CULINARY OCCASIONS
Where to Reserve a Seat for Christmas Day Dinner

















If clanging pots, dirty pans and sweating over a stove in a hot kitchen do not sound appealing as Christmas activities, then check out one of these New York City restaurants that providing Christmas Day dinner without the toil. Choose from a selection of restaurants that will be serving everything from the traditional Christmas goose to a refined tasting of Korean delicacies. With the cooking left up to someone else, family and friends can celebrate without the lingering doom of dirty dishes.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Burke & Wills Brings NYC a Tasty Brunch from Down Under

Burke & Wills had previously won us over with their enticing meaty selection from Down Under, so when we heard they were releasing a new brunch menu we jumped at the opportunity to try it out.

This Upper West Side eatery may feel like it's way in the outback for downtown New Yorkers, but it is worth the visit. Owner Tim Harris and partner Matilda Boland (both formerly of Bondi Road, Sunburnt Cow and Sunburnt Calf) offer a complete experience not typically found on the Upper West Side, combining inspired modern Australian cuisine, world-class wines from the Southern hemisphere, craft beers and innovative artisanal cocktails.

HOW-TO
Hanukkah 2014: Simple Potato Latkes with Sweet Paprika

Hanukkah certainly brings one delicious dish to mind--potato latkes! These simple savory pancakes are not only a staple for the Jewish holiday, they are also the perfect appetizer for any occasion. Many people see potato latkes as tedious and time consuming, but let us be the first to tell you there is no need to be intimidated at all. Think of it as quick workout with the grater, and once you have the potato peeling and onions all done, you're 90% through the battle. These traditional potato latkes are even better when a little sweet paprika is added to the mix! Serve these comforting morsels with the traditional applesauce and sour cream or be a little adventurous and use whole milk Greek Yogurt, which gives a perfect cool and creamy contrast to these sizzling potato pancakes.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit With These Themed Cocktails Being Served in NYC


New York City is world known for its distinct holiday charm this time of year. From the colorful lights, to the cheery disposition of tourists and pedestrians on the streets, the joyous ambience echoes all that the holiday season stands for.

Luckily, we’re not the only ones to feel this way. Some of the city’s hippest watering holes are serving up special seasonal drinks to lift guests’ “spirits.” Have a look below at what some of these places have slated on the menu:

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.

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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.