It had to happen. There had to be a way to take home a little piece of artisanal New York in a handy package. Voila, the GoodHoodGoods line of neighborhood gift buckets (brought to market with a little help from yours truly). Each GHG bucket represents a different neighborhood and includes gems from local makers like Baggu, Chocolat Moderne, and the Good Home Company.

Buckets are on sale at the Milford Hotel in Midtown and can be ordered online right here.

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08:41AM on 08/23/2013

Forgtmenot is a surf-shack-esque eatery makes you feel like you just vacationed, especially with the random souvenirs and postcards decorating the walls. You’ll feel refreshed and glad to be back home here; try the Watermelon Salad with feta and mint ($9) or the Mixed Grill, a platter of grilled shrimp, haloumi, steak, and chicken served with lemon wedges and a basket of grilled bread ($16).

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11:00AM on 07/03/2013

Alder always offers a seasonal version of aPimm’s cup, the popular British summer cocktail. The Hey Rube is made with Pimm's liquer, gin, and rhubarb, one of summer's most intriguing fruits. The tart fruit is a delightfully bright complement to the gin and citrus-y, spicy Pimm's.

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06:01PM on 06/26/2013

Appellation is one of the most impressive wine stores in the city, with a huge selection organized by region with an emphasis on organic and eco-friendly options. Pop in for a taste of Southern France with a bottle of Zelige-Caravent or Mas Foulaquier if you like red, or the Les Chemins de Bassac if you prefer white.

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11:00AM on 06/06/2013

In NYC, you can eat food from pretty much all over the world. But good Mexican-Mexican food? Hard to find. That's why La Lucha is a boon for all West Coasters craving the real deal. La Lucha is a truly Mexican-run tacqueria serving up taco perfection with no need for piles and piles of toppings. All the flavor is right there in the Super Porky Mexican Pulled Pork Taco ($4.50) or the El Solitario Steak Taco ($4).

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11:00AM on 05/29/2013

Smoked Pork Hash & Poached Egg ($11, pictured), made with house-cured pork with a flavor-packed Carolina-style rub, served with a cherry tomato salad and scallions. Add a personal French Press brought to your table, and you've died and gone to brunch heaven.

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11:00AM on 05/01/2013

This Thursday, April 11 is the annual Rising Stars Awards Tasting Gala and Awards Ceremony, an event that celebrates the New York's best new chefs. You can experience a to-die-for meal of 20 dishes with beverage pairings from the chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, and brewers from some of your favorite restaurants. Tickets are $125 general admission or $175 for VIP access.

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10:52AM on 04/09/2013

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Rockaway community has stood strong, and Bungalow Bar & Restaurant is happily reopened and serving delicious food and drinks. The seaside restaurant has an incredible view of Jamaica Bay, a beautiful background for their live shows on Friday nights. After a long day in the sun, rejuvenate with a hearty Bungalow Burger served on an English muffin ($9) or the Chicken BLT on a baguette with chipotle mayo and pickles ($12), both served with their famous garlic fries.

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11:00AM on 07/09/2013

This brand new rooftop beer and wine bar is the perfect summer hangout spot, rain or shine: you can lounge in the sun or play ping pong and board games beneath an all-weather tent strewn with paper lanterns and Christmas lights. Hungry? Order a plate of Barbecue Cornish Hen or Ribs with cornbread, coleslaw, and bean salad ($15).

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11:00AM on 07/01/2013

Eat some local East Coast oysters, sip on a Nice and Stormy made wtih Blackwell Rum, lime, ginger beer, and fresh ginger ($13) or a Spicy Pineapple, Bols Genever, fresh pineapple, spicy syrup ($13), and while the heat away with a free show.

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11:00AM on 06/25/2013

Oaxaca tacos have a way of always hitting the spot. All tacos come topped with your choice of meat, pickled red onions, cotija cheese, salsa, cilantro, avacado, and lime ($3.25, $9.95 for any 3 plus rice and beans). We highly recommend the Especiale. A recent taco of the day: Korean BBQ Short Rib Taco. Yum.

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11:00AM on 06/03/2013

Snack Dragon is the answer to your drunken prayers, serving up late-night cheesy, spicy eats that won't make you miserable the morning after. Fresh, herb-packed tacos are served on homemade blue corn tortillas and are worth waiting for, along with the perpetually happy throng of bar hoppers craving chipotle-citrus marinated Carne Asada ($5) or Grilled Sole ($4).

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11:33AM on 05/23/2013

Pearl & Ash is the perfect blind-date spot: you don't know anything about your date's taste preferences, so why not go somewhere that lets you make it into whatever you want it to be? Wine bar, cocktail bar, tapas bar...etc. etc.

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11:00AM on 04/15/2013

Thelewala is right across the street from Kati Roll, and proving to be stiff competition. But can they live up to the beloved original purveyor of this delectable Indian street food? You be the judge.

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11:00AM on 03/18/2013

Summer cocktail pick: Death & Co.'s the Head Spin, made with Tequila Cabeza Blanco, Santa Teresa Rhum Orange, House-made Kumquat Cordial, fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice, and vanilla syrup ($14). The kumquats are the secret ingredient: these mini-oranges are super sour but delightfully tasty and really add that je-ne-sais-quoi element.

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11:00AM on 07/07/2013

The Upper East Side is starting to turn heads among the craft beer crowd, in a big part due to the brand new Third Avenue Ale House. This bar/restaurant serves a rotating menu of craft beers from your favorites to ones you’ve never heard of before. And, as an added bonus, the food is more five-star than gut bomb—try the perfectly cooked Lamb Burger served on an English muffin topped with tzatziki with a side of sweet potato fries, all for $8.95.

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11:00AM on 06/29/2013

This Father's Day, get dad what he really wants: a few brewskies or "Sweet Poppa" cocktails (with rye whisky, blended scotch, maple syrup, and citrus juice) and free chicken & waffles.

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11:00AM on 06/14/2013

This Sunday, June 2nd, transport yourself from the hustle and bustle of Chelsea to the beautiful rivieras of Southern France. This exclusive al fresco meal at the idyllic Hotel Americano is the perfect opening celebrationg of the Sud de France Festival, a celebration of the tastes, sights, sounds, and culture of the region. This exclusive three-course meal by acclaimed Chef Joseph Buenoconsejo will include traditional dishes such as Langoustine & Ris de Veau paired with local wines hand-selected by sommelier Theirry Chouquet.

Buy Tickets here.

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05:38PM on 05/29/2013

Every Bloody Mary should be garnished with a fat slab of house-cured bacon.

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11:00AM on 05/11/2013

Psst…Want to know a secret? That unmarked bar-restaurant on the Bowery is Wise Men, a sexy brand-new bar and restaurant. This sleek and modern bar is an ideal date spot where you’ll you’re your favorite Arcade Fire songs while sipping classic cocktails like the Perfect Rob Roy (Deward, Vermouth, Peychard Bitters, $12). The surprisingly to-die-for menu items: the Pork Chop (with mustard, onions, and peppercorn, $18) and the Broccoli (charred with lemon, olive oil, chili flakes, $8). They will the best pork chop and broccoli you’ve ever had, at the best new hotspot in NoHo.

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11:00AM on 04/14/2013

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