myself a foodie, but I certainly do consider myself a food fanatic.

Foodies relish keeping up with all the endless food trends. Foodies can’t seem to get enough braised pork belly and kale. Foodies will dutifully stand in line for hours for a taste of a Cronut.

But food fanatics are a horse of another color. We love food just as much as foodies, and we are equally, if not more, dedicated to the pursuit of delicious bites. But the food in which we are interested doesn’t trend on Twitter or light up your RSS feed. It’s not about how new or “in” something is. It’s not about the marketing or the presentation; it’s simply about how good it tastes.

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The Best New York City Hotels for Foodies

New York City has more to offer than the glittering lights of Times Square or the chic shops lining SoHo’s streets — it also has one of the greatest food scenes in the entire world. And many of the city’s delicious, top-tier restaurants can be found in the Big Apple’s best hotels. So keeping your palate (and hungry belly) in mind, check out our six favorite NYC hotels fit for the most picky of foodies. Chow down!

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New York City’s Michelin-Starred Restaurants

One of the food capitals of the world (sorry, but there can’t be just one), New York City boasts tons of fabulous restaurants helmed by celebrated chefs. Traveling just a few blocks, you can’t help but walk by a renowned restaurant, whether it boasts reliable, traditional fare or funky fusion that you can’t find anywhere else. But restaurants that have been awarded a Michelin star — well, they’re few and far between, even in this foodie capital. Because receiving a Michelin star means going above and beyond with inventive dishes, offering delicious cuisine in a fabulous atmosphere.

Take a bite out of our favorite Michelin-starred restaurants, housed at hotels in New York City.

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Devour’d: Ice Cream Baked Potato

Ice Cram Baked Potato

This baked potato is "loaded" with fabulous, unexpected flavor.

Just another loaded-up baked potato waiting to be devoured?

Think again.

This big bad baked spud is actually dessert in disguise. The “potato” is ice cream, complete with a cocoa-powdered skin. Whipped cream masquerades as the sour cream, and frosting fills in for butter. The pièce de résistance? Dyed green pecan “chives.”

This sweet look-alike is good enough to mislead the most astute spud-spotter. 

I recently took on this Texas-sized treat (with a group of friends, I swear) and was pleasantly surprised that it’s authentic look didn’t affect it’s down-home delicious dairy taste. The vanilla ice cream was rich, the hot fudge was sweet, and well, it was too cute not to eat. 

You, too, can enjoy one if you “mozie on down” to Cowgirl in the West Village neighborhood of New York City.

Not in NYC? Well, you’re in luck: Food Network convinced the crew at Cowgirl to share the recipe.

Get the Recipe (and fool your friends): Cowgirl’s Ice Cream Baked Potato

Or for a simpler take baked potato deception, try Food.com’s version

Yee-haw and Happy April Fool’s Day, y’all!

Lucky Rice Festival: Celebrating Asian Cuisine

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Photo: Jason Chau

Last week, Cooking Channel staff was fortunate enough to attend the second-annual LUCKYRICE Festival, an exciting, week-long tribute to the incredible diversity of Asian culinary culture.

The NYC-based festival featured truly unique events hosted by talented chefs who specialize in Asian cuisine, including Iron Chef Morimoto,  chef Ming Tsai, and Cooking Channel’s own Ching-He Huang (see the full list or participants here).

Here are some highlights from the event:

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Top Eats from New York City’s Best Restaurants

Mini Chocolate Cakes from Fay Da Bakery. Photo: Roberto Ferdman

Last week, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Village Voice Choice Eats Annual Tasting in New York City. Featuring some of the best dishes from New York’s best chefs, the event took place at the 69th Regiment Armory and showcased the diverse and creative landscape of the city’s cuisine. From all-American classics like pulled pork sandwiches and sloppy joes to much fancier fare that included olive oil-filled chocolate bastoncinos and duck, pork and crawfish boudin, there was no shortage of variety.

While the leftovers have long since gone sour, there’s still plenty of food porn to feast your eyes on. Check out our favorite pics from the food fest.

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