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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

As we were walking down Dominick Street at 10:30 on a Monday night and turning t...

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2016 NFT Brooklyn Event on 11/18: Books & Beer at Word

Attention Brooklyn lovers: The NFT gang is headed back to Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Wednesday, November 18. We're celebrating the brand new 2016 Not For Tourists Guide to Brooklyn that's just rolled off the presses. Join co-founders Jane Pirone and Rob Tal ... ... Continue

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Holiday Spirits

Holiday Spirits Cruise

It's hard to believe, but the holidays are (almost) officially here. Why not prepare for the oncoming season of holiday parties by getting a jump on the action. Set sail on New York Harbor for a booze cruise to end all booze cruises. The Village Voice has put together over 25 distilleries and wineries that will be pouring festive cocktails to wet your whistle. Plus, there will be a full buffet to fill up on, and a salsa band to help you work off those extra calories. Oh yeah, the views of the NY ... ... Continue

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Very Venezuelan

The East Village, particularly what was once known as Alphabet City, has quietly amassed a pretty solid collection of Latin American restaurants in recent years, with old standbys like Yerba Buena, Yuca Bar, Casa Adela, Continue

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Hot Bread on Bleecker

It's amazing how a simple thing like hot bread straight out of the oven can be so satisfying. Manousheh's small kitchen on Bleecker Street, open behind the counter, is centered on the large oven where they bake their Lebanese-style flatbread. It's served with your choice of topping, like a simple but delicious zaatar (thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, olive oil) or soft akkawi cheese (or both together), all of which make for a surprisingly filling meal for not much money. You can get a sweet version w ... ... Continue

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Jane Pirone on the Monocle's Urbanist Podcast


NFT co-founder Jane Pirone appeared on The Urbanist, a popular podcast produced by Monocle, to talk about what role do guides have in opening up a city. ...

NFT Co-Founder Jane Pirone On Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio


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


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


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- ...

The Gang's All Here


This just in from NFT headquarters. With the fresh off the printer release of the 2011 Guides to Seattle, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, the new editions of all 12 NFT Guidebooks are now available. Even b ...


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