You need an 8pm Saturday night reservation for eight. Somewhere that's romantic-ish (it's Mom and Dad's 30th anniversary) but will also accomodate your 6-year old who only eats chicken nuggets. And your sister-in-law, who's a gluten-free pescatarian. This place must also serve delicious, strong cocktails comprised of fresh-squeezed organic juices and locally distilled small-batch liquor (how else will you get thru dinner with Aunt Taline at the table?). Oh, and Saturday is the day after tomorrow, so hop to!
Thankfully New York has some terrific food blogs that can get you out of any jam. Check out our favorites, and start reading your way to tasteful bliss.
From the site: <blockquote>You go to <a href="http://ozersky.tv/" target="_hplink">Ozersky.TV</a> for many things: there are the gastronomic spectacles, such as the eye rarely sees; the intimate moments with celebrity chefs, teeming with poignancy; the sybaritic raptures of the host, James Beard Award-winning food writer Josh Ozersky; or, best of all, the privileged access to the inner life of the world's greatest restaurant city. Each video is three minutes or less, and new every week. That's it.</blockquote>
From the blog: <blockquote>You know the trusted friends you turn to when you need a solid restaurant suggestion? In our circle, that's <a href="http://www.immaculateinfatuation.com/" target="_hplink">Immaculate Infatuation</a>... and we don't disappoint. We know New York City as well as anyone, and have finally decided to make something of it. Our real jobs are in the music industry, which is part of the reason why we're always out and about.</blockquote>
From the blog: <blockquote><a href="http://ny.eater.com/" target="_hplink">Eater</a> is the source for people who care about dining and drinking in the nation's most important food cities. A favorite of industry pros and amateurs alike, Eater has an uncanny knack for finding out what's opening where, who's serving what, and how it's all going down.</blockquote>
From the site: <blockquote>Think of <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/nyc/index.htm" target="_hplink">Tasting Table</a> as the friend you call to ask, "Where should I eat tonight?" We're the friend who knows the best spot for $2 tacos, and which $200 tasting menu is worth the splurge. We're serious eaters who don't take ourselves too seriously--like you. </blockquote>
From the blog: Alex Reichek is a restaurant lover, fanatic and connoisseur. After receiving texts, emails, tweets and calls daily to recommend the best and newest restaurants in New York City, she started <a href="http://chekmarkeats.com/" target="_hplink">Chekmark Eats</a> to share her knowledge and experience in the culinary scene.
New York Magazine's infamous food blog <a href="http://newyork.grubstreet.com/" target="_hplink">Grub Street</a> knows what doors are opening and closing before, well, anyone. This is the go-to spot for the latest in New York food, chef and restaurant news.
From the blog: <blockquote>Think of <a href="http://www.restaurantgirl.com/" target="_hplink">Restaurant Girl </a>as your culinary concierge, here to guide you to the hottest menus and chefs in town and the best restaurant for every occasion. I unconditionally volunteer my taste buds, so you won't have to waste time on a mediocre meal ever again.</blockquote>
From the blog: <blockquote>By serious, we mean impressive, or well-made, or just seriously delicious. At <a href="http://newyork.seriouseats.com/?ref=nav_ny" target="_hplink">Serious Eats</a>, we strive to appreciate food on its own level, whether that's a new product from Coca-Cola or our latest meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. </blockquote>
The Strong Buzz
From the <a href="http://thestrongbuzz.com/" target="_hplink">blog</a>: <blockquote>I guess I am what you might affectionately call a food slut. I'll eat anything. And the subjects of my articles are as broad as my love of food. I write about chefs, restaurants, menu trends, farmers, hot spots, late-night dives, power lunches, organic breakfasts, wild and wacky ingredients, wine, cocktails, spirits--you name it, I've not only eaten it, but written about it (or at least have tried).</blockquote>
From the blog: <blockquote>To me, lunch hour is sacred- and I'm not going to waste it in some generic overpriced "deli" (unless it doubles as an all you can eat buffet.) <a href="http://midtownlunch.com/" target="_hplink">This site</a> will hopefully be a place for you to find the gems in a sea of duds, wherever it is your work.</blockquote>
From the site: <blockquote><a href="http://brooklynbased.net/email_type/food/" target="_hplink">Brooklyn Based</a> began as an email newsletter that made it easy for subscribers to keep track of the events, people and places that were part of Brooklyn's rise as the most awesome place on earth. In time, we began producing some of our own events, and have since grown into a blog and an email for Brooklyn parents, too. Throughout it all, we have tried to stick to our motto, "Don't be annoying," with varying degrees of success.</blockquote>
Missed any? Tell us who your favorites are below.