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Hakkasan Might Just Be My Favorite Manhattan Restaurant

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Hakkasan
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Over the past four years, I have done hundreds of restaurants in Manhattan, most of which have been memorable for all the right reasons.  Last night, I was invited to experience Hakkasan on 43rd between 8th and 9th, and it truly became a religious experience for me in so many ways.  Almost to the point where I can (potentially) say that it has been my favorite restaurant I have ever done up to now.

The 10 Best Restaurants We’ve Visited in 2017 (Part One)

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Best Restaurants
Credit: Pampano

Over the course of 2017, many of our writers (especially myself) ate at a ton of fabulous restaurants in Manhattan.  There’s a reason why the variety of cuisines here are some of the best in the world, and these ten that we have chosen are no exception.  From Harlem all the way down to the Lower East Side and everything in between, we count down our ten best restaurants that we have been to in the year that was.

Exchanging Holiday Gifts for Holiday Trips in 2017

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Holiday Trips
Credit: Whiteface Lodge

Sure, holiday gifts are always fun, but what if you can gift your BFF, boyfriend, girlfriend, or family member with a holiday trip instead?  Manhattan is a great place to vacation, but there is so much else out there that can make for a great start to 2018 with the person or persons of your choosing!  We have found some fabulous resorts, getaways, lodges and more that will make you give your loved one a huge hug after receiving this lovely “gift” from them.

Hell’s Kitchen Artists Offer New York Originals as Great Holiday Gifts

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Hell's Kitchen
Credit: Janet Restino

Art has unfortunately become a bit of a problematic area in the world of Manhattan, as many artists have found it difficult to make their name in an industry that is deemed less glamorous than their entertainment counterparts of sorts.  The Hell’s Kitchen Foundation wants to reverse that sort of thinking, especially during the holiday times, as many of their artists are offering one of a kind works of arts as a great gift idea for your loved one to receive.

PN Wood Fired Pizza Breaks the Delicious Rules in Flatiron

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PN Wood Fired Pizza
Credit: PN Wood Fired Pizza

So, there’s a bit of jealousy for this particular writer, as PN Wood Fired Pizza is a spot that we have visited before, but it was done by another talented writer at Manhattan Digest (link here.)  I had no idea what I was prepared for when we did round two there earlier this week, and suffice to say I was quite thrilled with what they were able to accomplish in the world of pizza and so much more.

Clay is a Fantastic Hidden Gem in the Heart of Harlem

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Clay
Credit: Clay

Harlem is truly becoming one of the best parts of Manhattan when it comes to the food scene that is vibrant and incredible there.  No longer do we need to stick to mid and downtown for our foodie finds, now we find ourselves hopping on the 2/3 and 4/5/6 for our next delicious discovery.  I found that and then some at Clay, nestled in the heart of Harlem on Manhattan Avenue between 122nd and 123rd street.

Christmas Crooning from Three Wise Men: An Interview with The Texas Tenors

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The Texas Tenors. (L-R) JC Fisher, Marcus Collins, John Hagen. Photo courtesy of The Texas Tenors.

Few artists can claim that they’re known by both the Chinese government and David Hasselhoff.  For The Texas Tenors, however, it’s just a few of the high profile individuals they’ve encountered since bursting onto the music scene in 2009.  The group, comprised of Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and JC Fisher, gained national exposure after appearing on the fourth season of TV’s America’s Got Talent.

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Amazing Tips for a Successful Holiday Party!

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Alex Guarnaschelli
Credit: Alex Guaranschelli

One of the main reasons why I love the Food Network so much is of course the food, but the other is Alex Guarnaschelli.  There is something so fresh, real and fun about her persona and the way she cooks that keeps me coming back for more and more.   With a new cookbook out and many other things she is doing like being an awesome person (and being an owner of one of our favorite restaurants called Butter), Alex still has time to host a fabulous holiday party and wants you to do the same.  In doing so, she has given our readers some great tips on how to have the most successful holiday party ever and not having it end with a gross piece of fruitcake.

James Arthur Celebrates the Holidays with Major Pepsi Performance

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James Arthur
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Singer-songwriter James Arthur performs at the James Arthur Pepsi Sound Drop performance at Haus on December 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images for Pepsi)

One of the biggest new artists of this past year is Pepsi Sound Drop’s James Arthur, who had a major international hit with “Say You Won’t Let Go” and many more.  The 29 year old, who originally rose to fame by winning The X-Factor over in the UK, took his talents across the pond to Manhattan last night, where he put on a very intimate performance at HAUS NYC.

Where to Go to Warm Up With Manhattan’s Best Comfort Foods

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Comfort Foods
Credit: Ashley Spears

When it comes to the cold weather in the winter, one thing is definitely for certain: comfort foods comes into play.  The freezing rain and snow can be very problematic for us, as we rush to find some sort of shelter that provides some delicious comfort food for us to devour.  So where are the best spots in Manhattan to enjoy this sort of yummy cuisine?