DAILY BITES
Dopo East Debuts New Wine Room

Though this charming, classic Italian restaurant is off the beaten path, it is an inviting space, laden with “Grazi’s” and “Prego’s”, and encouraging smiles by the warm, efficient staff. It is upscale without being snooty or intimidating, a place you could easily bring your parents for a quieter, less intrusive New York City dining experience.

The newest additions architecturally enhance the already cozy environment, and it makes Dopo East that much more approachable. The back garden is enclosed in a glass ceiling and is temperature controlled, providing guests with the fantastic option of dining under the moonlight (without freezing) all winter.

TOP 5
5 Organic Grocery Stores That Are Better and Probably Cheaper Than Whole Foods

What constitutes a gourmet grocery store?

Is it the over-abundance of the word “organic” stamped on everything? Is it the inflated price tag? Is it the knowledgeable, almost too-friendly staff? Is it the $13 Mason jar filled with local, sustainable cashew butter, whatever that is? And more importantly, which store is the right choice for your personal tastes should you choose to splurge on a $20 piece of wild Norwegian salmon that you then have to cook yourself. If you are someone who adores cooking, or who merely enjoys turning on the oven and warming things up with a hankering to dabble in the finer things, this list is for you.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Espoleta Makes Its Debut on The Bowery

Last week we had the chance to check out the official opening party for Espoleta, a tapas and wine bar in the Bowery created by restaurateur Giulio Adriani. Chef Sue Torres is the consulting chef for the restaurant and given her experience cooking traditional Mexican cuisine, you can expect a menu full of authenticity. Additionally, a large majority of the ingredients used at Espoleta are gathered fresh and daily from the Union Square Market and their menu will change seasonally to match their day.

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Where to Make Your Reservation for Christmas Eve Dinner

With Christmas right around the corner, you’re probably trying to figure out the best deals and places to eat at on Christmas Eve. But even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you won’t want to miss out on these amazing and tasty events and dinner on the night before Christmas.


1. Louro (142 W 10th St.)-
Chef David Santos is celebrating Louro’s second anniversary with seasonal treats all month long. One of our personal favorites at Louro this season is the Feast of the Seven Fishes where guests will be able to enjoy family style dishes such as: Piri Piri Shrimp and Seafood Fitters, Uni Crudo with truffle and grapefruit, Mackerel with smoked pineapple and house aged soy, Sepia with piquillo peppers, potato, cipollini onions and squid ink, Lobster Fra Diavolo Pasta, and Monkfish with a hearty winter stew. Even with all of this delicious food, there is still more for you at the Feast of the Seven Fishes; dessert is a pairing of a gooey chocolate brownie with candy cane ice cream.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
The Gansevoort Market is Now Open and It is Glorious

The abundance of food halls emerging all over New York City allows for any craving we might have to be satisfied, thanks to the diverse options right at our fingertips. Gansevoort Market is an impressive 8,000 square foot addition to the Meatpacking district, with over 20 of NYC’s top emerging new eateries. All of the vendors work in harmony, each selling their own unique and inventive concepts and providing a calm and inviting atmosphere.


Right as you enter Gansevoort Market you are greeted with the authentic smell of Luzzo’s fresh Neapolitan Style pizza baking in the oven, as the colorful tomatoes, fresh aroma of basil and mouthwatering Mozzarella di Bufala draws you in.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Rejoice: Shake Shack Debuts Breakfast Menu in Grand Central

Let's agree on one thing, Shake Shack is on the same level of importance as the Statue of Liberty. This of course is in a world in which historical importance compares to culinary importance, and specifically, the GLORIOUS Shack Burger, perfectly crinkle fries with their signature cheese sauce and a whole-hearted chocolate shake.

Now at long last Shake Shack has opened up their first breakfast shack on Manhattan! Previously, the breakfast sandwich was only available at two shacks at JFK International Airport, but the burger gods have brought the city a Christmas miracle.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Famed Hamptons Beijing-Style Restaurant RedStixs Expands to Manhattan

Midtown East, NY -- Filling the extra large shoes of the much-lauded Chin Chin at 216 East 49th Street, Red Stixs officially opens on December 11th and features Executive Chef James “Skinny” Mei's interpretation of classic Beijing-style Chinese. With the resume of seasoned restaurateurs Michael Reda and David Lee (Philippe), Chef Mei brings his accolades from the Forbidden City of Beijing to treat guests to a menu of tantalizing eats in a space forever famous for haute Chinese.

HOW-TO
How-to Make a Week of Lunches with One Trip to the Farmers Market


















If you only had to shop once a week for 7 days worth of lunches, would you do it? All it took was $25 and a trip to the farmers market in Union Square to produce these five simple recipes that celebrate seasonal ingredients. Now you can use the money you saved on lunch for a much deserved happy hour!

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Turning Back the Clock with Chapter One's Prohibition Dinner

Dining out in New York City is always an adventure. We’ve enjoyed many nights out on the town tasting culinary delights with our foodie friends, boozing on mixology cocktails with our girls and listening to the soothing sounds of live music with our significant others. Chapter One American Tavern adds a new element to the dining scene with their ongoing Heritage Dinner series. The first Sunday of every month, the restaurant hosts a differently themed three course prix fixe dinner with educational lesson on how each course directly relates to the theme it represents.

LIQUID COURAGE
A Spirit Lovers Holiday Gift Guide


We all know what everyone really wishes for this holiday season--a little liquid courage. While the holidays are mostly a time to embrace our loved ones and be grateful for what we do have, spiking everyone’s drinks at your family’s annual holiday party might make for an extremely entertaining evening. Instead of paying a visit to your local liquor store and browsing the shelves for hours contemplating the right bottle, take some suggestions from our holiday spirits gift guide! Not only will you be the hero this year, impressing everyone with your impeccable taste in liquor, you’ll be the one everyone envies with the perfect treat to share with your loved ones this season.

HOW-TO
Homemade Crispy “Cheddar” Kale Chips


Turn your favorite superfood into an addictive and “cheesy” batch of healthy kale chips! We all know the abundance of health benefits that come from incorporating kale into our diets. From supporting healthy eyesight, to weight management, to heart health, kale provides us with a tremendous amount of vitamins and nutrients and is a no brainer for improving our well-being. Turning a bunch of fresh kale into kale chips seals in all of the nutritional value, while giving you a light flavor-packed snack that you can go to town on and not feel the slightest bit of guilt. This vegan recipe for “cheddar” kale chips uses a combination of roasted red peppers, cashews, and nutritional yeast, along with many other bold spices to give you that cheesy flavor we all crave in an inventive healthy way.