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Free Beer Is Happening and We Thought You'd Like to Know

Happy hour is for suckers; come out to Virgil’s Real Barbecue’s (152 W 44th St.) FREE Autumn Beer Fest Tasting tonight, September 23rd from 5-7pm for, you guessed it, free beer.

Tonight’s tasting includes four featured breweries: Red Hook, Seattle Kona, Hawaii O-mission and Oregon.

Already got plans for tonight? No worries. On October 9th, between the same hours, you’ll be able to give three other breweries a try! Goose Island Oktoberfest, Good Island IPA and Goose Island Honker’s will all be in attendance.

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Weekend Pick: The 4th Annual Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

It’s about that time of the year for the annual Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival. With over 100 craft brews from various locations, this beer tasting event is not one to miss. Over 1,000 beer fans will be present to taste the different flavors of brews from seasonal to micro to reserve brews. Brooklyn is happy to host the event that will bring a different crowd of beer drinkers and curators to taste and critique some of the best brews in the tri-state area. If you plan to take part in the tasting, come prepared with a clean palette and an empty stomach. There will be food, and of course plenty to drink. A DJ will be present to intensify the atmosphere. So, come ready for a good time and good drinks.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
A Wine Lover's Paradise

From September 15th through the 28th, experience the best in all things wine selections and take part in Taste Around Town, which is basically Restaurant Week but with wine. You and your friends will have the opportunity to taste great wines from Chateau Montelena, Wines of France and Penfolds. Wines will be featured in flights, pairing menus, by the glass or by the bottle for lunch and/or dinner, exclusively available at participating restaurants during Taste Around Town.

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Top-notch Wines to Savor this Season

This season calls for something savory and luscious, and Joonbug has two prominent solutions for you: Santa Cristina and Tormaresca. Complement each meal with a glass (or two) of vino, and your palate will certainly not be disappointed! Start this season off right with two elite leaders in the wine industry.

Santa Cristina

Santa Cristina’s Rosso 2010 has an impeccably gorgeous ruby red color, perfected with purple hues. Upon opening the wine, you will enjoy dynamic aromas of red raspberry and cherry. These balanced, silky flavors grace the palate with an extensive fruity flair. The Rosso 2010 contains 13% alcohol.

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Let Us Eat Local 2014

There are a number of great organizations working for food justice, food education, and food sustainability in New York, but one organization in particular both helped to pioneer the movement in the city and has been a central force behind the movement ever since. That organization is Just Food, which has been empowering communities with the tools to ensure that they have access to healthy, locally grown food since 1995. Their work has made a visible impact in communities all around NYC: they have established affordable and sustainable CSAs and farmer’s markets in underserved neighborhoods, developed teaching programs to educate people about growing and preparing their own food, and both supported and partnered with a network of small local farms in order to make the vision of accessible local food a reality.

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Astoria Restaurant Week

When most New Yorkers think of culinary destinations, Queens isn’t usually the first borough to come to mind. More and more, however, people are tuning in to some exciting foodie developments in the city’s biggest borough, particularly just over the bridge in Astoria. The northwestern Queens neighborhood has it’s own rich culinary history (defined largely for non-Queens natives by it’s beer gardens and top-notch Greek food), but a number of great chefs, brewers, distillers, and restaurateurs are expanding on that history with their own excellent food and drink, sealing Astoria’s place on the foodie map.

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Mediterranean Brunches Are Trending, and So Are Top 5 Lists

Everyone knows that NYC is known for it's food,especially brunch. If you are looking to change up your normal weekend brunch a bit, then you will want to try some of our favorite Mediterranean brunches. Plus, if you love Mediterranean food (and who doesn't) then these local favorites will be ones to indulge on!




1. Bustan (487 Amsterdam Ave.)-
Although Bustan has only been open since February, it has become a popular staple on the UWS food scene. Thankfully, they also offer the best meal of the weekend (brunch) Friday-Sunday from 11am-3pm.
With over 50 different food offerings ranging from Chef Efi Nahon’s twists on traditional breakfast favorites to lunch options, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Try the Jumbo Lump Crab Benedict (toasted homemade challah bread with jumbo lump crab meat, spinach, truffle oil), Chicken Foie Gras Merquez (eggs and sauce are embellished with house made chicken foie gras sausage and Lamb Merques), various salads, or burgers. The most important part of brunch is obviously the booze, and thankfully Bustan offers seven signature cocktails based on Mediterranean flavors, and over 200 bottles of wine.

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Eat in Astoria Jump-Starts Astoria's Restaurant Week


Queens has taken hold as a foodie hotspot of its own, and the world is finally catching up. This year, Astoria is getting its first-ever Restaurant Week, which kicked off with a two-hour tasting party on Tuesday, September 16th. Dozens of Astoria’s most exciting vendors were there offering plenty of food and drinks. Excited eaters of all stripes, both restaurant industry insiders and enthusiastic diners, crowded into Astoria Bank and juggled plates stacked high with delicious treats, while a live band strummed in the background.

The refreshments were also there in great numbers, with every thirst represented. There was plenty of locally brewed beer as well as wine, bourbon, gin, tequila, and some interesting liqueurs. Of these, Greenhook Ginsmiths’ gin and liqueur easily won the night, with a winning combination of great flavor, local distilling, and classic cocktail ideas. Also of note was Sorel liqueur, with bright cinnamon flavors that, added to champagne, makes for a fun twist on a Kir Royale. William Wolf was also offering their pecan bourbon. Unfortunately, despite their charming packaging and the appealing dark color of the drink, it is quickly apparent that this 60-proof, pecan-flavor-added ‘whiskey’ is strictly for those who want to be seen drinking bourbon without any of the hassle of actually drinking bourbon.

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UrbanSpace Debuts New Outdoor Food Market

UrbanSpace has done it again! Grab your friends and your appetites and head to the month long food fest in New York’s famous Garment District. From 39th to 41st streets on Broadway you’ll find a creative blend of vendors that are taking part in this event that is part greenmarket and part country fair. But you’ll want to hurry because this pop-up only runs from September 15th – October 17th, 2014.

Since we went in-between lunch and dinner, we focused on the sweetness and the cheesy offerings. While it’s impossible to eat at all the amazing vendors in one go, here’s the few of the culinary delights we sampled and enjoyed.

CHEAP EATS
It All Happened at the Vendys


As we said before, we’ve been looking forward to the Vendy Awards--the annual food truck classic--for quite awhile, and this past weekend, the day finally arrived. We saddled up and headed across the river on the ferry to Governors Island, making our way to the fairground. We’ve got to say, even in spite of crappy weather (it was intermittently drizzling and raining pretty hard), the Vendy Awards was one of the best food events we’ve been to this year. After all, if anybody knows how to operate at the top of their game, rain or shine, it’s this crew. We left totally stuffed and totally happy.

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FREE COOKIE FRIDAY

You know those delicious cookies you get upon check-in at all DoubleTree Hotels? We’ve got good news. Tomorrow, September 19th, DoubleTree by Hilton is offering all Apple enthusiasts a special treat as they wait in line for the newest “it” gadgest at Apple’s 5th Avenue store. In order to be a part of this FREE COOKIE bonanza you must be in line between 6-9am.