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Mimi Ritzen Crawford, WSJ

When Hung Ry opened up a few months ago, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect: A Chinese noodle shop with pseudo-industrial décor and a highly experimental menu on one of the trendiest blocks in NoHo...

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All the great big bands of the ‘30s and ‘40s used to play the storied ballroom of the Hotel Edison, and so it’s not surprising that the best big band of our day should also be drawn there...

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Would you care for some crunchy grasshoppers in your taco, señor? If you’re at Toloache, then the answer is yes! As you can guess, this is no regular Mexican eatery...

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Zagat Buzz

A night at the Metropolitan Opera is one of New York’s great experiences. This season’s highlights include Puccini’s most popular opera, La Boheme, as well asDonizetti’s Don Pasquale, starring celebrity soprano Anna Netrebko in the role of the beautiful seductress. Whatever you see, you’ll have to face the eternal question: where to dine before the curtain rises at 8 p.m.?...

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If you blink, you may miss the tiny storefront of the Purple Elephant Cake Boutique while walking on Lexington Avenue...

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For nine years I lived with my wife and two children over Café Un Deux Trois in the Theater District. At five or six years old, my son would go downstairs to the café, take a seat at the bar and have a plate of French fries. It was that kind of place...

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Jin Soon, Upper East Side

A manicure at Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spa is no $10 quickie (hands start at $18, feet at $32). And it’s not the kind of place that usually accommodates walk-ins (best to book at least a couple of days in advance to get the time slot you want). Here’s why...

Directed and shot by: Thiago Da Costa. Edited by: Thiago Da Costa, Katie Ennis, Zack Wolder.

Coffee as rich as the Viennese like it. Cocktails made with the precision of a scientist and the imagination of an artist...

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The Pink Peppercorn, Flickr

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no need to give your sweetie that old Whitman Sampler. I’ve got just the sweets that will have your sweetheart swooning...

Directed and shot by: Thiago Da Costa. Edited by: Thiago Da Costa, Katie Ennis, Zack Wolder

Did you know you can book the original dining room of American financier J.P. Morgan in his restored 19th-century brownstone? How about Grand Central's secret "whispering gallery"...