Dine

A lot can be said for aimlessly walking around New York City. A few years ago while taking a stroll around the Upper West Side, my curiosity was peaked when I stumbled past a shop called Beard Papa’s.

For your first meal of 2014, try something uptown, downtown, in a bookstore, on the water or inside a posh hotel. Here are some suggestions for New Year’s Day brunch.

One of Jersey City’s newest restaurants, the recently launched Left Bank Burger Bar, quickly became one of my favorites when I stopped by for dinner a few weeks ago. The burger joint—named for its location, left of the Hudson River—offers beef, chicken, turkey and veggie patties as well as plenty of topping options.

One of my favorite desserts is a doughnut, especially when they’re made well and with an interesting flavor. The Upper East Side’s new doughnut bakery Dough Loco does just that. When I tried one a few weeks ago, I had to wait in a long line, but these fluffy and fresh pastries were completely worth it. I tried two creatively flavored doughnuts: maple-miso and raspberry-siracha.

Christmas can still feel like Christmas even if you don’t spend half the day slaving over the stove. If you want to bypass hours spent in the kitchen, check out one of the many NYC restaurants open on Christmas Day—serving up festive fare and creative specialties.

Garden Café, The Park View and Inwood Local are three of my favorite Inwood restaurants. Not surprisingly, the trio of eateries is owned by the same family. Despite this similarity, these restaurants offer distinctly unique features.

Have you ever gone to an event and were so blown away by the catering that you can’t wait to partake in the “full size” version of the eatery’s delectable fare? Well, that happened to me not too long ago...

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend an event catered by David Burke Group. On the menu were melt-in-your-mouth mushroom risotto croquettes, tangy and colorful beet salads (pictured), slightly spicy barbeque chicken dumplings and juicy pickle-topped cheeseburger sliders. The dumplings and sliders are also offered at Burke’s Bloomingdale’s location, Burke in the Box, alongside other shareable snacks like crab cake sliders, tiny chicken tacos and prosciutto pizza.

New Yorkers like to dine out and the holidays are no exception. If you want to save the cooking for another day, check out one of the many restaurants open on Thanksgiving—serving up traditional festive fare and creative specialties.

It takes me over an hour by subway to get to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but it’s worth it for a trip to Bliss Grand. Like the name implies, Bliss serves blissfully delicious food—all of which is vegan and made without preservatives, chemicals or refined sugars. They also offer plenty of gluten free options.

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