CULINARY OCCASIONS
Weekend Pick: Blues BBQ at Hudson River Park

This Saturday, August 23rd, Hudson River Park will be hosting an event with good food and good music. While that should be more than enough of a reason to be present at this shindig, the Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ will include some of your favorite blues artists and premium BBQ. With names like Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, Delaney Barbecue and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que serving some of the best BBQ NYC has to offer, where else would you want to be?

Come out this Saturday and get a taste of some good food while listening to artists like The Slide Brothers, Samantha Fish and more. Not to mention, it’s completely free to attend! We can’t think of any other reasons to convince you to show your face at the 15th anniversary of this festival. For years, it has dominated part of New York and this year will be no different.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Weekend Pick: Lobster Boils at Hearth Restaurant

Looking for an intimate dining experience? Well we have a unique weekly event that is sure to pacify this craving. With the motivation of Chef Marco Canora's family lobster boils on Martha's Vineyard, guests get an experience that one may not expect in the city of New York.

These lobster boils offer an exclusive dining adventure for anybody searching for a differently styled eatery. This three course meal begins with an intricate tomato and watermelon salad, shared among the table. This is immediately followed by a lobster pot containing 1.25 lb lobsters. Finally, if you have room for more, there is peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

LIQUID COURAGE
Korean Grain Coffee is All the Rage

Let’s be honest, for most New Yorkers, the only proper way to start the day is with a good cup of overpriced coffee. A magic stimulant which gives us the energy to survive and function, caffeine is more than just an indulgence, it’s a necessity. This doesn’t mean, however, that the human race is content with enjoying coffee in its most simple forms; rather, we are constantly concocting new ways to enjoy the drink and all its attributes.

Welcome in misugaru, a Korean grain-coffee, a healthier choice that doesn’t leave you with a caffeine-headache — and it’s next big thing here in NYC!

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
August Presents: The Greatest Restaurant Openings Ever

As summer slowly winds down, and you’ve almost exhausted your list of restaurants to check out, remember you live in New York and new restaurants are opening each month. So while summer is still here, check out this roundup of several fun and delicious restaurants opening this August that are must try places for all food lovers and anyone looking for something new!


1. Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel (145 E 50th St.)-
Murray Hill’s popular Italian restaurant will be opening its third location on August 20th in the lobby of the Kimberly Hotel. Bistango has been around since 1988, and has become widely known for its popular Italian cuisine, specifically: Bistango Salad (Tuscan kale, arugula, shaved red onion, endive, avocado, drunken goat cheese, and lemon olive oil); Homemade Flatbreads with Imported Italian Gluten-Free Flour (prosciutto, arugula, chive blossoms, fresh ricotta); Stuffed Spinach Ravioli (with roasted garlic and crushed amoretti); and more since Bistango’s menus are updated seasonally. If you’re craving an intimate dining experience, or just delicious food, then Bistango is your place this August.

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Rose the Night Away at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels




We are already a week into August, and while we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Labor Day and the crisp fall chill will be here before you know it.

Bask in the glory of the remaining 80 degree, sun-filled days as they are fleeting, and head downtown to La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels to enjoy a fabulous Rose flight for $40. This fledgling wine bar, an offshoot of the Parisian flagship of the same name, has been open in New York since April, and is part of a broader restaurant group under the heading of Experimental Cocktail Club.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Enjoy an Authentic Turkish Brunch at Entwine

Story and photos by Shiri Lara

Tucked away in the West Village amongst boisterous neighbors like tortilla flats, you’ll find the quaint and charming Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar, Entwine. As of one month ago, Entwine ventured out of their usual expertise of specialty craft cocktails, elaborate wines, and small plates to make room for a weekend brunch menu. Specializing in Turkish Brunch, Entwine is the perfect option for crowds eager to have a fresh Mediterranean brunch in a cozy backyard space on a warm summer day.

TOP 5
Bite Into NYC's Most Bizarre Sushi Offerings

It wasn't too long ago when sushi was a strange foreign food most Americans were reluctant to try. Now raw tuna and salmon is positively banal, and sushi chefs are constantly exploring newer and weirder ways to lure bored gourmands into their restaurants.

1. Bacon Sushi at Cherry Izakaya (138 N 8th St., Williamsburg, NY)

The brand new sushi spot Cherry Izakaya has quickly made a splash with its unusual French-Japanese offerings, including foie gras gyoza and bourbon-Sapporo cocktails. But its crown jewel of strange sushi is its offer of bacon sushi, which pairs rice, greens, sauce, and a dollop of everyone's favorite cut of pork.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
All the Bacon You Could Ever Want/Need

Zeppelin Hall has held mouthwatering events all summer long, and they’re doing it again with their Summer Bacon Festival starting August 14th and ending August 24th. A festival dedicated to one of America’s favorites eats, and it’s not too good to be true.

The festival will allow attendees to sample bacon thirteen different ways. Options include Bacon Lobster Taco Thermidor (taco shell made of bacon stuffed with green cabbage and sautéed lobster with apple wood smoked bacon and pepper jack cheese), Bacon Sausages Trio (three types of bacon sausage-cracked black pepper bacon sausage, hickory apple wood bacon sausage, and aged cheddar bacon sausage served with arugula salad and bacon potato salad or bacon French fries), Bacon Encrusted Pork Rib Eye Steak, Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Frankfurter, and more. And the best part? They are all for under $17!

LIQUID COURAGE
Fried Chicken in Your Bloody Mary is Now a Thing

The meat-cocktails have finally crossed the line. Sobelman’s Pub ’N Grill (1900 W St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233) has added a $50 Bloody Mary to their menu, garnishing every order with cheese, sausage, mixed vegetables, shrimp, and, you guessed it, a whole fried chicken. Yes, an entire chicken, breaded, deep fried, and set on top of your cocktail right next to two skewers of bacon-wrapped jalapeño cheeseballs…

BEST OF
NYC Restaurant Week 2014, A User's Manual

From Monday, July 21st to Friday, August 15th a grand total of 314 restaurants will offer NYC their best prix fixe menus at $25 for lunch or $38 for dinner. With so many options to choose from, we’ve narrowed down your search by selecting a few favorites, old and new, which are sure to give you a great dining experience worth remembering.

Returning Spots

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LIQUID COURAGE
The NYC Rum-Down

National Rum Day is finally here, and you’re probably wondering how to celebrate this amazing boozy holiday in the city. Well, no worries here are all the spots you need to be on Saturday, August 16th.

1. Mother Ruin (18 Spring St.)-
Although they’re celebrating well in advance, Mother Ruin’s is hosting a Bloody Jerry bar on Tuesday, August 12th from 6pm-8pm. The bartenders will mix drinks featuring Sailor Jerry Rum, but you’ll be able to garnish random food concoctions to make your drink as tasty as ever!