billy frierson

A causal, Brooklyn Vietnamese spot specializing in the culture's typical plates—Pho and Bahn mi—is a must-taste.

The culinary awards organization is in its 25th year, and what a delicious year it is. NYC, as always, made a strong showing. Here are the spots you have to check out.

An affordable Italian gem is resurrected in the East Village.

Yes, the Swarovski crystal ball drops before the wild and jubilant masses in Times Square annually, but that isn't the only way to strut into the New Year like a New Yorker.

Obtain the secret code and descend into Bandit's Roost, a new drinking hole under Tribeca's Church Street Tavern.

The Wayfarer is a seafood restaurant with a steak house mentality—an emphasis on the delicate flavors of fresh fish meets the traditional, aesthetic grandiosity of a meat palace.

The nightlife crowd goes mad for HalloQueens!, the haunted exhibit/party hybrid produced by nightlife empress Susanne Bartsch, Oct. 31 8 p.m.-4 a.m.

High fashion meets the final farewell as The Met exhibits 19th-century mourning dresses, Oct. 20-Feb. 1.

You don't have to travel to the Louvre to see da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." A perfectly good forgery is hanging in a SoHo café.

Empire Oyster, a foodie fest that's part of NYC's Oyster Week, puts a spotlight on nature's fishiest aphrodisiac on Saturday, Sept. 27, 4-7p.m.

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