DELICIOUS DEBUTS
New Weekend Brunch Option at Bustan

If there is one thing New Yorkers love it is definitely weekend brunch. With so many brunch restaurants to choose from it is important to check out one with a lot of options and decently priced menu. Thankfully, the recently opened Bustan situated in the UWS offers both for guests.

On Saturday, April 26th they will launch their brunch menu to coincide with the opening of their umbrella and olive tree festooned garden. Brunch at Bustan will be offered Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, and will feature a pan-Mediterranean flavor with 51 choices all priced within $4.95-$16.50, and basically...that is what you call a great deal!

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Angry Birds Flock to NYC Bakery

If you love the very addicting game Angry Birds, and also love cupcakes, then you will want to join the masses and enjoy a free limited edition Angry Bird Cupcake.

Rosanna Pansino, the star of the popular baking channel "Nerdy Nummies" will be giving away her famous Angry Birds cupcake at Little Cupcake Bakery in NYC on Saturday, April 26th. Rosanna has gained over 200 million views for her channel (which teaches viewers how to create her delicious treats) by combining geeky pop culture and her love of baking; and the best part she did all of this within two years!

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
City Lunch Club Changes the New York Lunch Scene

If you are part of the 40% of Americans who do not take lunch breaks (how do you survive?), then you will want to check out City Lunch Club, a new service that allows New Yorkers to eat at different restaurants without leaving their desks!

Officially launched on April 22nd, City Lunch Club has over 40 restaurants as clients including: Nicoletta, Kutsher's TriBeCa, Bocca, Kokum, Amber, Taqueria Diana, and many more!

HOW-TO
Celebrate National Picnic Day!

The weather is finally warming up after one of the longest winters we've seen in years, and just in time for National Picnic Day! On Wednesday, April 23rd, people all across the country are encouraged to venture into nature and enjoy a meal with friends, family, or any combination of the two. Depending on who you’re with, you might need to bring unique supplies on your spring outing, and that’s why Joonbug.com is here to provide you with a survival guide for the perfect picnic — fitting for every occasion!

Family, friends, and loved ones - First of all, it is perfectly fine to go out and picnic by yourself; however, this kind of venture is always more fun with company! Gather up your close friends, significant other, and even your pets for some outdoor fun! We can all use a mini-vacation, even if it is just spreading out on the grass and enjoying each other’s company. Kids always have fun playing outside, and when you finally join in, you’ll let out your own inner-child, as well.

DAILY BITES
Delcious and Healthy Options Available at El Rey

The King has good things for you.

El Rey's small space at 100 Stanton Street began as a coffee shop and has branched to simple, healthy food prepared in an ultra-open kitchen - the chef stands with a counter in front and a counter behind. This leaves a few seats at the chef's counter, some high top tables along the wall and a window counter. With such limited space the menu is ambitious in its flavor.

Nicholas Morgenstern (Goat Town, the General Green) opened the coffee spot and luncheonette with Chef Gerardo Gonzalez to cater to the neighborhood's interest in healthy, vegan, and/or gluten free options. That said, dishes like cashew grits with 18 hour braised pork and smoked duck and cherry pie should appeal to the carnivores as well.

The liquids counter features classic espresso beverages using Counter Culture Coffee, as well as Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk, cold brew and 5 tap beers, 3 wines, a shandy, and a gin-less fizz with housemade cucumber limeade and juniper seltzer. The baristas can make a quality cortado as well as the delicious Vietnamese iced coffee, addictively sweet but well balanced. El Rey is another coffee shop boding food right - beyond the bagel and muffin.

The lunch menu is available from 11am-4:30pm and salads and pastries available 11am-close. Liquids are available 7am-11pm, Monday-Friday and 8am-11pm Saturday-Sunday.

DAILY BITES
Tuesday's at SushiSamba Just Got Better


With the amount of sushi restaurants all over NYC, you could probably try a new one every week and still never manage to visit all of them. However, imagine enjoying your meal in an upscale, colorful environment - that is what you will get at SushiSamba. This is only a small reason why you will want to bypass the other restaurants. Not to mention, when you find a sushi restaurant offering a great deal like SushiSamba it is almost impossible to pass up!

SushiSamba, located in both Gramercy and the West Village, is offering a delicious “Ishiyaki Tuesdays for Two” special for $100. For this limited time only special, you will be able to pair premium Japanese Wagyu beef (which will be served on a hot stone) with sauces, fresh veggies, and a free bottle of select sake or red wine. Honestly, if the food does not convince you to go check out the Ishiyaki Tuesdays for Two, hopefully that complimentary bottle of sake or wine will help put the icing on the cake for you. Luckily, there is still more with this special deal- at the end of the meal guests will be treated to a bowl of sweet green tea ice cream.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Weekend Pick: Hester Street Fair

You know what the hardest part is about these longer and increasingly warmer Spring days? Finding things to do outside so you can actually enjoy yourself. Not to worry though, because we've got three words to solve all of your weekend plan problems: Hester Street Fair. Starting this Saturday and Sunday, the Hester Street Fair kicks off its fifth year as THE weekly outdoor bazaar of the Lower East Side.

SWEET TOOTH
It's National Jelly Bean Day!

Today is National Jelly Bean Day. So with a national mandate to reflect on their many-flavored goodness, here's our rundown of all the best jelly beans around. This way, when you next have to make your jelly bean flavor Sophie's Choice, try one of these, and leave the licorice in the bag.

1. Very Cherry

The top-selling flavor in America, Very Cherry is perfectly fruity and just a little bit sour. A classic!

2. Chili Mango

Jelly Belly fanatics have long combined halves of two flavors to create a delicious mix. That's what Chili Mango sounds like, except they already did the work for you, and the result is delicious.

LIQUID COURAGE
Weekend Pick: Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

If you thought you got your fill of craft beer at New York Craft Beer Week, think again. The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest is quickly approaching, and all you brew-heads (especially the locavores among you) should take notice.

What’s The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest, you might ask? In essence, it’s a celebration of the five boroughs’ sudsy bounty. Thirty-three breweries from Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and The Bronx will be gathering together to display their beautiful wares, alongside paired snacks from five awesome local eateries (namely, Bill’s Balls, Brooklyn Wok Shop, Asiadog, Bite Size Kitchen, and BeeHive Oven.)

CULINARY OCCASIONS
The Culinary Clash of 2014

On one of the first few gorgeous days of the spring season, we had the pleasure of being offered a place at the table to judge a country wide, competitive search for the most innovative and committed of today’s culinary students hailing from the Culinary Institute of America. Part cooking competition and part scholarship fundraiser, the Culinary Clash invited students to submit a three-course menu with corresponding recipes for the opportunity to cook with Chef Todd English. Finalists Brad Lancaster and Nathan Buckley were the selected students contending for top recognition in the InterContinental New York Times Square Culinary Clash.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Braven Brewing Company: "Bold And Crafty"

Though Bushwick had an astonishing 14 breweries in a 14-block area by 1890, on a stretch known as "Brewers' Row," the last remaining brewery shut down in 1976. The neighborhood was once known as the "brewing capital of the Northeast," primarily providing beer to the city of New York. After a long and sober wait, Braven Brewing Company is out to return Bushwick to its former brewing glory with beer dubbed simply "bold and crafty".

Friends Marshall S. Thompson and Eric Feldman founded Braven Brewing last year after four years of home-brewing together. The two launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund equipment for the microbrewery. They chose the Kickstarter approach for its "all-or-nothing" fundraising style, and clearly, they chose right. Word traveled fast via parties, friends, and local media, fully funding the campaign way before the Kickstarter deadline.