DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Brazilia Café Opens in the Village

With the opening of Brazilia Café , grab-and-go dining just got classy.

Brazilia Café aims to be a unique beast, a combination café, juice bar, and to-go food spot where everything is made impeccably with seasonal ingredients and top-notch java. While this kind of spot is common for businessmen lunches, it’s usually typified by burnt coffee and old, boring, overpriced food. Brazilia will turn that on its head, with its emphasis on excellence in each of its many arenas.

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The Ainsworth Park's New Menu Continues to Impress

The idea of an upscale, food and cocktail-oriented sports bar seems like a contradiction of terms, yet the Ainsworth Park makes it feel obvious. With an eclectic mix of top 40, dance, and retro music piping through the room, flatscreens lining the wall behind the bar, and a menu of elevated pub food, the Ainsworth feels like nowhere else: the stylish gastropub cross-pollinated with the after-work hangout bar. The careful balancing act is also applied to the décor, which has made overtures to sophistication in its chandeliers dotting the room, hipster trendiness with its exposed brick walls, and sports bar cheesiness with decorative pillars lined with fake grass.

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General Assembly Begins Lunch Service

General Assembly, the Flatiron restaurant that recently took the place of Hurricane Club, quickly earned some buzz over its inventive cocktails with jalapeno ice cubes and its wide selection of crudité and dip. Well, they're finally expanding their upscale-hearty French-American dining into your lunch hour.

The expanded menu will include a juice selection just as inventive as their cocktails, including a Jalapeno Limeade and a Tom Palmer with black tea and lemon foam. And for those trying to squeeze in some high-end dining on their lunch hour, take a look at the Assembly Lunch, a three-course selection for $32, which includes a crudité and dip or salad, an entrée, and an ice cream or éclair to go.

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NYC's Best Easter Eats


Toqueville, the Union Square restaurant that focuses on greenmarket fresh ingredients, has a three-course prix-fixe brunch for $68. The menu has a wide variety of dishes in modern preparations with superb ingredients, and it includes such diverse options as grits, sashimi and guinea hen.

1 E 15th St., New York, NY

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Coming Soon: Oprah's Chai Tea

"You get a chai! And you get a chai! Everybody gets a chai!"

Oprah Winfrey has officially announced the creation of her own signature chai blend, Oprah Chai Tea, which is set to be released in the USA and Canada on April 29th. After working with experts at Starbucks and Teavana, Oprah was able to create a beverage which features the flavors of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves, all blended together with black and rooibos (red) loose-leaf teas. Once the blend is released for sale at Starbucks and Teavana locations across the USA and Canada, a portion of the profits will be donated to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. This charity assists in creating educational opportunities for kids and teenagers throughout the world, providing just another reason to indulge in this brand new product.

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Zeppelin Hall's Annual Sausage Fest



Are YOU a sausage enthusiast? Does your sausage enthusiasm sometimes shock your friends and family?


Then we have the perfect place for you! From Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 20th, Zeppelin Hall is holding their Annual Sausage Fest! The event is a great place for you to bring those friends and fill them up with sausage! Stop snickering.

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The Official Release: Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook

The resources to create authentic southern barbecue are officially available to New Yorkers! Virgil’s Real Barbecue, established in 1994 and located in Times Square at 152 W. 44th Street, has just released its official guide to southern cuisine, “Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook”. Available for $29.95, this publication is described as containing “The Best Barbecue from Around the Country Without Ever Leaving Your Backyard,” drawing inspiration from 14 different states here in the USA, specifically Tennessee (Memphis), the Carolinas, Missouri (Kansas City), and Texas. Inside, you’ll find everything from rubs and sides to drinks and sweets, all brought together by the ever important chapters on meat, poultry, and fish.

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Weekend Pick: Brunch at Hotel Chantelle

This Sunday, enjoy an elegant rooftop brunch straight out of Paris at Hotel Chantelle. Live music from Martina and the Ladybugs, a local jazz band, accompanies a delicious brunch menu which includes a $28 three course prix-fixe including stuffed French toast, banana foster waffles, and a lobster roll. Also on offer are your standard brunch cocktails for $4 and two special cocktails for less than $1.

The rooftop itself is beautiful, decorated with lampposts and greenery to mimic a Parisian garden. With good food and live jazz, this charming spot is perfect to impress anyone from a colleague to a new date.

What: Brunch at Hotel Chantelle

When: Sunday, April 13th, 11:30am-5pm

Where: Hotel Chantelle, 19 Ludlow St., New York, NY

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
All'onda Launches Lunch Menu

A few short months back, Joonbug.com had the pleasure of dining at All’onda, a new Italian restaurant located in Greenwich Village. It is now our pleasure to announce that the restaurant will launch its lunch menu tomorrow, April 9th, and based off the success of their diner menu, we are certain their lunch offerings are entirely delightful.

Some of the dishes offered are:

Beef- carpaccio, pecorino, rucola, beets ($14)

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Coming Up Soon: A Taste of Fifth 2014

A Taste of Fifth is an annual tasting festival held in Brooklyn showcasing forty of the best restaurants from Park Slope’s 5th Avenue. A massive hit in the years past, the lineup featured this year promises to uphold its excellent reputation. As you’ll see below, some of BK’s best food and drink will be coming out and celebrating with a wide array of tasty treats any foodie would be remiss to pass up.

Furthermore, this fabulous evening filled with delicious food and drink supports a good cause! Proceeds from A Taste of Fifth will benefit 14 Brooklyn-based charities including Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Good Shepherd Services, and the Brooklyn Dream Factory.

SWEET TOOTH Coconut Yogurt
Introducing The World's First Ice Cream Cleanse

We are all familiar with the concept of a juice cleanse. For a few days your diet is restricted to pre-made juices in hopes they will clean out your system and enable you to lose a few pounds along the way. Well, what about the concept of an ice cream cleanse? It sounds too good to be true, but it's actually completely legitimate — and the tests are yielding some very interesting results.

Ice cream has been a “hot” commodity as far as food trends of 2014 go. Ice cream sandwiches have taken over as the new “portable dessert” (bye-bye donuts!), and “instant ice cream,” which is churned using liquid nitrogen, has become the latest experiment in restaurants all across the country. Therefore, it’s only natural that someone would jump onto the health-food bandwagon and figure out exactly how eating ice cream can benefit our bodies. Enter Kippy’s! Ice Cream Shop, located at 326 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, California, which is serving up a four-day ice cream and yoga cleanse (in a partnership with their neighboring yoga studio) which has yielded serious weight loss and stamina-related results!