DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Greek Seafood Restaurant Limani Proves to Be the Greatest Opening of Fall


Story by Danielle Jones

Photos by Shiri Lara

Limani, Rockefeller Plaza's newest upscale Greek seafood-centric hot spot is the one of the best new restaurants we've been to this Fall. With it's original location in Roslyn, Long Island, this much anticipated Manhattan location, headed by Chef Alam, (formerly of Estiatorio Milos,) exceeds absolutely every expectation. The cuisine, the precise yet unpretentious and warm service, and the gorgeous decor transported us from a rainy November evening in midtown to a Summer night in Santorini.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Bavaria Bierhaus Brings New-School Charm to Historic Stone Street's Restaurant Row

Financial District, NY – You might call the owners at Bavaria Bierhaus kreɪzɪ, but obsession to detail is the name of the game at this Fidi hotspot, located at 19 S William Street, that may as well have been built in Germany. "All the wood [in the bar] was shipped from Germany," Dave Massey, one of the owners tells us. It was painstakingly reassembled, to bring customers a sense of authenticity and an ambiance more apt for enjoying their impressive list of 100% wheat beers.

The picture proudly gracing the wall of the second floor is an original picture of Erdinger, the world's largest wheat beer brewery founded in 1886, and Bavaria Bierhaus hopes to showcase the pairing of new and old via their decor and new modern menu, designed by Chef Leandro Galindo. And it works. Combined with servers donning Dirndls, the experience was whimsically traditional, yet the pairing of eats, like the Pork Belly Waffle Slider with smoked cheddar, spicy maple, and krautsalat, and Rainbow Trout 'a la plancha' with grüne sosse, cider-braised sauerkraut & smoked bacon had us all agree that this was not your typical beerhall fare.

LIQUID COURAGE
You Need to Try The Hop, Skip and A Jump, Specialty Cocktail at Eastside Cantina Right Now


Innovative Mixologist Roberto Rosa of NYC’s Eastside Cantina has won first place in the New York City qualifying round of the Diplomático World Tournament! The well-respected premier South American rum brand, Diplomtico, has created a global competition where participants can submit an original creation using Diplomatico Rum with a maximum of six ingredients.

In January he will take his ambition, creativity and mixology expertise to create his winning “A Hop, Skip and A Jump” cocktail in one of the final competitions against bartenders from across the country, with a chance to represent the U.S in April at the Diplomático World Tournament against cocktail connoisseurs from 28 different countries.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
The French Cheese Board is Offering FREE CHEESE Today

If you thought the best part about it being Friday was that it is Friday, we’re here to tell you, you thought wrong.

Today, and for one day only, the French Cheese Board in Midtown Manhattan is hosting the type of FREE event that dreams are made of, as long as your sweet dreams, much like ours, are made of cheese.

On Friday, November 21st, starting at 11am and going till 7pm, the Cheeses of Europe returns to New York City following a string of successful pop-up events throughout the country earlier this fall. The event, which is open to the public, welcomes four cheese companies from France offering samples of more than twenty different types of cheese. Additional highlights will include the debut of a new photo exhibit showcasing milk by famed photographer Colombe Clier, cooking demos by Top Chef France contestant Valentin Néraudeau, pours of wines to accompany the cheese samples, cheeses for sale at special prices, and educational presentations by each of the attending cheese companies.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Have Yourself a Merry Little Truffle Fiesta


Chef/owner Julian Medina of Toloache will be bringing the Mexican Truffle Fiesta to all of the Toloache restaurants across the city! Of course, everyone's had the chance to try the traditional truffle-based recipes at different restaurants in town but Chef Medina, in collaboration with Urbani Truffles, is here to switch things up! On December 8th at Toloache Thompson and December 9th at Toloache 82 between 6:30 - 9pm, Toloache will be opening their doors to culinary fans for Five Course Truffle Tastings!

Go Back in Time with a Prohibition Dinner at Chapter One American Tavern

If you're as big of a fan of the roaring 20s as we are, then nothing could sound more enticing then a secret speakeasy dinner at a warm West Village restaurant where a password is required for entry, as are time appropriate costumes.

As part of its Heritage Series Dinners, West Village restuarant Chapter One will host a NYC Prohibition Dinner on Saturday, December 7th at 7 pm. For one night only, the American Tavern will transform into a speakeasy, complete with blacked out windows, secret prohibition era libation, and of course, some jazz.

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Win New Friends by CraftingThese Bomb Holiday Cocktails

1.) Fall Classic

While this piece is aimed at helping you create the most glam holiday party possible, some of your guests might not be ready to dive head first into the December holidays, and that’s okay! For those of us still clinging to fall with tightened, cloyed grips, feel free to mix up a Fall Classic, inspired by the expert mixologists at Gramercy Tavern. Because nothing says fall like a giant martini glass full of boozy apples.

You’ll need:

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Your NYC Thanksgiving Restaurant Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is in full swing, and with Halloween finished, the next stop is one of our favorite days of all: Thanksgiving! Here in NYC, Thanksgiving is kind of a big deal, and you better know the best places to eat if you won’t be cooking this year. Need some help? That’s what we’re here for! Welcome to your personal Guide to the Best Thanksgiving Restaurants in New York City.

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The Duck & Waffle Cookbook Could Just Be the Best Holiday Gift on the Market

London’s own Executive Chef Daniel Doherty and cocktail mastermind Richard Woods graced New York City with their presence this week in celebration of Duck & Waffle cookbook release.

Duck & Waffle has successfully dominated the London dining scene since 2012 by pioneering the 24/7/365 service. Located on the 40th floor of a central London office building, Duck & Waffle is also the highest restaurant in the UK offering breathtaking views of the city.

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Event Recap: New York Taste 2014

New York City has a whole roster of awesome food events all year round, and us NYC foodies can get pretty spoiled. Even the most demanding among us, though, wait eagerly for the event Joonbug attended this past Monday, New York Magazine’s annual New York Taste. The evening featured some of the best food and drink crafters in the city, who went all out with signature creations that wowed the packed hall.

BEST OF
100 Montaditos Is Giving $1 Pizza a Run for Its Money

To celebrate their one year anniversary, the US flagship of 100 Montaditos (located at 176 Bleecker Street) are welcoming back very popular “Dollarmania” promotion. Starting this Wednesday, November 17th and running until mid-December, you can enjoy 1 Montaditos, $1 Fries and $1 Soda, $2 Cheese Fries, $2 Patatas Bravas, $2 Wines, Sangria and Local Beer on Wednesdays all day.

Trust us, there isn’t a better deal in town.