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BOP- Billion Oyster Project-Governors Island-NYC

Oysters are one of New York Harbor’s best shots at clean water, as well as one of its best chances at protection from future storm surges. These are the same oysters New Yorkers have done their best to decimate with centuries of pollution and overconsumption. The oysters hold no grudges, however, and have returned to help restore the harbor, even if New York probably doesn’t deserve it.

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Library Nomad Hotel-Library Book Bar-NYCAdd NewThe Library at the Nomad Hotel has two floors of books to drink with

There are plenty of pubs where literary legends have drunk, but we’ve tracked down the best bars with books in New York City, so you can endure the freezing weather with booze in one hand and a good read in the other. 

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Onegin Restaurant-Pushkin-Russian-NYCPhoto via Onegin Restaurant

It’s colder than a Cossack’s hip flask out there, so why not learn from those who know how to do “Baltic” better than anyone by sampling the best Russian spots in New York City? Gather your comrades together for steaming bowls of borscht, some fortifying vodkas, and feel the warmth return to your heart.

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We thought we were well-versed in the world of New York City’s hidden restaurants (after all, we wrote a whole book about it). But nothing quite prepared us for the awesomeness of this hole in the wall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, near the Untapped Cities office. And when we write hole in the wall, we mean it literally. There’s no name, no sign, no hours, no menu, no door to walk through. Just a rectangular cutout from a storefront grate, just by the intersection of Kingston Avenue and St. John’s Place, behind which a man from Jamaica is serving up delicious Caribbean food.

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Savoring Gotham Book Cover-Launch-NYCSavoring Gotham. Photo via Oxford University Press blog

A new book from Oxford University Press, Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City is a veritable encyclopedia of food terms, all distinctly New York. The book, with almost 570 entries written by nearly 180 food experts, is a celebration of the diversity of food and cultures in the city. Learn what a bialy is, recall the days of the automats, or go back in time when oysters were so abundant in the New York Harbor they cost only 5 cents. Even the oft-forgotten Native Americans get their due. The forward is written by Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and in advance of getting your own copy, take this quiz from the Oxford Dictionary team:

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14 of NYC's One Food Wonders, Single Food Spots_Rice crispy treats_Treat House_NYC_Untapped Cities_Stephanie GeierTreat House in NYC specializes in Rice Crispy treats. Image via Noah Fleck/Gothamist

New York City is full of unique eateries for people with all appetites, and as we’ve continuously explored on our series about places that only sell one thing, the city is dense enough to support a plethora of single-food spots. Using Mitch Broder’s new book New York’s One-Food Wonders, a follow-up to the book Discovering Vintage New York, which we used for our guide to NYC’s Vintage Restaurants, Bars and Cafes), we compiled our top fourteen one-food eateries.

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