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December 31, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

Where to Eat 2013

Adam Platt sizes up our current culinary scene, heralding the resurrection of the classic French feast, the bounty of terrific sandwiches, the explosion of Asian Hipster cuisine, and the year when Brooklyn finally lived up to the hype.
On the Cover: A plate from Alison Eighteen. Photograph by Victor Prado/New York Magazine.


Listening to Beck

The boyish 42-year-old songwriter’s latest project isn’t an album or a music video, it’s a book of sheet music, Song Reader, that he hasn’t recorded. And he’s just as curious as his fans to hear how it will sound. By Dan P. Lee

Blues Cruise

A week after Mitt Romney’s defeat, a boatload of shell-shocked conservatives hopped aboard the National Review’s postelection Caribbean cruise to contemplate the wreckage—and go snorkeling with Ralph Reed. By Joe Hagan

The Black Orthodox

Two decades after the Crown Heights riots, what is it like to be both black and an Orthodox Jew? Here, a handful discuss negotiating righteousness and double-consciousness. Photographs by Wayne Lawrence. Text by Molly Langmuir.


Try to Stay Calm

School-shooting specialist Bill Bond on why lockdowns save lives.

The 2 Percent Solution

Could big investors accomplish what Congress can't?


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The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

No Brown-Bagging on the Big Bird

Air Force One food bills add up.

97 Minutes With Grace Meng

Celebrating the festival of lights with New York’s first Asian-American congresswoman.


Best Bets

Wire sparklers, glow-in-the-dark gifts, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I came here to be an artist, but we Africans, our families don’t want us studying art. So I’m studying accounting.”

The Urban Suburban Basement

Slumber parties, Ping-Pong marathons, Seven Minutes in Heaven. The subterranean high jinks of your teenage years have migrated aboveground and into the city. Here’s how to take part as a grown-up.


The TV Review

Downton Abbey teaches an unlikely lesson in austerity.

Uncostumed Drama

The Downton Abbey cast on season three.

Downton Abridged

In anticipation of the show's season-three premiere, an episode-by-episode recap.

Quiet, Please

The panic about the New York Public Library’s renovation plan is overwrought.

The Movie Review

An escaped slave gets long, bloody revenge in Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

The Movie Review

Haneke’s Amour stares coldly into the face of human agony.

The Movie Review

David Chase’s Not Fade Away is a dream of the sixties.

The Movie Review

Jack Reacher already feels like it belongs to another era.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

New seasons of Girls and Justified should help us through a cold winter.

Is This Book Worth Getting?

A no-frills buyers’ guide to just-published books.


Canal-Side Croissants

Runner & Stone aspires to be all things to all carb-cravers.


Comments: Week of December 31, 2012

Readers sound off on Reasons to Love New York 2012, General Petreaus, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 31, 2012

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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