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The NYC 2nd Annual Autumn Wine Festival at the Broad Street Ballroom

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Broad Street Ballroom, a wine event is not a terrible reason to take the train to the Financial District and give it a whirl. The ceilings, made of the kind of stone that makes you feel you there might be a gargoyle perched somewhere up above you, stretch into the heavens, and give the space a cathedral-like feel. The live band’s performance is bombastic and fills every inch of the lofty, historic ballroom, and with internationally acclaimed guitarist Matt Marshak taking the lead, creates a comfortable environment for working your way from table to table, sipping and noshing as you go.

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This Year Be Thankful for Free Whiskey

From December 1st-7th, The Shanty (the New York Distilling Company's associated bar) is going to set guests up with complimentary samples that demonstrate what happens when the house whiskey, rock candy sugar, dried Bing cherries, cinnamon, and orange peel are combined -- allow us to introduce you to Mr. Katz's.

With its festive flavors, the rockin' combo launches at an opportune moment: the start of the holiday season. During the first week of the month, the establishment is welcoming walk-ins to try Mr. Katz's Rock & Rye. Other than free glasses of the original recipe, a menu of creative cocktails, including the Cave Creek (a Mr. Katz's, scotch, Campari, grenadine, and lemon juice mixture) or the Harpers Ferry (which pairs Mr. Katz's with cognac, rum, and lemon juice).

Best Black Friday Brunch Menus

Sotto 13 - 140 West 13th St. - Chef Ed Cotton is serving the Not-So-Leftover Black Friday Brunch from 11 am to 4 pm at Sotto 13. For some of your Thanksgiving favorites prepared in a uniquely fashioned way, take a trip out to West Village for their well-prepared dishes. Taste Chef Ed Cotton’s fresh Turkey Scotch Egg with Housemade Pork Sausage, Arugula, and Shaved Parmesan, Turkey Confit-Sweet Potato Pizza Topped with Brussels Sprouts Leaves. Enjoy 2 small brunch plates and unlimited cocktails for only $39.

The Fourth – 132 Fourth Ave - Open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Union Square eatery will be a hot spot for all-day shoppers who need to recharge and refuel. For the early risers, enjoy their signature coffee brand, Quatrieme, and treats from Chef Jason Hall like the Pancake Souffle with Banana and Pecans or the Swiss Chard and Mushroom Egg White Fritatta. For lunch, The Fourth serves dishes like Yellowfin Tuna grilled on a plancha and Torchio Pasta (a thick, short noodle) with Maine Lobster, Squash, Pancetta and Rocket Arugula Pesto.

Fuel Up for Black Friday with These Great Brunch Options

Sotto 13 - 140 West 13th St. - Chef Ed Cotton is serving the Not-So-Leftover Black Friday Brunch from 11 am to 4 pm at Sotto 13. For some of your Thanksgiving favorites prepared in a uniquely fashioned way, take a trip out to West Village for their well-prepared dishes. Taste Chef Ed Cotton’s fresh Turkey Scotch Egg with Housemade Pork Sausage, Arugula, and Shaved Parmesan, Turkey Confit-Sweet Potato Pizza Topped with Brussels Sprouts Leaves. Enjoy 2 small brunch plates and unlimited cocktails for only $39.

The Fourth – 132 Fourth Ave - Open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Union Square eatery will be a hot spot for all-day shoppers who need to recharge and refuel. For the early risers, enjoy their signature coffee brand, Quatrieme, and treats from Chef Jason Hall like the Pancake Souffle with Banana and Pecans or the Swiss Chard and Mushroom Egg White Fritatta. For lunch, The Fourth serves dishes like Yellowfin Tuna grilled on a plancha and Torchio Pasta (a thick, short noodle) with Maine Lobster, Squash, Pancetta and Rocket Arugula Pesto.

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The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event Came Just at the Right Time

The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event could not have come at a more perfect time, as last week welcomed the coldest days we’ve seen this fall and people all over NYC were in need of merry distraction. For three hours, we delightfully warmed our bones with unlimited spirits, beer and wines aboard a luxurious yacht while cruising the New York City waterways.

Once we checked into our maiden voyage on The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship we were given our souvenir tasting glass and our spirits program book complete with a list of all the featured distilleries as well as map to better guide our drinking itinerary for the evening.

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'The Dame Says' Music Visual Premieres

If you took the swagger of Cruella de Vil, Madonna and, P!nk, threw it in a bottle, sealed it tight, shook it up, then removed the top; Ivy Levan would materialize.

The rising pop diva with a soulful voice that's bigger than her svelte frame, embodies all three divas with her rebellious, pro-feminist, sultry attitude. Ivy's attitude and look complements her strong vocals and unapologetic lyrics in her new visual for 'The Dame Says.' The single, co-written by Ivy, is a preview for her next single entitled 'Biscuit.'

'Biscuits,' is slated for release on January 13th, via Cherrytree/ Interscope Records. Be on the look out for Ivy's forthcoming debut LP, to be released in the spring of 2015. The album's title and tracklist has not yet been confirmed. Check out the new video below.

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NoBread NYC is a Game Changer for the Gfree Community

Whether you have Celiac, food allergens, or have made a personal decision to go gluten free, wheat-free options in modern dining have really seemed to catch on. And while rice flour and tapioca starch abound in our grocery aisles, it can still be a task to know exactly what is and isn’t gluten free when dining out. Enter Nicole Cogan, the founder of NoBreadNYC.com. The former financial analyst left her job half a year ago to work on what has truly been a labor of love. Her food allergens and sensitivities combined with her work in an industry that often called for carb-packed power dinners with industry elites inspired the creation of her website, which has amassed a more than impressive following in a short amount of time.

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Food Network Creates Dessert Scented Candles Perfect for Holiday Gifting

Not sure what to get that foodie friend of yours this holiday season? How about a realistically scented candle from the Food Network?

The Langley Candle Empire Company joined Food Network in launching a line of delicious candle creations with scents inspired by desserts and flavors from various cooking shows on the network. These candles will turn any room in your home into a test-kitchen sure to impress the Barefoot Contessa or Bobby Flay!

Have some Salted Caramel Popcorn or Rustic Pear Tart burning for those holiday gatherings and ring in the New Year with some Berry Pomegranate Spritzer. Wake up on a cold (and most likely snowy) winter morning with the scent of Sunday Morning Pancakes or invite friends over for a Southern Peach Cobbler-scented brunch date. These are only a sample of the various fragrances available in melts, glass containers, and ceramic crocks that are food-safe and can be washed and reused in your own kitchen.

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World Renowned Chef Richard Sandoval Finally Shares his Culinary Secrets

This past Thursday, November 20th, the man who does it all, Chef Richard Sandoval, named Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year, celebrated the release of his newest cookbook, New Latin Flavors. Loyal fans and admirers of his gathered at one of his NYC restaurants Zengo, a sleek and spacious restaurant with a blend of Latin American and Asian cuisine, for an unforgettable night. The event featured unlimited appetizers and specialty cocktails selected by the chef, from his New Latin Flavors cookbook. Each attendee was given the chance to meet with the legend himself, Chef Sandoval, and received a signed copy of his cookbook as well as a generous $25 gift card to use at any of his restaurants.

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These Are the Food Shops You Should Visit at The Union Square Holiday Market

With the holidays around corner, this can only mean one thing: NYC is about to become an even bigger tourist attraction as the Union Square holiday market is finally open! Since this is legitimately one of the best parts about the holiday in NYC get ready to enjoy festive holiday spirit from November 20th-Decemeber 24th. If you need a little help searching for specific food vendors, don’t worry we’ve already found the best 10 you need to visit.


1. Macaron Parlour-
This should probably be on your list to check out while at the holiday market, because who doesn’t love macarons? Macaron Parlour specifically offers traditional macarons, but with unique flavors. You can try the following flavors: Elvis, Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese, and even Cheetos.

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NYC's Hottest New Bars

The only thing that will help cheer you up and keep you warm this fall/winter season are some savory cocktails. These speciality cocktails are unique, not just because of their fun names, but because all of these drinks come from brand new bars in the NYC area!


1. Arthur (18 9th Ave.)-
Several weeks ago we had the opportunity to sip on delicious drinks and eat hors d’oeuvres at Arthur, the Gansevoort’s newest bar. At this private event, we were able to try the newest cuisines from The Chester and sample several drinks all within this intimate bar. All of the hors d’oeuvres were from The Chester’s fall/winter menu, so throughout the night we dined on: Fried Chicken, Eggplant Toast, Mushroom Apple Artisanal Pizza, Pesto Pappardelle, and our personal favorite, Pork Belly. Obviously, being at Arthur means you must try their specialty cocktails all curated by famous mixologist, Esteban Ordonez. While they have plenty of drinks that will satisfy all hard alcohol lovers, we tried the Red Rum and LLC, and both drinks are refreshing and boozy so you won’t be disappointed at Arthur.