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Smile of the beyond-vegan restaurant-luncheonette-briarwood-queens-nycImage via VegiBoys

Smile of the Beyond is one of NYC’s best kept culinary secrets. Tucked away deep in eastern Queens, this vegan-friendly eatery has been serving local residents for a whopping 42 years. It has remained largely “untapped” due to its less accessible locale in Briarwood. Yet where else in the city can you be served in a deliberately peaceful atmosphere by the disciples of a legendary spiritual teacher? The answer is nowhere, in NYC at least. We’ll give you scoop on this unique eating spot as well as its unique staff, who also offer a free intro meditation course with your meal.

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IMG_1308Mike’s Coffee Shop. Image via Flickr: JSsocal

There are few things as characteristic of New York City as the luncheonette. These small, informal dining spaces used to dot the urban landscape as much as Starbucks does today.  Although their cheap meals and neighborhood-friendly atmosphere are now far and few between, we’ve compiled this list of the best luncheonettes still in operation. So, in no particular order, here are our picks of the eight best luncheonettes in NYC that are still serving up great grub at good prices.

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Brooklyn Supper Club in a dumpster NYC’s Secret Supper Clubs New York City Untapped Cities Sabrina RomanoSalvage Supper Club in Williamsburg. Image via Grub Street.

In the past, an invitation to a supper club would bring thoughts of middle-aged women having a potluck dinner and detailing the neighborhood gossip. But New York City has brought supper clubs to a whole new innovative and quirky level. Here, we’ve rounded up 6 of the most unique secret supper clubs, rated more for their usage of clever covert locations than on the exclusivity of an invitation. These range from dinners in reclaimed dumpsters, to private homes to helipads.

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Bar Subway Map-Thrillist-NYCImage via Thrillist

You may remember the map that called out the best coffee shops near each subway station in ManhattanQueens and Brooklyn. Well, Thrillist has just done the same thing but for bars! With this creative take on the traditional subway map, it’s easy to find any local drinking hole near subway stations around Manhattan . Broken down further by subway line for clear viewing, here are their callouts:

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Farmigo’s new headquarters in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Whether you’re an urban dweller looking for better access to organic produce or an agriculturalist looking for better access to a community, Farmigo is the company that will change how you interact with people and food. The website, launched in California in 2009, allows individuals to order a wide array of seasonal, fresh foods from small community farms. Each order is packaged and shipped within 48 hours of harvest and sent to designated communal pick up locations to be picked up by the customer at a prearranged time. At the helm of each pick up location is a community organizer, considered the backbone of the entire operation, that ensures that all orders are shipped and available to the customers as requested. And Farmigo is getting ever closer to the New York City market, with the opening of its headquarters in Gowanus, Brooklyn last week

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Don’t put away your reds, whites and blues just yet because Bastille Day is right around the corner! Celebrate French National Day all weekend long with events and activities around New York City in anticipation of the holiday on Monday, July 14th. Vive La France!

1. Maille Mustard Truck

Just in time for Bastille Day, luxury mustard makers Maille will be bringing a mustard bar to Manhattan in the form of a food truck from July 11th to 13th. Originally, La Maison Maille held the unique responsibility of supplying King Louis XV of France with his official stash of vinegar and mustard. A visit to the food truck comes with complimentary tastings of five different varieties and a chance to compose an individual palette of Dijon flavors. Click here for more information on Maille and for a complete list of when and where Maille Mustard Mobile with be available. (more…)