07/08/16 6:53am


If you live in Brooklyn, then you already know Brooklyn Brewery through their beers on tap around the city, the events they host at their tasting room, and (of course) the neighborhood Immersions they help us produce. But for all the cities where they’re not the hometown brewery, they’ve created the MASH, an immersive event that brings good beer, food and music to cities around the U.S. and Europe every summer. The next stop is in Philly, and we’re sending one lucky winner and a guest to get in on the fun.

The grand prize includes an all-access MASH pass–which means starting Thursday, August 25, you’ll have four days to explore Philly and enjoy a beer-paired dinner, a night of live music, a tricked out venue that hosts a beer festival called Beer Mansion, and an Immersion-like tour. We’ve also lined up hotel accommodations at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, tickets there and back on Amtrak, plus a dinner for two courtesy of Spotluck.

The all-access passes aren’t for sale to the public–you can only get one if you win. Enter now and we’ll notify the winner by July 28, plenty of time to add an awesome weekend in Philly to your summer calendar.

01/15/16 12:24pm

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Break up the long gray of winter with a foodie weekend in February, on us. We’ve teamed up with some great partners to treat one lucky reader to a pair of tickets to the NYC Winter Wine Festival on Feb. 6. We’ll whisk you to and from the festival in an Uber and take you out to dinner at Lincoln Square Steak. And, you’ll get a six-month subscription to the Jamesport Vineyards Wine Club, so you’ll start each month, through the summer, with a couple of bottles to enjoy. Enter now.

09/24/15 2:03pm


In a city full of food celebrations the Food Network and Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival is one of the most biggest and most impressive. We’ve collaborated with Time Out New York, Wine Awesomeness, Mister Spoils and the festival itself to give away four sets of tickets, to four different events:

Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung® Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard Come hang out with some of the biggest names in food (as well as a few kitchen-loving celebrities), including Andrew Zimmern, Valerie Bertinelli, Marc Murphy and Ted Allen and sample and sip from noon to 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Ramen Party hosted by The Fat Jew This late-night ramen slurp session held at the High Line Hotel is sure to be one of the biggest scenes at the festival. Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10pm to midnight

Best Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the cast of Chopped Sunday afternoon, all the Bloody Marys, all the brunch, all the fun. Sunday, Oct. 18, 12:30pm-3pm

Meatopia presented by Creekstone Farms hosted by Michael Symon The one and only meat festival created by the late Josh Ozersky returns to New York in a rooftop, open-fire bacchanal of whole-roasted pigs, lambs, goats and more. Sunday, Oct. 18, 4pm-7pm

Enter now!


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02/08/15 7:57pm


Dinner parties. We love them almost as much as we love Brooklyn’s incredible restaurant scene, and in fact, some nights, with some groups, we love them even more. Entertaining though, can be a challenge when your dining room table is also your coffee table and your desk when you work at home. And when your oven door doesn’t open all the way because your kitchen is so small, and your main counter space is a cutting board you balance over the sink.

We have a solution for all that.

We’ve teamed up with merriment mavens from Feastly, Wine Awesomeness and Blood, Sweat & Cheers to offer a dinner party for you and seven friends, cooked by an up-and-coming supper club, in their space. You just bring your favorite people and the good food, and good wine, is all taken care of. No check to split, no dishes to do, no strings attached. What could be better? Enter now to win.

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01/11/15 10:53am


Well, winter is here–as if you had any doubts that it would arrive. As a thank you to our readers we’ve teamed up with a few partners to offer you a chance to win a trip for two to Miami Beach. If you win you’ll get three nights at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, round-trip airfare for two, 60-minute massages at Exhale Spa, the tasting menu for two at Macchialina (one of Miami’s best Italian restaurants, known for their porchetta and house-made pastas) and $500 in spending money for exploring and shopping.

The rest of us will be here, under blankets on the couch watching re-runs of CSI: Miami on Netflix. You’ll be on the beach. When you enter to win you’ll be signing up for emails from us, Gothamist, New York Magazine, Touch of Modern and Uncubed. Enter now!

12/11/14 1:00pm


Sponsored By Eva Shaw Designs.

Eva Shaw Designs is a jewelry candy shop filled with clusters of gems woven into bracelets, necklaces, and earrings designed by a mother-daughter team.

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It’s the time of year for decorating your home in festive colors—but don’t forget to choose some shiny ornamentation for yourself or the special someone in your life. Eva Shaw Designs of Soho carries hand-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, all made from genuine gold or silver and semi-precious gems. Enter below for your chance to win the necklace and earrings set pictured above, from their “Maharani” collection, valued at $250.

Mother Eva and daughter Liz have been making jewelry together since Liz was a child, and they believe that jewelry with semi-precious gems should be expertly crafted, unique, and affordable. They opened their SoHo boutique last year, with a commitment to ethically sourced materials and generous donations to charity.

The holidays are the perfect time to get acquainted with Eva Shaw Designs. They will be open seven days a week for the season, and their December promotions include 20% off all crystal quartz necklaces. On Dec. 17, they will be hosting Holiday Wine Wednesday with City Winery—ideal for picking out the perfect gift as well as the perfect wine for your holiday party.

Enter below for your chance to win a 14-karat gold–filled chain with black spinel beads suspended from a vermeil chain, along with matching lapis lazuli drop earrings. The set is inspired by the rich and intricate pieces traditionally worn by the royalty of India.

Eva Shaw Designs
107 Sullivan Street in SoHo
(between Spring St. and Prince St.)

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12/05/14 2:41pm

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Even in the midst of making holiday lists of all kinds–gifts to buy, cards to send, cookie recipes to try–our thoughts keep skipping ahead to the new year ahead and how to start it fresh. More than anything we’re eager to engage in some winter cleaning, finally getting rid of those boxes of assorted junk on the high shelves of our closets, donating the sweaters and coats we haven’t worn for the past three winters (if you didn’t wear it last winter, you never will) and how to generally streamline and simplify our apartments, and by extension, our lives.

We’re not alone–minimalism is in right now, from parents who have decided that enough is enough when it comes to toy accumulation, to organization experts who counsel that the more stuff you have, the more time you spend dealing with it.

If you’re planning a post-holiday purge, and even if you aren’t, we have the perfect contest to reward yourself with a cleaner, neater, more beautiful apartment. Enter now to win a 90-minute consultation from LABL Studios (trust us, you’d be amazed at what a difference just rearranging the stuff you have can make), an apartment deep clean from MyClean, a paint job–with paint included–from the folks at Paintzen, and three months of storage from Boxbee. Basically, have experts paint, rearrange and clean your apartment, after you’ve removed all the stuff that’s been cluttering up your life. Consider it a trial separation, and when spring comes reassess. We’re predicting a massive stoop sale and a fantastic year.

Enter now to get 2015 off to an amazing start. 

11/05/14 1:02pm



This time of year always feels a little frenzied. The days are shorter and the nights and weekends are cluttered with parties, drinks and work commitments. Then come the holidays. It’s an exciting season, but it’s also a grind, leaving you wanting a little respite from it all.

How about two nights at Urban Cowboy, a sweet away-from-it-all-right-in-the-thick-of-it B&B in Williamsburg? Add to that a gorgeous vintage serape (you don’t have to go Williamsburg-native and fashion it into some kind of garment–you can snuggle under it on the couch or in bed) from Man of the World, plus a $500 shopping spree at Kaufmann Mercantile, one of our favorite emporiums of the beautiful and functional.

We’ve been on a stuff reduction kick lately that goes something like this: Own fewer, more perfect things. Our partners in this contest embody that ethos to a T. Man of the World (you’ll also receive a subscription to their monthly magazine), stocks classic tools and objects–many of which look like they’d be at home on Don Draper’s desk. Kaufmann Mercantile has become our go-to for lovely gifts, excellent kitchen items and elegant objects that elevate daily life. Enter now and give yourself a moment to pause and refresh, right here in Brooklyn. 

10/07/14 2:44pm


You feel that chill in the air? That means it’s officially braising season.

Maybe you’ve heard braising thrown around as a cooking term but aren’t totally clear on what it actually means. Braising is basically just slow cooking something, usually meat, in liquid. A stew is essentially a braise. So is pot roast, coq au vin, and many a short rib recipe. The real genius of braising is that it’s incredibly simple to do well and the results are consistently delicious.

We’re so inspired by earthy fall flavors that we’ve teamed up with Food Republic and Cookstr to offer one reader a Le Creuset cookware set worth more than $800, including a 3-qt. saucepan, a 10″ fry pan,  a 7-qt. stockpot, and a gorgeous, 4.5-qt round French oven, perfect for making your own hearty braises. When you enter the contest you’ll be signing up for an amazing recipe trove from Cookstr, and great interviews, food news and technique tips from Food Republic as well. Enter now.


09/29/14 4:27pm
Carolyn Murnick, and editor at New York Magazine, hired Homepolish to help her turn her Bed-Stuy apartment from this...

Carolyn Murnick, and editor at New York Magazine, hired Homepolish to help her turn her Bed-Stuy apartment from this…

..into this. Photos: Homepolish

..into this. Photos: Homepolish

As New Yorkers we pay dearly for limited space, and this can lead to a bad Ikea habit–when close to half your income goes toward rent each month it can be hard to justify investing even more in your apartment. We’re here to tell you though, creating a beautiful and comfortable oasis in the middle of a city where personal space is at a premium is SO worth it. And professional help transforming your home into exactly what you want it to be is not nearly as expensive as you might think.

Homepolish is a genius new service that connects you to an interior designer for totally reasonable rates. They do full home designs like the one pictured above (more on that in a minute) and renovations, or they can help you turn an office into a baby’s room, or an underused space into a dining area, working within your budget. In fact we like what they’re up to so much that we teamed up with Homepolish and WorkOf–which curates and sells apartment transforming furniture and accessories–to give you a chance to win a modern and elegant piece that will set your bedroom aglow or completely transform your living room. Enter now. 

We also chatted with Anna Gray, a Homepolish editor about a dramatic design job their designer Adam Verboys recently did in Bed-Stuy (it caught our eye on their portfolio pages), and how less extensive projects can also transform a space.