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Zenkichi

Zenkichi makes me feel like I'm in Japan. The intimate setting gives you plenty ...

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Chef Geoff's

Thirsty Washingtonians, take heed! Chef Geoff’s has the best gosh darn Happy Ho...

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Hyperion Tavern

Ah, "hipsters." Don'tcha jus' hate 'um? Bashing "hipsters" (a term once analogou...

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Miller's East Coast Deli

Recently on a trip back East, I did the unthinkable: I neglected to enjoy a hot ...

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Jazz Gallery

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New York Botanical Garden

Holiday Train Show At NYBG

The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show is one of the highlights of Christmas in New York. I mean, yes, there is that gigantic tree in Rockefeller Center and, sure, the Christmas windows all around Midtown are a sight to behold, but there's nothing like taking in the collection of 150 New York City landmarks entirely constructed from plant material (!) in the Haupt Conservatory. And then there are the model trains. It would ... ... Continue

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Echelon Cycles

Free Air

In a city where you're constantly being accosted by ways to spend money, it's the little courtesies that make a big difference in keeping your sanity: water bowls outside restaurants for people's pets; buy-backs in a bar; and when you find the tire on your bike getting a little flat, the compressed air hose protruding from many a bike shop front ready to fill your tires back up and get you on your way. It may be hard for anyone who doesn't live here to understand, but in NY, getting air for free ... ... Continue

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Village Pizza

Slice in the City

One of the less heralded trademark NYC businesses is the local slice joint. High-end pizza places have proliferated in the past decade and get the press, but the backbone of pizza in New York is still the local pizzeria baking pies all day to be sliced and doled out in ones and twos. Village Pizza on Eighth Avenue and 13th Street hits all the right notes: a sturdy plain slice that it's hard to get sick of, friendly but no-nonsense counter staff, a steady stream of customers that keeps the p ... ... Continue

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Pain D' Avingnon

Tiny Stall with a Big History

It seems funny to have to recommend a bakery that's been in NYC for almost 15 years (and in business since 1992), but Pain D' Avingnon keeps a very low profile considering it's one of the city's best bakeries. They supply the bread for some top notch places (Eleven Madison Park, Momofuku Saam Bar and the Mandar ... ... Continue

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NFT Co-Founder Jane Pirone On Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio

1/14/2013

NFT co-founder Jane Pirone offered travel expert Peter Greenberg a few NYC secrets on a Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio podcast. ...

Co-Owner of NFT Featured in The Grey Lady

5/5/2011

Not only is NFT co-founder Rob Tallia one of the masterminds behind one of the best selling guidebooks in New York, he also likes to take photos late at night, write for a popular blog in Fort Greene, ...

Now Out on Amazon Kindle: NFT Collected Essays: 2005-2010

2/3/2011

Follow NFT's intrepid editors as they poke, prod, and explore the cities they work, play, and (gasp) entertain their out-of-town friends in the brand new ebook Not For Tourists: Collected Essays 2005- ...

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