Venue Spotlight: Huertas, NYC

Back in the early aughts, tapas bars took New York, and later the country, by storm. But many were just reiterations of the same few ideas: Sangria, pan con tomate, and so on. In the last few years, far more culinarily sophisticated venues have opened up, and Huertas in the East Village is one of the best. 

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While a couple's wedding reception is, rightly, the marquee event of their nuptials, the rehearsal dinner shouldn't be overlooked -- an opportunity for two families and close friends to become acquainted, ideally in a space that celebrates the occasion just as it deserves to be celebrated. Here are three standout spots in New York for a rehearsal dinner. 

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There are memorable dining experiences, and then there are transcendent ones. It didn't take long for us to realize that Sushi Hashiri could be counted on to provide the latter. Since the upscale sushi and kaiseki restaurant opened in San Francisco's Mint Plaza this spring, we've been blown away with the attention paid to decor, service, beverages, and of course, food. 

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When we talk about Italian food in California, we're almost always talking about Cal-Italian, Californiafied riffs on classic Italian dishes. Not so at Ca'Momi. This Napa-based osteria, enoteca, and caterer is all about obsessively tracing and recreating traditional Italian dishes and methods, highlighting regional differences and specialities. So, whether you're after tripa alla ...

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Rooftop season in New York City is still going strong. Seasoned roof-hoppers know that a few things are key to a great rooftop event: Ample space, and killer views. On both counts, Monarch delivers.

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Confession: we love eating at the bar. Sure, a nice two- or four-top is nice for dinner, but there's something about a seat at the bar that makes us feel more in the action. When we're on a dinner date, or dining solo, there's nowhere we'd rather be. Here are our favorite bars for dinner in San Francisco. Of course, a two-top is a fine subsitute, too.

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It's a bowling alley. It's a bar and restaurant. It's a laser tag destination, concert venue, and more. The soon-to-open Uptown Alley Manassas is unlike anywhere else in Virginia -- a $11.5 million, 46,000 square-foot full-on entertainment destination. 

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Start working up an appetite — Eat Drink SF has arrived. The four day festival celebrating San Francisco's food scene is back and bigger than ever — from an insane roster of restaurants, wineries and breweries to the return of the taco takedown, here are our can't miss bites of the festivities. 

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Vegetarian Food Is Cool Again

Wacky pig parts and whole-animal cuisine have dominated restaurants in the last few years, but vegetarian food is making a comeback. Here are three of our favorite spots to indulge in an incredible meal -- that just happens to be meat-free. 

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