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Quick bite: Uncle Gussy's Truck Brothers Franky and Nick Karagiorgos inherited their food truck's ace parking spot, outside St. Bart's Church, from their uncle. The daily specials are sourced from Astoria's K&T Quality Meats and prepped by the boys' mom with copious amounts of olive oil, lemon, garlic and oregano. These flavorful marinades enhance the tasty lamb or pork-chop specials, served with citrusy potatoes, and an always-on-the-menu gyro with homemade tsatsiki. 345 Park Ave at 51st St (u

America's Best Regional Desserts

Whether prepackaged at a bodega or freshly baked, the cakey, oversize cookie—covered with white fondant on one half and chocolate on the other—is sold throughout NYC. The origins have been linked to glazed Amerikaner cookies in Germany and Halfmoon cookies topped with chocolate frosting and vanilla buttercream at Hemstrought's Bakery in Utica, NY (available only by phone order). In New York City, a great stop for black-and-whites is William Greenberg Desserts, which has been baking the cookies o

How Lobbyists Invented the Coffee Break

It’s no secret that advertising has been selling us on breakfast since its early days. “Mikey likes it,” “Good to the last drop,” and “the breakfast of champions” are all taglines that evoke memories of specific breakfast-centric commercials. Madison Avenue is still pushing the concept of a “normal” American breakfast as bacon, eggs, toast, cereal, orange juice and coffee. After we’ve left the morning table, they follow us around, letting us know that yogurt and granola bars double as healthy af

Fifth Hammer Nails It

What you won’t find at Fifth Hammer are signature beers. Cuzme has a more fluid approach to his offerings: “Our tastes change and we’re influenced by the people around us.” He’s also taking into account what hops are available on the market, the seasons, how the last batch brewed, all the variables that require flexible recipes. As a licensed New York State farm brewery, at least 20% of the hops and 20% of all other ingredients at Fifth Hammer must be grown in-state. To that end, Cuzme often so

A Very Vanderpump Cocktail

Courtesy Ariana Maddix and Tom Sandoval, authors, Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019) Now in its eighth season, Vanderpump Rules is a cornerstone of reality television. For the uninitiated, the show centers around a motley crew of young adults, most of whom have worked at the West Hollywood restaurant, SUR. Last year, Lisa Vanderpump, the show’s matriarch, expanded her empire with the opening of TomTom. The bar, which is na

10 of the World's Most Iconic Wine Shops

Wine shops educate wine lovers on new varieties and bottles, and bear witness to changing public tastes. With this in mind, Wine Enthusiast created the America’s 50 Best Wine Retailers list to celebrate the industry’s best. But it also made some of our editors ponder which shops are true global icons. Some may have endured centuries in the same market, others have influenced a region’s wine culture, and a few may just be the first of their kind. Whichever niche they fill, these are the shops e

Podcasts for Every Wine Lover, From Beginners to Experts

Podcasts have become a huge part of American pop culture in the past few years. According to The Infinite Dial’s 2019 report, 51% of the U.S. population listened to a podcast last year, and more than 30% listened monthly. And while wine is best experienced in a glass, there’s much to learn through wine-related podcasts. Whether you’re just starting your wine journey or have a cellar chockfull of vintage Champagne, here are eight podcasts devoted to the wide world of wine. All About Wine is per

10 Wines from a Tuscan Region Ripe for Experimentation

Tuscany’s wine prestige comes from the iconic appellations of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Bolgheri. But few American wine lovers realize that located south of Bolgheri is the area’s third-largest Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), Maremma Toscana DOC. The region extends from the southern Tuscan coast, inland to the Montalcino border and Mount Amiata. In the southern wooded foothills, towards Lazio, are the famous thermal baths at Saturnia. One reason Maremma doesn’t ge

8 Best Gourmet Chocolates to Buy for Valentine's Day

Looking for Valentine’s Day chocolate? Over the past decade, bean-to-bar chocolate has gone mainstream. Now, it’s not nearly as hard to find American chocolate makers shipping in high-quality cacao beans to produce their chocolate in a single facility. Unlike the milky European chocolates you gave your middle school sweetheart, these artisans make beautiful bars designed to bring out cacao’s subtle flavors like cherry, citrus, and honey. And the best craft chocolatiers are taking the typical su

Instant Pot vs. Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi Cooker: Which Is Better?

Instant Pot is everywhere. As one of the biggest trends in home cooking, there are blogs, cookbooks, Facebook groups, and even an app devoted to living the Instant Pot life. For the uninitiated, the countertop appliance is essentially a pressure cooker and slow cooker combo using modern technology and updated safety mechanisms. That foolproof technology also makes it easier for the home cook to whip up rice or batches of yogurt. Prior to Instant Pot’s overwhelming success, the king of slow cook

How to Roast Melon Seeds—Because You Can and Should

In a few short weeks, the great autumnal cool-off will signal a rapid change of flavors. Crisp apples. Tart cranberries. Cinnamony pumpkin spice. And the salty crunch of freshly roasted pumpkin seeds. You can use them to coat your chicken, bake them into granola bars, or stay traditional (plus a little bit of sweetness). But I am an impatient woman. The recent, sudden coolness of my neck of the Northeast gave me a longing for pepitas right out of the oven. But lacking a pumpkin on hand, I turned

White Burgundy, Chardonnay's Perfect Form

Chardonnay is easily one of the most famous wine grapes grown around the world. The wine is the backbone for Champagne and a reason why California became so famous. It has even most likely saved a winery from death more than once. But many turn up their noses at the humble grape. Still, winemakers are looking for Chardonnay perfection. That perfection is White Burgundy. Burgundy, or Bourgogne if you’re fancy, is one of the best regions to fully understand terroir. With vineyards mostly full of

The Sourdough Starter Trick Nobody Tells You

Sourdough starter is basically a flour and water mixture that a bunch of wild yeasts and friendly lactobacilli bacteria call home. The yeasts produce the bubbles and work with the lactobacilli to give sourdough its distinct tang. The double-edged sword with the yeasts and lactobacilli is their constant need of food (equal parts flour and water), hence the need for regular feedings. If you follow the rules laid out by many professional bread bakers, feeding your sourdough starter at least every