Spiegel: The East Village's Own Taste Of The Mediterranean

The East Village’s latest addition, Spiegel (26 1st Ave., New York, NY 10009), puts its own twist on dining by creating a restaurant which is perfect for a quick bite at breakfast or dinner and a drink in the evening. In an open spot with attractive decor, guests will feel at home as soon as they sit down, but one glance at the menu reveals that the dining experience will bring them on a trip across the globe.

Serving up continental cuisine with a focus on Mediterranean, Israeli, and Moroccan influences, the dishes host familiar ingredients which are brought to life by unique seasonings and spices. Along these lines, the majority of the options are vegetable based, but regardless of what is ordered, guests will receive huge portions, so sharing is definitely recommended.

Cheeseburgers Worth a Road Trip For

1. Hodads (San Diego)

First up is the Guido Burger all the way from sunny California. This pastrami burger is served with ketchup, pickles, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, and spicy brown mustard. Just because it's called The Guido Burger doesn't mean you have to be a guido to celebrate national cheeseburger day with this delectable cheeseburger.

A Little Bit of Greece in NYC

Get ready New York, the uber trendy restaurant scene just got even trendier. The Greek restaurant/party spot Nammos-Mykonos is opening up in NYC in 2015. The new NY venue will go by the name Nammos by the Sea, will be found atop the Maritime Building. The Greek restaurant will feature Ibrahim Sammy as head chef of the new spot. With the success of the original Mykonos, this will surely prove to be a smart business move.

The restaurant is known for its authentic Greek dishes accompanied by a lively atmosphere unlike any other. The NYC location is sure to attract both tourists and natives alike as the food is delicious and the vibes are unmatched. The owner plans to import Greek fish and ingredients to increase the authenticity of the restaurant.

The date for the official opening of the restaurant has not been released, so stay tuned. We are sure the grand opening will be a lavish event for the books.

It's Pumpkin Spice Season and Nothing Else Matters

It’s officially the Fall Season — Or should we just call it “Pumpkin Spice” Season? The Starbucks masterpiece is finally back on the market, and as white girls jump for joy and filter their Instagram pictures, businesses across America are tackling this trend in a whole new way.

Fun fact: Pumpkin Spice isn’t supposed to taste like pumpkin; rather, the spices which pair so well with it. Go figure. By mixing these flavors into their products, people have made their own PSL-spinoffs, and we’ve had the pleasure of researching all of them. Ready for a Pumpkin Spice Rundown?

Move Over, Rachel Ray: New York’s Immigrant Population is Taking Over

Do you love to cook? Or, is cuisine so far from your comfort zone that you normally wouldn’t consider turning on the stove, let alone make something called “chawli”? Either way, League of Kitchens can help to nudge you in the right direction. League of Kitchens is an immersive culinary adventure where New York City immigrants teach intimate workshops right in their own homes. We recommend, a "Taste Of" class for a shorter, more topline session that lasts 2.5 hours and yields 2-3 dishes. The environment is casual, yet instructive, and makes participants feel confident no matter what level “chef” they are. The "Immersion Workshops," which last 5+ hours, and produce several courses, are a bit more intense, but really allow you to hone your craft.

Score A Touchdown With Joonbug's DIY Game-Day Food Guide!

Summer might be coming to a close, but with the end of one season comes the beginning of another… Football Season! The fantasy leagues are organized, plans are made for those game-viewing parties, but what happens when it’s time to eat? Well, we opened up the Joonbug kitchen to create the best game-day recipes for our Football Season Game-Day Food Guide.


Mark Your Calendar for Spain’s Great Match

On Wednesday October 8th, Spain’s Great Match will be held at the iconic IAC Building featuring an extensive offering of wine and tapas, as well as a Cava Bubble Lounge and displays of Spain's finest interior designs.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit New York Cares which is New York City’s largest volunteer organization helping people in need throughout the city.

It is exciting that the event is hosted at the renowned IAC Building, designed by Frank Gehry, because Spain’s Great Match will be the first wine event ever hosted in this iconic space. Tickets are available here but hurry - general admission will be $80 but early bird pricing is available for $65 until September 12th. There is also a VIP ticket for $140 which will include one hour (6-7pm) of exclusive access to all the wine, tapas and design.

The Essential Football Season Dining Guide

The season every sports fan is waiting for is finally here- football season! Who doesn’t love football and the great food and drink specials offered during this time? That’s why in order to make sure you find the best bar with the best deals this football season, we have compiled a list of some of our favorites that all football fans will enjoy!

1. Tavern 29 (47 E 29th St.)-
All season long Tavern 29 will have food and drink specials during your favorite games! Their Wild Card Platter includes: Kobe Sliders, BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, Fries, and Wings. Along with the tasty food there will be beer, specifically Sixpoint Beer: $6 Crisp & Autumnation Drafts, $24 Growlers, $7 Cans (Bengali tiger, resin, sweet action, righteous crisp), and $36 Sixpoint Bucket. Thankfully, you can enjoy all of this at Tavern 29’s rooftop biergarden and watch your favorite team on two newly installed screens.

Eat All the Lobster

Claws Hands down, lobster has been the crustacean of the summer. Unfortunately, since the season is almost over, there isn’t much time left to enjoy this favorite warm-weather meal! If possible, be sure to indulge in as much lobster as possible (while you still can). If you need a claw hand (sorry, we couldn't resist!) finding the best spots to accomplish this feat before summer’s end, check out these great local restaurants!

1. NYY Steak Manhattan (7 W 51st St.)-
A notable item on NYY Steak Manhattan's menu is its mixed-in Mac N Cheese. Deciding between mac & cheese and lobster could prove to be a difficult choice. Luckily, when you order this delectable double-whammy of a dish, it's one you won't even need to think twice about! The decadent specialty contains large pieces of fresh, buttery lobster tossed with orecchiette pasta, all covered in a rich, cheesy sauce! The whole makes for a great standalone dish, though, when paired with a nice porterhouse, it's simply divine!

Don't Miss TomatoFest 2014 Happening this Weekend Only

Alobar’s annual TomatoFest happening today through Saturday, September 13th and it's something that you should definitely hop on immediately!

Last night we had the pleasure of enjoying their 5 course dinner tasting menu featuring ripe and red and ready tomatoes prepared in a variety of decadent pairings. We started off with a Classic Tomato Gazpacho Amuse which included a cilantro crema. This was so light, refreshing and the perfect start to a wonderful meal. The next course was an Heirloom Tomato Salad with tomatoes, avocado, basil, goat feta, charred onion vinaigrette and balsamic reduction.

NYC's Celebrity Female Chefs Step Up Against Cancer

What happens when some of the most respected women in the culinary industry come together? The creation of an event which supports a great cause through the use of high-quality, diverse cuisines.

On Monday, September 22, 2014, SHARE Cancer Support will be hosting its 11th Annual “A Second Helping Of Life” tasting event, featuring meals from Executive Chef April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig), Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter, The Food Network), and over two dozen other respected female chefs. Together, they will work to raise money for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support by featuring many of their unique, signature dishes in tasting portions for guests to savor and enjoy. Aside from those featured on the culinary side, Pat Battle of NBC4’s “Weekend Today in New York” will act as the hostess of the event, proving that cancer truly can be beaten.