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The Platt 101
Our critic’s definitive top-to-bottom ranking of the 101 best restaurants in New York City, including the introduction of our five-star rating system. Plus, the lowdown on which new restaurants are worth visiting, the best bang for your buck, and the city’s most irritating food trends.
The Strokes, the band that revived New York as a rock town, just released their best album yet. So why aren’t they having fun?
The Cuddle Puddle of Stuyvesant High School
In the enlightened world of Manhattan teens, where the only taboo is intolerance, adolescent romance can get complicated. Meet Alair, her unconsummated crush Jane, their friend Elle, her bisexual boyfriend, and the rest of the heteroflexible gang.
Blogs to Riches
The first massively popular blogs—built from blood, sweat, and the democratically earned approval of tough-to-please Websurfers—were the kind of success stories everyone loves. But these days, a lot of aspiring Internet barons are discovering that the online aristocracy is about as tough to crack as any other.
Change Your Life
To paraphrase T. S. Eliot, between the idea (of quitting your desk job) and the reality (of running a hip, thriving bar) falls the shadow. Get it all figured out with this practical guide to fulfilling impractical fantasies, from opening a restaurant and growing tomatoes on a farm upstate to learning to fly and becoming a nun. Plus: Living the expat life in Buenos Aires—where American dollars and cultural cachet both go a long way.
The Lost Soprano
On December 10, onetime movie star and Sopranos player Lillo Brancato Jr. left the Crazy Horse strip club to look for drugs, only to find himself tangled up in the killing of a cop. Like the previous ten years of Brancato’s life, it was a case of tragedy imitating art.
Best of New York
This year, as in past years, our food fanatics, shopping obsessives, semi-professional night crawlers, and assorted other experts have scoured the city in search of the finest, well, everything. The result is our utterly unimpeachable (all right, it’s somewhat subjective), altogether comprehensive (there are 250-plus selections, anyway), and entirely useful (we stand by that claim 100 percent) manifesto on all things superlative.
Ron Perelman’s personal life is a multi-million-dollar operation: homes, yachts, personal chefs, chauffeured cars, armed guards. But his prenupped marriage to Ellen Barkin is one deal that went badly awry.
Up With Grups*
Why are so many 35-year-old New Yorkers wearing ironic T-shirts, following obscure rock bands, and otherwise devoting themselves to looking and acting like they just got out of college? One alterna-yuppie looks deep into the soul of his vintage-sneaker collection and finds that the aesthetic of irresponsibility may be the most responsible way to live.
Strategist on Holiday
If there’s one thing more offensive to a New Yorker than watching clueless tourists patronize trite, overpriced attractions, it’s going to another city and feeling like a clueless tourist patronizing trite, overpriced attractions.