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The best places in NYC according to 25 famous New Yorkers

As you may have heard, we’re smack dab in the middle of the first-ever New York Love Awards (vote here!), celebrating your favorite bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and cultural venues and your favorite nabes in the greatest city on the planet.

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Where To Eat A Kind Of Healthy Lunch In Midtown

The Little Beet was one of the first places to figure out that healthy food would do well in Midtown, and they’ve reaped the rewards of being first in. The excellent food – ranging from proteins and sides to bowls to healthy burritos – is all worth the wait.

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We’ve got the Beet in Chicago

With a name like The Little Beet, you’d expect a restaurant catering to the healthier side of the dining-out spectrum. You’re not wrong.

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The Little Beet Table is a Little Gem in Manhattan

Little Beet Table’s vegetable-forward menu is a refreshing change from the rich, heavy fare often layered on at dinner in Midtown Manhattan. The vegetable plates and carefully selected fish, poultry or meat are complimented with 3-4 unusual ingredient combinations that result in tasty but not overwrought dishes.

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Diamond Dallas Page on his Yoga workshop, favorite NYC healthy eats

After forging a successful path in the nightclub world — first in his native New Jersey, then later in Florida — he decided to become a professional athlete at the age of 35. After defying the odds in becoming a world champion athlete, he struck gold again by as the inventor and spokesperson for his own fitness program, DDP YOGA.

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62 Ways to Upgrade Your Desk Lunch

As you may have noticed, no one goes out to lunch anymore: The average office zombie spends his lunches scarfing down a salad with one hand and typing with the other.

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All change in the Big Apple

New York has been dazzling visitors for years — few cities in the world can match the Big Apple’s unparalleled energy or the tremendous pride New Yorkers take in opening their arms to visitors — but it’s a destination where the only constant is change.

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Little Beet Table to 5,000 SF at The Collection in Chevy Chase, MD

The Chevy Chase Land Company and Streetsense have announced the signing of a 5,000 square foot lease with The Little Beet Table, a New York born market-fresh restaurant that will bring wholesome, regionally-sourced food and drink to one of the central retail spaces in the inviting new plan for The Collection.

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Aurify Brands Selects PAR Technology’s Cloud-Based Brink POS® Software and EverServ® 7700 Terminals for All Businesses

ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a leading global provider of point-of-sale (POS) and food safety solutions to the restaurant industry and wholly owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (PAR), announced today that Aurify Brands has selected PAR’s Brink POS® Software and PAR EverServ® 7700 Terminals for their 21 restaurant locations.

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My Favorite Vegan Restaurants/Cafes in NYC

“What are some good vegan restaurants in NYC?” I get this question all. the. time. ALL THE TIME. So I figured I would answer it once and for all with a list of my favorite vegan spots in NYC.

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Olo Dispatch covers nation, half of US population

Digital ordering service provider Olo has announced that its year-old Dispatch delivery service now covers all of the U.S. and half of the nation’s population, according to a press release.

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A few minutes with … Spencer Rubin, founder of Melt Shop

New York-based restaurant concept Melt Shop opened its first Pennsylvania location at the King of Prussia Mall’s 155,000-square-foot connector. I spoke with founder Spencer Rubin about his expansion and thoughts on the local food scene.

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Why Melt Shop Founder Selected KOP for First PA Location

New York-based restaurant concept Melt Shop opened its first Pennsylvania location at the King of Prussia Mall’s 155,000-square-foot connector. I spoke with founder Spencer Rubin about his expansion and thoughts on the local food scene.

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What Venus Williams Really Eats

Tennis powerhouse Venus Williams, 36, has been at the top of her game for what feels like forever. Watch one match, and it’s clear she’s got her serves, backhands, and forehands down pat. But what about her diet?

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A New Kind of Comfort Food

Mac ’n’ cheese and grilled cheese are the quintessential American comfort-food favorites. And recently, both have gone gourmet in the fast-casual industry as diners look for nostalgia and taste excitement all in the same bite.

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Ask Casey: What to Eat Around New York Penn Station?

I spend a lot of time fending off well-intentioned but time-consuming questions about what’s good to eat where in New York. While my knowledge is vast, it’s far from encyclopedic, and let’s face it, I end up eating at the same five places anyway.

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Poké sweeps the nation

Raw fish is nothing new, but poke — a hyper-regional Hawaiian dish of diced, uncooked fish with local seasonings — is breaking out from its island base in a big way.

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Construction Complete: King Of Prussia Malls Become One

With a ribbon cutting today, there is no more “Court” and “Plaza” in King of Prussia. It’s known simply as the King of Prussia Mall as the 155,000 square-foot expansion connecting what used to be two buildings is officially opened.

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2016 INC. 5000 RANK: Aurify Brands #1863

Builds, owns, and operates networks of category-leading fast casual restaurants, including Melt Shop, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, The Little Beet, The Little Beet Table, and Fields Good Chicken.

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10 Lunch Options That Are Way Better Than Eating at Your Desk

The importance of actually taking your lunch hour — as in, leaving your office and eating somewhere other than your desk — cannot be overstated. Mental health experts have warned that eating over the keyboard and taking the joy out of built-in break from the workday is bad for employees, and therefore bad for a business’ bottom line.

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Boosting Salaries in Hopes of Bigger Profits

A fast-casual restaurant company, testing a way of increasing productivity and lowering turnover, is boosting salaries and guaranteeing full-time hours at three of its locations.

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The best fast food restaurants in NYC

You may have noticed that New Yorker can be a little, well, frantic. That’s why nearly every block in town has some stellar fast-food joint, and a growing list of street vendors competing to be one of the best food trucks in NYC.

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The NYC Brunch Directory

Welcome to the new and improved Brunch Directory – a complete list of over 150 restaurants with the best brunch in NYC.

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Cherry Point, Don Muang Airport, 2nd City, and More Open

New York-based hospitality company Aurify Brands opened the fourth location of The Little Beet last week just off 27th Street. The menu at the healthy fast-casual restaurant is the same as the ones at all the other locations. Options include a mushroom poké bowl, a chipotle chicken roll, and vegan chocolate chip cookies.

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Healthy but Delicious

Initially, LBT sold us on their poppy artwork and casual-romantic vibes. However, their outstanding gluten-free, American fare is what brings us back time and time again.

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Going Bowling

Bowls have long served Americans as a way to dine on some everyday foods, notably soups, salads, breakfast cereal, and desserts. But these days, limited-service restaurants have adopted bowls for a variety of entrées, especially those that guests can personalize.

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As Good as Gold

As a Five Guys franchisee and proprietor of three Fast Casual 2.0 concepts, Aurify Brands is building an innovative new portfolio strategy.

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The Top 16 Downtown NYC Lunches

Where to eat a healthy lunch downtown this week? If you’re anything like us, you’re feeling that #MondayMotivation where you want to bombard yourself with juices and forget the pizza and wings you consumed yesterday…

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Melt Shop owner looks to expand following investment

John Rigos and Andy Stern started Aurify Brands in 2010, after the New York City Five Guys franchisees decided to run their own concepts and take them national. Five years later, the business partners are starting to fulfill that mission, and have a new funding round to pay for it…

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The 11 Hottest Fast-Casual Chains in NYC

Founded by Zagat 30 Under 30 Spencer Rubin and partner Josh Morgan, this grilled cheese specialist is known for its creative takes on the childhood classic, adding on proteins like fried chicken and even a whole burger patty…

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12 Best New Sandwiches to Try in DC

Most kitchens change the menu come springtime, and that doesn’t apply only to chef’s tasting menus at white-tablecloth spots. Even sandwiches get a makeover when the next crop of ingredients hit the markets — and we love a good sandwich…

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NYC’s Top 5 Spots For Healthy Eating

The sequel to Franklin Becker’s beloved fast-casual Midtown eatery, The Little Beet, opened late last year with well-deserved fanfare and a whole lot of healthy, gluten free goodness…

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Where To Find Healthy Food That Doesn’t Suck

We’ve felt conflicted about The Little Beet Table, but never due to the quality of the food. This place is cranking out excellent, fully composed plates of healthy(ish) food, along with a full bar and nice wine list…

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D.C.’s Hottest New Fast-Casual Restaurants

It’s National Grilled Cheese Month, and New York restaurants and bars across the city offer classic and creative takes on everyone’s favorite sandwich. Check out these six must-try grilled cheese sandwiches on Gotham’s radar…

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2015 RH 25: The coolest multi-concept restaurant companies

For decades, the creation of multi-concept restaurant companies was most often the domain of business types who knew food, knew restaurants and, most importantly, knew how to crunch numbers. These days, they still rule the multi-concept world, but many chef/operators have entered the picture in recent years…

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Healthy Chicken Joint Expanding to Midtown

Fields Good Chicken, a fast-casual restaurant that opened its first location last year, has inked a deal for its second outpost in New York City at RFR Realty’s 275 Madison Avenue between East 39th and East 40th Streets, according to the landlord. The chicken-centric company, which serves up wraps, salads and bowls, will be in 4,066 square feet of retail space at the 375,000-square-foot building…

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This chicken brand is firing up a Manhattan expansion

New Yorkers must love chicken. One year in, and Fields Good Chicken, a restaurant on Maiden Lane in the financial district, has signed on for its second Manhattan location. The company is taking 4,000 square feet at 275 Madison Ave. at East 40th Street — the same building as Dig Inn, another local fresh-food chain…

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13 New NYC Burgers To Try Right Now

New York City is full of tried and true burgers, and you could easily spend the next 20 years frequenting the uptown J.G. Melon in Nantucket Reds. But now that there’s a downtown J.G. Melon, would you at least try that? Or, live a little and try some of the city’s best other new burgers…

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The best grilled cheese in NYC

There are few two-ingredient dishes as simple and satisfying as a no-frills grilled cheese. Yet, a few tweaks here and there—melting aged curds and toasting oven-fresh buns from some of the city’s best bakeries—help rank this classic childhood favorite among Gotham’s leading comfort-food dishes…

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The Little Beet is Coming to D.C.

New York’s The Little Beet is opening a location in D.C. The Little Beet, which has two New York locations and another on the way, serves healthy and seasonal food items like salads, chicken bowls and veggie patties. They also have create-your-own plates with choices like salmon, quinoa and charred kale…

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NYC’s Melt Shop is coming to Mall of America

New York City-based restaurant chain Melt Shop will open in the Mall of America’s new wing. Spencer Rubin founded Melt Shop in 2011. The company puts an artisanal spin on classic comfort foods like grilled cheese sandwiches, tater tots and milkshakes. All the food is made-to-order from scratch, Rubin said…

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Gluten-free Eatery to Replace Pei Wei on 18th Street NW

The Pei Wei located between Nando’s Peri-Peri and Public Bar at 1212 18th Street NW closed on Saturday. A The Little Beet store will move into the space in October, said a spokesperson with The Little Beet. The Little Beet is a gluten-free restaurant based in New York City that serves a menu of salads, simple proteins and juice…

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Best of Washington: Our Favorite Eats Around DC

Grilled cheese tends to be the kind of sandwich better left alone — it’s hard to improve on its most basic form (white bread, butter, yellow American). But this Manhattan export, which opened in downtown DC four months ago, makes a strong case for spiffing up every kid’s favorite after-school snack…

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Haute Health Food: New York

Following the success of his gluten-free Midtown cafeteria The Little Beet, chef Franklin Becker opened Little Beet Table, a dressed-up, full service version of the original, in Gramercy…

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DC’S 10 Tastiest New Restaurants & Bars

You don’t have to be a member of Mensa to guess this is a grilled cheese joint. But so much more goes between the bread at Melt Shop, like this caloric weapon stuffed with fried chicken, pepper jack, red cabbage slaw, and melt sauce…

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Franklin Becker: Gluten-free goes gourmet

In an era of holier than thou chefs who preach the gospel of no substitutions, Franklin Becker stands up for the customer. “Anybody that is a chef and claims to be higher than thou, is not a chef,” Becker told FoxNews.com. “Our job is to be servants to our guests. If our guest wants a well-done steak, you serve a well-done steak because guess what? They’re paying for it.”…

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12 Creative Celery Recipes from Famous Chefs

Chef Franklin Becker gives sorbet a vegetable twist in this recipe from his healthy restaurant, The Little Beet Table. Serve it over berries for a produce-packed dessert…

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The Midtown Lunch Guide

Why did it take so long for someone to figure out that healthy food would do well in Midtown? The Little Beet is reaping the rewards of being first in, serving excellent food that won’t kill you slowly to long lines of people every day. It’s worth the wait…

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The Hottest Burgers in New York City, Spring 2015

Even though Franklin Becker’s menu at the Little Beet Table is health-conscious and vegetable heavy, the burger here does not cut corners. It’s a short rib patty topped with cheddar, special sauce, roasted tomatoes, and even bacon, with a side of fingerling potatoes for $16…

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Celeb Chef’s New Recipe for Success: Healthy Fast Casual

The number of fast-casual restaurants has skyrocketed since 2009 — it’s the only niche in the restaurant sector that’s shown any growth — and that has led to some big public offerings, from Chipotle to Shake Shack. But critics contend that today’s fast-casual boom still lacks one key ingredient: health. Franklin Becker, fine-dining veteran and celebrity chef, is aiming to change that…

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6 Gourmet Takes on Grilled Cheese You Can’t Miss

It’s National Grilled Cheese Month, and New York restaurants and bars across the city offer classic and creative takes on everyone’s favorite sandwich. Check out these six must-try grilled cheese sandwiches on Gotham’s radar…

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The Great Tot Crawl: A Map For Finding Tater Tots In New York City

Have you ever wanted to spend an entire night eating nothing but tater tots? Of course you have. What if you could sample the best tater tots in one of the world’s greatest food cities? You know what we’re getting at. We’re talking about a good old fashioned tater tot crawl in New York City…

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Where to Brunch This Weekend: The Little Beet Table

Franklin Becker’s full-service, health-conscious eatery, The Little Beet Table, an offshoot of its casual counterpart, The Little Beet, is kicking off brunch this weekend. Expect signature items like the LBT burger: Vermont cheddar, potato crunch bacon, roasted tomato, special sauce on Free bread as well as a quinoa risotto with seasonal vegetables; and a shrimp and chorizo scramble…

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8 Must-Try Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in NYC

It’s early March and there’s still snow on the ground — the only solution? Eat more grilled cheese. Here are eight notable versions of the childhood classic to comfort you through the last weeks of winter…

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Where to Eat 2015: The Platt List

Like many meat-and-potato-lovers of the old school, I expected the mania for boutique $25 carrots to have mercifully died away by now. If anything, however, the great veggie craze that has been sweeping through the city’s kitchens the past couple of years actually appears to be gathering steam…

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New Restaurants for Winter 2014

Still on the “gluten is grody” thing? Well, that trend doesn’t show any signs of slowing, and neither does the sprawl of healthy-but-good restaurants in NYC. We’re not complaining, especially about this new sit down restaurant version of the popular Little Beet takeaway in Midtown. Maybe there’s hope of retaining your beach body this winter afterall…

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NoMad Bar, and More Restaurant Openings

Fields Good Chicken is now open in New York City’s Financial District. Fields is focused on grilled and roasted chicken, and was created by “a former financier-turned-competitive-bike-racer-turned-chef”…

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Four Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week

When one restaurant’s doors close, another restaurant’s doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town this week…

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Fields Good Chicken Opens in Manhattan!

Chicken is a flexible food you can do a lot with: fry it, grill it, bake it, roast it, etc. Basically, you can whatever you want with it. The trick however, its making chicken tasty and healthy at the same time…

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Fields Good Chicken Opens in Manhattan

Fields Good Chicken opened to bring fast, casual, and delicious lunch options to New York City’s Financial District, showcasing simply and healthfully prepared grilled and roasted chicken…

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Here Comes a New Healthy Fast-Casual Concept to FiDi

Field Failing’s path to the kitchen wasn’t exactly straightforward: After beginning a career in biotech, he decided to try professional bike racing, which required him to find a restaurant job to support himself…

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