Our obsessively vetted annual guide to the very best of everything this city has to offer—where to find New York’s most outstanding food, home help, shops and boutiques,
bars and entertainment, child’s play, and beauty and health meccas.
Inside, you’ll discover dumplings as chewy as soft pretzels, a showcase for rookie rappers on the rise, a one-stop vintage shop, a three-story hardware store that’s open all night, braided updos, chicken-raising classes, eyebrow makeovers, a Scandinavian play space, and much, much more.
Plus: See a slideshow of our cover contenders.
On the Cover: Steve Powers for ICY signs.
At 80, director Mike Nichols is one of the rare EGOTs (an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner). So why take on a high-stakes revival of Death of a Salesman? Because there are some stories—charming, dark, and charmingly dark—he still needs to tell. By Jesse Green
When John Liu was elected comptroller, he was embraced as a hero in his native Flushing. Now engulfed by a campaign-finance scandal, the first Asian-American to hold citywide office is vowing to clear his name. “I understand the stakes,” he says, “the risks of being who I am.” By Mark Jacobson
Law schools are churning out a record number of graduates at a time when the legal-job market has run dry. Are would-be lawyers just being naïve? Or, as a series of class-action suits allege, are they getting conned? By Matthew Shaer
Bracelets are back in for dudes, fueling a surge in men's accessories that has forecasters predicting twenty-year sales highs.
Olympia Snowe and the myth of the noble-but-marginalized centrists.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Between meetings with the founder of Twitter and Square, who says cashless is nothing—he wants to get past plastic too.
Thanks to the Wilpon-Madoff mess, Mets fans could be in for an ugly drought.
What makes Mad Men great? Not period details or plot twists.
Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss explain the Don-Peggy dynamic.
Julianne Moore didn’t just play Sarah Palin—she fell for her.
Actor-director-writer-producer Mark Duplass is having a very busy 2012.
Friends With Kids is the best breeder movie in years.
The Whitney Biennial’s curators consider the post-crash afterlife.
After establishing a restaurant empire in Moscow, Andrey Dellos has infiltrated the Russian Tea Room’s midtown turf.
Readers sound off on the Republican primary, gay history, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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