BEST OF
NYC Newcomers: Bars and Restaurants

Spring is underway and we are fully in the swing of the season of new beginnings. In a city where its dwellers share an unquenchable thirst for the next big thing, new favorites are never hard to come by. While seasons change and so do treasured trends, here a few of this season’s most promising restaurants and bars. Whether they blossom or wilt under the eternal metamorphosis that is New York City, only time will tell, but for these hopeful days of spring, these new and noteworthy hotspots definitely deserve your attention.

The Fillmore Room

WHAT TO DO Smorgasburg
NYC’s Spring & Summer Food Festivals: Salty, Spicy, and So Sweet

Let’s forget about the looming fact that you will need to fit in a swimsuit by June, and pretend calories are happy, little enzymes that boost your self-esteem. It is that time of year again to bathe your senses in massive quantities of spices and fats, and re-join society in the food festival craze. Whether you’re dining al fresco in midtown Manhattan or noshing on BBQ pulled pork, you will not be disappointed by this year’s line-up of food trucks and vendors. New York’s notorious melting pot of flavors will bring delight to every gastronome’s bucket list of delicious festivals.

WHAT TO DO
A Helpful Guide to Mother’s Day Gifts

Spring is in full bloom and summer Fridays are basically right around the corner. Along with the arrival of warm weather that we’ve all been so eagerly awaiting, is one of the most important days of the year, Mother’s Day. It’s not an easy task, trying to decide how you can possibly show your immeasurable appreciation for everything our moms, aunts and grandmas, do for us. While there really isn't a way to repay them for their unconditional love and support, there is nothing wrong with spoiling them with the perfect gift this year. No need to freak out about ideas, we’ve done that for you.

WHERE TO EAT Wagyu Sushi at Neta
Swoon-worthy Restaurants Guaranteed to Spoil Your Mother this Mother's Day

Anyone with a mother like Everybody Loves Raymond’s sous chef, Marie Barone, appreciates the words “home-made meals”, especially if you’ve experienced consecutive Lean Cuisine nights. On May 10, you can surprise your mother by hiding her oven mitts, and taking her for some fine dining with home-cooking appeal. This Mother’s Day, restaurants from Hell’s Kitchen to Greenwich Village are offering deals that’ll give your mother that Rockefeller experience without breaking the bank. She’ll appreciate an evening of three-course meals in a homey ambiance without having to reach for the bill first.

WHERE TO EAT
NYC Al Fresco Dining Guide

Al Fresco dining is one of the many highlights of life in New York City. There is simply nothing better than enjoying a delightful meal, a glass of wine and laughs with friends while you soak up the sunshine in a picturesque garden or patio. Now that Spring has finally descended on the Big Apple, let’s take a look at the best outdoor dining spots to visit while we are blessed with this good weather.

MANHATTAN

Riverpark

riverparknyc.com; 450 E 29th St; (212) 729-9790

WHERE TO EAT
A Bacon Lover's Guide to New York City

Bacon. Mmmm the simple utterance of the word conjures a flood of mouthwatering nostalgia. Just the proposition of enjoying a plate of those beautiful sizzling strips can give your worse day a complete 180. As true Americans it’s our right, nay our duty to seek and destroy sample the finest slabs of pork that this nation has to offer. Lucky for us New York City has some of the most imaginative and decadent locations to enjoy your fill of sliced hog. Here is a guide to some of the best bacon havens in NYC.

BarBacon: Bacon Lovers’ Mecca

HOW-TO Volstead by Lazy Point
Cocktail Recipes for Springtime Indulgence

All across the city, sunny seasons are in full swing and it's time to trade your snowboots for sandals, shed parkas for SPF, indoor affairs for rooftop parties. While you're at it, why not redefine your signature flavors for the coming season? If you're looking for a new favorite libation for spring, you have come to the right place. We have compiled some of our favorite springtime-inspired cocktails offered at venues from the Bronx down to Brooklyn, just in time to push you palette in festive preparation for Cinco de Mayo (for the less industrious cocktail enthusiasts, check out the Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Tour on Tuesday, May 5th for awesome cocktails and none of the work).

WHERE TO DRINK
Unleash Your Inner Lumbersexual with Sweet Bourbon Cocktails

In the words of our favorite mustachioed, thickheaded and passionate woodworker, Ron Swanson, “Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets”. Throughout all seven hilarious seasons as the boss on Parks and Recreation, you’ll see Ron throwing back whiskey almost as much as Leslie Knope inhales waffles. Plus, whiskey doesn’t contain any fat (the word whiskey comes from the Gaelic uisge beatha, meaning “water of life”) and it's rich in antioxidants.

As the all-American, sweeter first cousin of whiskey, bourbon is made with distilled grain, 51% of which is corn, and water. Today we bring you a few delectable bourbon cocktail recipes from Four Roses Bourbon, whose Yellow Label Bourbon is perfect for creating the springtime cocktail, with a fruity and floral aroma and a crisp and smooth palate with hints of apple and fresh fruit. And for the more...relaxed bourbon cocktail enthusiasts, we also included a few NYC bars and restaurants to find similar cocktails for effortless enjoyment.

WHERE TO EAT
Spring Has Sprung at Ça Va Brasserie

With warmer weather upon us, many restaurants have begun rolling out their seasonal menus for spring. Peas and ramps and asparagus abound, and menus across the city are greener than we’ve seen in recent months. We had the opportunity to sample a limited time offering at Todd English’s New York outpost, Ça Va Brasserie, and per English’s usual standards it was nothing short of impressive.

The warm, welcoming atmosphere of Ça Va’s intimate space was a fantastic way to kick off the company’s Earth Week celebration, and the menu represented a lighter take on the traditionally French style of cooking Ça Va is well known for.

RESTAURANT REVIEW
Ponty Bistro

Long before the two hour waits at Dirty French, there lies a cozy, neighborhood gem in the heart of Gramercy that has been serving up French-African food for nearly a decade. Ponty Bistro, with its warm, cherry wood furniture, and authentic African art, makes you feel like you might possibly be in a French inspired bistro in Senegal, where owner and executive chef Cisse was born. (The bistro itself is named for one of the main thoroughfares in Senegal.) Cisse is warm and charming, and much of his success lies in the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere that he creates – helping to motivate neighborhood regulars to keep coming back. The restaurant has done so well that the owners – Cisse and his cousin Chekh - managed to open up a second, more spacious location in Harlem. Featuring live music and catering to the African immigrant population residing in Harlem, Ponty is bound to be as big of a hit uptown as it is downtown.

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Parisian Brunch @ Hotel Chantelle
If sipping mimosas at noon is your thing, prepare for an exquisite brunch at the 1940’s Parisian-inspired Hotel Chantelle. You can quit daydreaming about Paris now, and satiate your wanderlust in brunch items like “Grapefruit Brulee” and “Croque-Monsieur Spring Rolls” right around the corner on Ludlow St. Not into the fancy-shmancy menu? Try the fool-proof liquid diet instead, and sip on their featured 92 cent cocktails to the sounds of live jazz. Dandy Wellington and his Band will be returning for another dapper afternoon of smart-looking people in tailored suits and top hats; an affair reminiscent of Gatsby meets Holly Golightly. For an elegant afternoon of French cuisine and penny-pinching cocktails, you can make your reservation here. Brunch seating will be available this Saturday from 11:30am – 5pm, but feel free to stay longer if you’re here only for the band (or just feeling a little too boozy after one too many Strawberry Lime Rickeys). Bon appetit! What: Parisian Brunch @ Hotel Chantelle When: Saturday, April 18th, 11:30am Where: Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St, NYC